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02.16.19 Blushing Moments02.09.19 Ariana Grande Albums Ranked
02.07.19 A 2019 List12.20.18 Decade Top 100
12.19.18 it doesn't get better than...12.08.18 Sowing's 10 Best Songs of 2018
12.07.18 Sowing's 2018 EPs12.06.18 Sowing's Top 25 of 2018
12.05.18 Sowing's Bleeps and Bloops11.12.18 Re-Ranking Muse
10.15.18 [Untitled] Lyrics10.12.18 A mwY Mixtape
10.06.18 [Untitled]/[untitled] Ranked09.15.18 Palms Ranked
09.08.18 Top 10 BN Tracks08.19.18 Republic of Wolves Ranked (EPs & LPs)
08.17.18 10 Tunes for '18 08.13.18 mwY discog ranked
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Decade Top 100

Can you believe we're only 1 year away from the next staff decade list? Next December will mark the end of 2010-2019. Here's where I'm at so far, loosely ranked.
100Bleachers
Strange Desire


Shimmering summer pop
99Gold Panda
Good Luck And Do Your Best


Twangy and unfamiliar electronic
98Taylor Swift
Speak Now


Confessional country pop
97Bomb the Music Industry!
Vacation


The pet sounds of pop punk
96St. Vincent
St. Vincent


Accessible quirkiness
95Beach Slang
The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel


Full steam ahead punk "feels"
94Pinegrove
Skylight


Apologetic, downtempo folk
93Titus Andronicus
The Most Lamentable Tragedy


"The Wall" of punk-rock
92Robyn
Honey


Intelligent electro-pop
91Childish Gambino
"Awaken, My Love!"


Groovy soul/R&B with urban vibes
90Fair to Midland
Arrows and Anchors


Eccentric rock
89Steven Wilson
The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)


70s prog worship done right (Opeth, take notes)
88Circa Survive
The Amulet


Tight as hell atmosphere
87Perfume Genius
No Shape


A poppier Bon Iver with better hooks
86Kishi Bashi
Lighght


Flourishing colorful pop-rock
85Swarms
Old Raves End


Lush, immersive electronic
84There Will Be Fireworks
The Dark, Dark Bright


Alt-rock brimming with passion
83Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience


One of the greatest pop achievements in the modern era
82Racing Glaciers
Caught in the Strange


Atmospheric rock with beautiful melodies
81Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork


One of the last great, true rock albums
80Ariana Grande
Dangerous Woman


Sexiest and catchiest pop album in a long time
79Sturgill Simpson
A Sailor's Guide To Earth


Elaborate country concept album
78Frightened Rabbit
Painting of a Panic Attack


This hurts even more now
77Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


Kanye's mangum opus
76Taylor Swift
1989


Tay Tay's magnum opus
75Joanna Newsom
Divers


String-plucking beauty
74Julia Holter
Aviary


Dense and challenging art-pop
73The Antlers
Familiars


Angelic falsetto with brass
72Converge
All We Love We Leave Behind


Aneurysm-inducing metalcore
71Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver


The least discussed Bon Iver LP, also one of the best (disclaimer: they're all the best)
70Trophy Scars
Holy Vacants


Growly post-hardcore with plenty of riffs
69The Republic of Wolves
Varuna


Brand New-core
68Silversun Pickups
Neck of the Woods


Some of the best indie-rock atmospheres of the decade right here
67Papercranes
Let's Make Babies in the Woods


Raspy-vocaled ambient rock
66Beach House
Bloom


Shimmering dream pop, the stuff starry nights are made of
65Astronauts
Hollow Ponds


Gloomy acoustic songwriting
64Damien Rice
My Favourite Faded Fantasy


Devastated troubadour bares his soul
63Allelic
The Smoke of Atavistic Fires


Sput user becomes the next Agalloch/Opeth hybrid
62bansheebeat
Lumine


Sput user becomes my favorite electronic artist
61Yellowcard
Yellowcard


The kings of pop-punk bid farewell
60Antarctigo Vespucci
Love in the Time of E​-​Mail


Catchiest and punchiest mf'ing collection of pop-punk tunes, like, ever
59Frank Turner
England Keep My Bones


Frank Turner's ode to his country, and his best album
58Kevin Morby
Singing Saw


Bob Dylan-core with more horns
57Shakey Graves
Can't Wake Up


A moonlit stroll down a series of back alleys in the city of indie-folk
56Florence and the Machine
High as Hope


Surprisingly dark and cohesive indie-pop
55Haley Heynderickx
I Need to Start a Garden


Sad indie chick finally gets off couch and sings about transforming her life
54Foxing
The Albatross


Emo at its purest
53Tame Impala
Lonerism


The Beatles transport in time to 2012 and do even more acid
52Hop Along
Bark Your Head Off, Dog


An even better Papercranes
51Tigers on Trains
Foundry


The next best thing to Grandfather
50Arca
Arca


Depressing but very good electronic/experimental
49Low Roar
0


If Radiohead and Explosions in the Sky joined forces and created an indie album
48Bon Iver
22, A Million


Caves, UFO's, math equations, and a forest thrown into a blender with a vocoder and it's awesome
47The Jezabels
Synthia


Some day, we'll talk about this album as one of the most ambitious female-fronted electo-rock albums of all time. Even if we is just me.
46Dirty Projectors
Swing Lo Magellan


The best blend of off-kilter experimentation and memorable hooks
45Julia Holter
Have You In My Wilderness


Her most accessible album, this thing is a lush melodic masterpiece
44Cursive
Vitriola


Grew on me like crazy...one of the most bitter post-hardcore records in a long time
43Sharon Van Etten
Are We There


Heart truly on sleeve, this will shatter you
42Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Skeleton Tree


Cave sings about the death of his son, horrifyingly depressing
41Deftones
Diamond Eyes


"Better than White Pony"
40Jimmy Eat World
Integrity Blues


JEW creates their 2016 answer to Futures
39Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool


Radiohead creates the most Radiohead album ever and the world rejoices
38Submotion Orchestra
Finest Hour


Jazzy, downbeat electronic
37Circa Survive
Blue Sky Noise


The most progressive/ambitious this band has ever been, their best album by a wide margin
36Phoebe Bridgers
Stranger In The Alps


Most soothing voice ever serenades you with sad tales and silver linings
35The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt


Acquired-taste-vocals and insane acoustic picking, one of the best and most unique albums of the decade
34The Dear Hunter
Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise


Progressive indie-rock anthems set to an overarching concept, it's the Dear Hunter guys so need I say more
33The World Is a Beautiful Place...
Harmlessness


Warm and romantic emo, I dare you to listen to this and not feel better about everything
32The Antlers
Burst Apart


Dazzling, sprawling atmospheres...like taking a flashlight tour of a secret galaxy.
31Mount Eerie
A Crow Looked At Me


Go hug your loved ones
30Yellowcard
Southern Air


Ocean Avenue for grown ups. I got engaged the week this came out so combine that with the fact that it's YC and imagine how I must feel
29Florence and the Machine
Ceremonials


Haunting witch-like incantations combined with uplifting messages and one of the most booming, authoritative, and distinct voices in pop music
28Foxing
Nearer My God


Emo band throws caution to the wind and creates elaborate concept album about the end of the world
27The Republic of Wolves
shrine


TROW's crowning achievement; everything they have in their arsenal, they bring it here
26The Roots
undun


Dynamic hip-hop record with some insanely infectious rhythms/beats
25mewithoutYou
Ten Stories


Lyrical goldmine, a philosophy lesson set to music
24Manchester Orchestra
Simple Math


Sweeping, orchestral indie-rock. In 2011, this was one of the best albums I'd ever heard.
23Benjamin Clementine
I Tell A Fly


Jazz/experimental/soul with a flair for social commentary. Drop what you're doing now and listen to 'Phantom of Aleppoville'
22Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear


The only album by this guy that I truly adore, it's like a fucked up Valentine's Day
21The War on Drugs
Lost in the Dream


If Dylan still made music I imagine it'd sound a little bit like this
20Lorde
Melodrama


Art pop perfected.
19Fleet Foxes
Crack-Up


FF introduce all kinds of experimental and classical elements to their sound
18Gang of Youths
Go Farther in Lightness


Aussie rock band blends Springsteen-esque rock n' roll/ambition with National-esque emotion.
17The National
Sleep Well Beast


The slowest album by an already slow band yields incredibly cathartic results
16mewithoutYou
Pale Horses


Weiss & co. sing about the apocalypse
15Kacey Musgraves
Golden Hour


CAOTD (country album of the decade)
14Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile to the Surface


One of the most impassioned and moving pieces of indie-rock that I've heard. Album has special meaning.
13Ben Howard
Noonday Dream


Like wandering about on a hazy summer day, ambience damn near perfected
12Laura Stevenson
Wheel


Her most complete album, a wondrous blend of tender folk and more upbeat pop-rock
11Flying Lotus
Cosmogramma


Crazy ass electronic/hip-hop influenced experiments
10Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d city


My go-to hip-hop album. This album dwarfs Butterfly.
9The Dear Hunter
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)


Ambition gone wild, these 36 indie-rock tracks are all brilliant in their own colorful ways
8Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues


If Simon and Garfunkel wandered off into the woods and got lost, then created an indie-folk album
7Titus Andronicus
The Monitor


A punk album that moves you to be someone, to do something, to FEEL something
6The National
High Violet


Slow, fuzzy baritone indie-rock has never sounded this affecting
5David Bowie
Blackstar


The way this was released as a metaphor and hint at his impending death is crazy. I still can't believe how he pulled it off. RIP legend.
4mewithoutYou
[Untitled]


mwY's best. yup, I said it.
3Swans
The Seer


Two hours of entrancing, pants-shittingly frightening hell on earth
2Brand New
Science Fiction


BN comes out of nowhere to solidify their discography as one of the best ever
1Sufjan Stevens
Carrie and Lowell


A generational indie-folk record.
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