From Kanye West to No Age...
jason gregory
10:24 8th December 2010

As another year in the music comes to an end, it’s time for Gigwise to unveil its annual Top 50 Albums Of 2010 list.

The countdown, compiled by Gigwise writers, is a mix of the biggest and hottest artists around.

This year’s list includes albums by Kanye West, Warpaint, Foals, My Chemical Romance, The Chemical Brothers and Arcade Fire.

Gigwise editor Jason Gregory said: “Not a month went by when there wasn’t a new album on everyone’s lips this year, and with albums by the likes of Arcade Fire and Foals, this is our strongest list yet. Bring on 2011.”

You can check out the full countdown below. To hear a song from each album, listen to the Gigwise Top 50 Albums Of 2010 Spotify playlist.

What do you think of the list? Leave your thoughts in the comment form below.

  • 50 - Ellie Goulding, 'Lights'. Gigwise said: "Her voice could melt butter and the raw materials still shine out." (February 2010)

  • 49 - Delphic, 'Acolyte'. Gigwise said: "From the opening bars of ‘Clarion Call’ to the last minute of ‘Remain’, ‘Acolyte’ will have you hooked. Flapping about in the air on the end of the Delphic fishing rod, all you can do is dance and feel the breeze against your tail." (January 2010)

  • 48 - Cee Lo Green, 'The Lady Killer'. Gigwise said: "Three albums in and Cee Lo Green's solo career has finally hit its stride, and with viral anthems like 'F*ck You' who knows where it will end?" (November 2010)

  • 47 - Eminem, 'Recovery'. Gigwise said: "He’s the man with a thousand faces, and 'Recovery' brings them all together in one place." (June 2010)

  • 46 - Hurts, 'Happiness' - Gigwise said: "Flashes of intrigue throughout." (September 2010)

  • 45 - Tame Impala, 'Innerspeaker'. Gigwise said: "Tame Impala seem to be having a whale of a time." (August 2010)

  • 44 - Two Door Cinema Club, 'Tourist History'. Gigwise said: "Established, insatiable, complete and fully formed." (March 2010)

  • 43 - Band of Horses, 'Infinite Arms'. Gigwise said: "The melodies are spot on, the emotion is believable and from a stylistic point-of-view, while things haven’t really moved on from their previous work, songwriting of this calibre is still a cause for celebration." (May 2010)

  • 42 - Plan B, 'The Defamation Of Strictland Banks'. Gigwise said: "He was a rapper, now he's a soul singer. Is there no end to Ben Drew's talent?"

  • 41 - The Coral, 'Butterfly House'. Gigwise said: "As Butterfly House shows, the Coral's no fuss approach means has lent the Liverpool band a frighteningly good level of consistency." (Summer 2010)

  • 40 - Steve Mason, 'Boys Outside'. Gigwise said: "Steve Mason has bridged the abyss between Beta Band promise and artistic delivery." (May 2010)

  • 39 - The Chemical Brothers, 'Further'. Gigwise said: "Designed to listen to from start to finish, 'Further' is an epic electronic journey. The Chemical Brothers are back." (June 2010)

  • 38 - Bryan Ferry, 'Olympia'. Gigwise said: "Ferry has returned with his finest solo album in years. You can't keep a good musician down." (October 2010)

  • 37 - Kele, 'The Boxer'. Gigwise said: ''Stepping out alone, Kele leaves his art-rock sound behind with yes a dance filled flavour'' (June 2010)

  • 36 - Manic Street Preachers, 'Postcards From A Young Man'. Gigwise said: ''A Manic masterpiece, with sharp empowering dynamics with just enough rock glamour'' (September 2010)

  • 35 - Katy Perry, 'Teenage Dream'. Gigwise said: "Perry shows just why she's one of the most engaging candy-coated stars out there today." (August 2010)

  • 34 - Mystery Jets, 'Serotonin'. Gigwise said: ''The Jets' finest hour, oozing intimate tales of love over a delightful indie pop background'' (July 2010)

  • 33 - No Age, 'Everything In Between'. Gigwise said: "When at their best on this album, the duo deliver their unique and refreshing DIY punk sound so well you can't help but think a few more people will join their cult." (September 2010)

  • 32 - Sleigh Bells, 'Treats'. Gigwise said: "It will knock your socks off...literally." (July 2010)

  • 31 - Flying Lotus, 'Cosmogramma'. Gigwise said: "Cosmic by name, cosmic by nature, 'Cosmogramma' packs an almighty load." (May 2010)

  • 30 - Janelle Monae, 'The ArchAndroid'. Gigwise said: "Janelle Monae's arrival may have been unassuming, but 'The ArchAndroid is a loud and proud debut." (May 2010)

  • 29 - Surfer Blood, 'Astro Coast'. Gigwise said: ''Filled with fifties zest Surfer Blood deliver a modern take on a Beach Boys inspired sound'' (January 2010)

  • 28 - Magnetic Man, 'Magnetic Man'. Gigwise said: "Magnetic Man have successfully created a record that will be both an essential presence in any self-respecting dubstep DJ’s record box, and one that has the potential to educate the consumers of daytime radio airwaves." (October 2010)

  • 27 - Kelis, 'Flesh Tone'. Gigwise said: ''A divorce is clearly been an inspiration for Kelis as she delivers a genius cathcy pop synth album'' (May 2010)

  • 26 - Robyn, 'Body Talk Pt 2'. Gigwise said: "Addictive, dirty and downright brilliant." (September 2010)

  • 25 - The Drums, 'The Drums'. Gigwise said: "There are hooks and melody aplenty, which should be enough to ensure swathes of devoted teenagers claiming The Drums as their very own." (June 2010)

  • 24 - Vampire Weekend, 'Contra'. Gigwise said: ''Returning with another pop infectious album, Vampire Weekend make their mark on these cold dull nights'' (January 2010)

  • 23 - Beach House, 'Teen Dream'. Gigwise said: "‘Teen Dream’ was always going to be the band’s 'arrival' into greatness, so long as no hideous mistakes were made. Not many of us could have anticipated such an assured arrival, however." (January 2010)

  • 22 - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, 'The Social Network'. Gigwise said: "Reznor once again shows he's got the Midas touch with this thrilling film score." (September 2010)

  • 21 - Big Boi, 'Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty'. Gigwise said: ''Moving on from Outkast,this album succeeds in mixing infectious hip-hop beats with unlikely genres'' (July 2010)

  • 20 - Four Tet, 'There Is Love In You'. Gigwise said: "Four Tet perhaps the only club-setting DJ to have a mind-frame determined to provoke an appreciation of beauty in his music." (January 2010)

  • 19 - Gil Scot-Heron, 'I'm New Here'. Gigwise said: "It’s hard to resist the temptation to press play again immediately." (February 2010)

  • 18 - Salem, 'King Night'. Gigwise said: ''One of the most visionary albums of the year with the distortion between gothic romance and pop sensibility delivered beautifully'' (September 2010)

  • 17 - Interpol, 'Interpol'. Gigwise said: "Interpol have a solid and strong routine that has born an album of brooding intensity and muscular displays of power." (September 2010)

  • 16 - Black Keys, 'Brothers'. Gigwise said: "The Black Keys have undertaken an epic journey and 'Brothers' is its most compelling stopgap yet." (May 2010)

  • 15 - Tinie Tempah, 'Disc-Overy'. Gigwise said: "It's the kind of polished finish that, until now, only big American rappers have conquered." (October 2010)

  • 14 - Laura Marling, 'I Speak Because I Can'. Gigwise said: "It shows incredible progression and huge strides towards a bright future." (March 2010)

  • 13 - LCD Soundsystem, 'This Is Happening'. Gigwise said:''James Murphy clearly saved the best till last with clever, brash, nostalgic tunes throughout the sheer brilliance of LCD'' (May 2010)

  • 12 - Yeasayer, 'Odd Blood'. Gigwise said: "This is pop music immune to criticism, not because of its context, but because of its innate ability to cover all bases – to write pop at its purest form." (February 2010)

  • 11 - Gorillaz, 'Plastic Beach'. Gigwise said: "An album you need to give yourself over to entirely. Don't cherry pick songs or listen to it for a bit at a time, really throw yourself into it. You'll never want to return to the real world." (March 2010)

  • 10 - My Chemical Romance, 'Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys'. Gigwise said: "A return to form for a band who never really went away, but just found out who they actually are." (November 2010)

  • 9 - Warpaint, 'The Fool'. Gigwise said: "The Los Angeles group are like a breath of fresh air, harnessing killer melodies and sumptuous vocals." (October 2010)

  • 8 - These New Puritans, 'Hidden'. Gigwise said: ''These New Puritans' second album 'Hidden' is filled with brooding art-rock anthems that bring a new innovative and ambitious sound to the new year.'' (January 2010)

  • 7 - Caribou, 'Swim'. Gigwise said: "The most satisfying pop-savvy songwriting and cutting-edge beats since Animal Collective's 'Merriweather Post Pavilion'." (May 2010)

  • 6 - Foals, 'Total Life Forever'. Gigwise said: "Foals at their most relaxed, in a comfort zone of brilliance. Their shy and introverted demeanour has born out a truly outstanding and unique piece of music." (May 2010)

  • 5 - Everything Everything, 'Man Alive'. Gigwise said: "The complexity and imagination for a debut means this is the band to keep an eye on. The new Radiohead? Watch and see." (August 2010)

  • 4 - Drake, 'Thank Me Later'. Gigwise said: "The results are positive with Drake standing head and shoulders above the competition, and establishing ‘Thank Me Later’ as one of the debut albums of the year." (June 2010)

  • 3 - The National, 'High Violet'. Gigwise said: "As ever with The National, hardly a byword for instant catchiness, patience is amply rewarded. (May 2010)

  • 2 - Kanye West, 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'. Gigwise said: "There’s no question that Mr. West is the past, present and future of hip-hop." (November 2010)

  • 1 - Arcade Fire, 'The Suburbs'. Gigwise said: "Blending moments of subtle, yet string-soaked majesty ('Half Light I', 'Sprawl I') with trademark tub-thumping, punk-infused indie-rock ('Month Of May'), it’s a real cave of musical treasures to explore and devour." (August 2010)

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