Top 20 Albums from 2010s (10-1)

Here’s my top 10 albums from the last decade. You can see the start of my list in my blog and feel free to leave comments below. There are obviously lots of great albums not on the list but these were all ones that I’ve spent a lot of time listening to and have more than likely influenced me musically in some way.

10. Beck | Morning Phase (2014)

Beck’s back catalogue is a diverse one and he is an incredibly talented musician. I’ve chosen one of his more chilled out and acoustic albums which I think is one of his best. I could have included his more recent and experimental album, Colors, which is great too but Morning Phase is an album I’d happily put on repeat for a long time without growing tired of it. It has a relaxing vibe and the production is just beautiful. Although I’ve put this at 10 on my list, this is probably one of the best albums from start to finish on here.

Stand out tracks:

  • Morning
  • Heart Is A Drum
  • Blue Moon

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9. Liam Gallagher | As You Were (2017)

Liam’s first solo album easily exceeded my expectations. I think he’s one of the best rock ‘n’ roll vocalists around but his songwriting efforts haven’t always worked out that well. This is a great album from start to finish and is probably the best Gallagher album since Morning Glory. It starts off with a blast of harmonica, guitars and pounding drums and entertains throughout. There are obviously a lot of nods towards The Beatles but it works well. His second album, Why Me? Why Not?, is another great album and while neither album tries to do anything new, they still sound fresh and authentic.

Stand out tracks:

  • Wall of Glass
  • I’ve All I Need
  • Bold

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8. The Good, the Bad & the Queen | Merrie Land (2018)

This is an album which seems to transport you into another time and place. From the short opening dialogue to the often unusual instrumentation (recorders, bassoons and organs in amongst the guitars and drums) and Damon Albarn’s familiar accent, this album feels like stepping back in time in England. It was written as a farewell with the backdrop of Brexit and it’s the type of album that I like to listen to on headphones and just let it take me on a journey.

Stand out tracks:

  • Merrie Land
  • Lady Boston
  • Gun to the Head

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7. Neil Finn | Out of Silence (2017)

There were two Neil Finn albums released in the last decade and I really enjoyed both of them. He’s one of the best songwriters of his generation and I have so much respect for him. What made Out of Silence stand out was his approach to recording it. He recorded it live with a great band/orchestra/choir and broadcast each session live online. Each session also included lots of other favourite songs for the viewer to enjoy as well as his great NZ banter. Watching him record the album made me feel part of it all and it was great to listen to it once it had all been produced and finalised. It was an incredible feat and the album sounds great.

Stand out tracks:

  • Love Is Emotional
  • Chameleon Days
  • Widow’s Peak

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6. Lana Del Rey| Lust For Life (2017)

I wasn’t sure what LDR album to include here but Lust For Life is the one I’d go to most often. I actually usually listen to a playlist that I’ve made of her songs as each album has several songs that are amongst my favourites. Her voice sounds effortless and has her vintage signature character. My favourite female artist from the last decade.

Stand out tracks:

  • Love
  • White Mustang
  • 13 Beaches

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5. The New Pornographers | Brill Bruisers (2014)

From the opening high-tempo seconds of Brill Bruisers, I’m in. The uplifting music and incredible blend of multiple vocalists is something I’d love to be a part of. They must have so much fun when they play live and if any of them want a break then I’d happily take their place. I’m not a massive fan of Dan Dejar’s contributions (although I don’t mind them on this album) but AC Newman’s songs hit the spot throughout.

Stand out tracks:

  • Brill Bruisers
  • Wide Eyes
  • Fantasy Fools

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4. London Grammar | Truth Is A Beautiful Thing (2017)

I hope London Grammar release another album soon. Hannah Reid’s vocals are amazing and this album is pretty much flawless from her first breath.

Stand out tracks:

  • Big Picture
  • Rooting For You
  • Leave the War With Me

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3. Sigur Rós | Valtari (2012)

Sigur Rós have been one of my favourite bands since I first heard them around 20 years ago. They’ve had a bit of a rocky time in the last decade but I find myself playing this album more than most as it works great in the background while I’m doing other things. That’s not to say it isn’t complex and as interesting as albums such as () but it moves at a slow pace as it’s name suggests (‘valtari’ is Icelandic for ‘roller’). It’s full of stunning soundscapes and, like so much of their material, it has a magical and otherworldly feel about it.

Stand out tracks:

  • Ekki Múkk
  • Varúð
  • Ég Anda

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2. Frightened Rabbit | Painting of a Panic Attack (2016)

This was the last Frightened Rabbit album to be completed before the death of songwriter and lead singer, Scott Hutchison. Like most of their albums, I’m drawn in by the fragility of Scott’s vocals and vulnerability of his lyrics. It’s full of beautiful moments as he opens up about his inner turmoil but there’s also a sense of optimism throughout. It feels like a bit of an emotional roller coaster and I keep coming back to listen to it. I saw the band playing live in The Barrowlands when they toured this album and they were brilliant.

Stand out tracks:

  • Still Want to Be Here
  • I Wish I Was Sober
  • An Otherwise Disappointing Life

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1. The National | I Am Easy To Find (2019)

This is an incredible album. It was one of the biggest musical surprises for me as I’ve never taken much time to listen to The National but I gave it a listen when it featured in my recommended new releases. I’ve listened to this album on repeat for many evenings and have never grown tired of it. There’s something special about the mix of voices on the album and the sense of story that comes through each track. The album has interesting origins as it was developed in tandem with a short film which used early musical ideas as its soundtrack that later became songs on the album. If you haven’t listened to this album then I’d encourage you to take the time to do so now.

Stand out tracks:

  • Hairpin Turns
  • So Far So Fast
  • Hey Rosey

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One thought on “Top 20 Albums from 2010s (10-1)

  1. Some brilliant albums on here and a few I’ll need to give a listen. I love the Beck album and “Morning” is one of my go-to songs when I need to chill out (it was on my birthing playlist!) Love LDR, Neil Finn and Liam Gallagher too; I’m looking forward to listening to The National…adding to Spotify playlist now… 😊

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