NPR Listeners Pick 2010’s Best Music (So Far)

NPR listeners cast thousands of votes for the year’s best music to date and kept the race tight. In the end, Gorillaz edged out every other artist with the sprawling and inspired album Plastic Beach to take the No. 1 spot. The National, The Black Keys, Broken Bells and LCD Soundsystem rounded out the Top 5.

Regardless of how the votes fell, it was an exciting chance to pause and look back on what an incredible year it’s been for music so far, to rediscover a few of our favorites, and to spend time with some of the albums and artists we may have missed.

You can hear cuts from the Top 20 albums on the latest episode of All Songs Considered.  Below is a complete list of the Top 50.

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Listeners Pick 2010’s Best Music (So Far)

01. Gorillaz: Plastic Beach

02. The National: High Violet

03. The Black Keys: Brothers

04. Broken Bells: Broken Bells

05. LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening

06. Vampire Weekend: Contra

07. Beach House: Teen Dream

08. Mumford and Sons: Sigh No More

09. Spoon: Transference

10. Sleigh Bells: Treats

11. Local Natives: Gorilla Manor

12. Yeasayer: Odd Blood

13. The New Pornographers: Together

14. Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma

15. She & Him: Volume Two

16. Band of Horses: Infinite Arms

17. Jonsi: Go

18. The Knife: Tomorrow, In A Year

19. Broken Social Scene: Forgiveness Rock Record

20. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings: I Learned The Hard Way

21. MGMT: Congratulations 22. Joanna Newsom: Have One On Me

23. Josh Ritter: So Runs The World Away

24. Janelle Monae: The ArchAndroid

25. Frightened Rabbit: The Winter Of Mixed Drinks

26. Surfer Blood: Astro Coast

27. Dr. Dog: Shame, Shame 28. Caribou: Swim

29. Dead Weather: Sea Of Cowards

30. Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles (II)

31. Gaslight Anthem: American Slang

32. Hold Steady: Heaven Is Whenever

33. Massive Attack: Heligoland

34. Freelance Whales: Weathervanes

35. Charlotte Gainsbourg: IRM

36. Jakob Dylan: Women And Country

37. Laura Veirs: July Flame

38. Four Tet: There Is Love In You

39. Blitzen Trapper: Destroyer Of The Void

40. The Flaming Lips: Dark Side Of The Moon

41. Ratatat: LP4

42. Erykah Badu: New Amerykah Pt. 2, Return Of The Ankh

43. Owen Pallett: Heartland

44. Quasi: American Gong

45. Kings Go Forth: Outsiders Are Back

46. Corinne Bailey Rae: The Sea

47. Sade: Soldier Of Love

48. Laura Marling: I Speak Because I Can

49. Bettye LaVette: Interpretations: The British Songbook

50. David Byrne: Here Lies Love

~ by castleqwayr on August 20, 2010.

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