Andrew B: Top Albums of 2010

London, UK

I didn’t think this year was a particularly good year for pop albums. I spent the early part of the year listening to later singles from 2009 albums (GAGA TELEPHONE; ALPHABEAT), and the later part of the year mostly listening to Robyn. Body Talk Part 1 was great, Part 2 was even better, and ‘Part 3’ (just “Body Talk”) was a greatest hits of the first two with a few more excellent songs thrown in. So so good. Nothing else was earth-shatteringly amazing.

top ten albums

10Marina and the Diamonds: The Family Jewels

Underappreciated British artist puts out album, gets ignored by everyone.

Standout Track(s): I Am Not A Robot, Are You Satisfied?

09Rihanna: Loud

Spotty — the slow, burning ‘Love The Way You Lie (Part II)’ is brilliant, and the ‘What’s My Name’ is catchy, but lead single ‘Only Girl in the World’ sounds like a poor Cascada rip-off.

Standout Track(s): Love The Way You Lie (Part II)

08Ke$ha: Animal

I liked this album way more than I should have. It’s terrible but fun pop.

Standout Track(s): Take It Off

07Daft Punk: Tron Soundtrack

It never really takes off the way I hoped it would (Come back, Daft Punk glory days!), but still I love the atmosphere it creates.

Standout Track(s): The Game Has Changed

06Take That: Progress

Stuart Price produced this album and made these olds sound very good indeed. It’s a real surprise, because TAKE THAT are a band that YOUR MOM loves. In England anyway.

Standout Track(s): SOS

05Ellie Goulding: Lights

Pretty, sweet, delicate, underappreciated.

Standout Track(s): Starry Eyed

04Kelis: Flesh Tone

Kelis swaps R&B for Electropop to great effect.

Standout Track(s): 4th of July (Fireworks), Song for the Baby

03Kylie Minogue: Aphrodite

Also produced by Stuart Price. It’s relevant, modern, interesting, and catchy. Even for straight people.

Standout Track(s): Get Outta My Way, Aphrodite

02Hurts: Happiness

I could (and have) listened to this album on repeat for hours. It’s yearning and sweeping and happy and sad and optimistic and deflated all at once.

Standout Track(s): Silver Lining, Wonderful Life, Devotion

01Robyn: Body Talk

This is a stunning album. Robyn pulled out all the stops, and Body Talk runs the full gamut of emotions — from sadness and frustration (“Dancing On My Own”) to elation (“Fembot”) to defiance (“Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do”, “U Should Know Better”). The lyrics throughout are smart and quirky, and the beats are SO CATCHY. I love Robyn.

Standout Track(s): Dancing On My Own, Time Machine, Indestructible

2010: All about Robyn. I just hope she doesn’t take another five years off before putting out new material.

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top songs

These are the songs that I liked most in 2010. I guess some of them were singles? What is a ‘single’ these days, anyway? I’ve also included remixes, because well, that’s how I roll.

10The White Tie Affair, “You Look Better When I’m Drunk”It’s true.

09Tinchy Stryder feat. Taio Cruz, “Second Chance”

08Hurts, “Wonderful Life”

07Robyn, “Hang With Me”Just don’t fall recklessly, headlessly in love with Robyn.

06Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream” (Kaskade Radio Mix)Kaskade changes this from something slushy to something a little bit angry.

05Kylie Minogue, “Get Outta My Way” (SDP Extended Mix)

04Kevin Rudolf feat. Birdman & Jay Sean, “I Made It (Cash Money Heroes)” (Jason Nevins Radio Edit)Unabashed bravado made fantastic by Jason Nevins.

03Robyn, “Time Machine”All I want is a DeLorean.

02Nicole Scherzinger, “Poison”Cannot get this out of my head.

01Robyn, “Dancing On My Own” (Chew Fu Remix)My favorite remix of “Dancing On My Own”.

While 2010 wasn’t great for albums, these songs are all amazing, if I do say so myself.

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