Posted in music on December 7, 2010

Kanye West

Both Rolling Stone and Spin Magazines have released their top LPs of the year. Guess who tops them both? Full lists below....

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Rolling Stone Top 30 of 2010
1. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
2. The Black Keys, Brothers
3. Elton John and Leon Russell, The Union
4. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
5. Jamey Johnson, The Guitar Song
6. Vampire Weekend, Contra
7. Drake, Thank Me Later
8. Robert Plant, Band of Joy
9. Eminem, Recovery
10. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
11. The Dead Weather, Sea of Cowards
12. John Mellencamp, No Better Than This
13. Taylor Swift, Speak Now
14. Robyn, Body Talk
15. The National, High Violet
16. Kid Rock, Born Free
17. Beach House, Teen Dream
18. Kings of Leon, Come Around Sundown
19. M.I.A., Maya
20. Neil Young, Le Noise
21. Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty ///
22. Spoon, Transference
23. Elizabeth Cook, Welder
24. Maximum Balloon, Maximum Balloon
25. Superchunk, Majesty Shredding
26. Yeasayer, Odd Blood
27. Peter Wolf, Midnight Souvenirs
28. My Chemical Romance, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
29. The Roots, How I Got Over
30. Rick Ross, Teflon Don

Spin Top 40 of 2010
01 Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
02 Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
03 Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
04 LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
05 Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song
06 Janelle Monae - The Archandroid
07 Grinderman - Grinderman 2
08 M.I.A. - Maya
09 Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager
10 Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1
11 Vampire Weekend - Contra
12 Yeasayer - Odd Blood
13 Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Song Of Chico Dusty
14 Best Coast - Crazy For You
15 Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
16 Drake - Thank Me Later
17 Beach House - Team Dream
18 Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
19 No Age - Everything In Between
20 MGMT - Congratulations
21 Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
22 Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer
23 Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
24 Wavves - King Of The Beach
25 of Montreal - False Priest
26 The National - High Violet
27 Glasser - Ring
28 Neil Young - Le Noise
29 Sleigh Bells - Treats
30 The Black Keys - Brothers
31 Spoon - Transference
32 Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
33 Ted Leo And The Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks
34 Against Me! - White Crosses
35 Robert Plant - Band Of Joy
36 The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
37 The Walkmen - Lison
38 Eminem - Recovery
39 Caribou - Swim
40 Teenage Fanclub - Shadows

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Comments (117)

I'm shocked.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:39 AM

...Kid Rock

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:42 AM

Justin Beiber?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:42 AM

I thought even critics hated M.I.A's album?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:43 AM

Kid Rock indeed...its Rolling Stone after all

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:43 AM

At least Spin put Titus Andronicus on their list. I guess it isn't as good as the Vampire Weekend album, though.

That "Holiday" song is the shit, yo!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:43 AM

I agree with some of these, but Drake? MIA? Wavves? Eminem? All those albums were godawful.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:46 AM

I feel like there's something to be said...but I'm just at a loss for words here.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:47 AM

Before anyone says anything, hummus sucks. No one on any of these lists like is. None of the staff of SPIN or Rolling Stone like it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:50 AM

meh

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:54 AM

Maybe it is time to change BV to Bklyn Hummus

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:56 AM

finally some proper deerhunter love on one of these lists

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:56 AM

NO Jonsi, NO Swans....instant FAIL!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:58 AM

High Violet got 26 and King of the Beach got a 24...? What?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:58 AM

To me, best-of-year lists are useful to see if there's anything I might have missed and to go back and check them out.....depending of course on how closely the list of albums that I do know hews to my own taste. To obsess over what some other person may have liked or disliked is a waste of time, who cares.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 11:58 AM

The SPIN list is not nearly the disaster i would expect it to be. The Rolling Stone list delivers on this, however.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:00 PM

KANYE FOR THE WIN

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:03 PM

SPIN and Pitchfork lists are going to be pretty similar this year. Scary.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:03 PM

Just glad that John Mellencamp is finally getting some respect from critics.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:06 PM

no phosphorescent = fail

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:15 PM

one could make a decent list by combining the two.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:15 PM

Well, I lost *all* respect for Rolling Stone's list when I got to Taylor Swift.

Posted by Michael Senchuk | December 7, 2010 12:16 PM

Elton John and Leon Russell, Mellencamp, and Robert Plant...Rolling Stone pandering to the old white dude crowd that still read that rag

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:21 PM

Magical Garbage is pissed

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:21 PM

No matter what magazine or what list, it's the same story: 2010 was a shit year for rock music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:23 PM

SPIN is tabloid-style trash that is run by hipsters. The NME of America. Hard to take them seriously.

Also how is "Plastic Beach" not higher on these lists?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:24 PM

gorillaz isn't even on the RS list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:25 PM

Drake, lol -- supposed to be some type of gangsta hangin' with Lil' Wayne when he in reality is a little Canadian middle-class geek from Toronto who used to appear on the (ironically) whitebread Degrassi High sitcom.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:26 PM

"Elton John and Leon Russell, Mellencamp, and Robert Plant...Rolling Stone pandering to the old white dude crowd that still read that rag."

Will Pitchfork pander to you when you're an old white indie dude?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:27 PM

beach house should be #1

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:30 PM

Born Free sucks. It's hardly Rock 'N' Roll Jesus or even his self titled album.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:31 PM

LIARS?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:36 PM

MIA in the top ten?! Immediately loses all credibility.

Posted by Chase | December 7, 2010 12:37 PM

@12:26 pm - this album was bought by all those who watched that show for real

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:39 PM

yo wheres all the burlesque love? that soundtrack is numero uno in my heart.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:39 PM

Kid rock is the only artist who deserves to be on that list - COWBOY

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:44 PM

MY NAME IS KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:48 PM

Shocked that Superchunk made the Rolling Stone list. I started getting a free subscription now thanks to not checking a box on a ticket order and I'm already thinking of cancelling.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:49 PM

That should be shocked in a good way that Superchunk made it. The magazine is garbage.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:50 PM

wavves poops out hummus

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:51 PM

good to see RS showing my boy rozay some love! teflon don should be in the top 5

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:52 PM

BAWITDABAWDABANGDABANGDIGGYDIGGY

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 12:54 PM

Joanna Newsom??? Swans??? Jonsi??????

Watch your step, there's a huge steaming pile of "best albums" lists.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:04 PM

@12:49pm - i started getting RS last week also without subscribing - what ticket did you just buy? i think i may have done the same thing

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:10 PM

Joe's Pub orders come with a year of New Yorker magazine...I think Rolling Stones comes with Roseland maybe???

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:15 PM

Jonsi is missing
deer tick

brandon flowers cd was great w/ brian Eno

katy perry - even though not critical still was huge

Posted by chris | December 7, 2010 1:22 PM

both are automatically disqualified for putting MIA on the list. her ALBUM (not single) was TERRIBLE!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:24 PM

deerhuntah

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:33 PM

Kid Rock. L-O-L. Like Rolling Stone could get any shittier. Too bad the Black Eyed Peas released their new album after the Rolling Stone best albums deadline. I'm sure that would have made the top 10.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:33 PM

At least Deerhunter made #2. I don't have to care about anything else here now...

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:35 PM

50 comments and nobody seems to have an issue with Kanye.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:38 PM

MMMMMMMMMMMM
EEEEEEEEEEEE
HHHHHHHHHHHH

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:38 PM

@11:58, pretty much hit the nail on the head

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:38 PM

meaning the third 11:58

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:39 PM

1:38 - yes, he did hit the nail on the head. now excuse me while i download those torrents that collect pitchfork's year end lists like i (and all of you) do every year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:42 PM

I love Kanye, but his songs need an editor. He could have cut about 15 minutes off of that album.

And someone please explain the Drake phenomenon. Isn't he a soap actor?

Posted by Nickolasss | December 7, 2010 1:43 PM

Yeaaa Arcade Fire wut wut

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:46 PM

12:51 speaks so much truth

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:51 PM

Deer Tick is the superior "Deer" band.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 1:58 PM

"Deer Tick is the superior "Deer" band."

retarded considering they are all completely different and great in their own ways, but I'm gonna have to go with Deerhoof #1, Deerhunter (close) #2, and Deer Tick #3

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:05 PM

how do these lists differ from any of the million blogs out there other than that they're focused on rock. My point being it doesn't matter what these magazines say is good -- we all perceive it differently. Plus way too much music for top 50 list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:05 PM

"And someone please explain the Drake phenomenon. Isn't he a soap actor?"

if you haven't gotten into degrassi yet, do yourself a favor and get on that

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:06 PM

out. of. touch. (both of them, but especially RS)

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:16 PM

spins list is one of the best i've seen so far. weird.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:21 PM

someone explain to me how MIA is on both of these lists

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:24 PM

neither have enough los campesinos

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:26 PM

mia comin back with powa powa

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:29 PM

The important thing to remember is that he, under no circumstances, should be called John Cougar. He fucking hates that.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:31 PM

does the fact that rolling stone is out of touch really come as a surprise? this is the magazine that trashed literally every led xeppelin record. EFF 'EM

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:34 PM

yes, led xeppelin.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:37 PM

Cardigan-rock by indie trust fund bourgeois wimps rules the day.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:40 PM

Better Kanye at #1 than the fucking....

ARCADE DIRE!

Posted by adg | December 7, 2010 2:42 PM

Led Xeppelin I-IV

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:43 PM

please no more ironic sweater rock from Williamsburg trust funders with cutesy animal band names!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:43 PM

I am not the biggest K West fan out there but his album was pretty good.

Posted by Christmas 2010 | December 7, 2010 2:52 PM

i think it should've been Xeppelin. much hipper.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:53 PM

2:31: I prefer to call him John-Boy, but that's just me. We go way back...

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 2:57 PM

plastic beach is better than dark fantasy. somebody had to say it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 3:01 PM

3:01 is wrong. Somebody had to say it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 3:27 PM

If you ever liked MIA in the first place, be ashamed, be very ashamed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 3:39 PM

White indie trust fund dipsters want to appear "down" with the black man, in this case Kanye.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 3:41 PM

"Deer Tick is the superior "Deer" band."

They should all be shot.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 3:42 PM

I hate lists.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 3:44 PM

an argument can at least be made for kanye #1

taylor swift and kid rock ahead of beach house is "a slap in the face to anyone trying to do something real"

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 3:47 PM

WELL SAID 347

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 3:50 PM

i feel like everyone i know listened to high violet much more than the suburbs.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 4:09 PM

as if we needed further evidence of rolling stone's utter irrelevance.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 4:16 PM

hummus factory moves from queens to virginia

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 4:49 PM

MGMT really? spin that album sucked..

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 4:50 PM

its been a long year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 4:59 PM

Rolling Stone sucks, sure, but so does Pitchfork and their soft-rock trust-fund ironic sweater bands.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 5:26 PM

"its been a long year."

A long, remarkably crappy year for music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 5:27 PM

Kanye is a mushmouthed purveyor of garbage. He is the most overrated artist of the last ten years. What a complete joke he is.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 5:49 PM

right on, 5:49

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 5:51 PM

great lists!

Posted by Big Boi | December 7, 2010 6:08 PM

I second 5:49

Just because he samples Aphex Twin and Can, collabs with Bon Iver, and influences Portishead dosn't make him the next pop genius. He's on the radio because its lyrically idiotic and all about the hooks. Wake up people he is not the next MJ.

No Owen Pallett, No Swans, no Gil Scott? What kind of lists are these? And Maya is on there?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 6:11 PM

Swans, Killing Joke, my bunghole, and all the other old people who made great art this year are under-represented.

Does a political magazine like Rolling Stone even get a vote anymore? That's like letting the Huffington Post do a music top 10.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 6:13 PM

Like him, or hate him, Kanye West is a genius.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 6:17 PM

The Arcade Fire are a complete joke. So overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 6:21 PM

this will hopefully shut Kanye the fuck up for a while. if it hadn't been for this, he would have bitched and moaned on his twitter blog or whatever it is he uses.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 8:01 PM

the walkmen's album is called 'lisbon', as in, the place to visit...not 'lison', as in, the typo.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 9:21 PM

>>olling Stone sucks, sure, but so does Pitchfork and their soft-rock trust-fund ironic sweater bands.

ha! that was actually pretty gosh darn funny. and totally true. oh, and kanye and sarah palin are one in the same. they both survive on people posting on twitter/fbook for them, and they're both only good for soundbites and zero in-depth conversation.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 9:22 PM

People need to stop holding kanye to idiot standards because he makes hit music. Lyrically 808s and the new record are identical and its all about his own little ridiculous universe. Since when has the best music been like a reality tv show.

Also Lost in the world sounds like Imogen Heap. When Kanye and Bon Iver rip off Imogen heap its good? I don't get it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2010 10:24 PM

SERIOUSLY...haters are sucking kanye's dick right now. Can you really blame them? Between MBDTF and the leaked nude photos, it's a done deal. That album is cocaine.

Posted by BASED GOD. | December 7, 2010 11:48 PM

MGMT ahead of Crystal Castles (II) is bullshit.

New Kanye is pure fire, got it on repeat. I'm sure we'll all be over it in a month tho

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 12:19 AM

"i treat the cash the way the government treats AIDS, i wont be satisfied until all my niggas get it, get it?"
quite possibly the best rap ever

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 12:24 AM

no joanna newsom anywhere....pretty sure these guys don't actually like music

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 2:52 AM

Butt Nuggets

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 2:56 AM

"i treat the cash the way the government treats AIDS, i wont be satisfied until all my niggas get it, get it?"

I'm a sickle-cell man, personally.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 2:57 AM

News flash:
End of year best-of lists are not an indicator of quality. They are more like, "you've probably heard these records at some point this year" lists. Or "these albums sold well this year but we don't include anything that we don't think fits our readership demographic" lists.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 1:50 PM

kanye and his music = loose bowel movement

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 2:39 PM

WTF..... these are ROCK & ROLL magazines, why do they have a fucking rap album as their #1 record.

People can debate all day about Kanye being good or not but for fuck's sake, you're ranking all BANDS lower than a fucking rap artist?

Anyone who thinks Kanye's album is better than an actual band's album in 2010 is NOT FUCKING ROCK and ROLL and is not a real fan of indie rock.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 5:16 PM

ok judging by these lists, writers and editors for these two magazines are pretty conservative in their musical tastes or they dont actually listen to much independent music.. pretty scary

Posted by nbtmusic | December 9, 2010 9:37 AM

To me, best-of-year lists are useful to see if there's anything I might have missed and to go back and check them out.....depending of course on how closely the list of albums that I do know hews to my own taste. To obsess over what some other person may have liked or disliked is a waste of time, who cares.

Posted by يوتيوب | December 12, 2010 2:00 PM

I feel like Allmusic.com give a lot more unbiased reviews. They gave 'My Twisted' only a 4/5 which is probably about where it belongs.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 1:59 AM

Seriously... (is it ok to be serious here?)... surely the main/only point of these lists is to spark debate of the sort here? And to provoke people into putting up other/better suggestions... like they are?

I'd go for a 1-2-3 of 'High Violet' - The National, 'Here's To Taking It Easy' - Phosphorescent, 'Own Side Now' - Caitlin Rose.

But I neither expect nor want everyone else to agree. That's not the point at all

Posted by callmeMISTERanonymous | December 31, 2010 2:29 PM

Oops, I meant to include 'Queen Of Denmark' by John Grant.

Posted by callmeMISTERanonymous | December 31, 2010 2:35 PM

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