Posted in music on August 19, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Pitchfork

Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can check out the full list below...

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Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of 2010-2014
100. Clams Casino - Instrumental Mixtape
99. Jai Paul - Jai Paul
98. Earl Sweatshirt - Earl
97. Rustie - Glass Swords
96. Young Thug - 1017 Thug
95. Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
94. How to Dress Well - "What Is This Heart?"
93. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
92. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
91. Actress - Splazsh
90. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
89. Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?
88. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
87. FKA twigs - LP1
86. Real Estate - Atlas
85. Swans - To Be Kind
84. A$AP Rocky - LIVELOVEA$AP
83. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
82. Chief Keef - Finally Rich
81. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
80. Mac DeMarco - 2
79. Big Boi - SIr Lucius Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
78. Darkside - Psychic
77. Kendrick Lamar - Section.80
76. Jessie Ware - Devotion
75. The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
74. Caribou - Swim
73. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
72. Danny Brown - Old
71. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
70. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
69. Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
68. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
67. The Weeknd - House of Balloons
66. Todd Terje - It's Album Time
65. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
64. Haim - Days Are Gone
63. Four Tet - There Is Love In You
62. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
61. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
60. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
59. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
58. The-Dream - Love King
57. tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
56. Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap
55. Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
54. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.
53. Beach House - Bloom
52. James Blake - James Blake
51. Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
50. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
49. Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
48. Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
47. Waka Flocka Flame - Flockaveli
46. Vampire Weekend - Contra
45. Future - Pluto
44. Chromatics - Kill for Love
43. Jay-Z / Kanye West - Watch the Throne
42. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
41. Drake - Nothing Was the Same
40. Burial - Rival Dealer EP
39. Beyonce - 4
38. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
37. Danny Brown - XXX
36. Robyn - Body Talk
35. DJ Rashad - Double Cup
34. Death Grips - The Money Store
33. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
32. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
31. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
30. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
29. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
28. My Bloody Valentine - mbv
27. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
26. Deafheaven - Sunbather
25. Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
24. Disclosure - Settle
23. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
22. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
21. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
20. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
19. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
18. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
17. Swans - The Seer
16. Destroyer - Kaputt
15. Grimes - Visions
14. Beyonce - Beyonce
13. Real Estate - Days
12. Drake - Take Care
11. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
10. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
9. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
8. Kanye West - Yeezus
7. Tame Impala - Lonerism
6. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampies of the City
5. Beach House - Teen Dream
4. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
3. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
2. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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Comments (90)

No Justice No Peace!

Posted by #JusticeForBrown | August 19, 2014 11:17 AM

yeaaaaah no

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:17 AM

yeah this list is not gonna work

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:17 AM

Tame Impala should have been in the Top 5. Kayne in the top 10? WTF

The XX should have been in the Top 20

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:18 AM

Pitch-shit.

Posted by whatabouuutt | August 19, 2014 11:18 AM

Why isn't the new Ty Segall album in there?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:19 AM

WHY WHY WHY IS KENYE WEST ON THIS???????

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:22 AM

terrible

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:22 AM

oof.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:23 AM

PITCHFORK = A pair of flappy tits.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:23 AM

Exactly 8 of those 100 albums are any good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:25 AM

#1 Kanye West -- Worst Record of this Decade So Far, and I would imagine 100 years from now.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:25 AM

Ha ha, Beyonce is on this list twice.

Pitchfork, you're so cool!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:27 AM

The only reason Pitchfork gave Kanye West the # 1 album is they're hoping they'll one day get an interview with him...

Of course the interview will be done by Fitzmaurice and it will suck huge balls. we'll learn nothing new or introspective.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:27 AM

I mean this without an ounce of sarcasm...this list fucking sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:29 AM

Why make this list before 2014 is even over?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:29 AM

This list is so flawed it's not even fun.
Girl, bye!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:31 AM

What a bunch of turkeys.

Posted by Michael | August 19, 2014 11:33 AM

I can agree to some of this list under protest, but Kanye fucking West???? Please provide the names in the Pitchfork offices that really listen to that shit. I seriously tried to listen to it because some other bull shit list surfaced with his name on the top 5 to see what the hype was all about, and then I became very depressed.
C'mon, lets be real.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:33 AM

Oh c'mon! You guys can't take this list seriously. Pitchfork is not a serious music site anymore. it's more focused on staying young and hip then covering quality music. Of course they will cater towards terrible hip-hop, shitty electronic and annoying indie pop because that is what's popular now. Sure they will throw us a bone every now and again by covering acts like Swans & whatnot but mostly they want a lot of hits so they can make more ad revenue so we are stuck with posts about Kanye, Drake, Miley, etc. It's just the way it is.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:38 AM

Glaring Omissions:
Justice Audio Video Disco
XX XX
Diiv Oshin
Jack White or Dead Weather?
MF Doom?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:39 AM

I only really liked these:

93. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
85. Swans - To Be Kind
62. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
28. My Bloody Valentine - mbv
25. Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
17. Swans - The Seer
10. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
9. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
3. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:39 AM

deerhunter is a nice pick at #3, surprised to be honest

and as a rule, artists should only be allowed on here once

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:47 AM

Where are the iPods? That is a band with real diversity from track to track!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:48 AM

are there bands at the top anymore or just artists

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:52 AM

11:39=hipster

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:53 AM

I've heard of about a dozen. Fiona Apple is still alive? WTF is Kendrick Lamar?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 12:01 PM

I don't get 11:48's comment - who are the iPods?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 12:01 PM

^ fail

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 12:06 PM

why does the same garbage get repeated over and over....Kuntye, Sky Fellatio, CunPrik Lamar, Shank PissintheOcean, DrakeUrinalCake, Beyukky, Blown Often....at least somebody exchanged the overrated Deafheaven with Haim at the very last second to prove their tastes were "varied" and "eccentric."

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 12:06 PM

No Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Hospitality, Wye Oak...

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 12:20 PM

You guys acting surprised/confused about Kanye being on this list are hilarious. Love him or hate him, his inclusion was just obviously going to happen. Do you read Top Albums of the 1970s lists and say "WHY WHY WHY WHY IS LED ZEPPELIN ON THIS?"

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 12:30 PM

Why is Pitchfork obsessed with arbitrary lists?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 12:30 PM

Very surprised by the lack of Julia Holter.

Posted by j-rod | August 19, 2014 12:30 PM

That list stinks like Larry Fitzmaurice farting in an elevator

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 12:32 PM

Love this list, sorry geezers it's not 2007 anymore

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 12:35 PM

i like some of the albums on this list, and i don't like some of the albums on this list. therefore, the albums i don't like should not be included on this list.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 12:38 PM

Pretty lame list.

A 100-entry list seems way too long for this. They really just put everything that has gotten BNM on there.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 12:51 PM

Cloud Nothings - Wasted Days > better than this whole list.

they might suck something fierce live, but that track kills.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 12:54 PM

It takes a certain amount of guts to put a Kanye record as #1 because he is a twat. But the first 12:30 poster is absolutely correct--he's the Zep of tweens era indie (; ;) music and dark, twisted was his ZOSO.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 12:58 PM

Thanks for posting the entire list here to I didn't have to go to Pitchfork.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 1:01 PM

"(Kanye), a guy who out-raps Raekwon on his A-game..."

Oh, to be young and chronically stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 1:06 PM

This is really why they are rioting in MO.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 1:07 PM

list is based on sales.

tweens and their itunes gift cards making a mockery of music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 1:11 PM

Everyone complaining here must be old. The Strokes no longer make music folks

Posted by D | August 19, 2014 1:38 PM

Anyone who thinks Grimes - Visions is more than 70 spots better than Swans - To Be Kind should be deported immediately.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 1:54 PM

^
I'm not sure that's the source of the complaining, 1:38. I think that a lot of BV and P4K readers prefer music that is less mainstream than Kanye, Drake, Beyonce, etc. I don't think it has anything to do with age since most of the comments on BV seem to come from racist, masogynist, ignorant boys.

I guess I would want to see a complete list of post-2009 releases to fully judge this list. I would have liked to see Grizzly Bear, TV on the Radio, Savages and The Men make the list tho.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 1:56 PM

Lame. Agree with 12:20... where is Sharon? Wye Oak? First Aid Kit? BECK? Heartless Bastards? Laura Marling?
This list sucks.

Posted by Bobby | August 19, 2014 1:57 PM

Its official, Pitchfork is now Rolling Stone.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 2:10 PM

That reunion Van Halen album should be around 25, and it's not even on here - WTF?!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 2:11 PM

This list is so predictable, it hurts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 2:23 PM

Everyone can just go fuck themselves already

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 2:28 PM

I just can't shake the feeling that there's some cold calculation going on with respect to where Pitchfork puts artists like Kanye and Beyonce on this list. Not that they don't deserve to be on the list, but Pitchfork always seems to me to be incredibly image-conscious.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 2:30 PM

Kanye a bitch yo, straight up

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 2:37 PM

No DOVES?
No Radiohead?

Posted by pat tobin | August 19, 2014 3:09 PM

fuck Radiohead

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 3:19 PM

foals total life forever should be on there, I agree 2:30, they really seem to try to project an image of listening to everything and you're uncool if you can't find merit in the latest top 40 pop song

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 3:19 PM

Why is Pitchfork putting out a list of the best songs from 2010-2014 when it's August 2014?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 3:27 PM

I'm really happy Girls broke up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 3:37 PM

because their interns are going back to college and there's no one around to grab coffee.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 3:37 PM

Pitchfork's white guilt is showing at number 1.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 4:02 PM

#1 is well deserved, I agree with that

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 4:11 PM

This is what most pitchfork lists are: rushed and opinionated. It always seems like they don't think about the list until the week before posting it and many wrongful omissions are made. For instance, Sheilds by Grizzly Bear was called "better than Veckitemist" - which I for one do not agree with - by the same site and yet they leave it out of a best of list? Same thing happened last year with the best album of the year list when they unjustly forgot Obsidian by Baths came out. No matter what, no one list will thoroughly please everyone who reads it, but some picks on here are nice surprises: Emeralds, the Caretaker, two danny brown albums.

Now I do have to defend the "kanye choice" because his producing and music making abilities seem to keep evolving and getting better. I honestly would have put channel.orange at #1. It's the most surprising LP to come out in the past five years simply because of the odd future connotations attached to him and because of the soul-bearing lyrical themes as well as a reprise of lush arrangements on each song.

Most people aren't into hip-hop or r&b because it doesn't appeal to them and some don't like it because it's popular and they want something no one else is listening to (which unless it's your music you made on your laptop, there will be people listening to it). But if you are a true fan and lover of music, then this list should ring pretty true. Besides a few unforgivable omissions, it covers all it's bases for best of the past five years. Another thing to take into account is that the list is really listing the most important, influenential and impactful albums of the past five years; not nessecarily the best in terms of greatness. That's the way it goes with pitchfork.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 4:55 PM

Yeah, really don't like this list... boring, predictable and definitely gives high accolades to decent - but not amazing albums - while snubbing some amazing albums that do (and do not) appear far too low on the list.

Personally, Grimes' Visions would be my number 1. I agree that Vampire Weekend's most recent effort is a true classic. Reflektor would have been my number 2 but apparently it's too divisive so somehow Arcade Fire suddenly stopped being hip I suppose. Bon Iver's self-titles sophomore effort was amazing and deserved higher placement.

And the albums that don't appear...

Posted by Corey | August 19, 2014 9:31 PM

Ok, had to come back - couldn't resist saying that The National were truly robbed.

Posted by Corey | August 19, 2014 9:36 PM

Pitchfork's universe of artists covered is so rigid, within clear boundaries and not open to anything else. It's like MTV in the 90's.

It's ironic, for a website that started as exposing new interesting bands to the general public.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 10:15 PM

Completely agree with 3:19. That's such a glaring omission. The UK hype machine was actually right about a band and Pitchfork type blogs refuse to admit it

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 10:28 PM

Pitchfork as a website sucks:

They have no comments section. Come on. It's 2014. My 10-year nephew can code you a comments section in a few hours. If you're afraid of anonymous commenting, use the FB authentication or G+ or whateva else. A website without a comments section is dry, boring and impersonal. I can't get anywhere past their first paragraph, because my brain turns off from their writing dryness. My attention span is limited. Plus, most of the fun is in troll comments and opinionated over the top commenters like D or Hummus-Guy. Which is what makes BV fun.

PS: Oh yeah, and have you seen their stupid music player? It's the worst. There are simple open source players that are infinitely better, but no let's use that proprietary crap that someone wrote for us in 2005.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 10:29 PM

This list is not nearly as off the mark as their 200 song list. Deerhunter gets some well deserved top 10 love!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2014 11:21 PM

Can't we all just be happy this list includes nothing by The National?

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 12:09 AM

opinion trumps fact. I bet Kanye doesn't even say "thank you".

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 1:36 AM

Pitchfork, like Sacher, have zero taste. In about 10 years, nobody will remember about 95% of these acts. They've really cultivated some terrible music so far this millennium, and I'm shocked that they still exert such influence.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 7:38 AM

If kayne is number 1 then 20 or 30 of the albums after #1 should be albums influenced by him. Fail !

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 8:20 AM

1121, wasn't helicopter in the top ten of the 200 song list?

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 9:16 AM

I've taken shits that I'd rather listen to than almost all the records on this list.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 11:13 AM

lol, people can't accept that MBDTF is a modern classic, definitely deserves that spot (I don't even HipHop)

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 8:27 PM

8:27 is spot on, MBDTF is a modern marvel of a record, if you don't think it belonged in at least the top 50 then you clearly didn't listen to it and are just being prejudiced.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2014 10:12 PM

Really enjoy most on here. Deerhunter was a nice top 3 surprise. Bon Iver and Japandroids are low for me, kind of grown to be some of my favorite albums. Shame Lisbon didn't make it too.. What is not good by any stretch? The Caretaker. And I'm not sure I've met someone who likes Swans, but maybe someone does.

Posted by anon | August 20, 2014 11:04 PM

Pitchfork not having a comment section is the best decision any website has ever made.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 7:46 AM

MSDTF features a song with a American idol judge, bonny bear, and the dude who sings that new York song, all in character. This is cutting edge?

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 8:25 AM

Pitchfork not having a comment section is the best decision any website has ever made. [2]

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 2:20 PM

No speedy or parquet. Who really wrote this tho

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2014 11:05 PM

loving the kanye hate. kanye loves it too. i'll fuel it by saying MBDTF will be remembered as one of those most influential albums ever. hate the lyrics if you want or the rapping style, but kanye's production has continually pushed the bounds of music

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Posted by Real Estate Attorney | August 25, 2014 11:32 PM

there are lots of silly reasons one might get upset about this list. here's mine — there's no way deerhunter's "halcyon digest" should be #3 and atlas sound's "parallax" doesn't crack the list. i love bradford cox's music, and i think when you really dig your teeth in parallax stands up to anything he's done.

Posted by kerem | August 28, 2014 4:29 AM

Parallax is the really the only time Bradford missed the mark for me. The songs themselves are good (listen to Mona Lisa on Bedroom Databank), it's just the production is too glossy/just off. I love Monomania though, so maybe my mind fucked up like that.

People, this list isn't for you. It's for that teens/early 20s crowd that generates the ad revenue. Most of us here listen to pretty weird shit anyway, which is only a small part of Pitchfork (the Out Door).

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 9:24 AM

No Fleet Foxes
No Love Remains
No High Violet
No Parquet Courts
No Obsidian
No Shields
No Savages
No Run The Jewels
No Slaughterhouse
No Sleigh Bells
No Das Racist!!
No Shabazz Palaces!!!
No NO AGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please Remove: The Knife (it really is so bad), Grimes (good singles but not cohesive), Jai Paul (it's not even a real album), Bats For Lashes, Tame Impala, 4, Saint Vincent, James Blake, Young Thug, Jessie Ware, Future, and Nostalgia, Ultra (I just don't like these).

That said I'm please with how high Destroyer, Flying Lotus, and Real Estate ended up.

Peace.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2014 1:09 PM

Also:
No Rick Ross
No Sufjan
No Walkmen
No Woods

For real though, listen to Love Remains by How to Dress Well. It is the best album of the decade hands down.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2014 1:27 PM

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