ALBUMS: Top 10 of 2010

You’ve read the mitZine head editor’s list of top 10 songs of the year.

Check out our list of top 10 albums after the jump and sound off in the comments section with your own favourite albums of the year:

10. Girl Talk – All Day

Controversial mash-up artist Gregg Michael Gillis, also known as Girl Talk, released his fifth full-length LP in 2010 called All Day. The so-called “Music Frankenstein” has taken sampling to a whole new level with seamless transitions and an innovative style of genre mixing. Oldies and rap songs are successfully combined to create an extremely contagious, energetic party album that brings listeners of all genres together. Overall, the album consists of 372 samples that are spreading as fast as “Double Rainbow” through university dorm rooms and student ghettos. So while he may be angering the recording industry, he’s certainly not getting complaints from the students of Western, especially considering he gave it away for free. – Kaely Danahy

9. Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History

Criticized for being nothing groundbreaking or newfangled Tourist History’s simplistic, formulaic pop really is something special. The album should be looked at like you would look at Serena Williams: the front is beefed up and brawny, but the backside is where all the oomph comes from. From front to back, the boys of Two Door offer an album that is catchier than the feeling of glee at Christmas time, and, while it is nothing boundary-shattering, it works. – David Hayes

8. Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer

Sorry Bruno Mars, but for Biggest Chunk of Pure Motown Throwback, nobody could touch Cee Lo in 2010. Mars might have co-wrote his massively lovable summer smash “Fuck You”, but Green has so much more to offer on The Lady Killer. Motown isn’t dead and when he sings “My love’s old fashioned, but it still works just the way it is”, you know it’s true. – Jonathan Forani

7. Robyn – Body Talk

It is no doubt that Body Talk earned its way into Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Spin’s top albums of 2010. This full-length album sprouted from two EPs (Body Talk Pt. 1 and Body Talk Pt. 2) that singer-songwriter Robyn released in the few months prior to the unveiling of this pop-infused masterpiece. The Swedish artist channeled heart-felt emotion into every song, making sure each track on the album told a lyrical story in a clever way. After making the decision to partner the melodies with incredibly catchy dance beats, there was no way it could go wrong. – Jesica Hurst

6. Broken Bells – Broken Bells

Danger Mouse and The Shins frontman James Mercer – how could this not be good (cue the Kanye Shrug)? It’s really good. With Danger Mouse’s driving percussion and Mercer’s nostalgic crooning the end product is nothing short of perfect. It is an exhibition of mature craftsmanship from two artists who know how to make ears feel like symphonic sponges. Broken Bells will leave indie follow-ups struggling to catch up in an attempt to re-create the magic of this debut. – DH

5. Sweet Thing – Sweet Thing

Sweet Thing’s self-titled debut album could be described as a synergy of The Killers’ infectious hooks and OK Go’s quirky ingenuity. Not bad for five Canadian boys. From the layered choruses on “Winter Night” to instantly endearing lyrics “Lazy Susan turn yourself around”, their songs pulse with unbridled energy, which may cause involuntary toe tapping. Word has it they put on quite the epic live show — I don’t doubt it. Oh, and did I mention the drummer is the cute kid from the glory days of Popular Mechanics for Kids? As if you needed another reason to check them out. – Taylor Pearce

4. of Montreal – False Priest

Arguably the most underrated release of the crowded 2010 indie scene, False Priest is a testament to of Montreal’s addictive, schizophrenic sound. It’s an album that you’d think would be more tailored to Broadway than American Idiot – a futuristic rock opera with hyperactive personalities and a few acid trips to boot. The staccato guitar riff of “Like a Tourist” and the manic vocal tones in “You Do Mutilate?” provide the listener with an experience resembling a sonic exorcism. And with lyrics that proclaim, “If I treated someone else the way I treat myself, I’d be in jail”, the band reaches a whole new supernatural level of introspection. If this is the doctrine of the future, count me a drug-induced believer. – Emily Fister

3. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz

Just when you thought Sufjan Stevens couldn’t get any weirder. With Age of Adz Stevens constructed a schizophrenic marvel – auto-tuning and all – and in 2010 there was no greater accomplishment from a solo indie act. Stevens cast aside his banjo-strumming persona and threw himself into the synths and auto-tuning of other genres to great effect. Now can we get back to that 50 states project? – JF

2. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

You have now entered Kanye West’s Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – please fasten your ear drums and press play. A colossal explosion of ego, West’s most recent album proves his arrogance legitimate. This 66-ish minute stew of collaborations with some of 2010’s most popular artists (including Kid Cudi, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna) detonates a wonder bomb when it stirs in an unlikely track with Bon Iver. West weaves together the 14 tracks so organically it leaves you wanting to plunge deeper into his shadowy mind. Kudos, Kanye. Keep this up and you can keep your head eight times bigger than the rest of us. – Stephanie Whitney

1. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Out of suburbia and into the mainstream charts, Arcade Fire’s ambitious disc set a new standard for the indie scene. It’s a return to the days of stadium rock, with a concept that’s equal parts visual and musical. From the glittering, disco-esque “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” to the haunting, hard-hitting “Ready to Start”, Reginé Chaussagne and Win Butler have painted a captivating portrait of growing up and growing old. A Grammy nod to boot, this Montreal collective has proved that there is a world beyond nuclear families and picket fences. – EF

Honorable Mention: MGMT’s Congratulations, Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III), LCD Soundsystem’s This is Happening, Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager

Worst album of 2010: Black Eyed Peas The Beginning

What were your favourite albums of 2010? Sound off below.

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