The sophomore album from The Hotelier exploded onto the “emo revival” scene in 2014. “Believe Me (ft. Drake)” – Lil Wayne 69. PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. But for me, I’ll take the glitchy gusto of 22, A Million, an album that wants to dip its feet into many of Vernon’s musical wading pools without getting too wet. Under sincere musings, Be The Cowboy lulls between soulful, introspective ballads and eruptions of electric guitar and crashing cymbals.–Carolyn Droke. “Work (ft. Drake)” – Rihanna For additional information for deaths of musicians and for links to other music lists, see 2010 in music Albums released between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2019 with 15 or more reviews in Metacritic's databas… Their third album refines that sound to the point that the change feels revelatory, even though it's not that large of a shift. But while many bands might phone it in for an easy cash grab, Sleater-Kinney returned in bigger and better shape than ever. The album has an overriding theme of moving forward and putting troubles of the past beyond you. That’s why we all weren’t surprised when she announced her first book earlier this year. Soft Sounds From Another Planet is just that — otherworldly music that utilizes its expansive sound to illustrate unique landscapes. The best albums of the 2010s, then, not only define the decade, they chart an artistic rebirth. What made the 2010s so interesting is that a lot of the indie bands who dominated the discussion around the genre in in the 2000s were, for the most part, out of the picture. With production from Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never, Anohni pulls no punches as she sings of fish boiling in the sea, giving voice to a planet on the verge of destruction.–P.C. Its songs detail, in memorable ways, not just a relationship falling apart, but also the recuperation, contemplation, and moving-on stages. Lucky Soul's second album expands on the pop-and-soul sound, rooted in the 1960s, of their first. Written during a six-week period when he was living in a hotel, and estranged from his wife and muse, Emma, Father John Misty’s fourth studio album is an expression of pure romantic anguish with virtually no artifice. They continued to do so on their latest, but it also marked a development of their sonic palette, as it features some of the most dynamic and adventurous music of their tenure thus far.–Derrick Rossignol. If there’s a lane that was left relatively empty in the 2010s, it was guitar-hero albums. <a href="http://elefantrecordsclassics.bandcamp.com/album/a-coming-of-age">A Coming Of Age by LUCKY SOUL</a> Their natural Michigan environs and the way they carry that into their music means Big questions are probed within bouncy pop songs that tap into Jonathan Richman and folk-music traditions alike. 1. From alternative rock’s surprising reign to R&B’s resurgence, to pop’s continued evolution, here are the 100 best songs of the 2010s… so far! Our Year in Music 2010 coverage has featured our Top 100 Tracks, Top Music Videos, the Year in Photos, our Best of Pitchfork.tv, the Best of Pitchfork News, and the Worst Album … The decade’s defining Americana artist was in a personal tailspin before Southeastern. <a href="http://aweather.bandcamp.com/album/everyday-balloons">Everyday Balloons by A Weather</a> While taking Darren Hanlon's songwriting to the next level of focus and variety, I Will Love You at All also reinvents the break-up album. In the last few years, Phoebe Bridgers has become a central figure in the indie world, thanks to both her landmark solo debut album and her contributions to the Boygenius and Better Oblivion Community Center projects. These artists had the vision, originality, and talent to keep the dance floor filled all decade long. Up until this album, Neon Indian was primarily a group riding off the coattails of the late 2000s Chillwave movement, an indie-pop offshoot genre inspired by the sounds of AM radio and groups like MGMT. Note: These are albums that missed the cut on our general Best Albums Of The 2010s list, which you can find here. This time, he cut down on the atmospherics and focused on the songs, buffing them into perfect and timeless statements.–S.H. “Give Your Heart A Break” – Demi Lovato 63. A little more focused than My Woman and a lot more sonically adventurous than her early work, All Mirrors arrived to paint Olsen as an artist that’s impossible to pin down, whose best work might still be in front of her.–P.C. 2010s Indie: Alternative & Indie-Pop Sounds Of The 21st Century By NBHAP. <a href="http://darrenhanlon.bandcamp.com/album/i-will-love-you-at-all">I Will Love You At All by Darren Hanlon</a> On their third album, the Radio Dept. The Best Indie Pop Albums of 2010. It’s worth noting that the earliest track from this list of the The following is a list of albums that were released during 2010. Just as Lost In The Dream built on the breakthroughs of 2011’s excellent but meandering Slave Ambient, A Deeper Understanding represented a new pinnacle for Adam Granduciel’s unique, modernist/traditionalist take on American rock and roll. Classic indie-pop bands like Unrest and 14 Iced Bears reunited for tours. We begin our recap of the best entertainment of the 2010s with two lists of the decade's best albums, representing views from different vantage points in time. "Safe and Sound" was released on January 6, 2011. It does seem like indie-label music fans are embracing pop sounds more than they did a few years ago, with bands like Best Coast, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Dum Dum Girls getting raves from Internet tastemakers. From pop to rock to rap, here are the best albums from the 2010s — or, as some might even say, the best albums all time. Seriously.—Z.G. Angel Olsen can excel in both the intimate and the expansive, so it’s appropriate that her great new album manages to be both. This section will be updated periodically throughout the end of the year. The London band Allo Darlin' is about as cute as pop bands come, with spunky little pop songs that say witty things about love, using Woody Allen as a reference point and weaving the chorus of a Weezer song into the fabric of their own song, via its characters singing it together on a ferris wheel. That they also carry inside their songs the serenity of a lake and the wildness of nature, not to mention the fanciful, even silly, demeanor of children's storybooks, makes it no less pop. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group. Join us all month long as we celebrate the best music, film, and television of the decade.After revealing our Top 100 Albums of the 2010s, we’re … How Indie Went Pop—and Pop Went Indie—in the 2010s Ten years ago, a collaboration between an indie act and a pop artist was something to marvel over. The second LP from Seattle's Math and Physics Club follows up on their excellent 2006 debut with a similar mix of pop punch and storytelling, delivered in a streamlined way that keeps the emphasis on those strengths, without any unnecessary fluff. With 2019’s i,i however, Vernon showed that he was still capable of producing emotionally direct songs that hit with the power of folk ballads, no matter their prog-Americana trappings.–S.H. All of this is supplemented by Zauner’s gorgeous and ethereal vocal, tying the songs together as something truly special.–Z.G. As we look back at the decade in the rear-view, let’s take a look at all the best indie releases. Alternately diaristic, journalistic, and motivational, their songs pack an unexpected dramatic punch for such quiet music, one that hits close to home. Cotton candy, Star Wars bedsheets, the booming voices of used car salesmen... these are memories, building blocks of people. Orange Juice - Coals to Newcastle. Custom chart of the greatest albums of all-time, as voted by RYM users; including genres Indie Pop (not including sub-genres); include Live or archival releases. The times change, but psychedelic rock bands always seem to stay the same. Following a decade with two landmark creations — her lush album as Antony And The Johnsons, I Am A Bird Now, and her disco-fueled collaboration with Hercules And Love Affair — she drone-bombed the music world with the politically-charged opus Hopelessness in 2016. This is music that isn’t just sweet to the ear. Capitol Records. Breaking down conventions The 2010s were a time of great transition and breaking down of conventions. On Europe, the idea of struggling in music and in love is juxtaposed by the European financial crisis, resulting in the definitive underrated album of the decade.–Philip Cosores. If you don’t see your fave, it might be on the general list. There was no attempt to make another push towards the ubiquity of “1234,” instead crafting rich grower of a record that sounds even better now than it did on its release, with the show-stopping grandeur of “Graveyard” and smokey fragility of “The Circle Married The Line” showing capabilities much larger than iPod commercials.–P.C. These lists will be updated frequently throughout the coming weeks, when we will also be unveiling similar lists of the best movies, TV shows, and games of the decade. Annie Clark is one of the best at a lot of different things, and she shows much of that off on her commercial breakthrough album. But before we embrace the new, let’s look back at the best in pop, rock, country, hip-hop and R&B over the last 10 years. © 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. Clever, yes, but they also can be rather emotionally affecting. Songwriters like Natalie Mering only come along once in a blue moon. The pop landscape changed significantly during the 2010s. The 2010s was the era where nothing got left out. Even if there are some moments where the album’s pop-sensibilities seem blatantly intended for mainstream appeal, ... the debut LP from Epic Beard Men, is an indie-rap tour de force by two of the underground’s finest; Sage Francis and B. Dolan. Strange Mercy is full of baroque pop and experimental indie rock, the song that best represents both sides of that coin being the undeniably catchy and adventurous single, “Cruel.”— D.R. Since 2005, the chart has been based on the sales of both physical and digital albums, on the condition that the album was available in both formats. The credits include 40 people. While singing giddy melodies back and forth from one singer to the other, along with hand-claps, toy keyboards, banjo, cello, or various other instruments, they're tapping into a human's innate desire to create, to make up stories about the world, which is partly what this whole business is all about. Emerging out of a home studio in Idaho, The Year of Hibernation is a rare work whose small scale elevates the collection to greater heights. The next time you hear a feisty young punk band attempt to pack a million and one ideas, riffs, lyrics, band members, and everything else in the kitchen sink into one song, think of The Monitor. The melodies are deceptively sophisticated, the lyrics vivid and evocative. PUP had already been one of the leading voices in 2010s indie-pop-punk thanks to their first two albums, but Morbid Stuff came out in April 2019 and … As the 2010s come to a close, the importance of the trajectory of indie music in the 2000s has become increasingly clear and undeniable. Since their 2005 debut album, Gothenburg, Sweden's Sambassadeur has struck me as underrated. That’s one of the reasons why this decade’s pop music has been so hard to pin down. 1. Portrait artists of everyday life, Portland's A Weather close their focus in on the details, from objects strewn across rooms to the words people use when they're trying to comfort each other. To that end, the most impressive releases of 2010s came from across the ever-increasing spectrum of the indie world, from the dirty blues of The Black Keys, to season-driven contemplative genius of Bon Iver, to the devastating punk rock of The Wonder Years and The Hotelier. “Timber” – Pitbull 67. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart), it's easy to see why this 2011 synth-pop track had such an immense reach. The Pepperoni Boy from Edmont to the Prince of Indie Rock worldwide. “Back to Back” – Drake 68. The result is their most consistently playable LP, a seemingly simple collection of songs that reveals new depth with each listen.–S.H. Instead, it’s a party you never want to leave.–S.H. While the indie world produced fewer massive stars in the 2010s than in the previous decade, the recorded output was as strong as ever. The 50 Best Albums of 2020 By Paste Staff November 30, 2020 Legend of Zelda Christmas Album, A Merry Hyrule Christmas , Is Releasing Today By Nicolas Perez December 15, 2020 Here comes the 2020s. The act’s first EP released in 1999 is a mere five songs but teased the potential of this brainy indie-rock band, which blends emo and rock masterfully. “Loveeeeee Song (ft. Future)” – Rihanna 66. Along with "Body Talk," another album released on November 22, 2010, would go on to impact the music of the rest of the decade: West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." The result was a record that felt both reassuring and forward-thinking.–S.H. Adrianne Lenker’s vocals feel like they’re straight out of the classic New York folk scene, while also carving their own lane into something uniquely modern. No Cities To Love features some of the catchiest songs in the band’s catalogue, while also showcasing their unique and powerful musical prowess throughout.– Z.G. At the same time, it seemed a year of refinement, where bands on their second, third, or fourth albums took their sound and refreshed it. Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. My favorite ten indie-pop albums of the year include just three debuts, and two of those are by new groups whose members have been around for a while in other bands. There were outstanding debut LPs from Allo Darlin' (London), Magic Kids (Memphis), Standard Fare (Sheffield), One Happy Island (Boston), and the School (Cardiff) among others. If these guys didn’t believe in the power of guitars and power chords so fervently, Celebration Rock would devolve into self-parody. 's The Adventures of Bobby Ray, Godsmack's The Oracle and not one, not two, but three separate Glee Cast soundtrack albums. Though that’s not true for the decade’s most popular young psych outfit, Tame Impala, which evolved from a bedroom pop act to an arena-filling rock behemoth in the 2010s. The 200 Best Songs of the 2010s. Through Bridgers eyes, the listener doesn’t just see the artist’s point of view, but gains an empathetic and insightful vision of everything from death to love. Mixing sugary pop songs of their own in with them singing the "Beef, It's What for Dinner" jingle and "Clap on, Clap Off" (the Clapper) might seem incongruous, but it's all part of the same pop-culture fabric, tied in with feelings from childhood, wonder, mystery, and naiveté. The revitalized Slumberland, a key indie-pop label from the '90s, seems to get even more attention than they did originally. The legendary Scottish band Orange Juice returned to music fans through a comprehensive box set. Sing along, clap along, and dance around your room, but as these things go, soon you'll realize how much sadness there is in these songs, that many of the people in the songs are poor, lonely, and feeling lost, stumbling through life like we all do. It’s the most self-assured record in the Bon Iver catalogue, as gorgeous as it is abrasive, securing the moment when everyone realized that Bon Iver doesn’t have a rule book in glorious carbonite.–P.C. “Me, Myself & I” – G-Easy & Bebe Rexha 70. As one of the greatest pop albums of the 2010s, Teenage Dream epitomized the best of the genre … No song showcases Robyn's power better than the endlessly listenable dance bop "Dancing on My Own," a pop song so perfect that Insider named it the best song of the 2010s. The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s Pop felt more ambitious than ever, voices from the margins broke through in every genre and great records kept coming at us from every direction. Ask a group of music fans who the defining indie rock group of the 2000s was, and more than a few of them will say Vampire Weekend. As Cotton Candy, Mark Robinson (Unrest) and Evelyn Hurley (Blast Off Country Style!) With Trouble Will Find Me, they committed to making some of their most stripped-down music since the mid-’00s. These are notable albums, defined as having received significant coverage from reliable sources independent of the subject. It is one of the best underground pop albums of the decade. “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber 62. The best indie music seems to capture a specific moment, a heightened creative spark in the studio or the bedroom, and that’s exactly how the breakthrough for Waxahatchee feels. Join us as we count down the best albums of 2010, as picked by the Guardian's crack team of music critics 16 December 2010 Albums of 2010, No 1: Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) Within this collection of bittersweet pop songs lies an epic dialogue about hypocrisy and repression, about trying and failing to connect with other people in a way that would build something beautiful in the face of so many broken promises. Right about when indie rock was getting a little too arty and intellectual, these screamingly earnest Canadians burst through the door like a leather-clad Kool-Aid Man to remind us about the joys of drinking, smoking, and rocking. Here’s a list of the best pop songs from each year, based solely on Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 charts. Bon Iver has an album for everyone. Why Haven’t You Tried Snoop Dogg’s Impeccably Smooth Cali Red Yet? Custom chart of the greatest albums of all-time, as voted by RYM users; including genres Indie Pop (not including sub-genres); include Live or archival releases. The UK Albums Chart is a music chart compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC) that calculates the best-selling artist albums of the week in the United Kingdom. The best Hip Hop albums of the 2010s ... but the rest of the album is great too. They do their version of reggae, their version of the 1980s soft-pop ballad. “Drunk In Love” – Beyonce 64. 10. Against Me!’s sixth full-length is a document of frontperson Laura Jane Grace’s struggles with gender dysphoria and the ensuing transition she began after coming out in the pages of Rolling Stone in 2012. Since their debut, Beach House have proven themselves to be one of the most consistent forces in all of indie, pumping out great album after great album. For Gigi, he teamed with producer Colin Stewart and a host of guest vocalists and musicians, for a spiritual tribute to the Brill Building era that benefits from the witty, sad love songs and the singers' skill at singing them. It has the unity of theme and diversity of voice that made Stephin Merritt's Sixths project so enjoyable, but to that, it adds the warmth and collective energy of an ensemble project. Math and Physics Club - I Shouldn't Look As Good As I Do [Matinee] You don’t need to know the story of a college student facing his own mental health demons while recording to appreciate how fully-formed the songs appear. 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