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Top 25 Lists of 13 New Times Contributors

NEW TIMES' OVERALL TOP 25

Based on rankings of the top 25 albums of 2010 as picked by 13 New Times staffers and contributors.

1. Kanye West — My Dark Twisted Beautiful Fantasy (10 ballots) 158 points

2. Deerhunter — Halcyon Digest (6 ballots) 122 points

3. Arcade Fire — The Suburbs (7 ballots) 109 points

4. LCD Soundsystem — This Is Happening (5 ballots)

80 points

5. The National — High Violet (5 ballots) 79 points

6. Sufjan Stevens — The Age of Adz (5 ballots) 77 points

7. The Roots — How I Got Over (5 ballots) 72 points

8. The Tallest Man on Earth — The Wild Hunt (3 ballots)

71 points

9. Black Keys — Brothers (4 ballots) 69 points

10. Gorillaz — Plastic Beach (3 ballots) 69 points

11. Grinderman — Grinderman II (4 ballots) 66 points

12. Band of Horses — Infinite Arms (3 ballots) 62 points

13. Girl Talk — All Day (3 ballots) 58 points

14. Sleigh Bells — Treats (4 ballots) 57 points

15. Best Coast — Crazy for You (4 ballots) 54 points

16. Big Boi — Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Ballad of Chico Dusty (3 ballots) 53 points

17. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti — Before Today (3 ballots) 48 points

18. Dead Weather — Sea of Cowards (2 ballots) 48 points

19. Flying Lotus — Cosmogramma (3 ballots) 45 points

20. Spoon — Transference (3 ballots) 40 points

21. Local Natives — Gorilla Manor (3 ballots) 40 points

22. Surfer Blood — Astro Coast (3 ballots) 40 points

23. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings — I Learned the Hard Way (3 ballots) 40 points

25. Janelle Monae — The ArchAndroid (2 ballots) 37 points


Martin Cizmar

1. Band of Horses — Infinite Arms

2. Arcade Fire — The Suburbs

3. Sufjan Stevens — The Age of Adz

4. LCD Soundsystem — This Is Happening

5. Kanye West — My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

6. Toubab Krewe — TK2

7. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists — Brutalist Bricks

8. Girl Talk — All Day

9. Weezer — Pinkerton (Deluxe Reissue)

10. Best Coast — Crazy For You

11. Titus Andronicus — The Monitor

12. T.I. — No Mercy

13. Surfer Blood — Surfer Blood

14. Wavves — King of the Beach

15. Foxy Shazam — Foxy Shazam

16. The Black Keys — Brothers

17. Against Me! — White Crosses

18. Matt and Kim — Sidewalks

19. The National — High Violet

20. Lissie — Catching a Tiger

21. Beach House — Teen Dream

22. No Age — Everything In Between

23. Devo — Something For Everybody

24. Crystal Castles — Crystal Castles

25. Hot Chip — One Life Stand


Jay Bennett

1. Deerhunter — Halcyon Digest

2. The Soft Pack — The Soft Pack

3. Dead Weather — Sea of Cowards

4. OFF! — First Four EPs

5. Screaming Females — Castle Talk

6. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan — Hawk

7. Grinderman — II

8. Call Me Lightning — When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free

9. Sharon Jones & the Dap—Kings — I Learned the Hard Way

10. Surfer Blood — Astro Coast

11. MGMT — Congratulations

12. Charlotte Gainsbourg — IRM

13. Titus Andronicus — The Monitor

14. No Age — Everything in Between

15. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists — Brutalist Bricks

16. The Hold Steady — Heaven Is Whenever

17. Harlan T. Bobo — Sucker

18. Kelley Stoltz — To Dreamers

19. Tindersticks — Falling Down a Mountain

20. Spoon — Transference

21. Dum Dum Girls — I Will Be

22. Wavves — King of the Beach

23. Unnatural Helpers — Cracked Love & Other Drugs

24. The Brian Jonestown Massacre — Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?

25. Broken Social Scene — Forgiveness Rock Record


Mike Escoto

1. Arcade Fire — The Suburbs

2. The Tallest Man on Earth — Wild Hunt

3. Avi Buffalo — Avi Buffalo

4. Gorillaz — Plastic Beach

5. Miniature Tigers — Fortress

6. Flying Lotus — Cosmogramma

7. Local Natives — Gorilla Manor

8. The Morning Benders — Big Echo

9. Janelle Monae — The ArchAndroid

10. Kanye West — My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

11. The Roots — How I Got Over

12. The National — High Violet

13. Band of Horses — Infinite Arms

14. Twin Sister — Color Your Life

15. MGMT — Congratulations

16. Ariel Pink's Haunted Gaffiti — Before Today

17. Deerhunter — Halcyon Digest

18. Gayngs — Relayted

19. Broken Social Scene — Forgiveness Rock Record

20. Let's Wrestle — In the Court of the Wrestling Let's

21. Hot Chip — One Life Stand

22. Sufjan Stevens — The Age of Adz

23. Ra Ra Riot — The Orchard

24. LCD Soundsystem — This Is Happening

25. Twin Shadow — Forget

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