Albums of the Year 2010

The Pop Culture Monster staff considered not doing this, as it’ll be merely a blot in the sea of “Best of…” lists that flood the blogosphere around this time of the year, every year. But “alas”, we thought in unison, “fuck it, just go for it…” And so, here it is.

Ciarán – Editor

Laura Marling's 'I Speak Because I Can'

Joanna Newsom's 'Have One On Me'

Yeasayer's 'Odd Blood'

Ones that didn’t make the list, but almost did: The National High Violet, Tove Styrke Tove Styrke, Kanye West My Beautiful Dark and Twisted Fantasy, Jenny and Johnny I’m Having Fun Now, Agnes Obel Philharmonics and Deerhunter Halcyon Digest. Yes, I realise that’s 6 extra, but whatever. It’s difficult to choose, okay?!

Ian – Editor

Hot Chip's 'One Life Stand'

Marina and the Diamonds's 'The Family Jewels'

Lissie's 'Catching A Tiger'

Kevin O’Neill – Music Contibutor

John Grant's 'Queen of Denmark'

The National's 'High Violet'

Ham Sandwich's 'White Fox'

Ones that almost made the list: Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid, The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt.

Linda Connolly – Contributor

Vampire Weekend's 'Contra'

Gorillaz's 'Plastic Beach'

MGMT's 'Congratulations'

Ones that almost made the list: Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid, Arcade Fire The Suburbs, The National High Violet.

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