Best Albums by Year

2020

1. Disclosure, ENERGY
2. Lauv, Lauv
3. Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia
4. Mac Miller, Circles
5. The Strokes, The New Abnormal
6. Cubicolor, Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night
7. HAIM, Women In Music Pt. III
8. DMA’s, The Glow
9. Steve Earle, Ghosts of West Virginia 
10. Fiona Apple, Fetch The Bolt Cutters

HONORABLE MENTION: Taylor Swift, folklore; Elephant Stone, Hollow; The Mavericks, En Espanol; Childish Gambino, 3.15.20; Grouplove, Healer; BENEE, Hey u x; Ed O’Brien, Earth; SAULT, Untitled (Black Is); Phoebe Bridges, Punisher; Soccer Mommy, Color Theory; M. Ward, Migration Stories;  Tame Impala, The Slow Rush; The Chicks, Gaslighter; Glass Animals, Dreamland; Alec Benjamin, These Two Windows; Moses Sumney, grae Part 1; Washed Out, Purple Noon; Lucinda Williams, Good Souls Better Angeles; Four Tet, Sixteen Oceans

CONSIDERED: SAULT, Untiled (Rise); Taylor Swift, evermore; Troye Sivan, In a Dream; Fontaines D.C., A Hero’s Death; Ray LaMontagne, Monovision; Cornershop, England Is A Garden; DJ Boring, Like Water; Airborne Toxic Event, Hollywood Park; Thundercat, It Is What It Is; Christine and the Queens, La viva nuova; Elvis Costello, Hey Clockface; Moby, All Visible Objects; The 1975, Notes On A Conditional Form; Avett Brothers, The Third Gleam; Car Seat Headrest, Making a Door Less Open; Jason Mraz, Look For The Good; The Weekend, After Hours; My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall II; Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams, Aporia; Bessie Jones, Get In Union; LA Priest, GENE; Perfume Genius, Set My Heart On Fire Immediately; Rufus Wainwright, Unfollow the Rules; Drive-by Truckers, The Unraveling; Whitmer Thomas, Song From the Golden One; Green Day, Father of All Motherfuckers; Ethan Gruska, En Garde; Stone Temple Pilots, Perdida; Mura Masa, R.Y.C.; Pet Shop Boys, Hotspot; 070 Shake, Modus Vivendi; Destroyer, Have We Met; Bright Eyes, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was; Caribou, Suddenly; Real Estate, The Main Thing; Steve Aoki, Neon Future IV; Neon Trees, I Can Feel You Forgetting Me; Deerhoof, Future Teenage Cave Artists; J Balvin, Colores; Waxahatchee, Saint Cloud; Alanis Morissette, Such Pretty Forks in the Road; Yves Tumor, Heaven to a Tortured Mind; Midnight Oil, The Makarrata Project; Shemekia Copeland, Uncivil War; Ganser, Just Look at That Sky; Angelica Garcia, Cha Cha Palace; Jason Isbell, Reunions; Idles, Ultra Mono; Melkbelly, Pith; Bartees Strange, Live Forever; Jyoti, Mama, You Can Bet!; U.S. Girls, Heavy Light; Bob Mould, Blue Hearts; Wire, Mind Hive; Shabazz Palaces, The Don of Diamond Dreams; Bette Smith, The Good The Bad and the Bette; Niall Horan, Heartbreak Weather; Coriky, Coriky; Jay Electronica, A Written Testimony; Porridge Radio, Every Bad; Beach Bunny, Honeymoon; Nubya Garcia, Source; Margo Price, That’s How Rumors Get Started; Waylon Payne, Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher and Me; Lianne La Havas, Lianne La Havas

2019

  1. Fontaines D.C., Dogrel
  2. Taylor Swift, Lover
  3. Lana del Rey, Norman Fucking Rockwell!
  4. Michael Kiwanuka, Kiwanuka
  5. Yuna, Rouge
  6. Andrew Bird, My Finest Work Yet
  7. Rex Orange County, Pony
  8. Flying Lotus, Flamagra
  9. Foals, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1
  10. Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride

HONORABLE MENTION: The Head and the Heart, Living Mirage; Black Pumas, Black Pumas; Brittany Howard, Jamie; King Princess, Cheap Queen; Sault5; Tyler, the Creator, IGOR; Whitney, Forever Turned Around; Foals, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2; Billie Eilish, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?; Solange, When I Get Home; Jenny Lewis, On the Line; Sharon Van Eaten, Remind Me Tomorrow; MIKA, My Name is Michael Holbrook; The Japanese House, Good At Falling

CONSIDERED: Patrick Droney, Patrick Droney; Thom Yorke, Anima; Men I Trust, Oncle Jazz; Raphael Saddiq, Jimmy Lee; Automatic, Signal; Moon Boots, Bimini Road; Angel Olsen, Mirrors; Big Thief, U.F.O.F.; Helado Negro, This is How You Smile; Nick Cave, Ghosteen; Jenny Hval, The Practice of Love; Alex G, House of Sugar; Purple Mountains, Purple Mountains; Bill Callahan, Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest; Jamila Woods, Legacy! Legacy!; Weyes Blood, Titanic Rising; Toro y Moi, Outer Peace; Maggie Rogers, Heard it in a Past Life; Mac DeMarco, Here Comes the Cowboy; The Chemical Brothers, No Geography; James Blake, Assume Form; Young Thug, So Much Fun; Florist, Emily Alone; Moodymann, Sinner; Mannequin Pussy, Patience; Cate Le Bon, Reward; Slowthai, Nothing Great About Britain; Nilufer Yanya, Miss Universe; Black Midi, Schlagenheim; Resavoir, Resavoir; Holly Herndon, PROTO; Tove Lo, Sunshine Kitty; Hot Chip, A Bath Full of Ecstasy; Jai Paul, Leak 04-13

2018

  1. Christine & the Queens, Chris
  2. Jungle, For Ever
  3. Tracy Musgraves, Golden Hour
  4. Leon Bridges, Good Thing
  5. Khruangbin, Con Todo El Mundo
  6. Bob Moses, Battle Lines
  7. Dave Matthews Band, Come Tomorrow
  8. Bob Schneider, Blood and Bones
  9. Colin Self, Siblings
  10. The 1975, A Brief Inquiry

HONORABLE MENTION: Matt Maltese, Bad Contestants; Stantigold, I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions; Noname, Room 25; Sarah Shook & The Disarmers; Wajatta, Casual High Technology

CONSIDERED: Tash Sultana, Flow State; Tame Impala, Currents; Superorganism, Superoranism; Ammar 808, Maghreb United; Hollie Cook, Stay Alive; Soulwax, Essential; J Balvin, Vibras; Viagra Boys, Street Worms; Suicideboys, I Want to Die in New Orleans; Rhye, Blood; Tom Misch, Geography; The Jack Moves, Free Money; Hailu Mergia, Lala Belu; Pusha T, Daytona; Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Sparkle Hard; Tirzah, Devotion; Idris Ackamoor, An Angel Fell; Daniel Avery, Song for Alpha; MGMT, Little Dark Age; Gabe Gurnsey, Physical; Prins Thomas, Smalltown Supersound; Pejzaz, Ostatini Dzien Lata; Corney Barnett, Tell Me How You Really Feel; Kadhja Bonet, Childqueen; Parquet Courts, Wide Awake!; Olden Yolk, Orden Yolk;  White Denim, Performance; Julia Holter, Aviary; Field Music, Open Here; Andy Jenkins, Sweet Bunch; Serpentwithfeet, Soil; Onyx Collective, Lower East Suite; Nils Frahm, All Melody; Mac Miller, Swimming; Charlotte Day Wilson, Stone Woman; Jerry Paper, Like a Baby; Anderson .Paak, Oxnard; Seinabo Sey, I’m A Dream; Jorja Smith, Lost and Found; Tom Misch, Geography; Macy Gray, Ruby; Young the Giant, Mirror Master; Cupcakke, Ephorize; Esperanza Spalding, 12 Little Spells; Father John Misty, God’s Favorite Customer; Sleep, The Sciences; Robyn, Honey; Jeff Tweedy, Warm; Eric Church, Desperate Man; Elvis Costello, Look Now; Courtney Barnett, Tell Me How You Really Feel; Neko Case, Hell-On; David Byrne, American Utopia; Rosalia, El Mar Querer; Free Cake for Every Creature, The Bluest Star; Superchunk, What a Time to Be Alive; Florence and the Machine, High as Hope; Rae Sremmurd, SR3MM; Kali Uchis, Isolation; U.S. Girls, In a Poem Unlimited; John Prine, The Tree of Forgiveness; Beach House, 7; Hop Along, Bark Your Head Off Dog; Lucy Dacus, Historian; Soccer Mommy, Clean; Mitski, Be the Cowboy; Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer; Brandi Carlile, By the Way I Forgive You; Kurt Vile, Bottle It In; Pusha T, Daytona; Travis Scott, Astroworld; Ariana Grande, Sweetener; Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy; Blood Orange, Nappy Wonder; Jon Hopkins, Singularity; Yves Tumor, Licking an Orchid; Boygenius, Boygenius; The Carters, Everything Is Love; Snail Mail, Lush; J.I.D., DiCaprio2; 700 Bliss, Spa 700; Balun, Prisma Tropical; Alice Bag, Blueprint; Thou, Magus; Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret, The Other Side of Air; The Beths, Future Me Hates Me; Ammar 808, Maghreb United; Vince Staples, FM!; Travis Scott, Astroworld; Olafur Arnalds, re:member; Orquesta Akokan, Orquesta Akokan; Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings 

2017

  1. Phoenix, Ti Amo
  2. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream
  3. Dan Auerback, Waiting on a Song
  4. Curtis Harding, Face Your Fear
  5. Electric Guest, Plural
  6. Iron & Wine, Beast Epic
  7. The National, Sleep Well Beast
  8. Patrick Cowley, Afternooners 
  9. Midland, On the Rocks
  10.  Big Gigantic, Brighter Future (Deluxe Version) 

HONORABLE MENTION: Jessie Reyez, Kiddo; Juana Molina, Halo; Washed Out, Mister Mellow; Moses Sumner, Aromanticism; Oliver, Full Circle, The xxI See You; H.E.R., H.E.R.; Beck, Colors; The War On Drugs, A Deeper Understanding; Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Jardin; SZA, Ctrl; Elbow, Little Fictions; Thundercat, Drunk; Lorde, Melodrama; Rex Orange Country, Apricot Princess;

CONSIDERED: Agnus & Julia Stone, Snow; King Krule, The OOZ; Rostam, Half-Light; Amber Mark, 3:33am; Walker & Royce, Self Help; Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice; Broken Social Scene, Hug of Thunder; Natalia LaFourcade, Musas; Oumou Sangare, Mogoya; Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.; Jain, Zanaka; Chicago Batman, Freedom is Free; Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1; Duckwrth, an XTRA UUGLY Mixtape; ODESZA, A Moment Apart; Leikeli47, Wash & Set; Cherry Glazerr, Apocalipstick; John Maus, Screen Memories; Carmen Villain, Infinite Avenue; Geoffrey Landers, 1 By 1; Big Thief, Capacity; Jeff Tweedy, Together at Last; Arcade Fire, Everything Now; New Pornographers, Whiteout Conditions; Delicate Steve, This is Steve; Ron Gallo, Heavy Meta; Daniel Romano, Modern Pressure; The Fall, New Facts Emerge; Los Straightjackets, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straightjackets; CMF, Dichotomy Desaturated; Nick Hakim, Green Twins; Charlotte Dos Santos, Cleo; Tyler, The Creator,Flower Boy; Onyx Collective, Lower East Suite Part One; Wiki, No Mountains in Manhattan; Knox Fortune, Paradise; Serpentwithfeet, blisters; Benjamin Clementine, I Tell a Fly; Fink, Resurgam; Alt-J, Relaxer; Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Soul of a Woman; The Frightnrs, More to Say Versions; Krystle Warren, Three the Hard Way; Paramore, After Laughter; Miguel Zenon, Tipico; Tyler Childers, Purgatory; Jlin, Black Origami; U2, Songs of Experience; Ke$ha, Rainbow; Taylor Swift, reputation; Queens of the Stone Age, Villains; Sam Smith, The Thrill of it All; Randy Newman, Dark Matter; Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm; Margo Price, All American Made; Harry Styles; Harry Styles; St. Vincent, Masseducation; Father John Misty, Pure Comedy; Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound; Sheer Mag, Need to Feel Your Love; Lana del Rey, Lust for Life; Drake, More Life; Songhoy Blues, Resistance; Robert Plant, Carry Fire; Open Mike Eagle, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream; Bob Dylan, Triplicate; Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie; Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie; Liam Gallagher, As You Were; Japanese Breakfast, Soft Sounds; Grizzly Bear, Painted Ruins; Gregg Allman, Southern Blood; Code Orange, Forever

2016

  1. Jim James, Eternally Even
  2. Rufus du Sol, Bloom
  3. Bon Iver, 22, A Million
  4. Frank Ocean, Blonde
  5. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
  6. Glass Animals, How To Be A Human Being
  7. Alejandro Escovedo, Burn Something Beautiful
  8. Cubicolor, Brainsugar
  9. Kaytranada, 99.9%
  10. Band of Horses, Why Are You Ok

HONORABLE MENTION: G.L.O.S.S., Demo 2015; David BowieBackstar; A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here; The Lumineers, Cleopatra; Local Natives, Sunlit Youth; Wilco, Schmilco; Anderson .Paak, Malibu; Head and the Heart, Signs of Light; Bob Mould, Patch The Sky

CONSIDERED: White Lies, Friends; Autolux, Pussy’s Dead; Andy Shauf, The Party; Solange, A Seat at the Table; Underworld, Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future; Margo Price, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter; Laura Mvula, The Dreaming Room; C.W. Stoneking, Gon’ Boogaloo; Sofi Tukker, Soft Animals; Car Seat Headreast, Teens of Denial; Margaret Glaspy, Emotions and Math; Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth; La Femme, Mystere; Paul and the Tall Trees, Our Love in the Light; The Avalanches, Wildflower; Vinyl Williams, Brunei; Miike Snow, iii; Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light; Classixx, Faraway Reach; Band of Horses, Why Are You Ok; The Avett Brothers, True Sadness; James Blake, The Colour in Anything;  Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, I Had a Dream; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree; The Orb, Cow/Chill OutWorld!; The Woodleigh Research Facility, The Phoenix Suburb; Lord of the Isles, In Waves; Warpaint, Heads Up; Jagwar Ma, Every Now & Then; Regina Spektor, Remember Us to Life; Unloved, Guilty of Love; NxWorries, Yes Lawd!; Yussef Kamaal, Black Focus; Maajo, Tropic of Tulli; Francis and the Lights, Farewell, Starlite!; Cat’s Eyes, Treasure House; Future of the Left, The Peace & Truce of Future of the Left; Morgan Delt, Phase Zero; Maylight, Almighty; Anohni, Hopelessness; Julius Eastman, Femenine; Angel Olsen, My Woman; Blood Orange and Dev Hynew, Freetown Sound; Nicolas Jaar, Sirens; Run the Jewels, 3; Beyonce, Lemonade; Anna Meredith, Varmints; Parquet Courts, Human Performance; Tove Lo, Lady Wood; Mudcrutch, 2; Drive-by Truckers, American Band; Miranda Lambert, The Weight of These Wings; LVL UO, Return to Love; Maren Morris, Hero; Moodynman, DJ-Kicks; Aphex Twin, Cheetah; Autechre, elseq 1-5; Eric Prydz, Opus; Dawes, We’re All Gonna Die; Flume, Skin; Boys Noize, Mayday; Heart, Beautiful Broken; Mumford & Sons, Johannesburg; Badbadnotgood, IV

2015

  1. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
  2. Tame Impala, Currents
  3. Wilco, Star Wars
  4. St. Germain, St. Germain
  5. Boxed In, Boxed In
  6. Stick Figure, Set In Stone
  7. Freedy Johnston, Neon Repairman
  8. Daniele Baldeli, Cosmic Drag
  9. The Chemical Brothers, Born in the Echoes
  10. Disclosure, Caracal

HONORABLE MENTION: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color; Deerhunter, Fading Frontier; Lianne La Havans, Blood; Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell; Bob Moses, Days Gone By; Andy Shauf, The Bearer of Bad News; Everything Everything, Get To Heaven; The Internet, Ego Death

CONSIDERED:  Ruf Dug, Island; The Arcs, Yours, Dreamily; Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love; Beirut, No No No; Odesza, In Return; Thundercat, The Beyond; Leon Bridges, Coming Home; Korey Dane, Youngblood; Fabiano do Nasciemento, Danca Ds; The Decemberits, What A Terrible World;The Amazing, Picture You; John Tejada, Signs Under Test; Miguel, Wildheart; Melody Gardot, The Currency of Man; The Arcs, Yours, Dreamily; Peaches, Rub; Kamasi Washington, The Epic; Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly; Hiatus Kaiyote, Chose Your Weapon; Shamir, Ratchet; Mark Ronson, Uptown Special; Borns, Dopamine; Boxed In, Boxed; Alison Wonderland, Run; Natalia LaFourcade, Hasta La Raiz; Buscabulla, Kitsune; Jose Padilla, So Many Colours; John Tejada, Signs Under Test; RhiannonGiddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn; Hermitude, Dark Night Sweet; Public Service Broadcasting, The Race for Space; Kurt Vile, b’lieve; Christine and the Queens, Christine and the Queens; Jeff Lynne’s E Lo, Alone in the Universe; Martin Courtney, Many Moons; Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Lost Time; Beach House, Depression Cherry; Toro Y Moi, What For; The Wave Pictures, Great Big Flamingo; Kelley Stolz, In Triangle Times; D’Angelo, Black Messiah; Eska, ESKA; Joey Bada$$, B4.Da.$$; Mocky, Key Change; Jono McCleery, Pagodes; Rudimental, We the Generation; James Bay, Chaos;Liane La Havas, Blood; Kadhja Bonet, The Visitor; Dexter Story, Wondem; Chassol, Big Sun; Romare, Projections; Richard Thompson, Still; Grimes, Art Angel; Miguel, Wildheart; Joanna Newsom; Joanna Newsom; Blur, The Magic Whip; The Arcs, Your, Dreamily; Steven Wilson, Hand. Cannot. Erase.; Carly Rae Jepsen, E.Mo.tion; Julia Holter, Have You In My Wilderness;The Power That B, Death Grips; Viet Cong, Viet Cong; Everything Everything, Get To Heaven; Earl Sweatshirt, I Don’t Like Shit; Muse, Drones; Dave Rawlings Machine, Nashville Obsolete; Lindi Ortega, Faded Gloryville; Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free; The Weather Station, Loyalty

2014

  1. TV on the Radio, Seeds
  2. Spoon, They Want My Soul
  3. Beck, Morning Phase
  4. Todd Terje, It’s Album Time
  5. Taylor Swift, 1989
  6. Lydia Loveless, Somewhere Else
  7. Glass Animals, Zaba
  8. Ray LaMontagne, Supernova
  9. Benjamin Booker, Benjamin Booker
  10. Kelis, Food

HONORABLE MENTION: Disclosure, Settle; The War On Drugs, Lost In The Dream; Paolo Nutini, Caustic Love; Alt-J, This Is All Yours; Flight Facilities, Down To Earth; First Aid Kit, Stay Gold; Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband; Caribou, Our Love; De Lux, Voyage; Jungle, Jungle; The New Pornograhers, Brill Bruisers; Real Estate, Atlas; Ty Segall, Manipulator; First Aid Kit, Stay Gold

CONSIDERED: Hozier, Hozier; The Acid, Liminal; Elbow, The Take Off and Landing of Everything; The New Basement Tapes, Los On The River; Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain; Jose James, While You Were Sleeping; Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems; Nick Mulvey, First Mind; Made In Heights, Made In Heights; RAC, Speak and YACHT, Strangers; Meshell Ndegeocello, Comet, Come to Me; Electric Wire Hustle, Love Can Prevail; Shabazz Palaces, Less Majesty; Zara McFarlane, If You Knew Her; Deerhoof, La Isla Bonita; Kele Okereke, Trick; Actress, Ghettoville; Banks, Goddess; The Black Keys, Turn Blue; Broken Bells, After the Disco; Quantic, Magnetica; Kate Tempest, Everybody Down; The Juan MacLean, In A Dream; Museum of Love, Museum of Love; The 2 Bears, The Night Is Young; Swans, To Be Kind; Sun Kil Moon, Benji; Run The Jewels, 2; Mac DeMarco, Salad Days; D’Angelo, Black Messiah; Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Pinata; FKA Twigs, LP1; Lana del Rey, Ultraviolence; Flying Lotus, You’re Dead!; Coldplay, Ghost Strories; Foo Fightiers, Sonic Highways; Thom Yorke, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes; Ed Sheeran, X; Mac Miller, Faces; Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal; Ryan Adams; Ryan Adams;  Alvvays, Alvvays

2013

  1. Jagwar Ma, Howlin
  2. Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
  3. Jose James, No Beginnings No End
  4. Jim James, Regions of Light and Sound of God
  5. Mayer Hawthorne, Where Does This Door Go
  6. Lorde, Pure Heroine
  7. Goldfrapp, Tales of Us
  8. Rhys, Woman
  9. Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
  10. Phoenix, Bankrupt!

HONORABLE MENTION: The National, Trouble Will Find Me; Karl Bartos, Off The Record, Atoms For Peace, Amok

CONSIDERED: Disclosure, Settle

2012

1. Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE
2. Poolside, Pacific Standard Time
3. Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again
4. Dave Matthews Band, Away From The World
5. Benjamin Gibbard, Former Lives
6. Xxyyxx, XXYYXX
7. Avett Brothers, The Carpenter
8. Heartless Bastards, Arrow
9. Hot Chip, In Our Heads
10. The Shins, Port Of Morrow

HONORABLE MENTION: The Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio; Yuna, Yuna; fun., Some Nights; The Coup, Sorry for the Interruption; Deadmau5, album title goes here; First Aid Kit, The Lion’s Roar; Kendrick Lamar, good kid m.A.A.d city; Dr. John, Locked Down

CONSIDERED: Gary Clark Jr, Blak and Blu; Jack White, Blunderbuss; Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls; Quantic & Alice Russell, Look Around the Corner; Grizzly Bear, Shields; Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan; Tame Impala, Lonerism; Beach House, Bloom; Alt-J, An Awesome Wave; Ana Tijoux, La Bala; Hiatus Kaiyote, Tawk Tomahawk; Flying Lotus, Until The Quiet Comes; Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Pur Une Ame Souveraine; Rainy Milo, Limey; Sonnymoon, Sonnymoon; Los Miticos del Ritmo, Los Miticos del Ritmo; The Souljazz Orchestra, Solidarity; Rhye, The Fall; Cody Chesnutt, Landing On A Hundred; DJ Day, Land of 1000 Chances; Cate Le Bon, Cyrk; Lianne La Havas, Is Your Love Big Enough?; Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg; Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits; The xx, Coexist; Perfume Genius, Put Your Back; Lushlife, Plateau Vision; THEESatisfaction, awE naturalE; The Daredevil Christopher Wright, Nature of Things; Kelly Hogan, I Like to Keep Myself in Pain; Bat For Lashes, The Haunted Man; Melody’s Echo Chamber, Melody’s Echo Chamber; El-P, Cancer 4 Cure; Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory;  Neneh Cherry & the Thing, Cherry Thing; Miguel, All I Want Is You; The Money Store, Death Grips; Lana del Rey, Born to Die; Swans, The Seer; Aimee Mann, Charmer; Chairlift, Something; Japandroids, Celebration Rock; The Cactus Channel, Haptics; Lupe Fiaso, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1; Flying Lotus, Until The Quiet Comes; Karriem Riggins, Alone Together; Beth Orton, Sugaring Season; Rufus Wainwright, Welcome To The Ball

2011

  1. 1. Destroyer, Kaputt
    2. Ryan Adams, Ashes & Fire
    3. Wilco, The Whole Love
  2. 4. Tom Waits, Bad As Me
    5. Bob Schneider, A Perfect Day
    6. Adel, 21
    7. M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
    8. SBTRKT, SBTRKT
    9. The Black Keys, El Camino
    10. The Decembrists, The King Is Dead

HONORABLE MENTION: Cage The Elephant, Thank You Happy Birthday; Tinariwen, Tassili; St. Vincent, Strange Mercy; Little Dragon, Ritual Union; Raphael Saadiq, Stone Rollin’; TV On The Radio, Nine Types of Light; Elbow, Build A Rocket Boys; Foster The People, Torches; My Morning Jacket, Circuital; Girls, Father Son Holy Ghost; Radiohead, King of Limbs

CONSIDERED: Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues; Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2; Portugal. The Man, In The Mountain In the Cloud; PJ Harvey, Let England Shake; Metronomy, The English Riviera; Feist, Metals; Bombay Bicycle Club, A Different Kind of Fix; Diego Garcia, Laura; Trentemoller, Reworked; Friendly Fires, Pala; The Horrors, Skying; Tune-Yards, Whokill; James Blake, James Blake; The Strokes, Angles; Washed Out, Within and Without; Hollie Cook, Hollie Cook; Rival Sons, Pressure & Time; Stephen Malkmus & Jicks, Mirror Traffic; Richard Buckner, Our Blood;Thao Nguyen & Mirah, Thao & Mirah; The Joy Formidable, The Joy Formidable; Anna Calvi, Anna Calvi; The Kills, Blood Pressures; Wild Flag, Wild Flag; Fucked Up, David Comes to Life; The Feelies, Here Before; Bewitched Hands, Birds and Drums; Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi, Rome; Le Butcherettes, Sin Sin Sin; The Decembrists, The King is Dead; Shabazz Palaces, Black Up; Kate Bush, 50 Words for Snow; Florence and the Machine, Ceremonicals; Bon Iver; Bon Iver; Wu Lyf, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain; Fatima Al Qadiri, Genre-Specific Xperience; Tim Hecker, Ravedeath, 1972; Panda Bear, Tomboy; Real Estate, Days; EMA, Past Life Martyred Saints; REM, Collapse Into Now

2010

1. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
2. Vampire Weekend, Contra
3. Spoon, Transference
4. Four Tet, There Is Love in You
5. Groove Armada, Black Light
6. Ozomatli, Fire Away
7. Elizabeth Cook, Welder
8. Two Door Cinema Club, Tourist History
9. The Black Keys, Brothers
10. Yeasayer, Odd Blood

HONORABLE MENTION: Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part Two; Band of Horses, Infinite Arms; Aloe Blacc, Good Things; Tame Impala, InnerSpeaker; Broken Bells, Broken Bells; Caribou, Swim; Sade, Soldier of Love; Ray LaMontagne, God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise; Robyn, Body Talk; Hot Chip, On Life Stand; Arcade Fire, Suburbs; Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest; Jamey Johnson, The Guitar Song

CONSIDERED: Jónsi, Go; Eliza Doolittle, Eliza Doolittle; Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon Part 2; Jose James, Blackmagic; Sleigh Bells, Treats; Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy; Wild Nothing, Gemini; Konono No 1, Assume Crash Position; Darker My Love, Alive As You Are; Warpaint, The Fool; Best Coast, Crazy For You; Taylor Swift, Speak Now; My Chemical Romance, Danger Days; David Guetta, One Love; Eminem, Recovery; Flying Lotus, Cosmogramma; Buke And Gase, Riposte; Beach House, Teen Dream; Angus & Julia Stone, Down The Way; The National, High Violet; 3OH!3, Streets of Gold; Massive Attack, Heligoland; Tallest Man on Earth, The Wild Hunt; Neil Young, Le Noise; Kings of Leon, Come Around Sundown; Janelle Monáe, The ArchAndroid; Autolux, Transit Transit; Kate Nash, My Best Friend Is You; Jack Johnson, To the Sea; Mark Ronson/The Business Intl, Record Collection; Kate Melua, The House; Superchunk, Majesty Shredding; Brandon Flowers, Flamingo; Forest Swords, Dagger Paths; Women, Public Strain; Ariel Pink, Before Today; Abe Vigoda, Crush; Foals, Total Life Forever; James Blake, The Bells Sketch; MGMT, Congratulations; Elton John and Leon Russell, The Union; Maximum Balloon, Maximum Balloon; Gorillaz, Plastic Beach; Unkle, Where Did the Night Fall; Example, Won’t Go Quietly; Robert Plant, Band of Joy; Agnus & Julia Stone, Down The Way; Laura Marling, I Speak; Local Natives, Gorilla Manor; Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz; Wavves, King of the Beach; Girls, Broken Dreams Club; Carolina Chocolate Drops, Genuine Negro Jig; Sharon Van Etten, Epic; Oneohtrix Point Never, Returnal; Emeralds, Does It Look Like I’m Here?; Twin Shadow, Forget; No Age, Everything in Between; Titus Andronicus, The Monitor; The Fresh & Onlys, Play It Strange;Gil Scott-Heron, I’m New Here; Matthew Dear, Black City; Delorean, Subiza; Interpol, Interpol; Belle and Sebastian, Write About Love; Kt Tunstall, Tiger Suit; Paul Weller, Wake Up the Nation; Woods, At Echo Lake; John Grant, Queen of Denmark; James Blunt, Some Kind of Trouble; The Hoosiers, The Illusion of Safety; Interpol, Interpol; These New Purists, Hidden; Magnetic Man, Magnetic Man; Joanna Newsom, Have One on Me 

2009

  1. Dave Matthew Band, Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King
  2. White Lies, To Lose My Life
  3. Avett Brothers, I And Love And You
  4. Miike Snow, Miike Snow
  5. Zero 7, Yeah Ghost
  6. Monsters of Folk, Monsters of Folk
  7. Fuck Buttons, Tarot Sport
  8. Levon Helm, Electric Dirt
  9. The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love
  10. Kasabian, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

HONORABLE MENTION: Quadron, Quadron; Moby, Wait for Me; Mariachi El Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx; Wilco, Wilco (The Album); Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More; Bob Schneider, Lovely Creatures;The Mountain Goats, The Life of the World to Come; Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz!; Green Day, 21stCentury Breakdown; Passion Pit, Manners; Julian Casablancas, Phrazes for the Young

CONSIDERED: Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavillion; Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix; Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca; The Horrors, Primary Colours; Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest; The Flaming Lips, Embryonic; The Clientele, Bonfires On The Heath; Norah Jones, The Fall; School of Seven Bells, Alpinisms; Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon: The End of Day; The XX, XX; Bat For Lashes, Two Suns; Bill Callahan, Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle; jj, *jj n 2; Mastrodon, Crack The Skye; Girls, Album; Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster; Bon Iver, Blood Bank; St. Vincent, Actor; Fever Ray, Fever Ray; Japandroids, Post-Nothing; Atlas Sound, Logos; Neko Case, Middle Cyclone; Mayer Hawthorne, A Strange Arrangement; Dex Romweber Duo, Ruins Of Berlin; Little Dragon, Machine Dreams; Amanda Blank, I Love You; The Antlers, Hospice; Muse, The Resistance; Band of Skulls, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey; Florence + the Machine, Lungs; Franz Ferdinand, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand; Antony and the Johnsons, The Crying Light; Quantic And His Combo Barbaro, Tradition in Transition; Real Estate, Real Estate; The Dream, Love vs. Money; Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Summer of Fear; Neon Indian, Psychic Chasms; Jay Reatard, Watch Me Fall; Memory Tapes, Seek Magic; Yo La Tengo, Popular Songs 

2008

1. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend
2. The Black Keys, Attack & Release 
3. Juana Molina, Un Dia
4.Death Cab For Cutie, Narrow Stairs
5. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
6. Jenny Lewis, Acid Tongue
7. Q-Tip, The Renaissance
8. David Byrne and Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
9. TV on the Radio, Dear Science 
10. Friendly Fires, Friendly Fires

HONORABLE MENTION: Foals, Antidotes; B.B. King, One Kind Favor; Lucinda Williams, Little Honey; Mike Doughty, Golden Delicious; Atlas Sound, Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel; Oasis, Dig Out Your Soul; The Tallest Man on Earth, Shallow Grave; Of Montreal, Skeletal Lamping; Lykke Li, Youth Novels; Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid; REM, Accelerate; Beck, Modern Guilt; Okkervil River, The Stand Ins; Randy Newman, Harps and Angels; Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree; The Airborne Toxic Event, The Airborne Toxic Event; Chairlift, Does You Inspire You; Groove Armada, Love Sweet Sound; Fuck Buttons, Street Horrsing; My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges; Afefe Iku, Artifacts of Pottery Vessels; Sigur Rós, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaustLos Camesinos!, Hold on Now, Youngster; Parts & Labor, Receivers

CONSIDERED: Ponytail, Ice Cream Spiritual; Crystal Stilts, Alight of Night; High Places, High Places; Beach House, Devotion; Grouper, Draggin a Dead Deer Up a Hill; Jamie Lidell, Jim; The Last Shadow Puppets, The Age of The Understatement; The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely; The Bug, London Zoo; Girl Talk, Feed the Animals; No Age, Nouns; The Hold Steady, Stay Positive; Duffy, Rockferry; Hot Chip, Made in the Dark; Santogold, Santagold; Stephen Malkmus, Real Emotional Trash; Portishead, Third; M83, Saturdays=Youth; Coldplay, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends; Raphael Saadiq– The Way I See It; The Academy Is…, Fast Times at Barrington High; The Walkmen, You & Me; The Mae Shi, HLLLYH; Fuck Up, The Chemistry of Common Life; Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part One (4thWorld War); The Mountain Goats, Heretic Pride; The Killers, Day & Age; Fleet Foxes, Sun Giant; Booka Shade, Charlotte; Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson; Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Primary Colours; Kings of Leon,Only By The Night; Little Joy, Little Joy; Chad VanGaalen, Soft Airplane; Mount Eerie, Dawn: Winter Journal; The Wave Pictures, Instant Coffee Baby; Deerhunter, Microcastle; Destroyer, Trouble In Dreams; The War On Drugs, Wagonwheel Blues; The Last Shadow Puppets, The Age of the Understatement; Jason Mraz, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things; Taylor Swift, Fearless; Adele, 19; Ryan Adams And The Cardinals, Cardiology; Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple; Jamey Johnson,The Lonesome Song; Flying Lotus, Los Angeles; True Window, True Window; The New Year, The New Year; Frightened Rabbit, The Midnight Organ Fight; Kate Nash, Made of Bricks; Titus Andronicus, The Airing of Grievances; Laura Marling, Alas I Cannot Swim; Brian Wilson, That Lucky Old Sun; Titus Andronicus, The Airing of Grievances;Neon Neon, Stainless Style; The Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound; The Gaslight Anthem, The ’59 Sound; Vivian Girls, The Vivian Girls; The Knux, Remind Me in 3 Days; Brazilian Girls, New York City; Local H, 12 Angry Months

1974

1. Professor Longhair, Rock n Roll Gumbo
2. Tom Waits, The Heart of Saturday Night
3. Van Morrison, Veedon Fleece
4. Eric Clapton, 461 Ocean Boulevard
5. Joni Mitchell, Court and Spark
6. Willie Nelson, Phases and Stages
7. Robert Palmer, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley
8. John Hiatt, Hangin’ Around the Observatory
9. Jimmy Buffett, Living and Dying in ¾ Time
10. Eagles, On the Border

HONORABLE MENTION: James Brown, Hell; Aretha Franklin, Let Me In Your Life; Linda Ronstadt, Heart Like A Wheel; Randy Newman, Good Old Boys; David Bowie, Diamond Dogs; Steely Dan, Pretzel Logic; Boz Scaggs, Slow Dancer; Stevie Wonder, Fulfillingness’ First Finale; Frank Zappa, Apostrophe (‘); Barry White, Can’t Get Enough; Little Feat, Feats Don’t Fail Me Now; ELO, Eldorado; Big Star, Radio City; Queen, Queen II; Queen, Sheer Heart Attack

CONSIDERED: Jackson Browne, Late For the Sky; Elton John, Caribou; King Crimson, Red; Supertramp, Crime Of The Century; Jorge Ben Jor, A Tabua De Esmeralda; Robert Wyatt, Rock Bottom; Camel, Mirage; Funkadelilc, Standing on the Verge of Getting It On; Kraftwerk, Autobahn; The Meters, Rejuvenation; Bad Company, Bad Company; Neil Young, On the Beach; Billy Joel, Streetlife Serenade; ABBA, Waterloo; Al Green, Explores Your Mind; Labelle, Nightbirds; Leonard Cohen, New Skin for the Old Ceremony; Shuggie Otis, Inspiration Information; New York Dolls, Too Much Too Soon; Dr. John, Desitively Bonnaroo; Brian Eno, Taking Tiger Mountain; John Lennon, Walls and Bridges; Ry Cooder, Paradise and Lunch; Roxy Music, Country Life; Richard and Linda Thompson, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight; Robin Trower, Bridge of Sighs; Supertramp, Crime of the Century; Average White Band, AWB; Deep Purple, Burn; The Meters, Rejuvenation; Rolling Stones, It’s Only Rock n Roll; Bob Dylan, Planet Waves; Blue Oyster Cult, Secret Treaties; Sweet, Desolation Boulevard; Yes, Relayer; Aerosmith, Get Your Wings; James Gang, Miami; Santana, Borboletta

1973

1. Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
2. Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 
3. Jimmy Buffett, A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean
4. Billy Joel, Piano Man
5. The Allman Brothers Band, Brothers and Sisters
6. Queen, Queen
7.  Sly & The Family Stone, Fresh
8. Roxy Music, For Your Pleasure
9. Dr. John, In The Right Place
10. Al Green, Call Me (and/or)Al Green, Livin’ for You

HONORABLE MENTION: Paul Simon, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon; New York Dolls, New York Dolls; Paul McCartney & Wings, Band On The Run; Toots & the Maytals, In the Dark; Montrose, Montrose; Stevie Wonder, Innervisions; Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy; Elton John, Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player; Little Feat, Dixie Chicken; ZZ Top, Tres Hombres; David Bowie, Aladdin Sane; Eagles, Desperado; Gram Parsons, GP; Aretha Franklin, Hey Now Hey; Kool and The Gang, Wild and Peaceful

CONSIDERED: The Who, Quadrophenia; Steely Dan, Countdown to Ecstasy; Lynyrd Skynyrd, (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd); Marvin Gaye,Let’s Get It On; Judee Sill, Heart Food; CAN, Future Days; Mike Oldfield, Tubular Bells; Bob Marley & The Walers, Catch A Fire; Iggy And The Stooges, Raw Power; Bob Marley and the Wailers, Catch A Fire; Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery; Bruce Springsteen, Greetings from Ashbury Park, N.J.; Bruce Springsteen, The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle; Faust, Faust IV; John Cale, Paris 1919; Rick Wakeman, The Six Wives of Henry VIII; Yes, Tales From Topographic Oceans; Spinners, Spinners; The Wailers, Burnin’; King Crimson, Lark’s Tongues In Aspic; Tom Waits, Closing Time; ABBA, Ring Ring; Isley Brothers, 3+3; Lou Reed, Berlin; Gladys Knight and the Pips, Imagination; Alice Cooper, Billion Dollar Babies; Roxy Music, Stranded; Jackson Browne, For Everyman; Kevin Coyne, Marjory Razorblade; James Brown, The Payback; Genesis, Selling England by the Pound; John Lennon, Mind Games; Willie Nelson, Shotgun Willie

1972

1. Elton John, Honky Chateau
2. Randy Newman, Sail Away
3. Neil Young, Harvest
4. Al Green, Let’s Stay Together
5. The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street
6. Lou Reed, Transformer
7. Jethro Tull, Thick as a Brick
8. David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
9. Dr. John, Dr. John’s Gumbo
10. ZZ Top, Rio Grande Mud

HONORABLE MENTION: Toots & The Maytals, Funky Kingston; Bill Withers, Still Bill; Van Morrison, Saint Dominic’s Preview; Ry Cooder, Boomer’s Story; Paul Simon, Paul Simon; Stevie Wonder, Talking Book; Funkadelic, America Eats Its Young; Carpenters, A Song For You; Chicago, V; Pink Floyd, Obscured by Clouds; Edgar Winter Group, They Only Come Out at Night; Steely Dan, Can’t Buy a Thrill

CONSIDERED:  Elvis Presley, He Touched Me; Jimmy Cliff, The Harder They Come; Fela Kuti, Shakara; Fela Kuti, Roforofo; The Mothers of Invention, The Grand Wazoo; James Brown, There It Is; Archie Shepp,The Cry of My People; Boz Scaggs, My Time; Little Feat, Sailin’ Shoes; Moody Blues, Sojourn; Savoy Brown, Hellbound Tain; Credence Clearwater Revival, Mardi Gras; Nick Drake, Pink Moon; Fleetwood Mac, Bare Trees; Eagles, Eagles; Yes, Close to the Edge; Deep Purple, Machine Head; Can, Ege Bamyasi; Big Star, #1 Record; Milton Nascimento, Clube da Esquina; The Allman Bros, Eat A Peach; Don McLean, American Pie; Roxy Music, Roxy Music; Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway; Steve Miller Band, Recall The Beginning … A Journey From Eden; Stevie Wonder, Music of My Mind; Mott The Hoople, All the Young Dudes; Cat Stevens, Catch Bull at Four; Todd Rundgren, Something/Anything?; Al Green, I’m Still in Love with You; Ry Cooder, Into the Purple Valley

1971

  1. 1. The Who, Who’s Next 
    2. Led Zeppelin, IV
    3. The Doors, LA Woman
    4. John Prine, John Prine
    5. The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers
    6. Funkadelic, Maggot Brain
    7. Sly & The Family Stone, There’s A Riot Goin’ On
    8. Santana, Santana III
    9. Pink Floyd, Meddle
    10. Yes, Fragile

HONORABLE MENTION: Carole King, Tapestry; Joni Mitchell, Blue; Jethro Tull, Aqualung; Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On; Black Sabbath, Master of Reality; Elton John, Madman Across the Water; David Bowie, Hunky Dory; Al Green, Gets Next To You

CONSIDERED: Can, Tago Mago; Nick Drake, Bryter Layter; John Lennon, Imagine; T. Rex, Electric Warrior; Leonard Cohen, Songs of Love and Hate; Yes, The Yes Album; Serge Gainsbourg, Histoire de Melody Nelson; Janis Joplin, Pearl; Genesis, Nursery Cryme; Caravan, In The Land of Grey and Pink; Harry Nilsson, Nilsson Schmilsson; Donny Hathaway, Donny Hathaway; Stevie Wonder, Where I’m Coming From; Todd Rundgren, Runt; Fela Kuti, Open and Close; Judee Sill, Judee Sill; Roy Harper, Stormcock; Flamin’ Groovies, Teenage Head; The Doors, Other Voices; ZZ Top, First Album; Comus, First Utterance