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List: Mojo Magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2010

Of the mainstream UK music magazines, Mojo and Uncut are the ones I respect (and read) the most. Thus I always looks forward to their year end lists, and hope they can pick out something I overlooked. Here’s Mojo’s 50 Best Albums of 2010, along with all their other year end lists. Their Best Americana of 2010 list is worth checking out.

Albums
1 John Grant – Queen of Denmark
2 Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
3 MGMT – Congratulations
4 Edwyn Collins – Losing Sleep
5 The Black Keys – Brothers
6 Paul Weller – Wakes Up The Nation
7 Midlake – The Courage of Others
8 Phosphorescent – Here’s To Taking It Easy
9 The Coral – Butterfly House
10 Doug Paisley – Constant Companion
11 Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
12 Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone
13 Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
14 Manic Street Preachers – Postcards From A Young Man
15 Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo
16 Aerial Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
17 Roots Manuva meets Wrongtom – Duppy Writer
18 Caribou – Swim
19 Rumer – Seasons of My Soul
20 Grinderman – Grinderman 2
21 Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk
22 Sam Amidon – I See The Sign
23 Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings – I Learned The Hard Way
24 The Jim Jones Revue – Burning Your House Down
25 Foals – Total Life Forever
26 Gorrilaz – Plastic Beach
27 Field Music – Field Music (Measure)
28 DangerMouse and Sparklehorse – Dark Night of The Soul
29 Gill Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
30 Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
31 Neil Young – Le Noise
32 Robert Plant – Band of Joy
33 The Roots – How I Got Over You
34 Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
35 M.I.A. – // / Y /
36 LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
37 Teenage Fanclub – Shadows
38 Gonjasufi – A Sufi And A Killer
39 Wyatt, Atzmon, Stephens – For The Ghosts Within
40 Eli Paperboy Reed – Come and Get It
41 Tom Jones – Praise and Blame
42 Kelley Soltz – To Dreamers
43 The Besnard Lakes – Are The Roaring Night
44 Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
45 Roky Erickson with Okkervil River – True Love Cast Out All Evil
46 Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back
47 Jane Weaver & Septieme Souer – The Fallen By Watch Bird
48 John Legend & The Roots- Wake Up!
49 Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate – Ali & Toumani
50 Matthew Dear – Black City

Re-issues
1 Bruce Springsteen – The Promise
2 The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St: Deluxe Edition
3 Jimi Hendrix – West Coast Seattle Boy
4 Iggy and The Stooges – Raw Power
5 Miles Davis- Bitches Brew: Collector’s Edition
6 Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos
7 Robert Wyatt – His Greatest Misses
8 The Teardrop Explodes – Kilimanjaro: Deluxe Edition
9 R.E.M. – Fables of The Reconstruction
10 Various – Theme Time Radio Hour Vol. 3
11 David Bowie – Station To Station
12 Kris Kristofferson – Please Don’t tell Me How the Story Ends: The Publishing Demos 1968-1972
13 Bob Dylan – The Mono Box
14 Neu! – Box
15 Sandsy Denny – Sandy Denny
16 Galaxie 500 – On Fire
17 Charanjit Singh – Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat
18 Kenny Graham And His Satellites – Moondog Suite
19 Lightni’g Hopkins – His Blues
20 Various – Alan Lomax In Haiti

Track of The Year: Janelle Monae – ‘Tightrope’
Book of The Year: Rob Young – ‘Electric Eden’
DVD of The Year: White, The Edge, Page – It Might Get Loud
Return of The Year: Edwyn Collins

Jazz
1 Phronesis – Alive
2 Grigoryan Brothers – Distance
3 Django Bates – Beloved Bates
4 Ivo Neame – Caught In The Light of The Day
5 Tom Harrell – Roman Nights
6 Secret Quartet – Bloor Street
7 Paul Motian – Lost In A Dream
8 Nigel Price – Organ Trio… Live!
9 Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society
10 John Ellis & Double-Wide – Puppet Mischief

Soundtracks
1 The The – Tony: A Soundtrack
2 Teho Teardo – Soundtrack Work 2004-2008
3 Lalo Schifrin – Bullit
4 Ray Budd – Get Carter
5 Michael Small – Marathon Man/The Parallax View
6 Maurice Jarre – Lawrence of Arabia
7 Hans Zimmer – Inception
8 Brian McBride – The Effective Disconnect
9 Various – Shutter Island
10 Various – Flipper Pyschout

Blues
1 Various – Things About Comin’ My Way: A Tribute To The Music Of The Mississippi Shieks
2 Lightnin’ Hopkins – His Blues
3 Guitar Shorty – Bare Knuckle
4 Oli Brown – Heads I Win Tales You Lose
5 Janiva Magness – The Devil is An Angel Too
6 Various – Fire In My Bones.. Raw + Rare Otherworldy African-American Gospel (1944-2007)
7 Joe Bonamassa – Black Rock
8 Jimmy Dawkins – Presents The Leric Stroy
9 Cyndi Lauper – Memphis Blues
10 Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three – Riverboat Soul

Folk
1 Eliza Carthy & Norma Waterson – Gift
2 The Burns Unit – Side Show
3 Bellowhead – Hedonism
4 Ewan McLennan – Rags and Riches
5 Alasdair Roberts and Friends – Too Long In This Condition
6 Ian King – Panic Grass & Fever Few
7 Pete Coe – Backbane
8 The Imagined Village – Empire & Love
9 O’Hooley & Tidlow – Silent June
10 Emily Portman – The Glamoury

Electronica
1 Walls – Walls
2 Actress – Splazsh
3 Matthew Dear – Black City
4 Luke Abbot – Holkham Drones
5 Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner
6 Phaeleh – Fallen Light
7 Superpitcher – Kilmanjiro
8 Reboot – Shunyata
9 Caribou – Swim
10 LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

Americana
1 Willie Nelson – Country Music
2 Dave Rawlings Machine – A Friend of A Friend
3 Curtis Harvey – Box of Stones
4 Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues
5 Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang – The Wonder Show of The World
6 Rocky Votolao – True Devotion
7 Kort – Invariable Heartache
8 Simon Joyner – Out Into The Snow
9 Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Hawk
10 Mountain Man – Made The Harbor

World
1 AfroCubism – AfroCubism
2 Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig
3 The Chieftains ft. Ry Cooder – San Patrico
4 Konono No. 1 – Assume Crash Postion
5 Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate – Ali & Toumani
6 Hangai – Juan Zou De Rem
7 Grupo Fantasma – El Existential
8 Sa Dingding – Harmony
9 Marcos Valle – Estatica
10 Tamikrest – Adagh

Underground
1 Endless Boogie – Full House Head
2 Peter Broderick How They Are
3 Tape & Bill Wells – Fugue
4 Black Breath – Heavy Breathing
5 Sophie Hutchings – Becalmed
6 Barn Owl – Ancestral Star
7 Richard Skelton – Landings
8 Harvey Milk – A Small Turn of Human Kindness
9 Rachel Grimes – Book of Leaves
10 Sun Araw – On Patrol

Related posts:

  1. List: Mojo Magazine’s Top 50 Albums of the Year
  2. List: Uncut Magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2010
  3. List: NME’s Top 75 Albums of 2010
  4. List: Q Magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2010
  5. List: Uncut’s Top 150 Albums of the 00s

3 Comments

  1. Don’t get much chances to read music magazines these days (or to listen to that much music unfortunately)… but it is good to see that I have picked up some of what I would have thought as more obscure this year. I really liked Field Music and Campbell & Lanegan’s Hawk this year. I must t ake some time to listen to some of the other stuff… when are you releasing your list?

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