RCU’s Top 100 Albums of the 2010’s

Say what you will about the 2010s, but at least the decade brought us a wealth of great music.

While lists are a dime a dozen these days, I thought it would be appropriate to show our appreciation of what musically defined the last ten years for me. Plain and simple, these are my top 100 personal favorite records released between 2010 and 2019, in no particular order.

Compiling this list was extremely difficult, so I tried to narrow it down a little by excluding reissues, compilations, EPs and singles, and split-releases. With that being said, I know I must have missed some other heavy hitters. Let me know some of your favorite records of the last decade in the comments below!

100. Nowhere by Masaki Batoh
99. Divers by Joanna Newsom
98. Hair by Ty Segall and White Fence
97. Standing Still by Ruby Amanfu
96. Thunderbolt of Wisdom by Plastic Crimewave Syndicate
95. Primrose Green by Ryley Walker
94. s/t by Hills
93. Give The People What They Want by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
92. Lonely and Blue by Tyler Higgins
91. Paradisiacal Mind by Dire Wolves (Just Exactly Perfect Sisters Band)
90. Foreign Being by The Royal They
89. All You Need is Love and Fucking Peace by Frankie Teardrop Dead
88. The Epic by Kamasi Washington
87. All That Remains by The Left Outsides
86. Manual by Boogarins
85. A Pine Tree Shilling’s Worth of Willie Lane by Willie Lane
84. Bad as Me by Tom Waits
83. Sun Cycle/Elk Jam by Elkhorn
82. Living on a High Note by Mavis Staples
81. Cosmic Cash by Garcia Peoples
80. The Time to Come by Eli Winter
79. Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit by Courtney Barnett
78. Vanishing Point by Mudhoney
77. Wrecking Ball by Bruce Springsteen
76. Ghost Forests by Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore
75. Cycles of Existential Rhymes by Chicano Batman
74. Spectral Domain by Dead Sea Apes
73. Enter the Stream by Prana Crafter
72. I Speak Because I Can by Laura Marling
71. Full Communism by Downtown Boys
70. Simultonality by Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society
69. The Whole of Each Eye by Abronia
68. Volume 1 by Naujawanan Baidar
67. Coming Home by Leon Bridges
66. Heartleap by Vashti Bunyan
65. Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band by Khun Narin
64. The Center and the Fringe by Matt Lajoie
63. Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin
62. Entrance Level by Osmium House
61. Fuzzweed by MV and EE
60. Intuition by Kendra Amalie
59. Chinese Fountain by The Growlers
58. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter by Margo Price
57. Primus and The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble by Primus
56. You Never Were Much of a Dancer by Gwenifer Raymond
55. Third World Pyramid by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
54. Dear Mark J​.​Mulcahy, I Love You by Mark Mulcahy
53. Changes by Charles Bradley
52. Träden by Träden (Träd Gräs Och Stenar)
51. Goodbye Bread by Ty Segall
50. My Garden State by Glenn Jones
49. Natural Facts by Garcia Peoples
48. Sock It to Me by Colleen Green
47. Pilgrim Chants & Pastoral Trails by Sharron Kraus
46. No Waves, Just Sharks by The Mad Doctors
45. Moonlust by The Holydrug Couple
44. The Tree of Forgiveness by John Prine
43. Desire Path by One Eleven Heavy
42. Non Ex-Orbis by Karl Hector and The Malcouns
41. Dreams in the Rat House by Shannon and The Clams
40. The Unseen in Between by Steve Gunn
39. Road to Nowhere by Tommy Guerrero
38. Land of Plenty by Ryley Walker and Bill MacKay
37. Worse Things by The Rizzos
36. Nothing is Wrong by Dawes
35. Grow Towards The Light by Dire Wolves
34. Home Again by Michael Kiwanuka
33. Modern Country by William Tyler
32. Phosphene Dream by The Black Angels
31. All Time Present by Chris Forsyth
30. Soul Power by Curtis Harding
29. Preserves by Matt Valentine
28. Black Moon Spell by King Tuff
27. s/t by Heron Oblivion
26. Sound and Color by The Alabama Shakes
25. s/t by Rose City Band
24. s/t by Fuzz
23. Over and Even by Joan Shelley
22. Circles by Moon Duo
21. Ugly by Screaming Females
20. Bodhi Cheetah’s Choice by Prana Crafter
19. Freedom Highway by Rhiannon Giddens
18. Livin’ The Die by Wet Tuna
17. s/t by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
16. The Two Worlds by Brigid Mae Power
15. Idle No More by King Khan & The Shrines
14. Up On High by Vetiver
13. Papa Cremp by Cherry Glazerr
12. Masana Temples by Kikagaku Moyo
11. Peace on Venus by Bardo Pond
10. Asleep On The Floodplain by Six Organs of Admittance
9. Street Venom by Death Valley Girls
8. V by Wooden Shjips
7. I Was Real by 75 Dollar Bill
6. Murder of The Universe by King Gizzard and His Lizard Wizard
5. July by Marissa Nadler
4. s/t by Daniel Bachman
3. s/t by L.A. Witch
2. A Song for Paul by Ghost Funk Orchestra
1. One Step Behind by Garcia Peoples

Here’s hoping that we’ll be seeing just as many killer records, if not more so, in the 2020s.



Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and Thewaster.com and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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