The 2010 Top 100: Part One

Been promising this for a while, so here goes: my 100 favourite albums of 2010.

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Been promising this for a while, so here goes: my 100 favourite albums of 2010.

Couple of points before we plough on. First, this is all immensely personal and subjective; if you’re looking for something more authoritative, please do check out the Uncut Top 50 Albums Of The Year in the current issue, which we compiled from the votes of 40-odd writers.


Second, I’d like to pretend the final order of this Wild Mercury Sound chart has been meticulously calculated and agonised over. But to be totally honest, it’s pretty arbitrary in patches, especially in the lower reaches. What matters, I guess, is that these are 100 records I can recommend, and perhaps we shouldn’t worry overly about the final order. Strictly John Grant-free zone, too!

100. Prince Rama – Shadow Temple (Paw Tracks)

99. MV& EE – Liberty Rose (Arbitrary Signs)


98. Actress – Splazsh (Honest Jon’s)

97. Luke Abbott – Holkham Drones (Border Community)

96. Gonjasufi – A Sufi And A Killer (Warp)

95. The Greenhornes – **** (Third Man)

94. Kelley Stoltz – To Dreamers (Sub Pop)

93. Harmonious Thelonious – Talking (Italic)

92. El Guincho – Pop Negro (Young Turks)

91. Mountain Man – Made The Harbor (Bella Union)

90. Disappears – Lux (Kranky)

89. Janelle Monae – The Archandroid (Bad Boy)

88. Barn Owl – Ancestral Star (Thrill Jockey)

87. Kim Doo Soo – The Evening River (Blackest Rainbow)

86. Imaad Wasif – The Voidist (TeePee)

85. Thee Oh Sees – Warm Slime (In The Red)

84. These New Puritans – Hidden (Angular/Domino)

83. Pocahaunted – Make It Real (Not Not Fun)

82. Avey Tare – Down There (Paw Tracks)

81. Zombie Zombie – Plays John Carpenter (Versatile)

80. Omar Souleyman – Jazeera Nights (Sublime Frequencies)

79.Tamikrest – Adagh (Glitterhouse)

78. The Fresh & Onlys – Play It Strange (In The Red)

77. James Murphy – Greenberg OST (Parlophone)

76. Carlton Melton – Pass It On (Agitated)

Next: 75-51, 50-26, 25-1.


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