Joey’s Top 100 Albums of the Decade: Full List & Breakdowns

INTRODUCTION | 100-76 | 75-51 | 50-26 | 25-11 | 10-1 | FULL LIST

I knew there’d be demand, so here’s the full list all in one place. Then after that, I do some navel gazing.

Full List

Honorable Mention. Burial: Tunes 2011-2019
100. SZA: Ctrl
99. Noname: Room 25
98. Snail Mail: Lush
97. Emperor X: Oversleepers International
96. DJ Rashad: Double Cup
95. Frank Ocean: blond
94. Jlin: Black Origami
93. Blood Orange: Freetown Sound
92. Jamie xx: In Colour
91. Waxahatchee: Cerulean Salt
90. Control Top: Covert Contracts
89. Girls: Father, Son, Holy Ghost
88. Jens Lekman: I Know What Love Isn’t
87. oso oso: basking in the glow
86. Charly Bliss: Guppy
85. Paramore: Paramore
84. Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy
83. Mount Eerie: A Crow Looked At Me
82. PJ Harvey: Let England Shake
81. Sky Ferreira: Ghost
80. My Bloody Valentine: m b v
79. Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma
78. SOPHIE: OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES
77. Hurray for the Riff Raff: The Navigator
76. Wussy: Attica!
75. Kanye West: Yeezus
74. Drake: Take Care
73. Mitski: Puberty 2
72. Fucked Up: David Comes To Life
71. Old 97’s: Most Messed Up
70. The Beths: Future Me Hates Me
69. Jay-Z: 4:44
68. Heems: Eat, Pray, Thug
67. Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest
66. The Mountain Goats: Transcendental Youth
65. The Regrettes: How Do You Love?
64. Purple Mountains: Purple Mountains
63. Arcade Fire: Reflektor
62. Death Grips: The Money Store
61. Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Denial
60. Sleigh Bells: Treats
59. The Weeknd: House of Balloons
58. D’Angelo & The Vanguard: Black Messiah
57. Solange: True
56. No Age: Everything In Between
55. Charly Bliss: Young Enough
54. Lana Del Rey: Born To Die
53. Lorde: Pure Heroine
52. Kendrick Lamar: DAMN.
51. Downtown Boys: Full Communism
50. Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour
49. Mitski: Be The Cowboy
48. Rihanna: ANTI
47. Vampire Weekend: Contra
46. Kacey Musgraves: Same Trailer Different Park
45. Carly Rae Jepsen: E•MO•TION
44. Taylor Swift: Speak Now
43. Taylor Swift: Red
42. billy woods & Kenny Segal: Hiding Places
41. Lorde: Melodrama
40. Billie Eilish: WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
39. Sky Ferreira: Night Time, My Time
38. Jamila Woods: HEAVN
37. Miranda Lambert: Platinum
36. Jamila Woods: LEGACY! LEGACY!
35. Janelle Monáe: The Electric Lady (Suites IV And V)
34. Maren Morris: Hero
33. The National: High Violet
32. Miguel: Kaleidoscope Dream
31. Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
30. Run The Jewels: Run The Jewels 2
29. Wussy: Strawberry
28. Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndroid (Suites II And III)
27. Vince Staples: Summertime ‘06
26. Chance The Rapper: Coloring Book
25. Grimes: Art Angels
24. Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now
23. Frank Ocean: channel ORANGE
22. Chance The Rapper: Acid Rap
21. Pistol Annies: Hell on Heels
20. Parquet Courts: Wide Awaaaaake!
19. Japandroids: Celebration Rock
18. Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste
17. Against Me!: Transgender Dysphoria Blues
16. Tegan & Sara: Heartthrob
15. Lana Del Rey: Norman Fucking Rockwell!
14. Beyoncé: BEYONCÉ
13. Titus Andronicus: The Monitor
12. A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
11. Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires Of The City
10. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer
9. Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel…
8. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
7. Beyoncé: Lemonade
6. Robyn: Body Talk
5. Alex Lahey: I Love You Like A Brother
4. Kendrick Lamar: good kid, m.A.A.d city
3. tUnE-yArDs: w h o k i l l
2. Frank Ocean: nostalgia,ULTRA.
1. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp A Butterfly

Top 100 Entries By Release Year

I was actually pretty pleased with this. At least by sheer quantity, I’ve avoided legacy bias pretty well. The first half of the decade has 53 albums to the second half’s 47. That said, the first three years of the decade each have two albums in my top ten. I’d love to run a linear regression plotting placement against release date sometime to see how it looks.

There’s a weird dip in the middle of the decade. Don’t know what to make of it.

2010: 11
2011: 9
2012: 12
2013: 14
2014: 7
2015: 8
2016: 10
2017: 11
2018: 9
2019: 9

Top 100 Entries By Gender

I’d love to do a tally based on other demographics (race, sexuality), but those are a bit harder to pin down than this.

Men: 47
Women: 51
Division: 2

Top 100 Entries By Genre

If I wanted to break this down further, this would have become impossible to sort. There were some tough calls. But this is about what I came away with.

Indie & Rock: 43
Pop & R&B: 27
Hip Hop: 18
Country: 7
Electronic: 5

Artists With Multiple Top 100 Entries

If there’s a big flaw to my list, it’s that repeat artists dominate it. If you include Pistol Annies and Miranda Lambert as repeats, then only 63 albums on this list are by artists with lone entries.

Kendrick Lamar: 3
Frank Ocean: 3
Janelle Monáe: 3
Beyoncé: 2
Kanye West: 2
Lana Del Rey: 2
Miranda Lambert: 2*
Chance The Rapper: 2
Jens Lekman: 2
Wussy: 2
Jamila Woods: 2
Sky Ferreira: 2
Lorde: 2
Taylor Swift: 2
Kacey Musgraves: 2
Mitski: 2
Charly Bliss: 2

INTRODUCTION | 100-76 | 75-51 | 50-26 | 25-11 | 10-1 | FULL LIST

Published by Joey Daniewicz

Joey Daniewicz is a 30-year-old who graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris with a degree in mathematics. His passions are politics and popular media.

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