Best Of 2010: Staff Lists

    To accompany our Top 40 Albums of 2010 list, here are the ballots for each Prefix Staff member. Kanye West obviously crushed all comers, gaining the most first place votes of any album:

     

    Saxon Baird

    1. Curren$y – Pilot Talk

    2. Rick Ross – Teflon Don

    3. Caribou – Swim

    4. Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be

    5. Tu Fawning – Hearts on Hold

    6. Strong Arm Steady – In Search of Stoney Jackson

    7. Kanye West – My Dark Twisted Beautiful Fantasy

    8. The Roots – How I Got Over

    9. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

    10. Gil-Scott Heron – I’m New Here

    11. Toro Y Moi – Causers of This

    12. The National – High Violet

    13. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

    14. Magic Bullets – Magic Bullets

    15. King Sunny Ade – Babá mo Túndé

     

    Chris Bosman

    1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    2. The National – High Violet

    3. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor

    4. Vampire Weekend – Contra

    5. Sleigh Bells – Treats

    6. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

    7. Freddie Gibbs – Str8 Killa No Filla

    8. James Blake – CYMK & Klavierwerke EPs

    9. Zola Jesus – Stridulum EPs

    10. Magic Man – Real Life Color

    11. How To Dress Well – Love Remains

    12. Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?

    13. Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid

    14. Salem – King Night

    15. ceo – White Magic


    Tim Bugbee

    1. Sun City Girls – Funeral Mariachi

    2. Marc ribot – Silent Movies

    3. Jack Rose – Luck in the Valley

    4. Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?

    5. Jim Shepard – V-3 Next Album

    6. Robyn Hitchcock – Propellor Time

    7. Dungen – Skit I Allt

    8. Barn Owl – Ancestral Star

    9. Boston Spaceships – Our Cubehouse Still Rocks

    10. Rangda – False Flag

    11. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

    12. Bronze Horse – Self-titled

    13. White Hills –  Self-titled

    14. Ghost Box Orchestra – The Only Light On

    15. Killing Joke – Absolute Dissent

     

    Max Burke

    1. Sun City Girls – Funeral Mariachi

    2. Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?

    3. Jack Rose – Luck In The Valley

    4. Yellow Swans – Going Places

    5. Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here

    6. Dungen – Skit I Allt

    7. Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope In The Sky

    8. Woods – At Echo Lake

    9. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang – The Wonder Show of the World

    10. Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern

    11. Xiu Xiu – Dear God I Hate Myself

    12. MV/EE – Live Road

    13. Lil B – Rain In England

    14. Mark McGuire – Living With Yourself

    15. Refused – The Shape of Punk to Come (Reissue)


    Mike Burr

    1. Surfer Blood – Astro Coast

    2. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

    3. The National – High Violet

    4. Band of Horses – Infinite Arms

    5. Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone

    6. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street (Reissue)

    7. Big Boi- Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

    8. The Roots – How I Got Over

    9. Midlake – The Courage of Others

    10. Roky Erickson – True Love Cast Out All Evil

    11. High on Fire – Snakes for the Divine

    12. Harvey Milk – A Small Turn of Human Kindness

    13. Spoon – Transference

    14. Black Milk – Album of the Year

    15. The Suckers – Wild Smile

     

    Chris Chafin

    1. Twin Shadow – Forget

    2. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles

    3. Naked Hearts – Mass Hysteria

    4. Owen Pallet – Heartland

    5. Free Energy – Stuck on Nothing

    6. Belle & Sebastian – Write About Love

    7. Love is All – Two Thousand & Ten Injuries

    8. The Sword – War Riders

    9. Neu- ’72 Non-Public Test

    10. Midlake – The Courage of Others

    11. Fang Island –Fang Island

    12. Beach Fossils –Beach Fossils

    13. Blank Dogs – Land and Fixed

    14. Bachelorette – Isolation Loops

    15. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

     

    Michelle Geslani

    1. Surfer Blood – Astro Coast 

    2. Sleigh Bells – Treats

    3. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

    4. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor 

    5. Baths – Cerulean 

    6. Wild Nothing – Gemini 

    7. Suckers – Wild Smile 

    8. The Drums – The Drums 

    9. Perfume Genius – Learning 

    10. Delorean – Subiza 

    11. Glasser – Ring 

    12. Harlem – Hippies 

    13. Twin Shadow – Forget 

    14. Sharon Van Etten – Epic 

    15.  Phantogram – Eyelid Movies 

     

    Julian Hattem

    1. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor

    2. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 

    3. Best Coast – Crazy For You

    4. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today

    5. Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me

    6. Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. Wuz Here

    7. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

    8. Tallest Man On Earth – Wild Hunt

    9. Silje Nes – Opticks

    10. Baths – Cerulean

    11. Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern

    12. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

    13. Las Robertas – Cry Out Loud

    14. Wavves – King of the Beach

    15. Nobunny- First Blood


    Kali Holloway

    1. Beach House- Teen Dream

    2. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    3. Twin Sister-Color Your Life

    4. Twin Shadow- Forget

    5. Sleigh Bells- Treats

    6. MGMT-Congratulations

    7. Dum Dum Girls- I Will Be

    8. Diamond Rings- Special Affections

    9. Shit Robot- From the Cradle to the Rave

    10. Deerhunter- Halcyon Digest

    11. LCD Soundsystem- This Is Happening

    12. Best Coast- Crazy For You

    13. The Morning Benders- Big Echo

    14. Glasser- Ring

    15. Delorean- Subiza

     

    Craig Jenkins

    1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    2. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

    3. Bruce Springsteen – The Promise

    4. Sleigh Bells – Treats

    5. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

    6. The Roots – How I Got Over

    7. Foreign Exchange – Authenticity

    8. Black Milk – Album of the Year

    9. Beach House – Teen Dream

    10. Best Coast – Crazy For You

    11. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

    12. Eykah Badu- New Amerykah Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh

    13. Electric Wire Hustle – Electric Wire Hustle

    14. Shad – TSOL

    15. Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song

     

    Wolcott Katzenbach

    1. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me

    2. Beach House – Teen Dream

    3. Diamond Rings – Special Affections

    4. Sun Araw – On Patrol

    5. How To Dress Well – Love Remains

    6. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today

    7. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    8. Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal

    9. Scuba – Triangulation

    10. Women – Public Strain

    11. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

    12. Robyn – Body Talk

    13. Yellow Swans – Going Places

    14. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

    15. Nachtmystium – Addicts: Black Meddle, Pt. 2

     

    Kyle Lemmon

    1. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    2. Big Boi- Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

    3. The National- High Violet

    4. Joanna Newsom- Have One on Me

    5. Das Racist- Shut Up, Dude/Sit Down, Man

    6. Arcade Fire- The Suburbs

    7. Sufjan Stevens- The Age of Adz

    8. Twin Shadow- Forget

    9. Beach House- Teen Dream

    10. The-Dream- Love King

    11. Matthew Dear- Black City

    12. Janelle Monáe- The ArchAndroid

    13. How to Dress Well- Love Remains

    14. Jónsi- Go

    15. Julian Lynch- Mare

     

    Art Levy

    1. Ted Lucas – Ted Lucas (Reissue)

    2. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

    3. Lower Dens – Twin-Hand Movement

    4. Caribou – Swim

    5. Mountain Man – Made The Harbor

    6. Department of Eagles – Archives 2003-2006

    7. Sharon Van Etten – Epic

    8. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor

    9. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

    10. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    11. The Walkmen – Lisbon

    12.Phosphorescent – Here’s To Taking It Easy

    13. The Budos Band – Budos Band III

    14. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

    15. Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here

     

    Jared Levy

    1. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

    2. Gonjasufi – A Sufi and a Killer

    3. Four Tet – There is Love in You

    4. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

    5. Beach House – Teen Dream

    6. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

    7. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

    8. The National – High Violet

    9. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

    10. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

    11. Toro Y Moi – Causers of This

    12. The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt

    13. Surfer Blood – Astro Coast

    14. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record

    15. Maps & Atlases – Perch Patchwork


    Andrew Martin

    1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    2. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot

    3. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh

    4. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

    5. The National – High Violet

    6. The Foreign Exchange – Authenticity

    7. The Roots – How I Got Over

    8. Shad – TSOL

    9. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz

    10. Black Milk – Album of the Year

    11. Electric Wire Hustle – Electric Wire Hustle

    12. Kokayi – Robots & Dinosaurs

    13. Curren$y – Pilot Talk

    14. Intuition – Girls Like Me

    15. Aloe Blacc – Good Things

     

    Wilson McBee

    1. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

    2. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    3. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

    4. Rick Ross – Teflon Don

    5. No Age – Everything In Between

    6. The National – High Violet

    7. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

    8. Yelawolf – Trunk Muzik Mixtapes

    9. Morning Benders- Big Echo

    10. Best Coast – Crazy for You

    11. Sufjan Stevens- The Age of Adz

    12. Beach House – Teen Dream

    13. Wavves – King of the Beach

    14. Drake – Thank Me Later

    15. Big K.R.I.T.- K.R.I.T. Wuz Here

     

    Nick Neyland

    1. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

    2. The Fall – Your Future Our Clutter

    3. Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

    4. Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal

    5. Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here

    6. Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid

    7. Walls – Walls

    8. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today

    9. Arp – The Soft Wave

    10. Thee Oh Sees – Warm Slime

    11. Black Milk – Album of the Year

    12. Gonjasufi – A Sufi and a Killer

    13. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    14. Das Racist – Shut Up, Dude/Sit Down, Man

    15. Autechre – Move of Ten

     

    Dan Nishimoto

    1. Laura Marling- I Speak Because I Can

    2. LCD Soundsystem- This is Happening

    3. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

    4. Brad Laner-Natural Selections

    5. Das Racist- Shut Up, Dude/Sit Down, Man

    6. Brian Eno-Small Craft on a Milk Sea

    7. Dirty Projectors & Bjork- Mount Wittenburg Orca

    8. Morning Benders- Big Echo

    9. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

    10. Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone

    11. Cee-Lo Green- Stray Bullets Mixtape

    12. Mulatu Astatke- Mulatu Steps Ahead

    13. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    14. Kid Cudi- Man on the Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager

    15. Various Artists-Roots of Chicha 2

     

    Daniel Rivera

    1. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    2. LCD Soundsystem- This is Happening

    3. Big Boi- Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

    4. The Walkmen- Lisbon

    5. Das Racist- Shut Up, Dude/Sit Down, Man

    6. Hot Chip- One Life Stand

    7. Sufjan Stevens- The Age of Adz

    8. Weekend- Sports

    9. Best Coast- Crazy For You

    10. Titus Andronicus- The Monitor

    11. The Extra Lense- Undercard

    12. Twin Shadow- Forget

    13. Janelle Monae- The ArchAndroid

    14. The National- High Violet

    15. The Hold Steady- Heaven is Whenever

     

    Ethan Stanislawski

    1. Grinderman – Grinderman 2

    2. Vampire Weekend – Contra

    3. Sleigh Bells – Treats

    4. Wavves – King of the Beach

    5. Galactic- Ya-Ka-May

    6. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor

    7. Red Pens – Reasons

    8. Greenberg Soundtrack

    9. Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM

    10. Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern

    11. Gogol Bordello – Transcontinental Hustle

    12. Black Keys – Brothers

    13. OK Go – Of The Blue Colour of the Sky

    14. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

    15. Of Montreal – False Priest

     

    Andrew Winistorfer

    1. Beach House- Teen Dream

    2. Sleigh Bells- Treats

    3. The National- High Violet

    4. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    5. Big Boi- Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

    6. The-Dream- Love King

    7. LCD Soundsystem- This Is Happening

    8. Zola Jesus- Stridulum EPs

    9. Robyn- Body Talk

    10. Arcade Fire- The Suburbs

    11. Yelawolf-Trunk Muzik Mixtapes

    12. Suckers- Wild Smile

    13. Erykah Badu- New Amerykah Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh

    14. The Walkmen- Lisbon

    15. Sufjan Stevens- Age of Adz

     

    Luke Winkie

    1. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    2. These New Puritans- Hidden

    3. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

    4. Big Boi- Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

    5. High on Fire – Snakes for the Divine

    6. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor

    7. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

    8. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

    9. ceo – White Magic

    10. The National – High Violet

    11. Perfume Genius – Learning

    12. Abe Vigoda – Crush

    13. Gil Scott-Heron- I’m New Here

    14. No Age – Everything In Between

    15. Wavves – King of the Beach

     

    Susannah Young

    1. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    2. Big Boi- Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

    3. LCD Soundsystem- This Is Happening

    4. Arcade Fire- The Suburbs

    5. Spoon- Transference 

    6. The Walkmen- Lisbon

    7. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti- Before Today

    8. Sleigh Bells- Treats

    9. Janelle Monae- The ArchAndroid

    10. Beach House- Teen Dream

    11. The Fresh & Onlys- Play It Strange

    12. Robyn- Body Talk

    13. Sufjan Stevens- The Age of Adz

    14. No Age- Everything in Between

    15. The National- High Violet


    Erik Ziedses des Plantes

    1. Coliseum – House With A Curse

    2. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son Of Chico Dusty

    3. Ceremony – Rohnert Park

    4. Daughters – Daughters

    5. Drake – Thank Me Later

    6. Trash Talk – Eyes & Nines

    7. The-Dream – Love King

    8. Wavves – King Of The Beach

    9. Curren$y – Pilot Talk

    10. Kylesa – Spiral Shadow

    11. Minus The Bear – OMNI

    12. Grown Ups – More Songs

    13. Past Lives – Tapestry Of Webs

    14. Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern

    15. Punch – Push Pull

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