It can be difficult trying to keep track of Rolling Stone's target demographic these days. It seems that veteran print journals are tending to cast their respective nets as wide as possible to capture those fringe readers who might be willing to pay a print or online subscription fee, and Rolling Stone is no exception.
As Stereogum points out, the magazine's baby boomer-leaning selections for their Top 30 Albums and Top 50 Singles of 2010 are a bit surprising. Yes, Elton John and John Mellencamp apparently released albums this year. (Hey, did anyone listen to this year's Alison Krauss-less Robert Plant album?) However, the lists seem to be skewing younger and young every year, with each top 10 representing predominantly indie rock or hip-hop.
Before we list each top 10, we should mention that Kid Rock's album Born Free came in at number 16 on the album chart, higher than Spoon, the Roots, or Beach House. The album's title track also won a spot on the singles list at number 47, just edging out Da Racist's "hahahaha jk?"
View the full lists over at Stereogum.
Top 10 Singles of 2010:
10 Kanye West (Feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver) – “Monster”
09 Broken Bells – “The Ghost Inside”
08 Janelle Monáe (Feat. Big Boi) – “Tightrope”
07 Vampire Weekend – “White Sky”
06 Mavis Staples -”You Are Not Alone”
05 Arcade Fire – “We Used to Wait”
04 Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream”
03 Sade – “Soldier of Love”
02 Cee Lo Green – “Fuck You”
01 Kanye West (Feat. Pusha T) -”Runaway”
Top 10 Albums of 2010:
10 LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
09 Eminem – Recovery
08 Robert Plant – Band Of Joy
07 Drake – Thank Me Later
06 Vampire Weekend – Contra
05 Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song
04 Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
03 Elton John and Leon Russell – The Union
02 The Black Keys – Brothers
01 Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy