Rough Trade Shops Top 100 Albums Of 2010

    Caribou’s Swim is the best album of 2010, according to a list compiled by Rough Trade Shops. The famous UK record stores that spawned the record label of the same name (the two entities have no official ties, so there’s no need to be concerned of any bias) have been around since 1976 and were once a global entity, with shops once existing in San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo before the rise of online music sales forced their doors closed.

     

    The extensive list contains many of the albums you’ll be seeing on plenty of year-end lists, though there are definitely a few surprises. Gil-Scott Heron’s I’m New Here placing so highly is definitely a bold choice, even though the album itself certainly merits a place on any respectable year-end list. 

     

    The full list:

     

    1. Caribou – Swim
    2. Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
    3. These New Puritans – Hidden
    4. Caitlin Rose – Own Side Now
    5. Phosphorescent – Here’s To Taking It Easy
    6. Darkstar – North
    7. Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM
    8. Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner
    9. Wild Nothing – Gemini
    10. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
    11. Broken Bells – Broken Bells
    12. Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo
    13. The National – High Violet
    14. Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?
    15. Beach House – Teen Dream
    16. Voice Of The Seven Thunders – Voice Of The Seven Thunders
    17. Perfume Genius – Learning
    18. Crocodiles – Sleep Forever
    19. The Black Keys – Brothers
    20. The Morning Benders – Big Echo
    21. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
    22. Salem – King Night
    23. Brian Eno – Small Craft On A Milk Sea
    24. Dylan Leblanc – Paupers Field
    25. Joanna Newson – Have One On Me
    26. Matthew Dear – Black City
    27. Warpaint – The Fool
    28. Liars – Sisterworld
    29. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
    30. John Grant – Queen Of Denmark
    31. Konono No 1 – Assume Crash Position
    32. Smoke Fairies – Through Low Light And Trees
    33. Surfer Blood – Astro Coast
    34. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
    35. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles
    36. Mount Kimbie – Crooks And Lovers
    37. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
    38. Best Coast – Crazy For You
    39. PVT – Church With No Magic
    40. Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
    41. Vampire Weekend – Contra
    42. Edwyn Collins – Losing Sleep
    43. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
    44. Midlake – The Courage Of Others
    45. The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack
    46. Sleigh Bells – Treats
    47. O Children – O Children
    48. Glasser – Ring
    49. Zola Jesus – Stridulum 2 
    50. Holly Miranda – The Magician’s Private Library 
    51. Sea Of Bees – Songs For The Ravens
    52. JJ – No3 
    53. Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise 
    54. Twin Shadow – Forget 
    55. Gonjasufi – A Sufi And A Killer 
    56. Bear In Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth
    57. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
    58. Cours Lapin – Cours Lapin 
    59. Darwin Deez – Darwin Deez 
    60. School Of Seven Bells – Disconnect From Desire 
    61. Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils 
    62. Shit Robot – From The Cradle To The Rave
    63. Jonsi – Go 
    64. Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be 
    65. Belle And Sebastian – Belle And Sebastian Write About Love
    66. Chilly Gonzales – Ivory Tower 
    67. Connan Mokasin – Please Turn Me Into The Snat 
    68. Holy Fuck – Latin 
    69. The School – Loveless Unbeliever 
    70. Tobacco – Maniac Meat 
    71. Dios – We Are Dios 
    72. Allo Darlin’ – Allo Darlin’ 
    73. Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky 
    74. Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts 
    75. El Guincho – Pop Negro 
    76. Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal 
    77. Kort (Kurt Wagner And Cortney Tidwell) – Invariable Heartache
    78. Solar Bears – She Was Coloured In 
    79. Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing 
    80. Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz
    81. Kings Go Forth – The Outsiders Are Back
    82. Grinderman – Grinderman 2 
    83. Dan Michaelson And The Coastguards – Shakes
    84. Stornoway – Beachcomber’s Windowsill
    85. Tamaryn – The Waves 
    86. The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt
    87. Four Tet – There Is Love In You 
    88. Magic Kids – Memphis 
    89. Marina And The Diamonds – Family Jewels 
    90. Mystery Jets – Serotonin 
    91. Black Angels – Phosphene Dream 
    92. Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse – Dark Night Of The Soul 
    93. Fool’s Gold – Fool’s Gold 
    94. Frankie Rose And The Outs – Frankie Rose And The Outs
    95. Aloe Blacc – Good Things
    96. Drums Of Death – Generation Hexed 
    97. Am – Future Sons And Daughters 
    98. Field Music – Field Music (Measure) 
    99. Hot Chip – One Life Stand 
    100. Time And Spacemachine – Set Phazer To Stun [Stereogum]