Back in 2010, the debut album from New Zealand indie electro-pop group TNAF was just as cool as Urban Outfitters, thanks to shimmering tracks like "Young Blood” and "Punching in a Dream." The credits include 40 people. The result was a record that felt both reassuring and forward-thinking.–S.H. Few albums have as many tearjerking payoffs, most notably on “Elephant” and “Cover Me Up.”–S.H. The legendary Scottish band Orange Juice returned to music fans through a comprehensive box set. <a href="http://darrenhanlon.bandcamp.com/album/i-will-love-you-at-all">I Will Love You At All by Darren Hanlon</a> On their third album, the Radio Dept. PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. The way Aaron Gerber and Sarah Winchester sing back and forth to each other emulates conversation. It’s the most self-assured record in the Bon Iver catalogue, as gorgeous as it is abrasive, securing the moment when everyone realized that Bon Iver doesn’t have a rule book in glorious carbonite.–P.C. The Best Indie Pop Albums of 2010. My favorite ten indie-pop albums of the year include just three debuts, and two of those are by new groups whose members have been around for a while in other bands. 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The UK Albums Chart is a music chart compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC) that calculates the best-selling artist albums of the week in the United Kingdom. While it’s easy to simply call her a millennial Joni Mitchell and leave it at that, there is a wryness and mysticism to Mering’s work that catapults it even beyond that comparison, and Front Row Seat To Earth is the first album where she got the measurements exactly right.–Caitlin White, Mitski’s Be The Cowboy ushered in sold-out arenas and magazine cover shoots. Is indie-pop hip now? “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber 62. PUP had already been one of the leading voices in 2010s indie-pop-punk thanks to their first two albums, but Morbid Stuff came out in April 2019 and … Katy Perry — Teenage Dream. Bon Iver has an album for everyone. Adrianne Lenker’s vocals feel like they’re straight out of the classic New York folk scene, while also carving their own lane into something uniquely modern. You don’t need to know the story of a college student facing his own mental health demons while recording to appreciate how fully-formed the songs appear. For additional information for deaths of musicians and for links to other music lists, see 2010 in music . Here comes the 2020s. Albums released between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2019 with 15 or more reviews in Metacritic's databas… But for me, I’ll take the glitchy gusto of 22, A Million, an album that wants to dip its feet into many of Vernon’s musical wading pools without getting too wet. The album that turned The Black Keys into arena and festival headliners, Brothers features some of the duo’s biggest hits to date, including “Tighten Up” and “Howlin’ For You.” It’s a stomping onslaught of bluesy garage rock that the world was begging for at the top of the 2010s, taking up the mantle left behind by The White Stripes.–Zac Gelfand, Allo Darlin’ was never a household name, but their first couple albums presented a thrilling vision indebted to the C-86 sound, by way of R.E.M., that still holds up perfectly. 2010 was a great year for indie-pop, with an assortment of new bands making an impression by putting a fresh new stamp on old sounds. © 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. Those songs commingle with songs that take an equally incisive look at the entire process of finding a home in the world. It feels like a leap forward for the band as well. The second LP from Seattle's Math and Physics Club follows up on their excellent 2006 debut with a similar mix of pop punch and storytelling, delivered in a streamlined way that keeps the emphasis on those strengths, without any unnecessary fluff. The Pepperoni Boy from Edmont to the Prince of Indie Rock worldwide. The pop landscape changed significantly during the 2010s. The following is a list of albums that were released during 2010. <a href="http://merch.breatheowlbreathe.com/album/magic-central">Magic Central by Breathe Owl Breathe</a> Nick Kgrovich (No Kids, P:ano) has a keen ear for melody, informed by music history, and a sharp songwriting pen. As one of the greatest pop albums of the 2010s, Teenage Dream epitomized the best of the genre … “Timber” – Pitbull 67. The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s Pop felt more ambitious than ever, voices from the margins broke through in every genre and great records kept coming at us from every direction. (Note that some songs charted in more than one year-end list.) As the 2010s come to a close, the importance of the trajectory of indie music in the 2000s has become increasingly clear and undeniable. Breathe Owl Breathe likely get tagged as "folk", but on an essential level, this is playful creative pop music. Though that’s not true for the decade’s most popular young psych outfit, Tame Impala, which evolved from a bedroom pop act to an arena-filling rock behemoth in the 2010s. Instead, it’s a party you never want to leave.–S.H. On it, West "gets ridiculously maximal, blowing past all the rules of hip-hop and pop," Sheffield wrote of the album for Rolling Stone in 2010. The album has an overriding theme of moving forward and putting troubles of the past beyond you. But while many bands might phone it in for an easy cash grab, Sleater-Kinney returned in bigger and better shape than ever. Albums must have reviews from at least 15 criticsto qualify for inclusion; reissues, compilations, and EPs are excluded. That they also carry inside their songs the serenity of a lake and the wildness of nature, not to mention the fanciful, even silly, demeanor of children's storybooks, makes it no less pop. Custom chart of the greatest albums of all-time, as voted by RYM users; including genres Indie Pop (not including sub-genres); include Live or archival releases. To that end, the most impressive releases of 2010s came from across the ever-increasing spectrum of the indie world, from the dirty blues of The Black Keys, to season-driven contemplative genius of Bon Iver, to the devastating punk rock of The Wonder Years and The Hotelier. With 2019’s i,i however, Vernon showed that he was still capable of producing emotionally direct songs that hit with the power of folk ballads, no matter their prog-Americana trappings.–S.H. 2010 was a great year for indie-pop, with an assortment of new bands making an impression by putting a fresh new stamp on old sounds. A Coming of Age pushes their sound in some new directions, with arrangements that are by turns dense and spare, matching the emotions of each song well. once again demonstrate the flexibility within their distinctly fuzzy style of pop music. It's an album about death as much as life, a perhaps literal reminder that we're always dancing with the Grim Reaper. 30 Best Indie Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked Music 2010s Indie: Alternative & Indie-Pop Sounds Of The 21st Century By NBHAP. Whether it’s campfire folk, winter trail post-rock, or collective experimentation, Justin Vernon has you covered. While Big Thief absolutely dominated 2019 with two LPs, their 2017 effort Capacity cannot be overlooked as one of the most beautiful of the decade. 2010s Indie: Alternative & Indie-Pop Sounds Of The 21st Century By NBHAP. 1. Alternately diaristic, journalistic, and motivational, their songs pack an unexpected dramatic punch for such quiet music, one that hits close to home. “Work (ft. Drake)” – Rihanna Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Under sincere musings, Be The Cowboy lulls between soulful, introspective ballads and eruptions of electric guitar and crashing cymbals.–Carolyn Droke. Their streamlined synthpop, featuring the warm vocals of Anna Persson, fills a room with a distinct atmosphere, sweet and melancholy. Emerging out of a home studio in Idaho, The Year of Hibernation is a rare work whose small scale elevates the collection to greater heights. Ditching the quips and orchestrations of previous albums, these beautiful songs are direct missives from a dark night of the soul.–S.H. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart), it's easy to see why this 2011 synth-pop track had such an immense reach. 1. This is music of substance. Why Haven’t You Tried Snoop Dogg’s Impeccably Smooth Cali Red Yet? European began the year with this widescreen dose of hopefulness. Even if there are some moments where the album’s pop-sensibilities seem blatantly intended for mainstream appeal, ... the debut LP from Epic Beard Men, is an indie-rap tour de force by two of the underground’s finest; Sage Francis and B. Dolan. The London band Allo Darlin' is about as cute as pop bands come, with spunky little pop songs that say witty things about love, using Woody Allen as a reference point and weaving the chorus of a Weezer song into the fabric of their own song, via its characters singing it together on a ferris wheel. Within this collection of bittersweet pop songs lies an epic dialogue about hypocrisy and repression, about trying and failing to connect with other people in a way that would build something beautiful in the face of so many broken promises. There is a lot of uncertainty, even fear, running through the album, apropos of our time. Last update: January 4, 2020 These albums have the highest Metascores out of all new albums released from 2010-19. Anohni is a prolific collaborator who manages a few splashes bigger than others. Their third album refines that sound to the point that the change feels revelatory, even though it's not that large of a shift. It does seem like indie-label music fans are embracing pop sounds more than they did a few years ago, with bands like Best Coast, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Dum Dum Girls getting raves from Internet tastemakers. There's a spirit of inclusive joy that's projected through every song, even the most heartbreaking ones. While Titus Andronicus has never been a mainstream band, any lover of heartfelt, big-ideas rock has a special place in their heart for this concept record about the Civil War and being a loser in the middle of New Jersey.–Steven Hyden. It’s endlessly useful.–P.C. It is one of the best underground pop albums of the decade. There was no attempt to make another push towards the ubiquity of “1234,” instead crafting rich grower of a record that sounds even better now than it did on its release, with the show-stopping grandeur of “Graveyard” and smokey fragility of “The Circle Married The Line” showing capabilities much larger than iPod commercials.–P.C. Meanwhile, bands on their second, third, or fourth albums took their sound and refreshed it. Custom chart of the greatest albums of all-time, as voted by RYM users; including genres Indie Pop (not including sub-genres); include Live or archival releases. While he still produced strong records, the process of becoming sober — and writing about it with great candor and emotional insight — with Southeastern put Isbell on another level. The band’s leader, Kevin Parker, made his greatest breakthroughs on Lonerism, in which he melted minds while also crafting rafters-shaking bangers.–S.H. If these guys didn’t believe in the power of guitars and power chords so fervently, Celebration Rock would devolve into self-parody. The decade in music was wrought with boundless experimentation, from the cyclical redefinition of popular music to the increasingly convoluted labeling of genres. Mixing sugary pop songs of their own in with them singing the "Beef, It's What for Dinner" jingle and "Clap on, Clap Off" (the Clapper) might seem incongruous, but it's all part of the same pop-culture fabric, tied in with feelings from childhood, wonder, mystery, and naiveté. Annie Clark is one of the best at a lot of different things, and she shows much of that off on her commercial breakthrough album. But before we embrace the new, let’s look back at the best in pop, rock, country, hip-hop and R&B over the last 10 years. The 101 Best Albums of the 2010s. “Loveeeeee Song (ft. Future)” – Rihanna 66. “Believe Me (ft. Drake)” – Lil Wayne 69. Michelle Zauner is a hell of a songwriter. Animal Collective finally had their moment in the sun, sun, sun with Merriweather Post Pavilion, the most acclaimed album of the year.Blissful tunes like "Summertime Clothes" could be found at the summit of this long-beloved band's career. In a way it's mostly about framing, the way they use piano and strings to give their music a romantic sweep, making it feel bigger and more enveloping. Portrait artists of everyday life, Portland's A Weather close their focus in on the details, from objects strewn across rooms to the words people use when they're trying to comfort each other. What started with a mysterious 7-inch sent with a retrospective box set ended with a full-length comeback album from one of the most ferocious bands of the indie-punk scene. As we look back at the decade in the rear-view, let’s take a look at all the best indie releases. 's The Adventures of Bobby Ray, Godsmack's The Oracle and not one, not two, but three separate Glee Cast soundtrack albums. Its songs detail, in memorable ways, not just a relationship falling apart, but also the recuperation, contemplation, and moving-on stages. The albums that were the last decade's best. Not only does their style of singing seem unique in music today, it gives the music the impression that these are people singing to the listener the way a friend would talk to you about something, even when they're telling stories. 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