Albums of the Decade

Made a longlist up to 2018 when a similar thread ran a few months back and it is roughly in order. Think Jamila Woods and Little Simz will be on the list if they still feel fresh in 6 months time.

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid M.A.A.D City
Run the Jewels 2
Caribou - Swim
Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile
Darkstar - Psychic
Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté - Ali & Toumani
Actress - R.I.P.
Anais Mitchell - Hadestown
DJ Koze - Knock Knock
Jlin - Dark Energy
Young Fathers - White Men are Black Men Too
St Vincent (s/t)
Floating Points - Elaenia
Nicolas Jaar - Space is Only Noise
The Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir
Kiasmos (s/t)
David Bowie - The Next Day
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
D,Angelo - Black Messiah
Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth
Against All Logic - A.A.L 2012-2017
Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
David Bowie - Blackstar
John Talabot - Fin
Jack White - Lazaretto
FKA Twigs - LP1
LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow
Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel is Wiser…


Shit forgot Blackstar and Modern Vampires… and probably would put Joy As An Act Of Resistance up there too.

  1. E•MO•TION (2015)
  2. NO BLUES (2013)
  3. Blackstar (2016)
  4. Science Fiction (2017)
  5. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
  6. In the Belly of the Brazen Bull (2012)
  7. Melodrama (2017)
  8. Night Time, My Time (2013)
  9. So Sad So Sexy (2018)
  10. Lung Bread for Daddy (2019)
  11. … Like Clockwork (2013)
  12. Good Kid M.A.A.D City (2012)
  13. True (2012)
  14. SLAY Z (2016)
  15. Push the Sky Away (2013)

I’m sure this list will change tomorrow, but this looks good for now.


Forgot Darkside… thanks

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Public Strain by Women.


Caribou - swim
Young fathers - cocoa sugar
The caretaker - an empty bliss beyond this world
Anna von hausswolff- dead magic
Sufjan Stevens - carrie and lowell
The body - i have fought against it, but i cant any longer
Big boi - sir lucious left foot: the son of chico dusty
Pj harvey - let england shake
Shabazz palaces - quazarz (dont maje me choise which one!)
richard dawson - peasant
Half man half biscuit - no one cares about your creative hub so get your fuckin hedge cut

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What do people think will make it to the top of most lists when they start to come out?

I reckon:
TPAB & Damn
Let England Shake
Carrie & Lowell
Channel Orange


Anything that maybe wasn’t ultra acclaimed the year it was released but is now more acclaimed?

I have a lot of thoughts about this but, its too soon at the moment.

I have a vague idea of a top ten but, bits change every few weeks.

I still haven’t listened to the Skeleton Tree. Everyone seems to think its great.

Obviously I need to to give it a shot!


Funny decade for me as I spent half of it married and am spending second half divorced/separated so there’s a lot of before and after in my mind. Also some stuff I loved back then (for example war on drugs) I’d never listen to again now. So basically so far it’s albums by:

Then all that amazing body of work from Andy Stott, demdike stare, actress, Raime
Always Godflesh. ALWAYS them
Blanck Mass
Girl Band


Crazy how underappreciated this album is


Even though I’ve hated everything he’s done since with such a passion Benji probably deserves to be in this conversation.

Also the Mount Eerie album A Crow Looked at Me and I Never Learn by Lykke Li.

Basically all the cheerful, upbeat ones.


You’re probably right. Definitely in my top 10 at least.

All these lists need more Blonde.


Will take some time to formulate a whole list, but feel like Home, Like Noplace Is There (The Hotelier) has been omitted (presumably in error) so far

In rough order,

1 Kanye MBDTF
2 Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
3 Everything Everything – Get To Heaven
4 Arcade Fire – Suburbs
5 WOD – Lost in a Dream
6 SKM – Benji
7 Four Tet – There Is Love In You
8 Caribou – Swim
9 Bon Iver – s/t
10 Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
11 St Vincent – s/t
12 Damien Jurado - Visions of us on the land
13 Slowdive – s/t
14 Lykke Li – So sad, so sexy
15 LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
16 Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Just Sit & Think…
17 Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down
18 Beyoncé - Lemonade
19 Destroyer – Kaputt
20 Tame Impala – Lonerism

4:44, Syro and 1989 all bubbling under, but can’t think what I’d dislodge.


I know it’s a tough subject and many will disagree but Swans should be included. Just my take.

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Jesus! Caribou - Swim was this decade. I’m going to have to get a spreadsheet out.


Think I did a list for the mid point of the decade and have been shuffling albums around in a ‘Top 100’ spreadsheet since then. Think my top 10 is pretty much locked in but will see what the rest of the year brings.