My Top 25 Favourite Albums of The Decade (2010-2019)

Hello all,

So, as we hit October 2019 we can pretty much see the decade slowly coming to a close. It was most certainly a very interesting decade indeed. Especially for music. This decade in music has been been quite astonishing, with more music being created than at any other time in history. I would actually love to know some statistics on that. Music is way to express our humanity and to bring us together. The lyrics and sounds that individuals can create, have the ability to echo a profound impact on society. Music has stood the test of time and looking back and reflecting on all that has come before us, is truly something beautiful. However, I shall give credit where credit is due because we have definitely seen some incredible art created in these recent years. This decade has seen the rise of pop to a new extreme, the creation of revolutionary modern rap, the exploration of new levels of R&B and so much more.

Pitchfork recently released a section on their website which has their lists of the 200 best albums and songs of the decade. It also includes other features all relevant to this decade in music. I have discovered so many artists and songs through Pitchfork so I congratulate them and want to thank them for the effort they put into music. It really is appreciated. Although, it can be hard to see that when people disagree and have different opinions on music. Variety in opinion is what we require, so we can have discourse and discuss music. I also really enjoyed reading the note written by Pitchfork Editor-in-Chief Puja Patel on the 2010’s project itself, which you can check out through the link. Anyway, this project is what inspired me to create a list of my top 20 albums – which I actually made 25 after I physically could not decide what to get rid of. Some honourable mentions go out to Marina and The Diamonds with ‘FROOT’, Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’, Glass Animal’s ‘ZABA’, Beyonce’s ‘BEYONCE’, MØ’s ‘No Mythologies To Follow’ and Arctic Monkey’s ‘AM’. These albums all had a signifncat impact on me during the decade, although I decided to leave them off this list.

After tossing up between the many albums that have resonated with me over the decade, I came up with 25 stellar albums that have helped shape me, either recently or over the course of the last 10 years. Some observations I made about my music taste were as followed;

– Experimental pop is a genre that I have really loved over the past few years and it comes through my music taste.

– I do not consider  rap music to be in the category of my favourite music as I usually only like certain songs, as opposed to whole albums. Although, that comes with a few exceptions e.g. Kendrick Lamar

– Stripped back music with powerful lyrics and strong vocals are a big tick for me

– R&B music sustains its positioning as one of my favourite genres of music

Overall, I feel I have a very open mind when it comes to music and will honestly give anything a try. I certainly used to have a lot of walls when it came to trying new music but I think Pitchfork and particular artists have really opened my eyes to so many new kinds of music. With this list, I have put underneath each album a track from the album I believe is underrated and my favourite from each album. Whether you believe they are underrated is up to you, but they are more so the songs that did not get mainstream attention that I believe are great! I hope you can relate to a few of these albums and I would love to hear your favourites, so definitely send me a message if you want to discuss, I am all ears! Happy reading!

SIDE NOTE: These are in NO particular order (It was already tough enough choosing my favourites). Remember also; these are MY favourite albums – not necessarily the BEST albums of the decade. These are just those which had a profound impact on me either recently or sometime earlier in the last 10 years.

Charli XCX – POP 2 (2017)

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My Favourite Track: Unlock it (Feat. Kim Petras & Jay Park)

Underrated Track: Femmebot (feat. Dorian Electra and Mykki Blanco)

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

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My Favourite Track: POWER

Underrated Track: Lost In The World (feat. Bon Iver)

Bon Iver – Bon Iver (2011)

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My Favourite Track: Perth

Underrated Track: Michicant

Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell (2019)

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My Favourite Track: Cinnamon Girl

Underrated Track: Love Song

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (2015)

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My Favourite Track: Should Have Known Better

Underrated Track: Eugene

Frank Ocean – Channel Orange (2012)

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My Favourite Track: Forest Gump

Underrated Track: Bad Religion

The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (2018)

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My Favourite Track: It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)

Underrated Track: I Like America & America Likes Me

Ben Howard – Every Kingdom (2011)

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My Favourite Track: Promise

Underrated Track: Everything

Lorde – Pure Heroine (2013)

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My Favourite Track: Buzzcut Season

Underrated Track: A World Alone

ROSALÍA – El Mar Querer (2018)

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My Favourite Track: MALAMENTE (Cap.1: Augurio)

Underrated Track: DE AQUÍ NO SALES (Cap.4: Disputa)

SZA – CTRL (2017)

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My Favourite Track: Doves In The Wind (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Underrated Track: Normal Girl

Taylor Swift – Red (2012)

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My Favourite Track: All Too Well

Underrated Track: Holy Ground

Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour (2018)

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My Favourite Track: Slow Burn

Underrated Track: Lonely Weekend

SOPHIE – OIL OF EVERY PEARLS UN-INSIDES (2018)

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My Favourite Track: It’s Okay To Cry

Underrated Track: Ponyboy

Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion (2015)

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My Favourite Track:  Run Away With Me

Underrated Track: Boy Problems

The Weeknd – The Beauty Behind The Madness (2015)

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My Favourite Track: Real Life

Underrated Track: Losers (feat. Labrinth)

Frank Ocean – Blonde (2016)

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My Favourite Track: Pink + White

Underrated Track: Solo

Gang Of Youths – Go Farther In Lightness (2017)

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My Favourite Track: The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows

Underrated Track: Say Yes To Life

Harry Styles – Harry Styles (2017)

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My Favourite Track: Two Ghosts

Underrated Track: Only Angel

Lorde – Melodrama (2017)

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My Favourite Track: Perfect Places

Underrated Track: Hard Feelings/Loveless

Selena Gomez – Revival (2015)

My Favourite Track: Good For You (basic, but I truely always go back to it)

Underrated Track: Cologne (close second favourite – from the deluxe album)

Beyoncé – Lemonade (2016)

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My Favourite Track: Formation

Underrated Track: All Night

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (2015)

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My Favourite Track: Alright

Underrated Track: i (yes, just the letter!)

Solange – A Seat at the Table (2016)

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My Favourite Track: Cranes In The Sky

Underrated Track: Don’t Wish Me Well

Bon Iver – 22, A Million (2016)

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My Favourite Track: 33 “GOD”

Underrated Track: 715 – cr∑∑ks

– Joshie

 

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