Rolling Stone Picks Their Top Songs & Albums of 2010

We’re still recovering from our NYE celebrations, so we decided to take today off. In lieu of new articles, we decided to repost some of our favorite 2010 Year End List-themed posts from this year. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

Spin Magazine and MySpace already named their best music picks of 2010, and now it’s Rolling Stone Magazine’s turn. Kanye West’s latest opus has once again soared past the competition and claimed the top spot. His “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” took the No. 1 spot on Spin and the runner-up slot on MySpace’s list. Looks like someone is on a roll.

Rolling Stone’s list includes several of the same artists found on Spin’s, but there are a couple of WTF selections. Which ones you ask? I love me some Elton John, but seriously… his latest CD is at No. 3? If anyone’s listened to it, please enlighten me on what I missed out this year. The other selection that had my head scratching was Robert Plant. Maybe my musical tastes aren’t as refined, slash ancient as the editors of Rolling Stone.

Here are Rolling Stone’s picks for the crème de la crème of 2010.

  • 10. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
  • ?9. Eminem – Recovery
  • 8. Robert Plant – Band Of Joy
  • 7. Drake – Thank Me Later
  • 6. Vampire Weekend – Contra
  • 5. Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song
  • 4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  • 3. Elton John and Leon Russell – The Union
  • 2. The Black Keys – Brothers
  • 1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

What did you think of the list? Personally, I like Spin’s list much better. How many of the Top 10 have you checked out or own?

Not only did Kanye score Best Album honors, but his “Runaway” took Top Single honors as well. He also occupied the No. 10 slot as well with “Monster” featuring Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver, Rick Ross and Jay-Z. Seriously… who is Kanye banging over at Rolling Stone’s head office? Here’s the magazine’s explanation for their selection:

“Runaway” is Kanye’s musical response to the Taylor Swift affair, but it’s much more than that: a nine-minute meditation on romantic failure and public infamy. Kanye creates a huge, eerie beat out of thunderous drums and plinking piano, and he turns the phrase “Let’s have a toast for the douchebags” into a refrain nearly as catchy as “She loves you — yeah, yeah, yeah.” In 2010, no other song was so crazily epic or jaw-droppingly gorgeous — not on the radio, not anywhere.

Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Singles of 2010

  • 10. Kanye West (Feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver) – “Monster”
  • 9. Broken Bells – “The Ghost Inside”
  • 8. Janelle Monáe (Feat. Big Boi) – “Tightrope”
  • 7. Vampire Weekend – “White Sky”
  • 6. Mavis Staples -”You Are Not Alone”
  • 5. Arcade Fire – “We Used to Wait”
  • 4. Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream”
  • 3. Sade – “Soldier of Love”
  • 2. Cee Lo Green – “Fuck You”
  • 1. Kanye West (Feat. Pusha T) -”Runaway”

While Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You” is a given and will probably show up on numerous 2010 year end lists, it’s awesome to see my girl, Sade, get some love. “Soldier of Love” was vintage Sade. Haunting, beautiful and soulful, all at the same time. Glad to see Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” (her best track) and Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope” make the list as well.

To check out the complete list of Rolling Stone’s Top 30 Albums and Top 50 Singles of 2010, click here.