Check out Billboard’s staff picks of the top 10 albums of the year.
1. Kanye West, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”
Kanye West’s spectacular “Fantasy” is his best album yet.
2. Arcade Fire, “The Suburbs”
Montreal indie rockers Arcade Fire discovered middle-class dissatisfaction on “The Suburbs,”.
3. Robyn, “Body Talk”
Robyn ended the year on a triumphant note and established a pop presence in the States.
4. Mumford & Sons, “Sigh No More”
Frontman Marcus Mumford offered a handful of hypnotic vocal hooks on the album, and “Country” Winston Marshall added a dash of joyful banjo-strumming to the mix.
5. Beach House, “Teen Dream”
6. LCD Soundsystem, “This Is Happening”
James Murphy continued to perfect slow-building dance music.
7. Drake, “Thank Me Later”
The Canadian rapper proved to be a unique voice in both hip-hop and R&B.
8. MGMT, “Congratulations”
“Congratulations” may not have had a catchy single, but the blissful harmonies of “Flash Delirium,” whacked-out pop of “Brian Eno” and epic psychedelica of “Siberian Breaks”.
9. Rick Ross, “Teflon Don”
Rick Ross elevated his game on his fourth LP.
10. Big Boi, “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty”
The less flashy Outkast rapper dazzled, mixing old-school wordplay with futuristic beats.