Daniel Hopkins' Best Albums of 2010

10. PhosphorescentHere's To Taking It Easy

9. Ariel Pink's Haunted GraffitiBefore Today

When Ariel Pink released Before Today, he shattered all of his own rules, and by moving away from the murky, lo-fi noise-pop of his earlier records, he rewarded his listeners with some of the biggest choruses of the year (see "Round and Round").

8. Vampire WeekendContra

7. DeerhunterHalcyon Digest

6. Here We Go MagicPigeons

5. Twin SisterColor Your Life

4. Arcade FireThe Suburbs

On The Suburbs, Arcade Fire have performed a miracle, offering up 60 minutes of music that rarely bogs down the listener's attention span. Don't underestimate that accomplishment, either: They've managed to create an album for a generation addicted to singles.

3. The NationalHigh Violet

2. Beach HouseTeen Dream

1. The WalkmenLisbon

On Lisbon, The Walkmen proved that they are the kings of "less is more," stripping their production (courtesy of Dallas' own John Congleton) back to a few microphones, some audio tape and little else. In doing so, they proved their songwriting strong enough to stand on its own.

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