Top 30 Debut Albums of 2010

Jan 05, 2011
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Under the Radar's writers re-listened to many of 2010's notable debut albums, debated, and then each submitted a list of their top 20 debuts albums of the year. Those lists were all combined and tallied up to form Under the Radar's master Top 30 debut albums of 2010. Check out the list below. 

This list also appears in our Year-End/Best of 2010 Issue, which is on stands now (until late-January 2011). That issue also features interviews with many of the artists on our Top 50, including Sufjan Stevens (who's on the cover), Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Avi Buffalo, Beach House, The Black Keys, Caribou, Club 8, Delphic, Rose Elinor Dougall, Gayngs, Lost in the Trees, Janelle Monáe, of Montreal, Owen Pallett, Plants and Animals, Mark Ronson, Sleigh Bells, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Van Etten, and Yeasayer.

1

Local Natives

Gorilla Manor

Frenchkiss
2010

The lean, organic feel and celebratory nature of Gorilla Manor, the debut album from Local Natives, easily set it apart. Amid the singers’ yearning harmonies, the guitars twinkled, the bass kept things warm, the rhythms were endlessly restless and insistent, and the songs’ multifaceted compositions seemed to offer something new with each spin. By Hays Davis

2

Twin Shadow

Forget

Terrible
2010

3

Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo

Sup pop
2010

4

Mumford & Sons

Sigh No More

Glassnote
2010

5

Janelle Monáe

The ArchAndroid

Bad Boy/Wondaland Arts Society/Atlantic
2010

6

Delphic

Acolyte

Dangerbird
2010

7

Motorifik

Secret Things

Modern Language Recordings
2010

8

Rose Elinor Dougall

Without Why

Scarlett Music
2010

9

Surfer Blood

Astro Coast

Kanine
2010

10

Sleigh Bells

Treats

Mom+Pop/NEET
2010

11

Gayngs

Relayted

Jagjaguwar
2010

12

Wild Nothing

Gemini

Captured Tracks
2010

13

Best Coast

Crazy for You

Mexican Summer
2010

14

How to Dress Well

Love Remains

Lefse
2010

15

Glasser

Ring

True Panther
2010

16

The Mynabirds

What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood

Saddle Creek
2010

17

Tame Impala

Innerspeaker

Modular
2010

18

Casiokids

Topp Stemming På Lokal Bar

Polyvinyl
2010

19

Summer Camp

Young EP

Moshi Moshi
2010

20

The Drums

The Drums

Downtown
2010

21

Revolver

Music for a While

Astralwerks
2010

22

Pepper Rabbit

Beauregard

Kanine
2010

23

Sun Airway

Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier

Dead Oceans
2010

24

Nightlands

Forget the Mantra

Secretly Canadian
2010

25

Tanlines

Settings EP

True Panther
2010

26

Viernes

Sinister Devices

Kanine
2010

27

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Horse Power EP

Quite Scientific
2010

28

Shine 2009

Associates EP

Cascine
2010

29

Lord Huron

Into the Sun EP

Self- Released
2010

30

Delorean

Subiza

True Panther
2010

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statinternet
January 14th 2012
7:24am

Nice albums, I like them very much!

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January 5th 2015
2:56am

Really a very good read and very motivating.

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May 15th 2015
12:36am

really a very nice list of albums.
Like it.