The Best Albums of 2010

The end is here! Jim and Greg pick the Best Albums of 2010.

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Last week Jim and Greg reviewed the new album by The Black Eyed Peas, and this week they were sure it would be a #1 hit. But if there's anyone that can give the Peas a run for their money, it's...Susan Boyle? The Britain’s Got Talent winner is the top seller of the week with her new album The Gift, beating out not only The Black Eyed Peas, but Kanye West and Taylor Swift. This news is further evidence that the physical album chart is dominated by people who still buy physical albums, a.k.a. "older folks." Which leads to the next story...

Billboard has recognized that its standard album chart might not be a fully accurate representation of what's "popular" in music. In today's world, an artist's tweets, followers, fans, friends and hits are just as important indicators as record sales. So with that in mind they've launched the new Social 50. At the top of Social 50 are artists like Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Eminem and Nicki Minaj – all performers who sell records. But the chart also has the potential to recognize non-traditional acts like Widespread Panic, Girl Talk and Robyn, who consistently sell out shows, but don't have a big retail presence. Jim and Greg welcome Billboard to the 21st century.

Still shopping for holiday gifts and got a few thousand to spare? Well, you could get your loved one the original lyrics to Bob Dylan's song "The Times They Are a-Changin." And by a few thousand we mean $300,000. That's how much the sheet of unruled notebook paper is expected to go for at an upcoming auction. December certainly seems to be the month of rock memorabilia sales. Johnny Cash's jumpsuit, which he wore during his concert at San Quentin and made famous in this image, went for $50,000. Michael Jackson's glove sold for $300,000, and a decades old legal letter featuring John Lennon's original lyrics to "I’m Only Sleeping" is expected to go for over $500,000.

The Best Albums of 2010

It's the moment all music fans wait for...the end of the year best-of list!

Jim DeRogatis’ Top Ten of 2010

  1. Janelle Monáe, The ArchAndroid
  2. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  3. Cee Lo, The Lady Killer
  4. Salem, King Night
  5. Charlotte Gainsbourg, IRM
  6. Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
  7. Grinderman, Grinderman 2
  8. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
  9. Best Coast, Crazy for You
  10. The Roots, How I Got Over

View  Jim's complete list.

Greg Kot’s Top Ten of 2010

  1. Janelle Monáe, The ArchAndroid
  2. The Besnard Lakes, The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night
  3. Neil Young, Le Noise
  4. Robyn, Body Talk
  5. Sharon Van Etten, epic
  6. LCD Soundsystem, This is Happening
  7. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  8. Dessa, A Badly Broken Code
  9. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
  10. Warpaint, The Fool

View  Greg's complete list.

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