In Response: Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums 2010-2014


The list seems wholly unnecessary, but people love anything on the web that features a number followed by an item as evidenced by the popularity of sites like BuzzFeed. Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums of the decade so far isn’t a bad list-it would’ve made more sense to wait until 2014 is over to put it out, but that’s neither here nor there. My biggest problem with it is the redundancy factor. A lot of artists made the list multiple times, taking up spots that should really go to bands that aren’t featured on the list at all (Kanye gets 2 spots in their top 10, plus another for Watch The Throne). So here’s my list. I’ve kept the doubling down to a minimum, but it does happen a couple times. And yes, Kanye makes the list twice just not nearly as high.

100-Flying Lotus-Until The Quiet Comes

99. Hot Chip-One Night Stand

98. Wolfgang Jay-And We Move

97. Patrick Watson-Adventures In Your Own Backyard

96. El-P-Cancer For The Cure

95. Andrew Jackson Jihad-Knife Men

94. Big Boi-Sir Lucius Leftfoot

93. Dastardly-Ballads In Blue

92. Bright Eyes-The People’s Key

91. The Canoes-Slim Century

90. M.I.A.-Matangi

89. The All-About-Winter Pop

88. Gorillaz-Plastic Beach

87. The Elected-Bury Me In My Rings

86. Ezra Furman & The Harpoons-Mysterious Power

85. Empires-Garage Hymns

84. Fort Frances-The Atlas

83. Nik Freitas-Saturday Night Underwater

82. Beirut-The Rip Tide

81. The Great American Novel-Kissing

80. Heidi Spencer & The Rare Birds-Under Streetlight Glow

79. Adam Arcuragi-Like a fire that consumes all before it

77. Kno-Death Is Silent

77. Kurt Vile-Smoke Ring For My Halo

76. Fiona Apple-Idler Wheel

75. Bhi Bhiman-S/T

74. The Congregation-Right Now Everything

73. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti-Before Today

72. Lupe Fiasco-Lasers

71. Portugal. The Man.-In The Mountain In The Cloud

70. Jason Collett-Reckon

69. Emily Wells-Mama

68. Charles Bradley-Victim Of Love

67. J. Cole-Born Sinner

66. Brian Wilson-Smile Sessions

65. The Joy Formidable-Wolf’s Law

64. Wilco-The Whole Love

63. Chaperone-Cripple King

62. Deltron 3030-The Event II

61. The Mountain Goats-Transcendental Youth

60. Free Energy-Stuck On Nothing

59. Stars-The North

58. We Were Promised Jetpacks-In The Pit Of The Stomach

57. Perfume Genius-Put Your Back N 2 It

56. Arcade Fire-The Suburbs

55. Abigail Washburn-City Of Refuge

54. Killer Mike-R.A.P. Music

53. Bruce Springsteen-Wrecking Ball

52. Conor Oberst-Upside Down Mountain

51. Ghostpal-Nathan Jones Is Dead

50. Rob-Maniac OST

49. Shovels & Rope-O Be Joyful

48. Janelle Monae-ArchAndroid

47. Slothrust-Of Course You Do

46. Pusha T-My Name Is My Name

45. Laura Veirs-July Flame

44. Arctic Monkeys-Suck It And See

43. Islands-A Sleep And A Forgetting

42. Shabazz Palaces-Black Up

41. First Aid Kit-Lion’s Roar

40. Los Campesinos!-Romance Is Boring

39. Mister Heavenly-Out Of Love

38. John Grant-Queen Of Denmark

37. Drake-Thank Me Later

36. Spider Bags-Frozen Letter

35. Josh Ritter-So Runs The World Away

34. Kanye West-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

33. The Chromatics-Kill For Love

32. Gloom Balloon-You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Disaster

31. Childish Gambino-Camp

30. Tom Waits-Bad As Me

20. The Decemberists-The King Is Dead

28. The Wonder Years-Suburbia I Have Given You All And Now I Am Nothing

27. Broken Social Scene-Forgiveness Rock Record

26. The Tallest Man On Earth-The Wild Hunt

25. St Vincent-Strange Mercy

24. Hurray For The Riff Raff-Look Out Mama

23. Avi Buffalo-S/T

22. Watch The Throne

21. Dum Dum Girls-Only In Dreams

20. The Felice Brothers-Celebration, Florida

19. Bill Fay-Life Is People

18. Willis Earl Beal-Nobody Knows

17. Okkervil River-The Silver Gymnasium

16. Mavis Staples-You Are Not Alone

15. Japandroids-Celebration Rock

14. Of Montreal-False Priest

13. Run The Jewels-S/T

12. Girls-Father Son Holy Ghost

11. The Antlers-Burst Apart

10. The Vaccines-What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

9. Smith Westerns-Dye It Blonde

8. Justin Timberlake-The 20/20 Experience pt 1

7. Otis Redding-Live From The Sunset Strip

6. LCD Soundsystem-This Is Happening

5. Frank Ocean-Nostalgia, Ultra

4. Ezra Furman-The Year Of No Returning

3. Frontier Ruckus-Eternity Of Dimming

2. Sons Of An Illustrious Father-One Body

1. Titus Andronicus-The Monitor

2 thoughts on “In Response: Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums 2010-2014

    1. Checked out your list. Similar tastes indeed. Thanks for dropping by. Hope you enjoy those records in my top 4. If you get a chance, check out a Titus Andronicus live show. It’s the sweatiest, rowdiest fun you can have at a concert.

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