Chicago Tribune (US) - 50 best albums of the decade

Critics’ end of decade 2010-2019 lists.
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Re: Chicago Tribune (US) - 50 best albums of the decade

Post by alexmu » Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:31 am

The title should probably be: Mercury News: 50 Best albums of the Decade
The list posted in the link above appears to be a reprint of this one:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/12/20/ ... -and-more/

1. “Pure Heroine,” Lorde (2013)
2. “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” Kanye West (2010)
3. “Born To Die,” Lana Del Rey (2012)
4. “Same Trailer Different Park,” Kacey Musgraves (2013)
5. “good kid, m.A.A.d. city,” Kendrick Lamar: (2012)
6. “Let England Shake,” PJ Harvey (2011)
7. “Melodrama,” Lorde (2017)
8. “Beyonce,” Beyonce (2013)
9. “The Outsiders,” Eric Church (2014)
10. “Channel Orange,” Frank Ocean (2012)
11. “To Pimp a Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar (2015)
12. “The Weight of These Wings,” Miranda Lambert (2016)
13. “m b v,” My Bloody Valentine (2013)
14. “California Nights,” Best Coast (2015)
15. “The Bones of What You Believe,” Chvrches (2013)
16. “Lost in the Dream,” The War on Drugs (2014)
17. “Norman (Expletive) Rockwell!” Lana Del Rey (2019)
18. “Teens of Denial,” Car Seat Headrest (2016)
19. “Lemonade,” Beyonce (2016)
20. “Hardwired … to Self-Destruct,” Metallica (2016)
21. “Red,” Taylor Swift (2012)
22. “Look Up Child,” Lauren Daigle (2018)
23. “Teen Dream,” Beach House (2010)
24. “Push the Sky Away,” Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (2013)
25. “Hero,” Maren Morris (2016)
26. “Body Talk,” Robyn (2010)
27. “13,” Black Sabbath (2013)
28. “All That Reckoning,” Cowboy Junkies (2018)
29. “Born Sinner,” J. Cole (2013)
30. “Kiss,” Carly Rae Jepsen (2012)
31. “American Teen,” Khalid (2017)
32. “Summertime ’06,” Vince Staples (2015)
33. “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” Billie Eilish (2019)
34. “Blackstar,” David Bowie (2016)
35. “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music,” Sturgill Simpson (2014)
36. “Damn,” Kendrick Lamar (2017)
37. “Pharmacy of Love,” Bettie Serveert (2010)
38. “Ghosteen,” Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (2019)
39. “The Suburbs,” Arcade Fire (2010)
40, “We Got it from Here … Thank You 4 Your service,” A Tribe Called Quest (2016)
41. “A Moon Shaped Pool,” Radiohead (2016)
42. “Vulnicura,” Bjork (2015)
43. “Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B (2018)
44. “Jesus Is King,” Kanye West (2019)
45. “You Want It Darker,” Leonard Cohen (2016)
46. “Chief,” Eric Church (2011)
47. “1000 Forms of Fear,” Sia (2014)
48. “Cuz I Love You,” Lizzo (2019)
49. “Lonerism,” Tame Impala (2012)
50. “Days Are Gone,” Haim (2013)

I think this list has been reprinted/re-posted on a number of sites, e.g. ajc.com
But mercurynews.com appears to be the original.

I quite like this list in some respects. "Same Trailer Different Park" ahead of the Kacey Musgraves album that won the AOTY grammy is a good choice and “Lost in the Dream” seems to have been missed in a lot of lists, but was included here and probably ranks in my Top 50.

Plus, if you're only going to have just one Tame Impala album, then “Lonerism" is the right choice. Robin's “Body Talk" was influential, but I don't think that means it needs to be ahead of every album that it might have influenced (as we have seen in some lists) so #26 is about right.

I probably wouldn't put "Born to Die" in the Top 10 and “The Suburbs" should be higher, but overall it's not bad.

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