Time to dust off the plastic guitar.
You’ve waited long enough, here are the best of the best albums that 2010 had to offer!
The final countdown is here! To see who else made the Top 75 click on the links below.
Albums 75 - 61
Albums 60 - 46
Albums 45 - 31
Albums 30 - 16
And now, what we've all been waiting for, the fifteen best albums of 2010...
15. Pianos Become the Teeth ‘Old Pride’ (Topshelf)
Intense, heartfelt, melodic, brutal, emotional, brave – PBTT’s debut is all of these things and more. Oh, and proof that when it’s done well, screamo is an art form.
14. A Day to Remember ‘What Separates Me From You’ (Victory)
The logical conclusion to a genre they invented – the pop-punk peaks are higher than ever before, the moshcore beatdowns heavier than Hell itself and the energy levels as frenzied as a cat on fire.
13. Young Guns ‘All Our Kings Are Dead’ (PIAS)
Gus and the gang prove there’s more to music than haircuts and skinny jeans with their socio-political musings and catchy-as-hell riffs on their debut full-length. So, yeah, fuck you world.
12. You Me At Six ‘Hold Me Down’ (Virgin)
It was the record that started, and made, 2010 for a band who used to travel on public transport to gigs and worked at supermarkets to make enough money to rent their rehearsal rooms. From that to songs like ‘Fireworks’ and ‘There’s No Such Thing As Accidental Infidelity’ in less than four years is phenomenal growth; that You Me At Six are already writing their next album is yet another indicator of the exponential growth of the quintet as people and writers. A great record but mark our words, by the end of 2011 these songs will have been easily and stealthily eclipsed by their successors.
11. Far ‘At Night We Live’ (Xtra Mile)
Twelve years since their last album, most people would’ve written Far off as emo has-beens. However, they proved everyone wrong with their magnificent return in May. ‘At Night We Live’ is – in two words – simply awesome.
10. Kylesa ‘Spiral Shadow’ (Season Of Mist)
Five albums in and still going strong, these Savannah, Georgia rockers upped the ante once again with their latest opus. ‘Spiral Shadow’ is the sound of a band only just reaching their full potential and we’re sure their best is still to come.
9. The Xcerts ‘Scatterbrain’ (Xtra Mile)
The Aberdeen-via-Bristol trio maintain the spark lit on their 09 debut but disguise their indie-pop identity within stripped-down, subdued songs and frenzied outbursts of distorted chaos this time round.
8. Devil Sold His Soul ‘Blessed & Cursed’ (Century Media)
For six years these epic progressive metallers had been workeing on their sound – and shit the bed, doesn’t it show? Mastering explosive crescendos and screams (with guest spots from Rinoa and Comeback Kid’s Andrew Neufeld), DSHS bring their A-game with their second album.
7. The Gaslight Anthem ‘American Slang’ (SideOneDummy)
Where could they go after ‘The ‘59 Sound’ captured all our hearts? Further into Brian Fallon’s mind, that’s where – Gaslight’s third album contained as much soul as it did rock, and that’s a lot.
6. Comeback Kid ‘Symptoms + Cures’ (Victory)
Congratulations CBK for slaying harder on ‘Symptoms + Cures’ than ever before. The raucous hardcore unit’s fourth album strikes the perfect balance between ear-pummelling and melody, with Andrew Neufeld’s screams leaving former vocalist Scott Wade a distant memory.
5. My Chemical Romance ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ (Warners)
It’s unclear whether or not MCR would welcome the comparison, but ‘Danger Days…’ certainly feels like their ‘American Idiot’. Already-massive band embrace an inventive concept, stick their necks out musically and… achieve immortality? It’s too early to say for sure quite what impact this will have on their career but one thing’s for sure: it’s a thrillingly playful and rich window into an imaginary world that functions like a vivid, endlessly fun comic book come to life. It will be appreciated over and over by generation after generation and represents the best work to date of a band who show no sign of peaking just yet.
4. Against Me! ‘White Crosses’ (Warners)
Anyone who whines about Against Me! losing their acerbic punk rock edge is really missing the point. ‘White Crosses’, their second major label effort and fifth full-length overall, is a triumphant testament to the band’s musical craft and evolution. It’s also delivered with indisputable integrity; far from compromising their approach to broaden their appeal, the Floridians boldly deliver an album that probably pisses off some of their fans but truly reflects what they wanted to achieve. What an achievement it is, too: when it arrived at the perfect time to soundtrack the summer, it was immediately apparent that ‘White Crosses’ would be one of the standout albums of the year.
3. The Dillinger Escape Plan ‘Option Paralysis’ (Party Smasher / Season of Mist)
Rewind a couple of years, and Dillinger’s future seemed in serious doubt. Then, of course, this glorious slab of unimpeachable excellence lands like an overdose of ‘fuck you’ and reinstates the band as a genuine alternative to absolutely everything.
2. Deftones ‘Diamond Eyes’ (Warners)
The grit, the hooks, the textures… everything about ‘Diamond Eyes’ exudes power. Although it was birthed in tragedy ‘Diamond Eyes’ demonstrates Deftones are completely uninterested in sympathy and pity. A true statement of class.
1. Bring Me the Horizon ‘There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret’ (Visible Noise)
An elegant fuck-you to the haters, a startling display of musical bravado and the sound of young confusion distilled into a record: BMTH’s third full-length was all these and more. What made it stand out in a year of musical highs, however, was the fact they went so far above and beyond what was expected of them – this could’ve been a beige metalcore album and still sold vastly, but they incorporated classic rock, bottom-heavy electronica, psychedelia and brutal hardcore into something that felt utterly, vitally new. In 2110, this will be used as a set text in a music history class titled ‘What 2010 Sounded Like’, and future students will be jealous they weren’t alive today. A staggering achievement.
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