Runstedler’s Albums of the Year 2010

As the first year of this wonderful new decade draws to a close, it’s time to remember and reflect upon some of the albums that helped make this year so memorable. From Spike Jonze’s brilliant directed music video for “The Suburbs” to Bradford Cox’s phenomenal creative output, it’s been a year of indie brilliance. At the helm of the year’s finest is none other than Bradford Cox with Deerhunter’s release Halcyon Digest. Showcasing both his passion for music and his outstanding songwriting abilities, it emerges as Deerhunter’s best album yet and a new benchmark for indie rock records. Bradford’s homemade videos under his pseudonym Atlas Sound deserve an honourable mention as well. His incredible releases Bedroom Databank Vol. 1-4 were only recorded in a matter of days, but they have an absolutely timeless and inspirational sound, showcasing the depths of Bradford’s musical ingenuities. You can download his home recordings at: Here are the top albums of the year:

1.Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter

2.Future Weather [EP] by The War on Drugs

3.High Violet by The National

4.Axioma Ethica Odini by Enslaved

5.Special Affections by Diamond Rings

6.Hawk by Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell

7.Swanlights by Antony and the Johnsons

8.Portal of Sorrow by Xasthur

9.April Uprising by John Butler Trio

10.Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens

11.Epariestera Daimones by Triptykon

12.Valleys of Neptune by Jimi Hendrix

13.Crystal Castles (II) by Crystal Castles

14.Band of Joy by Robert Plant

15.The Lawless Darkness by Watain

16.Dusk by Las Cruces

17.Maya by MIA

18.Le Noise by Neil Young

19.Lights by Ellie Goulding

20.Koonyum Sun by Xavier Rudd

21.I Am the West by Ice Cube

22.Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol 2: The Solstice Bare by The Smashing Pumpkins

23.Heart of My Own by Basia Bulat

24.Contra by Vampire Weekend

25.The Family Jewels by Marina and the Diamonds

26.Intriguer by Crowded House

27.Un Enfant Du Siecle by Alizee

28.Heartland by Owen Pallett

29.The Suburbs by Arcade Fire

30.Grinderman 2 by Grinderman

31.Hurley by Weezer

32.Haunted Woman by Ladies of the Canyon

33.The House by Katie Melua

34.Safe Upon the Shore by Great Big Sea

35.I Speak Because I Can by Laura Marling

36.The Ghost Who Walks by Karen Elson

37.Been Listening by Johnny Flynn

38.Turn It On by Kevin Costner and the Modern West

39.Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons

40.Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da by Rammstein

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