Top 25 Best Albums From the Last Decade [2010 – 2019]

As we enter 2019 and approach the end of the decade, it seems like a great time to look back and reflect on the great records that we’ve had in the last 9 years. I’m aware that it would have made more sense to do this at the end of the year (since it would actually be the end of the decade), but to be honest I just couldn’t wait and was excited to get this list out. If by any chance an album comes out later on this year that deserves a spot on this list, then I’ll make an update.

Now please bare in mind that this list is not based off of any sales or statistics. Therefore, it’s my opinion and will almost definitely be somewhat biased by my own taste in artists, styles, etc. However, I have tried to keep the list balanced by including different genres and sticking to a “one album per artist” rule. If I were to list a load of albums by the same artist in the same genre, that would be one boring read. So with that said, here are my top 25 best albums of the decade.

25. “Random Access Memories” [2013]

Daft Punk

Kicking off the list at number twenty five is French duo Daft Punk’s fourth studio album “Random Access Memories.” By far the duo’s greatest album to date, it’s a fantastic record that put the feeling back into electronic and dance music. Drowning out the competition’s beat loops, synths and overused samples, Daft Punk created a dance album with a disco/funk vibe which really stands out from the crowd. Perfectly blending the use of guitars, horns and even a choir with synthesizers and a drum machine, “Random Access Memories” is a rush of euphoria that breathes life into a safe and stale market.

Track List

  • Give Life Back to Music
  • The Game of Love
  • Giorgio by Moroder
  • Within
  • Instant Crush (feat. Julian Casablancas)
  • Lose Yourself to Dance (feat. Pharrell Williams)
  • Touch (feat. Paul Williams)
  • Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)
  • Beyond
  • Motherboard
  • Fragments of Time (feat. Todd Edwards)
  • Doin’ It Right (feat. Panda Bear)
  • Contact

Best Tracks: Give Life Back to Music, Instant Crush, Get Lucky

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24. “Royal Blood” [2014]

Royal Blood

“Royal Blood” is the self-titled debut album of the British duo of the same name. Consisting of bassist and vocalist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, Royal Blood crafted an absolute powerhouse of a hard-rock record in 2014. The album does a brilliant job of coming in, clutching your attention, blowing your mind and getting out without overstaying it’s welcome, at 32 minutes long. Tracks like “Out of the Black” feature heavy drums that propel the song even further and add a punch to keep it on your mind. “Little Monster” includes one of the most memorable riffs of the decade and will always be a personal favourite of mine.

Track List

  • Out of the Black
  • Come On Over
  • Figure It Out
  • You Can Be So Cruel
  • Blood Hands
  • Little Monster
  • Loose Change
  • Careless
  • Ten Tonne Skeleton
  • Better Strangers

Best Tracks: Out of the Black, Figure It Out, Little Monster

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23. “DAMN.” [2017]

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar isn’t like most rappers. He has an extremely unique voice, creative style, quality lyrics and top-notch production, all of which come out on his latest record “DAMN.” Tracks like “DNA” come alive with Kendrick’s explosive delivery and quick-fire lyrics, while others such as “Love (feat. Zacari)” keep it relaxed and smooth with slower verses and catchy choruses. Every song has tiny details that act as a lasso and keep pulling you back in whenever you think you might be zoning out. “DAMN.” is one punchy album that’s perfect for fans of Lamar himself or just fans of rap in general, and remains interesting enough to always keep you engaged.

Track List

  • BLOOD.
  • DNA.
  • YAH.
  • ELEMENT.
  • FEEL.
  • LOYALTY. (FEAT. RIHANNA.)
  • PRIDE.
  • HUMBLE.
  • LUST.
  • LOVE. (FEAT. ZACARI.)
  • XXX. (FEAT. U2)
  • FEAR.
  • GOD.
  • DUCKWORTH.

Best Tracks: DNA. , HUMBLE. , LOVE.

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22. “Holy Fire” [2013]

Foals

The third studio album by British rock band Foals, “Holy Fire” is an energetic record that bursts from the speakers. The whole album has a fantastic way of continuing to bloom and develop through repeat listens which really stuck with me. The track “Inhaler” features a slow, calculating build up with gentle vocals for nearly two minutes until front-man Yannis Philippakis yells “I can’t get enough SPACE!” and the band break into a much more hard-hitting and riff heavy tune. “Holy Fire” as an album features many more of these moments, which really creates an engaging and intriguing record that leaves you wondering where each song is going to go. The single “My Number” is an incredibly catchy track with a light funk influence, (which I swear is 90% hook). Overall a fantastic effort from Foals and well worth checking out.

Track List

  • Prelude
  • Inhaler
  • My Number
  • Bad Habit
  • Everytime
  • Late Night
  • Out of the Woods
  • Milk & Black Spiders
  • Providence
  • Stepson
  • Moon

Best Tracks: Inhaler, My Number, Providence

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21. “A Moon Shaped Pool” [2016]

Radiohead

Radiohead’s ninth studio album “A Moon Shaped Pool” is by far one of the band’s most cohesive and conceptual records to date. Despite being one of their most subtle and least “in your face” records, it’s certainly one of their most beautifully written. Songs like “Burn the Witch” showcase the creativity of Radiohead as a group and the vocals of front-man Thom Yorke, as he croons over the increasingly loud strings in the background of the track. “True Love Waits” is a song that the band have played since 1995 but have never included on an album until the release of “A Moon Shaped Pool” in 2016. The song carries an even more sombre and melancholic tone on this record as Yorke had split from his partner of 23 years in 2015, who then passed away in December 2016. The LP as a whole however has a very psychedelic sound and pretty instrumentation to it, that builds intrigue and a desire to hear more. Radiohead managed to create a fantastic album with a deep slow-burn sensation that lasts throughout the run time of the record and is worth checking out, even if you’re not a big fan of Radiohead themselves.

Track List

  • Burn the Witch
  • Daydreaming
  • Decks Dark
  • Desert Island Disk
  • Ful Stop
  • Glass Eyes
  • Identikit
  • The Numbers
  • Present Tense
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief
  • True Love Waits

Best Tracks: Burn the Witch, Daydreaming, Identikit

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20. “X” [2014]

Ed Sheeran

It’s actually quite incredible when you notice how much British pop superstar Ed Sheeran had matured since his first record “+” in 2011 when listening to “X”. The album opens with a slow, acoustic track titled “One” which is driven by Sheeran’s masterful falsettos and simplistic guitar playing. The middle of the album is stocked full with powerful acoustic ballads like “Photograph,” “Tenerife Sea,” and “Thinking Out Loud,” which bring the album back down to earth after the upbeat party anthems like “Sing,” “Don’t” and “Bloodstream.” The album closes with the powerful and emotion filled “Afire Love” which serves perfectly as the closer to an emotional, wonderfully simplistic record. Despite Sheeran’s most recent LP “÷” being a more popular record, I personally find his previous effort a more raw, authentic and enjoyable experience.

Track List

  • One
  • I’m a Mess
  • Sing
  • Don’t
  • Nina
  • Photograph
  • Bloodstream
  • Tenerife Sea
  • Runaway
  • The Man
  • Thinking Out Loud
  • Afire Love

Best Tracks: I’m a Mess, Don’t, Runaway

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19. “An Awesome Wave” [2012]

Alt-J

Alt-J’s debut album “An Awesome Wave” instantly clutched at my interest. The group were first brought to my attention when I heard the single “Something Good” whilst playing through Life is Strange back in 2015. That game had an amazing soundtrack, but “An Awesome Wave” really stood out as an album that I knew I had to go out and buy. Tracks like “Tessellate” and “Breezblocks” truly demonstrate how creative and unique the band are as a whole, as well as their whole sound. It really shows how determined they are to be different and distinct from everything else as they somehow manage to squash every sound possible under the umbrella of “guitar music” yet it never feels disorienting. Summed up, it’s a relaxing experience with an original sound and feeling, that’s definitely worth your time in checking it out.

Track List

  • Intro
  • ❦ (The Ripe & Ruin)
  • Tessellate
  • Breezeblocks
  • ❦ (Guitar)
  • Something Good
  • Dissolve Me
  • Matilda
  • Ms
  • Fitzpleasure
  • ❦ (Piano)
  • Bloodflood
  • Taro

Best Tracks: Breezeblocks, Something Good, Taro

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18. “Lovely Little Lonely” [2017]

The Maine

“Lovely Little Lonely” is actually the sixth studio album by the very underrated band, The Maine. After listening to 2015’s “American Candy” I instantly became a fan of the group, but “Lovely Little Lonely” is definitely their most cohesive and fluid record to date. The transitions between each of the tracks on this album are so smooth that it’s easy to imagine it being one long score. One of the title tracks “Lovely,” last for 34 seconds and acts as a transition between “Bad Behavior” and “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu.” Not only does the track do this job expertly but it leaves you in a lucid-dream type state due to its light and airy tone. The Maine accomplish something impressive on this record, as the tracks are so easy to listen to, due to being upbeat and catchy pop-rock tunes, however the lyrics are deep and interesting enough to keep you interested throughout the album.

Track List

  • Don’t Come Down
  • Bad Behavior
  • Lovely
  • Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu
  • Taxi
  • Do You Remember? (The Other Half of 23)
  • Little
  • The Sound of Reverie
  • Lost in Nostalgia
  • I Only Wanna Talk to You
  • Lonely
  • How Do You Feel?

Best Tracks: Bad Behaviour, Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu, The Sound of Reverie

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17. “The Suburbs” [2010]

Arcade Fire

This is one record that I’m ashamed to say, I was late to the party for. “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire released back in 2010, and despite hearing the band’s name thrown around from time to time, I never really took notice. That is until around October last year in 2018, (a whole 8 years later) when I had a listen to this record and the band themselves for the first time. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t what I received. “The Suburbs” is such a fantastic album with a clean, easy going tone throughout. It’s one of those albums that despite going in a more “accessible” and “mainstream-friendly” direction, it does so with much greater ambition and substance. If you listen to the first and title track “The Suburbs,” you’ll instantly know weather this is the record for you as it sets the tone perfectly and lets you know what you’re in for, without the whole album sounding “samey.”

Track List

  • The Suburbs
  • Ready to Start
  • Modern Man
  • Rococo
  • Empty Room
  • City With No Children
  • Half Light I
  • Half Light II (No Celebration)
  • Suburban War
  • Month of May
  • Wasted Hours
  • Deep Blue
  • We Used To Wait
  • Sprawl I (Flatland)
  • Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
  • The Suburbs (Continued)

Best Tracks: The Suburbs, Ready To Start, Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

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16. “Drones” [2015]

Muse

Muse’s seventh studio album “Drones” is a concept album following a soldier, from abandonment to indoctrination as a “human drone” and eventual defection. The album’s story begins with “Dead Inside,” an upbeat drum driven track, depicting the protagonist’s loss of hope and the beginning of their vulnerability to the dark forces of “Psycho,” the record’s second song. Musically, “Drones” does away with the electronic aspects that Muse had experimented with on their 2 previous records, for a more traditional rock sound, whilst still delivering a deep and powerful theme. The album features a basic rock sound, however as always, Muse have a few tricks up their sleeve and manage to transform “Drones” from something mediocre, to something quite special.

Track List

  • Dead Inside
  • Psycho
  • Mercy
  • Reapers
  • The Handler
  • JFK + Defector
  • Revolt
  • Aftermath
  • The Globalist
  • Drones

Best Tracks: Dead Inside, Mercy, Aftermath

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15. “Every Open Eye” [2015]

CHVRCHES

Scottish synth-pop band CHVRCHES won my heart back in 2013 with their debut release “The Bones of What You Believe.” Then in 2015 they released their softmore LP “Every Open Eye,” followed by “Love is Dead” in 2018. It was so hard to pick an album because I love all three records so much and each one has it’s own style and strengths. I ended up choosing “Every Open Eye” because I feel that it’s probably their most cohesive and consistent effort to date. Standout tracks like “Clearest Blue,” “Bury It,” “Leave a Trace” and “Keep You On My Side” are just bursting at the seams with emotion and pulsing synths. It’s a great album to put on during a roadtrip or at a party, as the upbeat tracks and bouncy vibes are just perfect for said occasions.

Track List

  • Never Ending Circles
  • Leave a Trace
  • Keep You On My Side
  • Make Them Gold
  • Clearest Blue
  • High Enough To Carry You Over
  • Empty Threat
  • Down Side of Me
  • Playing Dead
  • Bury It
  • Afterglow

Best Tracks: Leave a Trace, Clearest Blue, Bury It

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14. “Hold Me Down” [2010]

You Me At Six

Just like Arcade Fire, I was ashamedly late to the party for British rock band You Me At Six. I was introduced to them in 2017 by my girlfriend who had been a fan of the band for years. My introduction to the group was 2014’s “Cavalier Youth,” and then I made my way back and listened to all of their albums to date. I personally feel that “Hold Me Down” is the band’s best record as it’s by far the most consistent and best produced of the bunch. The album is an absolute gem and a joy to listen to from the opening track “The Consequence,” to the closer “Fireworks.” The album takes it slightly heavier with songs like “Trophy Eyes” but brings it back down to earth with upbeat tracks with punchy hooks like “Underdog” and “Stay With Me.” I mentioned this in my ranking for all of You Me At Six’s albums, but if were to recommend any album from this band to someone, it would be this one.

Track List

  • The Consequence
  • Underdog
  • Playing the Blame Game
  • Stay with Me
  • Safer to Hate Her
  • Take Your Breath Away
  • Liquid Confidence
  • Hard to Swallow
  • Contagious Chemistry
  • There’s No Such Thing as Accidental Infidelity
  • Trophy Eyes
  • Fireworks

Best Tracks: Liquid Confidence, Contagious Chemistry, There’s No Such Thing as Accidental Infidelity

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13. “AM” [2013]

Arctic Monkeys

2013’s “AM” is the fifth studio album by (another) British rock band, Arctic Monkeys. “AM” is my favourite Arctic Monkeys record by a landslide, and that will likely be the case for the rest of time. The best and most simplistic way to describe the record is, it’s just “a very good rock album”. From the opening track (and arguably the band’s most famous single) Do I Wanna Know?, to the closer “I Wanna Be Yours,” “AM” will have you hooked throughout. The album’s first three singles are all titled as questions, with the three being, “Do I Wanna Know?,” “R U Mine?” and “Why’d You Only Call Me When your High?” From the slow and melodic “No. 1 Party Anthem” and “Mad Sounds” to the electrifying “Arabella,” “AM” is an absolute joy to experience and well worth the price of admission.

Track List

  • Do I Wanna Know?
  • R U Mine?
  • One for the Road
  • Arabella
  • I Want It All
  • No. 1 Party Anthem
  • Mad Sounds
  • Fireside
  • Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
  • Snap Out of It
  • Knee Socks
  • I Wanna Be Yours

Best Tracks: Arabella, No. 1 Party Anthem, Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?

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12. “Nothing But Thieves” [2015]

Nothing But Thieves

English band Nothing But Thieves’ debut album of the same name is definitely an interesting experience. The opening track “Excuse Me” is a simple encapsulation of Nothing But Thieves’ basic sound, however is still a powerful opening statement that gives front-man Conor Mason an opportunity to show-off his Matt Bellamy style vocals. The album kicks off in a fashion that wouldn’t be too far away from something Muse would do, until the tracks “If I Get High” and “Graveyard Whistling” serve as an intelligent change of pace and display the band’s more subtle side. The record then picks back up in an explosion of alternative-rock tracks like “Hostage” and “Trip Switch.” The latter of those two sounding similar to an Arctic Monkey’s track, however the band’s charisma and Mason’s unique vocals, prove that Nothing But Thieves are different and worth your time in checking out.

Track List

  • Excuse Me
  • Ban All the Music
  • Wake Up Call
  • Itch
  • If I Get High
  • Graveyard Whistling
  • Hostage
  • Trip Switch
  • Lover, Please Stay
  • Drawing Pins
  • Painkiller
  • Tempt You (Evocatio)

Best Tracks: If I Get High, Graveyard Whistling, Trip Switch

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11. “After Laughter” [2017]

Paramore

I feel absolutely terrible in admitting that when 2017’s “After Laughter” released I was quite disappointed. I guess I felt uneasy as this isn’t the Paramore I was used to. However after many listens, “After Laughter” has become one of my favourite records the band has released to date. Doing away with the pop-punk style that personified Paramore’s earlier years, this album goes for an 80’s influenced, alternative-pop feel that serves as a nice change of pace for the band. The title “After Laughter” is in reference to the look on someone’s face shortly after laughing as front-woman Hayley Williams believes this is when a person’s facial expressions are the most honest. The album’s more up-tempo tracks like the opener “Hard Times, “Rose Coloured-Boy” and “Fake Happy,” provide a “dancy” vibe and catchy choruses whilst still containing lyrical themes of stress, depression and anxiety. Between the tracks like these you have the slower more melancholic tunes like “Forgiveness” and “26” with the latter being one of the band’s most raw and visceral tracks to date.

Track List

  • Hard Times
  • Rose-Coloured Boy
  • Told You So
  • Forgiveness
  • Fake Happy
  • 26
  • Pool
  • Grudges
  • Caught in the Middle
  • Idle Worship
  • No Friend
  • Tell Me How

Best Tracks: Rose-Coloured Boy, Fake Happy, 26

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10. “My Head Is An Animal” [2011]

Of Monsters and Men

The debut album by Icelandic, indie-folk band Of Monsters and Men, “My Head Is An Animal” is a record that I’ve been obsessed with since it’s release. The album is a highly impressive debut that’s full of emotional lyrics, lush and diverse instrumentation, and a powerful dynamic of male/female vocals. The record succeeds in many ways, but the standouts have to be the incredible harmonies and the way that the tracks have these soaring choruses without the need to repeat lyrics all the time. From the radio-friendly “Little Talks” to the morose Love Love Love, “My Head Is An Animal” is a very underrated and overlooked collection of tracks that truly deserves more attention.

Best Tracks

  • Dirty Paws
  • King and Lionheart
  • Numb Bears
  • Sloom
  • Little Talks
  • From Finner
  • Six Weeks
  • Love Love Love
  • Your Bones
  • Lakehouse
  • Yellow Light

Best Tracks: King and Lionheart, Little Talks, Lakehouse

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9. “Entertainment” [2018]

Waterparks

Waterparks’ debut release “Double Dare” was a great record with some standout tracks, however some of them felt a little rushed and more like “filler” songs. This issue becomes non-existent on their softmore effort “Entertainment.” Every single song on this album is a fantastic track with great writing and production throughout. The record starts off with a few songs that incorporate a perfect mix of electronic influences with traditional pop-punk, like “11:11,” “Blonde” and “We Need To Talk.” At the album’s mid-point there’s an effective back-to-back hit of joy with the synth-rock powerhouse “Not Warriors” and the acoustic feel-good track “Lucky People.” The song “Rare” is a standout, not only for it’s glossy production and poppy hook, but for it’s deeper lyrics like “I save my metaphors for rainy days,” and “My tired thoughts don’t take vacations.” “Entertainment” is a fun thrill-ride from start to finish and won’t even take up too much of your time at 33 minutes long.

Track List

  • 11:11
  • Blonde
  • Peach (Lobotomy)
  • We Need To Talk
  • Not Warriors
  • Lucky People
  • Rare
  • Tantrum
  • Crybaby
  • Sleep Alone

Best Tracks: Blonde, Not Warriors, Rare

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8. “Plastic Beach” [2010]

Gorillaz

“Plastic Beach” is the third album from Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett animated group Gorillaz. Gorillaz’ third record incorporates much more of a beach vibe (obviously), and has features from frequent collaborators De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys and more. The album does contain hooks, however none are as immediate or in your face as previous Gorillaz hits like “19-2000,” “Clint Eastwood” or “Feel Good Inc”. From the lounge-rap number “Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach,” to the Bollywood styling of “White Flag,” to the 80’s synth fest of “Rhinestone Eyes” (and those are just the first three songs), “Plastic Beach” has at least something for everyone. Yet the record never feels disjointed or messy, as the top notch production and the masterful arrangements make the whole thing flow cohesively. Standout tracks like “Stylo” and “On Melancholy Hill” make for a memorable experience and a clear evolution of the “standard” pop music.

Track List

  • Orchestral Intro
  • Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach (feat. Snoop Dogg)
  • White Flag (feat. Bashy and Kano)
  • Rhinestone Eyes
  • Stylo
  • Superfast Jellyfish
  • Empire Ants
  • Glitter Freeze
  • Some Kind of Nature
  • On Melancholy Hill
  • Broken
  • Sweepstakes
  • Plastic Beach
  • To Binge
  • Cloud of Unknowing (feat. Bobby Womack)
  • Pirate Jet

Best Tracks: Rhinestone Eyes, Empire Ants, On Melancholy Hill

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7. “Speak Now” [2010]

Taylor Swift

Serving as her last “true” country album, Taylor swift’s third LP “Speak Now” is an amalgamation of everything that made her so endearing in the first place. While this is her last record before “going pop,” “Speak Now” does incorporate other styles to the tracks, whilst still keeping that unique Taylor Swift flare that she’s made for herself. Tracks like “Mean,” “Sparks Fly” and “Back to December” are the more traditional country songs featured, while “Enchanted,” “Better Than Revenge” and “Haunted” possess a more rocky vibe to them, featuring pounding drums and distorted guitars. You can really see the growth in Swift’s musicianship and songwriting when compared to her previous two releases “Taylor Swift” and “Fearless,” and it’s especially impressive as this is the first record that she’d written entirely herself without producers and co-writers chipping in. If you enjoy light-hearted, easy listening music and can ignore the whole stigma around Swift and her music, “Speak Now” is definitely worth a listen.

Track List

  • Mine
  • Sparks Fly
  • Back to December
  • Speak Now
  • Dear John
  • Mean
  • The Story of Us
  • Never Grow Up
  • Enchanted
  • Better Than Revenge
  • Innocent
  • Haunted
  • Last Kiss
  • Long Live

Best Tracks: Sparks Fly, Enchanted, Long Live

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6. “The Balcony” [2014]

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Welsh indie-rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen’s two studio albums “The Balcony” and “The Ride,” come across as one collection of songs as they are both very similar stylistically. However I chose their debut “The Balcony” as I personally believe that this record has the tracks with most substance. It’s a kind of no-filler album with heart-racing, sing-along tracks like “Homesick,” “Kathleen,” “Cocoon,” “Fallout,” and “Pacifier” coming back-to-back-to-back. The album does eventually slow down at the midpoint with the acoustic number “Hourglass,” which in my opinion is the record’s weakest track. But soon after, Van McCann and the boys pick things back up and see the album through to a close with smooth, mid-tempo rock tracks for the finale. The final track “Tyrants” starts off with a really quiet, picked guitar with some reverb, but eventually transforms into one of the most electrifying songs I’ve heard in a long time, (and it sounds especially good live).

Track List

  • Homesick
  • Kathleen
  • Cocoon
  • Fallout
  • Pacifier
  • Hourglass
  • Business
  • 26
  • Rango
  • Sidewinder
  • Tyrants

Best Tracks: Cocoon, Pacifier, Tyrants

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5. “Feel Something” [2017]

Movements

Ahhhh! I can’t put into words how much I love this album. Surprisingly, considering they’re such an unknown band, Movements have some top-notch production on this record. From the opening track “Full Circle,” this album has you hooked with the heavy guitars and pulsating drums in the foreground, and the smooth and groovy bass driving the song in the background. They clearly excel at writing the heavy-hitting, upbeat tracks with deep lyrics as evidenced in “Colourblind” and “Daylily,” (which are even better heard live). However some of the group’s most memorable and gut-wrenching songs are when they let the music take a backseat and focus more on the lyrical content as is done in “Deadly Dull” and “Submerge”. That’s what’s so great about Movements, despite not having years and years of experience and loads of albums under their belt, they know when to take things down a step and play into what they know. “Feel Something” is an absolute triumph in indie-rock music and by far one of my favourite records of the decade.

Track List

  • Full Circle
  • Third Degree
  • Colorblind
  • Daylily
  • Deadly Dull
  • Fever Dream
  • Suffer Through
  • Deep Red
  • Under the Gun
  • Submerge
  • The Grey

Best Tracks: Daylily, Deadly Dull, Submerge

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4. “The Definition” [2014]

Jon Bellion

Okay so I kind of cheated here. If you’re not aware, this “album” isn’t an album, it’s a full length mixtape. Before Jon Bellion got signed to Capitol Records in early 2015, he spent his time writing songs for other famous artists like Rihanna, Jason Derulo and Zedd, and releasing free mixtapes in his spare time. I could have chosen one of the two albums that Jon has released since being signed to his label, but I decided against it because…well, it’s MY list. “The Definition” is in essence, everything that’s special about Jon Bellion. The first song “Munny Right” features Bellion reciting the things he’s gone through and the possessions that he’s acquired throughout his career, while the final track “Luxury” describes his desire to stay true to himself and to not “lose himself in the luxury.” The whole project perfectly demonstrates Bellion’s raw talent as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. Standout tracks like “Carry Your Throne” and “Simple and Sweet” feature pounding drums and choirs, and light synths and airy vocals respectively. The whole thing is a perfect collection of tracks that I just can’t stop coming back to.

Track List

  • Munny Right
  • Carry Your Throne
  • Pre-Occupied (feat. Blaque Keyz)
  • Human
  • Run Wild
  • A Haunted House
  • Jungle
  • Simple and Sweet
  • An Immigrant
  • Ooh (feat. Christianne Jensen)
  • Luxury (feat. Audra Mae)

Best Tracks: Carry Your Throne, Simple and Sweet, Luxury (feat. Audra Mae)

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3. “I Love You.” [2013]

The Neighbourhood

“I Love You.” is the debut album by Los Angeles-based indie rock band The Neighbourhood. I’m fully aware that this isn’t an album for everybody, it’s not everyone’s “cup of tea”. But I’ve built somewhat of a close connection to this record. My friend suggested I checked out the Neighbourhood after being amazed that I’d never heard of their most popular song “Sweater Weather,” and so I did. I began at the start with their debut “I Love You.” and is still to this day, my favourite album by them to date. The whole thing has a sort of dark, sombre tone to it, but it’s so interesting and unique that you can’t help but stick around. The opening track “How” begins with a moody and cloudy-esque feeling, that sets up the tone for the album. The next song “Afraid” is a great track with a smooth delivery and production, but carries on the dark, brooding atmosphere that “How” set up. The whole record continues in this fashion, with standout tracks like “Sweater Weather,” “Let It Go,” “Staying Up,” and the closer “Float.”

Track List

  • How
  • Afraid
  • Everybody’s Watching Me (Uh Oh)
  • Sweater Weather
  • Let It Go
  • Alleyways
  • W.D.Y.W.F.M?
  • Flawless
  • Female Robbery
  • Staying Up
  • Float

Best Tracks: Sweater Weather, Staying Up, Float

Listen to “I Love You.” Here

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2. “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It” [2016]

The 1975

After their 2013 debut release, The 1975 switched things up for their follow-up record “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It.” Their softmore release features much more of an 80’s vibe, by incorporating synthesizers, cleaner electric guitars and even a theremin. Their self-titled, opening track to the record “The 1975” is the same opener from their first LP. However they changed the styling and gave it more of an 80’s pop feel. The first “true” song “Love Me” flawlessly prepares you for what is yet to come, and clearly puts the band’s changes on show for everyone to see. After more upbeat 80’s throwbacks like “UGH!” and “She’s American,” the album takes some time to slow down and relax with the record’s light and airy instrumental tracks like, “Please Be Naked” and “Lostmyhead”. “I Like It When You Sleep…” roars back to life later on with “The Sound” and “This Must Be My Dream,” before mellowing down for a slow and steady finish with “Nana” and “She Lays Down.” The group’s second LP is a very enjoyable experience and truly demonstrates their talent and drive to create something truly unique.

Track List

  • The 1975
  • Love Me
  • UGH!
  • A Change of Heart
  • She’s American
  • If I Believe You
  • Please Be Naked
  • Lostmyhead
  • The Ballad of Me and My Brain
  • Somebody Else
  • Loving Someone
  • I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  • The Sound
  • This Must Be My Dream
  • Paris
  • Nana
  • She Lays Down

Best Tracks: Love Me, Loving Someone, Paris

Listen to “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It” Here

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1. Vessel [2013]

twenty one pilots

American duo Twenty One Pilots’ third studio album (and major label debut) “Vessel,” is not only one of the most enjoyable and replayable records I’ve ever experienced, but is one of the albums that has stuck with me through my life the most. The opening track “Ode to Sleep,” begins very ambiguous, before breaking into Tyler Joseph’s first rap verse on the record. The track sets the listener up for what to expect from Twenty One Pilots, as “Ode to Sleep” swiftly switches from style to style, and acts as 4 different songs perfectly merged into one fantastic tune. This happens throughout the record’s run time over different tracks like “Car Radio,” “Semi-Automatic,” and “Guns for Hands.” The charismatic drumming from Joshua Dun, provides the perfect counter-balance to Joseph’s deeper and melancholic lyrical content. While the whole thing has serious and even dark undertones to it, the record never drags you down or leaves you feeling sad, until the final track “Truce” where Joseph just opens up and is completely honest with the listener. It’s hard to get bored with a band or an album like this, as everything is in constant rotation and is always changing. It’s especially difficult to assign Twenty One Pilots to a single genre, or two, or three, or four. According to different websites I’ve used for research, the duo have been described as “alternative hip hop, electropop, indie pop, pop rock, rap rock, alternative rock, reggae, rock, synth-pop, pop, electronica, electronic rock, emo rap, indie rock, pop-rap, hip hop, psychedelic, and indietronica.” The group somehow manage to take all theses styles and influences and cram them all together, resulting in a unique sound that shouldn’t work, but just does.

Track List

  • Ode to Sleep
  • Holding On To You
  • Migraine
  • House of Gold
  • Car Radio
  • Semi-Automatic
  • Screen
  • The Run and Go
  • Fake You Out
  • Guns for Hands
  • Trees
  • Truce

Best Tracks: Holding On To You, Car Radio, Guns for Hands

Listen to “Vessel” Here

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