I totally dig the idea of different opinions-provided the people providing those opinions aren’t doing so in a way that comes across as condescending or insulting (unless it involves the Black Eyed Peas, in which case all bets are off.) Nothing irks me more than someone who tries to impose their will on others on matters that are simply a matter of taste. What I try to promote with this site more than anything else is healthy debate.

My point? The people that pop up on this site from time to time (via articles like Sam’s below or via the comment section) may all have different tastes, but we’re bonded by the love of music, and I’m proud to share Sam’s list of his favorites of 2010-a list that barely intersects with mine at all. Enjoy!!-Ed.

Top Ten Albums:

10. Games – That We Can Play [EP]

9. Owen Pallett – Heartland

8. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: Son of Chico Dusty

7. Gayngs – Relayted

6. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor

5. Lord Huron – Mighty/Into the Sun [EP]

4. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

3. Kanye West – My Beautiful Picture Of My Dick Dark Twisted Reupholstering Of My Fantasy

2. James Vincent McMorrow – Early In The Morning

1. The National – High Violet


Top 10 Songs:

10. James Vincent McMorrow – And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop

9 . Gayngs – Spanish Platinum

8 . The National – Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

7 . Sun Kil Moon – Alesund

6. LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change

5. Tame Impala – The Bold Arrow Of Time

4. Menomena – Dirty Cartoons

3. Kanye West – Monster

2. Lord Huron – Son of a Gun

1. Foals – Spanish Sahara

Top 10 Discoveries (I should make a list like this myself!-ed):

10. Love – Forever Changes (1967)

9. Menomena – I Am The Fun Blame Monster (2003)

8. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – F# A# (Infinity) (1999)

7. Hariprasad Chaurasia/Brij Bhusan Kabra/Shivkuma Shankar – Call of the Valley (1967)

6. LCD Soundsystem – Sounds of Silver (2007)

5. Slowdive – Souvlaki (1993)/Pygmalion (1995)

4. Geino Yamashirogumi –AKIRA(1990)

3. The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I (1999)

2. The Wrens – Meadowlands (2003)

1. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (1991)

Hopes for 2011:

10. Star Slinger

9. The Decemberists

8. Blackbird Blackbird

7. Iron & Wine

6. Godspeed You! Black Emperor

5. The Avalanches

4. Panda Bear/Animal Collective

3. The Strokes

2. Lord Huron

1. Radiohead

Feel free to post your own lists in the comment section, or, if you want to contribute a list and have it published, e-mail it to me for review!

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