Rolling Stone's 30 Best Albums of 2010: Kanye's on Top

Eminem enjoys a comeback, too

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 7, 2010 12:38 PM CST

(Newser) – Kanye West's comeback must be complete: Rolling Stone awarded him the top slot in its list of 2010's 30 best albums. The top 10:

  1. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: "Music as sprawlingly messy as his life," these songs are "hip-hop epics ... full of the kind of grandiose gestures that only the foolish attempt and only the wildly talented pull off."
  2. The Black Keys, Brothers: "Their best record yet: vivid tunes stripped bare and rubbed raw ... it's rock minimalism pushed to the max."
  3. Elton John and Leon Russell, The Union: "Two rock giants ... rekindle a friendship and make music that ranks with their best."
  4. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs: "An album of vast, orchestral rock that locates the battle for the human soul amid big houses and manicured lawns."

  1. Jamey Johnson, The Guitar Song: "Nashville's gruffest and grittiest star turns out to be its most reliable traditionalist, a Music Row pro who can write a song for every emotional season."
  2. Vampire Weekend, Contra: The band can "do just about anything: dubby, slo-mo gorgeousness, clattering pseudo-punk, African guitar riffs, choral swells, songs that rhyme 'horchata' with 'Aranciata' and 'Masada.'"
  3. Drake, Thank Me Later: "Sumptuous beats, airtight rhymes, and nuanced introspection."
  4. Robert Plant, Band of Joy: A "psychedelic exploration of blues and country" that's "edgier and rootsier" than 2007's Raising Sand.
  5. Eminem, Recovery: "The post-rehab victory lap that the schlocky Relapse wasn't."
  6. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening: "A heavy-duty breakup album."
See the complete list, or click for more of 2010's best (and worst).

In this Nov. 12, 2010 file photo, Kanye West performs in Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.   (AP Photo/Nousha Salimi, File)
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