Best Albums of 2010: Hawley’s Picks

Our tastes in music are forever evolving and over 365 days our favourite artists, many of them new, continually move us with their latest and greatest tracks and their hard hitting live performances. We deem them special enough to play to rev us up before we go out to party, to set the mood for a special event, or simply to loop on our way to and from work every day.

It was mighty hard to decide which ones made the cut for the ten best. Obviously I wasn’t able to mention every album on heavy rotation this past year, so I’ve added an honourable mention section, a few of Toronto’s best, as well as a list of the most anticipated albums set to drop in 2011 might just make it onto our list this time next year.
So without further blah blah blah, here are the best ten albums of 2010 in my humble opinion and a few more in between.

Top 10:

1. This Is HappeningLCD Soundsystem
2. ForgetTwin Shadow
3. Teen DreamBeach House
4. Odd BloodYeasayer
5. Total Life ForeverFoals
6. The Suburbs Arcade Fire
7. Clinging to a SchemeThe Radio Dept.
8. High VioletThe National
9. Gorilla ManorLocal Natives
10. TreatsSleigh Bells

Honourable Mentions:

One Life StandHot Chip
I Will BeDum Dum Girls
InnerspeakerTame Impala
GeminiWild Nothing


Toronto’s Best Of 2010:

Special AffectionsDiamond Rings
HeartlandOwen Pallett
Bishop MoroccoBishop Morocco


Most Anticipated Albums of 2011:

ZonoscopeCut Copy
BelongThe Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Dye It BlondeSmith Westerns
Cape DoryTennis
Underneath The PineToro Y Moi
By The HedgeMINKS
Blue SongsHercules and Love Affair