If you are in the music industry, what do you best remember the 2010s for? The launch of Instagram? Or is it the Hope for Haiti Now Concert that saw almost the entire music industry join together to help after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on the afternoon of January 12, 2010? There are plenty of world-shaping events in the music industry that took place between 2010 – 2019. Live Nation Entertainment emerged from a $2.5 billion merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster. The Beatles put their music on iTunes. Music Modernization Act became law. Arcade Fire became the first indie act to win album of year Grammy. Spotify arrived in America and went public a few years later. Apple acquired Beats Electronics. Tidal was launched. Streaming overtook physical music sales. Fyre Festival failed massively. Streaming passed 1 trillion in a single year. Apple premiered Apple Music and shut down iTunes. Grammy rule changed for streaming-only releases to be eligible for Grammys. Universal Music Group acquired EMI recorded music to reduce the “Big Four” to three while Sony / ATV acquired EMI Publishing. And we lost some music industry icons – Whitney Houston, Prince, David Bowie, Avicii – just to mention a few. The decade also produced a plethora of great albums. But which ones tops them all? Here is our 10 Best Albums of The 2010s, not in any particular order.
On The Bones of What You Believe, CHVRCHES wraps layers of instantly accessible electronic pop soundscapes around the scars of human emotion...Read More
"Good kid, m.A.A.d city Became A Concept Album For The Ages"
'Good kid, m.A.A.d city' was an instant classic that saw a prodigy prove he could carry the torch of West Coast rap bestowed upon him....Read More"
"Periphery Set the Tone for the Decade’s Rock / Metal"
Innovative production and uncompromising vision made Periphery’s debut arguably the most influential and important metal album of the 21st century....Read More
"Acid Rap Sparked A New Age Of Chicago Rap"
'Acid Rap' was an impactful masterpiece and a beacon of hope for independent artists....Read More
" Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is a Literal Timeless Classic"
'Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming' is M83’s ode to the eighties that managed to carve its own timeless imprint on pop-culture’s landscape....Read More
"Haim’s Infectious Days Battles Vampire Weekend’s Modernity"
Can Haim's debut 'Days Are Gone' best Vampire Weekend's 'Modern Vampires in the City' in an indie-pop head-to-head Album of the Decade battle?...Read More
"Channel Orange and Blonde Have Critics Split"
With 'Channel Orange' and 'Blonde', Frank Ocean created two instant classics, leaving critics split to decide which was his best album of the decade....Read More
" ‘The Suburbs’ Made Rock Cinematic Again"
Arcade Fire’s concept album 'The Suburbs' shot the band to arenas worldwide, its cinematic scope made it one of the best albums of the decade....Read More
" Has ‘Yeezus’ Aged Gracefully Enough To Surpass ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’?"
'MBDTF' and 'Yeezus' are considered Kanye West’s crown jewels of the decade. Which album deserves the title of Kanye's “Best of the Decade”?...Read More