15 Greatest Albums of the Decade (So Far)

The decade (2010-2020) is about halfway over, and there are so many amazing albums that came out in the past five years. We got introduced to new artists, and some of them took home Grammys. Older artists maintained their amazing talent and continued blowing us away. Here is a list of 15 of the greatest albums of the decade so far.

15. Miley CyrusBangerz (2013)

Gotta show love for Miley! With her release of Bangerz, she also introduced herself as an entirely different person. RIP Hannah Montana.

14. Frank OceanChannel Orange (2012)

Frank Ocean’s debut album climbed the charts rapidly in 2012. He also came out to the world as bi-sexual, which was a huge step for equality in the music industry, and for the entire LGBT community as a whole. Way to go Frank!

13. EminemRecovery (2010)

The day Eminem released Recovery, he re-introduced himself to the game as a sober, more intelligent human being. Following this album he released The Marshall Mathers LP 2 in 2013, and Shady XV in 2015. He’s back! “Ladies and Gentlemen…. Silm… Shady!”

12. MacklemoreThe Heist (2012)

This independent duo won four Grammy awards…INDEPENDENTLY.. Like, without a label. WOW.

11. Twenty One PilotsVessel (2013)

After getting signed in 2012, Tyler Joseph, and Joshua Dunn released their album Vessel a year later. This album introduced us to the sounds the duo represents and what’s inside that “Semi-Automatic” brain of Joseph’s. The perfect set up for their newest release, Blurryface, this past May.

10. Lana Del ReyBorn To Die (2012)

“Summertime Sadness” took over the air waves in 2012. It’s no wonder why Born To Die reached number two on the Billboard Top 200 in the first week.

9. LordePure Heroine (2013)

Lead single “Royals” from Lorde’s 2013 release of Pure Heroine topped the charts in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, and the United States. Get it girl!

8. Jason AldeanMy Kinda Party (2010)

Country fans all over took a liking to “My Kinda Party,” “Dirt Road Anthem,” and “Don’t You Want To Stay,” from Jason Aldean’s fourth studio album My Kinda Party. The “Don’t You Want To Stay” duet with Kelly Clarkson pulled in pop fans, too.

7. HozierHozier (2014)

Although he didn’t snag a Grammy, the man-bunned crooner/guitarist took us to church with his graceful and thought-provoking debut album.

6. Justin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience (2013)

Justin stole every woman’s heart with the release of his single “Mirrors.” Sorry Ladies, but he is happily married to Jessica Biel. #Jealous.

5. DrakeNothing Was The Same (2013)

Drake told us exactly how it is with this album. He started from the bottom, and now he’s here. Nothing Was The Same made over $1 million in sales. He wasn’t lying when he said he was “25 sitting on 25 mill.”

4. Sam SmithIn The Lonely Hour (2014)

“Stay With Me” was number one in the UK, and peaked the top ten charts of 20 other countries. Well played, Sam.

3. Ed SheeranX (2014)

Ed had everyone “Sing” with this release. “Sing” wasn’t the only song that had people falling in love. “Don’t,” “Photograph,” and “Thinking Out Loud” had teenagers (and adults) everywhere in tears.

2. Adele21 (2011)

21 took home eleven awards in 2012. Enough said.

1. BeyonceBeyonce (2013)

It’s pretty self explanatory… #FLAWLESS.

Did we miss any great albums of the past five years? Tell us in the comments below! 

Featured Image by Aurelien Guichard via Flickr

 

6 Comments

  1. Wakana Narisako

    June 4, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I enjoy Haim’s Days Are Gone

  2. Samantha Sweeney

    June 4, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I like Kings of Leon’s ‘Only by the Night’

  3. Samantha Sweeney

    June 4, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    …and Florence and the Machine’s ‘Ceremonials’ and ‘Lungs’

  4. Ruby Mora

    June 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I agree with sooo many of these choices! I would Probably add the Arctic Monkey’s “AM” and Banks’ “Goddess.” 🙂

  5. Amanda

    June 4, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Arcade Fire’s Reflektor comes to mind 🙂

  6. Switler

    June 11, 2015 at 3:54 am

    I really feel that Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ deserves to be high up on this list.

    She is simply the finest female singer/songwriter of this generation and it is an abhorrence that this is not recognised by this list and by all performing arts media.

    I am also appalled by the infrequency of her radio presence which belies her unsurpassed talent and stardom

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