Best Albums of 2010

All albums were released between Nov. 1, 2009 and Nov. 1, 2010

The Adventures of Bobby Ray by B.o.B.

B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray by B.o.B

With two of the year’s biggest hits, “Nothin’ on You” and “Airplanes,” B.o.B. proved that hip hop can still make radio friendly hits. But don’t confuse B.o.B. with simply being a pop artist. He was able to hold his own on songs with T.I. and Ludacris and has the best verse on the “Teach Me How To Dougie” remix. Diversity is the name of the hip hop game and B.o.B. has proven his skills.

Honorable Mentions
Recovery by Eminem
Battle of the Sexes by Ludacris

Rokstarr by Taio Cruz

With a little help from Ludacris, Taio Cruz took the U.S. by storm with “Break Your Heart.” Not to be put into the one hit wonder category, Taio followed it up with the club smash “Dynamite” that always gets the party started. Expect more singles from this album and for Mr. Cruz to be a radio staple.

Honorable Mentions
Animal by Ke$ha
Teenage Dream by Katy Perry

Alternative Rock
Brothers by The Black Keys

The Black Keys are steadily becoming your favorite artist’s favorite artist. With a minimal sound that can fill up a room—or stadium—The Black Keys have perfected the garage band sound and made it interesting to the masses. Brothers is an album you start at the beginning and don’t stop listening to until it has completed its journey.

Honorable Mentions
Broken Bells by Broken Bells
Come Around Sundown by Kings of Leon

Best New Artist
Bruno Mars

2010 will be remembered as the year Bruno Mars helped pen some of radio’s top hits. Lending his songwriting talents to B.o.B. on “Nothing On You” and “Airplanes,” Travie McCoy on “Billionaire” and his latest, “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green, Bruno is now looking to stand on his own. With “Just the Way You Are,” the first single of his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, getting major spin on the radio, expect to hear a lot more from Bruno Mars in 2011.

Honorable Mentions
Sleigh Bells

Originally published in January 2011

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