Music to Our Ears: TIME’s Top 10 Albums of 2010

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Who knew all that self-indulgent tweeting would lead to a fantastic album?

Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is TIME’s top album of the year. According to writer Claire Suddath, West’s album lived up to the constant hype:

Kanye West can seem like an attention-hungry young child who constantly tugs on his mother’s pant leg, saying, “Watch this! Watch this!” But once Kanye got our attention, instead of a simple somersault, he delivered the musical equivalent of a one-handed back handspring.

Following West were Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, LCD Soundsystem’s This is Happening and The National’s High Violet. For the full list, head to