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Jody Rosen's Best of 2010

Trey Songz, Best Coast, Easton Corbin and our critic's other picks for the year's top albums and singles

December 27, 2010 10:55 AM ET
Jody Rosen's Best of 2010

Albums

1. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Def Jam)

2. Sleigh Bells, Treats (Mom & Pop)

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3. Busy Signal, D.O.B. (V.P.)
The Jamaican dancehall star Busy Signal is one world's great rappers — a wit and a charmer, with fearsome flow and great taste in beats. His latest album is his finest yet. Don't sleep, U.S. hip-hop headz!

4. Joanna Newsom, Have One on Me (Drag City)

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5. Calle 13, Entren Los Que Quieran (Sony)

6. Trey Songz, Passion, Pain & Pleasure (Atlantic)
Step aside, R. Kelly and The-Dream. Trey Songz is R&B's sexiest, silliest, and most pop-savvy Casanova.

7. Standard Fare, The Noyelle Beat (Bar None)
This trio from Sheffield, England supplied one of the year's most unexpected pleasures: a very smart, very tuneful, old-fashioned Britpop album, full of bright melodies and vivid little stories about new love, bad love and lost love. A record to savor, a band to root for.

8. Best Coast, Crazy for You (Mexican Summer)

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9. Of Montreal, False Priest (Polyvinyl)

10. Fabolous, There Is No Competition 2 (The Funeral Service) (Mixtape)

Next: Jody Rosen's Best Singles of 2010

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Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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