1. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Def Jam)
2. Sleigh Bells, Treats (Mom & Pop)
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)
5. Calle 13, Entren Los Que Quieran (Sony)
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)
9. Of Montreal, False Priest (Polyvinyl)
10. Fabolous, There Is No Competition 2 (The Funeral Service) (Mixtape)
1. Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris, “Baby”
Resistance is futile.
2. Easton Corbin, “A Little More Country Than That”
In an off-year for country, newcomer Easton Corbin was a standout. This Number One hit was a declaration of down-home traditionalism with clever lyrics and limpid singalong tune.
3. Ke$ha, “Your Love is My Drug”
The world’s most obnoxious human being has the world’s catchiest choruses.
4. Trey Songz, “Love Faces”
5. Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream”
6. Easton Corbin, “Roll With It”
7. The-Dream, “Turnt Out”
8. Taio Cruz, “Dynamite”
9. Lindstrom & Christabelle, “Lovesick”
10. Waka Flocka Flame, “Hard in Da Paint”