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2010: Dean's List


  1. The Roots: How I Got Over (Def Jam) 16
  2. Elizabeth Cook: Welder (31 Tigers) 15
  3. M.I.A: Maya (Deluxe Edition) (Interscope) 13
  4. Tom Zé: Estudando a Bossa: Nordeste Plaza (Luaka Bop) 10
  5. Rachid Taha: Bonjour (Knitting Factory) 10
  6. Johnny Cash: American VI: Ain't No Grave (American) 9
  7. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-a-Fella) 8
  8. Tabu Ley Rochereau: The Voice of Lightness Vol. 2: Congo Classics 1977-1993 (Sterns Africa) 8
  9. Peter Stampfel: Dook of the Beatniks (Piety Street Files & Archaic Media '09) 6
  10. Vampire Weekend: Contra (XL) 5
  11. The Corin Tucker Band: 1,000 Years (Kill Rock Stars)
  12. Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday (Young Money/Cash Money)
  13. Girl Talk: All Day (Illegal Art download)
  14. African Pearls: Congo: Pont Sur le Congo (Syllart)
  15. No Age: Everything in Between (Sub Pop)
  16. Care Bears on Fire: Girls Like It Loud (S-Curve download)
  17. Robyn: Body Talk (Konochiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope)
  18. Lil Wayne: No Ceilings (free download '09)
  19. Allo Darlin': Allo Darlin' (Fortuna Pop!)
  20. D.O. Misiani and Shirati Jazz: The King of History (Sterns Africa)
  21. Lady Gaga: The Fame Monster (Streamline/Konlive/Cherrytree/Interscope '09)
  22. Systema Solar: Systema Solar (Chusma)
  23. The Arcade Fire: The Suburbs (Merge)
  24. The Rough Guide to Desert Blues (World Music Network)
  25. Macy Gray: The Sellout (Concord)
  26. Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest (4AD)
  27. Love Is All: Two Thousand and Ten Injuries (Polyvinyl)
  28. Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard: 'Em Are I (Rough Trade '09)
  29. Dessa: A Badly Broken Code (Doomtree)
  30. Shad: TSOL (Black Box/Decon)
  31. Pierre de Gaillande: Bad Reputation (Barbès)
  32. Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma (Warp)
  33. MC Paul Barman: Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud (Househusband download '09)
  34. Tokyo Police Club: Champ (Mom + Pop)
  35. Titus Andronicus: The Monitor (XL)
  36. The Whitefield Brothers: Earthology (Now-Again)
  37. Gabriel Johnson: Fra_ctured (Electrofone)
  38. Surfer Blood: Astro Coast (Kanine)
  39. LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening (DFA/Virgin)
  40. Rokia Traoré: Tchamantché (Nonesuch '09)
  41. Das Racist: Sit Down, Man (Mad Decent download)
  42. Best Coast: Crazy for You (Mexican Summer)
  43. Cornershop: Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast (Ample Play)
  44. El DeBarge: Second Chance (Geffen)
  45. Die Antwoord: $0$ (Cherrytree/Interscope)
  46. The Pernice Brothers: Goodbye, Killer (Ashmont)
  47. Quasi: American Gong (Kill Rock Stars)
  48. The National: High Violet (4AD)
  49. Scissor Sisters: Night Work (Downtown/Polydor)
  50. David Bazan: Curse Your Branches (Barsuk '09)
  51. Now That's What I Call Club Hits 2 (EMI)
  52. Nicki Minaj: Beam Me Up Scotty (Trapaholics download '09)
  53. Nas & Damian "JR. Gong" Marley: Distant Relatives (Def Jam)
  54. Kinito Méndez: Éxitos de Kinito Méndez (J & N '05)
  55. Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa (Honest Jons)
  56. Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca: Isabela (Mopiato Music '07)
  57. Diplo Presents Dubstep: Blow Your Head (Downtown/Mad Decent)
  58. Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip: The Logic of Chance (Sunday Best)
  59. Balkan Beat Box: Blue Eyed Black Boy (Nat Geo Music)
  60. Eskmo: Eskmo (Ninja Tune)
  61. Sleigh Bells: Treats (Mom + Pop)
  62. Das Racist: Shut Up, Dude (Mishka download)
  63. Eminem: Recovery (Aftermath/Interscope)
  64. Tricky: Mixed Race (Domino)
  65. Everybody Was in the French Resistance . . . Now!: "Fixing the Charts": Volume One (Cooking Vinyl)
  66. Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn (Columbia)
  67. Big Boi: Sir Lucious Left Foot . . . The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)
  68. Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love (Nonesuch)
  69. Beatles Beginnings: Quarrymen One: Skiffle-Country-Western (Rhythm and Blues '09)
  70. Of Montreal: False Priest (Polyvinyl)
  71. Taylor Swift: Speak Now (Big Machine)
  72. Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca: Retrospectiva (Mopiato Music '09)
  73. MC Esoteric: Saving Seamus Ryan (Fly Casual '09)
  74. Hole: Nobody's Daughter (Mercury)
  75. Les Savy Fav: Root for Ruin (Frenchkiss)
  76. Old 97's: The Grand Theatre Volume One (New West)
  77. Spoon: Transference (Merge)
  78. Standard Fare: The Noyelle Beat (Bar/None)
  79. Konono No. 1: Assume Crash Position (Crammed Discs)
  80. The Bundles: The Bundles (K)
  81. The Mountain Goats: The Life of the World to Come (4AD '09)
  82. Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar: Devla: Blown Away to Dancefloor Heaven (Piranha)


  1. Robyn: "Don't F***ing Tell Me What to Do" (Konochiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope)
  2. Elizabeth Cook: "El Camino" (31 Tigers)
  3. Die Antwoord: "Enter the Ninja" (Cherrytree/Interscope)
  4. Scissor Sisters: "We're Running Out" (Downtown/Polydor)
  5. Jason Derulo: "Ridin' Solo (Ian Nieman Club Mix)" (Warner Bros.)
  6. Far East Movement: "Like a G6" (Cherrytree/Interscope)
  7. Robyn: "Dancing on My Own" (Konochiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope)
  8. Afrikan Boy: "Lidl" (Out Here)
  9. LCD Soundsystem: "Drunk Girls" (DFA/Virgin)
  10. Lady Gaga: "Bad Romance" (Streamline/Konlive/Cherrytree/Interscope)
  11. The Arcade Fire: "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" (Merge)
  12. Das Racist: "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" (Mishka download)
  13. Katy Perry: "Teenage Dream" (Capitol)
  14. Das Racist: "Fake Patois" (Mishka download)
  15. Vampire Weekend: "Horchata" (XL)
  16. Taio Cruz: "Dynamite" (Mercury)
  17. Jerry Lee Lewis: "Mean Old Man" (Verve)
  18. Shakira: "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" (Epic)
  19. Major Lazer: "Sound of Siren" (Downtown)
  20. Ben Folds/Nick Hornby: "Levi Johnson's Blues" (Nonesuch)

Barnes & Noble Review, Jan. 12, 2011

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