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The Best Albums of 2010

The end is here! Jim and Greg pick the Best Albums of 2010.

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Susan Boye Last week Jim and Greg reviewed the new album by The Black Eyed Peas, and this week they were sure it would be a #1 hit. But if there's anyone that can give the Peas a run for their money, it's…Susan Boyle? The Britain's Got Talent winner is the top seller of the week with her new album The Gift, beating out not only The Black Eyed Peas, but Kanye West and Taylor Swift. This news is further evidence that the physical album chart is dominated by people who still buy physical albums, a.k.a.“older folks.”Which leads to the next story…

Billboard has recognized that its standard album chart might not be a fully accurate representation of what's“popular”in music. In today's world, an artist's tweets, followers, fans, friends and hits are just as important indicators as record sales. So with that in mind they've launched the new Social 50. At the top of Social 50 are artists like Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Eminem and Nicki Minaj – all performers who sell records. But the chart also has the potential to recognize non-traditional acts like Widespread Panic, Girl Talk and Robyn, who consistently sell out shows, but don't have a big retail presence. Jim and Greg welcome Billboard to the 21st century.

Still shopping for holiday gifts and got a few thousand to spare? Well, you could get your loved one the original lyrics to Bob Dylan's song "The Times They Are a-Changin." And by a few thousand we mean $300,000. That's how much the sheet of unruled notebook paper is expected to go for at an upcoming auction. December certainly seems to be the month of rock memorabilia sales. Johnny Cash's jumpsuit, which he wore during his concert at San Quentin and made famous in this image, went for $50,000. Michael Jackson's glove sold for $300,000, and a decades old legal letter featuring John Lennon's original lyrics to "I'm Only Sleeping" is expected to go for over $500,000.

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The Best Albums of 2010

It's the moment all music fans wait for…the end of the year best-of list!

Featured Songs

  1. Susan Boyle, Perfect Day, The Gift, Syco/Columbia, 2010
  2. Johnny Cash, Wanted Man, At San Quentin, Columbia, 1969
  3. Pretoria Philharmonia Orchestra, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Classic Dreams Vol.2, Music4License, 1998
  4. Kid Cudi, These Worries, Man on the Moon: The Legend of Mr. Rager, Motown, 2010
  5. Sharon Van Etten, Peace Signs, Epic, Ba Da Bing!, 2010
  6. Massive Attack, Paradise Circus, Heligoland, Virgin, 2010
  7. Warpaint, Undertow, The Fool, Rough Trade, 2010
  8. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vanities, IRM, Elektra, 2010
  9. Robyn, Dancing On My Own, Bodytalk, Konichiwa, 2010
  10. Salem, Redlights, King Night, I Am Sound, 2010
  11. Neil Young, Walk With Me, Le Noise, Reprise, 2010
  12. Best Coast, Summer Mood, Crazy For You, Mexican Summer, 2010
  13. Cee-Lo Green, Wildflower, The Lady Killer, Elektra, 2010
  14. The Besnard Lakes, Albatross, The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night, Jagjaguwar, 2010
  15. Kanye West, Blame Game, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam, 2010
  16. Janelle Monáe, Come Alive (The War Of The Roses), The ArchAndroid, Bad Boy, 2010
  17. Johnny Thunders, Get Off The Phone, L.A.M.F Revisited, Jungle, 1984
  18. Sleigh Bells, Crown On The Ground, Treats, N.E.E.T./Mom & Pop, 2010
  19. The B-52's, Rock Lobster, The B-52's, Warner Bros., 1979

Footnotes

billboard.com Susan Boyle takes #1 billboard.com The Billboard Social 50 nytimes.com Bob Dylan lyrics auction bbc.co.uk Michael Jackson's glove sale telegraph.co.uk John Lennon lyrics sale