The New York Times’ Top 10 Albums and Songs of 2010

Rick Ross

Everyone is sharing their best of the year lists. Before we unveil ours, here’s another interesting roundup from The New York Times. Pop music critic Jon Caramanica makes his selections and you may be surprised by some of his choices. Rick Ross takes top honors with his fourth album Teflon Don. “Finally, a new hip-hop superhero: on his fourth album, Rick Ross fully inhabits his Rick Rossness, celebrating his growth as a rapper and the return of new money as an aesthetic,” writes Caramanica. Find out which mixtape made the cut, where Justin Bieber landed, and the 10 songs that struck a chord with this critic.

Top 10 Albums of 2010

1. Rick Ross – Teflon Don
2. Taylor Swift – Speak Now
3. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
4. Drake – Thank Me Later
5. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
6. Gary Allan – Get Off On the Pain
7. DJ Drama & Fabolous – There Is No Competition 2: The Funeral Service
8. Justin Bieber – My World 2.0
9. R. Kelly – Love Letter
10. Jerrod Niemann – Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury

Top 10 Songs of 2010

Waka Flocka Flame featuring Diddy, Rick Ross, & Gucci Mane – “O Let’s Do It (Remix)”
Rick Ross featuring Gucci Mane – “MC Hammer”
Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”
Chris Brown featuring Drake, T.I., Kanye West, Fabolous, Rick Ross, & André 3000 – “Deuces (Remix)”
Miguel featuring J. Cole – “All I Want Is You”
Kanye West feat. Pusha T – “Runaway”
Cults – “Go Outside”
Earl Sweatshirt – “Earl”
Ellie Goulding – “Starry Eyed”
Lloyd Banks featuring Juelz Santana – “Beamer, Benz, or Bentley”

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84 Comments

  1. saio

    this is bullsh!t
    this list suck’s
    f*ck officer ricky

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  2. Cameron

    No comment.

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  3. Rihslayurfave

    FUCKERY

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  4. Jeff

    VERY surprising! who knew?! the NY Times of all places putting Rick Ross at #1! I’m surprised with a lot of this but glad to see “Starry Eyed” & “Deuces” in the top songs!

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  5. Gladis

    ummm no

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  6. REM

    lmao wow………… why is Janelle Monae not on this list?

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  7. Huh?

    You know that this list is CRAP because Justin Beiber & Wacka Flocka are on It

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  8. LAD

    WTF IS BLUEPRINT 3

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  9. WhatTheF

    DEAD.

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  10. Ricky V

    This list is atrocious. Worst I’ve seen

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  11. asd

    BIEBER ??? I CANT BELIEVE MY EYES OMG

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  12. QUEEN CIARA - BASIC INSTINCT - 12.14.10

    *dies* Cant b serious!

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  13. Bia

    OMG!
    WTF is this?

    Worst list i’ve seen!!

    Where is Rihanna – Loud?; Katy Perry – Teenage DReam? ;

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  14. Jennifer

    and where is eminem on this list? recovery? not afraid? this is the worst list ever.

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  15. hiphop111

    1. nas & damian marley

    2. big boi

    3. ice cube

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  16. Higgs

    Wheres Eminems Recovery? makes no sense that Recovery didnt make it on the Top 10 on any of these lists

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  17. Higgs

    Wheres Eminems Recovery?

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  18. Manjeo22

    this list is bullshit!!!!

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  19. Chri$

    TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR:

    1.Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    2.Rick Ross – Teflon Don
    3.KiD CuDi – Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
    4.The Black Eyed Peas – The Beginning
    5.T.I. – No Mercy
    6.Cee-Lo Green – The Lady Killer
    7.Rihanna – Loud
    8.Eminem – Recovery
    9.Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
    10.R. Kelly – Love Letter

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  20. tiffany

    deuces the original is wayyyyy better than the remix

    meeeeeeeenn

    deuces . tyga and kmac killed drake, kanye … verses
    but on the deuces remix, i love the T.I’s verse

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  21. oso_jo_o

    OMG
    what the hell was he thinkin,
    I only Understand Rick Ross being #1, TD is DOPE.
    but wth are Bieber,Taylor,Dj Drama & Fab are doing there!
    and can’t believe my eyes with the best songs!
    put worst songs and it’ll make MUCH MORE sense,this is crazy!

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  22. Jon Caramanica IS PAID OFF

    ROFLS Jon Caramanica is being paid off by Diddy it looks to sponsor this pig, and drug dealers Gucci and Waka

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  23. tiffany

    and T.I album is after justin’s bieber kid BS??? wtf. T.I the master should be on it .

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  24. marcus

    I AGREE WITH THE LIST 100%.

    EM’S ALBUM SOLD. BUT IT WAS BULLSHIT….

    IM SHOCKED THAT SOULJA BOI “PRETTY BOY SWAG” WANST ON THE SINGLES..

    RICK ROSS HAD THE WORLDDDD SINGIN HIS SONGS.. AND AGREE THE BEST RAP LP OF 2010.. HE HASNT GOTTEN HIS CREDITS.

    AND THEN HE JUST DROPPED A MIXTAPE AND ITS BAD AS HELL.SAYIN DAT INA GOOD WAY…. FLOKA AS MUCH AS I HATE HIM. HIS SONGS HAS SLAYED THE RADIO CHARTS.

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  25. Baller

    FAIL

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  26. Pinoy

    This shows that 2010 was wack year for music.
    Bring back the 90′s period!!!!

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  27. tip

    No Mercy not included again, as well as maroon 5. This sucks

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  28. Sugar Rush

    These people are not sure…

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  29. mr.M

    error. this list is invalid.

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  30. Chri$

    Other great albums of the year:

    -Usher – Raymond Vs. Raymond
    -Lil Wayne – Rebirth
    -Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives
    -Gucci Mane – The Appeal
    -Jamie Foxx – Best Night of My Life
    -Diddy-Dirty Money – Last Train to Paris
    -Drake – Thank Me Later
    -Flo Rida – Only One Flo (Pt. 1)
    -B.o.B – The Adventures of Bobby Ray
    -Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday
    -Ciara – Basic Instinct
    -Lloyd Banks – H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More)
    -Lil Wayne – I Am Not a Human Being
    -Nelly – 5.0
    -Ne-Yo – Libra Scale
    -Ludacris – Battle of the Sexes
    -Curren$y – Pilot Talk
    -Curren$y – Pilot Talk 2
    -Usher – Versus (EP)
    -Bun B – Trill O.G.
    -Young Buck – The Rehab
    -Ski Beatz – 24 Hour Karate School
    -Trey Songz – Passion, Pain & Pleasure
    -John Legend & The Roots – Wake Up!
    -Ice Cube – I Am the West
    -Nottz – You Need This Music
    -Cassidy – C.A.S.H. (Cass A Straight Hustla)
    -N.E.R.D. – Nothing
    -Keri Hilson – No Boys Allowed
    -Slim Thug – Tha Thug Show
    -Twista – The Perfect Storm

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  31. billy joel

    @chri$

    you know how I know you have no taste in music whatsoever?:

    Lil Wayne – Rebirth (worst hip hop album i have heard in a long time)
    Gucci Mane – The Appeal
    Flo Rida – Only One Flo (Pt. 1) (officer ricky makes better music than this guy)
    -Lil Wayne – I Am Not a Human Being
    -Nelly – 5.0
    -Young Buck – The Rehab
    -Nottz – You Need This Music (no i dont actually need this music, its madbad)
    -Cassidy – C.A.S.H. (Cass A Straight Hustla) (i mean, with this album title it could have been MBDTF v2 and i still would say it blows, however the music lives up to it’s par of suckiness)

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  32. ferny

    i agree Chri$

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  33. slickjville

    im confused with the list i though new york time posted the album of the 2010

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  34. mike

    this is bullshit. first of all cameron if you have no comment then dont fuckin comment you mentally retarded fuck face. second of all FUCK RICK ROSS this list it way the fuck wrong. Where the FUCK in eminem on this list???? his album is defiantly top 3 of the year and anyone who says different can go ride a donkey off a fuck cliff then.

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  35. Manu

    Yes For Chris Brown and Kany west . all the rest -___-

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  36. ponyo

    soughta kinda accurate

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  37. kvmbvkj

    LOOOOL @LIST

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  38. Will

    Rick Ross had the best Hip Hop album of 2010 hands down but Kanye had the best album of 2010. Teflon Don was a masterpiece i give credit when credit is due and that album was the shit.

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  39. joe

    Nice to see Taylor Swift get some recognition. She is killin` all these bitches in the game…not for the first time either. You go,girl.

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  40. Mr Xclusive

    @billy joel it was a rock album you dumb*ss ….smfh haters are ignorant

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  41. Barbie

    Eminem should be on it, Nicki should be on it (top10 songs Your love), Jay Z should be on it (Run this town) and Rih w/ Only Girl

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  42. Chris

    How the heck can Rick Ross be No.1 when half the CD was garbage?

    Justin Bieber?? Are we sure this list is not the Worst albums of 2010 lmao!

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  44. marcus

    wy da hell iz kanye behind taylor swift and why b.m.f. not on here?

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  45. Dillon_68

    Wow, O Let’s Do It would make my WORST list.

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  46. joe

    @marcus. because not every critic is all wet over rap/hip hop only. taylor swift had a solid pop-country record that got great reviews and sold/sells shitloads.

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  47. Lil chips

    Rozayyyyy

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  48. 7

    ROZAY

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  49. queen bey

    DRAKE & kanye BEST ALBUMS OF 2010 enough said!

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  50. Gary

    L M F A O

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  51. Lisa

    Terrible. Albums of the year were Rihanna, Eminem, Kid Cudi, R. Kelly, Christina Aguilera, Diddy – Dirty Money, Nas & Damian Marley, The Roots, Janelle & Sade. That is it.

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  52. Tiger

    Who Got Paid off Where in the Hell Is Eminem Recovery On The List…. And Look At Record Sales
    Rick Ross only went Gold
    Drake is Platinum
    And lets Not talk Waka Flocka Sales……LOL

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  53. suzana

    Just agree :

    Lady Antebellum – Need You Now

    Chris Brown featuring Drake, T.I., Kanye West, Fabolous, Rick Ross, & André 3000 – Deuces (Remix)

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  54. Lele

    WTF? Why isn’t recovery on the list, that was a great album and I don’t care wat nobody say

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  55. TheComeUpKid

    Blueprint 3 was last year…what happened to aston martin music, miss me, and going in circles??? AND Keyshia Cole’s album should DEFINITELY be on that list!!

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  56. you know its about L.a times dude getting paid....

    Dude has waka flacka as top 10 best songs lol and rick ross?? BLAHaHaHa loyd banks<rick ross!!!

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  57. MykolAnthony

    i want a second opinion!!!

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  58. esteban

    ummmmm WHERE IS ERYKAH BADU AT?????
    and fantasia
    and monica
    and trey
    and ne-yo

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  59. Nait Phoenix

    This is officially the worst list I’ve seen this year. All the other lists have been spot on; this is a travesty. First off, I thought a mixtape couldn’t be part of “ALBUM OF THE YEAR!” Second, WTF are Bieber & all these remixes doing in the list? And last, how the hell are you going to nix Big Boi’s album, Janelle’s album, Robyn’s album & Arcade Fire’s album for Bieber, Taylor & Rick Ross? This is definitely a bad list.

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  60. Bkp

    i swear these top album columns are written by deaf people!!

    B.o.B Has The album of the year dont believe me?
    download it and listen to the whole album and tell me how many tracks you skip!

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  61. Bill

    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Recovery and Distant Relatives are the best Albums 2010.

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  62. A Realist

    The f*ck is this list? :|

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  63. bass_man

    the fuck?

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  64. NYC

    This list gets the certified fail stamp.

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  65. twyne

    Rozzzay don’t give a fuck wat d hater got to say TEFLON DON on d raise I told u Bossssssssssssssss and best song of d year ASTON MARTINS MUSIC Rooooooozzzzaaaaaayyyyyy

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  66. Vera

    Somebody is getting lumps of coal for XMAS!

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  67. The Game Rapper Life .

    The Game is the best fuck hatres evryone !

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  68. mArS

    Worst Top 10 lists EVER. The critic should have kept his weird personal taste for himself, not in a Top 10 that gives the impression that is fully supported by a prestigious publication like New York Times

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  69. @chipzzy

    rozay ;)

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  70. 6 Times

    This critic has his on opion, but when it comes to music he need to find something else to do.

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  71. Chri$

    The Bawseeeeeee!!!!!!!!

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  72. Chri$

    I bought the Teflon album in july;)

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  73. lellow

    Lmao , this list has so many errors

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  74. SNJ

    Best Albums of 2010

    1) My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    2) Plastic Beach
    3) Sir Lucious Left Foot
    4) The ArchAndroid
    5) Thank Me Later

    ….that’s pretty much it.

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  75. Romeo

    Ricky rozay gt tha whle world bumpin ta b.m.f nd hez dwn in s.a on Tha 29 cape town its gn b fire!!!

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  76. YOUR pusha

    i agree 1000% its about time he got major recognition, the album is the best of 2010 hands down

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  77. Adam

    #FuckeryOf2010

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  78. ItsOscarYO

    This list is a fail. How can you forget Kelis’ “Flesh Tone”? Girl, bye.

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  79. Jay

    lolwat.

    Where is…
    Janelle?
    Big Boi?
    Arcade Fire?
    The National?
    Kelis?
    Robyn?
    Gorillaz?
    M.I.A.?

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  80. Mouloudette

    I’m sorry but nicki minaj is the celebrity of a year! Where is she? Lady gaga album? Eminem?! Omg this list Is a joke!

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  81. fizzle

    gerr plz this is a lie. and since when is a mixtape qualified as an album? *side eye*

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  82. waza

    tragic list.
    revised and updated:
    1) Nas and Damian Marley – Distant Relatives (Realest album of all time)
    2)Kid Cudi – man on the moon II: the legend of Mr. Rager (bleeds emotion and is perversely relate-able)
    3) Kanye West – My beautiful dark twisted fantasy (Brilliant in every aspect… personal account of hurt and a tale of self criticizing)
    4)Eminem – Recovery (exactly what em needed after everything that happened… a justification and apology for his ways that appealed on so many levels)
    5) Lil Wayne – Rebirth (People may not agree with me… but it is Weezy spitting in the face of life. F·ck stereotypes, f·ck bitches, f·ck the world and get a child out her (thats a no love line, I know))
    6)Drake – Thank me later (amazing album… speaks the truth)
    7) Nicki minaj – Pink Friday (amazing on so many levels… pure brilliance with the exception of a song or 2)

    1000000000000) Teflon Don… largest heap of shit i have ever heard

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  83. gerald

    1st he had the streets, then he snatched the charts, 1st he had our ears and now he has our hearts…..Roooooooooosssssseeey laughing all the way to the bank….

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