The best albums of the 2010 - 2019 decade, according to critics

As the 2010s draw to a close, it's time for music lovers to look back at the very best albums of the decade.

Aggregator website Metacritic constantly monitors critical reviews of major album releases and uses them to calculate a numerical consensus score out of 100.

Now, at the end of the decade, we can use Metacritic to find out what were the very best reviewed records released between 2010 and 2019.

New Zealand's own international pop star Lorde made the list, with her second album Melodrama coming in at number 14.

It scored a Metacritic rating of 91, with glowing reviews from respected outlets like Pitchfork, which described Melodrama as "a masterful study of being a young woman".

Elsewhere, Kendrick Lamar and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds both landed two albums in the top five; indicative of hip-hop and alternative music claiming many of the top spots.

Have a look through the list and you'll likely see albums you passionately loved, others you absolutely hated, and hopefully, discover a few you haven't heard and will fall in love with soon.

The 25 highest-ranking albums on Metacritic from the years 2010 - 2019:

  1. To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
  2. Ghosteen - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  3. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  4. Black Messiah - D'Angelo
  5. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  6. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
  7. A Crow Looked at Me - Mount Eerie 
  8. Room 25 - Noname
  9. Lemonade - Beyoncé
  10. Sunbather - Deafheaven
  11. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  12. Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
  13. Titanic Rising - Weyes Blood
  14. Melodrama - Lorde
  15. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City - Kendrick Lamar
  16. Grey Area - Little Simz
  17. The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monáe
  18. We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  19. Carrie & Lowell - Sufjan Stevens
  20. No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney
  21. Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty - Big Boi
  22. Spaces - Nils Frahm
  23. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
  24. The Dusk in Us - Converge
  25. RTJ2 - Run the Jewels

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