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Decade in Review

October 6, 2020

Whether we are calling it the “tens” or the “teens,” there has been a lot of great music released in the past ten years. To remind you of some of the great music this decade has produced, below are each year’s top 50 albums as chosen by WYEP’s programming staff.

Note that for some years, production deadlines required an October-to-October schedule, so occasional albums might show up in adjoining years.

To see the most-played songs on WYEP for each year, click here.

1Vampire WeekendContra
2Arcade FireThe Suburbs
3Michael Franti & SpearheadThe Sound of Sunshine
4Josh RitterSo Runs the World Away
5Mumford & SonsSigh No More
6Ray LaMontagneGod Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise
7The New PornographersTogether
8The Black KeysBrothers
9Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsI Learned the Hard Way
10Dr. DogShame, Shame
11The NationalHigh Violet
12Broken BellsBroken Bells
13Band of HorsesInfinite Arms
14Grace Potter & The NocturnalsGrace Potter & The Nocturnals
15Frightened RabbitThe Winter of Mixed Drinks
16Robert PlantBand of Joy
17Laura VeirsJuly Flame
19Bettye LaVetteInterpretations: The British Rock Songbook
20Alejandro EscovedoStreet Songs of Love
21SadeSoldier of Love
23Delta SpiritHistory From Below
24Corinne Bailey RaeThe Sea
25Ra Ra RiotThe Orchard
26Los LobosTin Can Trust
27Tegan and SaraSainthood
28The Hold SteadyHeaven Is Whenever
29Carolina Chocolate DropsGenuine Negro Jig
30Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosUp From Below
31Brandi CarlileGive Up the Ghost
32Sarah HarmerOh Little Fire
33Ryan BinghamJunky Star
34Mavis StaplesYou Are Not Alone
35GorillazPlastic Beach
36John MellencampNo Better Than This
37Josh RouseEl Turista
38Sheryl Crow100 Miles From Memphis
39Freedy JohnstonRain on the City
40Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersMojo
41David Byrne & Fatboy SlimHere Lies Love
42The Tallest Man on EarthThe Wild Hunt
43Ben FoldsLonely Avenue
44Patty GriffinDowntown Church
45The Holmes BrothersFeed My Soul
46Richard ThompsonDream Attic
47Norah JonesThe Fall
48Sierra Leone’s Refugee All StarsRise & Shine
49Eli ‘Paperboy’ ReedCome and Get It
50The WeepiesBe My Thrill
1The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
2Fitz & The TantrumsPickin’ Up the Pieces
4My Morning JacketCircuital
5Alison Krauss and Union StationPaper Airplane
6TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
7Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
8Gillian WelchThe Harrow & the Harvest
9Death Cab for CutieCodes and Keys
10WilcoThe Whole Love
11Tedeschi Trucks BandRevelator
12Lucinda WilliamsBlessed
13Iron & WineKiss Each Other Clean
14Bon IverBon Iver, Bon Iver
15Cee Lo GreenThe Lady Killer
16Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
18Raphael SaadiqStone Rollin’
19Sam Roberts BandCollider
20ElbowBuild a Rocket Boys!
21Ben SolleeInclusions
22Emmylou HarrisHard Bargain
23DawesNothing is Wrong
24Black Joe Lewis & The HoneybearsScandalous
25Foster the PeopleTorches
26The JayhawksMockingbird Time
27Justin Townes EarleHarlem River Blues
28Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What
29k.d. langSing It Loud
30G. LoveFixin’ to Die
31Bright EyesThe People’s Key
32The DamnwellsNo One Listens to the Band Anymore
33Hayes CarllKMAG YOYO
34The Head & The HeartThe Head & The Heart
35Dave AlvinEleven Eleven
36BeirutThe Rip Tide
37Buddy GuyLiving Proof
38Nicole AtkinsMondo Amore
39Mike DoughtyYes and Also Yes
40Amos LeeMission Bell
41Nikki JeanPennies in a Jar
43Wanda JacksonThe Party Ain’t Over
44Ron SexsmithLong Player Late Bloomer
45DeVotchKa100 Lovers
46Fountains of WayneSky Full of Holes
47Stevie NicksIn Your Dreams
48Peter, Bjorn & JohnGimme Some
49LissieCatching a Tiger
50Glen CampbellGhost on a Canvas
1Avett BrothersThe Carpenter
2The Black KeysEl Camino
3Brandi CarlileBear Creek
4The ShinsPort of Morrow
5Jimmy CliffRebirth
6Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
7Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
8Dr. JohnLocked Down
9Dr. DogBe The Void
10Of Monsters and MenMy Head Is an Animal
11Mumford & SonsBabel
12Michael KiwanukaHome Again
13Kathleen EdwardsVoyageur
14Rufus WainwrightOut of the Game
15Florence & The MachineCeremonials
16Bob DylanTempest
17Cat PowerSun
18Regina SpektorWhat We Saw From The Cheap Seats
19David Byrne & St. VincentLove This Giant
20Band of HorsesMirage Rock
21Andrew BirdBreak It Yourself
22Beach HouseBloom
23Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
24Bonnie RaittSlipstream
25The WallflowersGlad All Over
26Beth OrtonSugaring Season
27Norah Jones…Little Broken Hearts
28JD McPhersonSigns & Signifiers
29Dar WilliamsIn the Time of Gods
30Passion PitGossamer
31Aimee MannCharmer
33Dave Matthews BandAway from the World
34Delta SpiritDelta Spirit
35GotyeMaking Mirrors
36Great Lake SwimmersNew Wild Everywhere
37Mayer HawthorneHow Do You Do
38Sharon Van EttenTramp
39Glen HansardRhythm and Repose
40Ingrid MichaelsonHuman Again
41First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
42John MayerBorn and Raised
43Blitzen TrapperAmerican Goldwing
44Amadou & MariamFolila
45Heartless BastardsArrow
46Simone FeliceSimone Felice
47Patti SmithBanga
48Father John MistyFear Fun
49Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
50Neil YoungAmericana
1Tedeschi Trucks BandMade Up Mind
2Iron & WineGhost on Ghost
3KT TunstallInvisible Empire/Crescent Moon
4The MavericksIn Time
5Vampire WeekendModern Vampires of the City
6Steve Martin & Edie BrickellLove Has Come For You
7Jason IsbellSoutheastern
8The NationalTrouble Will Find Me
9David BowieThe Next Day
10Jake BuggJake Bugg
11Frightened RabbitPedestrian Verse
12Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
13Elvis Costello & The RootsWise Up Ghost
14Avett BrothersMagpie and the Dandelion
15The Head & The HeartLet’s Be Still
16Valerie JunePushin’ Against a Stone
17Johnny MarrThe Messenger
18Mayer HawthorneWhere Does This Door Go
19Joseph ArthurThe Ballad of Boogie Christ
20Laura VeirsWarp and Weft
21Dr. DogB-Room
22Thao & The Get Down Stay DownWe the Common
23Black Joe LewisElectric Slave
24Billy BraggTooth & Nail
25Blitzen TrapperVII
26Laura MarlingOnce I Was an Eagle
27Jack JohnsonFrom Here to Now to You
28J.J. Grey & MofroThis River
30Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny IrionWassaic Way
31Josh RitterThe Beast In Its Tracks
32Mavis StaplesOne True Vine
33Patty GriffinAmerican Kid
34Brett DennenSmoke and Mirrors
35Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
36DawesStories Don’t End
37Jesse DeeOn My Mind/In My Heart
38John FogertyWrote a Song for Everyone
39Fitz & the TantrumsMore Than Just a Dream
40Camera ObscuraDesire Lines
41Gary Clark, Jr.Blak and Blu
42The James Hunter SixMinute By Minute
43Sigur RosKveikur
44Gov’t MuleShout!
45The Lone BellowThe Lone Bellow
46Erin McKeownManifestra
48Michael Franti & SpearheadAll People
49Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
50Buddy GuyRhythm & Blues
1Jack WhiteLazaretto
2St. VincentSt. Vincent
3SpoonThey Want My Soul
4Rosanne CashThe River and The Thread
6Lake Street DiveBad Self Portraits
7War on DrugsLost In the Dream
8Counting CrowsSomewhere Under Wonderland
9Arcade FireReflector
10Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsGive The People What They Want
11The Black KeysTurn Blue
12New PornographersBrill Bruisers
13First Aid KitStay Gold
14Johnny CashOut Among the Stars
15Sean RoweMadman
16Okkervil RiverThe Silver Gymnasium
17Ryan AdamsRyan Adams
18Nicole AtkinsSlow Phaser
19Jake BuggShangri La
20Foster the PeopleSupemodel
21Boy and BearHarlequin Dream 
22Broken BellsAfter the Disco
24Sharon Van EttenAre We There
25Nickel CreekA Dotted Line
26Delta SpiritInto the Wide
27The BothThe Both
28Trombone ShortySay This To Say That
29Lucinda WilliamsDown Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
30G. Love & Special SauceSugar
31MorrisseyWorld Peace Is None of Your Business
32Bastille Bad Blood
33Jenny LewisThe Voyager
34BeckMorning Phase
35ElbowThe Take Off And Landing Of Everything
36Billy Joe Armstrong/Norah Jones Foreverly
37TemplesSun Structures
38Sarah McLachlanShine On
39The Hold SteadyTeeth Dreams
41The KooksListen
42Chrissie HyndeStockholm
43Robert Plantlullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
44Old Crow Medicine ShowRemedy
45U2Songs of Innocence 
46Ray LaMontagneSupernova
47Conor OberstUpside Down Mountain
48FanfarloLet’s Go Extinct
49Old 97sMost Messed Up
50Damon AlbarnEveryday Robots
1Alabama ShakesSound and Color
2Jason IsbellSomething More than Free
3Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
4Rhiannon GiddensTomorrow is My Turn
5Leon BridgesComing Home
6Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
8Florence & the MachineHow Big, How Beautiful, How Blue
9J.D. McPhersonLet the Good Times Roll
10Belle & SebastianGirls in Peacetime Want to Dance
11My Morning JacketThe Waterfall
12Josh RitterSermon on the Rocks
13The DecemberistsWhat a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
14Brandi CarlileThe Firewatcher’s Daughter
15Mumford & SonsWilder Mind
16Glen HansardDidn’t He Ramble
17Kacey MusgravesPageant Material
18CalexicoEdge of the Sun
19The Barr BrothersSleeping Operator
20Patty GriffinServant of Love
21WilcoStar Wars
22Death Cab For CutieKintsugi
23GalacticInto the Deep
24Kasey ChambersBittersweet
25KopeckyDrug for the Modern Age
26The Lone BellowThen Came the Morning
27Tame ImpalaCurrents
28VillagersDarling Arithmetic
29BlurThe Magic Whip
30Dar WilliamsEmerald
32Son LittleSon Little
33Lord HuronStrange Trails
34The MavericksMono
35Of Monsters and MenBeneath the Skin
36Laura MarlingShort Movie
37Ryan BinghamFear and Saturday Night
38The ArcsYours, Dreamily
39Sonny LandrethBound by the Blues
40TV on the RadioSeeds
41BeirutNo No No
42Best CoastCalifornia Nights
43Los LobosGates of Gold
44Modest MouseStrangers to Ourselves
45DawesAll Your Favorite Bands
46The WeepiesSirens
47Warren HaynesAshes & Dust
48Ivan & AlyoshaIt’s All Just Pretend
49Richard ThompsonStill
50Benjamin BookerBenjamin Booker
1Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate
3David BowieBlackstar
4RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
5Margaret GlaspyEmotions & Math
6Frightened RabbitPainting of a Panic Attack
7Lake Street DiveSide Pony
8The LumineersCleopatra
9William BellThis Is Where I Live
10Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth
11Andrew BirdAre You Serious
12City & ColourIf I Should Go Before You
13Charles BradleyChanges
14Paul SimonStranger to Stranger
15Beth OrtonKidsticks
16Kurt Vileb’lieve i’m goin down
17LuciusGood Grief
18Local NativesSunlit Youth
19Norah JonesDay Breaks
20Blood OrangeFreetown Sound
21Avett BrothersTrue Sadness
22JosephI’m Alone, No You’re Not
24The Record CompanyGive It Back To You
25Sara WatkinsYoung in All the Wrong Ways
26The James Hunter SixHold On
27LissieMy Wild West
28Marcus King BandMarcus King Band
29Mavis StaplesLivin’ on a High Note
30Blind PilotAnd Then Like Lions
31Band of HorsesWhy Are You Okay?
32Oh WonderOh Wonder
33ColdplayA Head Full of Dreams
34Iggy PopPost Pop Depression
36John DoeThe Westerner
37Andra DayCheers to the Fall
38Dr. DogThe Psychedelic Swamp
39Bonnie RaittDig in Deep
40Sam Roberts BandTerraForm
41Sam Beam & Jesca HoopLove Letter For Fire
42Violent FemmesWe Can Do Anything
43Basia BulatGood Advice
44G. Love & Special SauceLove Saves the Day
45The Head & The HeartSigns Of Light
46Tedeschi Trucks BandLet Me Get By
47The JayhawksPaging Mr. Proust
48Amos LeeSpirit
49Steve Martin & Edie BrickellSo Familiar
50St. Paul & The Broken BonesSea of Noise
1Jason IsbellThe Nashville Sound
2Regina SpektorRemember Us To Life
3The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
4Rhiannon GiddensFreedom Highway
5Bon Iver22, A Million
6Nicole AtkinsGoodnight Rhonda Lee
7Sean RoweNew Lore
8The xxI See You
9Beth DittoFake Sugar
10SpoonHot Thoughts
11Valerie JuneThe Order Of Time
12Future IslandsThe Far Field
13John LegendDarkness & Light
14ElbowLittle Fictions
15Hurray For The Riff RaffThe Navigator
16Aimee MannMental Illness
17The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
18Iron & WineBeast Epic
19SinkaneLife & Livin’ It
20Josh RitterGathering
21Nikki LaneHighway Queen
22JD McPhersonUndivided Heart and Soul
23The ShinsHeartworms
24The MavericksBrand New Day
25Ryan AdamsPrisoner
26The NationalSleep Well Beast
27Tanika CharlesSoul Run
28Father John MistyPure Comedy
30Jack JohnsonAll The Light Above It Too
31Fleet FoxesCrack-up
32Portugal the ManWoodstock
33Grizzly BearPainted Ruins
34The Rolling StonesBlue & Lonesome
35HaimSomething To Tell You
36Black Joe Lewis & The HoneybearsBacklash
37Dan AuerbachWaiting on a Song
38Sheryl CrowBe Myself
39Arcade FireEverything Now
40Gregg AllmanSouthern Blood
41Conor OberstSalutations
42Deb TalanLucky Girl
43Laura MarlingSemper Femina
44GrandaddyLast Place
45The Barr BrothersQueens of the Breakers
46Benjamin BookerWitness
47The Lone BellowWalk Into a Storm
48Son LittleNew Magic
49Bob WeirBlue Mountain
50Robyn HitchcockRobyn Hitchcock
1Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
2Janelle MonaeDirty Computer
3Florence & The MachineHigh As Hope
4St. VincentMasseduction
5David ByrneAmerican Utopia
6Leon BridgesGood Thing
7Angelique KidjoRemain In Light
8Brandi CarlileBy the Way, I Forgive You
9Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsTearing At the Seams
10Dr. DogCritical Equation
11Amanda ShiresTo the Sunset
12Paul McCartneyEgypt Station
13Cat PowerWanderer
14DeVotchkaThis Night Falls Forever
15Neko CaseHell-On
16PhosphorescentC’est La Vie
17Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
18The War and TreatyHealing Tide
19Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel + Casino
21Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
22St. Paul & The Broken BonesYoung Sick Camellia
23Death Cab For CutieThank You For Today
24Laura VeirsThe Lookout
25Elvis CostelloLook Now
26Middle KidsLost Friends
27Ray LamontagnePart of the Light
28Lake Street DiveFree Yourself Up
29Low Cut ConnieDirty Pictures (Part 2)
30The Record CompanyAll Of This Life
31SaintsenecaPillar of Na
32Glen HansardBetween Two Shores
33Marcus King BandCarolina Confessions
34Betty LaVetteThings Have Changed
35Anderson EastEncore
36The DecemberistsI’ll Be Your Girl
37Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
38Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
39tUnE-yArDsAll Nerve
40Langhorne Slim Lost at Last Volume 1
41Shemekia CopelandAmerica’s Child
42Lucy DacusHistorian
43CalexicoThe Thread That Keeps Us
44First Aid KitRuins
46Mavis StaplesIf All I Was Was Black
47JD McPhersonUndivided Heart and Soul
48Paul SimonIn the Blue Light
49KT TunstallWax
50Portugal. The ManWoodstock

For WYEP’s top 50 albums of 2019, you’ll have to wait until New Year’s Day to hear and see that list…