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The Best Albums of 2010: Most-Listed Long-Players

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Mike Diver Mike Diver | 12:08 UK time, Friday, 24 December 2010

Just for fun, I've totted up all of our top five albums of 2010 lists - find them all here, with contributions from a selection of BBC radio presenters and critics - to see which record received the most nods. Now, these aren't votes, and there's no scoring system in place. But one album was listed more times than any other - and it's one that I didn't put in my own top five (although it'd be at six).

And that album is High Violet by The National. It's the Brooklyn-based band's fifth long-player, and earned a double-thumbs-up from Zane Lowe, Stuart Maconie and Bob Harris, as well as writers James Skinner and Ben Patashnik. It's also ever so slightly brilliant, but don't take our word alone for that - it won Best Album at this year's Q Awards, and has a score of 85 on Metacritic (external link). Read the BBC review of it, and listen to a preview of every track, here.

A number of albums were listed three times (but not one four times) - these are below, with links to the relevant BBC review where preview clips can be heard.

Drake - Thank Me Later (review/previews)
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (review/previews)
Deftones - Diamond Eyes (review/previews)
Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here (review/previews)
John Grant - Queen of Denmark (review/previews)
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today (review/previews)
Gayngs - Relayted (reviews/previews)

Not a bad array of records at all, there. You can tell us about your favourite(s) of 2010 by commenting below.

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