DIY Albums Of The Year: The Winner Is…

And the winner of our writers’ Album of the Year poll is….

It’s getting towards the end of the year, which means The Season Of The Lists. DIY is no different (sorry, list haters); we’ve been polling our crack team of writers, editors and various other helpers to pull together our albums (and a few EPs and mini albums) of the year - from a list of hundreds of nominations we’ve counted the points and come down to a top 50. Some very good records made the list, some very good records just missed out; such is democracy.

Over the past two weeks we’ve been counting down our top 50, whilst you’ve been voting in our Readers’ Album of the Year poll. That vote closes at MIDDAY TODAY, but we can now reveal our writers’ pick as Album of the Year 2010 as…..


At the end of the day, ‘High Violet’ took our poll of contributors by a considerable margin. While at the lower reaches of the countdown a single vote could move an album up the list considerably, there was rarely any doubt of The National’s place at the summit.

Our full top 50 reads:

1. The National - High Violet
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
3. Sleigh Bells - Treats
4. Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
5. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
6. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
7. No Age - Everything In Between
8. These New Puritans - Hidden
9. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
10. 65daysofstatic - We Were Exploding Anyway
11. Foals - Total Life Forever
12. Liars - Sisterworld
13. Pulled Apart By Horses - Self Titled
14. Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring
15. Girls - Broken Dreams Club EP
16. Caribou - Swim
17. Weezer - Hurley
18. Sky Larkin - Kaleide
19. Warpaint - The Fool
20. Beach House - Teen Dream
21. Broken Records - Let Me Come Home
22. The Morning Benders - Big Echo
23. Zola Jesus - Stridulum II
24. Glasser - Ring
25. Robyn - Body Talk
26. Salem - King Night
27. Vampire Weekend - Contra
28. MGMT - Congratulations
29. Mystery Jets - Serotonin
30. Wavves - King of the Beach
31. Women - Public Strain
32. Perfume Genius - Learning
33. Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws
34. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
35. Errors - Come Down With Me
36. Former Ghosts - New Love
37. Wild Nothing - Gemini
38. Grinderman - Grinderman 2
39. Meursault - All Creatures Will Make Merry
40. Forest Swords - Dagger Paths
41. Deftones - Diamond Eyes
42. Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
43. My Chemical Romance - Danger Days
44. Les Savy Fav - Root For Ruin
45. Everything Everything - Man Alive
46. The Xcerts - Scatterbrain
47. The Futureheads - The Chaos
48. Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner
49. Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks
50. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

You’ve still got a couple of hours to vote in our Readers Poll, which currently reads quite differently. We’ll be revealing the results of that this afternoon. Get voting!