2010 Top Ten List Spotlight: John Richards

photo by Christopher Nelson

When it comes to albums released in 2010, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who’s pored over them more intensely than a KEXP DJ. So, what were their favorites? Which CDs did they reach for the most, or, uh, “click on” the most in their iTunes players? Find out as KEXP looks at each DJ’s list through the month of December, leading up to our 2010 Top 90.3 Countdown, as voted on by YOU, the KEXP listener! Voting ends on Monday, December 20th, so let us know your favorites now.

John Richards’s 2010 Top Ten Albums

rank album artist label
1 Halcyon Digest Deerhunter 4AD
2 Total Life Forever Foals Sub Pop
3 The Suburbs Arcade Fire Merge
4 Phosphene Dream Black Angels Blue Horizon
5 All Night Houses Lefse
6 Fences Fences Onto
7 Teen Dream Beach House Sub Pop
8 Treats Sleigh Bells Mom + Pop
9 Pickin Up the Pieces Fitz & The Tantrums Dangerbird
10 This is Happening LCD Soundsystem DFA/Virgin

John Richards is the host of The Morning Show, airing Monday through Friday, 6-10AM.

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  1. Nick
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Good list.

    One question: Why isn’t The National’s High Violet on the list of albums of 2010 (to vote on for top 90.3)? It was released in May ’10 and in my opinion is the album of the year.

  2. Smucker
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Nick @1 – I just saw The National on the list filed under “T” — THE National.

  3. Travis A
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Because it’s John’s top ten, not Nick’s top ten… That sum it up?

  4. A girl
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Where is Head Like a Kite!?!

  5. Jason Jonczak
    Posted December 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Did you happen to listen to Tame Impala and their album Inner Speaker?

  6. Wukongzero
    Posted December 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Halcyon Digest….yeah baby!

  7. lesley
    Posted December 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    very nice. i’m not much for sleigh bells, but all in all, a great list. nice going, john.

  8. Brian
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Great list! I love Deerhunter…

    Also really enjoyed the Foals album as well.

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