Listeners Pick 2010's Best Music (So Far)

NPR listeners cast thousands of votes for the year's best music to date and kept the race tight. In the end, Gorillaz edged out every other artist with the sprawling and inspired album Plastic Beach to take the No. 1 spot. The National, The Black Keys, Broken Bells and LCD Soundsystem rounded out the Top 5.

Regardless of how the votes fell, it was an exciting chance to pause and look back on what an incredible year it's been for music so far, to rediscover a few of our favorites, and to spend time with some of the albums and artists we may have missed.

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1. Plastic Beach

2. High Violet

3. Brothers

4. Broken Bells

5. This Is Happening

6. Contra

7. Teen Dream

9. Transference

10. Treats

11. Gorilla Manor

12. Odd Blood

13. Together

14. Cosmogramma

15. Volume Two

16. Infinite Arms

17. Go

18. Tomorrow, In A Year

19. Forgiveness Rock Record

20. I Learned the Hard Way

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