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Best of 2010

My favorite albums of 2010, in no particular order:

  • Go, by Jónsi: From a member of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós comes the most joyful set of songs I’ve heard in a long while. Listening to it will boost your spirits, no matter what.

  • Destroyer of the Void, by Blitzen Trapper: Folk-rock rarely has sounded so good. And how could you not love a band named after one of Santa’s reindeer and a Mead pocket folder?

  • Mojo, by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: The best album Petty has put out in 20 years. Favorite songs: “First Flash of Freedom” and “Good Enough.” (I previously raved about it here.)

  • Come Home to Me, by The Famous: The guys in this San Francisco band should be what their name says they are. Alas, they remain one of rock’s best-kept secrets. (Also, they sent me a free t-shirt because of this.)

  • Americano, by The Krayolas: They sound like the Tex-Mex Beatles. I like a couple of their earlier albums a little more, but this one has gems such as “Exit/Salida” and “Fruteria.” After a listen, I find myself humming them for days.

  • Sigh No More, by Mumford & Sons: Banjos and bass drums. NROnik Shannen Coffin recommended this one a few weeks ago and I can’t stop listening.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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