Top 25 Albums of the Decade: #11–15

(from left to right): Twenty One Pilots, Taylor Swift, Paramore

Ah, yes. The last decade. 2010–2019. It was an incredible decade for music, a transitional one. It was the “boom” of streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. In more recent years, genre-spanning artists such as Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish started massive takeovers.

In the next week or so, I will relay my favorite albums of the entire decade spanning from pop albums from Taylor Swift or Lorde to alt-rockers Linkin Park and even rapper NF. This is №11 — №15.

#15. Twenty One Pilots — Blurryface (2015)

Although Trench might be my most admirable Twenty One Pilots album, its predecessor LP Blurryface is the band’s best album of their three bigger albums. After breaking onto the alt-rock scene with Vessel in 2013, Twenty One Pilots returned in 2015 with their most mainstream album to date. Even in 2017, the duo received a GRAMMY for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. And they even broke out huge with their single, “Heathens.” Releasing a near opposite album two years later was only perfect.

#14. Paramore — After Laughter (2017)

Don’t get me wrong, I love Paramore. But here’s a hot take — After Laughter is Paramore’s only album with absolutely zero bad songs on it. Regardless, I think it’s pretty obvious that After Laughter is significantly better than 2013’s self-titled. What’s more? Paramore almost didn’t even release this record. I’m so glad we were able to hear it.

#13. Taylor Swift — Red (2012)

Ah, we knew Taylor Swift would pop up again on my list after appearing in the first snippet of albums. Swift’s 2012 album Red might be considered by many as Taylor Swift’s oddest record, but I think that’s what I love so much about it. From the hit anthem “22” or “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” the album would be her last — thus far — with country overtones.

#12. PVRIS — White Noise (2014)

PVRIS’ debut is one of my favorite of the decade. Their debut album, White Noise, reminded me of Panic! At the Disco’s onslaught into music with Fever. Hearing this album for the first time highly inspired me to interview bigger and bigger artists. Soon enough, I talked with Lynn about this album and it was incredibly nervous, which ended up working out.

#11. The Maine — Lovely, Little, Lonely (2017)

The Maine’s best album is Lovely, Little, Lonely and I am willing to die on that hill. Although You Are OK is great, LLL is cohesive and holds a ton of meaning for a lot of people. From “Taxi” and “Don’t Come Down,” the album feels like a movie.

Top 25 Albums of the Decade: #16–20

16. Fun. — Some Nights (2012)
17. Kesha — Rainbow (2017)
18. Sigrid — Sucker Punch (2019)
19. Bleachers — Strange Desire (2014)
20. The 1975 — A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (2018)

Top 25 Albums of the Decade: #21–25

21. Pale Waves — My Mind Makes Noises (2018)
22. Billie Eilish — When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
23. Taylor Swift — Speak Now (2010)
24. Troye Sivan — Bloom (2018)
25. Panic! At the Disco — Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! (2013)

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