On the heels of publishing their controversial list of the 200 best songs of the 2010s, Pitchfork has ranked what they believe are the top 200 albums of the past decade.
On her third studio album,The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj came closest to putting it all together: rapping and singing, EDM and hip-hop, seriousness and ridiculousness... No one will mistake The Pinkprint for a tightly-constructed masterpiece like its namesake, JAY-Z's 2001 album The Blueprint, but the album helped add depth and dimension to Minaj's image and blaze a stylistic trail for future rappers like Cardi B. It would also prove to be the creative high point in Minaj's decade.
100. Ariana Grande, Sweetener (2018)
47. Carly Rae Jepsen, E•MO•TION (2015)
E•MO•TION marked the end of Carly Rae Jepsen, wholesome chart-topper, and the beginning of CRJ, patron saint of just going for it... Though E•MO•TION was initially considered something of a commercial flop, it became, along with a few other LPs, emblematic of a certain 2010s trend: the rise of the mainstream pop star swerving to collect her indie cred.
12. Rihanna, ANTI (2016)
1. Frank Ocean, Blonde (2016)
Frank Ocean is the hinge artist of our time, the true voice of a generation because he takes long silences. With Blonde and its attendant works, his Boys Don't Cry zine and Endless, he took his time building his staircase to somewhere. Elusive and independent, he weaves from genre to genre, sometimes shifting gears to obliterate category altogether, as he cruises past the conventions the culture still fears to let go.
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Did your favorite album(s) make the cut? What are they?