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Billboard staff selects 100 greatest albums of the decade. Who topped the list?

As the decade draws to a close, the lists of “best,” “greatest,” “worst” and “favorites” of the past 10 years will be coming fast and furious.

Only one album beat out Beyonce’s “Lemonade” to top the list of Billboard’s 100 Favorite Albums of the 2010s. Which one was it?
Only one album beat out Beyonce’s “Lemonade” to top the list of Billboard’s 100 Favorite Albums of the 2010s. Which one was it?
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The end of the decade is coming, as are the lists of “the decade’s best fill-in-the-blank.”

When it comes to music, it’s almost impossible to assemble a “top ten” list, so Billboard went the distance and created a staff-curated list — “The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s” — to sum up a decade which they describe as being “defined by too-big-to-fail pop blockbusters and surprise indie rock breakthroughs, by sprawling hip-hop masterworks and personal R&B statements, by throwback classic country records and genre-less, shape-shifting hybrid LPs, by endless rollouts for long-anticipated comeback albums, and by surprise game-changing sets that dropped out of the sky on a Thursday night.”

So, let’s kick off the look back at the past 10 years on some high notes, courtesy of Billboard. And if you want to know the reasons why each of the choices made the list, you can read all about it here.

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper — “A Star Is Born”(original soundtrack, 2018) Interscope

100. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper — “A Star Is Born”(original soundtrack, 2018)

99. Lady Antebellum — “Need You Now” (2010)

98. Japandroids — “Celebration Rock” (2012)

97. Porter Robinson — “Worlds” (2014)

96. Ed Sheeran — “x” (Multiply) (2014)

95. Chris Stapleton — “Traveller” (2015)

Lady Antebellum — “Need You Now” (2010) Capitol Records Nashville

94. Nipsey Hussle — “Victory Lap” (2018)

93. P!nk — “The Truth About Love” (2012)

92. Ozuna — “Odisea” (2017)

91. Miley Cyrus — “#Bangerz” (2013)

90. Against Me! — “Dysphoria Blues” (2014)

89. Childish Gambino — “Awaken, My Love” (2016)

“Childish Gambino — Awaken, My Love!”
“Childish Gambino — Awaken, My Love!”
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88. Sky Ferreira —Time, My Time” (2013)

87. Brandi Carlile — “By the Way, I Forgive You” (2018)

86. Jonas Brothers — “Happiness Begins” (2019)

85. J. Cole — “2014 Forest Hills Drive” (2014)

84. Rihanna — “Loud” (2010)

83. Travis Scott — “Astroworld” (2018)

82. The 1975 — “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it” (2016)

J. Cole — “2014 Forest Hills Drive” Columbia/Dreamville

81. Mumford & Sons — “Sigh No More” (2010)

80. Camila Cabello — “Camila” (2017)

79. Courtney Barnett — “Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit” (2015)

78. Adele — “25” (2015)

77. Arctic Monkeys — “AM” (2013)

76. Lil Uzi Vert — “Luv Is Rage 2”

75. Charli XCX — “True Romance” (2013)

74. Twenty One Pilots — “Blurryface” (2015)

73. Kesha — “Rainbow” (2017)

72. Jenni Rivera — “Joyas Prestadas” (2011)

71. Maggie Rogers — “Heard It in a Past Life” (2019)

70. Mac Miller — “Swimming” (2018)

Mac Miller — “Swimming” REMember Music and Warner Records

69. Bruno Mars — “Magic” (2016)

68. HAIM — “Days Are Gone” (2013)

67. Rae Sremmurd — “Sremmlife” (2015)

66. Perfume Genius — “No Shape” (2017)

65. Lizzo — “Cuz I Love You” (2019)

64. Maren Morris — “HERO” (2016)

63. Tegan and Sara — “Heartthrob” (2013)

62. Kanye West — “Yeezus” (2013)

61. Sam Hunt — “Montevallo” (2014)

60. Florence + The Machine — “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.” (2015)

59. Pusha T — “Daytona” (2018)

58. Sufjan Stevens — “Carrie & Lowell” (2015)

57. Calvin Harris — “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1” (2017)

56. Bon Iver — “Bon Iver” (2011)

55. The Black Keys — “Brothers” (2010)

P!nk — “The Truth About Love” (2012) RCA

54. Tyler, the Creator — “IGOR” (2010)

53. Jay-Z — “4:44” (2018)

52. Anderson .Paak — “Malibu” (2016)

51. Taylor Swift — “Speak Now” (2010)

50. Carly Rae Jepsen — “Emotion” (2015)

49. David Bowie — “Blackstar” (2016)

Taylor Swift — “Speak Now” Big Machine Records

48. Kendrick Lamar — “DAMN.” (2017)

47. J Balvin — “Vibras” (2017)

46. Disclosure — “Settle” (2013)

45. Drake — “Nothing Was the Same” (2013)

44. Various Artists — “Hamilton: An American Musical” (cast album, 2015)

43. One Direction — “Four” (2014)

42. Sam Smith — “In the Lonely Hour” (2014)

41. Grimes — “Art Angels” (2015)

40. Future — “DS2” (2015)

39. LCD Soundsystem — “This Is Happening” (2010)

38. Ariana Grande — “Sweetener” (2018)

37. Paramore — “Paramore” (2013)

36. D’Angelo and the Vanguard — “Black Messiah” (2014)

35. Chance the Rapper — “Acid Rap” 2013)

34. Fiona Apple — “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do” (2012)

33. Janelle Monae — “Dirty Computer” (2018)

32. Tame Impala — “Currents” (2015)

31. Lana Del Rey — “Born to Die” (2012)

Bruno Mars — “Magic”
Atlantic Records

30. Justin Bieber — “Purpose” (2015)

29. Miguel — “Kaleidoscope Dream” (2012)

28. Frank Ocean — “Blond” (2018)

27. Billie Eilish — “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” (2019)

26. Arcade Fire — “The Suburbs” (2010)

25. Rosalia — “El Mal Querer” (2018)

24. Jay-Z & Kanye West — “Watch the Throne” (2011)

23. Lorde — “Pure Heroine” (2013)

22. SZA — “Ctrl” (2017)

21. Lady Gaga — “Born This Way” (2011)

20. The Weeknd — “House of Balloons” (2011)

19. Taylor Swift — “1989” (2014)

18. Vampire Weekend — “Modern Vampires of the City” (2013)

17. Solange — “A Seat at the Table” (2016)

16. Drake — “Take Care” (2011)

15. Kendrick Lamar — “good kid, m.A.A.d city” (2012)

14. Katy Perry — “Teenage Dream” (2010)

13. Cardi B — “Invasion of Privacy” (2018)

Cardi B — “Invasion of Privacy” Atlantic/KSR

12. Daft Punk — “Random Access Memories” (2013)

11. Beyoncé — “Beyonce” (2013)

10. Adele — “21” (2011)

9. Robyn — “Body Talk” (2010)

8. Ariana Grande — “Thank U Next” (2019)

Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia

7. Rihanna — Anti” (2018)

6. Kacey Musgraves — “Golden Hour” (2018)

5. Kendrick Lamar —”To Pimp a Butterfly” (2016)

4. Taylor Swift — “Red” (2012)

3. Frank Ocean — “Channel Orange” (2012)

2. Beyoncé — “Lemonade” (2016)

1. Kanye West — “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (2010)

 Kanye West — “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” Def Jam