One of the big themes about entertainment in the past decade is the incomprehensible explosion of available content in every medium. While this may be a recent development in cinema and television, it’s been the case for music for centuries, or even millennia. Since humans have been banging on rocks and clapping their hands, really. Of course, it was a little more recent than that when recorded music became readily available.

This is all to say, I of course haven’t listened to every album of the past ten years that made its way onto SoundCloud or Spotify, or even all the Billboard chart-toppers. But I did listen to enough of them to be able to assemble a vibrant and varied soundtrack of my life in the 2010s. Here are the musical collections of the era that I just haven’t been able to stop pushing play on.

[4/2/20 2:00 PM UPDATE: This post originally mistakenly included Justice’s , which came out in 2007.]

20. Duck Sauce, Quack – The soundtrack for every one in the world to dance like a dopey duck.
19. Lana Del Rey, Norman Fucking Rockwell! – Lana has taken up permanent residence in the Land of Modern Myth.
18. Beyoncé, Lemonade – Something like the entire human history of America through the prism of one woman’s journey.
17. Solange, A Seat at the Table – A bird letting us know with certainty that she will be spreading her wings.
16. Childish Gambino, Awaken, My Love! – Never count out the transformative power of psychedelic funk.
15. Avicii, True – A lovely, vulnerable, heart-fully-on-its-sleeve landmark accomplishment.
14. Miguel, Wildheart – The R&B/Soul Cloud 9 Sound of Our Time
13. My Morning Jacket, Circuital – An emanation from the elemental light within.
12. Lorde, Pure Heroine – Every generation has its young old soul.
11. Justice, Audio, Video, Disco – In which Justice ask, “What if ELO were EDM?”
10. The Chemical Brothers, No Geography – The apocalypse will be met with a party.
9. David Bowie, – Missives from the Death Bed Throne.
8. Disclosure, Settle – New sounds and new complications in a genre that surely needed them.
7. D’Angelo & the Vanguard, Black Messiah – It’s good to be reminded that social consciousness can be this sexy.
6. Tame Impala, Currents – Our psychedelic love story continues deliciously.
5. The Black Keys, Brothers – We should all have a garage to make sweet music with our best bud, if not literally, then at least metaphorically.
4. Daft Punk, Random Access Memories – Disco returns to make us all feel like masters of our dance music universe.
3. Tame Impala, Lonerism – A vibrant punch as dark times loom.
2. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – The ideal nexus of genius and madness.
1. St. Vincent, Strange Mercy – Just really muscular plucking, singing, distortion, and songwriting.