Music Data Visualisation: End of Year Top Albums 2010

If you’re like me and you don’t have time to look at every Thom, Mick and Iggy’s “2010 Best Album” list. Head straight for the buffet of the most respected “2010 Best Album” lists –an incredibly thorough, beautifully designed, interactive data visualisation.

End of Year Top Albums 2010 [zoho.co.uk] provides a visual summary of the most successful music albums in 2010, based on the aggregation of a large variety of music rankings and charts, ranging from Amazon.com‘s list, over the Daily Telegraph to Rolling Stone and The Times).

It’s no surprise that the ubiquitous “Indie Rock” genre was the top genre overall with an average of 12 albums from the genre in every “Best Album” list used.

Explore the year’s best albums by genre, see how many lists your favourite artist snuck on to or browse the each individual “Best Album” list separately. This is the best news since the music blog for people who don’t have time for music blogs. And there’s a full explanation from the developer here.

Here are the charts used to create the Best Album of 2010 chart:

A.V. Club, Amazon, American Songwriter, Billboard, Bowlegs, Clash, Consequence of Sound, Daily Telegraph, Drowned in Sound, Faster Louder, Gorilla vs. Bear, Mojo, MusicOMH, NME, No Ripcord, Paste, Pitchfork, PopMatters, Prefix, Q Magazine, Rave Magazine, Rhapsody SoundBoard, Rolling Stone, Rough Trade, Slant Magazine, Spin, Spinner, State, Stereogum, The Fly, The Guardian, The Line Of Best Fit, The Quietus, The Skinny, The Tidal Wave of Indifference, The Times, Tiny Mix Tapes and Uncut.

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