Top Albums of 2010


* indicates Canadian Content
** indicates a local artist

1 Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce** Tales from Lenny's Diner (Independent)
2 Broken Social Scene* Forgiveness Rock Record (Arts and Crafts)
3 The Beatdown* The Beatdown (Stomp)
4 GBH Perfume and Piss (Hellcat)
5 Stars* The Five Ghosts (Soft Revolution)
6 New Pornographers* Together (Last Gang)
7 The Brains* Zombie Nation (Stomp)
8 The Dreadnoughts* Polka's Not Dead (Stomp)
9 Harry Manx* Bread and Buddha (Dog My Cat)
10 Margit Bull** All Life Long (Independent)
11 D.O.A.* Talk-Action=0 (Sudden Death)
12 Downchild* I Need a Hat (Linus)
13 The Hypnophonics* Last Band on Earth (Stomp)
14 Women* Public Strain (Flemish Eye)
15 Plants and Animals* La La Land (Secret City)
16 Rae Spoon* Love is a Hunter (Saved by Radio)
17 The Squish** Little Spaces (Bestest)
18 Diamond Rings* Special Affections (Secret City)
19 Courtney Farquhar* Nowhere I'd Rather Be (Independent)
20 Damned Grave** The Eternal Sea (Independent)
21 100 Mile House* From Fall to Fall (Independent)
22 The Cute Lepers Smart Accessories (1234 Go!)
23 El Guincho Pop Negro (Young Turks)
24 Cat Empire Cinema (Two Shoes)
25 Knucklehead* Hearts on Fire (Stumble)
26 Various Artists Tribute to a Reggae Legend (Putumayo)
27 The Cottars* Feast (Rounder)
28 The Black Keys Brothers (Nonesuch)
29 Bent By Elephants* This is Water (Independent)
30 Joey Kitson* Stan (Ground Swell)
31 Cancer Bats* Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones (Distort)
32 Fields of Green* Blanktown (Independent)
33 Thee Manipulators* Ease Up on the Breakdowns! (Neptoon)
34 The John Henrys* White Linen (9LB)
35 Tin Star Orphans* The Days of Blinding Fear (Sparks)
36 The Idlers* Keep Out (Independent)
37 Mad Sin Burn and Rise (People Like Your)
38 CFCF* Continent (Paper Bag)
39 Howard Gladstone* Roots and Rain (Independent)
40 The Sadies* Darker Circles (Yep Roc)
41 Streetlight Manifesto 99 Songs of Revolution Vol. 1 (Victory)
42 The Creepshow* They All Fall Down (Stomp)
43 Various Artists Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010 (Matador)
44 Rita Chiarelli* Sweet Paradise (Independent)
45 Keith and Renee* Detours (Independent)
46 Zoo Lion* Nothing Automatic (Independent)
47 Les Copeland** Don't Let the Devil In (Earwig)
48 PS I Love You* Meet Me at the Muster Station (Paper Bag)
49 Jeff Healey* Last Call (Stony Plain)
50 Zeus* Say Us (Arts and Crafts)
51 Fucked Up* Couple Tracks (Matador)
52 Cowboy Junkies* Remnin Park (Latent)
53 The Arcade Fire* The Suburbs (Merge)
54 The Flaming Lips Dark Side of the Moon (Warner)
55 The Slackers The Great Rock-Steady Swindle (Hellcat)
56 Rodney DeCroo* Queen Mary Trash (Northern Electric)
57 Moonshine Ramblers* Moonshine Ramblers (Independent)
58 JC Campbell* Lazy James (Strongfront)
59 Kim Beggs* Blue Bones (Black Hen)
60 Cairo** Cairo (Independent)
61 Tokyo Police Club* Champ (Mean Beard)
62 Asani* Listen (Independent)
63 Anita Eccleston Trio** Anita Eccleston Trio EP (Independent)
64 Friendlyness and Human Rights* One Thing (Independent)
65 Elizabeth Shepherd* Heavy Falls the Night (Do Right!)
66 Katherine Moller* By Request (Independent)
67 Miss Quincy* Your Mama Don't Like Me (Independent)
68 Various Artists Unheard Ofs and Forgotten Abouts (Tompkins Square)
69 Brasstronaut* Mt. Chimaera (Unfamiliar)
70 Oliver Jones/Hank Jones* Pleased to Meet You (Justin Time)
71 The Bravery Stir the Blood (Island)
72 Joey Only Outlaw Band* Transgression Trail (Independent)
73 Great Bloomers* Speak of Trouble (MapleMusic)
74 Grass Mountain Hobos* Zoot! (Independent)
75 Broadcast Zero* Some Concerns Regarding This Revolt (Stumble)
76 Inword* Purify (Independent)
77 Holy Fuck* Latin (XL)
78 Joel Fafard* Cluck Old Hen (Outside)
79 Fred Eaglesmith* Cha Cha Cha (Lonesome Day)
80 The Salteens* Moths (Boompa)
81 Elvis Bossa Nova* Hi, I'm Elvis Bossa Nova (Independent)
82 Lunch at Allen's* More Lunch at Allen's (Linus)
83 Born Ruffians* Say It (Paper Bag)
84 Crystal Castles* Crystal Castles (II) (Last Gang)
85 Tony Allen Secret Agent (Nonesuch)
86 Ghostkeeper* Ghostkeeper (Flemish Eye)
87 Gorillaz Plastic Beach (Parlophone)
88 Annie Lou* Annie Lou (Independent)
89 Noia* Noia (L'Oeil du Tigre)
90 Suuns* Zeroes QC (Secretly Canadian)
91 Corb Lund* Losin' Lately Gambler (New West)
92 We Hunt Buffalo* We Hunt Buffalo EP (Independent)
93 Fine Mist* Public Domain (Independent)
94 The Sheepdogs* Learn and Burn (Independent)
95 Siskiyou* Siskiyou (Constellation)
96 The Pack A.D.* We Kill Computers (Mint)
97 Heiki* Paper and Sound (Independent)
98 O'Mally* Speck (Fiddlehead)
99 Bran Van 3000* The Garden (Audiogram)
100 Young Rival* Young Rival (Sonic Unyon)

CFBX Top 25 Jazz Albums for 2010

1 Jeff Healey* Last Call (Stony Plain)
2 Pyramid* What Time Does the Balloon Go Up? (Independent)
3 Cory Weeds* The Many Deeds of Cory Weeds (Cellar Live)
4 Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce** Tales from Lenny's Diner (Independent)
5 Elizabeth Shepherd* Heavy Falls the Night (Do Right!)
6 Oliver Jones/Hank Jones* Pleased to Meet You (Justin Time)
7 Nikki Yanofsky* Nikki (Decca)
8 The Consonance* Come the Day (Independent)
9 Chris Davis* Baile Bonita (Cellar Live)
10 PJ Perry* Nota Bene (Independent)
11 Christopher Plock* Blue Skies for Loveday (Independent)
12 Hilary Kole You Are There (Justin Time)
13 Bill McBirnie* Mercy (Independent)
14 Budos Band III (Daptone)
15 Anita Eccleston Trio** Anita Eccleston Trio EP (Independent)
16 Elvis Bossa Nova* Hi, I'm Elvis Bossa Nova (Independent)
17 Teresa Doyle* Late Night Parlour (Bedlam)
18 Galactic Ya-Ka-May (Anti)
19 Richard Underhill* Free Spirit (Stubby)
20 Jackee Guillou* Live at the Fire Hall Centre (Independent)
21 Russell DeCarle* Under the Big Big Sky (Independent)
22 Shannon Butcher* Little Hearts (Summer Bloom)
23 Tommy Babin's Benzene* Your Body is Your Prison (Drip Audio)
24 Archie Shepp The New York Contemporary Five (Delmark)
25 Hugh O'Connor* For the First Time (True North)

CFBX Top 25 World Beat/Reggae Albums for 2010

1 Various Artists Tribute to a Reggae Legend (Putumayo)
2 Friendlyness and Human Rights* One Thing (Independent)
3 Amabutho* Sikelela (Alma)
4 Inword* Purify (Independent)
5 Various Artists Panama! 3 (Sound Way)
6 Tony Allen Secret Agent (Nonesuch)
7 Various Artists South Africa (Putumayo)
8 Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars Rise and Shine (Cumbancha)
9 Gamelan Madu Sari* Hive (Songlines)
10 Cirque du Soleil* Ovo (Justin Time)
11 Delhi 2 Dublin* Planet Electric (Independent)
12 Michael Franti and Spearhead The Sound of Sunshine
13 Youssou N'Dour I Bring What I Love (Nonesuch)
14 El Guincho Pop Negro (Young Turks)
15 Various Artists The World Ends (Sound Way)
16 Eric St-Laurent* Epoch (Independent)
17 Various Artists Palenque Palenque
18 Balkan Beat Box Blue Eyed Black Boy (Nat Geo)
19 Smoke Routes (Independent)
20 Cubanoson Rumba Nueva (Independent)
21 Bibi Tanga and the Selenites Dunya (Nat Geo)
22 Alex Cuba* Alex Cuba (Caracol)
23 Dubmatix* System Shakedown (Renegade Rocker)
24 Fyahorns and the Brigade* Lime (Independent)
25 Sweet Talks The Kusum Beat (Sound Way)

CFBX Top 25 Metal/Loud Albums for 2010

1 Cancer Bats* Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones (Distort)
2 Dysphoria** Stuffed to the Craw EP/Harper's Rule single (Independent)
3 3 Inches of Blood* Here Waits Thy Doom (Century Media)
4 Damned Grave** The Eternal Sea (Independent)
5 Mares of Thrace* The Moulting (Arcdotus)
6 Hail the Villain* Population: Declining (Roadrunner)
7 Fucked Up* Couple Tracks (Matador)
8 Ahna* Ahna (From Broadway to Boundary)
9 Burning Love* Songs for Burning Lovers (Deranged)
10 Skull Fist* Heavier Than Metal (Independent)
11 Obacha* Demo (Independent)
12 The Wrecktals* Six Creations By Donation (Independent)
13 Pronomium Jesters* EP2010 (Independent)
14 Periphery Periphery (Distort)
15 Slayer World Painted Blood (American)
16 SPA* Spadoinkle Day (Independent)
17 Airbourne No Guts, No Glory (Roadrunner)
18 Story of the Year The Constant (Epitaph)
19 Kill Matilda* Kill Matilda EP (Independent)
20 Coliseum House with a Curse (Temporary Residence)
21 Scythia* ...Of War (Independent)
22 Deftones Diamond Eyes (Reprise)
23 The Hunger** The Hunger EP (Independent)
24 Iskra* Bureval (Independent)
25 Hatebreed Hatebreed (E1)

CFBX Top 25 Electronic Albums for 2010

1 Crystal Castles* Crystal Castles (II) (Last Gang)
2 CFCF* Continent (Paper Bag)
3 Project* Alchemist (Independent)
4 Ratatat LP4 (XL)
5 Gorillaz Plastic Beach (Parlophone)
6 Holy Fuck* Latin (XL)
7 Noia* Noia (L'Oeil du Tigre)
8 Robyn Body Talk Parts 1 and 2 (Konichiwa)
9 Cyclist* Double Dip EP (Dublum)
10 Chemical Brothers Further (Parlophone)
11 Kele The Boxer (Glassnote)
12 Hot Chip One Life Stand/One Life Stand Remixes (Parlophone)
13 Zero 7 Record (Atlantic)
14 Crown Land* Crown Land (Humboldt Valley)
15 Politique* Secret Shack (Digital Zen)
16 M. Templeton/Aa. Munson* Acre Loss (Anticipate)
17 Fan Death* A Coin for the Well EP (Last Gang)
18 Bocce* Disambiguation (Dadmobile)
19 We Have Band WHB (Naive)
20 Mass Choir* Live My Life on the Backbeat (Independent)
21 Goldfrapp Head First (EMI)
22 Deadmau5* At Play Vol. 3 (Play)
23 Lebeato* Mania (Dublum)
24 Chromeo* Business Casual (Last Gang)
25 Underworld Barking (Om)

CFBX Top 25 Urban/Hip-Hop Albums for 2010

1 Sage Francis Li(f)e (Anti)
2 Corvid Lorax* Encyclopedia of Insanica (Little Whore)
3 Basic Value** Static (Independent)
4 Philly Moves* Basics to Back It (Independent)
5 Magnum K.I.* Magnum K.I. (Foul Tone)
6 Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid (Bad Boy)
7 The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam)
8 Kyprios* 12:12 (Visual)
9 Kid Sister ultraviolet (Downtown)
10 Trillionaire$* By Hook or By Crook (Urbnet)
11 Relic* The Green Light (Independent)
12 Pip Skid* Skid Row (Foul Tone)
13 Cypress Hill Rise Up (Priority)
14 Daily* Ice Cream Man (Independent)
15 Ginsberg's Inkling* Ummm... (Neferiu)
16 Ghettosocks* Treat of the Say (Independent)
17 Ricca Razor Sharp/The EquAzn* Opposites Attract (Neferiu)
18 Method Man/Ghostface Killah/Raekwon Wu Massacre (Def Jam)
19 Suspence* The Therapy Sessions Vol. 1 (Independent)
20 Shad* TSOL (Black Box)
21 Robofloyo* Robofloyo (Independent)
22 Joey Stylez* The Black Starr (Swagg)
23 Various Artists* 2010 Canadian Rap Future Superstars (Brockway)
24 K-Os* The Trill: A Journey So Far (EMI)
25 Guapo* Pack Up the Moon and Dismantle the Sun (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Roots/Country Albums for 2010

1 Courtenay Farquhar* Nowhere I'd Rather Be (Independent)
2 Margit Bull** All Life Long (Independent)
3 Howard Gladstone* Roots and Rain (Independent)
4 Sheena Grobb* Grow (Red Shoe)
5 Carrie Day* Immaculate Night (Independent)
6 Moonshine Ramblers* Moonshine Ramblers (Independent)
7 Fred Eaglesmith* Cha Cha Cha (Lonesome Day)
8 The John Henrys* White Linen (9LB)
9 Kim Beggs* Blue Bones (Black Hen)
10 Allison Crowe* Spiral (Independent)
11 Tim Hus* Hockeytown (Stony Plain)
12 Joey Kitson* Stan (Ground Swell)
13 Katherine Moller* By Request (Independent)
14 O'Mally* Speck (Fiddlehead)
15 100 Mile House* From Fall to Fall (Independent)
16 Corin Raymond* There Will Always Be a Small Time (Independent)
17 Xavier Rudd and Izintaba* Koonyum Sun (Salt-X)
18 Friends of Steve* A Staggering Work of Heartbroken Genius (Independent)
19 Asani* Listen (Independent)
20 Miss Quincy* Your Mama Don't Like Me (Independent)
21 Lunch at Allen's* More Lunch at Allen's (Linus)
22 Canteen Knockout* Broken Down Town (Weewerk)
23 Johnny Cash American VI: Ain't No Grave (American)
24 Douglas Brothers* The Possibilities of More (Independent)
25 Rodney DeCroo* Queen Mary Trash (Northern Electric)

CFBX Top 25 Blues Albums for 2010

1 Downchild* I Need a Hat (Linus)
2 The Blazers* Red Hot (Independent)
3 Harry Manx* Bread and Buddha (Dog My Cat)
4 Les Copeland** Don't Let the Devil In (Earwig)
5 Southside Denny Snyder* Full Circle (Independent)
6 Marshall Lawrence* Blues Intervention (Independent)
7 Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce** Tales from Lenny's Diner (Independent)
8 Harpdog Brown and Graham Guest* Above and Beyond (Dog Breath)
9 Jerome Godboo* Rooting Out My Devils (Independent)
10 Jack de Keyzer* The Corktown Sessions (Blue Star)
11 Peter Karp and Sue Foley* He Said, She Said (Blind Pig)
12 Mike "Shrimp Daddy" Reid* Messin' with My System (Independent)
13 JW Jones* Midnight Memphis Sun (Northern Blues)
14 John Nemeth Name the Day! (Blind Pig)
15 Tommy Lee Cook Birmingham Peace of Mind (Independent)
16 JC Campbell* Lazy James (Strongfront)
17 Janiva Magness The Devil is an Angel Too (Alligator)
18 Johnny Rawls Ace of Spades (Catfood)
19 Whiteboy Slim* I'm Still Here (Independent)
20 Ross Neilsen and the Sufferin' Bastards* Redemption (Thorny Bleeder)
21 Rita Chiarelli* Sweet Paradise (Independent)
22 Bryan Lee My Lady Don't Love My Lady (Justin Time)
23 Ross Neilsen* Early Grave (Thorny Bleeder)
24 Various Artists Rhythm and Blues (Putumayo)
25 Blind Boys of Alabama Duets (Saguaro Road)