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Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Tops Discogs' List of the Top 200 Albums of the 2010s

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The platform mined data from its users’ collections and want lists to come up with a crowd-sourced ranking.

Online music database and marketplace Discogs has revealed its list of the top 200 albums of the decade, as determined by the site’s more than 7 million active users.

To compile the list, Discogs mined data from its users’ music collections and want lists to come up with a crowd-sourced version of the numerous critic-driven “Best of the Decade” lists that are now beginning to circulate. The list is not limited to vinyl only, it is a full physical music list, including cassettes, CDs and any other formats included on the site. 

 

Topping the list is Daft Punk’s celebrated 2013 album, Random Access Memories, which was both a critical and commerical success with a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200, an RIAA platinum certification and a Grammy award for album of the year. Discogs notes that the album won the top spot by a landslide in collection and want list volume, coming in 18% above the No. 2 title, David Bowie’s ? (Blackstar), and 33.37% ahead of Kendrick Lamar’s major-label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, the No. 3 album.

Lamar is the only artist to have multiple albums in the top 10. In addition to m.A.A.d city, his acclaimed follow-up, To Pimp a Butterfly, comes in at No. 7, while his 2017 album Damn (No. 15) and his 2016 compilation Untitled Unmastered (No. 93) also appear.

Bowie also enjoys multiple entries in the Top 200. Beyond ? (Blackstar), the late icon's 2013 album, The Next Day (No. 27), and his posthumous EP, No Plan (No. 184), also earned spots in the top 200.

The remainder of the top 10 is dominated by male rock-oriented acts: Radiohead with A Moon Shaped Pool (No. 4), Arctic Monkeys with AM (No. 5), Tame Impala with Currents (No. 6), Jack White with Lazaretto (No. 9) and Arcade Fire with The Suburbs (No. 10). Meanwhile, the only woman represented is Lana Del Rey, whose Born To Die debut album comes in at No. 8. Del Rey additionally has three other titles in the Top 200, including Ultraviolence (No. 37), Honeymoon (No. 116) and Paradise (No. 133).

Rather unexpectedly, the prolific Australian psychedelic rock band King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard registers the most albums in the Top 200 with five, the highest-charting of which being 2017’s Polygondwanaland at No. 23. That said, they tie with Jack White -- who has four solo albums on the chart including Lazaretto, Blunderbuss (No. 34), Boarding House Reach (No. 179) and Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 (No. 195) -- when taking into account his former band The White Stripes’ 2010 live album, Under Great White Northern Lights (No. 169).

Notably, the heaviest-charting year in the Top 200 is 2013 with 28 titles, while 2019 only has one, Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (No. 125). Though many albums on the chart were labeled with more than one genre, those classified at least in part as rock were best represented at 72%, followed by electronic at 58%, pop at 54%, hip-hop at 31% and funk/soul at 28%. 

You can check out the full list here.