When we first launched into creating this package deal—Pitchfork’s definitive information to the perfect music of the 2010s—it felt like an thrilling however overwhelming activity. We wished to be clear-eyed concerning the latest previous whereas nonetheless wanting ahead; we wished to have a good time innovation and pay correct tribute to trendy classics. What music felt prefer it universally grounded us? What delivered humanity, soul, and keenness at a time the place there was extra recorded music being launched at a sooner clip than ever earlier than?
The making of those lists took shut to 6 months and included a number of rounds of voting, a number of meticulous spreadsheets, a Slack chat channel dedicated to workers debates round sure albums and songs, and an existential dialogue about whether or not a late 2009 launch may very well be included as a result of weight of its impression touchdown in 2010 (it was a “yes” for The Fame Monster). We spent hours upon hours revisiting unbelievable music and listening to it with new perspective, and had considerate and dizzying conversations concerning the cultural significance of a chunk of music subsequent to the complexity of its craftsmanship and the sentiments it evokes. And then there have been the weeks of conferences between editors to painstakingly resolve what landed the place.
It seems that selecting and rating 200 songs and 200 albums was a large activity, nevertheless it additionally served as a possibility to mirror on what strikes us. Music is the heartbeat of tradition, a mirrored image of the world at any given second, a means for us to navigate the knottier components of being, a method for catharsis.
It took 80 writers over 65,500 phrases to get to the core of why these songs and albums are the perfect of the last decade—you’ll see some new faces and a few outdated pals within the bylines. (We additionally understand that 2019 isn’t over fairly but—if one thing comes out that deserves a spot on one in all these lists earlier than the yr is out, we’ll add it, unranked.) Over the subsequent two weeks, we’ll share essays, options, and different reflections on the music of the 2010s as properly. We hope you get pleasure from studying about a few of your favorites or uncover one thing totally new. I encourage you to take your time studying it—the payoff is value it, particularly for those who hear as you go.