College and non-comm radio stations across the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia reported 48 weeks of their most-played albums and the count is in: CMJ’s No. 1 album of the Year is the Black Key‘s Brothers (Nonesuch). Coming in a relatively close second, third, fourth and fifth are the Arcade Fire‘s The Suburbs (Merge), Beach House‘s Teen Dream (Sub Pop), Spoon‘s Transference (Merge) and Vampire Weekend‘s Contra (XL), respectively.
It was such a great year for Nonesuch: Brothers lands atop Triple A and Ali Farka Toure And Toumani Diabate‘s Ali And Toumani takes the top spot at New World. Everyone was looking for some cash money dollar bills this year, but Freeway And Jake One took home the prize at Hip-Hop with The Stimulus Package (Rhymesayers). Four Tet easily sweeps RPM with the smooth electro beats of There Is Love In You (Domino), Loud Rock sees Overkill‘s Ironbound (E1) lording over a mass of metal and Esperanza Spalding‘s Chamber Music Society (Heads Up) tops Jazz.
See the complete list of CMJ’s top albums of 2010 here.