My favorite Kanye album (or at least the one I still listen to; same thing), favorite Arctic Monkeys (the only essential one), forgotten Public Enemy, rather good Tim McGraw and — get this — a Robert Wyatt album whose fragility refuses to dissipate into mere vaporousness. In 2007, I wanted an album that could’ve been title Dreaming of War; if anything it sounds prescient.

M.I.A. – Kala
Robert Wyatt – Comicopera
Roisin Murphy – Overpowered
Miranda Lambert – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The-Dream – Love Hate
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
Kanye West – Graduation
Lil Wayne – Da Drought 3
Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
Mary J. Blige – Growing Pains
Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala
Amerie – Because I Love It
Brad Paisley – 5th Gear
Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Tim McGraw – Let It Go
Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift
Burial – Untrue
Imperial Teen – The Hair the TV the Baby & the Band
Rilo Kiley – Under the Blacklight
Jay-Z – American Gangster
Robert Plant-Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
White Stripes – Icky Thump
Against Me! – New Wave
Ghostface – The Big Doe Rehab
Britney Spears – Blackout
Dizzee Rascal – Maths + English
Electric Six – I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me From Being The Master
Public Enemy – How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver