Album Book Club’s Top 100 Albums of the 2010s: A Statistical Breakdown

Intro Stats – A Background

Number of people who rated albums 25
Total albums rated 333
Albums that qualified (5+ ratings) 236
Total # of ratings given 2,956
Average ratings per album for entire list of albums 8.9
Average ratings per album for Top 100 14.4
Average # of albums rated per ABC member 118


Most Album Ratings

Tyler (@_solodolo_) – 250

Least Album Ratings

Amanda (@asap_locky) & Kathleen (@kathmeifucan) – 35

Most Critical

Lowest average rating given out of 10

Nathan (@Nate20ASU) – 6.96

Most Loving

Highest average rating given out of 10

Rachel T (@rachel__) – 8.39

Most 10’s Given


Jimmy (@TheInfinityJims) – 17

Most Mainstream

On the albums this person rated, the average number of raters was higher than anyone else’s

DK (@thaDriftKing) – 16.1

Most Indie

On the albums this person rated, the average number of raters was lower than anyone else’s

Tyler (@_solodolo_) – 10.6

The Results – Deep Into the Stats


Hint to decypher: genres in legend wrap around pie chart clockwise starting at noon position


Release month chart – summer reigns supreme


All artists with 2 or more albums on our list

Disclaimer: Kanye & Jay Z were both counted for WTT. Vince Staples and Mac Miller were both counted for Stolen Youth.

Albums by Year:


Average Rank for Years:

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
43 38 37 59 50 39 48 58 59 57

Albums With At Least One 10/10 Rating That Didn’t Make the List (in Order of Overall Rating)

“(DNQ)” signifies the album did not qualify for the list by having 5+ ratings

Drake – If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late, Childish Gambino – Because the Internet, Playboi Carti – Die Lit, Jon Bellion – The Definition, Drake – Nothing Was the Same, Baby Keem – Die For My Bitch, David Bowie – Blackstar, J. Cole – Born Sinner, Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More, Future – 56 Nights, Jason Isbell – Southeastern, Beach House – Teen Dream, Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream, The Weeknd – Kiss Land, Vince Staples – Shyne Coldchain II (DNQ), Alex Cameron – Forced Witness (DNQ), Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell (DNQ)

Someone’s Favorite, but No One Else’s

Lowest ranked album that qualified (5+ ratings) with at least one 10

200. The Weeknd – Kiss Land

Barely Made It

Highest ranked album with only 5 ratings

83. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

Great, But Not Perfect

Highest ranked albums with no 10’s

19. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia ULTRA

It’s Perfect

Most 10’s given to an album

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly (13/22 total ratings)

Most Polarizing Album

Childish Gambino – Because the Internet was tied for the most ratings on any album with 23 and was rated every numerical score between 2 and 10. It also just missed the list coming in at 104th.

Everyone Listened

Most ratings for one album

Childish Gambino – Because the Internet, Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap, Anderson .Paak – Malibu, Tyler, the Creator – IGOR, and Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book all had 23 ratings.

Metacritic Stats

Average Metacritic score: 82.6

Highest Metacritic score: 96 (Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly / Ranked #1 by ABC)

Lowest Metacritic score: 64 (Travis Scott – Rodeo / Ranked #9 by ABC)

Most Snubbed Artist

Artists with the most considered albums without cracking the top 100

Beach House, Rick Ross, Young Thug – 4 albums each

Grammy-nominated Albums

34. In this span, 56 albums have been nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy. Only 11 of those nominees are on our list, including only one of the winners (Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories at #94) Fuck the Grammys.

Length of Albums

Average length of top 100: 51:12

Longest album in top 100: 85:38 – Mac Miller – Faces (Ranked #12 by ABC)

Shortest album in top 100: 15:00 – Tierra Whack – Whack World (Ranked #35 by ABC)

Charting Statistics

Number of albums that did not chart: 23

Highest ranked album that did not chart: Saba – Care For Me (#8)

All stats below are comparing the 77 albums that did chart on the Billboard top 200

#1 albums: 24

Average chart position: 18

Lowest charting album: Tyler Childers – Purgatory (120)

Albums vs Mixtapes

Albums: 84

Mixtapes: 16

Males vs. Females

Males: 85

Females: 15

Highest charting female: Noname – Telefone (15)

Unique Artists

number of individual artists in the top 100

61 unique artists

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