National Top 10s

'The Chronicle' Music staff's Top 10 national albums

National Top 10s

Greg Beets

1) Green Day, American Idiot (Reprise)

2) Brian Wilson, Smile (Nonesuch)

3) Scissor Sisters (Universal)

4) Calexico, Convict Pool (Quarterstick)

5) Gary Wilson, Mary Had Brown Hair (Stones Throw)

6) R.L. Burnside, A Bothered Mind (Fat Possum)

7) Penelope Houston, The Pale Green Girl (DBK Works)

8) Eugene Mirman, The Absurd Nightclub Comedy of Eugene Mirman (Suicide Squeeze)

9) The Volta Sound, Dandelion Wine (Orange Sky)

10) The Beta Band, Heroes to Zeros (Astralwerks/EMI)

National Top 10s

Jim Caligiuri

1) Bobby Bare Jr.'s Young Criminals' Starvation League, From the End of Your Leash (Bloodshot)

2) Drive-by Truckers, The Dirty South (New West)

3) Steve Earle, The Revolution Starts Now (Artemis)

4) Robyn Hitchcock, Spooked (Yep Roc)

5) The Holmes Brothers, Simple Truths (Alligator)

6) Tift Merritt, Tambourine (Lost Highway)

7) Buddy Miller, Universal United House of Prayer (New West)

8) Todd Snider, East Nashville Skyline (Oh Boy)

9) Two Dollar Pistols, Hands Up! (Yep Roc)

10) Willard Grant Conspiracy, Regard the End (Kimchee)

National Top 10s

Matt Dentler

1) Arcade Fire, Funeral (Merge)

2) The Killers, Hot Fuss (Island/Def Jam)

3) The Roots, The Tipping Point (Geffen)

4) Now It's Overhead, Fall Back Open (Saddle Creek)

5) Snow Patrol, Final Straw (Interscope)

6) The Delgados, Universal Audio (Chemikal Underground)

7) Ghostface, The Pretty Toney Album (Def Jam)

8) TV on the Radio, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (Touch and Go)

9) Danger Mouse, The Grey Album

10) Loretta Lynn, Van Lear Rose (Interscope)

National Top 10s

Robert Gabriel

1) Madvillain, Madvillainy (Stones Throw)

2) Dizzee Rascal, Showtime (XL)

3) Mac Dre, The Genie of the Lamp (Thizz)

4) Saul Williams (Fader)

5) Ngafsh, Kill em All (Afterlife)

6) San Quinn, I Give You My Word (Done Deal)

7) Dead Prez, RBG: Revolutionary but Gangsta (Columbia)

8) Masta Ace, A Long Hot Summer (M3)

9) Lil Wayne, The Carter (Cash Money)

10) Turf Talk, The Street Novelist (Sick Wid It)

National Top 10s

Melanie Haupt

1) Elliott Smith, From a Basement on the Hill (Anti-)

2) Franz Ferdinand (Domino)

3) Loretta Lynn, Van Lear Rose (Interscope)

4) Rilo Kiley, More Adventurous (Brute/Beaute)

5) Air, Talkie Walkie (Astralwerks)

6) Tom Waits, Real Gone (Anti-)

7) Sufjan Stevens, Seven Swans (Sounds Familyre)

8) Ted Leo + Pharmacists, Shake the Sheets (Lookout)

9) Modest Mouse, Good News for People Who Love Bad News (Epic)

10) Iron & Wine, Our Endless Numbered Days (Sub Pop)

Raoul Hernandez

1) Green Day, American Idiot (Reprise)

2) Antibalas, Who Is This America? (Ropeadope)

3) Dizzee Rascal, Showtime (XL)

4) The Streets, A Grand Don't Come for Free (Vice/Atlantic)

5) The Libertines (Rough Trade)

6) Franz Ferdinand (Domino)

7) Julieta Venegas, (BMG)

8) The Hives, Tyrannosaurus Hives (Interscope)

9) The Hellacopters, By the Grace of God (Liquor & Poker)

10) U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Interscope)


Honorable mentions: The Comas, Conductor; Mus, Divina Lluz; TV on the Radio, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

National Top 10s

Andy Langer

1) Green Day, American Idiot (Reprise)

2) The Streets, A Grand Don't Come for Free (Vice)

3) Secret Machines, Now Here Is Nowhere (Warner Bros.)

4) Loretta Lynn, Van Lear Rose (Interscope)

5) Kanye West, The College Dropout (Roc-a-Fella)

6) Ray Lamontagne, Trouble (RCA)

7) John Vanderslice, Cellar Door (Barsuk)

8) Patton Oswalt, Feelin' Kinda Patton (United Artists)

9) The Honorary Title, Anything Else but the Truth (Doghouse)

10) William Shatner, Has Been (Shout! Factory)

National Top 10s

David Lynch

1) The Neville Brothers, Walkin' in the Shadow of Life (Back Porch)

2) Secret Chiefs 3, Book of Horizons (Mimicry)

3) Devotchka, How It Ends (Cicero)

4) 46664: The Event (Rhino)

5) Stephan Micus, Life (ECM)

6) Iron & Wine, Our Endless Numbered Days (Sub Pop)

7) The Hilliard Ensemble, Motets (ECM)

8) Brian Wilson, Smile (Nonesuch)

9) Youssou N'Dour, Egypt (Nonesuch)

10) Louque, So Long (Lava)

National Top 10s

Margaret Moser

1) John Cale, HoboSapiens (Or Music)

2) Deerfrance: Extra Virgin Mary, Blest (Moon Caravan)

3) U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Interscope)

4) Mavis Staples, Have a Little Faith (Alligator)

5) Drive-by Truckers, The Dirty South (New West)

6) Loretta Lynn, Van Lear Rose (Interscope)

7) Queen Latifah, The Dana Owens Album (Interscope)

8) C.C. Adcock, Lafayette Marquis (Yep Roc)

9) Wanda Jackson, Heart Trouble (CMH)

10) Sturgis Nikides, Man of Steel

National Top 10s

Darcie Stevens

1) The Walkmen, Bows & Arrows (Record Collection)

2) M83, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (Mute)

3) Elliott Smith, From a Basement on the Hill (Anti-)

4) Secret Machines, Now Here Is Nowhere (Warner Bros.)

5) Blonde Redhead, Misery Is a Butterfly (4AD/Beggars)

6) Air, Talkie Walkie (Astralwerks)

7) TV on the Radio, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (Touch and Go)

8) Franz Ferdinand (Domino)

9) The Fiery Furnaces, Blueberry Boat (Rough Trade)

10) Richard Buckner, Dents and Shells (Merge)

National Top 10s

Jay Trachtenberg

1) Ben Allison & Medicine Wheel, Buzz (Palmetto)

2) Don Byron, Ivey-Divey (Blue Note)

3) Jamie Cullum, Twentysomething (Verve)

4) Dave Douglas, Strange Liberation (Bluebird)

5) Van Hunt (Capitol)

6) Dayna Kurtz, Beautiful Yesterday (Kismet)

7) Loretta Lynn, Van Lear Rose (Interscope)

8) Joseph Malik, Aquarius Songs (Compost)

9) Tomasz Stanko Quartet, Suspended Night (ECM)

10) World Saxophone Quartet, Experience (Justin Time)

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