There are an infinite amount of ways to go about approaching a ranking-specific-things list. Whether you’re determining what’s the most valuable, influential, most meaningful, or just the best in general; it doesn’t really make too much of a difference.
We at Burbs recognize that, and decided that we would go about creating our Top 50 Albums of the Decade list in a completely subjective manner by discussing it as a group (Carter Ferryman, Evan Linden, Howie Butler, Marty Gross, and Ralphy Compiano) in order to provide a variety of opinions from people who have had different experiences over the last 10 years.
Trigger Warning: Don't be upset if your favorite album or artist didn't make our list. It's okay. You are more than welcome to make your own list, but this is ours, and it is the only one that matters. We hope that we can provide you with some music that is both enlightening and inspiring if you haven't heard it before, while also reminding you of how overwhelmingly amazing this decade of music was.
Last, but certainly not least: Thank you for reading, and enjoy.
50. Rolling Papers by Wiz Khalifa
Release Date: March 28, 2011
Coming in at the 50 spot on our list, we have the absolute stoner anthem of the decade. Wiz Khalifa was known as an easy-bake mixtape rapper before this album with the drops of Kush & OJ and Cabin Fever but after Rolling Papers dropped, Wiz was getting close to the marijuana pantheon level of Snoop Dogg. Classics like “Black and Yellow”, "Roll Up", and “On My Level” propelled this album to be a chart topper and put Wiz towards the top of the rap game at the time. There are only three features (Chevy Woods, Too $hort, and Curren$y), but all compliment Wiz in great fashion. There are songs that you can just smoke a joint on the beach to like “Star of the Show” or go smash through a table at a party like “No Sleep”. There is something for every type of stoner and will probably go down as one of the greatest smoking albums of all time.
- Written by Marty Gross
49. Culture by Migos
Release Date: January 27, 2017
Released at a pivotal time in trap music, Culture made worldwide waves all throughout 2017 and helped Migos blow up for the second time. You can say what you want about Culture, but you can’t deny that you bopped your head to “T-Shirt”, “Slippery”, and “Bad and Boujee” while they dominated the airwaves.
Migos used Culture to prove themselves as a formidable force in the rap game. While they had gained traction with early mixtapes and their debut album Yung Rich Nation, they weren’t taken seriously until Culture’s release. Culture transformed them into an international phenomenon.
At an ideal 13 tracks and 58 minutes playing time, Culture is essentially a flawless catalog of catchy, re-inventive bangers. Culture redefined what a trap album could be; Culture was one of the first trap albums to be embraced on all levels of pop culture.
- Written by Evan Linden
48. Norman F*****g Rockwell! by Lana Del Rey
Release Date: August 30, 2019
I understand the arguments for Born to Die and Ultraviolence above NFR, but I'm often a victim of recency bias, and this project has been a refreshing reminder that Lana is still the Queen of the Alternative genre. The project is full of the archetypal Lana that we're accustomed to as listeners: sounding like she's singing under the influence of Klonopin, unique ad-libbing along with echoes, and references to Venice beaches.
- Written by Ralph James
47. Veteran by JPEG Mafia
Release Date: January 19, 2018
Veteran might not be Top 10 on this list in terms of commercial success or impact, but this album is easily the craziest on this list. Nothing even comes close either. The album has no features and is mixed, mastered, and written entirely by Jpegmafia. From front to back, Jpeg comes with the most deranged set of instrumentals and samples that I don’t think the music world has seen since Death Grips. This mix of death metal, rap, and pop music is a mix that Jpeg created as his own unique style and will have an impact on the next generation of music. Jpeg opens Veteran with one of the best opening songs to an album I have ever listened to with “1539 N. Calvert” and goes on to have malicious song after malicious song. Jpeg adds a collection of auto tuned singing, actual singing and rapping so fluidly that it’s hard to even label a genre on the record. It is beautifully distorted and amazing overall from the beginning to end.
- Written by Marty Gross
46. When I Get Home by Solange
Release Date: March 1, 2019
When I Get Home is one of the few 2019 albums that is on this list but is well deserving to say the least. Solange brings artists ranging from Gucci Mane and Playboi Carti to Sampha and Blood Orange. If you were to give 99.5% of artists on this planet all of these features and tell them to make a cohesive album, they wouldn't be able to do that. But somehow Solange did it. She somehow still catered these artists to her style and didn’t shy away to accomplishing her goal. This album has a groovy and enchanting feel. Solange's voice is easily a top tier voice in the music game right now and puts it on display on this album. If you go deeper into the album, you see that Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler, the Creator, and Steve Lacy have production credits which show that this album has a variety of expertise put into it.
- Written by Marty Gross
45. Malibu by Anderson .Paak
Release Date: January 15, 2016
Oxnard native, Anderson Paak. has always been known for his versatility; as his musical talents span over many genres. Since releasing Venice, helping out on Dr. Dre’s Compton, and being named a XXL Freshman in 2016; Andy has kept us satisfied year-to-year continuously dropping new music. Venice, Oxnard, and Ventura are all awesome; but Malibu is where we see .Paak at his most personal. Malibu does a lot with just an hour runtime. Even though it is mostly a rap/R&B project, .Paak shows inspiration that he’s drawn from pop, jazz, funk, and even some rock. Anderson’s vocals are excellent, they set the overall feeling of the entire project. The first half of the project is wonderful, as it opens with "The Bird", "Heart Don’t Stand a Chance", "The Waters", and "The Seasons/Carry Me". ScHoolboy Q, The Game, and Rapsody deliver stellar featured verses. “Come Down”, the albums 13th track, is an absolute banger even though it oddly samples the Israeli national anthem. Anderson has been one of the decades best in fusing hip-hop and R&B, and his Malibu-inspired project was a cut above the rest in terms of quality and consistency.
- Written by Howie But