Music Critic Chooses The Best K-Pop Albums of the 2010s

As we welcome the new year, it is time we take a trip down memory lane and look back into the best albums of K-pop from the years 2010 to 2019, as selected by a music critic. Keep on reading to see if your favorite album made the list!

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The "Best K-Pop, 2010-19" was written by Sheldon Pearce. Sheldon Pearce is the first-ever rap critic and has gone to review other genres of music, including K-pop. He is a former music critic and has written for Pitchfork and The Guardian, and is currently a writer for The New York. In the list, which he published to his personal Tumblr account, he names 50 albums that shined in the 2010s.

The number one album he selected is from Girls' Generation member Taeyeon. He selected her 2017 album "My Voice (Deluxe Edition)". The album shows a heavy emphasis on Taeyeon's vocals and features numerous genres, primarily pop pop-rock, and PBR&B. The album was a commercial success, peaking at the top of South Korea's Gaon Album charts. The deluxe edition includes all the songs from the first release, but includes her past single "11:11" and three new songs, including "Make Me Love You".

From 2-50, his ranking goes:

2. f(x) - Pink Tape (2013)

3. Younha - Rescue (2017)

4. SHINee - The Misconceptions of You (2013)

5. Red Velvet - The Red (2015)

6. Hoody - Departure (2019)

7. AKMU - Play (2014)

8. Infinite - Season 2 (2014)

9. EXO - Exodus (2015)

10. f(x) - Four Walls (2015)

11. Wonder Girls - Reboot (2015)

12. Hoody - On and On (2017)

13. Girl's Generation - Oh! (2010)

14. Kara - Step (2011)

15. DEAN - 130 mood : TRBL (2016)

16. Mamamoo - Reality in Black (2019)

17. Red Velvet - Perfect Velvet (2017)

18. Taemin - Press It (2016)

19. 2NE1 - To Anyone (2010)

20. Taeyeon - Purpose (2019)

21. SHINee - Odd (2015)

22. B2ST - Fiction or Fact (2011)

23. Taeyang - White Night (2017)

24. NCT - NCT 2018 Empathy (2018)

25. 9Muses - Prima Donna (2013)

26. IU - Palette (2017)

27. Jonghyun - She Is (2016)

28. Sistar - Give It to Me (2013)

29. BTS - Wings (2016)

30. Girls' Generation - The Boys (2011)

31. VIXX - Voodoo (2013

32. Zion.T - Red Light (2014)

33. Super Junior - Mr. Simple (2011)

34. 2NE1 - Crush (2014)

35. Jonghyun - Poet | Artist (2018)

36. Block B - Blockbuster (2012)

37. BTS - Love Yourself: Tear (2018)

38. Girls' Generation - I Got a Boy (2013)

39. TVXQ - Spellbound (2014)

40. Girl's Day - Love (2015)

41. EXO - Don't Mess Up My Tempo (2018)

42. B1A4 - Ignition (2012)

43. SHINee - The Story of the Light: Epilogue (2018)

44. 2PM - No. 5 (2015)

45. BoA - Woman (2018)

46. TVXQ - Humanoids (2012)

47. 4minute - 4 Minutes Left (2011)

48. GOT7 - Present: You (2018)

49. GFriend - LOL (2017)

50. WJSN - Happy Moment (2017)

Did your favorite K-pop album make the list?

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