Alternative Music The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s  

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Solo albums and massive multi-instrumental bands, surprise comebacks and impressive follow-ups: the nominees and winners of the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in the 2010s have it all. This decade saw more vintage-inspired sounds influence artists, from the sunny pop stylings of Vampire Weekend to the bluesy guitar riffs of Alabama Shakes. The best alternative albums of the 2010s have something for every listener.

What LPs will you find on this 2010s alternative albums list? In the '10s, The Black Keys emerged as a favorite among the alternative rock community. The duo – comprised of guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney – took home the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2011 for their release, Brothers. Vampire Weekend is another good Grammy-nominated band from the 2010s.

The Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album is typically dominated by men, but in 2015, St. Vincent won the trophy for her fiercely rocking self-titled release. Other great recordings featured on this roundup of Grammy-nominated 2010s albums include The Suburbs by Arcade Fire and The National's Trouble Will Find Me.

Which of the 2010s best alternative albums deserves the top spot on the list? Vote your favorite records up towards number one by giving them a thumbs up.

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7 3
Biophilia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Björk
Nominated in 2013.
2
5 4
Hesitation Marks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Nine Inch Nails
Nominated in 2014.
3
5 4
The Idler Wheel... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Fiona Apple
Nominated in 2013.
4
3 2
Melophobia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Cage the Elephant
Nominated in 2015.
5
3 2
Vulnicura is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Vulnicura Björk
Nominated in 2016.
6
5 5
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
M83
Nominated in 2013.
7
5 5
St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
St. Vincent
Won in 2015.
8
4 4
Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
The Black Keys
Won in 2011.
9
3 3
Currents is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Currents Tame Impala
Nominated in 2016.
10
3 3
Making Mirrors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Gotye
Won in 2013.
11
5 6
The Suburbs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Arcade Fire
Nominated in 2011.
12
3 4
Sound & Color is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Sound & Color Alabama Shakes
Won in 2016.
13
3 4
Lazaretto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Jack White
Nominated in 2015.
14
3 4
This Is All Yours is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
alt-J
Nominated in 2015.
15
3 4
Lonerism is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Tame Impala
Nominated in 2014.
16
3 4
Codes and Keys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Death Cab for Cutie
Nominated in 2012.
17
3 4
The King of Limbs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Radiohead
Nominated in 2012.
18
5 7
Bon Iver, Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Bon Iver
Won in 2012.
19
1 3
The Waterfall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
The Waterfall My Morning Jacket
Nominated in 2016.
20
1 3
Sounds of the Universe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Depeche Mode
Nominated in 2010.
21
1 3
Bad as Me is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Tom Waits
Nominated in 2013.
22
3 6
Broken Bells is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Broken Bells
Nominated in 2011.
23
2 5
It's Blitz! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Nominated in 2010.
24
2 5
Trouble Will Find Me is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
The National
Nominated in 2014.
25
2 5
Infinite Arms is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Band of Horses
Nominated in 2011.