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The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s 

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Updated October 13, 2018 278 votes 25 voters

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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1
Biophilia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Björk (2011); Tracks: Hollow (original 7-minute version), The Comet Song & Náttúra
Nominated in 2013.
2
Melophobia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Cage the Elephant (2013); Tracks: Cigarette Daydreams, Halo & Hypocrite
Nominated in 2015.
3
Currents is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Currents
Nominated in 2016.
4
Brothers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By The Black Keys (2010); Tracks: Black Mud, The Go Getter & The Only One
Won in 2011.
5
The Idler Wheel... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Fiona Apple (2012); Tracks: Every Single Night, Anything We Want & Valentine
Nominated in 2013.
6
Hesitation Marks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Nine Inch Nails (2013); Tracks: Came Back Haunted, Everything & Running
Nominated in 2014.
7
Lonerism is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Tame Impala (2012); Tracks: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, Mind Mischief & Keep on Lying
Nominated in 2014.
8
Making Mirrors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Gotye (2011); Tracks: Making Making Mirrors, Making Mirrors & Giving Me a Chance
Won in 2013.
9
Vulnicura is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Vulnicura
Nominated in 2016.
10
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By M83 (2011); Tracks: My Tears Are Becoming a Sea, Train to Pluton & When Will You Come Home?
Nominated in 2013.
11
St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By St. Vincent (2014); Tracks: Rattlesnake, Huey Newton & Digital Witness
Won in 2015.
12
Lazaretto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Jack White (2014); Tracks: I Think I Found the Culprit, High Ball Stepper & Entitlement
Nominated in 2015.
13
The Suburbs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Arcade Fire (2010); Tracks: Month of May and The Suburbs
Nominated in 2011.
14
Bon Iver, Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Bon Iver (2011); Tracks: Beth/Rest, Michicant & Calgary
Won in 2012.
15
The King of Limbs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Radiohead (2011); Tracks: Separator, Codex & Lotus Flower
Nominated in 2012.
16
Sound & Color is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Sound & Color
Won in 2016.
17
Everything That Happens ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today By Brian Eno and David Byrne (2008); Tracks: Home, Poor Boy & The River
Nominated in 2010.
18
Sounds of the Universe ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Depeche Mode (2009); Tracks: Wrong, Little Soul (Thomas Fehlmann Flowing Ambient mix) & Jezebel
Nominated in 2010.
19
Infinite Arms is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Band of Horses (2010); Tracks: NW Apt., Older & Neighbor
Nominated in 2011.
20
Codes and Keys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Death Cab for Cutie (2011); Tracks: St. Peter’s Cathedral, Some Boys & Monday Morning
Nominated in 2012.
21
Bad as Me is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Tom Waits (2011); Tracks: Hell Broke Luce, She Stole the Blush & Face to the Highway
Nominated in 2013.
22
Modern Vampires of the C... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Vampire Weekend (2013); Tracks: Everlasting Arms, Diane Young & Hannah Hunt
Won in 2014.
23
This Is All Yours is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By alt-J (2014); Tracks: Choice Kingdom, Hunger of the Pine & Bloodflood
Nominated in 2015.
24
It's Blitz! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2009); Tracks: Heads Will Roll, Little Shadow & Soft Shock
Nominated in 2010.
25
Trouble Will Find Me is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
By The National (2013); Tracks: Sea of Love, Don’t Swallow the Cap & Pink Rabbits
Nominated in 2014.