Greatest Albums 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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Biophilia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Björk - Nominated in 2013.

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The Idler Wheel... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Fiona Apple - Nominated in 2013.

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Vulnicura is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Vulnicura Björk - Nominated in 2016.

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Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
M83 - Nominated in 2013.

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St. Vincent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
St. Vincent - Won in 2015.

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Currents is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Currents Tame Impala - Nominated in 2016.

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The Suburbs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Arcade Fire - Nominated in 2011.

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Hesitation Marks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Nine Inch Nails - Nominated in 2014.

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Lazaretto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Jack White - Nominated in 2015.

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Lonerism is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Tame Impala - Nominated in 2014.

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This Is All Yours is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
alt-J - Nominated in 2015.

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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.

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The King of Limbs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Radiohead - Nominated in 2012.

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Codes and Keys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Death Cab for Cutie - Nominated in 2012.

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Bon Iver, Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Bon Iver - Won in 2012.

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Brothers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
The Black Keys - Won in 2011.

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Making Mirrors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Gotye - Won in 2013.

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Bad as Me is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Tom Waits - Nominated in 2013.

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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.

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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.

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Melophobia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Cage the Elephant - Nominated in 2015.

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Broken Bells is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Broken Bells - Nominated in 2011.

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Trouble Will Find Me is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
The National - Nominated in 2014.

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Infinite Arms is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Band of Horses - Nominated in 2011.

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It's Blitz! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Nominated in 2010.

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The Open Door EP is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
The Open Door EP Death Cab for Cutie - Nominated in 2010.

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Reflektor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Arcade Fire - Nominated in 2015.

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The Worse Things Get, The Hard... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Star Wars Wilco - Nominated in 2016.

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Circuital is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
My Morning Jacket - Nominated in 2012.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Phoenix - Won in 2010.

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Everything That Happens Will H... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today Brian Eno, David Byrne - Nominated in 2010.

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Torches is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Foster the People - Nominated in 2012.

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Modern Vampires of the City is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Vampire Weekend - Won in 2014.

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Contra is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Alternative Albums of the 2010s
Vampire Weekend - Nominated in 2011.