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New Music Tuesday: 2010

Don’t mind this week’s abbreviated New Music Tuesday selections—instead we’re treating you to a 2010 retrospective. More important than what we liked is what you listened to this year. Add your favorite tracks to the Best of New Music Tuesday: 2010 playlist and help us create the ultimate Year in Review.

After studying each week’s top albums, we noticed some trends. Keep reading to find out what we saw as this year’s top rap albums, party music, frequent Heavy Rotation albums and more.

Top Rap Albums

If people on Rdio love rap music, then they really love Eminem. Taking the top honor in the All Time charts is Eminem’s 7th album, Recovery. Also notable is Drake’s debut album, Thank Me Later and Lil Wayne’s pre-prison I Am Not A Human Being.

Popular Soundtracks

Sure you saw the movies, but what about the music? Three soundtracks stood out this year: the video game-influenced Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, mind-bender Inception and the very futuristic TRON: Legacy.

Favorite Party Albums

Do you visit Rdio when you need something to play for your dinner party or BBQ? In all likelihood, you could pick the latest popular albums from LCD Soundsystem, Taio Cruz or super-producer Mark Ronson and set the mood for a very hopping fiesta.

Frequent Heavy Rotation Albums

Some albums seem to stick around longer than others in Heavy Rotation. Depending on your network’s preferences, these popular albums from The Black Keys or (Grammy nominated) Mumford & Sons might have graced your Heavy Rotation for weeks at a time. Haven’t listened to them yet? Why fight it? Queue them up right now and satisfy your lingering curiosity.

Honorable Mentions

Defying categorization beyond being largely appreciated by people who listened to them, Big Boi, Tokyo Police Club and Janelle Monáe are albums you may want to test drive if you haven’t heard them before.

Back to New Music

If those are the top 2010 albums, what’s new since last week? Listen to the New Music Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 playlist below—collaborate and add your favorites.