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The Top 5 of Everything 2010: Music

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Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Millennium Park/Photo: Todd Rosenberg

Top 5 Classical Concerts
Riccardo Muti Inaugural Concert at Millennium Park, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Berlioz Episode in the Life of an Artist, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven Festival, Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Boulez@85, MusicNOW
Bach Christmas Oratorio, Jane Glover and Music of the Baroque Orchestra and Chorus
—Dennis Polkow

Top 5 Albums
Esperanza Spalding, “Chamber Music Society” (Telarc)
Stanley Clarke, “The Stanley Clarke Band” (Heads Up)
Os Paralamas do Sucesso, “Brasil Afora” (EMI Latin)
Alex Cuba, “Alex Cuba”
Sheryl Crow, “100 Miles from Memphis”
—Ernest Barteldes

Top 5 Albums
The National, “High Violet” (4AD)
Sun Kil Moon, “Admiral Fell Promises” (Caldo Verde)
Frightened Rabbit, “The Winter of Mixed Drinks” (Fat Cat)
Twin Shadow, “Forget” (Red General Catalog)
Vampire Weekend, “Contra” (XL)
—Tom Lynch

Top 5 Albums
Janelle Monáe, “The ArchAndroid”
Robyn, “Body Talk”
Sleigh Bells, “Treats”
Arcade Fire, “The Suburbs”
Chromeo, “Business Casual”
—Selena Fragassi

Top 5 Records You Might Have Missed
The Forgetters, “s/t” (Too Small to Fail)
The Heligoats, “Goodness Gracious” (Greyday)
Motion City Soundtrack, “My Dinosaur Life” (Columbia Records)
J+J+J, “High Voltage Feast is Almost Here” (Ghost Arcade)
The Arrivals, “Volatile Molotov” (Recess Records)
—John Wawrzaszek

Top 5 Chicago Bands
Clique Talk
Scott Lucas and the Married Men
My Gold Mask
California Wives
—Selena Fragassi

Top 5 Concerts
Carney at the Double Door, June 12
The Dead Weather “secret show” at Marquardt Trucking Company, May 22
Nneka at the Double Door, February 14
Hall & Oates at the Chicago Theatre, July 23
Pavement at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 18
—Selena Fragassi

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