By Greg Kot
Tens of thousands of albums are released each year. How to narrow down that avalanche to a list of a few favorites? This year's list could've easily been several times longer. But once again, I settled on the following selections for one reason: They brought me the greatest pleasure in 2010.
1. Janelle Monae, "The ArchAndroid" (Bad Boy): The Atlanta singer's boundary-busting debut album has ambition to burn. It's a self-empowerment manifesto couched inside a futuristic "emotion-picture" about an android's battle to overcome oppression — got all that? The music is equally...