The Obama Years: The Best Albums from 2009-2016

There were a lot of great things about Barack Obama’s presidency, and the music that came during his time in office is just one small yet everlasting reminder of his time at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. These are the best albums that came out between the time of his inauguration and the time he left office, so no, there’s sadly no Merriweather Post Pavillon representation here. (That album came out in the final days of the Bush presidency.) In fact, no album from 2009 was good enough to crack this list, which features everyone from Arcade Fire to The War On Drugs, D’Angelo to Fiona Apple, and of course the heavyweights, perhaps the four biggest artists from 2009-2016: Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Beyoncé.

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20 TAME IMPALA Lonerism • 2012

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19 FIONA APPLE The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do • 2012

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18 ARCADE FIRE The Suburbs • 2010

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17 THE WAR ON DRUGS Slave Ambient • 2011

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16 THE NATIONAL High Violet • 2010

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15 BLOOD ORANGE Cupid Deluxe • 2013

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14 FRANK OCEAN Blonde • 2016

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13 VAMPIRE WEEKEND Modern Vampires of the City • 2013

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12 SOLANGE A Seat at the Table • 2016

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11 TUNE-YARDS w h o k i l l • 2011

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10 KANYE WEST Yeezus • 2013

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9 SUFJAN STEVENS Carrie & Lowell • 2015

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8 D’ANGELO AND THE VANGUARD Black Messiah • 2014

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7 DEERHUNTER Halcyon Digest • 2010

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6 FRANK OCEAN channel ORANGE • 2012

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5 KENDRICK LAMAR good kid, m.A.A.d. city • 2012

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4 CHROMATICS Kill For Love • 2012

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3 KANYE WEST My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy • 2010

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2 KENDRICK LAMAR To Pimp a Butterfly • 2015

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1 BEYONCÉ Lemonade • 2016

 

BY YEAR

2009 | 0

2010 | 4 [My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyHalcyon DigestHigh VioletThe Suburbs]

2011 | 2 [w h o k i l l, Slave Ambient]

2012 | 5 [Kill For Lovegood kid, m.A.A.d. citychannel ORANGE, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, Lonerism]

2013 | 3 [YeezusModern Vampires of the CityCupid Deluxe]

2014 | 1 [Black Messiah]

2015 | 2 [To Pimp a Butterfly, Carrie & Lowell]

2016 | 3 [LemonadeA Seat at the Table, Blonde]

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