I have said before, though there was a lot of disagreement, that I think albums are becoming less important as easy download fragments purchasing into individual tracks, and fragments audiences into specialist genres. At the same time mass-audiences are hooked up to TV tie-ins, like the X-Factor, which are about a complete package of person-process-product rather than the music in itself. I'm not saying that's 'wrong' - but it weakens the product as a standalone I think. I find that stuff very unmemorable.
Anyway, given all that, these are my choices.
Top 10 songs (this is actually 11)
Rehab by Amy Winehouse
Stan by eminem
When the sun goes down by Arctic Monkeys
Club Foot by Kasabian
Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand
Can't Stop by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes
Gay Bar by Electric Six
Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
Push the Button by Sugarbabes
Beggin by Franki Valli/Palooski
(I was going to include Walk Like a Panther - but that was 1999 - incredible)
10 albums is hard because I don't generally buy albums:
By the Way by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Time the Revelator by Gillian Welch
Exit Music by various
Version by Mark Ronson
(and this is actually 9 - never mind)
I know I am quite ignorant about music so feel free to tell me I am way off.