Welcome to the Backstage Pass year-end countdown. Happy holidays! This week, we'll be counting down the best albums of 2010 and next week we'll tackle the singles.
1. Kanye West, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (Roc-a-Fella): It takes an egomaniacal narcissist to conceive of an album this grand, one that doesn't just strive to be the best in hip-hop, with the stunning “Monster” and “So Appalled,” but also stretches its boundaries with the prog-rock-sampling “Power” and the nine-minutes-plus epic “Runaway.” Luckily, West fits that bill.