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Time compiles list of 2010’s ten best magazine covers

Rolling Stone, National Geographic, the Economist, and the New Yorker featured on list

Time magazine is ushering in the New Year by commemorating the best of 2010, naming a 'Top 10' list for practically everything of significance during the outgoing year, including the Top 10 magazine covers of 2010.

Rolling Stone's November 2010 issue has made it to the top of this illustrious list with its cover featuring rapper Eminem partially hidden behind his hoodie.

Compiler of the list, D W Pine, justifies his choice in these words: "It's an extremely impactful image that draws a complex celebrity from out of the shadows while leaving him in one."

Placed second on the list is the cover of the April 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine for "casting the topic of water in a new light."

Wallpaper's August 2010 edition grabbed the third spot for tapping the talent of citizens' visual journalism. For this particular issue, readers were invited to design covers for the magazine using a remarkably simple interactive Web-based tool developed by Kin Design.

The fourth place went to W magazine's November 2010 cover as, according to Pine, "Barbara Kruger deserves top billing" for this cover; fifth spot was taken by the March 29, 2010 issue of the New Yorker for portraying an image of a woman's head surrounded by red floating butterflies as a tribute to late fashion designer Alexander McQueen; while Mad, with its May 2010 cover was ranked sixth for humorously portraying the surprising downturn in popularity President Obama is facing.

Harper's Bazaar, ESPN the Magazine, the Economist, and Martha Stewart Living for the iPad also featured on the list.