Best Albums of 2020

The Top Ten

1 Fetch the Bolt Cutters - Fiona Apple Fetch the Bolt Cutters - Fiona Apple Product Image

most new critical darlings r super overhyped but this is a big exception

This is a must-listen, guys!

2 After Hours - The Weeknd After Hours - The Weeknd Product Image

Very unique album, I love how he stays in his own lane normally an artist will follow a current trend and not bring anything new to the table. Production wise this album is very high quality with a variety of genres to enjoy give this album a listen.

I'd never heard of the Weekend until a few days ago, when I heard one of his new songs. It was amazing! I'll definitely listen to more his music!

I love it. its actually the first time in 4 years that The Weeknd made an album

The Weeknd is such a good singer! Great album!

3 I Disagree - Poppy I Disagree - Poppy Product Image

Every song is awesome. Anything Like Me is probably one of the best.

She's heavy metal now

4 Womb - Purity Ring Womb - Purity Ring Product Image

This album is... a trip...

5 Circles - Mac Miller Circles - Mac Miller Product Image

I finally got around to this one after so long, just because I wanted to give the rest of Mac's discography a try first. And I'm so glad I did, because he's super talented! I can't pretend to have knew much about him before his passing in 2018, but either way I really miss him :(
That said, I feel like this album is pretty overrated. It feels very un-cohesive and doesn't put me into a trance the same way his earlier projects do. Now, for the standards of a posthumous release, this is incredible and VERY faithful to Mac's source material, but on its own... it's certainly good. Just not, great.
Though, credit where it's due, this album almost made me burst into tears, which is certainly worth a lot :'(

Now, this is a proper posthumous album, unlike XXX's album, this album is properly finished and published in a way that doesn't exploit the artist. It's also filled with finished and organised songs.

6 Obsidian - Paradise Lost Obsidian - Paradise Lost Product Image

This band is like the Tom Brady of gothic metal: reaching new levels of peak performance when they should be well past their prime. AOTY so far is a neck and neck race between this and Fiona, in my opinion

7 Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa Product Image

Levitating, Hallucinate, and Physical are my favorite songs from this album.

Love it.

8 Eupnea - Pure Reason Revolution Eupnea - Pure Reason Revolution Product Image
9 Miss Anthropocene - Grimes Miss Anthropocene - Grimes Product Image

I know this album got a lukewarm reception overall, but there's a level of genius behind the concept.
The longer and longer 'Anthropocene' goes, the more it feels like the world around you is dying and fading away. It's harder to explain than just that, but it evokes a level of... suspense, and serenity that few albums have yet to pull off. Plus, it has some of her best songs, like 'So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth' & 'We Appreciate Power'.
Grimes elitists will say this isn't as good as 'Art Angels,' but nothing ever will be. For what this record is, really great job on Claire's part. :)

10 Starmaker - Honey Harper Starmaker - Honey Harper Product Image

The Newcomers

? More & More - Twice More & More - Twice Product Image
? 3.15.20 - Childish Gambino

The Contenders

11 The Slow Rush - Tame Impala The Slow Rush - Tame Impala Product Image

Tame Impala was always good but this album is great.

12 Saint Cloud - Waxahatchee Saint Cloud - Waxahatchee Product Image
13 Rare - Selena Gomez Rare - Selena Gomez Product Image
14 Cape God - Allie X Cape God - Allie X Product Image
15 Chromatica - Lady Gaga Chromatica - Lady Gaga Product Image

Such an immersive experience, it truly puts you in a particular state of mind and explores themes such as obsessive thoughts, lack of self-worth and regret
The first act is a great introduction to the general ideas and sound
The second ones probably has the saddest songs on the album (ironically they are the most upbeat ones)
The third one has got slower songs (besides Babylon) that show us the brighter side of things. How trough fate (religious or just fate in our abilities), trust and humility we can defeat our obsessive thoughts and insicurities.
Amazing work of art, and for those complaining for the fact that it's nothing truly new or experimental, why weren't you praising ARTPOP during its era?
Chromatica is a solid album that brings back old sounds and reinvents them.

I was SO pleasantly surprised by this! I'm not a hardcore Gaga fan, and have never really cared much for her in the past, but I saw countless advertisements for this on Spotify, and the concepts behind the album intrigued me a lot. So I figured I'd give this a listen, and I'm extremely glad I did :D

On it's own, it's a collection of anthemic but very repetitive Dance Pop songs. However, once you start to unpack the abstract and existential meanings of the lyrics, and the included storylines and music videos, it becomes an album that transcends pop. She clearly intended this as more than a regular auditory experience, and made SUCH good use of the visual and cognitive elements on Spotify. I really do hope this inspires more artists to do similar things!

Knowing how dominated this site is by Metal Fans, I doubt anybody here is going to love Chromatica, but to anybody who gives this a chance, please don't just immediately brush this off as a generic pop album by an artist ...more

16 Love Over Fear - Pendragon Love Over Fear - Pendragon Product Image

Beautiful!

17 It Was Divine - Alina Baraz It Was Divine - Alina Baraz Product Image

Extremely good alternative R&B from the underrated darling that is Alina Baraz. The first time I heard this, it took me to another world, and I was completely zoning out from reality. Highly recommend checking this out!

18 Eternal Atake - Lil Uzi Vert

I'm normally not a big fan of Lil uzi but I do think some of the efforts he put into this album were good and it felt way more structured. Defintely his best release so far.

Album of the year! Hands down, Uzi the goat.

19 Once Upon a Time - Cryptex Once Upon a Time - Cryptex Product Image
20 Myopia - Agnes Obel Myopia - Agnes Obel Product Image
21 The God-Shaped Void - Psychotic Waltz The God-Shaped Void - Psychotic Waltz Product Image
22 Habits - Elephant Tree Habits - Elephant Tree Product Image
23 Summerland - Dool Summerland - Dool Product Image
24 A Beautiful Disaster - Jelly Roll

Jelly Roll still out here putting out great music. You'd think with as much music as he releases that it would start to become stale, but he's only getting better.

25 How I'm Feeling Now - Charli XCX

The fact she created this entire project in one month while in lockdown shows how insanely talented she is

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