Top 366 Albums of 2020

The best albums of 2020 so far |

2020 is a year that will go down in infamy historically… but, has been a remarkable year musically. 

For the last several years I have put out a list of my top albums of the year. This year, I kept a list of all the new albums I listened to. Instead of limiting to a finite number of favorite albums, I ranked them all. This worked out to 366 albums, one for each day of the year. 

Here are my  favorite albums that came out in 2020. The year may have sucked, but the music was fantastic. Thanks to Henry Rollins and his KCRW Radio Show, Iggy Pop’s Iggy Confidential, NPRs All Songs Considered, and all the other music sites that help to keep it fresh.

What did you listen to in 2020?

2020 Albums of the Year

  1. Spanish Love Songs, Brave Faces ALBUM REVIEW: Spanish Love Songs – Brave Faces Everyone – Good Call LiveEveryone
  2. Public Enemy, What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down
  3. IDLES, Ultra Mono
  4. Arca, KiCk i
  5. Nick Cave, Idiot Prayer
  6. clipping., Visions of Bodies Being Burned
  7. Mac Miller, Circles
  8. Run the Jewels, RTJ4
  9. Sault, Untitled (Black Is)
  10. Sarah Mary Chadwick, Please Daddy
  11. Mark Lanegan, Straight Songs of Sorrow
  12. Touche Amore, Lament
  13. What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? | HIGHRESAUDIOBAMBARA, Stray
  14. Tricky, Fall to Pieces
  15. Eminem, Music to be Murdered By
  16. Fontaines DC, A Hero’s Death
  17. Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die
  18. Drakeo the Ruler, Thank You for using GTL
  19. Fantastic Negrito, Have you lost your mind yet?
  20. Amnesia Scanner, Tearless
  21. Jeff Rosenstock, No Dream
  22. The Avalanches, We Will Always Love You
  23. Flaming Lips climb into giant bubbles and channel their inner "Wizard of  Oz" with Pink Floyd-themed set | Archive | pressofatlanticcity.comThe Flaming Lips, American Head
  24. Protomartyr, Ultimate Success Today
  25. Perfume Genius, Set my heart on fire immediately
  26. Quakers, II-The Next Wave
  27. 2nd Grade, Hit to Hit
  28. Oh Sees, Panther Rotate
  29. Oh Sees, Metamorphosed
  30. Porridge Radio, Every Bad
  31. Nothing, The Great Dismal
  32. Grimes, This story is dedicated to all those cyberpunks
  33. Bill Callahan, Gold Record
  34. Cabaret Voltaire, Shadow of Fear
  35. Alien Nosejob, Suddenly Everything is Twice as Loud
  36. X, Alphabetland
  37. Princess Nokia, Everything SucksPrincess Nokia – Everything Sucks / Everything Is Beautiful | Album Reviews  | musicOMH
  38. Princess Nokia, Everything Is Beautiful
  39. Emel, The Tunis Diaries
  40. Metz, Atlas Vending
  41. Busta Rhymes, Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God
  42. Coriky, Coriky
  43. Bob Mould, Blue Hearts
  44. Big Sean, Detroit 2
  45. Halsey, Manic
  46. Dogleg, Melee
  47. Juicy J, The Hustle Continues
  48. Orville Peck, Show Pony
  49. Sevdaliza, Shabrang
  50. Son Lux, Tomorrows II
  51. Review: Orville Peck Adds to His Own Mystique With New EP Show PonySon Lux, Tomorrows I
  52. Oh Sees, Protean Threat
  53. Cliquey Bitches, Scorpio Scorpio
  54. Gulfer, Gulfer
  55. J. Zunz, Hibiscus
  56. Black Thought, Streams of Thought Volume 3
  57. Shut it Down: Benefit for the movement for Black Lives
  58. Arca, Riquiqui Bronze Instances
  59. Ghostemane, Anti-icon
  60. Drakeo the Ruler, We Know the Truth
  61. Futuro, Os Segredos do Espaco e Tempo
  62. Sufjan Stevens, The Ascension
  63. Humanist, Humanist
  64. Drive by truckers, The New OK
  65. Logic, No Pressure
  66. The Innocence Mission, See You Tomorrow
  67. Le Butcherettes, Don’t Bleed
  68. Magik Markers, 2020 Image may contain: Sphere, Human, Person, People, Ball, Team, Sport, Sports, and Team Sport
  69. Boris, Refrain
  70. Nerrves, We Were Too Late Anyway
  71. Alien Nosejob, Once Again the Present Becomes the Past
  72. Sleeper and Snake, Fresco Shed
  73. Oneohtrix Point Never, Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
  74. The Bug, In Blue
  75. Pop Smoke, Shoot for the stars aim for the moon
  76. Soakie, Soakie
  77. Diet Cig, Do you wonder about me?
  78. Svalbard, When I Die Will I Get Better?
  79. Ustad Saami, Pakistan is for the Peaceful
  80. Ondara - Folk n' Roll Vol. 1: Tales Of Isolation [2 LP] - MusicBody Count, Carnivore
  81. Neil Young, Homegrown
  82. Helena Deland, Someone New
  83. Chubby and the Gang, Speed Kills
  84. Pup, This place sucks ass
  85. Jehnny Beth, To Love is to Love
  86. Floral Tattoo, You can never have a long enough head start
  87. Moses Sumney, grae
  88. Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon iii
  89. J. S. Ondara, Folk n Roll Vol 1, Tales of Isolation
  90. Adrianne Lenker, instrumentals
  91. Soul Glo, Songs to Yeet at the Sun
  92. Adrianne Lenker, songs
  93. Bartees Strange, Live Forever
  94. Lomelda, Hannah Gigaton (Vinyl, LP) album cover
  95. Pearl Jam, Gigaton
  96. Waxahatchee, Saint Cloud
  97. The Psychedelic Furs, Made of Rain
  98. Dead lips, dead lips
  99. The Waterboys, Good Luck, Seeker
  100. Illuminati hotties, FREE I.H. This is not the one you’ve been waiting for
  101. Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man
  102. AC/DC, Power Up 
  103. Good Sad Happy Bad, Shades
  104. Mourn, Self Worth
  105. Gorillaz, Song Machine Episode 6
  106. Childish Gambino, 3.15.20
  107. The Cravats, Hooraland
  108. Little Simz, Drop 6
  109. Anti-Flag, 20/20 Vision
  110. Hamilton Leithauser, The Loves of your life
  111. The Weekend, After Hours
  112. Charli XCX, how I’m feeling now
  113. Grimes, Miss Anthropocene
  114. Miss Anthropocene - WikipediaUndeath, Lesions of a Different Kind
  115. Angel Olson, Whole New Mess
  116. Avett Brothers, The Third Gleam
  117. Oklou, Galore
  118. Lambchop, Trip
  119. Death Valley Girls, Under the Spell of Joy
  120. The Mountain Goats, Getting Into Knives
  121. The Sea The Sea, Stumbling Home
  122. Rina Sawayama, Sawayama
  123. Deafbrick, Deafkids & Petbrick
  124. Open Mike Eagle, Anime, Trauma, and Divorce
  125. Jello Biafra & The Guantanomo School of Medicine, Tea Party Revenge Porn
  126. Sleaford Mods, All That Glue
  127. Eighth Blackbird, Singing in the Dead of Night
  128. Phoebe Bridgers, Punisher
  129. Singing in the Dead of Night - Cedille RecordsRita Indiana, Mandinga Times
  130. Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts
  131. Fleet Foxes, Shore
  132. Knot, Knot
  133. Noveller, Arrow
  134. Siti Muharam, Siti of Unguja
  135. Jockstrap, Beavercore
  136. Damaged Bug, Bug on Yonkers
  137. Bob Dylan, Rough and Ready Ways
  138. The Strokes, The New Abnormal
  139. Dizzee Rascal, E3 AF
  140. Fuzz, III
  141. Alan Vega, City
  142. Seth Bogart, Men on the Verge of Nothing
  143. Boris, No
  144. Halsey, Manic: Or are you normal
  145. Tori Amos, Christmastide
  146. Tom Morello, Comandante
  147. Black Eyed Peas, Translation Black Eyed Peas Share Album Details, New Single
  148. Bright Eyes, Down in the Weeds, Where the world once was
  149. Elvis Costello, Hello Clockface
  150. Juliana Barwick, Healing is a miracle
  151. Code Orange, Underneath
  152. Eminem, Music to be Murdered by Side B
  153. Annaca, Solace
  154. Sightless Pit, Grave of a Dog
  155. Nova Twins, Who are the girls?
  156. Ian William Craig, Red Sun Through Smoke
  157. Krust, The Edge of Everything
  158. Taylor Swift, Evermore
  159. David Bowie, ChangesNowBowie
  160. Elliot Smith, Elliot Smith Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition
  161. The White Stripes, Greatest HitsAlbum Review: Pylon - Pylon Box - mxdwn Music
  162. Beastie Boys, Beastie Boys Music
  163. Pylon, Pylon Box
  164. David Bowie,
  165. Pearl Jam, MTV Unplugged
  166. Special Interest, The passion of
  167. Stormlight, Natoma
  168. Fake Names, Fake Names
  169. Boneflower, Armour
  170. The Lawrence Arms, Skeleton CoastDream Wife - So When You Gonna... | Album Review
  171. Stay Inside, Viewing
  172. Daniel Blumberg, On&On
  173. No Home, F’ing Hell
  174. Kath Bloom, Bye Bye These are the Days
  175. Closedown, Bask in the Dancing Light
  176. Dream Wife, So When You Gonna
  177. A. Swayze & the Ghosts, Paid Salvation
  178. L. A. Witch, Play with fire
  179. Awich, Partition
  180. Lafawndah, The Fifth Season
  181. Same, Plastic Western
  182. Mozzy, Beyond bulletproof
  183. Permanent Residue, S/T Tape
  184. Fossil Arm, In Bad Decline
  185. Wednesday, I was trying to describe you to someone
  186. The Cool Greenhouse, The Cool Greenhousefpo
  187. Megan thee Stallion, Good News
  188. Bree Runway, 200ANDEVA
  189. Wayfarer, A Romance with Violence
  190. Brigid Dawson and the Mother Network, Battle of Apes
  191. Lucinda Williams, Good souls better angels
  192. Songdog, A Happy EndinSNEAKS - Happy Birthday - Music
  193. Infant Island, Sepulcher
  194. Midewife, Forever
  195. Deradoorian, Find the Sun
  196. Sneaks, Happy Birthday
  197. Alicia Keys, Alicia
  198. Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist, Alfredo
  199. Sad13, Haunted Painting
  200. Frock Destroyers, Frock4Life
  201. Green Day, Father of all
  202. Fra Fra, Funeral Songs
  203. The Suicide Machine, Revolution Spring
  204. THICK, 5 Years Behind
  205. Thundercat, It is what it is
  206. Cold Beat, Mother
  207. Jonsi, Shiver
  208. Roisin Murphy, Roisin Machine 
  209. Lucrecia Dalt, No Era Solida
  210. 21 Savage, Savage Mode II
  211. King Princess, Cheap QueenYaeji on Twitter: "my new mixtape is out everywhere now  💚🧅 i'm having a live streaming drawing/doodling  partayy while we listen and chat on @youtubemusic today 12PM EDT 🍀 you can  grab
  212. Junglepussy, JP4
  213. Speaker Music, Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry
  214. Yaeji, What We Drew
  215. Frail Hands, parted/departed/apart
  216. Ora Cogan, , Bells in the Ruins
  217. Apollo Brown and Che Noir, As God Intended
  218. Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn, Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn
  219. Autechre, Sign
  220. TORRES, Silver Tongue
  221. Nas, King’s Disease
  222. Boston Manner, Glue
  223. Sam Prekop, Comma
  224. Shackleton, Primal Forms
  225. JARV IS…, Beyond the Pale
  226. Wind Atlas, Arche-FossilA. G. Cook (@agcook404) | Twitter
  227. Days and Daze, Show me the blueprints
  228. Nine Inch Nails, Ghosts V
  229. Nine Inch Nails, Ghosts VI
  230. A. G. Cook, Apple
  231. Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG 
  232. Strike Anywhere, Nightmares of the West
  233. Jake Blount, Spider Tales
  234. dj  blackpower, BLP2020 King of the Night
  235. Travis, 10 Songs
  236. Arrested Development, Don’t Fight Your Demons
  237. Tame Impala, The Slow Rush
  238. Brendan Benson, Dear Life
  239. Adulkt Life, Book of Curses
  240. The Beths, Jump Rope Gazers
  241. Palm Reader, Sleepless
  242. Loma, Don’t Shy Away
  243. Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou, May Our Chambers Be Full
  244. Mr Bungle, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo
  245. Soko, Feel FeelingsWILMA ARCHER - A Western Circular - Music
  246. Numun, Voyage Au Soleil
  247. KA, Descendents of Cain
  248. Jay Electronica, A Written Testimony
  249. Marilyn Manson, We Are Chaos
  250. Crack Cloud, Pain Olympics
  251. Wilma Archer, A Western Circular
  252. Fossil Island, In Bad Decline
  253. The Chats, High Risk Behavior
  254. Sweeping Promises, Hunger for a way out
  255. Nils Frahm, Empty
  256. Yuja Wang, John Adams: Must the devil have all the good tunes?
  257. Es, Less of Everything
  258. Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia
  259. Paul McCartney, McCartney III
  260. Kelly Lee Owens, Inner Song
  261. Haley Williams, Petals for Armor
  262. Car Seat Headrest, Making a door less open
  263. FACS, Void Moments
  264. JFDR, New Dreams
  265. Lithics, Tower of ageNazar - 'Guerilla' review
  266. Algiers, There is No Year
  267. Nazar, Guerilla
  268. Blawan, Immulsion
  269. Gaika, Seguridad
  270. Nuvolascura. As we suffer from memory and imagination
  271. Melenas, Dias Raros
  272. Behemouth, A Forest
  273. Michael Rother, Dreaming
  274. Mutant Love, Revolution Redacted Pt. 1
  275. Lady Gaga, Chromatica
  276. Annie, Dark HeartsImage may contain: Text, Document, Id Cards, Human, Person, License, Driving License, and Ebony Bones
  277. Anjimile, Giver Taker
  278. Hilary Woods, Birthmarks
  279. Hook, Crashed My Car
  280. The Bombpops, Death in Venice Beach
  281. Inexorum, Moonlit Naviation
  282. Soccer96. Tactics
  283. Soccer mommy, color theory
  284. Cable Ties, Fair Enough
  285. Alice Bag, Sister Dynamite
  286. The Soft Pink Truth, Shall we go on sinning that grace May increase?
  287. Four Year Strong, Brain Pain
  288. Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake
  289. Ratboys, Printer’s Devil
  290. Spun Out, Touch the SoundHamerkop - Remote (LP)
  291. Troye Sivan, In a dream
  292. Jonnine, Super Natural
  293. Hamerkop, remote
  294. Drive-by truckers, the unraveling
  295. Gorillaz, Song Machine, Season One: Strange TImez
  296. Five Finger Death Punch, F8
  297. Aesop Rock, Spirit World Field Guide
  298. Small Bills, Don’t Play it Straight
  299. The 1975, Notes on a Conditional Form
  300. Godcaster, Long Haired Locusts
  301. Fiona Apple, Fetch the bolt cutters
  302. Garcia Peoples, Nightcap at Wits’ End
  303. The Lovely Eggs, I Am Mormon
  304. Album Review: Code Orange Get Industrial on Underneath | MetalSucksPure X, Pure X
  305. Code Orange, Under the Skin
  306. Disclosure, Energy
  307. James Williamson & Deniz Tek,Two to One
  308. Andy Bell, The View from Halfway Down
  309. Rafiq Bhatia, Standards Vol 1
  310. Nicole Atkins, Italian Ice
  311. The Revivalists, Made is Muscle Shoals
  312. Mura Masa, RYC
  313. envy, The Fallen Crimson
  314. Duma, Duma
  315. Big Freedia, Louder
  316. Khruangbin, Mordechai
  317. Bit of, teenage wastelandBaxter Dury, The Night Chancers review: not just a chip off the old  Blockheads
  318. Peach, Peach
  319. Baxter Dury, The Night Chancers
  320. Kevin Morby, Sundowner
  321. Polo G, The Goat
  322. Tamikrest, Tamotait
  323. Bishop Nehru, Nehruvia: My disregarded thoughts
  324. GVLLS, Ep 2020
  325. Cantine Sbuccia Split by Deaf Lingo, Double No
  326. Cowboy Junkies, Ghosts
  327. Partynextdoor, Partymobile
  328. David Keenan, A Beginners Guide to Bravery
  329. Forest Drive West, Parallel Space
  330. Folian, Blue MirrorFuture is 'High Off Life' on new album - REVOLT
  331. Wire, Mind Hive
  332. Smarts, Who Needs Smarts Anyway
  333. Ohmme, Fantasize Your Ghost
  334. Black 47, Saint Patrick’s Day Party
  335. CJ Fly, RUDEBWOY
  336. Afterbirth, Four Dimensional Flesh
  337. Kamaiyah, Got it Made
  338. Future, High Off Life
  339. Marcus King, El Dorado
  340. Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams, Aporia
  341. Lukas Nelson, Naked Garden
  342. Bobby Conn, Recovery
  343. Lido Pimienta, Miss Colombia
  344. Wasted Shirt, Fungus II
  345. Pa Salieu, Send them to Coventry
  346. Bbymutha, Muthaleficent
  347. Too Much, Club Emotion
  348. Trupa Trupa, I’ll Find
  349. Agnes Obel, Myopia
  350. AWOLNATION, Angel Miners and the Lightning RidersAlbum Review: 070 Shake - Modus Vivendi | Consequence of Sound
  351. Peel Dream Machine, Agitprop Alterna
  352. Brian Fallon, Local Honey
  353. Royce Da 5’9″,  The Allegory
  354. Melenas, Dias Raros
  355. Isobel Campbell, There is no other
  356. 070 Shake, Modus Vivendi
  357. Billie Joe Armstrong, No Fun Mondays
  358. No Joy, Motherhood
  359. Jessie Ware, What’s Your Pleasure
  360. Johanna Warren, Chaotic Good
  361. Brent Faiyaz, F the World
  362. Future Islands, As Long As You Are
  363. Paul Weller, On Sunset
  364. Buscabulla, Regresa
  365. Delanila, Overloaded
  366. Tide Lines, Eye of the Storm

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