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NPR Music: The 50 Best Albums of 2020

02 December 2020

NPR Music: The 50 Best Albums of 2020

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. SaultUntitled (Black Is)
  2. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  3. Lido PimientaMiss Colombia
  4. Phoebe BridgersPunisher
  5. Spillage VillageSpilligion
  6. Boston Symphony Orchestra & Thomas Adès & Kirill Gerstein & Christianne Stotijn & Mark StoneAdès Conducts Adès
  7. Bad BunnyYHLQMDLG
  8. Nubya GarciaSOURCE
  9. Lil Uzi VertEternal Atake
  10. Waylon PayneBlue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me
  11. HaimWomen in Music Pt. III
  12. Lianne La HavasLianne La Havas
  13. Flo MilliHo, Why Is You Here?
  14. Dua LipaFuture Nostalgia
  15. Run the JewelsRTJ4
  16. Katie PruittExpectations
  17. Maria Schneider OrchestraData Lords
  18. Code OrangeUnderneath
  19. Ambrose AkinmusireOn the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment
  20. Victoria MonétJaguar
  21. BuscabullaRegresa
  22. ORF Vienna Radio Symphony OrchestraNegro Folk Symphony
  23. Chloe x HalleUngodly Hour
  24. Tame ImpalaThe Slow Rush
  25. Samantha CrainA Small Death
  26. Ashley RayPauline
  27. JyotiMama, You Can Bet!
  28. Siti MuharamSiti of Unguja (Romance Revolution On Zanzibar)
  29. Adrianne Lenkersongs
  30. Lil BabyMy Turn
  31. ThundercatIt Is What It Is
  32. Bartees StrangeLive Forever
  33. Jake BlountSpider Tales
  34. Mary LattimoreSilver Ladders
  35. Perfume GeniusSet My Heart on Fire Immediately
  36. Brent FaiyazFuck The World
  37. Vikingur ÓlafssonDebussy - Rameau
  38. BbymuthaMuthaland
  39. Rina SawayamaSawayama
  40. The MavericksEn Español
  41. Drakeo the RulerThank You for Using GTL
  42. Clarice JensenThe experience of repetition as death
  43. X AlfonsoInside
  44. Kathleen EdwardsTotal Freedom
  45. 21 Savage & Metro BoominSavage Mode II
  46. Ólafur ArnaldsSome Kind of Peace
  47. WaxahatcheeSaint Cloud
  48. AnjimileGiver Taker
  49. Homeboy SandmanDon't Feed The Monster
  50. Charli XCXhow I'm feeling now