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PopMatters: The 60 Best Albums of 2020

07 December 2020

PopMatters: The 60 Best Albums of 2020

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. Phoebe BridgersPunisher
  2. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  3. Jessie WareWhat's Your Pleasure?
  4. HaimWomen in Music Pt. III
  5. Yves TumorHeaven to a Tortured Mind
  6. Run the JewelsRTJ4
  7. Ital TekOutland
  8. SaultUntitled (Black Is)
  9. WaxahatcheeSaint Cloud
  10. Fontaines D.C.A Hero's Death
  11. Dua LipaFuture Nostalgia
  12. ThundercatIt Is What It Is
  13. Jay ElectronicaA Written Testimony
  14. Childish Gambino3.15.20
  15. Bad BunnyYHLQMDLG
  16. Bob DylanRough and Rowdy Ways
  17. Taylor SwiftFolklore
  18. Perfume GeniusSet My Heart on Fire Immediately
  19. Adrianne Lenkersongs
  20. Adrianne Lenkerinstrumentals
  21. DeftonesOhms
  22. The ChicksGaslighter
  23. Beatrice DillonWorkaround
  24. Fleet FoxesShore
  25. Lucinda WilliamsGood Souls Better Angels
  26. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitReunions
  27. Kelly Lee OwensInner Song
  28. Low Cut ConniePrivate Lives
  29. CaribouSuddenly
  30. GorillazSong Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
  31. Keleketla!Keleketla!
  32. GeorgiaSeeking Thrils
  33. Porridge RadioEvery Bad
  34. Empress OfI'm Your Empress Of
  35. Jessie ReyezBefore Love Came to Kill Us
  36. Róisín MurphyRóisín Machine
  37. Mourning [A] BLKstarThe Cycle
  38. The MicrophonesMicrophones in 2020
  39. The 1975Notes on a Conditional Form
  40. DovesThe Universal Want
  41. Tony Allen and Hugh MasekelaRejoice
  42. JyotiMama, You Can Bet!
  43. H.C. McEntireEno Axis
  44. Soccer Mommycolor theory
  45. clipping.Visions of Bodies Being Burned
  46. Field WorksUltrasonic
  47. Four TetSixteen Oceans
  48. Max RichterVoices
  49. Ambrose AkinmusireOn the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment
  50. Jaime WyattNeon Cross
  51. Nicolas JaarCenizas
  52. Jehnny BethTo Love Is to Live
  53. Les Amazones d’AfriqueAmazones Power
  54. The Soft Pink TruthShall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?
  55. Matthew ShippThe Piano Equation
  56. Car Seat HeadrestMaking a Door Less Open
  57. TORRESSilver Tongue
  58. NNAMDÏBRAT
  59. Baxter DuryThe Night Chancers
  60. Waylon PayneBlue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me
  61. Thin LearWooden Cave