Year-End Lists

A browsable archive of notable year-end lists. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its author, at the source.

Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2020

27 January 2021

Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2020

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2012]

  1. various artists — Hanging Tree Guitars
  2. Run the JewelsRTJ4
  3. Cheveu & Group DouehDakhla Sahara Session
  4. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  5. Lucinda WilliamsGood Souls Better Angels
  6. BackxwashDeviancy
  7. Billy NomatesBilly Nomates
  8. DramaramaColor TV
  9. Lori McKennaThe Balladeer
  10. WussyGhosts
  11. Black ThoughtStreams of Thought, Vol. 2
  12. Peter Stampfel And The Bottle CapsDemo '84
  13. The Human HeartsDay of the Tiles
  14. Martin CreedThoughts Lined Up
  15. Sam HuntSouthside
  16. Bob DylanRough and Rowdy Ways
  17. Young M.AHerstory in the Making
  18. BktherulaNirvana
  19. Public EnemyWhat You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?
  20. Taylor SwiftEvermore
  21. Sad13Haunted Painting
  22. Guiss Guiss Bou BessSet Sela
  23. Ashley McBrydeNever Will
  24. McCarthy TrenchingPerfect Game
  25. 75 Dollar Bill Little Big BandLive at Tubby's
  26. Kirby HeardMama's Biscuits
  27. Black ThoughtStreams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able
  28. EminemMusic to Be Murdered By
  29. HindsThe Prettiest Curse
  30. Les Amazones d’AfriqueAmazones Power
  31. Yonic SouthTwix and Dive
  32. The ChicksGaslighter
  33. Black ThoughtStreams of Thought, Vol. 1
  34. Elizabeth CookAftermath
  35. WaxahatcheeSaint Cloud
  36. XAlphabetland
  37. SerengetiWith Greg from Deerhoof
  38. HaimWomen in Music Pt. III
  39. Brandy ClarkYour Life Is a Record
  40. Princess NokiaEverything is Beautiful
  41. various artists — On The Road: A Tribute To John Hartford
  42. KehlaniIt Was Good Until It Wasn't
  43. Phoebe BridgersIf We Make It Through December
  44. Will ButlerGenerations
  45. Sunny SweeneyRecorded Live at the Machine Shop Recording Studio
  46. various artists — New Orleans Mambo
  47. Dream WifeSo When You Gonna...
  48. Hamell On TrialThe Pandemic Songs
  49. Low Cut ConniePrivate Lives
  50. Mukdad Rothenberg LankowIn the Wake of Memories
  51. City GirlsCity on Lock
  52. Clem SnideForever Just Beyond
  53. Chicago FarmerFlyover Country
  54. Justin FarrenPretty Free
  55. Munson​-​Hicks Party SuppliesMunson​-​Hicks Party Supplies
  56. Fontaines D.C.A Hero's Death
  57. KaDescendants of Cain
  58. Toots and the MaytalsGot to Be Tough
  59. Open Mike EagleAnime, Trauma and Divorce
  60. Drive-By TruckersThe Unraveling
  61. No AgeGoons Be Gone
  62. Lil WayneFuneral
  63. Etran de L'AïrNo. 1
  64. Westside GunnPray for Paris
  65. Hayes CarllAlone Together Sessions
  66. Dawn Oberg2020 Revision
  67. Serengeti and Kenny SegalAjai
  68. Grrrl GangHere To Stay
  69. Chad MathenyUnited Earth League of Quarantine Aerobics
  70. Al Bilali SoudanTombouctou
  71. Mannequin PussyPatience