Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2020 Albums

Nick Levine: Best Albums of 2020

19 November 2020

Nick Levine: Best Albums of 2020 as published by BBC Culture

Mojo: 75 Best Albums of 2020

16 November 2020

Mojo Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2020

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Bob DylanRough and Rowdy Ways
  2. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  3. Fontaines D.C.A Hero's Death
  4. Bill CallahanGold Record
  5. Fleet FoxesShore
  6. CornershopEngland Is a Garden
  7. Jarv IsBeyond the Pale
  8. Run the JewelsRTJ4
  9. Phoebe BridgersPunisher
  10. The Flaming LipsAmerican Head
  11. Paul WellerOn Sunset
  12. IdlesUltra Mono
  13. Moses SumneyGræ
  14. Tony Allen and Hugh MasekelaRejoice
  15. Frazey FordU Kin B the Sun
  16. Nick CaveIdiot Prayer
  17. Laura MarlingSong for Our Daughter
  18. Toots and the MaytalsGot to Be Tough
  19. SaultUntitled (Black Is)
  20. Nubya GarciaSOURCE
  21. Mark LaneganStraight Songs of Sorrow
  22. Leonard CohenThanks for the Dance
  23. Shabaka and the AncestorsWe Are Sent Here by History
  24. Moses BoydDark Matter
  25. SparksA Steady Drip, Drip, Drip
  26. KhruangbinMordechai
  27. Stephen MalkmusTraditional Techniques
  28. Shirley CollinsHeart's Ease
  29. ThundercatIt Is What It Is
  30. Sam LeeOld Wow
  31. Taylor SwiftFolklore
  32. CorikyCoriky
  33. The NecksThree
  34. Maria McKeeLa Vita Nuova
  35. Rose City BandSummerlong
  36. Drive-By TruckersThe Unraveling
  37. Dua LipaFuture Nostalgia
  38. Lucinda WilliamsGood Souls Better Angels
  39. HaimWomen in Music Pt. III
  40. Thurston MooreBy the Fire
  41. Tame ImpalaThe Slow Rush
  42. Bill FayCountless Branches
  43. Blake MillsMutable Set
  44. Pearl JamGigaton
  45. Bruce SpringsteenLetter to You
  46. Nick Mason's Saucerful of SecretsLive at the Roundhouse
  47. TrickyFall to Pieces
  48. Nadia ReidOut of My Province
  49. Lianne La HavasLianne La Havas
  50. Sufjan StevensThe Ascension
  51. Don BryantYou Make Me Feel
  52. SaultUntitled (Rise)
  53. Nadine ShahKitchen Sink
  54. The WaterboysGood Luck, Seeker
  55. Tim BurgessI Love the New Sky
  56. The Magnetic FieldsQuickies
  57. Songhoy BluesOptimisme
  58. Working Men's ClubWorking Men's Club
  59. Baxter DuryThe Night Chancers
  60. DovesThe Universal Want
  61. Chris Forsyth with Garcia PeoplesPeoples Motel Band
  62. Ren HarvieuRevel in the Drama
  63. Car Seat HeadrestMaking a Door Less Open
  64. The Lemon TwigsSongs for the General Public
  65. BeckHyperspace
  66. Bonny Light HorsemanBonny Light Horseman
  67. Jeff ParkerSuite for Max Brown
  68. The HomesickThe Big Exercise
  69. The Psychedelic FursMade of Rain
  70. Angel OlsenWhole New Mess
  71. Field MusicMaking a New World
  72. Wire10:20
  73. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitReunions
  74. U.S. GirlsHeavy Light
  75. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverSideways to New Italy

Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2020

14 November 2020

Uncut Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2020

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. Bob DylanRough and Rowdy Ways
  2. Fleet FoxesShore
  3. Phoebe BridgersPunisher
  4. Drive-By TruckersThe New OK
  5. ThundercatIt Is What It Is
  6. WaxahatcheeSaint Cloud
  7. Bill CallahanGold Record
  8. Jarv IsBeyond the Pale
  9. Shirley CollinsHeart's Ease
  10. Laura MarlingSong for Our Daughter
  11. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitReunions
  12. Moses BoydDark Matter
  13. Tame ImpalaThe Slow Rush
  14. Courtney Marie AndrewsOld Flowers
  15. Fontaines D.C.A Hero's Death
  16. Stephen MalkmusTraditional Techniques
  17. SaultUntitled (Black Is)
  18. Frazey FordU Kin B the Sun
  19. Brigid Mae PowerHead Above the Water
  20. Bruce SpringsteenLetter to You
  21. James ElkingtonEver-Roving Eye
  22. Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
  23. Paul WellerOn Sunset
  24. Moses SumneyGræ
  25. Nubya GarciaSOURCE
  26. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverSideways to New Italy
  27. Kevin MorbySundowner
  28. Lucinda WilliamsGood Souls Better Angels
  29. Songhoy BluesOptimisme
  30. CornershopEngland Is a Garden
  31. Afel BocoumLindé
  32. The Flaming LipsAmerican Head
  33. BananagunThe True Story of Bananagun
  34. Rose City BandSummerlong
  35. Shabaka and the AncestorsWe Are Sent Here by History
  36. DestroyerHave We Met
  37. SparksA Steady Drip, Drip, Drip
  38. Bonny Light HorsemanBonny Light Horseman
  39. The Psychedelic FursMade of Rain
  40. Brigid Dawson & The Mothers NetworkBallet Of Apes
  41. Keeley ForsythDebris
  42. Róisín MurphyRóisín Machine
  43. Sarah DavachiCantus, Descant
  44. Eddie ChaconPleasure, Joy and Happiness
  45. Bright EyesDown in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was
  46. Roger Eno and Brian EnoMixing Colors
  47. Working Men's ClubWorking Men's Club
  48. The NecksThree
  49. Gwenifer RaymondStrange Lights Over Garth Mountain
  50. Margo PriceThat's How Rumors Get Started
  51. HaimWomen in Music Pt. III
  52. Hen OgleddFree Humans
  53. Sufjan StevensThe Ascension
  54. Perfume GeniusSet My Heart on Fire Immediately
  55. KhruangbinMordechai
  56. The Lemon TwigsSongs for the General Public
  57. Tony Allen and Hugh MasekelaRejoice
  58. BC CamplightShortly After Takeoff
  59. Julianna BarwickHealing Is a Miracle
  60. Lianne La HavasLianne La Havas
  61. Elvis CostelloHey Clockface
  62. Aoife Nessa FrancesLand of No Junction
  63. H.C. McEntireEno Axis
  64. Nadine ShahKitchen Sink
  65. Garcia PeoplesNightcap at Wits' End
  66. Six Organs of AdmittanceCompanion Rises
  67. Matt BerryPhantom Birds
  68. Steve Earle & The DukesGhosts of West Virginia
  69. Honey HarperStarmaker
  70. Bill FayCountless Branches
  71. Andy BellThe View From Halfway Down
  72. TamikrestTamotaït
  73. DovesThe Universal Want
  74. Jeff ParkerSuite for Max Brown
  75. Kelly Lee OwensInner Song

Decibel: Top 40 Albums of 2020

12 November 2020

Decibel Magazine: Top 40 Albums of 2020

[see also 2019, 2012]

  1. Napalm DeathThroes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism
  2. Eternal ChampionRavening Iron
  3. Imperial TriumphantAlphaville
  4. Paysage d'HiverIm Wald
  5. Spirit AdriftEnlightened In Eternity
  6. NecrotMortal
  7. SwevenThe Eternal Resonance
  8. UADADjinn
  9. Paradise LostObsidian
  10. GodenBeyond Darkness
  11. IncantationSect of Vile Divinities
  12. Armored SaintPunching the Sky
  13. Of Feather and BoneSulfuric Disintegration
  14. Vile CreatureGlory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!
  15. Ripped to Shreds亂 (Luan)
  16. DropdeadDropdead 2020
  17. GodthrymmReflections
  18. Lamp Of MurmuurHeir Of Ecliptical Romanticism
  19. PallbearerForgotten Days
  20. Kirk WindsteinDream In Motion
  21. HauntFlashback
  22. TombsUnder Sullen Skies
  23. AtramentusStygian
  24. Temple Of VoidThe World that Was
  25. ACxDCSatan Is King
  26. KralliceMass Cathexis
  27. MidnightRebirth by Blasphemy
  28. Celestial SeasonThe Secret Teachings
  29. ProscriptionConduit
  30. Cirith UngolForever Black
  31. WakeDevouring Ruin
  32. XibalbaAños en Infierno
  33. In the Company of SerpentsLUX
  34. EnslavedUtgard
  35. SvalbardWhen I Die, Will I Get Better?
  36. Oranssi PazuzuMestarin kynsi
  37. Megaton SwordBlood Hails Steel - Steel Hails Fire
  38. ExgenesisSolve Et Coagula
  39. Fawn LimbsSleeper Vessels
  40. Dark FortressSpectres from the Old World

Rough Trade: Albums of the Year 2020

10 November 2020

Rough Trade: Albums of the Year 2020

[see also 2019]

  1. SaultUntitled (Black Is)
  2. Phoebe BridgersPunisher
  3. Rina SawayamaSawayama
  4. Laura MarlingSong for Our Daughter
  5. Jarv IsBeyond the Pale
  6. Dream WifeSo When You Gonna...
  7. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs PigsViscerals
  8. bdrmmBedroom
  9. Porridge RadioEvery Bad
  10. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverSideways to New Italy
  11. CornershopEngland Is a Garden
  12. WaxahatcheeSaint Cloud
  13. OseesProtean Threat
  14. IdlesUltra Mono
  15. CaribouSuddenly
  16. Tom Misch & Yussef DayesWhat Kinda Music
  17. Thurston MooreBy the Fire
  18. OklouGalore
  19. Working Men's ClubWorking Men's Club
  20. Hazel EnglishWake UP!