Top 50 Albums of 2020

I’ve brought SOMETHINGGOOD back, if only temporarily, in honor of all the artists who released new records in 2020 — even though they couldn’t fully capitalize on them by touring. Please know it wasn’t for naught because the music brought so much comfort during this godforsaken year. To me, at least.

If you (the person reading this) have the means, please BUY some albums this holiday season. Streaming isn’t enough. If you don’t have a record collection, start one. Records are fucking beautiful and people will think you’re sophisticated for having many of them.

So anyway, here are my Top 50 records of the year. As with every year, I’m not trying to impress anyone — these are the albums I listened to most this year and sincerely recommend. Check out the footnotes for disclaimers/bonus thoughts on select artists/albums.


Fetch the Bolt Cutters
by Fiona Apple


Saint Cloud
by Waxahatchee


No Dream
by Jeff Rosenstock


Printer’s Devil Δ
by Ratboys


Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between
by Man Man


by Caroline Rose


by Bad Moves


by Phoebe Bridgers


Live Forever
by Bartees Strange


Jump Rope Gazers
by The Beths


Color Theory
by Soccer Mommy


Burst #
by Snarls


Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was
by Bright Eyes


by Shamir


FREE I.H: This Is Not the One You’ve Been Waiting For
by Illuminati Hotties


by Bully


Concentration Sixty-Four
by Zanders


by Lomelda


Krazy Karl


songs / instrumentals
by Adrienne Lenker


by Dogleg


World’s Strongest Dog
by Long Neck


by Kevin Morby


by Honey Cutt


Flower of Devotion
by Dehd


Growing Down
by Termination Dust


Home Movies Are Time Travel
by Superdestroyer


by Spinning Coin


by Beach Bunny


I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone
by Wednesday


Things I Never Said
by Oceanator


Runaway Dog
by Retirement Party


by Falcon Jane


Do You Wonder About Me?
by Diet Cig


Good Luck Everybody
by AJJ


by Phantom Planet


by Whitney


5 Years Behind


u r everything
by Bauwaves


Haunted Painting
by Sad13


by Dikembe


by Frances Quinlen


by O’Ivy


Teenage Halloween
by Teenage Halloween


Sideways to New Italy
by Rolling Blackouts CF


The Ascension
by Sufjan Stevens


A Hero’s Death
by Fontaines D.C.


Funky Town
by Rhyne Experience


Back to the Bog §
by the Worms


Origami Angel Broke Minecraft
by Origami Angel

Δ I’m a patron on Patreon. P.S. Ratboys have changed the game for fan outreach in COVID era.
↓ I’m also a patron for Man Man, who made a spectacular return in 2020. Support your favorite artists!
# Read SOMETHINGGOOD’s Q&A with Snarls guitarist Mick Martinez.
Read SOMETHINGGOOD’s Q&A with the members of Zanders.
I contributed to the crowdfunding campaign for World’s Strongest Dog. P.S. Fuck Tiny Engines!
Back to the Bog premiered on SOMETHINGGOOD.
As the only EP, this is a makegood because I (stupidly) omitted Somewhere City from 2019’s list. Gami Gang 4 Lyfe!

Thanks for reading, and please consider sharing this post. I’ve found a lot of my favorite records going through random year-end lists…