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.

#1

Fetch the Bolt Cutters
by Fiona Apple

#2

Saint Cloud
by Waxahatchee

#3

No Dream
by Jeff Rosenstock

#4

Printer’s Devil Δ
by Ratboys

#5

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

#6

Superstar
by Caroline Rose

#7

Untenable
by Bad Moves

#8

Punisher
by Phoebe Bridgers

#9

Live Forever
by Bartees Strange

#10

Jump Rope Gazers
by The Beths

#11

Color Theory
by Soccer Mommy

#12

Burst #
by Snarls

#13

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

#14

Shamir
by Shamir

#15

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

#16

Sugaregg
by Bully

#17

Concentration Sixty-Four
by Zanders

#18

Hannah
by Lomelda

#19

Krazy Karl
by NNAMDÏ

#20

songs / instrumentals
by Adrienne Lenker

#21

Melee
by Dogleg

#22

World’s Strongest Dog
by Long Neck

#23

Sundowner
by Kevin Morby

#24

Coasting
by Honey Cutt

#25

Flower of Devotion
by Dehd

#26

Growing Down
by Termination Dust

#27

Home Movies Are Time Travel
by Superdestroyer

#28

Hyacinth
by Spinning Coin

#29

Honeymoon
by Beach Bunny

#30

I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone
by Wednesday

#31

Things I Never Said
by Oceanator

#32

Runaway Dog
by Retirement Party

#33

Faith
by Falcon Jane

#34

Do You Wonder About Me?
by Diet Cig

#35

Good Luck Everybody
by AJJ

#36

Devastator
by Phantom Planet

#37

Candid
by Whitney

#38

5 Years Behind
by THICK

#39

u r everything
by Bauwaves

#40

Haunted Painting
by Sad13

#41

Muck
by Dikembe

#42

Likewise
by Frances Quinlen

#43

Bloom
by O’Ivy

#44

Teenage Halloween
by Teenage Halloween

#45

Sideways to New Italy
by Rolling Blackouts CF

#46

The Ascension
by Sufjan Stevens

#47

A Hero’s Death
by Fontaines D.C.

#48

Funky Town
by Rhyne Experience

#49

Back to the Bog §
by the Worms

#50

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!

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