Album Book Club’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2020

Riffs & Rhymes is partnering with Album Book Club, an online music chat and platform, to host their top 50 albums of 2020.

In a year that was terrible for most people in a multitude of ways, one bright spot in 2020 was the wonderful set of album releases we received. While many major artists decided to hold onto their records until they’re able to tour alongside release, smaller artists were able to fully shine and some long quiet artists emerged from hiatus. Newcomers like Flo Milli, Spillage Village, & Kenny Mason and esteemed legacy artists like Bright Eyes, Neil Young, & Fiona Apple found room to thrive alongside current mega stars like Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, & The Weekend .

Compiling the best albums of this year was no easy task, but Album Book Club stepped up to it. With 325 albums nominated and 14 different members providing their ratings, we were able to create a list representative of a large variety of tastes, genres, and styles as seen below. Unfortunately, a lot of wonderful albums just could not fit into the list. Here are a few honorable mentions that just missed the cut:

Lauv – ~How I’m Feeling~, Conway the Machine – From King to God, Whethan – Fantasy, Sango – Shango, Adrianne Lenker – songs, Pop Smoke – Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, Teyana Taylor – The Album, Black Motion – The Healers: The Last Chapter, Jessie Reyez – Before Love Came to Kill Us, & Dark Tranquility – Moment

50. Waylon Payne – Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me

September 11, 2020

49. Killer Be Killed – Reluctant Hero

November 20, 2020

48. Glass Animals – Dreamland

August 7,  2020

47. Colter Wall – Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs

Aug 28, 2020

46. Peach Pit – You and Your Friends

April 3, 2020

45. Thundercat – It Is What It Is

April 3, 2020

44. Lil Baby – My Turn

February 28, 2020

43. Rico Nasty – Nightmare Vacation

December 4, 2020

42. Chris Stapleton – Starting Over

November 13, 2020

41. Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud

March 27, 2020 

40. Pallbearer – Forgotten Days

October 23, 2020

39. Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?

June 26, 2020

38. BRONSON – BRONSON

August 7, 2020

37. Deante’ Hitchcock – BETTER

May 13, 2020

36. Boldy James & Alchemist – The Price of Tea in China

February 7, 2020

35. Neil Young – Homegrown

June 19, 2020

34. Big Sean – Detroit 2

September 4, 2020

33. The Weeknd – After Hours

March 20, 2020

32. Smino – She Already Decided

April 20, 2020

31. Kota the Friend – Everything

May 22, 2020

30. King Von – Welcome to O’Block

October 30, 2020

29. R.A.P. Ferreira – Purple Moonlight Pages

March 6, 2020 

28. Deftones – Ohms

September 25, 2020

27. Black Thought – Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able

October 16, 2020

26. Bright Eyes – Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was

August 21, 2020

25. Kid Cudi – Man on the Man III: The Chosen

December 11, 2020

24. Taylor Swift – folklore

July 24, 2020

23. Kenny Mason – Angelic Hoodrat

April 15, 2020

22. dvsn – A Muse In Her Feelings

April 17, 2020

21. Westside Gunn – Pray for Paris

April 17, 2020

20. Chloe x Halle – Ungodly Hour

June 12, 2020

19. HAIM – Women In Music Pt. III

June 26, 2020

18. Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes – What Kinda Music

April 24, 2020

17. Disclosure – Energy

August 8, 2020

16. Flo Milli – Ho, Why Is You Here?

July 24, 2020

15. Code Orange – Underneath

March 13, 2020

14. Amine – Limbo

August 7, 2020

13. Yves Tumor – Heaven to a Tortured Mind

April 3, 2020

12. Moses Sumney – Græ

February 21, 2020

11. Xavier Omar – If You Feel

October 23, 2020

10. Benny the Butcher – Burden of Proof

October 16, 2020

9. Spillage Village – Spilligion

 September 25, 2020

8. Blu & Exile – Miles

July 17, 2020

7. Taylor Swift – evermore

December 11, 2020

6. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

June 18, 2020

5. Run the Jewels – RTJ4

June 3, 2020

4. Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

March 27, 2020

3. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

April 17, 2020

2. Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist- Alfredo

May 29, 2020

1. Mac Miller – Circles

January 17, 2020

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