We are more than halfway into the year 2020 that feels pretty much endless, which means it is time to take a look back at some of the albums that have been dropped so far and pick the best. Thankfully, several artists have blessed us with plenty of great albums, although it makes it a lot harder to narrow down the list.
If you are looking to update your playlist or you are just looking for some of the best songs to come out of 2020, then this is definitely the article to be reading. Below is some of the top album of 2020 in no particular order.
Fetch the Bolt Cutters – Fiona Apple
Fiona has a way of dropping her album every seven years or so. Fetch the bolt cutters arrived sometime in April, and it felt like a cosmic event. The album was, how do you put it? A paradigm-rattling explosion of joyful noise and poignant lyricism. The songs in the album are those that require you to soak your whole brainpan in for hours to understand. But once you do, the album is more than its own reward.
Run the Jewels 4 – Run the Jewels
Listening to Run the Jewels 4, you would think it was written in this current hellscape, but it wasn’t. Coming back to slice and dice their way through anyone who stood in their path, four years after their first album. Killer Mike and El-P simply outdid themselves on this one. A must-listen is the track title “Just” featuring Pharrell, a track calling out the “slave masters posing on your dollars.”
Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
There is no best album of 2020 list that would be complete without Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia. The album contains a total of 11 effervescent tracks that pulse with alpha-female energy and high-altitude synths. If you are not sure which songs to start with, in the album, then “Don’t Stop Now,” “Physical,” and “Break My Heart” should do the trick.
No Dream – Jeff Rosenstock
Jeff Rosenstock has somehow managed to sound even more urgent and immediate than his previous work. Kicking the album with a minute-long “no time,” the energy the tracks in the album brings is no mean feat for someone that continually surprises. Jeff Rosenstock managed to artistically fuse punk rock, sing-along arena anthems, and loose basement – which only made the album better.
Ungodly Hour – Chloe x Halle
You might already be familiar with Chloe, and Halle Bailey through their YouTube covers with their angelic harmonies or with their stamp of approval from Beyoncé. If you have not listened to their first album, then let Ungodly Hour be your proper introduction. Ungodly hour, the second album, which was largely written by the duo, is an unapologetic manifesto of black womanhood and a show-stopping pop/R&B opus. Ungodly Hour is an album that has successfully announced Chloe and Halle as the next great divas.
Set My Heart On Fire Immediately – Perfume Genius
Sounding far from the lo-fi ballads of his 2010 debut, the fifth album of perfume genius is a modern baroque masterpiece. If you are looking for the perfect music, the moments of reflection, emptiness, and occasional bliss, then Set My Heart On Fire Immediately is your best bet. The album is rooted in feeling that’s undeniably real.
To Wrap It Up
There is no way these are the only great albums for this year, but for the sake of this article, these are the ones you really should listen to. Update your playlist and immerse yourself in beautiful music.