Albums of 2020
We've put together what the majority think some of the best albums of 2020 were. (Not in specific order)
Over the summer, Clairo released her debut album, “Immunity” after her hit single “Pretty Girl” went viral. She is known for her lo-fi pop-style music and detailed songwriting all by herself.
A N N I V E R S A R Y- Bryson Tiller
R&B artist Bryson Tiller released his third studio album this year, and many fans are not very happy with how it turned out. Fans had high expectations, and were particularly disappointed when it did not match the same level as Tiller’s previous albums “True to Self” and “T R A P S O U L”.
Fine Line- Harry Styles
Styles’s solo career began after One Direction went on a permanent hiatus in 2016, and in 2017, when he released his self-titled debut album. In December 2019, Harry Styles released his second solo album, “Fine Line'', which many sources claim to be his career-defining record. It stayed at the top of the charts all throughout the summer, as he released several music videos....
Eternal Atake- Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi Vert’s new album of this year was highly anticipated among his fans, since his last album was released in 2017. Many say Eternal Atake is Uzi’s greatest album yet, as it contains some of the best rapping moments of his career.
Kid Krow- Conan Gray
On March 20, 2020, Conan Gray’s most recent album, “Kid Krow”, was going to be written about his senior year of high school, but Gray goes on to say that so much more has happened in his life since high school, and he decided to gear the album more towards his life story. One of his songs, “Heather”, blew up on TikTok over the summer and fall.
Man On The Moon III: The Chosen- Kid Cudi
It has been 11 years since Kids Cudi released his debut album, “Man On The Moon: The End of Day”, and fans were very excited when they heard Cudi was releasing another album. “Man on the Moon III: The Chosen” is the third part in the Man On The Moon series, making its way to the top of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts.
Tickets To My Downfall- Machine Gun Kelly
Machine Gun Kelly released his fifth studio album, “Tickets to My Downfall”, on September 25, 2020. On the albums first week after the release, it claimed the number one spot on the Billboard Charts.
Heartbreak Weather- Niall Horan
Also a member of One Direction, Niall Horan released his second studio album, “Heartbreak Weather” on March 13, 2020. The album was promoted by his famous single, “Nice to Meet Ya”. Horan’s album peaked at number four on the Billboard Charts.
After Hours- The Weeknd
“After Hours” is The Weeknd’s sixth album, and it had 221 million streams and sold 275,000 copies as a full album. Not only does the album have many great songs, but it also has a deeper meaning, as well. At music award shows and in many of his performances, he has his “beat-up” face bandaged and wrapped up most of the time. The singer explained to Esquire earlier this year that his ...
Folklore- Taylor Swift
On July 24, 2020, Taylor Swift released her eighth studio album, “Folklore”. Folklore expresses themes compassion, generosity, and humility over the vices of greed, selfishness, and excessive pride. Taylor’s album climbed the Billboard Charts instantly, and was at the top of the charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks.
Evermore- Taylor Swift
On December 11, 2020, Taylor Swift released her ninth studio album and the “sister album” to “Folklore”, “Evermore”. From the release, “Evermore” shot right up to the number one spot in the Billboard Charts. “Folklore” and “Evermore” also claimed the top two spots on the country music top 100.
SAVAGE MODE II- 21 Savage, Metro Boomin
This is the sequel to 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s 2016 “Savage Mode”, arguably the greatest collaborative rapper-producer project of the last decade. This is Metro’s official return after almost two years of near-silence, and most notably, 21’s first release since he was unjustly detained and threatened with deportation by ICE. “SAVAGE MODE II” made its way atop the Billboard 20...
Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial- Roddy Ricch
The three-time Grammy nominee, Roddy Ricch proves that his first viral album, “Feed Tha Streets II'' was not a mistake. “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” was extremely successful, with over one billion streams for Ricch’s hit single, “The Box”.
Hot Pink- Doja Cat
Doja Cat released her second studio album, “Hot Pink”, on November 7, 2019. “Hot Pink” gained popularity from Doja’s single “Say So”, which took over the social media platform, TikTok.
Positions- Ariana Grande
On October 30, 2020, Ariana Grande released her sixth studio album, Positions, with Republic Records. The song, “Positions”, debuted at number one on the Billboard 100 on the week ending November 7th, 2020, becoming Grande’s fifth number-one single.
The Slow Rush- Tame Impala
On February 14, 2020, Tame Impala made a comeback with the release of his fourth studio album, “Slow Rush”. Kevin Parker, his real name, did not release any music for five years, so fans were excited to see his return to the music industry. Tame Impala’s music is not like any other, with his brilliant psychedelic symphonies.
Circles- Mac Miller
Released on January 17, 2020, Circles by Mac Miller expresses his past mistakes. With his tragic death on September 7, 2017, this album allows listeners to get inside on Mac’s inner thoughts. Jon Brion, who worked with Mac on his album “Swimming” released the album in honor of him this year. Fans in Pittsburgh were especially heart-broken since Miller's hometown was Pittsburgh....
Future Nostalgia- Dua Lipa
Released in March 2020, Dua Lipa released her second studio album, “Future Nostalgia”. The album took over the Billboard Charts with her first single of the album, “Don’t Start Now”.
After Aminé’s hit single, “Caroline”, went multi-platinum, he became popular since his music was not like most rappers. However, in his new album, “Limbo”, he is more pragmatic; this shift in attitude was inspired by the death of NBA icon Kobe Bryant. “That was like seeing Superman die”, he says.
MAP OF THE SOUL : 7- BTS
The BTS brand has never been stronger, as the seven boys already have a massive fanbase, dubbed “The Army”. Their new album, “MAP OF THE SOUL : 7” already is a huge global hit, selling two million copies in its first two hours in South Korea. They are projected to do bigger first-week numbers stateside than Justin Bieber.
Punisher- Phoebe Bridgers
After making a name for herself in 2017 with the release of her first album “Stranger in the Alps”, Phoebe Bridgers came out with an extremely successful second album, “Punisher”, which was released on June 18, 2020. Although this album is only her second full-length collection as a solo artist, Bridgers has already established a distinct worldview.
Dark Lane Demo Tapes- Drake
In May, the Toronto rapper's surprise announcement of a mixtape he has been reportedly working on for only a month. Debuting at #2 on the Billboard's top 200, the tape features many hits like “Toosie Slide”, “Chicago Freestyle”, and “Time Flies”. It also included “Pain 1993”, featuring Playboi Carti which was long-awaited after hearing snippets in early February. Drizzy made sure to i...
Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon- Pop Smoke
In late 2018, Pop Smoke arrived with one of his first-ever recordings, on a remix of Sheff G’s “Panic, Pt. 3”. By the summer, people across the city were talking about his voice and signature dance. The 20-year-old rising star was the voice of Brooklyn drill when he, unfortunately, passed away.
TAKE TIME- Giveon
Giveon’s latest album, “Take Time”, was released in March of 2020. The album secured its spot on the Rated R&B’s best albums of 2020 in July. “Take Time” is Giveon’s second project of 2020, which followed his “When It’s All Said and Done” album.
Plastic Hearts- Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus’s newest album, “Plastic Hearts”, was released on November 27, 2020. The album quickly became popular due to Tiktok. “Plastic Hearts” is now Cyrus’s seventh studio album.
Being his second studio album, Gunna released his album “WUNNA” on May 22, 2020. “WUNNA” now serves as a followup for Gunna’s previous album, “Drip or Down 2”.
Chilombo- Jhené Aiko
Jhene Aiko’s “Chilombo” album was released on March 6, 2020, which is now her third studio album. The expanded edition of this album features song collaborations with Kehlani, Snoop Dog, Wiz Khalifa, and more.
Good News- Megan Thee Stallion
“Good News” was released on November 20, 2020, by the rapper, Megan Thee Stallion. Stallion’s album rose to fame with her single “Body”, which became a popular song after her performance on the American Music Awards, which aired on November 22.
THE ALBUM- BLACKPINK
The most famous K-Pop girl group released their first full studio album “The Album”, on October 2, 2020. Since their debut in 2016, this album is the group's first full-length album. “How You Like That”, was released on July 24, 2020, which became the leading single off of the album.
My Turn- Lil Baby
Lil Baby’s album, “My Turn”, was released on February 28, 2020. The album debuted at the top of Billboard 200 charts. Following this, Lil Baby partnered with Pop Smoke, Money Man, and Lil Durk.