Top 50 Albums of 2020 (2020 Rankings)

Updated: 2 days ago

BEFORE THIS REVIEW, IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND GIVING MY DEBUT ALBUM "DREAMING ON IT" A LISTEN, CLICK ANYWHERE WITHIN THIS SENTENCE!


The other 2020 list I'm doing is my best 50 projects of 2020 - despite the title saying albums (for click-bait effect), I'll include mixtape and EP's as well - as long as it's been released in the year of 2020. If an album you like isn't here, it's either not good enough in my opinion or I haven't heard it - but everything on this list at the very minute is decent and enjoyable.


Honourable Mentions

SL - Different Dude

Ariana Grande - positions

KYLE - See You When I am Famous!!!!!!!!!!!!

6LACK - 6pc Hot EP

Aitch - Polaris


50. Boldy James - The Price of Tea in China

49. Jessie Reyez - BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US

48. Lil Wayne - Funeral

47. Megan Thee Stallion - Good News

46. Westside Gunn - Pray for Paris

45. Don Toliver - Heaven Or Hell

44. Jay Electronica - A Written Testimony

43. Tory Lanez - DAYSTAR

42. Flatbush Zombies - now, more than ever

41. REASON - New Beginnings

40. Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats - UNLOCKED

39. Taylor Swift - evermore

38. Royce da 5'9" - The Allegory

37. Lil Baby - My Turn

36. Young T & Bugsey - Plead The 5th

35. J Hus - Big Conspiracy

34. Juice WRLD - Legends Never Die

33. Big Sean - Detroit 2

32. Drake - Dark Lane Demo Tapes

31. Unknown T - Rise Above Hate

30. Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Atake

29. Boldy James - Real Bad Boldy

28. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters

27. Dutchavelli - Dutch from the 5th

26. Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon III: The Chosen

25. Abra Cadabra - Product of My Environment

24. Black Thought - Streams of Thought, Vol 3: Cane and Able

23. Lupe Fiasco & Kaelin Ellis - HOUSE

22. Headie One - EDNA

21. Jay Electronica - Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn)

20. Spillage Village - Spilligion

19. Joji - Nectar

18. Conway the Machine - From King to a GOD

17. Aminé - Limbo

16. Pop Smoke - Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon

15. Benny The Butcher - Burden of Proof

14. Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA

13. clipping. - Visions of Bodies Being Burned

12. Taylor Swift - folklore

11. Charli XCX - how i'm feeling now


10. Eminem - Music to Be Murdered By: Side B

Eminem is still on form in 2020, the deluxe to his original album - why not as good - is still an exceptional effort. It really cements Eminem as the GOAT in my opinion, as Em has fun on this album over great production with some really entertaining lyricism and flows throughout.



9. Logic - No Pressure

Logic bowed out the game in style. His previous efforts haven't hit, and when he announced his retirement we all knew he really needed this to be a great album. The production is immaculate, Logic's not corny here and his fast flows and bars just stick with you, it's full of some of the highest highs of the year and a great album.

8. Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist - Alfredo

The Alchemist is one of the best producers of all time, and Freddie is one of the best albums of all time, so of course this was great. The soul studded production with Freddie's butter like flow melting over them is gorgeous, and the bars on display are so gritty it contrasts perfectly. I wouldn't be mad at someone having this album at number 1.

7. Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia

The best pop album of 2020 comes from the UK's very own Dua Lipa. The choruses on here are to die for, the verses keep you engaged and its another 80's, retro style album perfected by someone who knows how to make a hit - and make a full album of them. The vocals, structure, lyrics and even the themes of this album make it a modern day classic.

6. Eminem - Music to Be Murdered By

Like Side B, the first part of this album is proof Em can fit in with the new generation. The trap beats on here are of a high quality, as is Em's lyricism and even the content at times. There's glimpses of the old Em here, and even if it's not like his first few albums it's still extremely enjoyable with some of his best songs ever.

5. Nas - King's Disease

Just like Eminem, another rap legend is back on form with this album here. Nas links up with Hit-Boy here and the production is therefore immaculate as he's had a great year. Nas' rapping is as slick as ever and yeah, he's just found a way to hit that modern sound perfectly and he fits into the new landscape.

4. Run The Jewels - RTJ4

This was on track to be my album of the year, the duo have made what could possibly be there best album yet. El-P is great, Killer Mike is even better as both talk on socially conscious topics from police brutality to America's justice system makes this a powerful album, the rapping is so good and the production is unique but amazing - a fantastic album.

3. Mac Miller - Circles

My second favourite album of the year comes from the late, great Mac Miller. Mac's gentle vocals over this stripped back, naked production is fantastic, and there isn't a bad song on here - and the highs on here are exceptional. It's such an easy listen, it takes you on a roller-coaster of emotions from sad to joyful to even in your thoughts. Mac bowed out exceptionally well.



2. 21 Savage & Metro Boomin - SAVAGE MODE II

It may be a surprise to see this album so high up, but to me it's near perfect. There isn't a single bad song, even the worst on here is great. Metro's production is flawless, 21 doesn't waste a single second on any of these luxurious, dark trap beats, and it even has Morgan Freeman narrating it for God's sake. I'm relistening to every album I've ever heard (alphabetically so this is near the top), so this may not last here, but it's a 9.5 to me and probably the most an album's ever grew on me from a relisten.



1. The Weeknd - After Hours

The Weeknd dropped arguably his best album this year, with the best song of the year and multiple highs to match. The retro, 80's style production is perfect for The Weeknd's melodies and vocals, and the synths are gorgeous. What stops this finishing as a 10/10 is a minor drop off at the end, but even so there's not a bad song on here - after a relisten, it's my favourite album of 2020.

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