100 Greatest Albums of 2020

Criteria: These music albums from the year 2020 were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Fiona Apple
2. After Hours
The Weeknd
3. Future Nostalgia
Dua Lipa
4. Folklore
Taylor Swift
5. Punisher
Phoebe Bridgers
6. Rough and Rowdy Ways
Bob Dylan
7. Circles
Mac Miller
8. Women in Music Pt. III
9. Evermore
Taylor Swift
10. How I'm Feeling Now
Charli XCX
11. RTJ4
Run the Jewels
12. Shore
Fleet Foxes
13. Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Pop Smoke
14. Sawayama
Rina Sawayama
15. Good News
Megan Thee Stallion
16. The Slow Rush
Tame Impala
17. Tickets to My Downfall
Machine Gun Kelly
18. Saint Cloud
19. Ungodly Hour
Chloe x Halle
20. Miss Anthropocene
21. Be
22. Song for Our Daughter
Laura Marling
Bad Bunny
24. Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Perfume Genius
25. Plastic Hearts
Miley Cyrus
26. Letter to You
Bruce Springsteen
27. Gaslighter
The Chicks
28. The New Abnormal
The Strokes
29. Manic
30. What's Your Pleasure?
Jessie Ware
31. A Hero's Death
Fontaines D.C.
32. Grae
Moses Sumney
33. El Último Tour Del Mundo
Bad Bunny
34. Color Theory
Soccer Mommy
35. Heaven to a Tortured Mind
Yves Tumor
36. Ohms
37. Notes on a Conditional Form
The 1975
38. Legends Never Die
Juice Wrld
39. Positions
Ariana Grande
40. Swimmer
41. Chromatica
Lady Gaga
42. Alfredo
Freddie Gibbs/The Alchemist
43. It Is What It Is
44. Róisín Machine
Róisín Murphy
45. Reunions
Jason Isbell
46. McCartney III
Paul McCartney
47. Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial
Roddy Ricch
48. Eternal Atake
Lil Uzi Vert
49. Songs
Adrianne Lenker
50. Chilombo
Jhené Aiko

51. Microphones in 2020
The Microphones
52. That's How Rumors Get Started
Margo Price
53. Ultimate Success Today
54. The Ascension
Sufjan Stevens
55. Lianne La Havas
Lianne La Havas
56. Fake It Flowers
57. Deep Down Happy
Sports Team
58. Mordechai
59. The GOAT
Polo G
60. Visions of Bodies Being Burned
61. Imploding the Mirage
The Killers
62. I Disagree
63. Every Bad
Porridge Radio
64. Untitled (Black Is)
65. Untitled (Rise)
66. KiCk i
67. Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
Oneohtrix Point Never
68. Hey Clockface
Elvis Costello
69. B7
70. Savage Mode II
21 Savage & Metro Boomin
71. Music to Be Murdered By
72. Homegrown
Neil Young
73. My Turn
Lil Baby
74. Wake Up, Sunshine
All Time Low
75. Inlet
76. A Written Testimony
Jay Electronica
77. Old Flowers
Courtney Marie Andrews
78. Dark Lane Demo Tapes
79. Wunna
80. Heavy Light
US Girls
81. Power Up
82. Disco
Kylie Minogue
83. Good Souls Better Angels
Lucinda Williams
84. Serpentine Prison
Matt Berninger
85. Melee
86. Thank You for Using GTL
Drakeo the Ruler
87. Sigma Oasis
88. God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him out of It
89. Spell My Name
Toni Braxton
90. Made of Rain
The Psychedelic Furs
91. No Dream
Jeff Rosenstock
92. Miss Colombia
Lido Pimienta
93. The Unraveling
Drive-By Truckers
94. Inner Song
Kelly Lee Owens
95. Jump Rope Gazers
The Beths
96. Twice as Tall
Burna Boy
97. Colores
J Balvin
98. We Will Always Love You
The Avalanches
99. Ultra Mono
100. Petals for Armor
Hayley Williams
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2020
Ryan's choice - An unheralded great album from 2020
Lonely Trip
Trey Anastasio

Lew's choice:
On The Widow's Walk
The White Buffalo
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