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 - Haim
  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 - Waxahatchee
19. Ungodly Hour - Chloe x Halle
20. Miss Anthropocene - Grimes
21. Be - BTS
22. Song for Our Daughter - Laura Marling
23. YHLQMDLG - 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 - Halsey
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 - Deftones
37. Notes on a Conditional Form - The 1975
38. Legends Never Die - Juice Wrld
39. Positions - Ariana Grande
40. Swimmer - Tennis
41. Chromatica - Lady Gaga
42. Alfredo - Freddie Gibbs/The Alchemist
43. It Is What It Is - Thundercat
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 - Protomartyr
54. The Ascension - Sufjan Stevens
55. Lianne La Havas - Lianne La Havas
56. Fake It Flowers - Beabadoobee
57. Deep Down Happy - Sports Team
58. Mordechai - Khruangbin
59. The GOAT - Polo G
60. Visions of Bodies Being Burned - Clipping
61. Imploding the Mirage - The Killers
62. I Disagree - Poppy
63. Every Bad - Porridge Radio
64. Untitled (Black Is) - Sault
65. Untitled (Rise) - Sault
66. KiCk i - Arca
67. Magic Oneohtrix Point Never - Oneohtrix Point Never
68. Hey Clockface - Elvis Costello
69. B7 - Brandy
70. Savage Mode II - 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
71. Music to Be Murdered By - Eminem
72. Homegrown - Neil Young
73. My Turn - Lil Baby
74. Wake Up, Sunshine - All Time Low
75. Inlet - Hum
76. A Written Testimony - Jay Electronica
77. Old Flowers - Courtney Marie Andrews
78. Dark Lane Demo Tapes - Drake
79. Wunna - Gunna
80. Heavy Light - US Girls
81. Power Up - AC/DC
82. Disco - Kylie Minogue
83. Good Souls Better Angels - Lucinda Williams
84. Serpentine Prison - Matt Berninger
85. Melee - Dogleg
86. Thank You for Using GTL - Drakeo the Ruler
87. Sigma Oasis - Phish
88. God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him out of It - Backxwash
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 - Idles
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
2019