Tyler’s top 40 albums of 2020

Why would you want to revisit 2020? A fair question, but in an overall trash year, music was better than ever and helped us get by like never before. In this special feature, my chronically late look back at the albums I loved the most.

In recent years, artists like Caroline Polachek, Bishop Briggs, and Phoebe Bridgers were at #1 on my year-end music reviews, and now it’s time again to share my personal highlights from the past year. As always, you might discover some music that you missed out on the first time around.

Below, you’ll find a playlist of some of my favorite tracks of the year as heard on my radio show, followed by my top 40 albums. Let’s get started!

Playlist

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Top 40 albums

40
U.S. Girls
Heavy Light

39
Soccer Mommy
color theory

38
Bully
SUGAREGG

37
Lianne La Havas

36
illuminati hotties
FREE I.H.

35
Best Coast
Always Tomorrow

34
Kiesza
Crave

33
Taylor Swift
folklore

32
Sylvan Esso
Free Love

31
Krewella
zer0

30
Caroline Rose
Superstar

29
KAYE
Conscious Control

28
Dagny
Strangers / Lovers

27
Black Dresses
Peaceful As Hell

26
Phantogram
Ceremony

25
Kesha
High Road

24
mxmtoon
dawn & dusk

23
PVRIS
Use Me

22
Georgia Maq
Pleaser

21
Sløtface
Sorry For The Late Reply

20
KORDELYA
Mal Hecha

19
Grimes
Miss Anthropocene

18
Angelica Garcia
Cha Cha Palace

17
moistbreezy
Breezy

16
Lady Gaga
Chromatica

15
Chloe x Halle
Ungodly Hour

14
Kylie Minogue
DISCO

13
The Aces
Under My Influence

12
Annie
Dark Hearts

11
Shygirl
ALIAS

10
Miley Cyrus
Plastic Hearts

9
Aluna
Renaissance

8
Purity Ring
WOMB

7
Megan Thee Stallion
Good News

6
Fiona Apple
Fetch The Bolt Cutters

5
HAIM
Women In Music Pt. III

4
Charli XCX
how i’m feeling now

3
Phoebe Bridgers
Punisher

2
Dua Lipa
Future Nostalgia

1
Rina Sawayama
SAWAYAMA

Summary

Each year for the past several years, my summary at the end of these lists made increasingly bleak allusions to our increasingly bleak surroundings. I’ll spare you this time. We all know 2020 sucked like no year sucked before. But through the chaos, there was a story where isolation and darkness turned into incredible art, a new queen of pop transcended time and space in the perfect escape, and the year’s breakthrough artist offered a boundary-shattering exploration of identity, putting her whole heart into it when we needed it most.

For more where this came from, be sure to listen to my radio show, Signal Boost on WRFL, each week. I hope you also found some new faves here to last you into the next year. Thanks for reading my top 40 albums of 2020!

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