Top 100 Music Albums of 2020 by LedZep (2022)

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Lo-Fi Indie, Indie Folk, Avant-Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Drone

Meditative
[First added to this chart: 08/31/2020]
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Funeral Doom Metal

Atmospheric subaquatic masterpiece
[First added to this chart: 06/07/2020]
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Avantgarde Black Metal

Out on my birthday! The best EP I've heard in a while. It's a progression of their sound showcased on Mirror In Darkness, which was one of my favourite albums of last year (and decade). This one's only 21 minutes long, but equally dark, aggressive, chaotic and intense. Maybe even more so, 'cause the production is a bit rawer, which was my only complaint about Mirror in Darkness, it sounded too clean. If this was a proper album, it'd easily be a contender for AOTY, but even as an EP it's incredible.

Kathodos (there's no point in having both in the top 30 or so):
The new LP from SC is... slightly disappointing? The songs are too repetitive. I also preferred the production and overall sound on their 2020 EP, Endless Detainment, and I preferred the songwriting on 2019's Mirror In Darkness. The middle is a bit cluttered with several shorter instrumentals. However that's all nitpicking, and this is another strong release from one of my favourite current metal bands. Where Kathodos truly excels is the uniqueness. They've added even more elements to their genre palette: noise, atmospheric synths, even more avant-garde elements (on Dereliction), a 9-minute repetitive clean guitar riff on the closer and even a fuzzy guitar solo on Offering Of Tongues. The interludes and intros/outros are surprisingly quiet and moody too. But make no mistake, this is just as much of a chaotic black metal nightmare as anything they've done. I still prefer Endless Detainment.
[First added to this chart: 03/20/2020]
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Horrorcore, Industrial Hip Hop, Experimental Hip Hop, Dark Ambient, Noise

"He run the motherfucking city, yeah, they know
But he check the lock every time he walk by the door"
is something straight out of Miller's Crossing
[First added to this chart: 10/19/2020]
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Experimental, Ambient, Tape, Modern Classical, Drone, Choral

Otherworldly
[First added to this chart: 06/01/2020]
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East Coast Hip Hop, Abstract Hip Hop

Easily the best underground rap I've heard this year. I mean it has the smoothest, trippiest production of the year, the lyrics are fantastic and make for a loose but very cool concept. It also contains some of the most heartfelt hip hop songs I've ever heard. That's usually not a quality I expect (or like) in my hip hop, but Ka managed to floor me with every song here, no matter the mood, theme or producer. These songs are all winners.
[First added to this chart: 05/09/2020]
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Funeral Doom Metal

Another absolutely incredible funeral doom album. Just like Subaqueous, it completely blew me away. I wasn't expecting anything out of it, and I got a small masterpiece. The deep growling vocals are insane (and the brief clean vocals may be even better), the atmosphere spot on, and everything funeral doom has to offer is here on display.
[First added to this chart: 09/25/2020]
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8. (=)
Ambient House, Ambient, Tech House, Microhouse [First added to this chart: 12/08/2020]
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Ambient, Drone

The textures they create are surreal. I love Avery's debut Drone Logic, but this one is even better. They are very different in nature however, this is an ambient album, while his debut is a much less abstract tech house. That's probably Cortini's influence. He's the current keyboardist of Nine Inch Nails and apparently makes great ambient music. Also, Avery's other 2020 album (Love + Light) isn't too shabby either!
[First added to this chart: 04/02/2020]
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Experimental Hip Hop, Abstract Hip Hop, East Coast Hip Hop, Jazz Rap

The best work by both of these incredible artists. And that's saying a lot.
[First added to this chart: 12/28/2020]
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Top 100 Music Albums of 2020 composition

Artist Albums %


The Weeknd 1 1%
Nemanja 1 1%
Open Mike Eagle 1 1%
Julia Marcell 1 1%
Ka 1 1%
Grimes 1 1%
Wa Wu We 1 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 38 38%
United Kingdom 12 12%
Mixed Nationality 7 7%
Germany 6 6%
Canada 5 5%
Sweden 3 3%
Japan 3 3%
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Top 100 Music Albums of 2020 chart changes

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殞煞 (Vengeful Spectre)
by Vengeful Spectre

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From 01/05/2021 16:37
Great chart! A few I loved, and a few I couldn't stand (ugh that Code Orange record...not for me). 26 in common, including quite a few which are deeper cuts (Ulcerate was great, as was the Backxwash album). Probably my favorite 2020 chart I've seen so far, I'll have to dig through your year charts for other eras.
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From 10/10/2020 03:12
Glad you enjoyed it.
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From 10/04/2020 14:15
It’s in the queue, might get a chance to play it tomorrow. The difference is that I know a few of the older Roisin/Moloko songs, so I kind of know what to expect. Or not?
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From 10/03/2020 02:02
So I was reading the intro for your pick for Jessie Ware, and I think it might happen with Roisin Machine.
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From 09/09/2020 12:14
A decent number in common, and definitely quite a few that have piqued my interest and will join my to do list (even a couple of metal ones ;))
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From 03/19/2020 16:38
Thanks Luigii! It was an interesting birthday in quarantine lol.
Gotta listen to Squarepusher and AAL, thanks for reminding me with your 2020 chart :)
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From 03/19/2020 15:48
Happy belated birthday Led. Also gonna use this to dent a little more of 2020.
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From 03/17/2020 14:28
Thanks Tilly! Gotta say that the feeling is mutual, I've been browsing your chart a lot, but my queue is full atm. Hope I'll find some time for The Innocence Mission, Basic Plumbing, Tennis and Godthrymm at the very least.
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From 03/17/2020 12:15
Dude! This just keeps getting better & better! Great work. My favorite chart of 2020. Keep it up!
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From 02/11/2020 01:58
Stellar notes and nice picks! Although Konvent should be higher! ;) Great seeing Tortuga and Orc make someone else's chart. Both great!

Check out Haunt's latest when you get the chance!
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