Best Albums of the 2020s

Listed below are the best albums of the 2020s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 greatest album charts.

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2020s decade summary
YearAlbums The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
20207,200105,118
20216,66696,956
20226,44291,645
20234,98058,644
20241,4767,426
Total26,764359,790

The best artists of the 2020s are Black Country, New Road, The Strokes, Taylor Swift, Little Simz, Fiona Apple, Phoebe Bridgers, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Black Midi, The Weeknd and Sufjan Stevens.
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Year of Release:
2022
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5,594
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2020
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4,020
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2020
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3,076
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2020
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3,034
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2021
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2,891
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2021
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2,745
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2022
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2,264
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2022
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2,135
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2021
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2,005
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Best Albums of the 2020s composition

Year Albums %


2020 272 27%
2021 280 28%
2022 252 25%
2023 177 18%
2024 21 2%
Country Albums %


United States 508 51%
United Kingdom 211 21%
Canada 53 5%
Australia 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Sweden 15 1%
France 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 995 99%
Yes 7 1%
Live? Albums %
No 986 98%
Yes 16 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 998 100%
Yes 4 0%
Popular  Charts
1. The Top 100 Albums by VH1 (2001)
2. The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone (2020)
3. 100 Best Albums - 2024 Edition by Apple Music (2024)
4. 200 Greatest Albums of All Time by Uncut (2016)
5. The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time by New Music Express (2013)
6. Top 100 Albums by ABC (2006)
7. The Definitive 200 by National Association of Recording Merchandisers (2007)
8. Virgin All-Time Top 1000 Albums by Virgin (2000)
9. 100 Greatest Albums Ever by Q (2006)
10. The 300 Greatest Albums of All Time (1-100) by Paste (2024)
11. The Greatest Rock Albums by uDiscoverMusic (2015)
12. Die 100 Alben des Jahrhunderts by Spex (2000)
13. The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time by Consequence of Sound (2022)
14. Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Melody Maker (2000)
15. Die 20 besten Alben der Geschichte by Musikexpress.de (2011)
16. Die 100 besten Platten des Jahrhunderts by Wiener (1999)
17. Mojo Readers: The 100 Greatest Albums Ever Made by Mojo (1996)
18. Greatest 100 Albums of All Time by The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums with NME (2006)
19. The 100 Greatest Albums Of All Time by Absolute Radio (2012)
20. Die 100 besten Alben der Musikgeschichte by radioeins (2019)
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