Best Albums of the 2020s

Listed below are the best albums of the 2020s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 greatest album charts.

Best albums by year or decade
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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.
20205,85275,617
20214,98856,444
20221,8046,783
Total12,644138,844

The best artists of the 2020s are The Strokes, Black Country, New Road, Fiona Apple, Phoebe Bridgers, Taylor Swift, Little Simz, The Weeknd, Fleet Foxes, Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra and Jessie Ware.
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 17 of 100

Best Albums of the 2020s composition

Year Albums %


2020 526 53%
2021 410 41%
2022 64 6%
Country Albums %


United States 502 50%
United Kingdom 212 21%
Canada 56 6%
Australia 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Norway 15 2%
France 15 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 989 99%
Yes 11 1%
Live? Albums %
No 979 98%
Yes 21 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 996 100%
Yes 4 0%
Recognised  Year Charts (2021)
1. The 50 Best Albums of 2021 by Rolling Stone (2021)
2. BrooklynVegan's Top 50 Albums of 2021 by BrooklynVegan (2021)
3. Albums Of The Year 2021 by Rough Trade (2021)
4. The 50 Best Albums of 2021 by NPR (2021)
5. The Best Albums of 2021 by Complex (2021)
6. Top 10 Albums of 2021 by People (2021)
7. Top 50 Albums of 2021 by Vive Le Rock! (2021)
8. Uncut's Top 75 albums of 2021 by Uncut (2021)
9. The 50 best albums of 2021 by New Music Express (2021)
10. Top 50 Albums of 2021 by The Needle Drop (2021)
11. The Top 50 Albums of 2021 by Crack Magazine (2021)
12. Gigwise's 51 Best Albums of 2021 by Gigwise (2021)
13. Top 98 Music Albums of 2021 by The Quietus (2021)
14. Our 50 favourite albums of 2021 by The Vinyl Factory (2021)
15. BPM’s Top 50 Albums Of 2021 by Beats Per Minute (2021)
16. The 50 Best Albums Of 2021 by Stereogum (2021)
17. The 20 Best Albums of 2021 by Deep Cuts (2021)
18. The Best Albums of 2021 by Vulture (2021)
19. 25 Best Albums of 2021 by Magnetic Magazine (2021)
20. The 50 Best Albums of 2021 by Musikexpress.de (2021)
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