Best Albums of the 2020s

Listed below are the best albums of the 2020s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 52,000 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.
20207,003103,487
20216,52794,099
20226,22486,553
20234,62750,752
2024395978
Total24,776335,870

The best artists of the 2020s are Black Country, New Road, The Strokes, Little Simz, Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers, Fiona Apple, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Black Midi, The Weeknd and Big Thief.
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2022
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5,349
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2020
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3,953
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2020
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3,069
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2020
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3,044
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2021
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2,899
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2021
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2,690
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2022
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2,293
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2022
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1,938
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2020
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1,921
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Best Albums of the 2020s composition

Year Albums %


2020 297 30%
2021 283 28%
2022 251 25%
2023 168 17%
2024 3 0%
Country Albums %


United States 499 50%
United Kingdom 218 22%
Canada 48 5%
Australia 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 35 3%
France 16 2%
Sweden 15 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 New Music Express (2013)
3. The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone (2020)
4. 200 Greatest Albums of All Time by Uncut (2016)
5. Top 100 Albums by ABC (2006)
6. The Definitive 200 by National Association of Recording Merchandisers (2007)
7. Virgin All-Time Top 1000 Albums by Virgin (2000)
8. The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time by Consequence of Sound (2022)
9. Die 20 besten Alben der Geschichte by Musikexpress.de (2011)
10. Mojo Readers: The 100 Greatest Albums Ever Made by Mojo (1996)
11. Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Melody Maker (2000)
12. Greatest 100 Albums of All Time by The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums with NME (2006)
13. The 100 Greatest Albums Of All Time by Absolute Radio (2012)
14. Die 100 besten Alben der Musikgeschichte by radioeins (2019)
15. Die 100 besten Platten des Jahrhunderts by Wiener (1999)
16. The Greatest Rock Albums by uDiscoverMusic (2015)
17. 100 Greatest Albums Ever by Q (2006)
18. Die 100 Alben des Jahrhunderts by Spex (2000)
19. The 100 Greatest Rock Albums Of All Time by Classic Rock (2001)
20. The 100 All-Time Greatest Albums by Entertainment Weekly (2013)
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