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.
20207,121104,076
20216,57495,377
20226,32588,796
20234,80554,945
20249273,205
Total25,752346,399

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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2022
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1,335
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2021
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1,319
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2023
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1,273
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2021
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1,241
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2020
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1,208
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2022
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1,181
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2022
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1,177
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2020
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1,109
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2022
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1,090
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2020
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996
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Best Albums of the 2020s composition

Year Albums %


2020 279 28%
2021 282 28%
2022 255 26%
2023 177 18%
2024 9 1%
Country Albums %


United States 508 51%
United Kingdom 215 21%
Canada 49 5%
Australia 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 32 3%
Sweden 14 1%
France 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 994 99%
Yes 8 1%
Live? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 15 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 999 100%
Yes 3 0%
Popular  Charts
1. The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone (2020)
2. The Top 100 Albums by VH1 (2001)
3. 200 Greatest Albums of All Time by Uncut (2016)
4. The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time by New Music Express (2013)
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 Absolute Radio (2012)
9. Greatest 100 Albums of All Time by The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums with NME (2006)
10. Die 100 besten Alben der Musikgeschichte by radioeins (2019)
11. Die 100 besten Platten des Jahrhunderts by Wiener (1999)
12. 100 Greatest Albums Ever by Q (2006)
13. The Greatest Rock Albums by uDiscoverMusic (2015)
14. Die 20 besten Alben der Geschichte by Musikexpress.de (2011)
15. The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time by Consequence of Sound (2022)
16. Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Melody Maker (2000)
17. Die 100 Alben des Jahrhunderts by Spex (2000)
18. Mojo Readers: The 100 Greatest Albums Ever Made by Mojo (1996)
19. Top 90.3 Listener Voted Albums by KEXP (2008)
20. Os 100 Melhores Discos de Todos Os Tempos by Sinewave (2012)
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