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.

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.
20206,999103,524
20216,52394,258
20226,20786,463
20234,58349,918
2024367832
Total24,679334,994

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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2021
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1,331
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2022
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1,323
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2021
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1,241
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2023
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1,235
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2020
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1,220
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2022
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1,181
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2022
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1,171
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2020
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1,116
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2022
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1,086
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2020
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997
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Best Albums of the 2020s composition

Year Albums %


2020 299 30%
2021 286 29%
2022 251 25%
2023 168 17%
2024 2 0%
Country Albums %


United States 501 50%
United Kingdom 218 22%
Canada 48 5%
Australia 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
France 16 2%
Sweden 15 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 999 99%
Yes 7 1%
Live? Albums %
No 989 98%
Yes 17 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 1,002 100%
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. 200 Greatest Albums of All Time by Uncut (2016)
4. The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone (2020)
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. Die 100 Alben des Jahrhunderts by Spex (2000)
9. Die 100 besten Alben der Musikgeschichte by radioeins (2019)
10. Die 100 besten Platten des Jahrhunderts by Wiener (1999)
11. Die 20 besten Alben der Geschichte by Musikexpress.de (2011)
12. 100 Greatest Albums Ever by Q (2006)
13. The 100 Greatest Albums Of All Time by Absolute Radio (2012)
14. Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Melody Maker (2000)
15. The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time by Consequence of Sound (2022)
16. Mojo Readers: The 100 Greatest Albums Ever Made by Mojo (1996)
17. The Greatest Rock Albums by uDiscoverMusic (2015)
18. Greatest 100 Albums of All Time by The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums with NME (2006)
19. Die besten Alben aller Zeiten by Rolling Stone Deutschland (2004)
20. The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever by The Guardian (1997)
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