Best Albums of the 2020s

Listed below are the best albums of the 2020s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 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.
20205,63966,067
20213,88926,744
Total9,52892,811

The best artists of the 2020s are The Strokes, Fiona Apple, Phoebe Bridgers, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Run The Jewels, Fleet Foxes, Jessie Ware, Rory Ferreira and Sufjan Stevens.
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2021
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323
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Best Albums of the 2020s composition

Year Albums %


2020 641 64%
2021 359 36%
Artist Albums %


Arca 5 1%
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard 5 1%
Taylor Swift 4 0%
Lana Del Rey 3 0%
Neil Young 3 0%
Sault 3 0%
Halsey 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 499 50%
United Kingdom 203 20%
Canada 59 6%
Australia 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 40 4%
France 19 2%
Sweden 14 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 991 99%
Yes 9 1%
Live? Albums %
No 977 98%
Yes 23 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 999 100%
Yes 1 0%
Recognised  Year Charts (2021)
1. Albums Of The Year 2021 by Rough Trade (2021)
2. The 50 Best Albums of 2021 by NPR (2021)
3. Uncut's Top 75 albums of 2021 by Uncut (2021)
4. Quietus Albums Of The Year 2021 by The Quietus (2021)
5. Gigwise's 51 Best Albums of 2021 by Gigwise (2021)
6. The Best Albums of 2021 by Complex (2021)
7. The 50 Best Albums Of 2021 by Stereogum (2021)
8. Mojo Albums of the Year 2021 by Mojo (2021)
9. The 50 Best Albums of 2021 by Paste (2021)
10. The 50 Best Albums of 2021 by Pitchfork (2021)
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