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.

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.
20205,58764,508
20213,18018,967
Total8,76783,475

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

Year Albums %


2020 702 70%
2021 298 30%
Country Albums %


United States 501 50%
United Kingdom 198 20%
Canada 56 6%
Australia 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 35 4%
France 22 2%
Germany 14 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 993 99%
Yes 7 1%
Live? Albums %
No 979 98%
Yes 21 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 996 100%
Yes 4 0%
Recognised  Year Charts (2020)
1. The 50 Best Albums of 2020 by Rolling Stone (2020)
2. The 50 Best Albums of 2020 by Billboard (2020)
3. Exclaim!'s 50 Best Albums of 2020 by Exclaim! (2020)
4. The Top 50 Albums of 2020 by Crack Magazine (2020)
5. The Wire's Top 50 Releases of 2020 by The Wire (2020)
6. Top 30 Albums Of 2020 by The Wild Honey Pie (2020)
7. The 50 Best Albums of 2020 by Esquire (2020)
8. Albums of the Year 2020 by Rough Trade (2020)
9. The Best Albums of 2020 by FLOOD Magazine (2020)
10. Quietus Albums Of The Year 2020 by The Quietus (2020)
11. Gorilla vs. Bear's Albums of 2020 by Gorilla vs. Bear (2020)
12. Top 99 Music Albums of 2020 by Piccadilly Records (2020)
13. The Best Albums Of 2020 by Uproxx (2020)
14. 20 Best Albums of 2020 by Gaffa (2020)
15. 50 Best Albums of 2020 by The Needle Drop (2020)
16. Albums Of The Year 2020 – Top 50 by Louder Than War (2020)
17. The 100 Best Albums of 2020 by Noisey (2020)
18. The Best Albums of 2020 by No Ripcord (2020)
19. Les Inrocks Albums of the Year 2020 by Les Inrocks (2020)
20. Uncut's Top 75 albums of 2020 by Uncut (2020)
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