Best Albums of the 2020s

Listed below are the best albums of the 2020s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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.
20205,51360,269
20212,3969,426
Total7,90969,694

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

Year Albums %


2020 808 81%
2021 192 19%
Country Albums %


United States 484 48%
United Kingdom 189 19%
Canada 60 6%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Australia 37 4%
France 27 3%
Norway 16 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
Live? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 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. The Wire's Top 50 Releases of 2020 by The Wire (2020)
4. Top 30 Albums Of 2020 by The Wild Honey Pie (2020)
5. The 50 Best Albums of 2020 by Esquire (2020)
6. Albums of the Year 2020 by Rough Trade (2020)
7. The Best Albums of 2020 by FLOOD Magazine (2020)
8. Quietus Albums Of The Year 2020 by The Quietus (2020)
9. Gorilla vs. Bear's Albums of 2020 by Gorilla vs. Bear (2020)
10. The Best Albums Of 2020 by Uproxx (2020)
11. Top 99 Music Albums of 2020 by Piccadilly Records (2020)
12. 20 Best Albums of 2020 by Gaffa (2020)
13. Albums Of The Year 2020 – Top 50 by Louder Than War (2020)
14. 50 Best Albums of 2020 by The Needle Drop (2020)
15. The 100 Best Albums of 2020 by Noisey (2020)
16. The Best Albums of 2020 by No Ripcord (2020)
17. Les Inrocks Albums of the Year 2020 by Les Inrocks (2020)
18. Uncut's Top 75 albums of 2020 by Uncut (2020)
19. Our 50 favourite albums of 2020 by The Vinyl Factory (2020)
20. Gigwise's 51 Best Albums of 2020 by Gigwise (2020)
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