Top 20 albums of the year 2020

This isn’t a year many will look back on too fondly, and with tours postponed and album releases delayed, you’d be forgiven for thinking it wasn’t a great year for new music, but you’d be wrong. If you happen to have a lot of time on your hands, for whatever reason, give some of these a spin…

Best of 2020 Spotify playlist

1.) Doves – The Universal Want

A triumphant return after a 11-year hiatus. Jimi Goodwin’s soothing tones are more welcome now than ever.

Stream: Cathedrals Of The Mind, Carousels.

2.) Biffy Clyro – A Celebration Of Endings

Balancing the bizarre with the mainstream has been Biffy’s challenge for the past 10 years and on this album they’ve struck the balance perfectly.

Stream: Cop Syrup, Tiny Indoor Fireworks.

3.) Four Year Strong – Brain Pain

A blistering, cathartic record that finishes as abruptly as it explodes into life.

Stream: It’s Cool, Young At Heart.

4.) Sports Team – Deep Down Happy

What if Art Brut but with actual singing? The best debut album of the year by a country mile, will leave you wanting to learn every last whip-smart lyric.

Stream: Lander, Here’s The Thing.

5.) Nothing But Thieves – Moral Panic

Combines all the best bits of their first two albums into a delightfully cohesive whole.

Stream: Can You Afford To Be An Individual? Is Everybody Going Crazy?

6.) Neck Deep – All Distortions Are Intentional

The way the first half of this album seamlessly flows together and the general production values show that this is a band at the peak of their powers.

Stream: Fall, Pushing Daisies.

7.) Mystery Jets – A Billion Heartbeats

Arguably the most zeitgeisty album on this list – written in 2019, but all the more relevant in 2020.

Stream: History Has Its Eyes On You, A Billion Heartbeats.

8.) Another Sky – I Slept On The Floor

Catrin Vincent’s fascinatingly androgynous voice lifts this haunting record into the realm of the extraordinary.

Stream: How Long? Fell In Love With The City.

9.) Sparta – Trust The River

Their first album in 14 years is a nostalgic treat that hits all the right notes.

Stream: Empty Houses, No One Can Be Nowhere.

10.) Creeper – Sex, Death & The Infinite Void

Goth-punk breakout stars defy logic by completely reinventing themselves as glam-rock crooners for their second album – a brave move that really paid off.

Stream: Cyanide, Napalm Girls.

11.) beabadoobee – Fake It Flowers
12.) Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter
13.) Orchards – Lovecore
14.) Travis – 10 Songs
15.) Electric Soft Parade – Stages
16.) Everything Everything – RE-ANIMATOR
17.) Fleet Foxes – Shore
18.) Spanish Love Songs – Brave Faces Everyone
19.) Twin Atlantic – POWER
20.) HAIM – Women In Music Pt. III

What’s to come in 2021? Hopefully a return to live music for many and the released of the delayed albums from Weezer and the Foos. As always, I’ll leave you with my video of the year, enjoy!