AllMusic’s Best of 2020

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While the world may have ground to a halt in 2020, the music kept coming when we needed it most. We’re excited to share our lists of our favorite albums of the year, beginning with our overall list of the year’s 100 best albums, and then going deeper into rock, pop, jazz, hip-hop, electronic, folk, and many more styles in our year-end roundup.

• In a year unlike any other, music played a bigger role than ever as a way to help confront, process, or simply drown out the tumult of our times. Perfume Genius and Dua Lipa had us dancing in our homes, Thundercat and Angelica Garcia reached new highs, and long-running acts like the Strokes and Stephen Malkmus reminded us that rock isn’t dead. These are our 100 favorite albums of 2020.

• Whether you’re looking to be soothed by the gentle ambient sounds of Mary Lattimore and KMRU, to be pummeled by the jagged chaos of RXM Reality and Prolaps, or hunting for a happy medium somewhere in between, the year’s best electronic albums offered a wide range of sounds for every mood.

Coming Wednesday: Favorite Folk Albums