Poll Results: NPR Listeners Pick The Top Albums Of 2020 : All Songs Considered Ann Powers joins All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen to discuss your favorite albums of the year.

Poll Results: NPR Listeners Pick The Top Albums Of 2020

Poll Results: NPR Listeners Pick The Top Albums Of 2020

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NPR listeners' favorite albums of 2020.
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I don't think it's a coincidence that you, our listeners, chose a list of music filled with well-established artists this year. It was a year when the discovery of new music was tough. The absence of music festivals and live concerts, in general, kept me from discovering those remarkable opening acts, those second stage acts. Most of us had less listening time, whether it was the lack of a commute or the houses full of families. That's not to say great music didn't come out in 2020, but only Rina Sawayama and Hayley Williams had debuts dent your top 50, and Hayley is already an established artist with her band Paramore and Rina put out a 24-minute 'mini' album in 2017.

So on this edition of All Songs Considered, NPR Music's Ann Powers and I discuss the top 20 albums in our 2020 Listener Poll and reflect on a pretty good year of music, with some odd twists.

NPR Listeners' Top 50 Albums Of 2020

1. Phoebe Bridgers, Punisher

2. Taylor Swift, folklore

3. Fiona Apple, Fetch The Bolt Cutters

4. Waxahatchee, Saint Cloud

5. Run The Jewels, RTJ4

6. Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia

7. HAIM, Women In Music Pt. III

8. Fleet Foxes, Shore

9. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Reunions

10. Lady Gaga, Chromatica

11. The Weeknd, After Hours

12. Tame Impala, The Slow Rush

13. Rina Sawayama, SAWAYAMA

14. The Strokes, The New Abnormal

15. Perfume Genius, Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

16. Mac Miller, Circles

17. Adrianne Lenker, songs

18. BTS, Map of the Soul: 7

19. Charli XCX, how i'm feeling now

20. Bob Dylan, Rough and Rowdy Ways

21. BTS, BE

22. Sturgill Simpson, Cuttin' Grass - Vol​.​1 (The Butcher Shoppe Sessions)

23. Bruce Springsteen, Letter To You

24. The Chicks, Gaslighter

25. SAULT, Untitled (Black Is)

26. Sufjan Stevens, The Ascension

27. Khruangbin, Mordechai

28. Soccer Mommy, color theory

29. Bright Eyes, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was

30. Bad Bunny, YHLQMDLG

31. Lianne La Havas, Lianne La Havas

32. Sylvan Esso, Free Love

33. Laura Marling, Song For Our Daughter

34. Pearl Jam, Gigaton

35. Ariana Grande, Positions

36. Glass Animals, Dreamland

37. Hayley Williams, Petals For Armor

38. Jeff Rosenstock, NO DREAM

39. Taylor Swift, evermore

40. Chloe x Halle, Ungodly Hour

41. IDLES, Ultra Mono

42. The Killers, Imploding The Mirage

43. Chris Stapleton, Starting Over

44. The 1975, Notes On A Conditional Form

45. Bonny Light Horseman, Bonny Light Horseman

46. Moses Sumney, græ

47. Pinegrove, Marigold

48. Freddie Gibbs / The Alchemist, Alfredo

49. SAULT, Untitled (Rise)

50. Kathleen Edwards, Total Freedom