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.
NPR logo

Poll Results: NPR Listeners Pick The Top Albums Of 2020

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/947240098/947815871" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Poll Results: NPR Listeners Pick The Top Albums Of 2020

Poll Results: NPR Listeners Pick The Top Albums Of 2020

Poll Results: NPR Listeners Pick The Top Albums Of 2020

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/947240098/947815871" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Courtesy of the artists
NPR listeners' favorite albums of 2020.
Courtesy of the artists

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