Music is a form of art that gives you pleasure like you are on cloud 9. And it’s a source of expression for artists on the other side. Artists tend to feel that they can share their hearts with their audiences through songs. Every person is a melomaniac but loves different music genres in this world. One can adore Rock Music while the other can Romantic, one can relish Hip Hop while the other can Pop – it all depends on the person’s choice. Interestingly, people don’t even listen to music in their spare time, but while doing work, it creates a sense of motivation and makes their job easy!
This 2020 has almost been a year of Covid-19; due to the long tally of casualties every day. And literally, it’s been a long and terrible year. Every day there was some bad news. Every day there were closures in some places like theatres, shopping malls, studios, etc., almost everything got banned!
List of 10 Exquisite Albums of the Year 2020
Here we are listing the best 10 Music albums, which you can listen in your leisure time!
1. Roc Marciano, Mt. Marci
Rahkeim Calief Meyer, a black American, who has his origin in Hempstead, Long Island, New York, USA, is publicly known by his stage name Roc Marciano. Most of the year, he is doing rap songs; but occasionally, he would be there as a songwriter or producer when you search for music albums. Mt. Marci, one of his top-rated albums, released on November 30, 2020, when Covid was at its peak. An extreme point of notice is his ninth album which he just launched ten years ago. All things aside, this album is based on the Hip-Hop/Rap side of the music, covering 10+ songs in this album!
2. Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake
Symere Bysil Woods is an American rapper known by his industry name as Lil Uzi Vert. This Black American rapper comes to our top list for his face tattoos, facial piercings, eccentric hairstyles. Born in Francisville, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, this artist is unique because he is a jack of all trades, mainly for his songwriting as a bonus to his work.
When you go for his songs, it would be either Hip-Hop or Rap music. Eternal Atake, the second studio album of his career, was released on March 6, 2020, through Generation Now and Atlantic Records as a surprise package. One more thing, when you will hunt for Eternal Atake, The Tally of 32 songs would be a big Pop up for you. Because it isn’t the quantity of two albums, but a single one, last but not least, it was one of the year’s best rap albums from the get-go.
3. Thundercat, It is What it is
Thundercat, an American musician, is initially named Stephen Lee Bruner. He was born in Los Angeles, California, USA. In addition to his melodious songs, the juxtaposition of high-spirited music and deep dark messaging is the cornerstone of this album. He is better known for his bassist skills in the whole industry and one of the most skilled bassists ever produced.
Generally, he is an artist focused on Funk, R&B, Soul music, and Contemporary R&B. Still, this fourth studio album is based on R&B/Soul, which was released on April 3, 2020, through Brainfeeder. A song full of heady love songs will make you an R & B lover.
4. Chris Stapleton, Starting Over
Christopher Alvin Stapleton, an American singer cum songwriter known as the Country singer, was born in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. Along with singing, he performs guitar as well. Chris started his musical journey back in 2001, and “Starting Over” is the fourth studio album by a country music singer.
The album got released on November 13, 2020, by Mercury Nashville, again Country being the album genre. At Metacritic, Starting Over received positive reviews from critics, which assigns a normalized rating of 100 to reviews from critics. This album gained a score of 81, which is pretty much a thing to look forward to.
5. Mac Miller, Circles
Mac Miller, an American rapper, was born on January 19, 1992, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. But he is rumored to have died from an overdose of alcohol, cocaine, and fentanyl on September 7, 2018. Apart from this painful tragedy, Miller began his career at fifteen years of age. That time he started from Pittsburgh’s hip hop scene in 2007. In 2010, he signed his major deal with independent label Rostrum Records and released his breakthrough mixtapes K.I.D.S. (2010) and Best Day Ever (2011).
Circles, a sixth but unfortunately final studio album, is a daring work that answers some questions about where the late Pittsburgh singer cum songwriter was headed musically before his demise in 2018 and raising a few more.
6. Phoebe Bridgers, Punisher
Phoebe Lucille Bridgers is an American singer-songwriter born on August 17, 1994, in Los Angeles, California. In this industry, she professionally jumped with her solo debut, “Stranger in the Alps” (2017). Followed by Punisher (2020), which earned her widespread admiration and four Grammy Award nominations, including Best New Artist. On top, Punisher came as a millennial answer to the classics that share their inclination for seeking wisdom in the seemingly dull and understanding through oversharing. With the hype gained from “Motion Sickness,” Phoebe did not disappoint this time, for sure.
Her pure acoustic talent, novel vocals, and especially her voice make her stand out because it is felt like when there is Bridgers’ voice, there is no need for autotune. Apart from it, the perfect use of her range sets her for victory!
7. The Weeknd, After Hours
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, a Canadian singer-songwriter, is a record producer in the bargain. He is known as the Weeknd for his art because of his versatility in vocal style and music productions. Weeknd is often remembered as an influence on contemporary music. Mostly, he is linked with Pop, Hip hop, and R&B music.
Of his career, “After Hours” is the fourth studio album released on March 20, 2020, under the label of “XO and Republic Records.” One can only crave American music when you got an American Music Award winner album sitting beside you – for Favorite Album Soul/R&B! Even if you go to Google, 97% of audiences like this album.
8. Bob Dylan, Rough and Rowdy Ways
Robert Allen Zimmerman is known by his stage name “Bob Dylan.” He is an American classical singer, born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. In 2016, he got an award, “Nobel Prize in Literature,” for his fantastic poetry expressed through songs. Plus, whenever you search for legends in songwriting, he will be regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
Rough and Rowdy Ways is his 39th studio album, released on June 19, 2020, through Columbia Records. But it is Dylan’s first album of original songs since his 2012 album Tempest, following three releases.
9. Adrianne Lenker, songs/instrumentals
Adrianne Elizabeth Lenker, you can call her Adrianne Lenker, born July 9, 1991, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Out of her whole career, she is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of “Big Thief” – an American indie rock band with folk roots based in Brooklyn, New York. She is majorly focusing on Folk music.
In 2006, when she was around 15 years old, she started her glorious musical career. At that time, she released her first solo album, titled Stages of the Sun. Afterward, in 2014, she came with her second solo album titled Hours Were the Birds. But On October 23, 2020, Lenker released two albums, Songs and Instrumentals, through 4AD.
10. Fiona Apple, Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Fiona Apple, an American singer-songwriter, is mostly doing Art Pop and Baroque Pop. It won’t be wrong if we call her a little prodigy because she started training on a piano when she was a kid. Then she began composing her songs when she was eight years old. As a testimony to her brilliant talent, she bagged multiple awards and nominations, including 3 Grammy Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Awards, and a Billboard Music Award.
Fetch the Bolt Cutters, the fifth studio album by Fiona Apple, released on April 17, 2020. Besides, It is known to be Apple’s first release since The Idler Wheel in 2012. Fetch the Bolt Cutters was released during the COVID-19 pandemic. And many critics found its exploration of confinement timely. It received significant critical acclaim and was described as an instant classic and Apple’s best work to date.
No matter what, 2020 has also been the ultimate year for albums. Amidst all of the struggles throughout the year, many of us were newly gifted with, Stretches of Time: to think, to sit, to listen, etc. Due to critical times, this became a year about getting isolated, listening deeply, and looking for comfort! So now, most probably, you might have felt bored in your homes as an idle person. To make you feel every second of the moment, we thought to come up with an exquisite list of 10 music albums for you!
I put everything behind gathering information for this article. To make this exciting and not monotonous with just information, I tried to bring variations at different time spots. Still, if you find something that can be better, please let me know in the comments section and share your interest. I will applaud your endeavors!