My Top 10 Albums of 2020

Starting this weekend, and for the next three weekends, I’m reviewing my year in books, TV shows and music. This weekend/today I’m posting my top 10 albums from this year; next weekend, my top 5 TV shows from this year; and the last weekend of the year, my favorite books read this year. My last blog post of the year will be Dec. 31 and will be my one word of the year.

Initially I had a list of 25 albums, but then I decided that would be too much so I narrowed it down to 10. A few albums aren’t listed either because I just discovered them, for example, Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers and græ by Moses Sumney or because even though they were released this year, they were made in the 1960s and 1970s: Palo Alto by Thelonious Monk from a live concert at Pal Alto High School in 1968 and Homegrown by Neil Young from sessions in 1974 and 1975.

From left to right, top to bottom, my top 10 albums of 2020 are (with album titles and artists in captions where titles/artists are not visible) :

And here is one song from each album on a Spotify playlist I created:

What did you listen to new this year that was among your favorite albums? What did you listen to, period, this year musically? Share in the comments.