The Best Albums of the Year
Claire Miles - December 31, 2020

It’s safe to say that a lot of us turned to music during this wildly unprecedented year. There were some albums, however, that stood out among the rest. We’ve danced to Lady Gaga’s Chromatica, cozied up with Taylor Swift’s Folklore and Evermore. And cherished every music moment of Chloe x Halle’s Ungodly Hour album. The best albums of 2020 got us through this year and we’re going to remember them, listen and dance to them for decades to come. These are the top albums of the year!

 

Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa

 

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This photo was taken when everyone’s favorite supergalactic superstar performed onstage for the 2020 American Music Awards. This whole album is just a straight shot of serotonin to the brain and the veins making you want to dance all through the day and night! Dua Lipa’s 11 track album of pure escapism of disco-pop made our apartments a dance club!

 

After Hours, The Weeknd

 

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Abel Tesfaye’s highly acclaimed album After Hours totally stole everyone’s heart. This varied yet cohesive and soothing record hits all the feels. The Weeknd’s fourth full-length studio album features collaborations with artists such as Belly, Max Martin, Metro Boomin, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Tame Impala.

 

Folklore and Evermore, Taylor Swift

 

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Well, Taylor Swift has done it again! The superstar surprised everyone with a last-minute announcement that she would be releasing her second album of 2020 on Friday, December 11. Evermore continues the woodsy indie romance of Grammy-nominated Folklore which was released in July. Folklore was recorded in secret during the lockdown with collaborators including Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner. Evermore also has Bon Iver on another track, another featuring Aaron Dessner’s band The National, and another with Haim. Swift also surprised fans even further with a music video for the song ‘Willow’ which was released at the same time as the album.

 

The Album, Blackpink

 

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Blackpink is having a moment recently and we’re all here for it! Just recently they released their long-awaited debut album THE ALBUM and it seriously delivered. It scored a historic debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, making it the biggest chart debut by an all-female group in over a decade and the highest first-week sales for a K-pop group’s debut album in history. “We had four years to kind of build our own colors as BLACKPINK. Throughout the four years, we got to explore different genres and really find out our exact, distinct colors,” BLACKPINK’s Rosé said of THE ALBUM in an interview with GRAMMY.com. “So, I feel like [in] this album, we were able to put our prepared music style and contribute with new music genres that we’re still exploring recently.” Their single “How You Like That” was named Song of the Summer at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards after it broke multiple YouTube records, including most views within the first 24 hours when it was released. Music superstars Selena Gomez and Cardi B both make appearances on THE ALBUM as the only two featured artists.

 

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