UndercoverSadGirl’s Top 50 Albums of 2020

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There was a huge pile of gold to listen to this past year. It seems that these trying times have motivated musical artists to unearth substance and soar into our desperate ears. There were already a plethora of good albums that came out in March, so you could only imagine how many more sad girl epiphany sounds have revealed themselves since.

Fiona Apple obviously stole the cake, releasing Fetch the Bolt Cutters, her first album in eight years after the groundbreaking album, The Idler Wheel… Somewhere in the stars, the Cosmonauts and Heavy Balloons are therapeutically screaming, unspooling the catharsis and Fetching the Bolt Cutters for themselves. Having started composing music when she was eight-years-old, Fiona Apple is an expert at staying true to herself. She has mastered communicating anger in a vulnerable way through her voice, letting herself free of musical constraints. The background vocals in Relay whale and echo after the line, “Evil is a relay race when the one who’s burned turns to pass the torch/ I don’t want to hurt myself even more.” The effects within this song are so magnificent, it sounds like someone who is caged in a far away nightmare. She has created a theatrical experience for us listeners, with splashes of dog barks and empty oil cans filled with dirt (Rolling Stone). Also, let’s not forget about the banging on the walls, we didn’t know we needed. There is a sense of pure lava and liberation at every turn. In an Elle interview, Fiona Apple reflects on people contributing to music as audience members, “I feel like the listener is part of the band or part of the music in some way. I feel like it’s a really beautiful part of being alive.” You matter too, listener! All you have to do is let sounds wow you. So let us dig in!

These are the best albums of 2020.

50. Swimmer- Tennis

49. Chaotic Good- Johanna Warren

48. Manger on McNichols- Boldy James

47. Silver Tongue- TORRES

46. Apparition- serpentwithfeet

45. SOURCE- Nubya Garcia

44. Someone New- Helena Deland

43. Gold Record- Bill Callahan

42. The Caretaker- Half Waif

41. Which Way is Forward?- Obongjayar

40. A Little Rhythm and a Wicked Feeling- Magdalena Bay

39. Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2- Tkay Maidza

38. A Hero’s Death- Fontaines D.C.

37. Folklore- Taylor Swift

36. Mama, You Can Bet!- Jyoti, Georgia Ann Muldrow

35. Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs- Klô Pelgag

34. Ungodly Hour- Chloe x Halle

33. Have We Met- Destroyer

32. Mutable Set- Blake Mills

31. songs- Adrianne Lenker

30. Live Forever- Bartees Strange

29. Muthaland- BbyMutha

28. The Neon Skyline- Andy Shauf

27. Sundry Rock Song Stock- Yves Jarvis

26. As God Intended- Apollo Brown, Che Noir

25. Likewise- Frances Quinlan

24. Untitled (Rise)- SAULT

23. Heavy Light- U.S. Girls

22. I THINK I’M GOOD- Kassa Overall

21. Rough and Rowdy Ways- Bob Dylan

20. Ajai- Kenny Segal, Serengeti

19. Every Bad- Porridge Radio

18. The Slow Rush- Tame Impala

17. RTJ4- Run The Jewels

16. Mydata- Katie Dey

15. Man Alive!- King Krule

14. Punisher- Phoebe Bridgers

13. Anime, Trauma and Divorce- Open Mike Eagle

12. The Ascension- Sufjan Stevens

11. Saint Cloud- Waxahatchee

10. 925- Sorry

9. A Written Testimony- Jay Electronica

8. Kitchen Sink- Nadine Shah

7. Purple Moonlight Pages- R.A.P. Ferreira

6. Untitled (Black Is)- SAULT

5. Song for Our Daughter- Laura Marling

4. græ- Moses Sumney

3. Heaven to a Tortured Mind- Yves Tumor

2. Set My Heart on Fire Immediately- Perfume Genius

1. Fetch the Bolt Cutters- Fiona Apple

There were many other breathtaking albums from this year that weren’t able to fit on this list. These sounds came from Hachiku, Katie Von Schleicher, Lianne La Havas, Duckwrth, Tricot, Tricky, Quelle Chris, Soccer Mommy, Baxter Dury, The Flaming Lips, Sylvan Esso, Ohmme, Nappy Nina, BC Camplight, Fiver, Shabazz Palaces, Sam Gendel, Caribou, Tenci, Princess Nokia, The Avalanches, and Fleet Foxes. What a slam dunk year for new music!

Check out more end of year lists from these fellow avatar people: BPMHILL, Daw, and jpgchief

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