In honor of Spotify Wrapped finally coming out, I wanted to write an article about my favorite albums released in 2020. As crazy as this year was, we were blessed with some pretty good music. Here’s my list of albums that I thought were the best to come out this past year.
Circles by Mac Miller
Let me start with one of my favorite artists of all time, Mac Miller. When I first found out that new Mac Miller music was being released, I was excited but also nervous it wasn’t going to meet expectations. I’ve never been a huge fan of posthumous albums because the artist isn’t here to complete the album, but Mac completed a good amount of Circles before his untimely death.
Mac Miller is a top-2 artist of mine. Swimming changed my life and is still an album I listen to on the regular. I consider Swimming one of my favorite projects ever, but Circles isn’t too far behind now. There isn’t a single skip on the album. Mac has always delivered with his vibey beats and meaningful lyrics. Mac isn’t afraid to show emotion and express how he feels, which makes him super relatable. And I think that’s why his music has always stuck with me.
Good News is the song of the year, in my opinion, and this album will be on repeat for years and years to come. I’m not sure if this is the last album we’ll get from his estate, but if it is, thank you Mac.
Pray for Paris by Westside Gunn
I’d be lying if I said I knew who Westside Gunn was before this year. Through my Spotify Wrapped, I found out that I discovered over 250 new artists, with one of them being Westside Gunn. The first eight songs of Pray for Paris are unskippable. Westside’s flow and ad-libs make his music so entertaining.
Not only did Westside put out arguably the best rap album of 2020, but some of the best features of the year came off this album. Tyler, the Creator, Joey Badass, Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine, Freddie Gibbs, and Wale helped turn this album into a masterpiece. Also, as a huge wrestling fan, I love the WWE references he makes in his music. His lyrics might not always be relatable, but his style and all-around talent make up for it. Pray for Paris is easily one of the best Hip-Hop albums of the year.
Limbo by Amine
Amine was another artist I was introduced to in 2020. I was familiar with some of his older work, like the song Caroline which came out in 2016. Besides that, I never got into his music.
Right before Limbo came out, I discovered Amine and fell in love. His voice and style of rap make him so enjoyable to listen to. His music genuinely puts me in a good mood. Riri was one of my most-played songs this summer, Compensating was an absolute banger of a song, and Can’t Decide is one of my favorite songs to come out this year.
The second half of Limbo isn’t as strong as the first half, but it’s an incredible album to listen to all-in-all. If you’ve never listened to Limbo or Amine before, I recommend you do and also check out his other albums Good for You and ONEPOINTFIVE. Amine simply does not miss.
After Hours by the Weeknd
Besides Circles, After Hours is my album of the year. It’s a crime that The Weeknd got zero Grammy nominations, proving how flawed the Grammys are. I’ve always been a fan of The Weeknd, but never a big enough fan to repeatedly listen to his music or stan one of his albums. That’s until After Hours came out.
I could list you all the songs I think are the best off the album, but I can’t narrow it down. From start to finish, the album hits different. Between the lyrics and the beats, the album captures your attention and makes you feel something. Whether it’s a sad song or not, you can find ways to relate to his music, and it can strike a chord with you.
If you’re going through a breakup, thinking about an ex, or just want to dance around and have fun, this album is for you. It’s emotional, raw, and entertaining at the same time. Whoever is in charge of Grammy nominations should be fired and arrested for not giving After Hours the credit it deserves.
EVERYTHING by Kota the Friend
Not many people may have heard of Kota the Friend before, and that’s upsetting to me. EVERYTHING is one of the most relaxing albums I’ve ever listened to. If you’re into chill rap, Kota the Friend is for you. Kota makes relatable music, and his albums are filled with good vibes. If you just want some music playing in the background while you get work done, EVERYTHING is perfect for you.
Kota the Friend has been releasing music for a few years now, but I hope EVERYTHING takes him to the next level. Just like I said with Amine, Kota doesn’t miss. His entire discography is beautiful, and you’ll want to keep listening when the album comes to an end.
If you’re just getting into Kota the Friend, I’d recommend checking FOTO out first. Check that out, listen to EVERYTHING, and thank me later.
Tickets to My Downfall– Machine Gun Kelly
Burden of Proof– Benny the Butcher
Dark Lane Demo Tapes– Drake
High Off Life– Future
F*ck the World– Brent Faiyaz
Alfredo– Freddie Gibbs
Eternal Atake– Lil Uzi Vert
I’d deep dive and talk about each one of these albums and explain why they’re some of the best to come out in 2020, but that’d take me forever. To sum it up, Freddie Gibbs and Benny the Butcher have two of the year’s best rap albums. Uzi, Future, and Gunna released the three best trap albums of the year. Drake puts out bangers even if their throwaways. Brent Faiyaz is criminally underrated, and I’d recommend him to anyone. Machine Gun Kelly transformed himself and put out one of my most listened to albums of the year. My Bloody Valentine, My Ex’s Best Friend, and Forget Me Too will be in my playlists for a long, long time.
Whether you agree with me or not, those are some of my favorite albums to come out in 2020. If any of your favorite albums didn’t make the article, tell me what they are and I’d love to check them out. I’m a music junkie and adore when people send me new music to listen to.
Now let’s see if 2021 will top 2020.