Brett Bodner’s Top Albums of 2020

Best of 2020

Good riddance 2020. We’re finally saying good-bye to one of the worst years on record and are hoping for a much better 2021. While 2020 was a turd wrapped in burnt hair, it did give us some fantastic music for our ears and souls to enjoy over these many months spent social distancing. Phoebe Bridgers’ blessed us with Punisher, her highly anticipated follow-up to Stranger in the Alps, and a few EPs to help end the year right. This was also the year Taylor Swift’s music won me over for the first time in my life thanks to her two impressive albums folklore and evermore. We also got a killer Spanish Love Songs album to start the year, Touche Amore somehow found a way to follow up Stage Four with their epic new record Lament, a long awaited new full length from The Front Bottoms and a powerful debut solo album from Hayley Williams. I could go on-and-on with all the new music I enjoyed this year, but it’s best I let the records on my list below speak for themselves.

This was my first year writing for Chorus and it’s been such an honor writing alongside everyone on the website. Through contributors here, I discovered artists I probably wouldn’t have given a chance or found on my own, but I’m glad I did. The result of all these discoveries is what’s probably my most diverse end-of-year album list yet. I never thought I’d have pop records from Taylor Swift or Dua Lipa on my list, but here we are. I’m excited for the new music to come in 2021 and to continue to write about it here at

Without further ado, here are my best albums of 2020:

  1. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
  2. Spanish Love Songs – Brave Faces Everyone
  3. Touche Amore – Lament
  4. Taylor Swift – folklore
  5. Taylor Swift – evermore
  6. Dogleg – Melee
  7. Deftones – Ohms
  8. Jeff Rosenstock – NO SLEEP
  9. Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
  10. Silverstein – A Beautiful Place to Drown
  11. The Front Bottoms – In Sickness & In Flames
  12. Hayley Williams – Petals for Armor
  13. Jason Isbell – Reunions
  14. Machine Gun Kelly – Tickets to my Downfall
  15. Four Year Strong – Brain Pain
  16. Ratboys – Printer’s Devil
  17. Chris Stapleton – Starting Over
  18. Brian Fallon – Local Honey
  19. Nas – King’s Disease
  20. Beach Bunny – Honeymoon
  21. Mac Miller – Circles
  22. beabadoobee – Fake It Flowers
  23. Soccer Mommy – color theory
  24. Pearl Jam – Gigaton
  25. Bruce Springsteen – Letter to You
  26. Run the Jewels – RTJ4
  27. Bartees Strange – Live Forever
  28. Lil Uzi Vert – Eternal Atake
  29. Gulch – Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress
  30. Yours Truly – Self Care