Top 20 Albums of 2020

# Artist Album Label
1.StrokesThe New AbnormalRCA RecordsListen | Buy
2.DehdFlowers of DevotionFire Talk RecordsListen | Buy
3.Phoebe BridgersPunisherDead OceansListen | Buy
4.Fleet FoxesShoreAntiListen | Buy
5.Run The JewelsRTJ4BMGListen | Buy
6.Charli XCXHow I’m Feeling NowAtlanticListen | Buy
7.Soccer MommyColor TheoryLoma VistaListen | Buy
8.GrimesMiss Anthropocene4ADListen | Buy
9.Purity RingWomb4ADListen | Buy
10.Real EstateThe Main ThingDomino Recording Co.Listen | Buy
11.Sufjan StevensThe AscensionAsthmatic KittyListen | Buy
12.Tame ImpalaThe Slow RushInterscopeListen | Buy
13.Laura VeirsMy EchoRaven Marching BandListen | Buy
14.Wolf ParadeThin MindSub Pop RecordsListen | Buy
15.Bright EyesDown In The WeedsDead OceansListen | Buy
16.Best CoastAlways TomorrowConcord RecordsListen | Buy
17.TennisSwimmerMutually DetrimentalListen | Buy
18.Lady GagaChromaticaInterscopeListen | Buy
19.Bartees StrangeLive ForeverRun For CoverListen | Buy
20.HaimWomen In Music Pt. IIIColumbiaListen | Buy

Here are Youtube and Spotify versions of a “Selections from” playlists featuring a great selection off of each album:

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen by clicking the direct links above.

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Top 20 Albums of 2019

# Artist Album Label
1.Vampire WeekendFather Of The BrideColumbia RecordsListen | Buy
2.Ex HexIt’s RealMerge RecordsListen | Buy
3.Better Oblivion Community Center
Better Oblivion Community CenterDead OceansListen | Buy
4.TemplesHot MotionATO RecordsListen | Buy
5.Joe HenryThe Gospel According To WaterearMUSICListen | Buy
6.Bonnie ‘Prince’ BillyI Made A PlaceDrag City RecordsListen | Buy
7.Oh SeesFace StabberCastle FaceListen | Buy
8.TacocatThis Mess Is A PlaceSub Pop RecordsListen | Buy
9.SebadohAct SuprisedDangerbird RecordsListen | Buy
10.Caroline PolachekPangPerpetual NoviceListen | Buy
11.Charly BlissYoung EnoughBarsuk RecordsListen | Buy
12.DiivDeceiverCaptured TracksListen | Buy
13.Andrew BirdMy Finest Work YetLoma Vista RecordingsListen | Buy
14.Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!Polydor RecordsListen | Buy
15.BeckHyperspaceCapitol RecordsListen | Buy
16.Pernice BrothersSpread The FeelingAshmont RecordsBuy
17.Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsGhosteenGhosteen Ltd.Listen | Buy
18.New PornographersIn The Morse Code Of Brake LightsConcord RecordsListen | Buy
19.Charli XCXCharliAsylum RecordsListen | Buy
20.Bob MouldSunshine RockMerge RecordsListen | Buy

Here are Youtube and Spotify versions of a “Selections from” playlists featuring a great selection off of each album:

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen by clicking the direct links above.


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Top 20 Albums of 2018

# ArtistAlbumLabel
1.Janelle MonáeDirty ComputerBad Boy RecordsListen | Buy
2.First Aid KitRuinsColumbia RecordsListen | Buy
3.Laura Veirs
The LookoutRaven Marching BandListen | Buy
4.BoygeniusBoygeniusMatador RecordsListen | Buy
5.Sloan12Yep Roc RecordsListen | Buy
6.Snail MailLushMatador RecordsListen | Buy
7.Dirty ProjectorsLamp Lit ProseDomino Recording Co.Listen | Buy
8.Soccer MommyCleanFat Possum RecordsListen | Buy
9.Jeff TweedyWarmdBpm RecordsListen | Buy
10.JayhawksBack Roads And Abandoned MotelsLegacy RecordingsListen | Buy
11.SuperorganismSuperorganismDomino Recording Co.Listen | Buy
12.Lucy DacusHistorianMatador RecordsListen | Buy
13.Lykke LiSo Sad So SexyLL RecordingsListen | Buy
14.Father John MistyGod’s Favorite CustomerSub Pop RecordsListen | Buy
15.FlasherConstant ImageDomino Recording Co.Listen | Buy
16.SantigoldI Don’t Want: The Gold Fire SessionsDowntown RecordsListen | Buy
17.Manic Street PreachersResistance Is FutileShornday LtdListen | Buy
18.Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, DogSaddle Creek RecordsListen | Buy
19.SuperchunkWhat A Time To Be AliveMerge RecordsListen | Buy
20.Tracyanne & DannyTracyanne & DannyMerge RecordsListen | Buy

Here are Youtube and Spotify versions of a “Selections from” playlists featuring a great selection off of each album:

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen by clicking the direct links above.


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Top 20 Albums of 2017

# Artist Album Label
1. Aimee Mann Mental Illness SuperEgo Records |Listen|Buy|
2. Tennis Yours Conditionally Mutually Detrimental |Listen|Buy|
3. Alvvays Antisocialites Polyvinyl Records |Listen|Buy|
4. Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now Sub Pop Records |Listen|Buy|
5. Broken Social Scene Hug of Thunder Arts & Crafts |Listen|Buy|
6. Cloud Nothings Life Without Sound Carpark Records |Listen|Buy|
7. Temples Volcano Fat Possum Records |Listen|Buy|
8. Slowdive Slowdive Dead Oceans |Listen|Buy|
9. Wavves You’re Welcome Ghost Ramp |Listen|Buy|
10. Bash & Pop Anything Could Happen Fat Possum Records |Listen|Buy|
11. Shins Heartworms Aural Apothecary |Listen|Buy|
12. Clientele Music For The Age Of Miracles Merge Records |Listen|Buy|
13. Beck Colors Capitol Records |Listen|Buy|
14. XX I See You Young Turk Records |Listen|Buy|
15. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart The Echo Of Pleasure Painbow |Listen|Buy|
16. Kendrick Lamar DAMN. Aftermath |Listen|Buy|
17. Dirty Projectors Dirty Projectors Domino Recording Co |Listen|Buy|
18. Jay Som Everybody Works Polyvinyl Records |Listen|Buy|
19. New Pornographers Whiteout Conditions Matador Records |Listen|Buy|
20. U2 Songs Of Experience Interscope Records |Listen|Buy|

Here are Youtube and Spotify versions of a “Selections from” playlists featuring some of the best songs from these albums:

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen by clicking the direct links above.

There were also 2 additional releases that were great, but were recorded many years ago, so therefore did not qualify for my best of list.  First off, released in September, Neil Young gifted us with a never before released album that was recorded in 1976 called Hitchhiker.  Do give it a listen, it features a handful of never before released tracks and some alternate versions of already classic songs.  In October we saw the release of The Replacements first official live album called – For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986.

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RIP Grant Hart

Here are two playlists I threw together highlighting Grant Hart’s best songs, one from Husker Du, and another compiling his solo work and his work with Nova Mob.

Songs are in no particular order, probably best listened to on shuffle.

Grant Hart – Pt. 1

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/1211582119/playlist/4PLOw1TQVoG3QWCpFk31Db

Grant Hart Pt. 2

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/1211582119/playlist/7nEAMvIzCGc6crA3qA7Tpm

Top 20 Albums of 2016

# Artist Album Label
1. Andrew Bird Are You Serious Concord Loma Vista |Listen|Buy|
2. Car Seat Headrest Teens Of Denial Matador Records |Listen|Buy|
3. PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project Vagrant Records |Listen|Buy|
4. Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop Love Letter for Fire Sub Pop Records |Listen|Buy|
5. The Radio Dept. Running Out Of Love Labrador |Listen|Buy|
6. Lucius Good Grief Mom & Pop Music |Listen|Buy|
7. Dinosaur Jr. Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not Jagjaguwar |Listen|Buy|
8. Yeasayer Amen & Goodbye Mute Records |Listen|Buy|
9. Fruit Bats Absolute Loser Easy Sound |Listen|Buy|
10. Frightened Rabbit Painting Of A Panic Attack Atlantic Records |Listen|Buy|
11. A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service Epic Records |Listen|Buy|
12. Bettie Serveert Damaged Good Palomine Records |Listen|Buy|
13. Porches Pool Domino Recording Co. |Listen|Buy|
14. Margo Price Midwest Farmer’s Daughter Third Man Records |Listen|Buy|
15. Eleanor Friedberger New View Frenchkiss Records |Listen|Buy|
16. Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition Warp Records |Listen|Buy|
17. Pinegrove Cardinal Run For Cover Records |Listen|Buy|
18. Frankie Cosmos Next Thing Bayonet Records |Listen|Buy|
19. School of Seven Bells SVIIB Vagrant Records |Listen|Buy|
20. Weyes Blood Front Row Seat to Earth Mexican Summer |Listen|Buy|

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen to them directly from the source at Youtube or Spotify.

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Top 20 Albums of 2015

# Artist Album Label
1. Grimes Art Angels 4AD |Listen|Buy|
2. Wilco Star Wars Anti/Epitaph |Listen|Buy|
3. Florence + The Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Universal |Listen|Buy|
4. Laura Marling Short Movie Ribbon Music |Listen|Buy|
5. Low Ones and Sixes Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
6. Wavves V Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
7. Ezra Furman Perpetual Motion People Bella Union |Listen|Buy|
8. Best Coast California Nights Harvest |Listen|Buy|
9. Desaparecidos Payola Epitaph |Listen|Buy|
10. Chvrches Every Open Eye Glassnote |Listen|Buy|
11. Beach House Depression Cherry Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
12. Joanna Newsome Divers Drag City |Listen|Buy|
13. Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper Domino |Listen|Buy|
14. Lou Barlow Brace The Wave Joyful Noise |Listen|Buy|
15. Hop Along Painted Shut Saddle Creek |Listen|Buy|
16. Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit Mom & Pop Music |Listen|Buy|
17. Built To Spill Untethered Moon Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
18. Tame Impala Currents Modular/Interscope |Listen|Buy|
19. My Morning Jacket The Waterfall ATO/Capitol |Listen|Buy|
20. Purity Ring Another Eternity 4AD |Listen|Buy|

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen to them directly from the source at Youtube or Spotify.

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Top 20 Albums of 2014

# Artist Album Label
1. Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2 Mass Appeal |Listen|Buy|
2. Sloan Commonwealth Yep Roc |Listen|Buy|
3. Tweedy Sukierae Anti/dBpm |Listen|Buy|
4. Tennis Ritual In Repeat Communion |Listen|Buy|
5. Beck Morning Phase Capitol |Listen|Buy|
6. Spoon They Want My Soul Loma Vista/Republic |Listen|Buy|
7. St. Vincent St. Vincent Loma Vista/Republic |Listen|Buy|
8. Jenny Lewis The Voyager Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
9. Temples Sun Structures Fat Possum |Listen|Buy|
10. +/- Jumping The Tracks Teenbeat |Listen|Buy|
11. Alvvays Alvvays Polyvinyl |Listen|Buy|
12. Ex Hex Rips Merge |Listen|Buy|
13. Real Estate Atlas Domino |Listen|Buy|
14. Lykke Li I Never Learn Atlantic |Listen|Buy|
15. Cloud Nothings Here & Nowhere Else Carpark |Listen|Buy|
16. Sia 1000 Forms of Fear RCA |Listen|Buy|
17. Mac DeMarco Salad Days Captured Tracks |Listen|Buy|
18. Andrew Bird Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of… Virtual Label |Listen|Buy|
19. Conor Oberst Upside Down Mountain Nonesuch |Listen|Buy|
20. Bob Mould Beauty & Ruin Merge |Listen|Buy|

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen to them directly from the source at Youtube or Spotify.

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Top 20 Albums of 2013

# Artist Album Label
1. CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe Glassnote |Listen|Buy|
2. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City XL |Listen|Buy|
3. National Trouble Will Find Me 4AD |Listen|Buy|
4. Frightened Rabbit Pedestrian Verse Canvasback/Atlantic |Listen|Buy|
5. Eleanor Friedberger Personal Record Merge |Listen|Buy|
6. Sebadoh Defend Yourself Joyful Noise |Listen|Buy|
7. London Suede Bloodsports Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
8. Club 8 Above the City Labrador/Universal |Listen|Buy|
9. Charli XCX True Romance Atlantic |Listen|Buy|
10. Superchunk I Hate Music Merge |Listen|Buy|
11. Laura Veirs Warp & Weft Raven Marching Band |Listen|Buy|
12. Low The Invisible Way Subpop |Listen|Buy|
13. Foxygen We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace
& Magic
Jagjaguwar |Listen|Buy|
14. Head And The Heart Let’s Be Still Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
15. Tegan & Sara Heartthrob Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
16. Strokes Comedown Machine RCA |Listen|Buy|
17. Iron & Wine Ghost on Ghost Nonesuch |Listen|Buy|
18. Kanye West Yeezus Def Jam |Listen|Buy|
19. Sleigh Bells Bitter Rivals Mom & Pop Music |Listen|Buy|
20. Franz Ferdinand Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action Domino |Listen|Buy|

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen to them directly from the source at Youtube or Spotify.

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Top 20 Albums of 2012

This year I am featuring combined post of my Top albums of 2012 list and the companion “selections from” playlist at the bottom.

# Artist Album Label
1. Tennis Young & Old Fat Possum |Listen|Buy|
2. Twin Shadow Confess 4AD |Listen|Buy|
3. Chairlift Something Kanine/Columbia |Listen|Buy|
4. David Byrne & St. Vincent Love This Giant 4AD |Listen|Buy|
5. Purity Ring Shrines 4AD |Listen|Buy|
6. A.C. Newman Shut Down The Streets Matador |Listen|Buy|
7. Grimes Visions 4AD |Listen|Buy|
8. Bat For Lashes The Haunted Man Capitol |Listen|Buy|
9. Andrew Bird Hands of Glory Mom & Pop Music |Listen|Buy|
10. Beach House Bloom Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
11. Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan Domino |Listen|Buy|
12. Wild Nothing Nocturne Captured Tracks |Listen|Buy|
13. Grizzly Bear Shields Warp |Listen|Buy|
14. Passion Pit Gossamer Columbia |Listen|Buy|
15. Fanfarlo Rooms Filled With Light Canvasback/ATL |Listen|Buy|
16. Evens The Odds Dischord |Listen|Buy|
17. Tame Impala Lonerism Modular Fontana |Listen|Buy|
18. Divine Fits A Thing Called Divine Fits Merge |Listen|Buy|
19. Shins Port of Morrow Aural Apothecary/Columbia |Listen|Buy|
20. Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory Carpark |Listen|Buy|

Honorable Mention:

Best Coast – The Only Place – Mexican Summer
Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself – Mom & Pop Music
Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky – Jagjaguwar
Light Ships – Electric Cables – Domino
Diiv – Oshin – Captured Tracks
Bob Mould – Silver Age – Merge
…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – Lost Songs – Superball
School Of Seven Bells – Ghostory – Vagrant

From now on, I have decided to embed playlists from Youtube, as they are easily viewable/listenable by anyone and do not require any sign-up or download of any kind to enjoy the music as you would from the alternatives like Spotify and Rdio. Grooveshark.com is no longer an option as they will eventually be shut down completely.

Just the tracks from the top 20 list are included and they have been re-sequenced for maximum listening pleasure, please enjoy.

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