Opinion: Best Albums of 2020…So Far

by Hunter McLaughlin

Even with the pandemic keeping fans away, musical artists have continued to create. New albums have helped many music fans get through the long months of isolation.

From January all the way to this month of October, some amazing albums have been released. 

Here are my choices for the best albums of 2020…so far.

In January, rap legend Eminem dropped a surprise album, “Music to Be Murdered By.” The title pays tribute to composer Alfred Hitchcock’s album of the same name.

During the track “Godzilla,” which featured the late Juice Wrld, Eminem broke his own record for the fastest rap verse ever.  

The first month of the year also saw the posthumous release of late rapper Mac Miller’s “Circles.” Miller’s fans were thrilled with the way his team and family handled the album. 

Rock band Breaking Benjamin released “Aurora,” a compilation album, in January. The album has acoustic and reimagined versions of some of their most popular songs like, “So Cold” and “Failure” as well as one new song.

In February, rock legend Ozzy Osbourne released his “Ordinary Man” album. This was the first studio album in a decade from the former Black Sabbath lead singer. 

Month two of 2020 gave music fans rapper G Herbo’s album “PTSD,”, Five Finger Death Punch’s “F8” and Lil Baby’s “My Turn.” 

In March, as the pandemic’s isolation rules fully hit the United States, Lil Uzi Vert dropped his highly anticipated album “Eternal Atake.” The very next week, he dropped a deluxe version of the album, which also turned out to be “LUV vs The World 2”. 

Also in March, Don Toliver dropped “Heaven or Hell”, which featured his hit song “No Idea.” The Weeknd dropped “After Hours” and Childish Gambino dropped “3.15.20”. 

In April, rock band Red dropped “Declaration.” The album was a reward for fanw who had been waiting since 2017 for a new release album from the band.

In May, Future dropped “High Off Life” which included a remix of his song with fellow recording artist Drake, “Life is Good.” 

Also in May, Polo G dropped his album “The Goat.” This album was very well received by fans.  Some the most popular songs on the album included “Martin and Gina,” “21,” “Flex” and “Wishing for a Hero,” which featured BJ The Chicago Kid.  “Flex” featured the late Juice Wrld. 

Another big move in May was YouTuber KSI’s release of his debut album “Dissimulation.”

In July, the late rapper Pop Smoke’s album “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon” hit the music world.  The album included a remake of 50 Cent’s “Many Men”. Another posthumous album release in July was Juice Wrld’s “Legends Never Die.” The song “Wishing Well” was hauntingly beautiful with how it appeared to be a foreshadowing of the rapper’s death.

Also in July, Logic dropped what he promised would be his sixth and final album, “No Pressure,” in July. The rapper said he would be retiring from music to turn his attention to being a father to his newborn son.

In August, country music singer Luke Bryan’s “Born Here Live Here Die Here” debuted.  Rounding out the month’s releases were multi-genre musician Blackbear’s “Everything Means Nothing”, hip-hop artist Lecrae’s “Restoration” and the label Internet Money’ “B4 The Storm.”  

In September, rappers Big Sean and Tekashi 69 competed for ears with simultaneous album drops. After the first week, Big Sean’s “Detroit 2” out sold Tekashi 69’s “Tattletales.”  Also competing for the rap audience’s attention was Lil Tecca’s debut album “Virgo World.” 

In October, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin released a sequel to their album “Savage Mode.” Bryson Tiller used October to release his return with “Anniversary.” 

Finally at the end of October Joyner Lucas dropped “Evolution.” This album was supposed to be an EP, but it ended up as a short album. 

All these great albums have gotten us through this year, but the year isn’t over yet.

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