Lists

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Top 20 Hip-Hop Albums of 2020

20 highlights from the year’s embarrassment of hip-hop riches.

best electronic albums of 2020

Top 20 Electronic Albums of 2020

The best in ambient, techno, house and more.

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Top 50 Albums of 2020

Our favorite records from a year that we’re ready to put behind us.

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Top 100 Songs of 2020

Our favorite songs from a year we’d like to forget.

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The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2020

Jazz continues to thrive after 100 years, so we expanded our list to 20 this year.

Top 25 Metal Albums of 2020

The best of what was heavy in a truly trying year.

Great Albums You Might Have Missed 2020

18 Great Albums from 2020 You Might Have Missed

Some of the best overlooked albums of the past year.

Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Holiday Gift Guide 2020

15 music-related gift ideas to make the holiday season a little less crummy.

The Top 50 Goth Songs

50 great songs from its progenitors and roots to its most radical interpretations.

25 great rock songs with saxophone from the past decade

25 Great Rock Songs with saxophone from the past decade

An overview of some of the best songs of the past 10 years powered by woodwind.

The Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 2020

The 25 albums at the top of our listening list this fall.

A History of North American Death Metal in 30 Albums

A chronicle of America’s most uniquely ugly art form through the ages.

Bonus Tracks: 10 More Essential Jazz-Fusion Albums

10 more additions to our list of fusion’s historical greats.

Bonus Tracks: 10 More Essential Albums of the ’70s

10 albums to add to our already gargantuan list of the best albums of the ’70s.

Bonus Tracks: 10 More Essential Synth-Pop Tracks

We added 10 more songs to our history of synth-pop.

Bonus Tracks: 10 More Essential Indie Rock Albums of the ’00s

A month-long series in which we expand some of our recent retrospective lists.

The 33 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

Our 33 favorite records in a deeply upsetting year, thus far.

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13 Record Stores to Order From While Social Distancing

Where to order records when you can’t step inside your favorite shop.

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A History of Synth-Pop in 50 Essential Tracks

A 50-song history lesson from analog to digital.

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10 Essential Home-Recorded Albums

Masterpieces made in the living room.