On the record 2020 - wrap up

Published January 3, 2021

Hooray for the dreaded time of year where I pick out the top five albums I’ve listened to over the past twelve months. Each week for 50 weeks, I listen to two albums. One is a new one (this year or the previous year) and one is an older one (from any time previous to that). So I can’t promise to have listened to every album that was released last year but of those I did, I’ve managed to narrow down five of the best.

Top five albums

  1. Letter to You by Bruce Springsteen
  2. Three. Two. One. by Lennon Stella
  3. folklore by Taylor Swift
  4. Heartbreak Weather by Niall Horan
  5. Such Pretty Forks in the Road by Alanis Morissette

Honorable mentions must go to The Chicks whose album Gaslighter was a really good but just perhaps too full of rage to make the top five, and to The Pretenders - I really love that Hate for Sale album but couldn’t quite squeeze into the top five.

The next step is to see if any of the 100 albums I listened to last year will fit into my top ten albums of all time. I’ll be honest, aside from the tasked albums each week, I haven’t done a lot of listening to music for pleasure, it’s not been my go to soothing balm in the current situation. But I do know there were only a couple of albums that are worthy of this updated list:

  1. Come On Over by Shania Twain
  2. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
  3. Millennium by Backstreet Boys
  4. Parachutes by Coldplay
  5. Staying at Tamara’s by George Ezra
  6. Who Built the Moon? by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  7. Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens
  8. Days Are Gone by HAIM
  9. Achtung Baby by U2
  10. Storyteller by Carrie Underwood

Although I’m still of the mindset to not set resolutions, I probably should try and listen to more previusly enjoyed albums throughout the year. Let’s see how that goes!

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