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_well2020 TOP 100 (2/2)

I was gonna try to do something creative or interesting for my year list and then did not! Instead, I took the data of every album I've rated, deleted everything I have no memory of, and made a chonk ranking. Here's the m e a t of it !
102Nine Inch Nails
Ghosts VI: Locusts
101Nine Inch Nails
Ghosts VI: Locusts
100Nine Inch Nails
Ghosts VI: Locusts


#100
uneasy asmr ambient darkjazz bad sleepover
40.5%
99Black Dresses
Peaceful As Hell


#99
angry peace trashbangers (RIP this band :[)
40.7%
98Oneohtrix Point Never
Magic Oneohtrix Point Never


#98
oneohtrix pt. radio station pt. magic. pt. retrospective p/////t good sleepover
41%
97Polkadot Stingray
Nanimono


#97
cleanest funk of 2020 / worst rap of 2020 / may contain: fun rock?
41.5%
96Phoebe Bridgers
Punisher


#96
everybody is a little hard to love sometimes
41.666%
95Postcards
The Good Soldier


#95
deep freeze extra duvet dream pop
41.7%
94BUCK-TICK
ABRACADABRA


#94
BUCK-TICK make a bad album. it's okay!
41.9%
93AJJ
Good Luck Everybody


#93
topical folkpunk hitormiss concisionfest
42%
92Ai Aso
The Faintest Hint


#92
minimalist japanese ghostfolk there is a draft in your bedroom
43%
91Gazpacho
Fireworker


#91
tasteful arthouse prog gang forget how to write an album
43%
90Deftones
Ohms


#90
obligatory mentioncore // least improved vocalist of 2020
43.1%
89Mrs. Piss
Self-Surgery


#89
crusty toilet seat punk
43.2%
88Hayley Williams
Petals for Armor


#88
emotional quest for bangers. decent nakama. sometimes onto something.
44%
87Crippled Black Phoenix
Ellengaest


#87
howling wind doomprog turn-left for atmosphere
44.5%
86Oranssi Pazuzu
Mestarin Kynsi


#86
avant progcore krautblack metal timbre laboratory attention span experiment
44.6%
85Charli XCX
How I'm Feeling Now


#85
charli xcx
49%
84Tricot
Makkuro


#84
the first good album on the list. it's alright. math mainstream!
50%
83Ulver
Flowers of Evil


#83
black metal gang's in-road into '80s poprevival. better than dua lipa and not much else :[
50%
82Phoebe Bridgers
If We Make It Through December


#82
oh fuck i thought i'd deleted this from the database masterlist? phoebe bridgers sings sad songs about christmas. her best output this year.
50.1%
81Akai Ko-en
The Park


#81
hungry robotslide indie pop okay!
51%
80Lostage
HARVEST


#80
alternative okay awesome reggae song skullgood (EDIT relistening now an i may have underrated this oh well)
52%
79Elder (USA-MA)
Omens


#79
big boy prog club elongation portent
52%
78Ray
Pink


#78
idol shoegaze sequel project soaring soarcore w/ riff
52%
77Nocturnerror
Last Seconds Of Resentment Required


#77
dark?ambient?//robot soulcavity
53%
76Daoko
Anima


#76
daoko makes a solid album! almost!
53%
75Monolake
Archaeopteryx


#75
the ambient chillclub that [100] was trying to join. frequently awesome but longer than the dinosaurs
55%
74Hakushi Hasegawa
Bones of Dreams Attacked!


#74
jazzhead piano cleanboi hero returns with whackass cover album yelp
55%
73Myles Oliver
New Sounds


#73
drukqs for seefeel fridgeheads
55%
72Disclosure
Energy


#72
hit or miss dance mouthwash incentive, went hard on the one dancefloor i landed it on
56%
71Ryokuoushoku Shakai
Singalong


#71
very catchy very music that your tv tells you to listen to in jpn
57%
70Madeline Kenney
Sucker's Lunch


#70
top 10 2020 latte
58%
69Destroyer
Have We Met


#69
sophisticate soundtrack to wishing ur beard and portfolio were both longer
58%
68Two People
Second Body


#68
derivative dream pop gratification outlet
59%
67Chiyono Ide
わたしの高校生活


#67
shizuoka homequeen dishes out kooky highschool bangers, joy big
60%
66Jaye Jayle
Prisyn


#66
nine inch nails record in the style of nick cave. much better than nine inch nails, not nearly as good as nick cave. shock horror!
60%
65Crystal Tea
Pink Movie


#65
peppy korean lady writes catchy j-poprock worship, hooks big
60%
64Ecke Wu
表演 Performance


#64
sparkletwinkle dreamgaze blissbliss
61%
63Myles Oliver
Find Me Tomorrow


#63
sweet trip lol
61%
62sleepy.ab
Fractal


#62
dreamy abstracted postrock interesting spaceout ft. metric shitton of dozy ballads
62%
61Nine Inch Nails
Ghosts V: Together


#61
NIN make a pretty decent ambient spaceout and conveniently avoid most of the annoying shit that makes them shitty. good job.
62%
60Ulcerate
Stare Into Death and Be Still


#60
majestic brutal apocaly actually ngl i am getting bored of ribbing this and will probably come round to it some time in the next 3 years. good record
63%
59Roisin Murphy
Roisin Machine


#59
slow bangers slow bangers slow bangers slow queen
63%
58Haru Nemuri
Lovetheism


#58
nice foot-in-the-door ep from noise pop rock hiphop maingirl
64%
57Protomartyr
Ultimate Success Today


#57
how do you like your steak i like mine dour af thank you
64%
56Cindy Lee
What's Tonight to Eternity


#56
scratchy catchy queered up noise pop timbrefest yes please
65%
55Aseul
Slow Dance


#55
smooth k-pop chilltimes studymusic summerhug
65%
54Agnes Obel
Myopia


#54
baroque okay okay exquisite chamber i will play this to my children
66%
53Bright Eyes
Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was


#53
sporadically heartbreaking interminable downer
66%
52Yashira
Fail to Be


#52
violent productionpolish beatdown beat it
67%
51Nicola Cruz, Pigmaliao
Nicola Cruz / Pigmaliao


#51
latin techno mood mood
68%
50Gezan
狂(KLUE)


#50
posthardcore canvas of what the hell continuityjam
68%
49Dai Dai Dai


#49
SOLID CHAOS POP some of the best sugarpop hyperbangers of the year and that electrodoom idol metal song and other songs that exist
69%
48Bohren und der Club of Gore
Patchouli Blue


#48
doomjazz ft. extra depression
69%
47Nothing
The Great Dismal


#47
shoegaze rock that gazes and rocks and sometimes both idk it's pretty good usually
69%
46Jeff Rosenstock
NO DREAM


#46
middleaged punk fire ska DIY oh well it's catchy
70%
45Protest the Hero
Palimpsest


#45
canadian techmetal party power post-musicaltheatre slamdunk on the dumbest country in the world
70%
44Four Tet
Sixteen Oceans


#44
bops n blips bops n blips
70%
43Clipping.
Visions of Bodies Being Burned


#43
scary vocal warmup assistance CD ft. beats
71%
42Yuri Gagarin
The Outskirts of Reality


#42
stoner space cosmicdreamvoyage big jams
71%
41Sangre de Muerdago
Xuntas


#41
darkflute folk galican idk, whatever happens in galicia
71%
40O'Brother
You and I


#40
alternative post-post-rock darkmood slowburner water rock
71%
39Zombie-Chang
TAKE ME AWAY FROM TOKYO


#39
covid lockdown claustrophobic artcrime death techno
72%
38Aimyon
Oishii Pasta ga Aru to Kiite


#38
exuberant sulk-pose vanilla megacatchy oricon glory
72%
37The Smith Street Band
Don't Waste Your Anger


#37
folk punk punkfolk anthemyell sweet catchy bigheart comedown music
72%
36Grimes
Miss Anthropocene


#36
grimes almost makes a coherent album periodic bangers maximum space pseudoconcept
72%
35 Myss Keta
IL CIELO NON E UN LIMITE


#35
goddess diana i'm coming out vado a cacciar e lo faccio per te fck yes
99%
34Thy Catafalque
Naiv


#34
highly experimental avantgarde metalfusion folkcheese entertainment park jfc i want a new secret chiefs 3 album
72%
33Cloudkicker
Solitude


#33
internet homeboy gets back to his DAW and does a riff multiple times huge if true
73%
32Nero di Marte
Immoto


#32
huge dramatic post metal hugeness MAY CONTAIN AMBIENCE
74%
31Vennart
Dick Privilege


#31
fuck, I forgot to delete this - is a single, but bangs - so okay i guess!
74%
30Jida
Lucid


#30
lush k-rnb lushtimes lush lush
74%
29The Avalanches
We Will Always Love You


#29
soppy transformative softboi space odyssey
74%
28Godcaster
Long Haired Locusts


#28
robertsona artpunkcore lookin fire this year
74%
27Mora Mothaus
Overture To A Dream


#27
atmospheric atmopiano softsoft darkspace warmglow cuteshiver
74%
26Lauren Bousfield
Palimpsest


#26
utterly obnoxious breakcore classical glitch pop megaload i love it
75%
25Choi Joonyong and Jin Sangtae
Hole In My Head


#25
EAI/onkyo tinnitus simulator atmosphere eraser ft. fucking noise
75%
24Arthur Russell
Roulette


#24
beautiful live jam dreamscape
75%
23Ichiko Aoba
amuletum bouquet


#23
two songs two singles one qp-bside one ghibli-nod big bliss
75%
22Boris
NO


#22
powertrio crustpunk ragetimes not noisy enough good album
76%
21Seori
?depacse ohw


#21
tsellihc smooth maj of the raey maybe
76%
20Envy
The Fallen Crimson


#20
early highlight big guns skramz banger pretty postrock returntoform dope
76%
19Jessie Ware
What's Your Pleasure?


#19
best soundtrack to the vast levels of intimacy that didn't occur this year. bet it's a keeper.
76%
18John Zorn
Baphomet


#18
THIRD BEST ALBUM-LONG SONG OF 2020 expert-level jazzmetal powerband awesome blitz
77%
17Vennart
In The Dead, Dead Wood


#17
heavy riff oceansize perfected big kudos big bangers
77%
16Ichiko Aoba
Windswept Adan


#16
pretty river flowfolk collaborative rebrand fantanocore excellence
77%
15Imperial Triumphant
Alphaville


#15
vile metal deathcadence decadriff post-decade jazzavant deathdeath
78%
14Yukika
Soul Lady


#14
beauty and grace and basslines and aaaah
78%
13The Microphones
Microphones in 2020


#13
SECOND BEST ALBUM-LONG SONG OF 2020 thoughts n things and mainly pretty guitars those two chords are godlike what a dude this is a perfect nap album
78%
12Pure Reason Revolution
Eupnea


#12
catchy vocal harm. prog gang are back and catchy riffing vocally harmonising because that's what they do ugh yes epic
78%
11Downy
Mudai (7)


#11
greyscale postrock glitch discomfort tension rock alternative recommendedcore
79%
10Kashiwa Daisuke
Program Music III


#10
Okay, so 2020 has been a *notable* improvement on the overall hmmfest that was 2019. I went back to my list from last year and can comfortably say that anything from 26 up in this list would have netted a place in that one's top 10. Awesome! Can't wait to spend 2021 relistening to all these awesome records! I bitched about the year a lot (there was a lot of trash!) but oh boy did it deliver. Happy!

Anyway, Program Music III is awesome and expansive and sometimes a little weird and almost always overblown and endlessly entertaining and full of that maximalist sentimental OOMPH that Kashiwa Daisuke does so irreplaceably at his best, great scenes.

BEST ALBUM-LONG SONG OF 2020

80%
9Hum
Inlet


#9

Incredible comeback from a classic band. These tracks are patient and momentous in a way Hum have never been before, but it still sounds like the perfect follow-up to their crown jewel Downward Is Heavenward. I used to think this band was dated '90s glory. Now I think they're timeless.

84%
8Triangulo de Amor Bizarro
oɹɹɐzıqɹoɯɐǝpolnƃuɐıɹʇ


#8

BEST SHOEGAZE OF THE YEAR. This album's haphazard pancake mix of dream pop, shoegaze, post-punk and occasional noise rock is so strange and self-sabotaging: I love it! Lacks the continuity to place much higher, but positively f e s t o o n e d with great highlights.

85%
7Rubio
Mango Negro


#7

This one totally came out of nowhere (thnx Ghandhi) and is maybe a liiiiiittle bloated, but for the most part it's one dusky Chilean banger after another. After Two People apparently ate this site's collective sensitivity to downtempo / atmopop, it's no surprise it didn't catch on as much as it might, but hot damn this is a sleeper.

86%
6Tricot
10


#6

Another lovely surprise! After their most uninspired bleh record (way down below on this list), Tricot turned around and dished out their catchiest, strongest record to date. Wall-to-wall mathrock bangers with great pop hooks, a varied palette and sophisticated musicianship. Ideal scenes.

86%
5Bambara
Stray


#5

Oh boy, Southern Gothic Cavian melodramatic narrative stunners all round with clanging guitarnoise and haunting synthscapes for days. Fuck me, I love this record. Easily my favourite post-punk pick from this year, and one of the records I'm mostly likely to dip into afterwards.

87%
4REOL
Kinjitou


#4

Reol + producer Giga P throw their synthpop megaload into hiphop and dish out the best hard banger of 2020. Kinjitou is maximalist as all hell and relentlessly energetic. Huge hooks, great downers, probably the best pop chorus of the year in "un, deux, trois" and a solid dance factor. Yes.

88%
3Rina Sawayama
Sawayama


#3

Albums #2 and #3 came out on the same day and it was probably the best day, even though most of the world was highly miserable at that point. Sawayama is a mercilessly extra identity unpacking in '00s-styled pop lingo so immediate and confident that it obviates subtlety and packs all its nuance into appropriate production stylings and masterclass delivery. Easily one of the most exciting and important records of the year.

88%
2Fiona Apple
Fetch the Bolt Cutters


#2

Fuck me I don't want to write on this record again. Those who get it get it, those who don't can sit down and silently respect it; few artists are capable of statement records this in tune with so many people in such specific ways and we're lucky it dropped in our generation. Fantastic.

90%
1Seiko Oomori
Kintsugi


#1

I feel a little bad not giving the top spot to Fiona, but Seiko Oomori, queen of immaculate say-it-your-way cathartic pop songwriting, dropped in at the start of the month and dished out one of her most confident and collected efforts to be date and I'll be damned if I undersell it by a hair. Still the best and most exciting artist making music today.

95%
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