|_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
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|102||Nine Inch Nails|
Ghosts VI: Locusts
|101||Nine Inch Nails|
Ghosts VI: Locusts
|100||Nine Inch Nails|
Ghosts VI: Locusts
uneasy asmr ambient darkjazz bad sleepover
Peaceful As Hell
angry peace trashbangers (RIP this band :[)
|98||Oneohtrix Point Never|
Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
oneohtrix pt. radio station pt. magic. pt. retrospective p/////t good sleepover
cleanest funk of 2020 / worst rap of 2020 / may contain: fun rock?
everybody is a little hard to love sometimes
The Good Soldier
deep freeze extra duvet dream pop
BUCK-TICK make a bad album. it's okay!
Good Luck Everybody
topical folkpunk hitormiss concisionfest
The Faintest Hint
minimalist japanese ghostfolk there is a draft in your bedroom
tasteful arthouse prog gang forget how to write an album
obligatory mentioncore // least improved vocalist of 2020
crusty toilet seat punk
Petals for Armor
emotional quest for bangers. decent nakama. sometimes onto something.
|87||Crippled Black Phoenix|
howling wind doomprog turn-left for atmosphere
avant progcore krautblack metal timbre laboratory attention span experiment
How I'm Feeling Now
the first good album on the list. it's alright. math mainstream!
Flowers of Evil
black metal gang's in-road into '80s poprevival. better than dua lipa and not much else :[
If We Make It Through December
oh fuck i thought i'd deleted this from the database masterlist? phoebe bridgers sings sad songs about christmas. her best output this year.
hungry robotslide indie pop okay!
alternative okay awesome reggae song skullgood (EDIT relistening now an i may have underrated this oh well)
big boy prog club elongation portent
idol shoegaze sequel project soaring soarcore w/ riff
Last Seconds Of Resentment Required
daoko makes a solid album! almost!
the ambient chillclub that  was trying to join. frequently awesome but longer than the dinosaurs
Bones of Dreams Attacked!
jazzhead piano cleanboi hero returns with whackass cover album yelp
drukqs for seefeel fridgeheads
hit or miss dance mouthwash incentive, went hard on the one dancefloor i landed it on
very catchy very music that your tv tells you to listen to in jpn
top 10 2020 latte
Have We Met
sophisticate soundtrack to wishing ur beard and portfolio were both longer
derivative dream pop gratification outlet
shizuoka homequeen dishes out kooky highschool bangers, joy big
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!
peppy korean lady writes catchy j-poprock worship, hooks big
sparkletwinkle dreamgaze blissbliss
Find Me Tomorrow
sweet trip lol
dreamy abstracted postrock interesting spaceout ft. metric shitton of dozy ballads
|61||Nine Inch Nails|
Ghosts V: Together
NIN make a pretty decent ambient spaceout and conveniently avoid most of the annoying shit that makes them shitty. good job.
Stare Into Death and Be Still
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
slow bangers slow bangers slow bangers slow queen
nice foot-in-the-door ep from noise pop rock hiphop maingirl
Ultimate Success Today
how do you like your steak i like mine dour af thank you
What's Tonight to Eternity
scratchy catchy queered up noise pop timbrefest yes please
smooth k-pop chilltimes studymusic summerhug
baroque okay okay exquisite chamber i will play this to my children
Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was
sporadically heartbreaking interminable downer
Fail to Be
violent productionpolish beatdown beat it
|51||Nicola Cruz, Pigmaliao|
Nicola Cruz / Pigmaliao
latin techno mood mood
posthardcore canvas of what the hell continuityjam
|49||Dai Dai Dai|
SOLID CHAOS POP some of the best sugarpop hyperbangers of the year and that electrodoom idol metal song and other songs that exist
|48||Bohren und der Club of Gore|
doomjazz ft. extra depression
The Great Dismal
shoegaze rock that gazes and rocks and sometimes both idk it's pretty good usually
middleaged punk fire ska DIY oh well it's catchy
|45||Protest the Hero|
canadian techmetal party power post-musicaltheatre slamdunk on the dumbest country in the world
bops n blips bops n blips
Visions of Bodies Being Burned
scary vocal warmup assistance CD ft. beats
The Outskirts of Reality
stoner space cosmicdreamvoyage big jams
|41||Sangre de Muerdago|
darkflute folk galican idk, whatever happens in galicia
You and I
alternative post-post-rock darkmood slowburner water rock
TAKE ME AWAY FROM TOKYO
covid lockdown claustrophobic artcrime death techno
Oishii Pasta ga Aru to Kiite
exuberant sulk-pose vanilla megacatchy oricon glory
|37||The Smith Street Band|
Don't Waste Your Anger
folk punk punkfolk anthemyell sweet catchy bigheart comedown music
grimes almost makes a coherent album periodic bangers maximum space pseudoconcept
|35|| ||Myss Keta|
IL CIELO NON E UN LIMITE
goddess diana i'm coming out vado a cacciar e lo faccio per te fck yes
highly experimental avantgarde metalfusion folkcheese entertainment park jfc i want a new secret chiefs 3 album
internet homeboy gets back to his DAW and does a riff multiple times huge if true
|32||Nero di Marte|
huge dramatic post metal hugeness MAY CONTAIN AMBIENCE
fuck, I forgot to delete this - is a single, but bangs - so okay i guess!
lush k-rnb lushtimes lush lush
We Will Always Love You
soppy transformative softboi space odyssey
Long Haired Locusts
robertsona artpunkcore lookin fire this year
Overture To A Dream
atmospheric atmopiano softsoft darkspace warmglow cuteshiver
utterly obnoxious breakcore classical glitch pop megaload i love it
|25||Choi Joonyong and Jin Sangtae|
Hole In My Head
EAI/onkyo tinnitus simulator atmosphere eraser ft. fucking noise
beautiful live jam dreamscape
two songs two singles one qp-bside one ghibli-nod big bliss
powertrio crustpunk ragetimes not noisy enough good album
tsellihc smooth maj of the raey maybe
The Fallen Crimson
early highlight big guns skramz banger pretty postrock returntoform dope
What's Your Pleasure?
best soundtrack to the vast levels of intimacy that didn't occur this year. bet it's a keeper.
THIRD BEST ALBUM-LONG SONG OF 2020 expert-level jazzmetal powerband awesome blitz
In The Dead, Dead Wood
heavy riff oceansize perfected big kudos big bangers
pretty river flowfolk collaborative rebrand fantanocore excellence
vile metal deathcadence decadriff post-decade jazzavant deathdeath
beauty and grace and basslines and aaaah
Microphones in 2020
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
|12||Pure Reason Revolution|
catchy vocal harm. prog gang are back and catchy riffing vocally harmonising because that's what they do ugh yes epic
greyscale postrock glitch discomfort tension rock alternative recommendedcore
Program Music III
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
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.
|8||Triangulo de Amor Bizarro|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fetch the Bolt Cutters
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.
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.