Guardian albums and tracks of 2020: how our writers voted

We’ve announced our favourite releases of the year – now the Guardian’s music critics reveal their individual top picks of 2020

Here’s how our writers voted: favourite choice first.

Alexis Petridis, head pop and rock critic

Albums

Sault – Untitled (Rise)
Sault – Untitled (Black Is)
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
Run the Jewels – RT J4
Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Khruangbin – Mordechai
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
Working Men’s Club – Working Men’s Club
Bdrmm – Bedroom
Jessy Lanza – All the Time
Cleo Sol – Rose in the Dark
Caribou – Suddenly
Georgia – Seeking Thrills
Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine
Moodymann – Taken Away
Baxter Dury – The Night Chancers
Thundercat – It Is What It Is
Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension

Tracks

5 – Wildfires
Daniel Avery – Lone Swordsman
Working Men’s Club – Valleys
Romy – Lifetime
Declan McKenna – Be an Astronaut
Dua Lipa – Physical
Yves Tumor – Kerosene!
Perfume Genius – Describe
Lady Blackbird – Beware the Stranger
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
Bruise – Grand Hi
Childish Gambino – 53:49
Lianna La Havas – Weird Fishes
Bicep – Atlas
Jorja Smith – Rose Rouge
The Lemon Twigs – The One
Clive From Accounts – The Rain
Four Tet – Teenage Birdsong
Róisín Murphy – Something More
Anderson .Paak – Lockdown

Ben Beaumont-Thomas, music editor

Albums

Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud
Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
Code Orange – Underneath
Fontaines DC – A Hero’s Death
Laura Marling – Songs for Our Daughter
Jay Electronica – A Written Testimony
Ellie Goulding – Brightest Blue
Haim – Women in Music Pt III
Still House Plants – Fast Edit
Destroyer – Have We Met
Hamilton Leithauser – The Loves of Your Life
Marie Davidson and L’Œil Nu – Renegade Breakdown
The Soft Pink Truth – Shall We Go on Sinning So That Grace May Increase?
Låpsley – Through Water
Cucina Povera & Haron – Plafond 6
US Girls – Heavy Light
KeiyaA – Forever, Ya Girl
Beatrice Dillon – Workaround
Tops – I Feel Alive

Tracks

Bob Dylan – Murder Most Foul
Lorenzo Senni – Think Big
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – Rain on Me
Jay Electronica – Flux Capacitor
Joel Corry – Head and Heart (ft MNEK)
BackRoad Gee – Party Popper (ft Ambush Buzzworl and Pa Salieu)
Fontaines DC – A Hero’s Death
Skepta, Chip and Young Adz – Mains
Ellie Goulding – Brightest Blue
Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension
24k Goldn – Mood (ft Iann Dior)
M1llionz – Lagga
Ozuna – Caramelo (remix ft Karol G and Myke Towers)
Pa Salieu – My Family (ft BackRoad Gee)
Marie Davidson and L’Œil Nu – My Love
Bring Me the Horizon – Parasite Eve
Time Cow & RTKal – Elephant Man
Pillow Queens – Liffey
CMON – Mindboggling
Drake – Laugh Now Cry Later (ft Lil Durk)

Laura Snapes, deputy music editor

Albums

Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Haim – Women in Music Pt III
Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud
Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine
Bill Callahan – Gold Record
KeiyaA – Forever, Ya Girl
Marie Davidson and L’Œil Nu – Renegade Breakdown
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Taylor Swift – Folklore
Jessy Lanza – All the Time
Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways
Kathleen Edwards – Total Freedom
Andrew Tuttle – Alexandra
Thundercat – It Is What It Is
Eddie Chacon – Pleasure, Joy and Happiness
Beatrice Dillon – Workaround
Wendy Eisenberg – Auto
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
Amaarae – The Angel You Don’t Know

Tracks

Fiona Apple – Ladies
Perfume Genius – On the Floor
Megan Thee Stallion – Savage (Beyoncé remix)
Christine and the Queens – People I’ve Been Sad
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – Rain on Me
Haim – The Steps
Dua Lipa – Levitating
India Jordan – For You
J Hus – Repeat ft Koffee
Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky
Rina Sawayama – Comme des Garçons (Like the Boys)
Jayda G – Both of Us
US Girls – 4 American Dollars
Thundercat – Dragonball Durag
Amaarae – Fancy
Yaeji – Waking Up Down
Lianne La Havas – Green Papaya
Jamila Woods – Sula (Hardcover)
Love Regenerator – Live Without Your Love
Remi Wolf – Photo ID

Tayyab Amin

Albums

Yves Tumor – Heaven to a Tortured Mind
Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Beatrice Dillon – Workaround
Jay Electronica – A Written Testimony
Makaya McCraven and Gil Scott-Heron – We’re New Again – A Reimagining
DJ Python – Mas Amable
Dreamcrusher – Panopticon!
Fleet Foxes – Shore
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
Good Sad Happy Bad – Shades
KMRU – Opaquer
Keiji Haino – The Consonants Are Rusting Let’s Yawn a Little More on the Consonants
Bill Callahan – Gold Record
Haim – Women in Music Pt III
Headie One – Edna
Jeff Parker – Suite for Max Brown
Actress – Karma & Desire
Brendon Randall-Myers & Dither – Dynamics of Vanishing Bodies
Flo Milli – Ho, Why Is You Here?
Jam City – Pillowland

Tracks

Ruthven – Have You Decided?
Partynextdoor – Loyal (remix ft Drake and Bad Bunny)
Bad Bunny – Safaera ft Jowell & Randy and Ñengo Flow
RMR – Rascal
Bad Boy Chiller Crew – 450
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Cars in Space
Pa Salieu – My Family ft BackRoad Gee
Pearson Sound x Clara! – Mi Cuerpo
Hamilton Leithauser – Here They Come
Moses Boyd – 2 Far Gone ft Joe Armon-Jones
Ty Dolla $ign – Ego Death ft Kanye West, FKA twigs and Skrillex
Chief Keef – Late 4 Dinner ft Tadoe
Chloe x Halle – Do It
Minor Science – Blue Deal
Ramriddlz – Skittlz
박혜진 Park Hye Jin – Can You
Sufjan Stevens – My Rajneesh
Claire Rousay – It Was Always Worth It
Laraaji – This Too Shall Pass
Koffee – Lockdown

Rachel Aroesti

Albums

AG Cook – Apple
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
The 1975 – Notes on a Conditional Form
Caribou – Suddenly
The Streets – None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive
Fontaines DC – A Hero’s Death
Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud
Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
100 Gecs – 1000 Gecs & the Tree of Clues
The Orielles – Disco Volador
Haim – Women in Music Pt III
Chloe x Halle – Ungodly Hour
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Yaeji – What We Drew 우리가 그려왔던
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush
Georgia – Seeking Thrills
The Strokes – The New Abnormal
Arca – KiCk i
Princess Nokia – Everything Is Beautiful/Everything Sucks

Tracks

AJ Tracey and Mabel – West Ten
AG Cook – Oh Yeah
J Hus – Repeat ft Koffee
Waxahatchee – Fire
Caribou – New Jade
Rina Sawayama – Comme des Garçons (Like the Boys)
Porridge Radio – Born Confused
The 1975 – Me and You Together Song
AG Cook – Jumper
Chloe x Halle – Do It
100 gecs – Hand Crushed By a Mallet (remix ft Fall Out Boy, Craig Owens, Nicole Dollanganger)
Fontaines DC – I Don’t Belong
The Streets – None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive ft Idles
Shygirl –Freak
Arca – KLK ft Rosalía
Grimes –Delete Forever
Future – Life Is Good ft Drake
Roddy Ricch – The Box
Charli XCX –Pink Diamond
Rina Sawayama – Paradisin’

Lanre Bakare

Albums

Sault – Untitled (Rise)
Sault – Untitled (Black Is)
Bad Bunny – YHLQMDLG
Hen Ogledd – Free Humans
Wizkid – Made in Lagos
Bad Boy Chiller Crew – Full Wack No Brakes
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine
Oliver Coates – Skins N Slime
Popcaan – FixTape
Burna Boy – Twice as Tall
Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Actress – Karma & Desire
Sumac – May You Be Held
Whitney – Candid
Oneohtrix Point Never – Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
Lol K – The Breeze
Dingo – Dingo
Bulbils – Conspiracy Faeries
Lianne La Havas – Lianne La Havas

Tracks

Sault – Wildfires
WizKid – Essence ft Tems
Cardi B – WAP ft Megan Thee Stallion
Bad Boy Chiller Crew – 450 (2020 Mix)
Hen Ogledd – Trouble
Gavsborg – Quality Time with Frankie Bubbler
Róisín Murphy – Murphy’s Law
Doja Cat – Say So
J Hus – Fortune Teller
Patrick Cowley – Papa Wuzza Rollinston
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
SebAstian, Sunni Colon – Time to Talk
Shanique Marie – Freak
Cabaret Voltaire – Vasto
Whitney – Far, Far Away
Laura Groves – Infinite Wisdom
Gabriels – Love and Hate in a Different Time
Roman Flügel – Garden Party
Dua Lipa – Levitating
Rosalía – Juro Que

Eve Barlow

Albums

Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Lady Gaga – Chromatica
Haim – Women in Music Pt III
Hayley Williams – Petals for Armor
Lianne La Havas – Lianne La Havas
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud
The 1975 – Notes on a Conditional Form
Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine
Ariana Grande – Positions
The Big Moon – Walking Like We Do
Halsey – Manic
Yves Tumor – Heaven to a Tortured Mind
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
US Girls – Heavy Light
Jeff Parker – Suite for Max Brown
Laura Marling – Song for Our Daughter
Nadine Shah – Kitchen Sink
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Run the Jewels – RT J4

Tracks

Fiona Apple – Ladies
Hayley Williams – Simmer
Christine and the Queens – People I’ve Been Sad
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – Rain on Me
Megan Thee Stallion – Savage (Beyoncé remix)
The 1975 – If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)
Haim – Gasoline
Phoebe Bridgers – I Know The End
Waxahatchee – Fire
Four Tet – Baby
Fiona Apple – Shameika
Romy – Lifetime
Grimes – You’ll Miss Me When I’m Not Around
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
Ariana Grande – My Hair
Moses Sumney – Cut Me
Yves Tumor – Kerosene! ft Diana Gordon
Perfume Genius – Describe
Porridge Radio – Sweet
US Girls – 4 American Dollars

Marcus Barnes

Albums

Machinedrum – A View of You
DJ Krust – The Edge of Everything
Actress – Karma & Desire
The Beneficiaries – The Crystal City Is Alive
Jay Electronica – A Written Testimony
21 Savage & Metro Boomin – Savage Mode II
Young Moose – Now They Know
Kelly Lee Owens – Inner Song
Robert Hood – The Mirror Man
Clipping. – Visions of Bodies Being Burned
Juice Wrld – Legends Never Die
Pop Smoke – Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Yaeji – What We Drew 우리가 그려왔던
Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine
Upsammy – Zoom
Nicolas Jaar – Cenizas
Caribou – Suddenly
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
Beatrice Dillon – Workaround
Rose Bonica – Tears for the Tea Maker

Tracks

Megan Thee Stallion – Savage (Beyoncé remix)
Jay Electronica – Ghost of Soulja Slim ft Jay-Z
Jayda G – Both of Us
Sentient State – Fear Is the Mind Killer (Cromby remix)
JASSS – Turbo Olé
Pop Smoke – Christopher Walking
Flo Milli – Weak
Young Moose – She Bad
Floorplan – Save the Children (Detroit mix)
Luke Hess and Jeff Hess – Most High
Vladimir Dubyshkin – amphetamine freak
Westside Gunn – 327 ft Tyler, the Creator, Joey Badass and Billie Essco
Lyric – Social Distance
Dua Lipa – Hallucinate
Run the Jewels – Walking in the Snow
The Weeknd – After Hours
Yaeji – When I Grow Up
박혜진 Park Hye Jin – No
Mez – Babylon Can’t Roll
Yazzus – 7th Heaven

Laura Barton

Albums

Suzanne Vallie – Love Lives Where Rules Die
Kevin Morby – Sundowner
Waxahatchee – St Cloud
Fleet Foxes – Shore
Field Works – Ultrasonic
Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman
Laura Marling – Song for Our Daughter
Bill Callahan – Gold Record
Duval Timothy – Help
Taylor Swift – Folklore
Sault – Untitled (Black Is)
Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Adrianne Lenker – Songs / Instrumentals
Moses Sumney – Græ
Fontaines DC – A Hero’s Death
Jarv Is – Beyond the Pale
Heather Leigh – Glory Days
Haim – Women in Music Pt III
Jay Electronica – A Written Testimony
Bruce Springsteen – Letter to You

Tracks

Stuart Hyatt, Player Piano and Julien Marchal – Between the Hawthorn and Extinction
Kevin Morby – Campfire
Fleet Foxes – I’m Not My Season
Waxahatchee – Fire
Bonny Light Horseman – Deep In Love
Laura Marling – Song for Our Daughter
Taylor Swift – Hoax
Suzanne Vallie – Love Lives Where Rules Die
Kath Bloom – Leaving Things
Heather Leigh – All I Do Is Lust
Sault – Wildfires
Fontaines DC – I Don’t Belong
Mary Lattimore – Sometimes He’s in My Dreams
Adrianne Lenker – Not a Lot, Just Forever
Rina Sawayama – Comme des Garçons (Like the Boys)
Another Sky – Fell in Love With the City
Frazey Ford – The Kids Are Having None of It
Perfume Genius – Without You
Billy Nomates – No
Haim – The Steps

Kathryn Bromwich

Albums

Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Chloe x Halle – Ungodly Hour
Taylor Swift – Folklore
Tkay Maidza – Last Year was Weird Vol 2
Kelly Lee Owens – Inner Song
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Run the Jewels – RT J4
US Girls – Heavy Light
Moses Sumney – Græ
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Beatrice Dillon – Workaround
Shabaka and the Ancestors – We Are Sent Here by History
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
Thundercat – It Is What It Is
Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
Oneohtrix Point Never – Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
Roísín Murphy – Roísín Machine
Charley Crockett – Welcome to Hard Times
The Weeknd – After Hours

Tracks

Perfume Genius – Jason
Kanye West – Wash Us in the Blood ft Travis Scott
Cardi B – WAP ft Megan Thee Stallion
Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu – Renegade Breakdown
Kehlani – Toxic
Yaeji – Waking Up Down
Yves Tumor – Gospel for a New Century
Diana Gordon – Rollin
J Hus – Play Play ft Burna Boy
King Krule – Cellular
Little Simz – Might Bang, Might Not
Kiana Ledé – Mad at Me
Arca – KLK
Bree Runway – Apeshit
Bob Dylan – Murder Most Foul
Caribou – Never Come Back
Pa Salieu – My Family ft BackRoad Gee
Childish Gambino – Time ft Ariana Grande
Tame Impala – Lost in Yesterday
Illuminati Hotties – Will I Get Cancelled if I Write a Song Called, “If You Were a Man You’d Be So Cancelled”

Stevie Chick

Albums

The Homesick – The Big Exercise
Kassa Overall – I Think I’m Good
Osees – Protean Threat
Courtney Marie Andrews – Old Flowers
Run The Jewels – RT J4
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Sideways to New Italy
Thundercat – It Is What It Is
Thurston Moore – Into the Fire
Once & Future Band – Deleted Scenes
US Girls – Heavy Light
Johanna Warren – Chaotic Good
Pearl Jam – Gigaton
Angel Olsen – Whole New Mess
Lianne La Havas – Lianne La Havas
Jeff Parker – Suite For Max Brown
Bob Mould – Blue Hearts
Boldy James and Sterling Toles – Manger on McNichols
Naeem – Startisha
Lavender Flu – Barbarian Dust
Brigid Dawson and the Mothers Network – Ballet of Apes

Tracks

Terrace Martin and Denzel Curry – Pig Feet ft Kamasi Washington
Kassa Overall – Find Me
The Homesick – Male Bonding
Johanna Warren – Part of It
Land of Talk – Weight of That Weekend
A Swayze and the Ghosts – Suddenly
Lianne La Havas – Weird Fishes
Clipping. – 96 Neve Campbell
Cornershop – No Rock Save in Roll
Jeff Parker – Max Brown
Thurston Moore – Locomotives
Lavender Flu – In League With Satan
US Girls – Woodstock 99
Thundercat – Black Qualls
Le Butcherettes – Tunisia
Boldy James and Sterling Toles – BB Butcher
Miracle Whips – The Stockade
Guided By Voices – Cul De Sac Kids
Pearl Jam – Never Destination
Bob Mould – American Crisis

Michael Cragg

Albums

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Chloe x Halle – Ungodly Hour
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
The Weekend – After Hours
Lady Gaga – Chromatica
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Ariana Grande – Positions
Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now
Sasha Sloan – Only Child
Arca – Kick I
Kehlani – It Was Good Until It Wasn’t
Kylie Minogue – Disco
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
Little Mix – Confetti
Ryan Beatty – Dreaming of David
Alanis Morissette – Such Pretty Forks in the Road
Haim – Women in Music Pt III
The Strokes – The New Abnormal
Lil Uzi Vert – Eternal Atake
Tom Aspaul – Black Country Disco

Tracks

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – Rain on Me
Dua Lipa – Physical
Perfume Genius – On the Floor
Little Mix – Sweet Melody
Jazmine Sullivan – Lost One
Ariana Grande – Positions
Tom Aspaul – Tender
Diana Gordon – Rollin
Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky
Romy – Lifetime
Kylie Minogue –Say Something
Joan – Try Again
Charli XCX – Forever
The Weeknd – Save Your Tears
Gracey – Alone in My Room (Gone)
Shamir – On My Own
Agnes –Fingers Crossed
(G)I-DLE – Luv U
Bree Runway – Apeshit
La Roux – Automatic Driver

Hannah J Davies

Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Chloe x Halle – Ungodly Hour
Haim – Women in Music Pt III
Sorry – 925
The Big Moon – Walking Like We Do
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Adrianne Lenker – Songs / Instrumentals
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine
Westerman – Your Hero Is Not Dead
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
Porridge Radio – Every Bad
Fontaines DC – A Hero’s Death
Sad13 – Haunted Painting
Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now
Dorian Electra – My Agenda
Yves Tumor – Heaven to a Tortured Mind

Tracks

Cardi B – WAP ft Megan Thee Stallion
Christine and the Queens – People I’ve Been Sad
Fiona Apple – I Want You to Love Me
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – Rain on Me
Rina Sawayama – XS
Dua Lipa – Levitating
BTS – Dynamite
Haim – 3AM
AJ Tracey and Mabel – West Ten
Grimes – Delete Forever
Chloe x Halle – Do It
Jessie Ware – Ooh La La
Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky
Soccer Mommy – Circle the Drain
Jehnny Beth – Flower
Bob Dylan – Murder Most Foul
Ashnikko – Cry ft Grimes
Nimmo – Come Back
Sad13 – Oops
Charli XCX – Forever

Daniel Dylan Wray

Albums

Keeley Forsyth – Debris
Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine
Bill Callahan – Gold Record
Sault – Untitled (Black Is)
Destroyer – Have We Met
Working Men’s Club – Working Men’s Club
Baxter Dury – The Night Chancers
Beatrice Dillon – Workaround
Kelly Lee Owens – Inner Song
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
The Necks – Three
Einstürzende Neubauten – Alles in Allem
Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist – Alfredo
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Sarah Davachi – Cantus, Descant
Run the Jewels – RT J4
Alabaster dePlume – To Cy & Lee – Instrumentals Vol 1
Julianna Barwick – Healing Is a Miracle
Oneohtrix Point Never – Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
Special Interest – The Passion Of

Tracks

Christine and the Queens – People, I’ve Been Sad
Anz – Loos in Twos
Arab Strap – The Turning of Our Bones
Black Country, New Road – Science Fair
Maurice Fulton and Peggy Gou – Jigoo
Yves Tumour – Romanticist / Dream Palette
Jayda G – Both of Us
Megan Thee Stallion – Savage (Beyoncé remix)
Future Islands – For Sure
Jarvis Cocker – House Music All Night Long
For Those I Love – I Have Love
Crack Cloud – Ouster Stew
Busta Rhymes – Look Over Your Shoulder ft Kendrick Lamar
Bob Dylan – I Contain Multitudes
Holodrum – Lemon Chic
Marie Davidson and L’Œil Nu – Worst Come to Worst
Virginia Wing – I’m Holding Out for Something
Stats – Naturalise Me
Pregoblin – Gangsters
Hen Ogledd – Trouble

Aniefiok Ekpoudom

Albums

J Hus – Big Conspiracy
Potter Payper – Training Day 3
Nines – Crabs in a Bucket
Headie One – Edna
Sault – Untitled (Black Is)
Knucks – London Class
Jords – Almost an Adult
Wizkid – Made in Lagos
Nas – King’s Disease
NSG – Roots
Headie One – Gang
Manga Saint Hilare – Make It Out Alive
Unknown T – Rise Above Hate
Oscar #Worldpeace – Sporadic
Mac Miller – Circles
Jay Electronica – Act II – The Patents of Nobility (The Turn)
G Herbo – PTSD
The Streets – None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive
Big Sean – Detroit 2
Skepta, Chip and Young Adz – Insomnia

Tracks

J Hus – Deeper Than Rap
Potter Payper – Midnight on Ilford Lane
Pa Salieu – My Family ft BackRoad Gee
Nines – NIC ft Tiggs Da Author
MizOrMac – Return of the Mac
Pa Salieu – Frontline
Abra Cadabra – On Deck
Ghetts – IC3 ft Skepta
Digga D – Woi
Cashh – Trench Baby
Wizkid – Blessed ft Damian Marley
For Those I Love – I Have a Love
Meekz – Like Me
Hak Baker – Wobbles on Cobbles
Manga St Hilare – Sorry for Your Sorrows ft Jafro
Headie One – Bumpy Ride ft M Huncho
M1llionz – Lagga
Scribz Riley – Impress Me ft Headie One
Miraa May – Baby
P Money – Is Someone There?

Katie Hawthorne

Albums

BTS –Map of the Soul – 7
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Taylor Swift – Folklore
NNAMDÏ – Brat
Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Christian Lee Hutson – Beginners
Special Interest – Passion Of
Moses Sumney – Græ
Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
Suga – D-2
No Home – Fucking Hell
Protomartyr – Ultimate Success Today
Beatrice Dillon – Workaround
Nova – Re-Up
Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Clipping. – Visions of Bodies Being Burned
The Garden – Kiss My Super Bowl Ring
Cable Ties – Far Enough

Tracks

BTS – ON
Phoebe Bridgers – I Know the End
Charli XCX – Visions
Rina Sawayama – XS
Blake Mills – Vanishing Twin
Perfume Genius – On the Floor
Special Interest –Why Don’t You Kiss Me In Public
Moses Sumney – Polly
Taylor Swift – Betty
Protomartyr – Worm in Heaven
NNAMDÏ – Glass Casket
BTS – Moon
Christian Lee Hutson – Keep You Down
Taemin – Criminal
Goth GF – Horse Girl
Grimes –Delete Forever
Still House Plants – Shy Song
Irene and Seulgi – Naughty
Jonsi – Salt Licorice ft Robyn
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Thomas Hobbs

Albums

Chris Crack – White People Love Algorithms
KeiyaA – Forever, Ya Girl
Drakeo the Ruler – Thank You For Using GTL
Moses Sumney – Græ
21 Savage and Metro Boomin – Savage Mode II
Jeff Parker – Suite for Max Brown
Mac Miller – Circles
Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
Nubya Garcia – Source
Julianna Barwick – Healing Is A Miracle
Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist – Alfredo
Soccer Mommy – Color Theory
Jay Electronica – A Written Testimony
Unknown T – Rise Above Hate
Open Mike Eagle – Anime, Trauma and Divorce
Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Ty Dollar $ign – Feat Ty Dollar Sign
Oneohtrix Point Never – Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
King Krule – Man Alive!
Lord Apex and V Don – Supply and Demand

Tracks

Grimes – 4AEM
Pop Smoke – Christopher Walking
Jeff Parker – Build a Nest ft Ruby Parker
KeiyaA – Rectifiya
03 Greedo – Bands in Da Basement ft Chief Keef
Mac Miller – I Can See
Jay Electronica – APIDTA ft Jay-Z
Sada Baby – Slide
Soccer Mommy – Bloodstream
Unknown T – Mortal Kombat
Nubya Garcia – Together Is a Beautiful Place to Be
Chris Crack – Dogs Don’t Bark at Parked Cars
Ty Dollar Sign – Powder Blue ft Gunna
Headie One – Only You Freestyle ft Drake
Smoke Boys – No Heart
Thundercat – Dragonball Durag
Open Mike Eagle – The Edge of New Clothes
21 Savage and Metro Boomin – RIP Luv
Bob Vylan – England’s Ending
Rina Sawayama – STFU!

Elle Hunt

Albums

Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Taylor Swift – Folklore
Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud
Haim – Women in Music Pt III
Yves Tumor – Heaven to a Tortured Mind
US Girls – Heavy Light
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
Jay Electronica – A Written Testimony
Caribou – Home
Lomelda – Hannah
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
Soccer Mommy – Color Theory
Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now
Childish Gambino – 3.15.20
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
Makaya McCraven and Gil Scott-Heron – We’re New Again – A Reimagining
Touché Amoré – Lament

Tracks

Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
Fiona Apple – Heavy Balloon
Waxahatchee – Fire
Four Tet – Baby
Christine and the Queens – People I’ve Been Sad
Taylor Swift – Mirrorball
Dadi Freyr – Think About Things (Hot Chip Remix)
US Girls – 4 American Dollars
Yves Tumor – Kerosene!
Megan Thee Stallion – Savage (Beyoncé remix)
Grimes – Delete Forever
Phoebe Bridgers – Kyoto
Kim Petras – Malibu
Haim – I’ve Been Down
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – Rain on Me
Blackpink – Ice Cream ft Selena Gomez
Chloe x Halle – Do It
Benee – Snail
Beyoncé – Black Parade
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Kate Hutchinson

Albums

Sault – Untitled (Black Is)
Laura Marling – Song for Our Daughter
Moses Sumney – Græ
Pa Salieu – Send Them to Coventry
Mac Miller – Circles
Thundercat – It Is What It Is
Deftones – Ohms
Moodymann – Taken Away
Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension
Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
KeiyaA – Forever, Ya Girl
Nubya Garcia – Source
Teyana Taylor – The Album
Moses Boyd – Dark Matter
Busta Rhymes – Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God
Shabaka and the Ancestors – We Are Sent Here by History
Jyoti – Mama, You Can Bet!
Jay Electronica – Act II – The Patents of Nobility (The Turn)
Burna Boy – Twice as Tall
Bad Bunny – YHLQMDLG

Tracks

Arlo Parks – Hurt
Cardi B – WAP ft Megan Thee Stallion
Laura Marling – The End of the Affair
Róisín Murphy – Murphy’s Law
Sufjan Stevens – America
Sault – I Just Want to Dance
Sault – Wildfires
Moonchild Sanelly – Thunda Thighs
Pa Salieu – Block Boy
Yves Tumor – Gospel for a New Century
Juls – Soweto Blues
Jayda G – Both of Us
Little Simz – Might Bang, Might Not
Photay – The People
Lianne La Havas – Paper Thin
Roy Ayers – Hey Lover
Ariana Grande – Love Language
Ivorian Doll – Body Bag
Tiwa Savage – Ole ft Naira Marley
Rina Sawayama – XS

Tara Joshi

Albums

Sault – Untitled (Black is)
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
Moses Sumney – Græ
Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
J Hus – Big Conspiracy
Chloe x Halle – Ungodly Hour
King Krule – Man Alive!
Yves Tumor – Heaven to a Tortured Mind
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
Beatrice Dillon – Workaround
Pink Siifu – Negro
Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist – Alfredo
Liv.e – Couldn’t Wait to Tell You
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Angel Olsen – Whole New Mess
Makaya McCraven and Gil Scott-Heron – We’re New Again – A Reimagining
Demae – Life Works Out ... Usually
Ojerime – B4 I Breakdown
Lex Amor – Government Tropicana
Flo Milli – Ho, Why Is You Here?

Tracks

Pa Salieu – Betty
Shygirl – Freak
Erika De Casier – No Butterflies, No Nothing
Rina Sawayama – XS
Cardi B – WAP ft Megan Thee Stallion
Zsela – Earlier Days
Bree Runway – Little Nokia
Jazmine Sullivan – Lost One
Megan Thee Stallion – Savage (Beyoncé remix)
Sola – White Space
Charli XCX – Claws
Desire Marea – Tavern Kween
Digga D – Chingy (It’s Whatever)
Mustafa – Stay Alive
Nilüfer Yanya – Crash
HIRA – Don’t Question It!
Rico Nasty – OHFR?
Busta Rhymes – Look Over Your Shoulder ft Kendrick Lamar
Denise Chaila – Chaila
Priya Ragu – Good Love 2.0

Alim Kheraj

Albums

Taylor Swift – Folklore
Selena Gomez – Rare
Lady Gaga – Chromatica
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Tom Aspaul – Black Country Disco
Kylie Minogue – Disco
Allie X – Cape God
5 Seconds of Summer – Calm
Chloe x Halle – Ungodly Hour
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Victoria Monét – Jaguar
Ariana Grande – Positions
Shamir – Shamir
Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension
Carly Rae Jepsen – Dedicated Side B
Ryan Beatty – Dreaming of David
Kelsea Ballerini – Kelsea

Tracks

Arlo Parks – Eugene
Selena Gomez – Rare
Miley Cyrus – Midnight Sky
Taylor Swift – August
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – Rain on Me
Jessie Ware – Spotlight
Dua Lipa – Hallucinate
The 1975 – If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)
Kylie Minogue – Say Something
Little Mix – Sweet Melody
5 Seconds of Summer – Wildflower
Hayley Williams – Simmer
Troye Sivan – Easy
Orville Peck – Legends Never Die ft Shania Twain
Chloe x Halle – Do It
Perfume Genius – Jason
Soccer Mommy – Circle the Drain
Cardi B –WAP ft Megan Thee Stallion
Ariana Grande – Motive ft Doja Cat
Omar Apollo – Stayback

Gwilym Mumford

Albums

Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Hum – Inlet
Disq – Collector
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Illuminati Hotties – Free IH – This is Not the One You’ve Been Looking For
White Denim – World as a Waiting Room
Young Jesus – Welcome to Conceptual Beach
Caribou – Suddenly
Fontaines DC – A Hero’s Death
Bartees Strange – Live Forever
Clipping. – Visions of Bodies Being Burned
Loathe – I Let it In and It Took Everything
Protomartyr – Ultimate Success Today
Fleet Foxes – Shore
Moses Sumney – Græ
Deftones – Ohms
Rian Treanor – File Under UK Metaplasm
Sault – Untitled (Black Is)
Jeff Rosenstock – No Dream
Tricot – 真っ黒

Tracks

Terrace Martin – Pig Feet
Marie Davidson and L’Œil Nu – Renegade Breakdown
Bartees Strange – Boomer
Pup – Anaphylaxis
Beabadoobee – Worth It
Pallbearer – Forgotten Days
Fiona Apple – Under the Table
Disq – Loneliness
Clipping. – Say the Name
Dirty Projectors – Overlord
The Lemon Twigs – The One
Fontaines DC – I Don’t Belong
Thick – Mansplain
Laura Marling – Held Down
Busta Rhymes – Look Over Your Shoulder ft Kendrick Lamar
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Cars in Space
Mitski – Cop Car
Year of the Knife – Virtual Narcotic
Charli XCX – Forever
Bad Boy Chiller Crew – 450

Dave Simpson

Albums

Fontaines DC – A Hero’s Death
Sault – Untitled (Black Is)
Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways
Sault – Untitled (Rise)
BC Camplight – Shortly After Takeoff
Working Men’s Club – Working Men’s Club
Jarv Is – Beyond the Pale
Fleet Foxes – Shore
Moses Boyd – Dark Matter
Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela – Rejoice
Catherine Anne Davies and Bernard Butler – In Memory of My Feelings
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush
A Certain Ratio – ACR Loco
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Moses Sumney – Græ
Flaming Lips – American Head
Laura Veirs – My Echo
Laura Marling – Song for Our Daughter
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately

Tracks

The Waterboys – My Wanderings in the Weary Land
Bob Dylan – I’ve Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You
Daniel Avery – Lone Swordsman
Matt Berninger – One More Second
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
Sault – Wildfires
Fontaines DC – No
Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela – Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be the Same)
Dua Lipa – Physical
Jordana – I Guess This Is Life
A Certain Ratio – YoYo Grip ft Jacknife Lee
Crack Cloud – Tunnel Vision
Tame Impala – On Track
Fiona Apple – Shameika
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – GNT
Psychedelic Furs – This’ll Never Be Like Love
Laura Veirs – Turquoise Walls
New Order – Be a Rebel
Gorillaz – Aries
Wrangler – How to Start a Revolution

Kate Solomon

Albums

Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Kelly Lee Owens – Inner Song
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Lady Gaga – Chromatica
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Mac Miller – Circles
Rina Sawayama – Sawayama
Caribou – Suddenly
Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Selena Gomez – Rare
Kylie Minogue – Disco
The 1975 – Notes on a Conditional Form
Haim – Women in Music Pt III
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
Charli XCX – How I’m Feeling Now
Taylor Swift – Folklore
Soccer Mommy – Color Theory
Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine
Astrid S – Leave It Beautiful

Tracks

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – Rain on Me
The 1975 – Me and You Together Song
Cardi B – WAP ft Megan Thee Stallion
Kylie Minogue – Real Groove
Dua Lipa – Physical
Raye – Natalie Don’t
Little Simz – Might Bang, Might Not
Arlo Parks – Hurt
Kelly Lee Owens – Melt!
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
Mac Miller – Good News
The Chicks – Gaslighter
India Jordan – For You
Billie Eilish – No Time to Die
Rosalía – TKN
Aurora – Exist for Love
The Aces – Daydream
Romy – Lifetime
Run the Jewels – Ooh La La
Selena Gomez – Rare

Dean Van Nguyen

Albums

Teyana Taylor – The Album
Kamaal Williams – Wu Hen
Run the Jewels – RT J4
Childish Gambino – 3.15.20
Kassa Overall – Shades of Flu: Healthy Remixes for an Ill Moment
Soccer Mommy – Color Theory
Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist – Alfredo
Westside Gunn – Pray for Paris
Yves Tumor – Heaven to a Tortured Mind
Shabazz Palaces – The Don of Diamond Dreams
Open Mike Eagle – Anime, Trauma and Divorce
Aoife Nessa Frances – Land of No Junction
Thundercat – It Is What It Is
Duval Timothy – Help
The Dream – SXTP4
21 Savage and Metro Boomin – Savage Mode 2
Kean Kavanagh – Dog Person
Jay Electronica – A Written Testimony
Tha God Fahim – After Every Dark Day Comes Sunshine
Kamaiyah – Got It Made

Tracks

Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist – Scottie Beam ft Rick Ross
Kean Kavanagh – Roll Over!
Jessie Ware – Spotlight
Teyana Taylor – Still
Shabazz Palaces – Fast Learner ft Purple Tape Nate
Cardi B – WAP ft Megan Thee Stallion
The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
Kamaal Williams – Mr Wu
Drakeo The Ruler – Out the Slums (remix ft Danny Brown and 03 Greedo)
Annie – American Cars
Fiona Apple – I Want You to Love Me
Chief Keef – Bang Bang
Thundercat – Black Qualls ft Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington
Soccer Mommy – Yellow Is the Color of Her Eyes
iMarkkeyz – Lose Yo Job ft DJ Suede the Remix God
Duval Timothy – Slave ft Twin Shadow
070 Shake – Guilty Conscience
Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture
Róisín Murphy – Murphy’s Law
Yves Tumor – Gospel for a New Century

Richard Williams

Albums

Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways
Ambrose Akinmusire – On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment
The Necks – Three
Irreversible Entanglements – Who Sent You?
Maria Schneider – Data Lords
Hedvig Mollestad – Ekhidna
Bruce Springsteen – Letter to You
Matana Roberts and Pat Thomas – The Truth
Keith TippettThe Monk Watches the Eagle
Eivind Aarset / Jan Bang – Snow Catches on Her Eyelashes
The Henrys – Paydirt
Pete Judge – Piano 2
Robert Cray Band – That’s What I Heard
Martin Pyne – Spirits of Absent Dancers
Carla Bley / Andy Sheppard / Steve Swallow – Life Goes On
Jasper Høiby – Planet B
Matt Rollings – Mosaic
Soft Machine – Live at the Baked Potato
Diana Krall – This Dream of You
Hailu Mergia – Yene Mircha

Tracks

The Weather Station – Robbery
Stevie Wonder – Can’t Put It in the Hands of Fate
Ry Cooder – Ten Commandments of Vietnam
Bob Dylan – Murder Most Foul
Poppy Ajudha – Watermelon Man (Under the Sun)
Drive-By Truckers – The New OK
Matt Rollings – Stay ft Alison Krauss
The Henrys – Ruby I Realize
Robert Cray Band – This Man
Bruce Springsteen – Ghost
Diana Krall – How Deep Is the Ocean
Richard and Linda Thompson – Bird in God’s Garden
Jimmy Radcliffe – Through a Long and Sleepless Night
Nubya Garcia – Inner Game
Hailu Mergia – Abichu Nega Nega
Moses Boyd – BTB
Sun Ra Arkestra – Angels and Demons at Play
Bebel Gilberto – Tão Bom
Emma Smith – I Found A Place in My Heart
Pat Metheny – From this Place

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