Brett Bodner’s Top Albums of 2020 (So Far)

Best of 2020 (So Far)

While it feels like seven years have passed since New Year’s Day 2020, we’re actually only halfway through the year somehow. As the world around us feels like it has never been more chaotic, we’ve been lucky enough to have been blessed with some great music to help all of us get through the days. We’ve had incredible and epic albums from artists like Spanish Love Songs, Phoebe Bridgers, Hayley Williams and Jeff Rosenstock. Their music has got me through many days in quarantine and they’ve filled me with hope instead of feeling down about what’s going on outside. 

Hopefully the second half of the year is filled with the albums that have been pushed back or have yet to have announced release dates (Looking at you, A Day To Remember, Foo Fighters and Weezer). Even if they aren’t, the first half of the year has given us all plenty of fuel to power through the next five months. 

For now, here are my 30 best albums of the year so far (don’t be surprised if you see several of the records on this list appearing on the end of year list as well):

  1. Spanish Love Songs – Brave Faces Everyone
  2. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
  3. Hayley Williams – Petals for Armor
  4. Jeff Rosenstock – No Sleep
  5. Dogleg – Melee
  6. Run the Jewels – RTJ4
  7. Jason Isbell – Reunions
  8. Silverstein – A Beautiful Place to Drown
  9. Brian Fallon – Local Honey
  10. Four Year Strong – Brain Pain
  11. Ratboys – Printer’s Devil
  12. Beach Bunny – Honeymoon
  13. Mac Miller – Circles
  14. Pearl Jam – Gigaton
  15. The Used – Heartwork
  16. Soccer Mommy – Color Theory
  17. Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
  18. Enter Shikari – Nothing is True & Everything is Possible
  19. Hum – Inlet
  20. Lil Uzi Vert – Eternal Atake
  21. Anti-Flag – 20/20 Vision
  22. Violent Soho – Everything is A-Ok
  23. LAUV – How I’m Feeling
  24. The Weeknd – After Hours
  25. Thundercat – It Is What It Is
  26. Katie Pruitt – Expectations
  27. Hot Mulligan – You’ll Be Fine
  28. The Bombpops – Death in Venice Beach
  29. Gunna – Wunna
  30. New Found Glory – Forever + Ever x Infinity