The 1st annual

LATEST SPIN AWARDS

It's been a rough year, and a difficult one to consume music in. A common answer I found when I asked people their favourite albums or songs that came out in 2020 was a resounding

'What even came out this year?'

And that's for good reason. I wrote my first review of the year back in January, for Poppy's 'I Disagree', and that feels like years ago at this point. It's been hard to keep track of anything that's come out recently unless you've been paying lots of attention, and it's instead been far easier to try and find some comfort in familiar music throughout such an unprecedented and turbulent period. 

But thankfully, this year has had some absolutely incredible music, including but certainly not limited to the albums listed below. These are some of my favourite releases of the year, and although there are undoubtedly some that have been excluded (mostly due to the fact that everything before July has become a foggy and distant memory), these are my picks for the best albums of the year. Feel free to also share your favourite albums of the year down below!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe 2021!

-Latest Spin

Written By Layton Bryce 26/12/2020

BEST rock album

Everything Everything – RE-ANIMATOR

Jeff Rosenstock – N O  D R E A M

Touche Amore – Lament

The Strokes – The New Abnormal

Protomartyr – Ultimate Success Today

Yves Tumor – Heaven To A Tortured Mind

RE_ANIMATOR
nodream
touche
TheNewAbnormal
ss
yves tumor

BEST Hip-hop album

Clipping. – Visions of Bodies Being Burned

Run the Jewels – RTJ4

21 Savage & Metro Boomin – SAVAGE MODE II

Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist – Alfredo

Kenny Beats & Denzel Curry – UNLOCKED

Visions
RTJ4_Run the Jewels
Savage mode
alfredo
unlocked

BEST electronic / instrumental album

Against All Logic – 2017-2019

Matmos – The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form

Oneohtrix Point Never – Magic Oneohtrix Point Never

The Avalanches – We Will Always Love You

GoGo Penguin – GoGo Penguin

2017-2019
matmos
oneoh
We will
gogo

BEST Singer / songwriter album

The Microphones – Microphones in 2020

Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter

Taylor Swift – folklore

microphones
Fiona Apple
Phoebe-Bridgers-Punisher
Laura
Taylor Swift

BEST pop album

SMHOF
sawayama
How I'm Feeling Now_Charli XCX
Dua
dedicated B
gorillaz

Perfume Genius – Set my Heart on Fire Immediately

Rina Sawayama – SAWAYAMA

Charli XCX – how im feeling now

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

Carly Rae Jepsen – Dedicated Side B

Gorillaz – Song Machine Season 1: Strange Timez

BEST Metal album

Deftones – Ohms

Loathe – I Let It In and It Took Everything

Ulcerate – Stare Into Death and Be Still

Poppy – I Disagree

Mick Gordon – Doom Eternal (Original Game Soundtrack)

ohms
loathe
ulcerate
IDisagree
Eternal

BEST R&B album

lianne
thundercat
childish
after hours
nectar
modus vivendi

Lianne La Havas – Lianne La Havas

Thundercat - It is What it is

Childish Gambino – 3.15.20

The Weeknd – After Hours

Joji – Nectar

070 Shake - Modus Vivendi

BEST live album

Nick Cave – Idiot Prayer (Nick Cave alone at Alexandra Palace)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Chunky Shrapnel

Queen & Adam Lambert – Live around the World

Arctic Monkeys – Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Deafheaven – 10 Years Gone

ep of the year

Tkay Maidza – Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2

Obongjayar – Which way is forward?

PUP – This Place Sucks Ass

JPEGMAFIA – EP!

Slauson Malone - Vergangenheitsbewältigung (Crater Speak)

idiot prayer
chunky shrap
queen and adam
arctic monkeys live
deafheaven live
last year was weird 2
WhichWayIsForward
this place sucks
Ep
slasuon

ALbum of the year

The Microphones – Microphones in 2020

Clipping. – Visions of Bodies Being Burned

Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately

The Strokes – The New Abnormal

Run The Jewels – RTJ4

Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

microphones
Visions
SMHOF
TheNewAbnormal
RTJ4_Run the Jewels
Phoebe-Bridgers-Punisher

 Layton Bryce - 26/12/2020

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