The 10 Best Albums of 2020, Ranked

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2020 has been a year unlike any other, unfolding amidst a collage of quarantine-induced isolation, powerful rallying cries for social and racial justice and perhaps the most divided political climate in recent U.S. history. But, as it turns out, there's nothing like the ringing in of a new decade with endless twists and turns to give rise to some truly remarkable new music. Like a melodic phoenix rising from tempestuous ashes, incredible new albums emerged from a year marked by some of the darkest depths and hopeful highs in recent history. These are some of those most outstanding new albums of the year — musical triumphs that encapsulate the isolation, trials and even occasional euphoria of life in 2020.