Next to reveal their top ten albums of the year is Jack, who also joined our team this year. Let’s see what he picked.
After what has been a very difficult year, taking a look back at some of the albums released has been an absolute pleasure – picking my top 10 was by no means easy! Before I change my mind for the ten thousandth time, here we go!
10. Massive Wagons – House Of Noise
If it wasn’t for Rock Out Stand Out, the chances of me ever hearing this album would’ve been very slim. I decided to choose this album to review initially because I thought the name of the band was interesting, then after listening to the singles from the album, I knew I had made the right decision! This album had me grinning from ear to ear all the way through and I have enjoyed listening through it many times since!
You can read my review of the album here.
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9. Violent Soho – Everything Is A-OK
After discovering this Australian band in 2015 with the release of their 2nd studio album, Hungry Ghost, I have been hooked on their music! Their third album, WACO, their most recent work prior to this years’ album, was released in 2016 so it was a long wait to hear new material. The wait was worth it however when I enjoyed their most recent work for the first time! Since it’s release in April, it has been an album I have revisited time and time again.
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8. Run The Jewels – RTJ4
I understand this album would be out of place here, but I would be lying to myself if I didn’t mention it! New York based rap duo released their fourth studio album RTJ4 back in June and is no doubt in my top 10 albums this year.
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7. August Red Burns – Guardians
I have been a big fan of American rockers AUGUST BURNS RED for quite a few years now and their latest instalment did not disappoint! Headbanging from the get go, this is definitely the heaviest album on my list this year.
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6. Corey Taylor – CMFT
After hearing the initial single CMFT Must Be Stopped, I was very curious about the release of this album. The song was slated by many but there was something about it which I really enjoyed… it was fun! When the release of the album came around, although I did enjoy the single, I was pleasantly surprised to hear more of a rock and roll album.
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5. Thirteen Stars – Finest Ramshackle Jam
Another album that I had the huge pleasure of reviewing! This record seriously rocks and has been a repeat listener since the first day I heard it. THIRTEEN STARS have come through a time portal from the past to show people how music should be made!
You can read my review of the album here.
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4. Bob Dylan– Rough And Rowdy Ways
The legend that is Mr Bob Dylan has done it again! 58 years and 39 studio albums and he has still got it. This slow, artistic masterpiece is worthy of a spot on anybody’s list of favourite albums this year in my opinion.
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3. Neck Deep – All Distortions Are Intentional
The Welsh pop-punk band NECK DEEP have been one of my top bands since their first album back in 2013. They have had their ups and downs but 2020’s All Distortions Are Intentional is definitely an up in my books! Another fun, catchy pop-punk album!
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2. Bring Me The Horizon – Post Human: Survival Horror
I ignored this band for close to 10 years of my life but when I gave them a chance with the release of Sempiternal, I have grown to love them nearly as much as any other band I can think of. They evolve with each new release and that is extremely rare. Their latest album, Post Human: Survival Horror may not be the best work they have done in my opinion, but it is still a fantastic album worthy of the number 2 spot on my list.
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NUMBER ONE: Machine Gun Kelly – Tickets To My Downfall
I had a real love hate relationship with this album when it was released… I loved to hate it. However, after giving it a second chance, I couldn’t help but play it on repeat again, and again. I don’t think I have ever changed my mind so drastically about some music in my entire life. I wanted to hate it but my love of pop-punk and anything BLINK-182 (Travis Barker co-produced and played drums on some of the tracks) reeled me back in and now it is definitely my number one album of 2020. Disagree as you may, I know many people will, but there is something charming about this album that I just can’t shake!
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