Favorite Rock* Albums, 2020

25 favorite rock albums not from Japan

My music-listening and music-searching drastically shifted focus to Japanese music this year because, well, that’s what happens when you run a biweekly newsletter about Japanese music. Priorities naturally changed, and one big casualty was rock music not from Japan. I kinda want to say certain types of records brought diminishing returns: singer-songwriter types, for one, either underwhelmed or just wholly lost me. But I also know I did not do that well of a job keeping up with singles and actually listening to new albums. This list is thinner than I would like, though it is what it is. If you’re looking for Japanese rock albums will be included in my overall best Japanese albums list.

Here are 25 rock albums of 2020 I enjoyed, plus Bandcamp links for the available titles:

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