COMPILED BY THE VISCERAL TEAM

What a fucking year. What an enormous steaming pile of shit. Thankfully the pandemic has stirred up a novel sense of creative expression in the music community, and this melting point of minds has subsequently concentrated these new feelings into the form of 50 fantastic albums we have rounded up for you.

Although our shortlist is non-exhaustive, it showcases a dynamic journey through 2020, spotlighting an array of old favourites, sensational collaborations and sparkling new voices. The world has been turned upside down, shaken and dragged through a hedge backwards, but these records have given us as writers some much needed grounding. We hope you enjoy this list as much as we enjoyed compiling it, and we hope you can discover some new favourites to cross you into Year 2 of the apocalypse.

These are all visceral records.

50. Nectar – Joji

Nectar (Joji album) - Wikipedia

49. 1000 gecs and the Tree of Clues – 100 gecs

100 gecs: 1000 gecs & The Tree of Clues Album Review | Pitchfork

48. 27 Miles Underwater – Higher Power

Higher Power: 27 Miles Underwater Album Review | Pitchfork

47. The Bonny – Gerry Cinnamon

Gerry Cinnamon - THE BONNY - CD: Amazon.co.uk: Music

46. High Risk Behaviour – The Chats

Album Review: The Chats - High Risk Behaviour | Consequence of Sound

45. Sleepless – Palm Reader

ALBUM REVIEW: Sleepless - Palm Reader - Distorted Sound Magazine

44. After Hours – The Weeknd

After Hours (The Weeknd album) - Wikipedia

43. Songs For Our Daughter – Laura Marling

Laura Marling: Song for Our Daughter Album Review | Pitchfork

42. Circles – Mac Miller

Circles (Mac Miller album) - Wikipedia

41. Róisín Machine – Róisín Machine

Róisín Machine - Wikipedia

40. Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa ‎– Future Nostalgia (Digisleeve CD) - Music Megastore

39. Ultra Mono – IDLES

IDLES: Ultra Mono Album Review | Pitchfork

38. Dreamland – Glass Animals

Glass Animals: Dreamland Album Review | Pitchfork

Check out our album review here. 

37. A Hero’s Death – Fontaine’s D.C

Fontaines D.C.: A Hero's Death Album Review | Pitchfork

Check out our coverage of the title single here.

36. Re-Animator – Everything Everything

Everything Everything: Re-Animator Album Review | Pitchfork

35. Seeking Thrills – Georgia

Georgia: Seeking Thrills Album Review | Pitchfork

34. Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez – Gorillaz

Album of the Week: Gorillaz, 'Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez' | The Current

33. Barstool Preaching – Hotel Lux 

Hotel Lux leave us wanting more with debut EP 'Barstool Preaching' | A fully illustrated new music magazine - So Young Magazine

32. I Let It In and It Took Everything – Loathe 

Loathe: I Let It In and It Took Everything Album Review | Pitchfork

Check out our gig review here.

Check out our single review of Two Way Mirror here.

Check out why we think Loathe are the best band in the UK right now.

31. The Slow Rush – Tame Impala

The Slow Rush - Wikipedia

30. Deep Down Happy – Sports Team

Deep Down Happy by Sports Team: Amazon.co.uk: Music

29. Tickets to My Downfall – Machine Gun Kelly

Machine Gun Kelly's “Tickets to my Downfall” tops the Billboard Charts – YOUROVERDOSE

28. Rough and Rowdy Ways – Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan: Rough and Rowdy Ways Album Review | Pitchfork

Check out our album review here.

27. May Our Chambers Be Full – Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou

Emma Ruth Rundle / Thou: May Our Chambers Be Full Album Review | Pitchfork

26. Ugly Is Beautiful – Oliver Tree

Oliver Tree - Ugly is Beautiful Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

25. SAWAYAMA – Rina Sawayama

Sawayama - Wikipedia

24. Sex, Death and the Infinite Void – Creeper

Creeper - Sex, Death & The Infinite Void Album Review | Rock Sins

23. Stir – Bleeding Heart Pigeons

Stir | Bleeding Heart Pigeons

22. For Abby – JAWNY

JAWNY - For Abby Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

Check out our album review here.

21. Lament – Touché Amoré

Touché Amoré: Lament Album Review | Pitchfork

20. Visions of Bodies Being Burned – clipping.

clipping.: Visions of Bodies Being Burned Album Review | Pitchfork

19. Nothing is True and Everything Is Possible – Enter Shikari

Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible: Amazon.co.uk: Music

Check out our single review for The Dreamer’s Hotel here.

18. Working Men’s Club – Working Men’s Club

Working Men's Club - Working Men's Club Album Review

17. What Kinda Music – Tom Misch, Yussef Dayes

What Kinda Music by Tom Misch, Yussef Dayes: Amazon.co.uk: Music

16. Ohms – Deftones 

Deftones: Ohms Album Review | Pitchfork

15. Post Human Modern Survival – Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon - POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR | Reviews | Clash Magazine

Check out our single review for Ludens here.

14. Fetch The Bolt Cutters – Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple: Fetch the Bolt Cutters Album Review | Pitchfork

13. Twin Heavy – Willie J Healey

TWIN HEAVY by WILLIE J HEALEY: Amazon.co.uk: Music

12. Every Bad – Porridge Radio

Every Bad | Porridge Radio

11. how i’m feeling now – Charli XCX

Charli XCX: how i'm feeling now Album Review | Pitchfork

10. UNTITLED (Black Is) – SAULT 

Beneath its mysterious facade, this critically acclaimed protest album eloquently directs bristly feelings of fear, rage and frustration into constructive, beautiful stories that span and unify the black experience. The driving force behind this veiled collective has only just fired up their engines…

9. Who Are The Girls? – Nova Twins

This duo have sent an earth shattering wall of noise through the traditionally, hyper masculine metal world. Blistering riffs and guttural bass lines embody this debut album, and pave the way for a new era of black women creating the space they so rightly deserve in 2020.

8. Underneath – Code Orange

Blood, sweat, tears and an effervescing sense of doom bombard you in this vulgar display of sound. Grating textures and chainsaw guitars sonically drive this neo-hardcore juggernaut of a record, tipping the scales into widely unexplored experimental territory for the genre.

Check out our album review here.

7. Punisher – Phoebe Bridgers

Genre transcending therapy. You’re never more than 2 metres away from someone that has an opinion on Punisher. More infectious and widespread than a particular virus, this comfortably relatable album has permeated through the population and has settled cosily in the heart of pop culture.

6. None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive – The Streets

Arguably one of the most awaited mixtapes of the year, Mike Skinner and his motley crew of heavy-hitting titans traverse grime, post punk and hardcore in the soundtrack to the chaos and havoc that has been 2020. Relevant, unconventional, ingenious.

Check out our album review here.

5. Walking Like We Do – The Big Moon

Powerful harmonies and catchy choruses epitomise this album. Melodies conjure up reminders of halcyon summers and lazy days, contrasted with hard-hitting lyrics lamenting the death of youth (and the planet). The Big Moon solidify themselves as heroines of indie.

Check out our album review here.

4. how will i rest in peace if i’m buried by a highway?// – KennyHoopla

From the dregs of noughties emo bloomed the most inspiring, raw and candid artist we could have never imagined. KennyHoopla has given a new generation access to sad boi music, revitalising and reinventing the sound with his broken screams and innovative collabs.

3. 925 – Sorry

Sorry have stormed back onto the London scene kicking and screaming with their debut album. 925 is a gloriously angry whirlwind of sound, curated through collating the band’s numerous demos and EPs into an absolutely riotous 43 minutes.

Check out our album review here.

2. Zeroes – Declan McKenna

The indie prince of a generation triumphantly returned earlier this year, gracing us with bus-stop anthems that ended up being exactly what the kids needed to come home to. The polish and prowess of Zeroes showcases the culmination of McKenna’s multi-instrumental talent that belies his age and sets his trajectory among the stars.

1. RTJ4 – Run The Jewels

The tragic poignancy of this album became the unintended soundtrack to a global civil rights movement. Uniting influences from classic rock, old school R&B and everything in between, Killer Mike and El-P have crafted a timeless eulogy to Black lives.

Check out our album review here.

Thank you for a fantastic year. Follow us on instagram for regular updates on brilliant new music in the new year.