It was a pretty good year for music but a miserable one for music lovers. While the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t exactly stop artists from releasing excellent albums, fans didn’t get to see their favorite new songs performed live. Listening to an artist’s tracks on Spotify gives us a glimpse of their sonic power, but unless we can feel the music reverberating through our bodies, it just isn’t the same experience.
We can’t change the state of the world (or make a coronavirus vaccine get distributed any faster), but we can give you a heads-up on the best music albums that dropped in 2020. Hopefully, all these artists will be able to get back on the road in 2021 and we can appreciate their songs as we were meant to — in person.