My Favorite Albums of 2020

Jack Engel, Section Editor

As we all begin to wind down from what has been one of the craziest years ever, the music industry ends its annual numbers on a high note with over 10 billion streams on primary streaming services, like Spotify. As a way to commemorate this, I compiled my favorite albums from 2020:

 

A N N I V E R S A R Y- Bryson Tiller: Annnndddd just like that, the “trap-soul” king has returned. After the release of Tiller’s last project True to Self,  he took a three-year hiatus before returning with his newest album ANNIVERSARY. ANNIVERSARY is sought to be the sequel to his first studio album TRAPSOUL. Similar to TRAPSOUL,  ANNIVERSARY captures Triller’s ability to mix both rap and R&B into one perfect mixture, making this my favorite album of the year!

 

Heaven or Hell- Don Toliver: Fairly new to the rap game, Don Toliver, drops his sophomore project in excellent fashion. Coming off his hit song No Idea, Toliver was already in stardom. Under platinum-recording artist, Travis Scott, Toliver was able to make a hit record detailing the many pleasures and traps that come with the fast life of Hollywood. The hard drums and quick tempo of this album rounded it off perfectly, positioning itself as one of my favorite projects this year.

 

Wonder- Shawn Mendes: Last but certainly not least, we have Wonder. Releasing his fourth studio album, Shawn Mendes creates a dreamscape atmosphere that illustrates the love and anxiety that comes with being a hit-popstar. While I usually dislike pop albums, just because that is not my personal preference, this one caught my attention. Shawn’s large use of the guitar and piano made the epic nature of this album really stand-out. This made “Wonder” my favorite pop album of the year.