The Best Vinyl of 2020

The Best Vinyl of 2020

Best Vinyl of 2020 - The Complete Round One List 

It's that time again when every cultural, entertainment, and music publication look back over the previous year and put together their "End of Year" lists. Some of these lists start populating our feeds and inboxes in early December.  We always wait until New Years Eve and Day to give you our final Top 20.

Its our definitive Best Vinyl of 2020!

Our final list is revealed on the final episodes of both the Blind Tiger Record Club Podcast and On Air with Lightning 100, where hosts David W. Williams and Rudy Newman count down the B.T.R.C. Best Vinyl of 2020.  The albums are picked by a panel that consist of B.T.R.C. Staff, guest panelists, artists, and producers.

The countdown episode a two part show. On Part 2, the hosts are joined by singer songwriter Thad Cockrell to discuss the albums that made the top ten of the list.
All twenty albums are discussed on this two part episode; each with song clips and performance notes. The albums are presented in descending order from #20 to #1. It's a great way to catch up on any albums you may have missed that released over the last year.

In the meantime, you can look at the complete list of albums we started with before we opened it up for voting to the panel.

The full list of albums:

  • Chris Stapleton - Starting Over
  • Dawes - Good Luck With Whatever
  • Ruston Kelly - Shape & Destroy
  • Thad Cockrell - If In Case You Feel The Same
  • Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
  • Lilly Hiatt - Walking Proof
  • Bonny Light Horseman - Bonny Light Horseman
  • Little Big Town - Nightfall
  • Bruce Springsteen - Letters To You
  • Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison
  • Lori McKenna - The Balladeer
  • Ray LaMontagne - Monovision
  • Nicole Atkins - Italian Ice
  • The Wood Brothers - Kingdon In My Mind
  • Nathaniel Rateliff - And It's Still Alright
  • Brian Fallon - Local Honey
  • Secret Sisters - Saturn Return
  • Mighty Oaks - All Things Go
  • Taylor Swift - folklore and evermore
  • Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
  • Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter
  • Samantha Crain - A Small Death
  • Margo Price - That's How Rumors Get Started
  • Beabadoobee - Fake It Flowers
  • Delta Spirit - What Is There
  • Bright Eyes - Down In The Weeds, Where the World Once Was
  • Mondo Cozmo - New Medicine
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Reunions
  • Green Day - Father of All...
  • The Menzingers - From Exile
  • AC/DC - Power Up
  • Deep Sea Diver - Impossible Weight
  • Sylvan Esso - Free Love
  • My Morning Jacket - Waterfall II
  • Haim - Women In Music III
  • Gerry Cinnamon - The Bonny
  • The Strokes - New Abnormal
  • Ozzy Osbourne - Ordinary Man
  • The Cribs - Night Network
  • IDKHow - Razzamatazz
  • The Killers - Imploding The Mirage
  • Declan McKenna - Zeros
  • The Ballroom Thieves - Unlovely
  • Brendan Benson - Dear Life
  • Mt. Joy - Rearrange Us
  • Circa Waves - Sad Happy
  • Gouplove - Healer
  • The Used - Heartwork
  • Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
  • Hayley Williams - Petals For Armor
  • Soccer Mommy - color theory
  • Kelly Finnigan - A Joyful Sound
  • War & Treaty - Heart's Town
  • Khruangbin - Mordechi
  • Norah Jones - Pick Me Off the Floor
  • Monophonics - Its Only Us
  • Son Little - Aloha
  • Marcus King - El Dorado
  • Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - Texas Sun
  • Ben Harper - Winter is for Lovers
  • Bettye LaVette - Blackbirds
  • Lianne La Havas - Lianne La Havas
  • Ceelo Green - Is Thomas Calloway
  • The Devonns - Devonns
  • SAULT - Untitled (Black Is)

Find out which albums made it to the Top 20 by listening to On Air and the Blind Tiger Record Club Podcast!

On Air debuted on December 28th, 2020 on Lightning 100 in Nashville, TN 100.1 FM.

The Blind Tiger Record Club Podcast Best Vinyl of 2020 will be live on all podcast platforms December 31st, 2020 (Part 1) and January 1st, 2021 (Part 2).

Celebrate the new year by looking at some of the best music from 2020.

Also - on January 1st, you can check out our annual "Best of" sale.  We have all these albums marked down.  So, start your year off right and grab all the music you needed from the last year.