The Top 20 Albums of 2020 (So Far)

The Covid-19 virus has changed the way we live in 2020. Almost all  industries have been impacted by the changes to how we interact with the outside world, and the entertainment industry has not been immune to the crisis. The music industry, in particular, has found itself maneuvering through uncharted waters. In the modern era, artists make the bulk of their income from live shows where they can earn money via ticket sales and merch. Obviously, that money-stream has disappeared, and what remains are streaming services that fail to pay artists their fair share. 

As a result, many artists pulled their material from release in 2020, and I don’t blame them. Despite this curtailment in new music, some brave artists have still released some pretty amazing new music. Below you will find 20 incredible albums released before July 1st that have helped buoy my spirits during uncertain times.

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Year of the Stevie: Episode #5

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In the fifth episode of “Year of the Stevie”, we take a look at Stevie’s departure from Motown, his self-funded album recorded album, and his tour with the Rolling Stones in 1972. You can hear it HERE, or better yet, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, or Stitcher.

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Top 40 Albums of 2019 (20-1)

In terms of music, 2019 began with a whimper and ended with a roar. An influx of powerful, innovative works emerged in the latter months, many of which have buoyantly emerged near the top of this list. The 2010’s have been a multifaceted decade of music, and the music in 2019 provided a perfect exclamation point as we head into a new decade. 

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Top 40 Albums of 2019 (40-21)

In terms of music, 2019 began with a whimper and ended with a roar. An influx of powerful, innovative works emerged in the latter months, many of which have buoyantly emerged near the top of this list. The 2010’s have been a multifaceted decade of music, and the music in 2019 provided a perfect exclamation point as we head into a new decade. 

Honorable Mention

Deerhunter, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?

Damien Jurado, In the Shape of a Storm

Ezra Furman, Twelve Nudes

Flaming Lips, King’s Mouth

Maxo, LIL BIG MAN

Pharmakon, Devour

Pile, Green and Gray

Pissgrave, Posthumous Humiliation

Joan Shelley, Like the River Loves the Sea

Sacred Paws, Run Around the Sun

Wilco, Ode to Joy

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Year of the Stevie: Episode #3 (The Story of Stevie Wonder)

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In the third episode of “Year of the Stevie”, we take a look at Stevie’s team trying to capitalize on his hit song “Fingertips” and his rise as a songwriter in his teenage years. You can hear it HERE, or better yet, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, or Stitcher.

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Year of the Stevie: Episode #1

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In the first episode of “Year of the Stevie”, we take a look at the events from Stevie Wonder’s childhood that would go on the shape the icon behind some of the biggest hits in the genres of funk, soul, and R&B. You can hear it HERE, or better yet, subscribe on iTunes, GooglePlay, or Stitcher.

WORKS CITED
INTERVIEWS (Can be found on YouTube)

Superstars and their Moms (Stevie and Lula)

Interview with Mesha McDaniel

Stevie Wonder on Visualizing Food

PBS Interview: Songs in the Key of Life

Larry King Now

CNN Interview (2010)

MOVIES

Hitsville: The Making of Motwon

Standing In the Shadows of Motown

MUSIC
Stevie Wonder:

“Evil”

“I Wish”

“Mother’s Eyes”

“Wondering”

Others:

Bessie Brown “Song From the Cotton Field”

Count Bassie’s Orchestra “Topsy”

Memphis Minnie “Down in the Alley”

Wes Montgomery “D Natural Blues”

Jackie Wilson “Lonely Teardrops”

RESEARCH:

Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway, Stevie Wonder’s Mother by Dennis Love and Stacy Brown

Motown: The Sound of Young America by Adam White

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder by Mark Ribowsky

 

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