The Best 10 Pop Albums Of The First Half Of 2020
There are few more months left for 2020 to get over with much of it spent indoors in quarantine. While all our lives came to a standstill, the music industry continued to amuse us with their work. The Pop musicians served up some great releases to provide us solace from the saddening state of the world.
With all the new music that debuted this year, it’s hard not to let some of them slip through the cracks. We’ve taken out time and rounded up some of the best modern Pop albums 2020 has seen so far. So, without any further ado let us take a look at the list.
The Best Modern Pop Albums Of 2020
1. Dua Lipa- Future Nostalgia
The album ‘Future Nostalgia’ released in March and the record’s earliest single, “Don’t Start Now,” is a megahit. With no doubt, we can say that her timeless disco flair keeps getting better with time. The album is a breathtakingly fun, cohesive, and ambitious attempt to find a place for disco in 2020.
2. The Weeknd- After Hours
The Weeknd gave Pop a bold new direction in his latest album or rather, a bold, vintage direction. ‘After Hours’ has a lot to owes to the synthwave music that came before it. But The Weeknd is too big a talent to make a genre-driven tribute. His mindblowing songwriting and performance is the reason that has made him one of the biggest stars of recent years.
3. Harry Styles- Fine Line
Harry Styles has made it clear what it means to be a rockstar with his album Fine Line. Styles sheds the apathetic attitude so often attributed to rock stars and ushers in an era of emotional masculine maturity through his soul-searching songs like “Falling,” while still managing to hit the high notes with his song “Adore You.”
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4. Charli XCX- How I’m Feeling Now
Charli XCX absolutely broke the mold with How I’m Feeling Now which was written and recorded from quarantine. Using social media as her crowdsourcing tool for collaboration, the record boasts playful hooks, futuristic distortion, and all the emotions that arrive with going through a global pandemic alongside a longtime partner. Charli melts together fluttering tones and lively production that further cements her niche corner of Pop with boundary-pushing music lovers.
5. Selena Gomez- Rare
After finally getting out of the on/off relationship with Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez made the kind of breakup album that is just like its name, rare. In her third solo album, Gomez urges her exes and her past self to “Look At Her Now,” and finds a way to “Dance Again,” and most of all, celebrate her newfound sense of self-love on her first No.1 hit, “Lose You To Love Me.”
6. Halsey- Manic
Halsey, through this album ‘Manic’, channels her experiences with toxic behavior in relationships. The record chronicles a lot of emotions through the lyrics, with Halsey at times revengeful at the same time finding empowerment through honesty. The record also sees a few unexpected collaborators, with Halsey leaving space for musicians like BTS’ Suga and Alanis Morissette to work through their own rage.
7. Lady Gaga- Chromatica
Chromatica is more like a return to form, and a return to the dance floor for Lady Gaga. The singles “Stupid Love” and “Rain on Me” have the Pop sensibilities of her early hits, and have hit the NO. 1 spot. Gaga has crafted a potent antidote to fight the quarantine blues. Gaga feeds her fanbase with a banger after banger and there’s not much left for her to conquer any more.
8. Lauv-How I’m Feeling
With his debut album How I’m Feeling, Lauv identifies the existential dread collectively felt by his peers and translated it into a pragmatic Pop. with his record, Lauv critiques the dejection and anxieties of a generation that grew up online and reminds listeners that they aren’t alone. The record is also a showcase of upcoming singers that Lauv hand-picked himself to feature on a cluster of songs.
9. Banoffee- Look At Us Now Dad
Banoffee’s singles have been floating around the indie-pop world for years now. Well, 2020 was the year these diehards were finally rewarded. ‘Look At Us Now Dad’ talks about family trauma, fake friends, and the power of the people who love us unconditionally through a lens of glitchy, forward-thinking pop. Collaborators like Empress Of Sophie and CupcakKe round out one of the most compelling records in Pop’s sometimes same genre.
10. Rina Sawayama — Sawayama
Rina Sawayama, another pop newcomer who is staking her claim in a big way, released her de facto self-titled debut, ‘Sawayama’ in April. Fearlessly combining elements of punk and glam rock with dance-floor beats and the ‘90s Pop, there’s something for everyone in the Japanese-British pop star’s eclectic sound and the cherry on top is her unstoppable smash, “Commes Des Garcon (Like The Boys),”.
Despite the setbacks that 2020 has brought to the entire world, artists have still managed to bless us with some phenomenal albums. With that, we come to the end of our list of the best modern Pop albums of the first half of 2020 that helped us get through this pandemic.