Metacritic Aggregate: 2020 New Music

Notes

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Sub-Lists

Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. BTS: Map of the Soul: 7 (Big Hit) {12}: AM:*, BB:+, Cl:*, CS:*, Ex:*, I:*, LAT:*, LBF:*, NME:*, RS:*, V:*, YF:* -- A:78/11, M:82/10
  2. Les Amazones d'Afrique: Amazones Power (RealWorld) {12}: Mj:*, MO:*, PM:*, PO:*, Q:*, U:* -- A:85/2, RC:A-, TH:**
  3. Al Bilali Soudan: Tombouctou (Clermont Music) {9}: PO:* -- RC:A-, TH:A-
  4. Bad Bunny: YHLQMDLG (Rimas) {9}: AM:*, BB:+, Cmp:+, CS:*, NYT:*, Pf:*, RS:* -- M:88/5, TH:**
  5. Keleketla!: Keleketla! (Ahead of Our Time) {9}: AM:*, Ex:*, G:*, LQ:*, Mj:*, MO:*, NYT:*, PM:*, Q:* -- A:79/9, M:81/9
  6. Tamikrest: Tamotait (Glitterbeat) {8}: Mj:*, PM:*, PO:*, Qt:*, U:*, W:* -- M:79/6, TH:**
  7. Antibalas: Fu Chronicles (Daptone) {7}: DB:*, Gl:*, Mj:*, U:* -- M:80/4, TH:***
  8. Afel Bocoum: Linde (World Circuit) {7}: LQ:*, Gl:*, Mj:*, O:*, U:* -- A:78/5, M:82/5, TH:**
  9. Burna Boy: Twice as Tall (Atlantic) {7}: AD:*, G:*, Pf:*, PO:*, T:* -- A:73/7, TH:**
  10. Meridian Brothers: Cumbia Siglo XXI (Bongo Joe) {6}: AM:*, PM:*, Q:* -- A:74/5, M:75/4, TH:***
  11. J Balvin: Colores (Universal Latin) {5}: BB:+, Cl:*, O:* -- A:73/6, TH:**
  12. Fra Fra: Funeral Songs (Glitterbeat) {5}: Mj:*, PO:*, Qt:*, U:*, W:* -- M:84/4, TH:B
  13. Hailu Mergia: Yene Mircha (Awesome Tapes From Africa) {5}: Bc:*, G:*, SMH:* -- A:74/5, TH:**
  14. Thiago Nassif: Mente (Gearbox) {5}: U:* -- TH:A-
  15. Onipa: We No Be Machine (Strut) {5}: PM:*, PO:* -- A:90/1, TH:***
  16. Oumou Sangare: Acoustic (No Format!) {5}: G:*, Gl:*, Mj:*, PM:*, U:* -- A:70/1, M:86/5
  17. Toots & the Maytals: Got to Be Tough (BMG/WEA) {5}: AM:*, Gw:*, Mj:*, RS:* -- A:73/7, M:75/7, TH:*
  18. Bela Fleck & Toumani Diabate: The Ripple Effect (Craft) {4}: AAJ:*, AM:*, Gl:*, U:* -- A:80/1, M:77/4
  19. Mdou Moctar: Mixtape Vol 1 (self-released) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  20. Aksak Maboul: Figures (Crammed Discs) {3}: CM:* -- TH:**
  21. Duckwrth: SuperGood (Universal) {3}: LBF:*, NME:*, O:* -- A:74/5
  22. Sunny Jain: Wild Wild East (Smithsonian Folkways) {3}: AM:*, Mj:*, PM:* -- M:85/4
  23. Natalia Lafourcade: Un Canto Por Mexico Vol 1 (Sony Mexico) {3}: AM:*, Ne:*; xph:+ -- A:80/2
  24. Sergio Mendes: In the Key of Joy (Concord) {3}: AAJ:*, AD:*, Gl:* -- M:70/4
  25. Ras Michael: Live by the Spirit (Hen House Studios) {3}: Bc:* -- TH:**
  26. Protoje: In Search of Lost Time (RCA) {3}: AM:* -- TH:**
  27. Etuk Ubong: Africa Today (Night Dreamer) {3}: PO:* -- TH:**
  28. Jeich Ould Badou: Music From Saharan WhatsApp 03 (Sahel Sounds -EP) {2}: PO:* -- TH:*
  29. Vladislav Delay/Sly Dunbar/Robbie Shakespeare: 500-Push-Up (Sub Rosa) {2}: -- TH:**
  30. DJ Diaki: Balani Fou (Nyege Nyege) {2}: Ex:*, G:* -- A:80/2
  31. Dumama + Kechou: Buffering Juju (Mushroom Hour Half Hour) {2}: Bc:*, G:* -- A:80/1
  32. Gloria Estefan: Brazil 305 (Sony) {2}: Al:*, AM:* -- A:80/2
  33. Extra Soul Perception: New Tangents in Kampala, London & Nairobi Vol 1 (Extra Soul Perception -EP) {2}: PO:* -- TH:*
  34. NCT 127: NCT #127 Neo Zone (SM Entertainment) {2}: Cl:*, CS:* -- A:82/2
  35. Pantayo: Pantayo (Telephone Explosion) {2}: AM:*, Ex:* -- A:80/1
  36. Tomorrow X Together: The Dream Chapter: Eternity (Big Hit/Republic -EP) {2}: LBF:*, NME:* -- A:83/2
  37. Antonio Adolfo: BruMa: Celebrating Milton Nascimento (AAM Music) {1}: AAJ:*
  38. Alkibar Junior: Music From Saharan WhatsApp Volume 04 (Sahel Sounds -EP) {1}: PO:*
  39. Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience: To Know Without Knowing (Agogo) {1}: -- Q:*
  40. Bab L'Bluz: Nayda! (Real World) {1}: AD:* -- A:80/1
  41. Buju Banton: Upside Down 2020 (Roc Nation) {1}: O:* -- A:70/2
  42. Benjamin Biolay: Grand Prix (Polydor/Wrasse) {1}: AM:* -- A:90/1
  43. Boogat: El Gato Y Los Rumberos (Ray-On -EP) {1}: Ex:* -- A:90/1, TH:B
  44. Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko: Traversees (Ma Case) {1}: PO:*
  45. Oumou Diabate Et Kara Show Koumba Frifri: Music From Saharan WhatsApp 02 (Sahel Sounds -EP) {1}: PO:*
  46. Ekiti Sound: Abeg No Vex Remixes Vol 1 (Crammed Discs -EP) {1}: bc_e:*
  47. Etran De L'Air: Music From Sahara WhatsApp 01 (Sahel Sounds -EP) {1}: PO:*
  48. Bebel Gilberto: Agora (PIAS) {1}: AM:* -- A:75/2
  49. GuiltyBeatz: Different (Banku Music -EP) {1}: PO:*
  50. Amaria Hamadahler: Music From Saharan Whats App 5 (Sahel Sounds -EP) {1}: PO:*
  51. Luka Productions & Kandiafa: Music From Saharan WhatsApp Volume 6 (Sahel Sounds -EP) {1}: PO:*
  52. The Mavericks: En Espanol (Mono Mundo) {1}: AM:*
  53. Vee Mukarati: Vital Signs (Primrose -EP) {1}: -- TH:*
  54. Nidia: Nao Fales Nela Que A Mentes (Principe) {1}: G:* -- A:80/1
  55. Mehmet Ali Sanlikol: The Rise Up (Dunya) {1}: AAJ:*
  56. Sotomayor: Origines (Wonderwheel) {1}: Bc:*
  57. Villaelvin: Headroof (Hakuna Kulala) {1}: Bc:*
  58. Carlos Vives: Cumbiana (D) {1}: BB:+