Perfectly Imperfect: 2020 Album Recs

Phoebe Bridgers, Flo Milli, The Microphones, SALEM, Charli XCX, and more

‘Tis the season of year end lists~

Since this is a small part-time operation here at Perfectly Imperfect I, unfortunately, didn’t have enough time to write something for every album on the list & we quickly hit the post size limit on Substack…

Genres are attached to each album, so if you’re looking for certain recs just hit CMD/CTRL + F, type a genre i.e. “Hyper Pop”, and search away. Please don’t take the rankings too seriously & hopefully you discover something new!!

Without further ado


75. Lido Pimienta

Miss Colombia Art Pop, Latin Electronic

74. Pink Siifu & Fly Anakin

FlySiifu Jazz Rap, Hip Hop

73. Lomelda

Hannah Indie Rock

72. Soccer Mommy

Color Theory Indie Rock

71. Chloe x Halle

Ungodly Hour —Contemporary R&B

70. food house

food house Hyper Pop, Electronic

69. Gorillaz

Song Machine, Season One Art Pop, Hip Hop

68. Frances Quinlan

Likewise Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter

67. Waxahatchee

Saint Cloud Singer/Songwriter, Alt-Country

66. Moses Sumney

Græ Art Pop, Ambient Pop

65. Black Dresses

Peaceful as Hell Electro-Industrial, Industrial Rock

64. $ilkMoney

Attack of the Future Shocked, Flesh Covered, Meatbags of the 85 Abstract Hip Hop

63. Protomartyr

Ultimate Success Today Post-Punk, Art Punk

62. Pinegrove

Marigold Indie Rock, Alt-Country

61. Bruce Springsteen

Letter to You —Heartland Rock

60. Shabaka and the Ancestors

We Are Sent Here by History Afro-Jazz, Spiritual Jazz

59. Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats

Unlocked — Hardcore Hip Hop

58. Ka

Descendants of Cain East Coast Hip Hop, Abstract Hip Hop

57. The Koreatown Oddity

Little Dominiques Nosebleed — Hip Hop, Jazz Rap


West of Eden Glam Punk, Art Rock

55. Deftones

Ohms Metal

54. Dogleg

Melee — Emo, Post-Hardcore

53. Rico Nasty

Nightmare Vacation — Trap, Hip Hop, Hyper Pop

52. Bob Dylan

Rough and Rowdy Ways Singer/Songwriter, Americana

51. Sturgill Simpson

Cuttin' Grass Vol. 1: The Butcher Shoppe Sessions Bluegrass

50. Fontaines D.C.

A Hero’s Death — Post Punk

49. Bladee

333 Cloud Rap

48. Kelly Lee Owens

Inner Song — Tech House, Art Pop

47. Fleet Foxes

Shore — Indie Folk, Chamber Pop

46. Bree Runway

2000And4Eva — Pop Rap, Electropop

45. Taylor Swift

folklore — Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter

44. 21 Savage & Metro Boomin

Savage Mode II — Trap, Hip Hop


Ultra Mono — Art Punk, Post-Punk

42. Aminé

Limbo Pop Rap, Trap, Hip Hop

41. King Krule

Man Alive! — Art Rock, Post-Punk

40. HAIM

Women in Music Pt. III —Indie Pop

39. Dua Lipa

Future Nostalgia — Dance-Pop, Nu-Disco

38. The Weeknd

After Hours —Alternative R&B, Synthpop

37. chelmico

Maze — Japanese Hip Hop, Pop Rap

36. Tim Heidecker

Fear of Death — Singer/Songwriter, Baroque Pop

35. MIKE

Weight of the World — Abstract Hip Hop

34. Klô Pelgag

Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs — Art Pop, Baroque Pop

33. Run the Jewels

RTJ4 — Hardcore Hip Hop

32. Blu & Exile

Miles — West Coast Hip Hop, Jazz Rap

31. Grimes

Miss Anthropocene — Art Pop, Electronic

30. Pottery

Welcome to Bobby's Motel — Art Rock, Post-Punk

29. Rina Sawayama

Sawayama — Dance-Pop, Contemporary R&B

28. clipping.

Visions of Bodies Being Burned — Horrorcore, Industrial Hip Hop

27. Oneohtrix Point Never

Magic Oneohtrix Point Never — Progressive Electronic, Neo-Psychedelia

26. Laura Marling

Song for Our Daughter — Contemporary Folk

25. Sufjan Stevens

The Ascension — Indietronica, Art Pop


Fires in Heaven — Witch House, Trap, Hip Hop, Electronic

23. Yves Tumor

Heaven to a Tortured Mind —Neo Psychedelia

22. R.A.P Ferreira

Purple Moonlight Pages — Jazz Rap, Abstract Hip Hop

21. Eartheater

Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin — Avant-Folk, Chamber Folk

20. Against All Logic

2017-2019 — Post Industrial, Tech House

19. The Strokes

The New Abnormal — Indie Rock

18. Róisín Murphy

Róisín Machine — Nu-Disco

17. Tkay Maidza

Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2 — Pop Rap

16. A. G. Cook

7G — Electronic, Hyper Pop

15. Bill Callahan

Gold Record — Singer/Songwriter, Americana

14. Mac Miller

Circles — Neo Soul, Hip Hop

13. Slauson Malone

Vergangenheitsbewältigung — Neo-Soul, Avant-Folk, Abstract Hip Hop

12. Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist

Alfredo Hip Hop, Jazz Rap

11. 100 Gecs

1000 Gecs and the Tree of Clues — Hyper Pop

10. Jeff Rosenstock

NO DREAM — Power Pop, Pop Punk

9. Adrianne Lenker

Songs — Indie Folk

8. Perfume Genius

Set My Heart on Fire Immediately — Art Pop

7. Flo Milli

Ho, why is you here? — Trap, Hip Hop

6. Jessie Ware

What's Your Pleasure? — Dance-Pop, Disco

5. Fiona Apple

Fetch the Bolt Cutters — Art pop, Singer/Songwriter

4. Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas — Neo-Soul, Singer/Songwriter

3. Phoebe Bridgers

Punisher — Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter

2. The Microphones

Microphones in 2020 — Indie Folk, Slowcore

1. Charli XCX

How I'm Feeling Now — Hyper Pop

And that’s the list! Here’s a playlist of my favorite songs from each record.

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments or shoot us an email!

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