You showed us yours, now we’ll show you ours. Thanks to everyone who voted for their top 10 albums of 2020 (over 500 of you responded to our call!). We are tabulating the results right now to share with you in our annual New Year’s Eve countdown of the best albums of the year. For now check out the lists from some of our staff at WNRN (and yeah, feel free to judge us accordingly).

Lindsey Goldin (Mid-Day Host, Music Director)

on Grimes: Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, is one of the most cutting edge musicians and producers in the Art-Pop world. Miss Anthropocene addresses climate change, robot overlords, and a new technological world-order. Although Grimes’ record was released before the world-wide lockdowns due to COVID-19, Miss Anthropocene proves to be the perfect absurd yet beautiful listen for these strange new times.

1. Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
2. Kalbells – Mothertime
3. Fleet Foxes – Shore
4. Samia – The Baby
5. Soccer Mommy – color theory
6. Blitzen Trapper – Holy Smokes Future Jokes
7. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
8. Tkay Maidza – Last Year Was Weird Vol. 2
9. Kelly Lee Owens – Inner Song
10. Songhoy Blues – Optimisme

Bob Mosolgo (Morning Host)

on Kathleen Edwards: After eight years away Kathleen Edwards return to music was a welcome one. Her album Total Freedom proves that she hasn’t lost a step even though her long-awaited return to the stage will have to wait until 2021.

1. Blitzen Trapper – Holy Smokes Future Jokes
2. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Sideways to New Italy
3. Kathleen Edwards – Total Freedom
4. Chris Stapleton – Starting Over
5. Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud
6. Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways
7. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Letter to You
8. Watkins Family Hour – Brother / Sister
9. Cordovas – Destiny Hotel
10. Charlie Crockett – Welcome to Hard Times

Tad Abbey (Afternoon Host, Assistant Programming Director)

on Devon Gilfillian: When Gilfilian’s full-length debut came out, I said “It was my favorite album of the year.” This declaration was easy to make on its January 10th release date. Twelve months later, this is still one of my favorite albums of 2020. Before the pandemic and the summer Black Lives Matter protests, Gilfillian was holed up working tirelessly on this release. Along with his housemates Jonathan Smalt and Taylor Thompson they fine tuned Devon’s sound Gilfillian displays his talents as a singer and guitarist in R&B, rock, and afro beat.

1. Run the Jewels – RTJ4
2. Devon Gilfilian – Black Hole Rainbow
3. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Sideways to New Italy
4. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
5. Laura Marling – Song for Our Daughter
6. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
7. Phish – Sigma Oasis
8. Tame Impala – The Slow Rush
9. Pearl Jam – Gigaton
10. Dehd – Flower of Devotion

Mark Keefe (General Manager, Programming Director)

on Bruce Springsteen: Every Boss gets held to a higher standard – Bruce is no exception. I heard from friends that they didn’t like this one as much as some of his older stuff. Ok, but it’s better than 99% of everything that came out this year…

1. Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman
2. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Sideways To New Italy
3. Fleet Foxes – Shore
4. Kathleen Edwards – Total Freedom
5. Washed Out – Purple Noon
6. X – Alphabetland
7. Chuck Prophet – The Land That Time Forgot
8. Chris Stapleton – Starting Over
9. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Letter To You
10. James Hunter Six – Nick Of Time

Desiré Moses (Managing Producer)

on Soccer Mommy: Staying true to its name, Soccer Mommy’s sophomore disc, color theory, uses the emotional associations of blue, yellow and grey to conjure up feelings and memories in the artist’s own life. The result is a deeply personal but simultaneously universal collection of songs that harken back to flavors of ’90s alt-rock. On the jangly standout track, “circle the drain,” Sophie Allison sings, “Split open, watching my heart go round and around / Circle the drain, I’m going down,” which is a sentiment that’s all-too-familiar in the wake of 2020.

1. Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud
2. Fleet Foxes – Shore
3. Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams – Plastic Bouquet
4. Khruangbin and Leon Bridges – Texas Sun
5. Run the Jewels – RTJ4
6. Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter
7. Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman
8. My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall II
9. The Strokes – The New Abnormal
10. Soccer Mommy – Color Theory

Patrick Coman (Events & Promo Coordinator)

on Waxahatchee: While I love every album on this list, they all contain at least a few warts or missteps. All except this one. A gorgeous listen from start to finish. In the past Katie Crutchfield has sometimes buried her voice under layers of distortion, but I love how it is front and center on every song in this collection.

1. Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud
2. Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways
3. Bonny Light Horseman – Bonny Light Horseman
4. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
5. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Sideways to New Italy
6. Fleet Foxes – Shore
7. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – Letter To You
8. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – Reunions
9. Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 1: The Butcher Shoppe Sessions / Vol. 2: The Cowboy Arms Sessions
10. Jim White – Misfit’s Jubilee

Virginia Kenney (Director of Traffic)

on Aesop Rock: Aesop Rock’s first album since 2016 gives an impressive glimpse into how his flow and his skills as a producer have grown throughout his career. His vision of this album as a guide to the spirit world completely translates, and Aesop shepherds the way, providing the listener with a fantastical and well-crafted soundtrack. Flat out, it’s a solid album with a creative approach and killer beats, further showcasing Ian Bavitz’s trademark whimsy and exceptional lyricism.

1. Aesop Rock – Spirit World Field Guide
2. Fleet Foxes – Shore
3. Matt Berninger – Serpentine Prison
4. Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets – Walkabout
5. Eels – Earth to Dora
6. Run The Jewels – RTJ4
7. Felt – Felt 4 U
8. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
9. Battlemaster – Ghastly, Graven & Grimoireless (EP)
10. The Strokes – The New Abnormal