The Roots Music Report's
Top Alternative Rock Album Chart
for the Year of 2020

Album Title Band/Artist Name Label
1XOXOThe JayhawksSHAM
2Work Hard and Be NiceMichael Franti & SpearheadBoo Boo Wax
3DaylightGrace PotterConcord
4IIIThe LumineersDualtone
5Broken at the Break of DayFruitionFruition
7Bitter BetterLaura Cortese & The Dance CardsCompass
8Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish ExtentLewis CapaldiVertigo Berlin
9"Let's Rock"The Black KeysNonesuch
10Texas SunKhruangbin & Leon BridgesDead Oceans
11Self Made ManLarkin PoeTrick-Woo
12The JuiceG. Love & Special SauceThirty Tigers
13Black Hole RainbowDevon GilfillianCapitol
14Black PumasBlack PumasATO
15Color TheorySoccer MommyLoma Vista
16The Slow RushTame ImpalaIsland
17Everyday LifeColdplayAtlantic
18Social CuesCage the ElephantRCA
19MonovisionRay LaMontagneRCA
20Good Luck with WhateverDawesHUB
21New Age Norms 1Cold War KidsAWAL
2220/20The Walk-a-BoutShred The Evidence
23Rearrange UsMt. JoyDualtone
24JaimeBrittany HowardATO
25HolidayJennah BarryForward Music
26You Deserve LoveWhite ReaperElektra
27The Waterfall IIMy Morning JacketATO
28Free Yourself UpLake Street DiveNonesuch
29Imploding the MirageThe KillersIsland
30FEVER DREAMOf Monsters and MenRepublic
31The Unseen in BetweenSteve GunnMatador
32Fetch the Bolt CuttersFiona AppleEpic
33Best of LuckChristopher Paul StellingAnti
34The Modern Lives Vol. 2Jackie GreeneBlue Rose
35Living MirageThe Head and The HeartWarner Brothers
36Love is the KingJeff TweedydBpm Records
37Father of the BrideVampire WeekendColumbia
38The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Pt. 1Saint MotelElektra
39Song for Our DaughterLaura MarlingChrysalis
40In the Morse Code of Brake LightsThe New PornographersConcord
41GigatonPearl JamMonkey Wrench
42The New AbnormalThe StrokesRCA
43ChorusThe Mother HipsBlue Rose Music
44Free LoveSylvan EssoLoma Vista
45Carrie & LowellSufjan StevensAsthmatic Kitty
46SOUND & FURYSturgill SimpsonElektra
48Without FearDermot KennedyUMG
49Are You in Love?Basia BulatSelf-Release
50MordechaiKhruangbinDead Oceans
51SisterPuss N BootsUMG
52All That EmotionHannah GeorgasBrassland
53Saint CloudWaxahatcheeMerge
54Help Us StrangerThe RaconteursThird Man
55All MirrorsAngel OlsenJagjaguwar
56Women in Music Pt. IIIHaimSony
57ChristianAllan Rayman512 Productions
58Anybody out There?Sadler VadenDirty Mag
59Dixie BlurJonathan WilsonSelf-Release
60Deep Down HappySports TeamBright Antenna
61BusyheadNoah KahanRepublic
62BeginnersChristian Lee HutsonAnti
63Black Pumas (Deluxe)Black PumasATO
64CaretakersPete YornShelly
65Father of All...Green DayReprise
66Such Pretty Forks in the RoadAlanis MorissetteCrush
67The Main ThingReal EstateDomino
68Invisible PeopleChicano BatmanATO
69Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?Fantastic NegritoCooking Vinyl
71In IsolationElle KingRCA
72Made of RainThe Psychedelic FursCooking Vinyl
73Bury the MoonÁsgeirOne Little Indian
74AlohaSon LittleAnti
75BabelMumford & SonsUniversal
76PunisherPhoebe BridgersDead Oceans
77There is No Other…Isobel CampbellCooking Vinyl
78DevotionMargaret GlaspyATO
79Natural AffairThe GrowlersBeach Goth
80Making a Door Less OpenCar Seat HeadrestMatador
81Wasteland, Baby!HozierRubyworks
82Thrilled to Be HereBailenFantasy
83All Your Favorite BandsDawesHUB Records
84What is ThereDelta SpiritNew West
85Bon IverBon IverJagjaguwar
86Surface SoundsKaleoElectra
87Part of the LightRay LaMontagneSony
88True CareJames Vincent McMorrowSelf-Release
89Take Good CareThe RevivalistsConcord
90ForeignerJordan MackampaSelf-Release
92Indistinct ConversationsLand of TalkSaddle Creek
93The Loves of Your LifeHamilton LeithauserGlassnote
94SugareggBullySub Pop
95Getting into KnivesThe Mountain GoatsMerge
96How To: Friend, Love, FreefallRainbow Kitten SurpriseElektra
97New MedicineMondo CozmoLast Gang
98Happy BirthdaySneaksMerge
99Set My Heart on Fire ImmediatelyPerfume GeniusMatador
100Building BalanceAllen StoneATO
101MarigoldPinegroveRough Trade
102WitnessBenjamin BookerATO
103MyopiaAgnes ObelStrange Harvest
104DreamlandGlass AnimalsPolydor
105TempleThao & The Get Down Stay DownRibbon Music
106En GardeEthan GruskaWarner
107Someday Tomorrow MaybeLola MarshAnova Music
108Oh AlrightLily Vakili BandSoundKlaxon
109Our Two SkinsGordiJagjaguwar
110Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once WasBright EyesDead Oceans
112Non-Secure ConnectionBruce HornsbyZappo
113The Neon SkylineAndy ShaufAnti
114GoldSister Sparrow & The Dirty BirdsThirty Tigers
115Critical EquationDr. DogWe Buy Gold
116MomentsHollow CovesNettwerk
117Someone NewHelena DelandLuminelle
118Still FlyingBridget Kearney & Benjamin Lazar DavisVerve Forecast
119The Big ExerciseThe HomesickSub Pop
120Random DesireGreg DulliRoyal Cream
121Waiting on a SongDan AuerbachNonesuch
122Earth to DoraEelsE Works
123Through a Dark WoodSea WolfDangerbird
124Hot ThoughtsSpoonMatador
125The New Sounds of Late CapitalismStar ParksModern Outsider
126You Know I'm Not Going AnywhereThe DistrictsFat Possum
127WITHSylvan EssoLoma Vista
128Half the CitySt. Paul & The Broken BonesSingle Lock Records
129For Their LoveOther LivesATO
130Scripting the FlipJon Stickley TrioOrganic
131High Water LineMark OblingerSelf-Release
132Misfits' JubileeJim WhiteFluff & Gravy
133Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-BetweenMan ManSub Pop
134Karaoke AngelMolly SarlePartisan
135My Finest Work YetAndrew BirdConcord
136Out of My ProvinceNadia ReidSpacebomb
137Uncle, Duke & the ChiefBorn RuffiansYep Roc
138I Am Easy to FindThe National4AD
139Like So Much DesireFlock Of DimesSub Pop
140Black LipstickChicano BatmanATO
141Anak KoJay SomPolyvinyl
142Silver TearsAaron Lee TasjanNew West
143Doom Days (This Got out of Hand Edition)BastilleVirgin
144Cause and EffectKeaneIsland
145A Wave of Golden ThingsTall Tall TreesJoyful Noise
146Out of BodyNEEDTOBREATHEElektra
147Do No HarmThe DeerKeeled Scales
148Violet StreetLocal NativesLoma Vista
149I,iBon IverJagjaguwar
150GhosteenNick Cave & The Bad SeedsSelf-Release
151PowerSeratonesNine West
152Shade is on the Other SideGirl SkinJullian
153Young Sick CamelliaSt. Paul & The Broken BonesColumbia Red
154AWakeJayme StoneBorealis
155Busted Jukebox, Vol. 2Shovels & RopeNew West
156Nick WaterhouseNick WaterhouseInnovative Leisure
157Remind Me TomorrowSharon Van EttenJagjaguwar
158JuniorCorridorSub Pop
159LonerCaroline RoseNew West
160A Blemish in the Great LightHalf Moon RunGlassnote
161American UtopiaDavid ByrneNonesuch
162WavePatrick WatsonSecret City
163The MagicDeerhoofPolyvinyl
164Wild Wild EastSunny JainSmithsonian Folkways
165DeltaMumford & SonsGlassnote
166The ArcherAlexandra Savior30th Century
167So when You Gonna...Dream WifeLucky Number
168Sigh No MoreMumford & SonsGlassnote
169Medicine at MidnightFoo FightersRoswell
170Benjamin BookerBenjamin BookerATO
171Outer PeaceToro Y MoiCarpark
172Away is MineGord DownieArts & Crafts
173Automatic ChangerDead GhostsBurger
174South of RealityThe Claypool Lennon DeliriumATO
175Sweet UnknownErika WennerstromPartisan
176This Night Falls ForeverDeVotchKaConcord
177Natural DisguiseHalfNoiseCongrats
178SignalAutomaticStones Throw
179Hope Above AdversityDylan CartlidgeGlassnote
180The FightOvercoatsLoma Vista
182PerformanceWhite DenimCity Slang
183Dear DangerBilly HarveyGold
184Silver TongueTorresMerge
185CleopatraThe LumineersDualtone
186MonsterSarah PotenzaSnax Records
187Sidewalk AstronomyClare MeansSelf-Release
188Out of the BlueDan Luke and the RaidNew West
189The GameThe CongressAmerican Paradox
190Egypt StationPaul McCartneyCapitol
191Bird Songs of a KilljoyBedouineSpacebomb
192Styles We Paid forGuided By VoicesSelf-Release
193Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just SitCourtney BarnettMarathon Artists
194How to Be Okay AloneBrent CowlesDine Alone
195To the Edge61 GhostsBluzpic Media Group
196If I Should Go Before YouCity And ColourDine Alone Music
197Suck on LightBoy & BearNettwerk
198Part 2 Everything Not Saved Will Be LostFoalsWarner
199First TasteTy SegallDrag City
200ReskinnedLarkin PoeRH Music
201New Songs for Old ProblemsMiddle KidsDomino Recording Co
202ChangephobiaRostamMatsor Projects
203On the LineJenny LewisWarner Bros.
204Visions of Us on the LandDamien JuradoSecretly Canadian
205AddKeller WilliamsFreeky Disc
206Whiteout ConditionsThe New PornographersConcord
207By BloodShovels & RopeDualtone
208True FalseNegativlandSeeland

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