Top 5 underrated Music Albums of 2020
The one thing that saved 2020 was the music. So much was released this year, some surprises and some anticipated. We’ve had many albums on repeat the whole year. However, some of the albums deserved more recognition and weren’t in the spotlight as much as they should have been.
Unlike albums like “folklore,” “Manic,” “Chromatica,” or “Positions,” these albums were played by fans but didn’t get as much radio play, chart recognition or love.
Here are the top 5 underrated albums of 2020. Be sure to stream them.
“Heartbreak Weather” by Niall Horan
Former One Direction member, Niall Horan, released his second studio album, “Heartbreak Weather” back in March, which included the singles ‘Nice to Meet Ya,’ ‘No Judgment,’ “Black and White,’ and ‘Put a Little Love On Me.’ Considering the album came out right around the time of lockdown, you would think many people would have had it on repeat because it was filled with bops. The album was more popular in the UK and Europe only selling 59,000 units in the US.
“Rare” by Selena Gomez
After 4 years, Selena Gomez dropped her brand-new album “Rare” back in January, which was a great way to start off the new year. The album sparked the singles “Lose You To Love Me,” “Look At Her Now,” “Rare,” and “Boyfriend” (which was featured on the deluxe album). Although the album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and was considered her greatest album yet, it was soon forgotten about by Summertime.
“Smile” by Katy Perry
“Smile” is the sixth and comeback studio album by Katy Perry, released on August 28th. The album featured the singles “Daisies,” “Smile” and previous singles “Never Really Over,” and “Harleys In Hawaii.” “Smile” reached number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. However, the album was the first since her debut to not reach the top spot. A few days before the album was released, Perry gave birth to her first child, Daisy Dove Bloom.
“High Road” by Kesha
After straying away from her roots with 2017’s “Rainbow,” Kesha released “High Road” this past January. Her fourth album sparked four singles “Raising Hell feat Big Freedia,” “Tonight,” “My Own Dance,” and “Resentment.” Her partying personality was back, but the album received mixed views, despite debuting at number seven on the Billboard chart.
“Future Nostalgia” by Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa took us back with her nostalgic (no pun intended) second album that featured decade influences like the 80’s and 90’s back in March. Songs such as “Physical” did particularly well in the UK, but not so much the US. However, “Don’t Start Now” and “Break My Heart” were popular in the US. “Hallucinate” and “Levitating” were also released as singles. It debuted at number four in the US and received positive reviews from critics. Lipa re-released a remix of “Levitating” with rapper DaBaby on November 20th.
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