My 100 Favorite Albums

2020 is finally coming to a close, and with it the biggest year of music discovery I've ever had. I spent more than a quarter of the year listening to music, and since it has come to be such a large part of my life I thought it would be fitting to write a blog on the best music I've listened to during this time. Because my goal is to listen to at least one new album every day next year, I will probably make another one of these at the end of 2021 as well. The vast majority of these are rock/metal so if you like those genres I strongly recommend any and all of these albums.



100. Thirty Seconds to Mars - A Beautiful Lie

Year Released: 2005
Genre: Alternative Rock, Emo
Highlights: The Kill, Attack, A Beautiful Lie


99. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Don't You Fake It

Year Released: 2006
Genre: Post Hardcore, Emo
Highlights: False Pretense, Face Down


98. Plumb - Need You Now

Year Released: 2012
Genre: CCM, Alternative Rock
Highlights: Say Your Name, Drifting, Lord I'm Ready Now


97. Francesca Battistelli - My Paper Heart

Year Released: 2008
Genre: CCM, Pop Rock
Highlights: Free to Be Me, Beautiful Beautiful, I'm Letting Go


96. Third Day - Miracle

Year Released: 2012
Genre: Southern Rock, CCM
Highlights: I Need A Miracle, Hit Me Like A Bomb


95. Ashes Remain - What I've Become

Year Released: 2011
Genre: Post Grunge, Christian Rock
Highlights: On My Own, Right Here, Without You, I Won't Run Away


94. Tenth Avenue North - The Light Meets The Dark

Year Released: 2010
Genre: CCM, Soft Rock
Highlights: Strong Enough to Save, You Are More


93. Panic! at the Disco - Death of a Bachelor

Year Released: 2016
Genre: Pop Rock
Highlights: LA Devotee, Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time, Death of a Bachelor


92. Ozzy Osbourne - Ordinary Man

Year Released: 2014
Genre: Hard Rock, Metal
Under the Graveyard, Take What You Want, Ordinary Man


91. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us

Year Released: 2007
Genre: Metalcore
Highlights: An Ocean Between Us, Nothing Left, The Sound Of Truth


90. Avenged Sevenfold - Hail To The King

Year Released: 2013
Genre: Metal, Hard Rock
Highlights: Shepherd of Fire, Acid Rain, Hail to the King


89. Rise Against - Endgame

Year Released: 2011
Genre: Melodic Hardcore, Punk Rock
Highlights: Satellite, Broken Mirrors, Help Is On The Way


88. Staind - Break the Cycle

Year Released: 2001
Genre: Nu Metal, Post Grunge
Highlights: It's Been Awhile, Epiphany, Open Your Eyes


87. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

Year Released: 1966
Genre: Pop Rock, Classic Rock
Highlights: Wouldn't It Be Nice, God Only Knows, Sloop John B


86. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works

Year Released: 2007
Genre: Mathcore
Highlights: Milk Lizard, Black Bubblegum, Mouth of Ghosts


85. Casting Crowns - Casting Crowns

Year Released: 2003
Genre: CCM, Christian Rock
Highlights: American Dream, What If His People Prayed, Voice of Truth


84. NF - The Search

Year Released: 2019
Genre: Rap, Hip Hop
Highlights: Hate Myself, The Search, Time


83. Tenth Avenue North - Over And Underneath

Year Released: 2008
Genre: CCM, Soft Rock
Highlights: By Your Side, Love Is Here, Hold My Heart


82. Rise Against - Revolutions per Minute

Year Released: 2003
Genre: Melodic Hardcore, Hardcore Punk
Highlights: Blood-Red White & Blue, Broken English, Black Masks & Gasoline


81. System of a Down - Toxicity

Year Released: 2001
Genre: Alternative Metal, Nu Metal
Highlights: Chop Suey!, Toxicity, Prison Song


80. Fireflight - Unbreakable

Year Released: 2008
Genre: Hard Rock, Christian Rock
Highlights: Unbreakable, Stand Up, Forever


79. Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage

Year Released: 2016
Genre: Progressive Metal
Highlights: God Damn, The Stage, Paradigm


78. Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First

Year Released: 2006
Genre: Punk Rock
Highlights: Los Angeles Is Burning, The Quickening, Beyond Electric Dreams


77. Twenty One Pilots - Trench

Year Released: 2018
Genre: Alternative Rock, Alternative Hip Hop
Highlights: Jumpsuit, Neon Gravestones, Cut My Lip


76. Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter

Year Released: 2014
Genre: Alternative Metal, Nu Metal
Highlights: Skeptic, Override, The Negative One, The Devil In I


75. Turnpike Troubadours - Diamonds & Gasoline

Year Released: 2010
Genre: Country, Folk Rock
Highlights: Shreveport, Long Hot Summer Day, Whole Damn Town


74. Heartist - Feeding Fiction

Year Released: 2014
Genre: Post Hardcore, Metalcore
Highlights: Skeletons, Ignite, Pressure Point


73. We As Human - We As Human

Year Released: 2011
Genre: Alternative Metal, Christian Rock
Highlights: We Fall Apart, Taking Life, Sever, Take The Bullets Away


72. The Letter Black - Rebuild

Year Released: 2013
Genre: Hard Rock, Christian Rock
Highlights: Smothering Walls, Pain Killer, Rebuild


71. Memphis May Fire - Broken

Year Released: 2018
Genre: Metalcore, Alternative Metal, Nu Metal
Highlights: Heavy Is The Weight, The Old Me, Over It


70. Matchbox 20 - Yourself or Someone Like You

Year Released: 1996
Genre: Post Grunge, Alternative Rock
Highlights: 3AM, Push, Real World


69. Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight

Year Released: 2007
Genre: Alternative Rock, Nu Metal
Highlights: Given Up, Bleed It Out, What I've Done


68. Switchfoot - The Beautiful Letdown

Year Released: 2003
Genre: Alternative Rock, Post Grunge, Christian Rock
Highlights: Dare You to Move, Meant to Live, This Is Your Life, The Beautiful Letdown


67. My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

Year Released: 2004
Genre: Emo, Pop Punk, Punk Rock
Highlights: I'm Not Okay (I Promise), Helena, Cemetery Drive


66. Killswitch Engage - End of Heartache

Year Released: 2004
Genre: Metalcore
Highlights: The End of Heartache, A Bid Farewell, World Ablaze


65. Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare

Year Released: 2010
Genre: Alternative Metal
Highlights: Nightmare, So Far Away, Danger Line, Welcome to the Family


64. Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth

Year Released: 2005
Genre: Industrial Rock, Alternative Rock
Highlights: The Hand That Feeds, You Know What You Are?, The Line Begins To Blur


63. Tenth Avenue North - The Struggle

Year Released: 2012
Genre: CCM, Soft Rock
Highlights: Losing, Shadows, The Struggle, Strangers Here


62. Nirvana - Nevermind

Year Released: 1991
Genre: Grunge
Highlights: Smells Like Teen Spirit, Lithium, Drain You


61. Slipknot - Iowa

Year Released: 2001
Genre: Nu Metal
Highlights: Everything Ends, People = Shit, I Am Hated


60. Skillet - Comatose

Year Released: 2006
Genre: Christian Rock, Hard Rock
Highlights: Comatose, The Last Night, Whispers in the Dark, Falling Inside the Black


59. Beartooth - Disgusting

Year Released: 2014
Genre: Hardcore Punk, Metalcore
Highlights: In Between, Keep Your American Dream, Body Bag


58. Thousand Foot Krutch - Welcome To The Masquerade

Year Released: 2009
Genre: Christian Rock, Nu Metal
Highlights: The Part That Hurts The Most (Is Me), Scream, Fire It Up


57. Turnpike Troubadours - The Turnpike Troubadours

Year Released: 2015
Genre: Country, Folk Rock
Highlights: Long Drive Home, Bossier City, Easton & Main


56. Boston - Boston

Year Released: 1976
Genre: Classic Rock
Highlights: More Than A Feeling, Peace of Mind, Foreplay / Long Time


55. Death - Human

Year Released: 1991
Genre: Death Metal, Progressive Metal
Highlights: See Through Dreams, Flattening of Emotions, Suicide Machine


54. August Burns Red - Guardians

Year Released: 2020
Genre: Metalcore
Highlights: Bones, Bloodletter, Defender, Paramount


53. The Dillinger Escape Plan - One of Us Is the Killer

Year Released: 2013
Genre: Mathcore
Highlights: One of Us is the Killer, Hero of the Soviet Union, Paranoia Shields


52. Bring Me the Horizon - Suicide Season

Year Released: 2008
Genre: Metalcore
Highlights: The Comedown, Chelsea Smile, Diamonds Aren't Forever


51. Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone

Year Released: 2008
Genre: Alternative Metal
Highlights: Dead Memories, Sulfur, Snuff, Gehenna


50. The Fray - How to Save a Life

Year Released: 2005
Genre: Soft Rock
Highlights: How to Save a Life, Over My Head (Cable Car), Look After You


49. Bring Me the Horizon - POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR

Year Released: 2020
Genre: Alternative Metal, Electronic Rock
Highlights: Dear Diary, Teardrops, 1x1, Ludens, Obey


48. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV

Year Released: 1971
Genre: Hard Rock, Classic Rock
Highlights: Black Dog, The Battle of Evermore, Stairway to Heaven


47. Thousand Foot Krutch - OXYGEN:INHALE

Year Released: 2014
Genre: Christian Rock, Nu Metal
Highlights: Born This Way, In My Room, Untraveled Road, Like a Machine


46. Deftones - Ohms

Year Released: 2020
Genre: Alternative Metal
Highlights: The Spell of Mathematics, Genesis, Ohms


45. Ice Nine Kills - The Silver Scream

Year Released: 2018
Genre: Metalcore, Post Hardcore
Highlights: Stabbing In The Dark, Merry Axe-Mas, A Grave Mistake


44. Thousand Foot Krutch - Exhale

Year Released: 2016
Genre: Christian Rock, Nu Metal
Highlights: Running With Giants, Lifeline, Can't Stop This, Give up the Ghost


43. Deftones - White Pony

Year Released: 2000
Genre: Nu Metal, Alternative Metal
Highlights: Change (In the House of Flies), Back to School (Mini Maggit), Rx Queen


42. Red - Release The Panic

Year Released: 2013
Genre: Christian Rock, Pop Rock, Alternative Metal
Highlights: The Moment We Come Alive, As You Go, Glass House, Die For You


41. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

Year Released: 1970
Genre: Heavy Metal
Highlights: Black Sabbath, Wicked World, The Wizard


40. The Fray - The Fray

Year Released: 2009
Genre: Pop Rock, Alternative Rock
Highlights: You Found Me, Never Say Never, Syndicate


39. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River

Year Released: 1969
Genre: Southern Rock, Classic Rock
Highlights: Bad Moon Rising, Green River, Lodi, Tombstone Shadow


38. Slipknot - Slipknot

Year Released: 1999
Genre: Nu Metal
Highlights: Wait and Bleed, Eyeless, Spit It Out


37. Cody Johnson - Cowboy Like Me

Year Released: 2014
Genre: Country
Highlights: Me and My Kind, Dance Her Home, Never Go Home Again


36. Slipknot - Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses

Year Released: 2004
Genre: Nu Metal, Alternative Metal
Highlights: Duality, Vermilion Pt. 2, The Blister Exists


35. Red - Gone

Year Released: 2017
Genre: Electronic Rock, Alternative Metal
Highlights: Losing Control, Coming Apart, A.I.


34. As I Lay Dying - Shaped By Fire

Year Released: 2019
Genre: Metalcore
Highlights: My Own Grave, Undertow, Blinded, Shaped by Fire


33. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell

Year Released: 1990
Genre: Groove Metal
Highlights: Cemetery Gates, Primal Concrete Sledge, Cowboys from Hell


32. Alice In Chains - Facelift

Year Released: 1990
Genre: Alternative Metal, Grunge
Highlights: Man in the Box, Love Hate Love, It Ain't Like That


31. Bad Religion - The Process Of Belief

Year Released: 2002
Genre: Punk Rock
Highlights: Materialist, Epiphany, Broken


30. Third Day - Revelation

Year Released: 2014
Genre: Southern Rock, Christian Rock
Highlights: Otherside, Call My Name, Revelation


29. Twenty One Pilots - Blurryface

Year Released: 2008
Genre: Alternative Hip Hop, Pop Rock
Highlights: Lane Boy, Message Man, Heavydirtysoul


28. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral

Year Released: 1994
Genre: Industrial Rock, Industrial Metal
Highlights: Hurt, Closer, The Becoming


27. Starset - DIVISIONS

Year Released: 2019
Genre: Electronic Rock, Alternative Metal
Highlights: Manifest, Where the Skies End, Diving Bell


26. Rise Against - Siren Song of the Counter-Culture

Year Released: 2004
Genre: Melodic Hardcore, Hardcore Punk
Highlights: Give It All, Anywhere But Here, State Of The Union


25. My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade

Year Released: 2006
Genre: Emo, Pop Punk, Punk Rock
Highlights: This Is How I Disappear, Welcome to the Black Parade, The Sharpest Lives, House of Wolves, Cancer


24. Rise Against - The Sufferer & the Witness

Year Released: 2006
Genre: Melodic Hardcore, Punk Rock
Highlights: Prayer Of The Refugee, Injection, Intro/Chamber The Cartridge


23. Bring Me the Horizon - Sempiternal

Year Released: 2013
Genre: Melodic Metalcore, Electronicore
Highlights: The House Of Wolves, Can You Feel My Heart, Chasing Rainbows, And The Snakes Start To Sing


22. Alice In Chains - Jar of Flies

Year Released: 1994
Genre: Blues Rock, Grunge
Highlights: Don't Follow, I Stay Away, Nutshell


21. Red - Innocence & Instinct

Year Released: 2009
Genre: Alternative Metal, Christian Rock
Highlights: Fight Inside, Never Be The Same, Confession (What's Inside My Head), Shadows


20. Twenty One Pilots - Twenty One Pilots

Year Released: 2009
Genre: Alternative Rock, Emo
Highlights: Fall Away, Addict With A Pen, Implicit Demand For Proof, Trapdoor


19. Red - End of Silence

Year Released: 2006
Genre: Alternative Metal, Christian Rock
Highlights: Breathe Into Me, Wasting Time, Break Me Down, Already Over


18. Flyleaf - Flyleaf

Year Released: 2006
Genre: Alternative Metal, Christian Rock
Highlights: I'm So Sick, All Around Me, Fully Alive


17. Decyfer Down - Crash

Year Released: 2009
Genre: Christian Rock, Alternative Metal
Highlights: Crash, Fading, Over My Head


16. Green Day - American Idiot

Year Released: 2004
Genre: Punk Rock
Highlights: American Idiot, Jesus of Suburbia, Letterbomb, St. Jimmy


15. Avenged Sevenfold - City of Evil

Year Released: 2005
Genre: Metal, Metalcore
Highlights: Bat Country, Trashed and Scattered, Beast and the Harlot


14. Bring Me the Horizon - There Is A Hell Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven Let's Keep It A Secret.

Year Released: 2010
Genre: Metalcore
Highlights: Crucify Me, It Never Ends, Blacklist, Fuck


13. Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

Year Released: 2000
Genre: Nu Metal, Rap Rock
Highlights: By Myself, With You, One Step Closer, Papercut


12. Turnpike Troubadours - A Long Way From Your Heart

Year Released: 2017
Genre: Folk Rock, Country
Highlights: A Tornado Warning, Something to Hold on To, Pipe Bomb Dream, The Housefire


11. Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold

Year Released: 2007
Genre: Alternative Metal
Highlights: Afterlife, Gunslinger, Almost Easy, Dear God


10. Red - Until We Have Faces

Year Released: 2011
Genre: Christian Rock, Post Grunge, Alternative Metal
Highlights: Let It Burn, Buried Beneath, Feed the Machine, Watch You Crawl


9. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon

Year Released: 1973
Genre: Progressive Rock
Highlights: The Great Gig in the Sky, Breathe (In the Air), Any Colour You Like


8. Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind

Year Released: 2019
Genre: Alternative Metal
Highlights: Unsainted, Nero Forte, Birth Of The Cruel, Solway Firth


7. Twenty One Pilots - Vessel

Year Released: 2013
Genre: Alternative Hip Hop, Rap Rock
Highlights: Ode to Sleep, Migraine, Car Radio, Fake You Out


6. Radiohead - OK Computer

Year Released: 1997
Genre: Alternative Rock, Art Rock
Highlights: Paranoid Android, Karma Police, No Surprises


5. Alice In Chains - Dirt

Year Released: 1992
Genre: Grunge, Alternative Metal
Highlights: Them Bones, Dam That River, Junkhead, Would?, Hate To Feel

4. Rise Against - Appeal to Reason

Year Released: 2014
Genre: Punk Rock, Melodic Hardcore
Highlights: Hero Of War, Kotov Syndrome, Audience Of One, Savior, Wheareabouts Unknown


3. Red - Declaration

Year Released: 2020
Genre: Alternative Metal, Christian Metal
Highlights: Cauterize, The War We Made, The Victim, Only Fight


2. Linkin Park - Meteora

Year Released: 2003
Genre: Nu Metal, Rap Rock
Highlights: Don't Stay, Easier to Run, Faint, Figure.09, Lying From You, Numb


1. Red - of Beauty and Rage

Year Released: 2015
Genre: Alternative Metal, Christian Metal
Highlights: Darkest Part, Fight To Forget, Yours Again, Part That's Holding On, Gravity Lies
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Level 71
Dec 21, 2020
I originally intended to have short descriptions of some of the albums. Then when I got all the formatting and links in I realised I was extremely close to the character limit so I couldn’t add those, so more detailed descriptions of my favorite albums may come in a later blog, but probably not because that’s a lot of effort. Maybe next year I’ll only do 50.
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Level 44
Dec 21, 2020
(C|K)O+L
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Dec 21, 2020
OMG(O+D)? (THE|DE) COM+ENTS ARE CODIF+IED INTO+ RE(G|J)E(X|CS)? !
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Level 47
Dec 21, 2020
I K?NOW? WH(A|U)T IS HAP+EN+ING (HERE|HEAR)
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Level 47
Dec 21, 2020
(TO+|TWO) MUCH ROCK
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Level 65
Dec 21, 2020
Nice list. I'm glad I could contribute to a number of these being on here, and hopefully in the next year, I'll contribute to even more being here.
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Level 50
Dec 21, 2020
You know you can change the character limit with the inspect element. Just right click the "30,000 characters remaining" part and change 30,000 to whatever you want :)
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Level 51
Dec 21, 2020
Nice! I'll check out some of these albums out! :)
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Level 53
Dec 21, 2020
That is a lot of albums *faints*
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Level 71
Dec 21, 2020
Some really good albums in this list, I'll have to get some downloading done...

Check out Rammstein, very good band if you like Thrash Metal. They are German

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Level 71
Dec 21, 2020
Thanks! I do enjoy Rammstein but somehow haven't listened all the way through any of their albums. I think I'll do that tonight.
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Level 71
Dec 21, 2020
No Anthrax either :(
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Level 32
Dec 21, 2020
my favorite is not on here sadly...:(:(:(:(:(:(
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Level 65
Dec 21, 2020
Everyone succumbs to The Beach Boys in the end