Top twenty Americana albums of 2020 revealed

It’s official – coming direct from the pop-tastic UK Official Charts who, along side the usual pop charts of yore also produce the happening Americana Charts that the kids demand these days.  And it was a good year for The Boss who took both the highly coveted number one spot as well as the quite coveted number seven spot.

We’re always fretting about What This Americana Thing Is – and reading through this list only really provides a partial answer.   No problems with Springsteen, Dylan, Neil Young.  But then Elvis Costello, for example, can hardly be regarded as a pure americana artist – and the latest album really swings quite far towards the jazz label.  And some might regard Chicks as more of a country band.  Taylor Swift?  Hmm.

1. LETTER TO YOU – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
2. ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS – BOB DYLAN
3. EVERMORE – TAYLOR SWIFT
4. SONG FOR OUR DAUGHTER – LAURA MARLING
5. PUNISHER – PHOEBE BRIDGERS
6. HOMEGROWN – NEIL YOUNG
7. WESTERN STARS – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
8. GASLIGHTER – CHICKS
9. BLACK PUMAS – BLACK PUMAS
10. III – LUMINEERS
11. STARTING OVER – CHRIS STAPLETON
12. HEY CLOCKFACE – ELVIS COSTELLO
13. REUNIONS – JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT
14. RUN HOME SLOW – TESKEY BROTHERS
15. SAINT CLOUD – WAXAHATCHEE
16. GOOD SOULS BETTER ANGELS – LUCINDA WILLIAMS
17. NASHVILLE TEARS – RUMER
18. THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH – VAN MORRISON
19. LOCAL HONEY – BRIAN FALLON
20. TITANIC RISING – WEYES BLOOD

About Jonathan Aird 1342 Articles
Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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