highest rated releases 2020

The Highest-Rated Releases of 2020 by the Discogs Community

If we were forced to give 2020 a rating, we would rate it nothing higher than 1/5. Who wants to argue? Didn’t think so.

 
And the only reason it gets 1 and not 0 is because at least we had music to help us through. Praise sweet baby Prince — we still had the internet to deliver us rallying tunes, the ability to virtually rummage through our favorite record stores’ bins, and share our musical highlights with friends and fellow fans.
 
In a year where there was not a lot to like, we’re taking a closer look at the releases that you, the Discogs Community, not just liked, but awarded the highest ratings of all.
 
First, a quick word on how we calculate the highest-rated releases of 2020. To avoid giving a release with a single 5/5 rating more clout than, say, a release with several 5/5 and a one 4/5 rating, we’ve used some math wizardry to weigh the ratings based on how recent the release is and the total number of ratings per release.
 
Electronic was chief among all genres that the Community was digging this year, with 32 of the following 50 top releases being of the electronic persuasion. Am I picking up a chill-working-from-home-soundtrack vibe here? Possibly a dancing-alone-in-my-living-room type of thing? (Purists among you might have to take that with a grain of salt unless you truly consider ABBA electronic).
 
Beyond that, it’s an interesting genre split:
 
1) 32 electronic releases
 
2) 9 hip-hop releases
 
3) 5 jazz releases
 
4) 4 rock releases
 
Following last year, two Dream Dance compilations’ silver dolphins surface on the highest-rated list once again. Volumes 86 and 87 made the 2019 edition. Not to be overlooked in 2020, Volumes 88 and 89 have cracked the top 50  this year as well.
 
Without further ado, we give you the highest-rated releases by the Discogs community in 2020. May you use these powers for good and find a record you love.
 

Highest-Rated 2020 Releases on Discogs

  1. Ulla Straus - Tumbling Towards A Wall album cover

    50. Ulla Straus – Tumbling Towards A Wall

    Rating: 4.883

    • Ratings: 69
    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Experiences Ltd.
    • Minimum Price: $96.38
  2. Voodoos And Taboos - Ancient Brothel EP album cover

    49. Voodoos And Taboos – Ancient Brothel EP

    Rating: 4.883

    • Ratings: 69
    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Voodoos And Taboos Records
    • Minimum Price: $23.75
  3. Kraftwerk - Die Mensch•Maschine album cover

    48. Kraftwerk – Die Mensch• Maschine

    Rating: 4.884

    • Ratings: 58
    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Tra
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Kling Klang, Parlophone
    • Minimum Price: $35.62
  4. Prince & The New Power Generation - One Nite Alone... Live! album cover

    47. Prince & The New Power Generation – One Nite Alone… Live!

    Rating: 4.884

    • Ratings: 83
    • Format: 4xLP, Album, Ltd, Pur
    • Genre: Funk / Soul
    • Labels: NPG Records, Legacy, The Prince Estate
    • Minimum Price: $50.00
  5. Voyager - Possessions album cover

    46. Voyager – Possessions

    Rating: 4.885

    • Ratings: 41
    • Format: 12″, Ltd, W/Lbl
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: OKBRON
    • Minimum Price: $39.50
  6. The John Coltrane Quartet - Ballads album cover

    45. The John Coltrane Quartet – Ballads

    Rating: 4.885

    • Ratings: 134
    • Format: LP, Album, RE, 180
    • Genre: Jazz
    • Labels: Impulse!, Verve Records, UMe, Impulse!
    • Minimum Price: $43.50
  7. Savage - Italodisco album cover

    44. Savage – Italodisco

    Rating: 4.886

    • Ratings: 49
    • Format: 12″, Maxi
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: DWA (Dance World Attack)
    • Minimum Price: $17.25
  8. The Rolling Stones - Totally Stripped (Live At The Paradiso Amsterdam 1995) album cover

    43. The Rolling Stones – Totally Stripped (Live At The Paradiso Amsterdam 1995)

    Rating: 4.886

    • Ratings: 49
    • Format: 2xLP, Ltd, Ora
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Rolling Stones Records, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Universal Music Group
    • Minimum Price: $131.00
  9. Global Communication - Transmissions album cover

    42. Global Communication – Transmissions

    Rating: 4.889

    • Ratings: 63
    • Format: 2xLP, RE, RM, Gat + 2xLP, RE, RM, Gat + 3xLP, Comp
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Evolution
    • Minimum Price: $260.00
  10. Joy Division - Atmosphere album cover

    41. Joy Division – Atmosphere

    Rating: 4.889

    • Ratings: 152
    • Format: 12″, Single, RE, RM, 180
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Factory, Factory
    • Minimum Price: $10.63
  11. Ilyes, Gauvain - Rixdorf EP album cover

    40. Ilyes, Gauvain – Rixdorf EP

    Rating: 4.89

    • Ratings: 53
    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Kaizenrecordsberlin
    • Minimum Price: $9.88
  12. Machine Head - Burn My Eyes album cover

    39. Machine Head – Burn My Eyes

    Rating: 4.89

    • Ratings: 47
    • Format: 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Gol
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Run Out Groove, Roadrunner Records
    • Minimum Price: $30.88
  13. The Phantasy - Ibiza album cover

    38. The Phantasy – Ibiza

    Rating: 4.891

    • Ratings: 122
    • Format: 2×12″, EP
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: The Phantasy
    • Minimum Price: $58.38
  14. Flemming Dalum - Italo Edits Vol 7 album cover

    37. Flemming Dalum – Italo Edits Vol 7

    Rating: 4.892

    • Ratings: 42
    • Format: 12″, Ltd, Num, W/Lbl
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Centre Neptune
    • Minimum Price: $236.88
  15. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata

    36. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata ’74

    Rating: 4.892

    • Ratings: 93
    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, RE
    • Genre: Hip Hop
    • Labels: Madlib Invazion
    • Minimum Price: $39.00
  16. Sepultura - Beneath The Remains album cover

    35. Sepultura – Beneath The Remains

    Rating: 4.895

    • Ratings: 79
    • Format: 2xLP, Album, RE, RM
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Roadracer Records, Roadrunner Records
    • Minimum Price: $13.00
  17. ABBA - The Studio Albums album cover

    34. ABBA – The Studio Albums

    Rating: 4.896

    • Ratings: 91
    • Format: Box, Comp, Ltd, RM + LP, Album, RE, RM, Red + LP,
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Polar
    • Minimum Price: $148.25
  18. Stan Getz / João Gilberto Featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim - Getz / Gilberto album cover

    33. Stan Getz / João Gilberto Featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim – Getz / Gilberto

    Rating: 4.896

    • Ratings: 169
    • Format: LP, Album, RE, 180
    • Genre: Jazz
    • Labels: Verve Records, Verve Records
    • Minimum Price: $25.75
  19. Leafar Legov - Mirror album cover

    32. Leafar Legov – Mirror

    Rating: 4.898

    • Ratings: 92
    • Format: 2×12″, Album, W/Lbl
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Giegling
    • Minimum Price: $44.37
  20. Pole - 1 2 2003 album cover

    31. Pole – 1 2 2003

    Rating: 4.899

    • Ratings: 52
    • Format: 2×12″, Album, RE, Blu + 2×12″, Album, RE, Red + 2x
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Mute, Mute
    • Minimum Price: $123.00
  21. The Rolling Stones - Living In A Ghost Town album cover

    30. The Rolling Stones – Living In A Ghost Town

    Rating: 4.9

    • Ratings: 77
    • Format: 10″, S/Sided, Single, Ltd, Pur
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Rolling Stones Records, Polydor, Rolling Stones Records, Polydor
    • Minimum Price: $22.62
  22. Abfahrt Hinwil - Links Berge Rechts Seen (Deluxe Edition) album cover

    29. Abfahrt Hinwil – Links Berge Rechts Seen (Deluxe Edition)

    Rating: 4.902

    • Ratings: 41
    • Format: 2xLP, Comp, Dlx, Mar
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Lapsus Records
    • Minimum Price: $30.00
  23. Tom Petty - Wildflowers & All The Rest album cover

    28. Tom Petty – Wildflowers & All The Rest

    Rating: 4.903

    • Ratings: 361
    • Format: 2xLP, Album, RE, RM + LP
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Warner Records
    • Minimum Price: $35.50
  24. Christopher Ledger - Deceptive Afterglow EP album cover

    27. Christopher Ledger – Deceptive Afterglow EP

    Rating: 4.904

    • Ratings: 50
    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Amphia
    • Minimum Price: $14.00
  25. Talla 2XLC & Alex M.O.R.P.H. - Techno Club Vol.58 album cover

    26. Talla 2XLC & Alex M.O.R.P.H. – Techno Club Vol.58

    Rating: 4.904

    • Ratings: 44
    • Format: 2xCD, Comp, Mixed
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: ZYX Music
    • Minimum Price: $19.25
  26. Various - Dream Dance Vol.88 album cover

    25. Various – Dream Dance Vol.88

    Rating: 4.904

    • Ratings: 44
    • Format: 2xCD, Comp + CD, Mixed
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Sony Music
    • Minimum Price: $26.00
  27. The Primitive Painter - The Primitive Painter album cover

    24. The Primitive Painter – The Primitive Painter

    Rating: 4.905

    • Ratings: 61
    • Format: 2×12″, Album, RE, RM
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Apollo
    • Minimum Price: $21.88
  28. Various - Other Times E.P. Vol. 3 album cover

    23. Various – Other Times E.P. Vol. 3

    Rating: 4.907

    • Ratings: 54
    • Format: 12″, Ltd, 200
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Other Times Records
    • Minimum Price: $14.25
  29. Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross - The Social Network album cover

    22. Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross – The Social Network

    Rating: 4.908

    • Ratings: 58
    • Format: 2xLP, Album, RE, Def
    • Genre: Stage & Screen
    • Labels: The Null Corporation, UMe
    • Minimum Price: $37.00
  30. Various - Dream Dance Vol.89 album cover

    21. Various – Dream Dance Vol.89

    Rating: 4.909

    • Ratings: 42
    • Format: 2xCD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Sony Music
    • Minimum Price: $26.37
  31. Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie album cover

    20. Paul McCartney – Flaming Pie

    Rating: 4.909

    • Ratings: 77
    • Format: Box + 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180 + LP, 180
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: MPL, Capitol Records, Universal Music Group
    • Minimum Price: $45.00
  32. MF Doom And Madlib - Madvillain - Madvillainy album cover

    19. MF Doom And Madlib – Madvillain – Madvillainy

    Rating: 4.91

    • Ratings: 45
    • Format: 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Yel
    • Genre: Hip Hop
    • Labels: Stones Throw Records
    • Minimum Price: $89.25
  33. Kraftwerk - Computerwelt album cover

    18. Kraftwerk – Computerwelt

    Rating: 4.913

    • Ratings: 52
    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, RP, Yel
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Kling Klang, Parlophone
    • Minimum Price: $29.50
  34. Parcels - Live Vol.1 album cover

    17. Parcels – Live Vol.1

    Rating: 4.916

    • Ratings: 65
    • Format: 2xLP, Album
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Because Music, Kitsuné Musique
    • Minimum Price: $33.38
  35. Hiroshi Yoshimura - Green album cover

    16. Hiroshi Yoshimura – Green

    Rating: 4.917

    • Ratings: 61
    • Format: LP, Album, RE, RM
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Light In The Attic
    • Minimum Price: $29.00
  36. Lovebirds Featuring Stee Downes - Want You In My Soul album cover

    15. Lovebirds Featuring Stee Downes – Want You In My Soul

    Rating: 4.92

    • Ratings: 58
    • Format: 12″, RE
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: South Street
    • Minimum Price: $10.13
  37. Tom Petty - Wildflowers & All The Rest album cover

    14. Tom Petty – Wildflowers & All The Rest

    Rating: 4.92

    • Ratings: 47
    • Format: Box, Dlx + 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 140 + LP, Album, 1
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Warner Records
    • Minimum Price: $135.00
  38. DJ Metatron - Loops Of Infinity (A Rave Loveletter) album cover

    13. DJ Metatron – Loops Of Infinity (A Rave Loveletter)

    Rating: 4.924

    • Ratings: 157
    • Format: 4×12″, Album
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: All Possible Worlds
    • Minimum Price: $150.00
  39. Pellegrino S. Snichelotto Pres. Zodyaco - Caucciù album cover

    12. Pellegrino S. Snichelotto Pres. Zodyaco – Caucciù

    Rating: 4.924

    • Ratings: 55
    • Format: 7″, Single, RP, Lar
    • Genre: Jazz
    • Labels: Early Sounds Recordings
    • Minimum Price: $15.13
  40. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart album cover

    11. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart

    Rating: 4.925

    • Ratings: 169
    • Format: 12″, Single, RE, RM, 180
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Factory
    • Minimum Price: $10.63
  41. Loefah / D1 - Natural Charge / Crack Bong (Loefah RMX) album cover

    10. Loefah / D1 – Natural Charge / Crack Bong (Loefah RMX)

    Rating: 4.927

    • Ratings: 56
    • Format: 12″, 180
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Version
    • Minimum Price: $9.88
  42. Various - SODOM Anthology (Keep Hardcore Alive) album cover

    9. Various – SODOM Anthology (Keep Hardcore Alive)

    Rating: 4.93

    • Ratings: 53
    • Format: 2×12″, Comp, Ltd, RM
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Slaves Of Devil Our Master
    • Minimum Price: $95.25
  43. New Order - Blue Monday album cover

    8. New Order – Blue Monday

    Rating: 4.933

    • Ratings: 137
    • Format: 12″, Single, RE, RM, 180
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Factory
    • Minimum Price: $13.38
  44. Prince - Sign "O" The Times album cover

    7. Prince – Sign “O” The Times

    Rating: 4.933

    • Ratings: 81
    • Format: 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180 + 2xLP, Comp, RM, 180 + 6
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Warner Records, NPG Records, Paisley Park, The Prince Estate
    • Minimum Price: $248.00
  45. PFM & Tayla / PFM - Submarine Tune / Living Without You album cover

    6. PFM & Tayla / PFM – Submarine Tune / Living Without You

    Rating: 4.946

    • Ratings: 54
    • Format: 12″, Ltd, W/Lbl
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: OKBRON
    • Minimum Price: $47.62
  46. Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucía - Friday Night In San Francisco album cover

    5. Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucía – Friday Night In San Francisco

    Rating: 4.949

    • Ratings: 60
    • Format: 2xLP, Ltd, Num, RE, RM
    • Genre: Jazz
    • Labels: Impex Records
    • Minimum Price: $90.87
  47. Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith And Devotion | The 12" Singles album cover

    4. Depeche Mode – Songs Of Faith And Devotion | The 12″ Singles

    Rating: 4.954

    • Ratings: 69
    • Format: Box, Comp, Ltd, Num, RM + 12″, Single, RE + 12″, S
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Mute, Columbia, Sony Music
    • Minimum Price: $172.63
  48. Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra - S&M2 album cover

    3. Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra – S&M2

    Rating: 4.957

    • Ratings: 64
    • Format: Box, Dlx, Ltd + 4xLP, Album, Dlx, Ltd + 2xCD, Albu
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Blackened Recordings
    • Minimum Price: $190.00
  49. Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um album cover

    2. Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um

    Rating: 4.963

    • Ratings: 117
    • Format: 2×12″, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, 180 + Box
    • Genre: Jazz
    • Labels: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Columbia, Sony Music Commercial Music Group
    • Minimum Price: $180.00
  50. Depeche Mode - Violator | The 12" Singles album cover

    1. Depeche Mode – Violator | The 12″ Singles

    Rating: 4.969

    • Ratings: 114
    • Format: Box, Comp, Ltd, Num, RM + 12″, Single, RE + 12″, S
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Mute, Columbia, Sony Music
    • Minimum Price: $269.00
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