Toilet paper wasn’t the only thing we were hoarding in 2020. The Discogs Community collected quite a few new releases and reissues throughout the year.
This ranking is determined by how many Discogs users added the 2020 release to their Collection throughout the year. It’s important to note that all of these releases are on vinyl. Our monthly editions of the most popular new drops are by Master Release, which includes every version (vinyl, cassette, CD, reissue, etc.) of the album or EP. The list below is by Release, meaning the format is often the difference between each version. Since our Community is largely made up of record collectors, vinyl was the only format to crack the 2020 wrap-up.
Beneath each title, we’ve included contextual information about the release. For example, if it’s a reissue, we’ve included the LP’s original release date. We’ve also noted other defining details, such as whether it’s a brand-new drop, special color variant, or 180-gram vinyl.
You’ll notice repeats of certain titles — that’s because folks were collecting different versions of the same album or EP. Tame Impala’s The Slow Rush (which we declared the best album of 2020 based on how many Discogs users wanted and collected the title) appears multiple times for different color variants.
Run the Jewels 4 and Idles’ Ultra Mono are the only other two brand-new albums to make it into the top 10. All of the other records are reissues. Sometimes the best new music is old music.
When you take a closer look at all of the reissues on this list, you’ll see an obvious overlap between the Discogs Community and Vinyl Me, Please, the membership-based record club. The non-VMP reissues are mostly anniversary editions. However, the vinyl at the No. 1 spot — Tom Petty’s Wildflowers & All The Rest — is a kingly, three-LP compilation that includes a remaster of the original albums in addition to unreleased recordings and alternate versions.