The Most Popular Albums on Discogs in December 2020

Our regular roundup of the most popular albums is determined by how many Discogs users added it to their Collections during the month. To be included on each genre-specific list, the album must have been released in 2020 in a physical format (meaning vinyl, CD, or cassette, so it won’t take into consideration digital streams).

Thanks to three individual Record Store Day 2020 events, we can see quite a few RSD releases in the lists below. However, as usual, the rankings are a nice mix of new drops (Paul McCartney, Com Truise, Bill Evans) and extremely popular records that have made regular appearances since we started the monthly chart back in June (Mac Miller, Phoebe Bridgers, Thundercat, Khruangbin).

What are we listening to? We took the McCartney III for a spin. If you’re a fan of the man, you’ll enjoy this one-man-band album from the one-and-only Sir Paul. In a year when many musicians have been forced to explore different ways of recording, it’s interesting to think about one of the most well-known artists of our age playing all of the instruments himself and labeling it the third installment of his self-titled releases.

Come back next month for the first edition of 2021. We’re excited to see which brand-new releases will kick off the year.


  1. Ultra Mono by Idles
  2. May Our Chambers Be Full by Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou
  3. Live Drugs by The War on Drugs
  4. Cyr by The Smashing Pumpkins
  5. Letter to You by Bruce Springsteen
  6. Nights of the Dead, Legacy of the Beast: Live In Mexico City by Iron Maiden
  7. My Sister Thanks You and I Thank You The White Stripes Greatest Hits by The White Stripes
  8. Live at the Royal Albert Hall by Arctic Monkeys
  9. McCartney III by Paul McCartney
  10. PWR/UP by AC/DC


  1. King’s Disease by Nas
  2. Only for Dolphins by Action Bronson
  3. No Pressure by Logic
  4. Legends Never Die by Juice WRLD
  5. Spirit World Field Guide by Aesop Rock
  6. From King to a God by Conway The Machine
  7. Music by Beastie Boys
  8. Alfredo by Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist
  9. Circles by Mac Miller
  10. Run the Jewels 4 by Run the Jewels


  1. Some Kind of Peace by Ólafur Arnalds
  2. Inner Song by Kelly Lee Owens
  3. 1995 by K+D
  4. Sign by Autechre
  5. Shadow of Fear by Cabaret Voltaire
  6. Hot Wet & Sassy by Tobacco
  7. Plus by Autechre
  8. In Decay, Too by Com Truise
  9. Magic Oneohtrix Point Never by Oneohtrix Point Never
  10. Song Machine Season One by Gorillaz


  1. Weird! by Yungblud
  2. Róisín Machine by Róisín Murphy
  3. What the Future Holds by Steps
  4. Smile by Katy Perry
  5. Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple
  6. Chromatica by Lady Gaga
  7. After Hours by The Weeknd
  8. Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa
  9. Idiot Prayer (Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace) by Nick Cave
  10. Disco by Kylie Minogue


  1. Sunset in the Blue by Melody Gardot
  2. Blue Note Re:imagined 2020 by Various
  3. Palo Alto by Thelonious Monk
  4. Salute to the Sun by Matthew Halsall
  5. Pardon My French by The Jahari Massamba Unit
  6. Double Image // Rare Miles From The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions by Miles Davis
  7. What Kinda Music by Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes
  8. It Is What It Is by Thundercat 
  9. Rollins in Holland by Sonny Rollins
  10. Live at Ronnie Scott’s by Bill Evans

Funk and Soul

  1. Long in the Tooth by The Budos Band
  2. Big Crown Vaults Vol. 1 by Lee Fields & The Expressions
  3. Confetti by Little Mix
  4. Dinner Party by Dinner Party
  5. Untitled (Rise) by Sault
  6. Untitled (Black Is) by Sault
  7. Texas Sun by Khruangbin & Leon Bridges
  8. A Joyful Sound by Kelly Finnigan
  9. Mordechai by Khruangbin
  10. LateNightTales by Khruangbin

Folk, World, and Country

  1. Perfectly Imperfect at the Ryman by Margo Price 
  2. Red Headed Stranger Live From Austin City Limits by Willie Nelson 
  3. A Holly Dolly Christmas by Dolly Parton
  4. Homegrown by Neil Young
  5. Show Pony by Orville Peck
  6. Rough and Rowdy Ways by Bob Dylan
  7. Starting Over by Chris Stapleton
  8. Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers
  9. Cuttin’ Grass Vol​.​ 1 (The Butcher Shoppe Sessions) by Sturgill Simpson
  10. Folklore by Taylor Swift

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