most popular albums september 2020

The Most Popular Albums on Discogs in September 2020

September was busy — for record collectors, that is. We’re seeing a lot of new releases in our monthly roundup of the most popular albums, which is ranked by how many people added the record to their Collection on Discogs. To be included on each genre-specific list, the album must have been dropped in 2020 with a physical format (meaning it won’t take into consideration digital streams).

That final consideration means we are finally seeing Run the Jewels 4 from, well, Run the Jewels. The album was initially available on streaming platforms, but we finally got the vinyl and CD versions. There are several more September releases, from Thelonius Monk to The Flaming Lips, but we also need to point out the Record Store Day exclusives (come on, admit it — did you cop the new Britney Spears?) from weekends one and two; RSD will be back for one more round in October.

Repeats continue to include Khruangbin, Phoebe Bridgers, Fiona Apple, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Mac Miller’s posthumous Circles, which have all been consistently ranking high in their respective genres since their release.

What are we listening to? Sault’s Untitled (Black Is). It’s lovely, timely, groovy, and, most importantly, a must-listen. You can read more about the collective’s work on the album over at NPR.



  • Doves - The Universal Want album cover

    10. The Universal WantDoves




  • PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love - Demos album cover

    9. To Bring You My Love – DemosPJ Harvey




  • The Flaming Lips - American Head album cover

    8. American HeadThe Flaming Lips




  • Bright Eyes - Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was album cover

    7. Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once WasBright Eyes




  • Deftones - Ohms album cover

    6. OhmsDeftones




  • David Bowie - I

    5. I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74)David Bowie




  • David Bowie - Changesnowbowie album cover

    4. ChangesnowbowieDavid Bowie




  • Metallica & San Francisco Symphony - S&M2 album cover

    3. S&M2Metallica & San Francisco Symphony




  • Marilyn Manson - We Are Chaos album cover

    2. We Are ChaosMarilyn Manson




  • Idles - Ultra Mono album cover

    1. Ultra MonoIdles





  • As God Intended

    10. … As God IntendedApollo Brown & Che’Noir




  • Yung Lean - Starz album cover

    9. StarzYung Lean




  • The Streets - None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive album cover

    8. None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life AliveThe Streets




  • Népal - Adios Bahamas album cover

    7. Adios BahamasNépal




  • Denzel Curry - Unlocked album cover

    6. UnlockedDenzel Curry




  • O.S.T.R. - Gniew album cover

    5. GniewO.S.T.R.




  • THE SCOTTS - The Scotts album cover

    4. The ScottsTHE SCOTTS




  • Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By album cover

    3. Music To Be Murdered ByEminem




  • Mac Miller - Circles album cover

    2. CirclesMac Miller




  • Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 4 album cover

    1. Run The Jewels 4Run The Jewels





  • Washed Out - Purple Noon album cover

    10. Purple NoonWashed Out




  • The Future Sound Of London - Cascade 2020 album cover

    9. Cascade 2020The Future Sound Of London




  • John Carpenter - Skeleton album cover

    8. SkeletonJohn Carpenter




  • Global Communication - Transmissions album cover

    7. TransmissionsGlobal Communication




  • Brian Eno - Rams: Original Soundtrack Album album cover

    6. Rams: Original Soundtrack AlbumBrian Eno




  • Erasure - The Neon album cover

    5. The NeonErasure




  • Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song album cover

    4. Inner SongKelly Lee Owens




  • Disclosure - Energy album cover

    3. EnergyDisclosure




  • Yello - Point album cover

    2. PointYello




  • Tricky - Fall To Pieces album cover

    1. Fall To PiecesTricky





  • Future Nostalgia

    10. Future NostalgiaDua Lipa




  • Glass Animals - Dreamland album cover

    9. DreamlandGlass Animals




  • Britney Spears - Oops!...I Did It Again (Remixes And B-Sides) album cover

    8. Oops!…I Did It Again (Remixes And B-Sides)Britney Spears




  • Taylor Swift - Folklore album cover

    7. FolkloreTaylor Swift




  • Lady Gaga - Chromatica album cover

    6. ChromaticaLady Gaga




  • Ulver - Flowers Of Evil album cover

    5. Flowers Of EvilUlver




  • Charli XCX - How I

    4. How I’m Feeling NowCharli XCX




  • Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters album cover

    3. Fetch The Bolt CuttersFiona Apple




  • Katy Perry - Smile album cover

    2. SmileKaty Perry




  • The Weeknd - After Hours album cover

    1. After HoursThe Weeknd





  • Thundercat - It Is What It Is album cover

    10. It Is What It IsThundercat




  • Bob James - Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions album cover

    9. Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio SessionsBob James




  • Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Just Coolin

    8. Just Coolin’Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers




  • Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes - What Kinda Music album cover

    7. What Kinda MusicTom Misch & Yussef Dayes




  • Ambrose Akinmusire - On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment album cover

    6. On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused MomentAmbrose Akinmusire




  • Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings E&F Sides album cover

    5. Universal Beings E&F SidesMakaya McCraven




  • Bent Arcana - Bent Arcana album cover

    4. Bent ArcanaBent Arcana




  • Nubya Garcia - Source album cover

    3. SourceNubya Garcia




  • Gregory Porter - All Rise album cover

    2. All RiseGregory Porter




  • Thelonious Monk - Palo Alto album cover

    1. Palo AltoThelonious Monk



Funk and Soul


  • Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind album cover

    10. Heaven To A Tortured MindYves Tumor




  • Joy Denalane - Let Yourself Be Loved album cover

    9. Let Yourself Be LovedJoy Denalane




  • Bettye Lavette - Blackbirds album cover

    8. BlackbirdsBettye Lavette




  • Sven Wunder - Wabi Sabi album cover

    7. Wabi SabiSven Wunder




  • A Certain Ratio - ACR Loco album cover

    6. ACR LocoA Certain Ratio




  • Brent Faiyaz - Fuck The World album cover

    5. Fuck The WorldBrent Faiyaz




  • Frank Ocean - Dear April album cover

    4. Dear AprilFrank Ocean




  • Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - Texas Sun album cover

    3. Texas SunKhruangbin & Leon Bridges




  • Sault - Untitled (Black Is) album cover

    2. Untitled (Black Is)Sault




  • Khruangbin - Mordechai album cover

    1. MordechaiKhruangbin



Folk, World, and Country


  • Margo Price - That

    10. That’s How Rumors Get StartedMargo Price




  • Jerry Garcia, John Kahn - Garcialive Volume 14: The Ritz, New York, Ny January 27th, 1986 album cover

    9. Garcialive Volume 14: The Ritz, New York, Ny January 27th, 1986Jerry Garcia, John Kahn




  • The Chicks - Gaslighter album cover

    8. GaslighterThe Chicks




  • Suzanne Vega - An Evening Of New York Songs And Stories album cover

    7. An Evening Of New York Songs And StoriesSuzanne Vega




  • Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit - Reunions album cover

    6. ReunionsJason Isbell And The 400 Unit




  • Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter album cover

    5. Song For Our DaughterLaura Marling




  • Colter Wall - Western Swing & Waltzes And Other Punchy Songs album cover

    4. Western Swing & Waltzes And Other Punchy SongsColter Wall




  • Neil Young - Homegrown album cover

    3. HomegrownNeil Young




  • Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher album cover

    2. PunisherPhoebe Bridgers




  • Bob Dylan - Rough And Rowdy Ways album cover

    1. Rough And Rowdy WaysBob Dylan



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