At the end of each year my friend James and I make lists of the 20 albums we enjoyed the most. To be eligible, a record has to be of album length (>30 mins), and contain entirely (or almost entirely) new material; live albums aren’t eligible, and neither are cover records, or compilations.
This is something we’ve been doing since 2000, and it’s a highlight of the holiday period for me each year to draw up my list, then meet with James over coffee and tell him he listens to too much prog-rock.
Complete versions of my most recent lists can be found below, with accompanying playlists on Apple Music:
2021; 2020; 2019; 2018; 2017; 2016; 2015; 2014; 2013; 2012; 2011; 2010
Summary versions of my lists for the years 1993-2009 can be found here.
An archive of James’s lists can be found via this site ⧉