Best Pop Music CDs of 2020

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Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,


Here are the best Pop music CDs of 2020. If you’re looking for something new to listen to, check out these CDs.

Best Overall: Ariana Grande – thank u, next

At the top of our list is Ariana Grande’s album “thank u, next.” This is one of the year’s most talked about releases, and for good reason. It’s packed with hits like “7 rings” and “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored.” But the album is more than just a collection of radio-friendly bangers. Grande also delivers some deeply personal tracks, like “ghostin,” which addresses her late ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. It’s a must-listen from start to finish.

Best for Relaxation: Billie Eilish – WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

The title track, “bad guy,” is an immediately likable earworm with a sinister undertone that stands in contrast to Eilish’s sugary sweet voice. The rest of the album is similarly catchy and haunting, and it’s easy to see why Eilish has been dubbed the “voice of her generation.” If you’re looking for music to help you relax and unwind, this is the perfect album.

Best for a Workout: Lizzo – Cuz I Love You (Deluxe)

Lizzo’s third album is packed with floor-filling jams like the title track, “Truth Hurts,” and “Good as Hell.” It’s the perfect soundtrack for a sweaty workout—or any situation that calls for a major confidence boost.

Best for a Car Ride: Khalid – Free Spirit

The 19-year-old soul sensation’s debut album proves he’s not a one-hit wonder.

Free Spirit is the musical equivalent of a road trip. It’s an album about the journey, not the destination. This is reflected in Khalid’s lyrics, which are often about movement and travel. But it’s also evident in the music itself, which ebbs and flows like the open road.

The album gets off to a strong start with the anthemic “Better,” which sets the tone for the rest of the journey. From there, Khalid takes us on a trip through many different musical genres, including R&B, pop, hip-hop, and even country. But no matter what genre he’s exploring, Khalid always sounds like himself.

Free Spirit is an album that will grow on you with each listen. It’s an essential addition to any music collection.

Best for a Party: Lil Nas X – 7

This album has something for everyone – country, hip-hop, trap, R&B, and pop. It’s the perfect background music for a party (especially if you’re looking to avoid small talk), and it’s impossible not to dance when you hear “Old Town Road.”

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