Honestly, in recent years the only reason I’ve continued to post year-end lists by Rolling Stone magazine as part of our Listmania series is to give people a chance to renew the Gorguts joke. Sadly, Rolling Stone magazine has deprived me of the opportunity this year.
Mournfully, I must report that for the first time in a long number of years (I don’t really care enough to count them), Rolling Stone has failed to post a year-end list of best metal albums. I’ve waited patiently, but it’s now January 4th and no such list has appeared.
Rolling Stone did post a list of “The 50 Best Albums of 2020“, which you can peruse here, but it doesn’t include even one metal album.
I did learn from their Top 50 list that the late Toots Hibbert put out a new album in 2020, which I didn’t know and am now going to track down, and I was reminded that I haven’t yet listened to the latest albums by Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell, and I might actually now be induced to listen to Waxahatchee and Fiona Apple, because they’ve finished high on yet another big-platform list. So it’s not a complete wasteland for me personally. But it’s close, because I have little time and even less interest in expanding my musical horizons.
I’m not going to write a separate post about it, but I’ll mention here that Pitchfork, whose metal lists I’ve also included in previous years’ Listmania series, also failed to post a list of best metal albums this year. Like Rolling Stone they did publish (here) a cross-genre list of “The 50 Best Albums of 2020“, but it also includes a grand total of zero metal albums. (As it happens, that list puts Waxahatchee at No. 2 and Fiona Apple at No. 1.)
Oh hell, forget what I said earlier, I guess I can still strain and make room for the joke: Rolling Stone named Taylor Swift’s Folklore the album of the year.
P.S. I think we’ve now reached the end of 2020 LISTMANIA (other than my list of Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs, which I will begin to roll out later today). Tomorrow I’ll post a recap of the 2020 series with links to all the lists we’ve posted this year.