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This was originally published as free content, in Robert Christgau's And It Don't Stop newsletter. You can have Christgau's posts delivered to your mailbox if you subscribe.

Dean's List: 2020

Introduction moved here

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  1. Hanging Tree Guitars (Music Maker Relief Foundation)
  2. Run the Jewels: RTJ4 (BMG Rights Management)
  3. Group Doueh & Cheveu: Dakhla Sahara Session (Born Bad '17)
  4. Fiona Apple: Fetch the Bolt Cutters (Epic)
  5. Lucinda Williams: Good Souls Better Angels (Highway 20)
  6. Backxwash: Deviancy (Grimalkin '19)
  7. Billy Nomates: Billy Nomates (Invada)
  8. Dramarama: Color TV (Pasadena)
  9. Lori McKenna: The Balladeer (CN/Thirty Tigers)
  10. Wussy: Ghosts (self-released)
  11. Black Thought & Salaam Remi: Streams of Thought Vol. 2 (Human Re Sources/Passyunk Productions '18)
  12. Peter Stampfel and the Bottle Caps: Demo '84 (Don Giovanni)
  13. The Human Hearts: Day of the Tiles (self-released)
  14. Martin Creed: Thoughts Lined Up (Telephone '16)
  15. Sam Hunt: Southside (MCA Nashville)
  16. Bob Dylan: Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia)
  17. Young M.A: Herstory in the Making (M.A Music/3D '19)
  18. Bktherula: Nirvana (Warner)
  19. Public Enemy: What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down? (Def Jam)
  20. Taylor Swift: Evermore (Republic)
  21. Sad13: Haunted Painting (Carpark)
  22. Guiss Guiss Bou Bess: Set Sela (Helico)
  23. Ashley McBryde: Never Will (Warner Music Nashville)
  24. McCarthy Trenching: Perfect Game (self-released)
  25. 75 Dollar Bill Little Big Band: Live at Tubby's (self-released)
  26. Kirby Heard: Mama's Biscuits (CDBaby '19)
  27. Black Thought: Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane and Able (Republic)
  28. Eminem: Music to Be Murdered By (Aftermath/Shady/Interscope/Goliath)
  29. Hinds: The Prettiest Curse (Mom + Pop)
  30. Les Amazones d'Afrique: Amazones Power (RealWorld)
  31. Yonic South: Twix and Dive (La Tempesta)
  32. The Chicks: Gaslighter (Columbia)
  33. Black Thought: Streams of Thought Vol. 1 (Human Re Sources '18)
  34. Elizabeth Cook: Aftermath (Agent Love/Thirty Tigers)
  35. Waxahatchee: Saint Cloud (Merge)
  36. X: Alphabetland (Fat Possum)
  37. Serengeti: With Greg From Deerhoof (Joyful Noise)
  38. Haim: Women in Music Pt. III (Columbia)
  39. Brandy Clark: Your Life Is a Record (Warner Bros.)
  40. Princess Nokia: Everything Is Beautiful (Platoon)
  41. On the Road: A Tribute to John Hartford (LoHi)
  42. Kehlani: It Was Good Until It Wasn't (Atlantic)
  43. Phoebe Bridgers: If We Make It Through December (Dead Oceans)
  44. Will Butler: Generations (Merge)
  45. Sunny Sweeney: Live at the Machine Shop (Aunt Daddy)
  46. New Orleans Mambo: Cuba to Nola (Putumayo)
  47. Dream Wife: So When You Gonna . . . (Lucky Number)
  48. Hamell on Trial: The Pandemic Songs (Saustex)
  49. Low Cut Connie: Private Lives (Contender)
  50. Mukdad Rothenberg Lankow: In the Wake of Memories (Clermont Music)
  51. City Girls: City on Lock (Quality Control/Motown)
  52. Clem Snide: Forever Just Beyond (Ramseur/Thirty Tigers)
  53. Chicago Farmer: Flyover Country (
  54. Justin Farren: Pretty Free (Bad Service Badger)
  55. Munson-Hicks Party Supplies: Munson-Hicks Party Supplies (Soft Launch)
  56. Fontaines D.C.: A Hero's Death (Partisan)
  57. Ka: Descendants of Cain (Iron Works)
  58. Toots and the Maytals: Got to Be Tough (Trojan America)
  59. Open Mike Eagle: Anime Trauma and Divorce (Auto Reverse)
  60. Drive-By Truckers: The Unraveling (ATO)
  61. No Age: Goons Be Gone (Drag City)
  62. Lil Wayne: Funeral (Young Money '19)
  63. Etran de l'Ar: No. 1 (Sahel Sounds '18)
  64. Westside Gunn: Pray for Paris (Griselda)
  65. Hayes Carll: Alone Together Sessions (Dualtone)
  66. Dawn Oberg: 2020 Revision (self-released)
  67. Serengeti & Kenny Segal: Ajai (Cohn Corporation)
  68. Grrrl Gang: Here to Stay! (Damnably)
  69. Chad Matheny: United Earth League of Quarantine Aerobics (self-released)
  70. Al Bilali Soudan: Tombouctou (Clermont Music)
  71. Mannequin Pussy: Patience (Epitaph '19)

And It Don't Stop, Jan. 27, 2021

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