My Favorite Albums of 2020

What a year. 😆

Here are my favorite albums of 2020, with a few honorable mentions and bonus tracks.

Gaslighter, The Chicks

Easily my most played album of 2020, this is a banger from start to end chronicling lead singer Natalie Maines’ divorce from her husband of 17 years. Embroiled in a two year legal battle, the divorce was finalized in December of last year. This album exposes some of the most heartbreaking details of the experience and serves as a rallying cry for anyone who’s ever been done wrong.

Narrowing this down was insanely difficult, but check out rousing lead single “Gaslighter,” “Sleep At Night,” “My Best Friend’s Weddings,” the hilariously biting “Tights on My Boat,” and my personal favorite “Hope It’s Something Good,” full of lush harmonies and devastating well-wishes to the one who broke your heart.

Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa

Highly acclaimed and Grammy nominated, this rousing disco album accompanied my road-trips and at-home dance parties this year. It’s a good time.

You know lead single “Don’t Start Now,” so try out the sleek and sexy “Cool,” the effortlessly dance-able “Levitating,” and four to the floor stomping “Hallucinate.” Honestly, it’s a bop from beginning to end so press play and dance away.

Manic, Halsey

An early 2020 pick that combines 2000’s Paramore vibes with revealing singer-songwriter odes to love and loss. All in all, it’s an album that speaks to human experience in an eery, “did she read my mind” kind of way. It’s pretty brilliant.

I wondered if I wrote the lyrics when I first heard the vengeful “You Should Be Sad.” “3am” appeals to the ever present 17 year old angsty girl inside of me, as does lead single “Without Me.” “Finally // beautiful stranger” also felt like something pulled off the pages of my journal, thankfully reflecting a much happier time.

Solitude, Tori Kelly

Only a five track EP, this quarantine project still makes my list thanks to her insane vocals, catchy hooks and personal story telling.

My top picks include the pump-up jam “Value,” the bouncy “Unbothered,” and a love song for real people in real love (no fairy tale here), “Glad.”

Folklore / Evermore, Taylor Swift

Taylor gets a double header here. Tbh, evermore dropped so recently I haven’t had time to devour it like it deserves. For that reason, it gets to tag along to the well-worn folklore.

folklore is up for a number of Grammy awards, and for good reason. It feels at once like a recall to her early country days and a brave new frontier for her artistry. The storytelling is next-level as she expands outside of first person narratives for the first time in her career.

Best songwriter of our generation. I said it!

Check out “the 1,” “august,” “illicit affairs,” and the perfectly specific to her, but somehow also feels like she wrote it for me “invisible string.” I have lots to dig into on evermore, but right off the bat “happiness” got me amped about this sister album.

Chromatica, Lady Gaga

Initially, Lady Gaga said she wouldn’t release her long anticipated return to dance music album during the pandemic. But as the weeks dragged on, she blessed us with this album. There’s not a single ballad in the bunch (!) which means a solid 43 minutes of dance cardio. We need it #workfromhome #workfromthecouch

My faves include the outrageously PUMPED “Stupid Love,” the duet with Ariana I felt BLESSED to receive “Rain On Me,” girl power ANTHEM “Free Woman,” and the disco bop I’m hoping gets turned into a piano ballad one day, “1000 Doves.”

Dedicated Side B, Carly Rae Jepsen

We should have seen it coming! Just as she followed up 2015’s hit album Emotion with Emotion Side B in 2016, my girl Carly blessed us with Dedicated Side B in 2020. Like Taylor, she just can’t quit writing!

My faves include “Window,” “Felt this Way,” and “Stay Away.” The best and most mature track on the album is the stunning and intimate “Heartbeat.”

Bonus Tracks

You may have noticed it was quite a girls club on my list this year. But some of my favorite male artists make an appearance in my bonus tracks.

My favorite track off of Justin Bieber’s Changes is “Confirmation.” Shawn Mendes’ late in the year arrival Wonder offered a slightly underwhelming lead single, but the song “Dream” proved a magical, surround-sound ode to romantic love. I’m so sorry to say I really didn’t love Ariana Grande’s surprise album Positions. But the grand finale of the album, “Pov” gave us a career defining (?) ballad that was worthy of her talent.

Listen to my favorite albums of 2020 playlist here:

2020 Gift Guide for Singers

It’s that time of year! Do you still need a gift for the singer in your life? No judgement if that singer in your life… is you.

Here are my top three gifts for vocalists. Shop away!!

Chelsea Wilson’s Warm-Up Series

Have you ever felt…

  • Like you want to improve your voice, but aren’t sure where to start?
  • Unsure of what to do to warm-up your voice?

Chelsea Wilson’s Warm-Up Series is the perfect, on-the-go solution for warming up your voice.

Whether you need to strengthen your mix, build your belt, or ready your legit sound, Chelsea has devised three totally efficient warm-up routines that will prepare you to sing at your very best.

Each series: $34.99

Best value: Purchase all three for $72.99

Get 10% off all purchases now through Dec 25th with code: jingle10

Singing / Straw

The Singing / Straw™ is a metal straw phonation tool that singers, vocalists, and speakers can use to promote more efficient vocal fold closure and release extra tension.

In other words, magic.

Get your set of three, 3mm sized stainless steel straws for $39.00

Get 15% off your order now through the end of 2020 with my code: CHELSEA10

Throat Coat Herbal Tea

A favorite of singers around the world, Throat Coat just feels good! Keep in mind, tea (or any drink) does NOT touch your vocal cords or directly affect your singing voice. But a warm cup of soothing tea does wonders to ease any itchy or scratchy feeling in your throat, especially on cold winter days!

Did I mention, the flavor is delicious?!

Get a 16 count box of Throat Coat for $7 with Amazon Prime.