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Posted by on Dec 31, 2020 in Music, News, Powerpop | 5 comments

Best Power Pop Albums & EP’s of 2020

Best Power Pop Albums & EP’s of 2020

The Best of Power Pop 2020 list is here! Broken down into categories, our year end best of list includes albums, EP’s, tributes, live albums and non-power pop albums. Each and every one is worth your attention.

Best Power Pop Albums of 2020:

1. Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men – Downtime

2. It’s Karma It’s Cool – Woke Up in Hollywood

3. Joe Giddings – Better From Here

4. Successful Failures – Pack Up Your Shadows

5. Librarians with Hickeys – Long Overdue

6. Pop Co-Op – Factory Settings

7. Spygenius – Man On the Sea

8. Dave Caruso – Radiophonic Supersonic

9. Ed Ryan – Even Time

10. The Amplifier Heads – Loudah

11. The Weeklings – 3

12. Cupid’s Carnival – Color Blind

13. Nick Frater – Fast & Loose

14. Classic Ruins – Forget About It

15. Well Wishers – Shelf Life

16. The Yum Yums – For Those About to Pop

17. The Foreign Films – Ocean Moon

18. Greg Pope – Wishing On a Dark Star

19. Richard Turgeon – Sea Change

20. Rick Hromadka – Better Days


Top 3 Power Pop Eps of 2020:

1. Sandy McKnight – San Fernando Beat

2. The Amplifier Heads – Music for Abandoned Amusement Parks

3. The On and Ons – Menacing Smile


Best Power Pop Tribute Album:

For The Record: A Tribute to John Wicks


Best Retrospective:

Paul Collins – Another World


Best Live Album:

Eddie & The Hot Rods – Live in NY


Top 3 Non-Power Pop Albums:

1. Old 97’s – Twelfth

2. Lilly Hiatt – Walking Proof

3. Psychedelic Furs  – Made of Rain

If this year’s list was helpful, check out 2019’s best of powerpop list! Thanks for reading and please remember to purchase rather than simply stream so that folks can continue to make the music you like.


  1. Couldn’t agree more with the Nick Piunti pick for the top spot. Sounds like the collision of The Gin Blossoms and Greg Pope. The only thing that could have given this one a run for the money would have been a 2020 Three Hour Tour release, but all quiet on that front…..

  2. Thank you so much Rich for the Kool Kat Musik label love! Seven label titles (It’s Karma It’s Cool, Joe Giddings, The Successful Failures, Ed Ryan, Foreign Films, Richard Turgeon, and Rick Hromadka), and one distributed tite (Cupid’s Carnival) in the Top 20!! So proud of all of the artists and nice to see their hard work being nticed and rewarded. And the John Wicks Tribute that I was honored to be a part of to top it all off!

    • I hadn’t realized that. You released a lot of terrific music in 2020. And it was great to have John’s tribute album with Kool Kat. Thanks so much for all you did to make it a success!

  3. Red Letter Glow by The Midnight Callers? Huge omission. Thanks Matt

    • Also a great record. It easily could have been top 20. There are a lot of worthy records and ultimately, I end up leaving something out that I wish I hadn’t. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts.