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2020 TOP 50 ROCK ALBUMS

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

Hard Rock, Prog Rock, AOR & Glam Metal


Thirty years ago the styles and sub-genres clearly exemplified by the following fifty titles were an integral part of the music mainstream. The assault against proper Rock music intensified in the coming years. Many so-called music experts deemed rock and roll to be dead and buried. Failed efforts to replace it with, for the lack of a better word, garbage, were many. Surviving the dim years of the 1990s and crawling into the new millennium; wounds were licked, guitars tuned, and with new tires fitted on the old van, Rock took the show on the road once more! Legacy acts and an increasing amount of new talent (A/N: 17 out of the 50 titles are debut efforts!) with the unconditional support from fans, diehard and new alike, are here to remind the world: Rock ain't dead!


I'm just gonna drive along with

the windows down and the wind

in my hair and my middle finger in the air!

Because rock n' roll is here to

stay and if you don't like it, my

finger's gonna be pointed your way!

Slaughter




50


GRAND DESIGN

V

(Sweden)


Released on March 6, 2020

Studio album #5

Hard Rock, Glam Metal


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49


STONEFACE

Bad Luck World

(Sweden)


Released on March 20, 2020

Studio album #2

Hard Rock




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48


COMPASS

Our Time On Earth

(UK)


Released on April 24, 2020

Debut album

Progressive Rock




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47


DEVIL'S BALLS

Stormy Weather

(Germany)


Released on March 22, 2020

Studio album #2

Hard Rock




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46


STORM FORCE

Age of Fear

(Canada)


Released on January 24, 2020

Debut album

Melodic/Hard Rock




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45


GOTTHARD

#13

(Switzerland)


Released on March 13, 2020

Studio album #13

Hard Rock




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44


CRYPTEX

Once Upon a Time

(Germany)


Released on May 8, 2020

Studio album #3

Progressive/Hard Rock


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43


INTO THE OPEN

Destination Eternity

(Netherlands)


Released on March 20, 2020

Debut album

Progressive Rock, Neo-Prog




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42


SPEED STROKE

Scene of the Crime

(Italy)


Released on November 6, 2020

Studio album #3

Glam Metal, Sleaze Rock


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41


REB BEACH

A View from the Inside

(USA)


Released on November 6, 2020

(Solo) Studio album #3

Hard/Progressive Rock




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40


DEVICIOUS

Phase Three

(Germany)


Released on May 8, 2020

Studio album #3

Melodic/Hard Rock




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39


PINNACLE POINT

Symphony of Mind

(USA)


Released on July 17, 2020

Studio album #2

Melodic/Progressive Rock




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38


LANDFALL

The Turning Point

(Brazil)


Released on September 4, 2020

Debut album

Melodic/Hard Rock




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37


PRIDE OF LIONS

Lion Heart

(USA)


Released on October 9, 2020

Studio album #6

AOR, Melodic Rock




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36


KHYMERA

Master of Illusions

(International)


Released on March 6, 2020

Studio album #5

AOR, Melodic Hard Rock




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35


WILD SOULS

Queen of My Heart

(Greece)


Released on May 29, 2020

Studio album #3

Melodic Hard Rock




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34


AUTUMN'S CHILD

Autumn's Child

(Sweden)


Released on January 31, 2020

Debut album

Melodic Hard Rock




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33


TERAMAZE

I Wonder

(Australia)


Released on October 9, 2020

Studio album #7

Progressive Rock/Metal


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32


CELLAR STONE

One Fine Day

(Greece)


Released on May 22, 2020

Debut album

Hard Rock


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31


HARDBONE

No Frills

(Germany)


Released on may 8, 2020

Studio album #5

Hard Rock




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30


STEELCITY

Mach II

(USA)


Released on March 20, 2020

Studio album #2

Melodic/Hard Rock




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29


LIONHEART

The Reality of Miracles

(UK)


Released on July 31, 2020

Studio album #3

Melodic Hard Rock




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28


DREAMS OF AVALON

Beyond the Dream

(Sweden)


Released on August 28, 2020

Debut album

Melodic Hard Rock




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27


TOKYO MOTOR FIST

Lions

(USA)


Released on July 10, 2020

Studio album #2

Melodic Hard Rock




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26


COLLATERAL

Collateral

(UK)


Released on February 21, 2020

Debut album

Melodic Hard Rock




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25


GATHERING OF KINGS

Discovery

(Sweden)


Released on May 15, 2020

Studio album #2

Melodic Hard Rock, AOR




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24


BRITISH LION

The Burning

(UK)


Released on January 17, 2020

Studio album #2

Hard Rock




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23


ARKADO

Never Say Never

(Sweden)


Released on March 27, 2020

Debut album

AOR




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22


HAREM SCAREM

Change the World

(Canada)


Released on March 6, 2020

Studio album #15

AOR, Melodic Hard Rock




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21


MAD MAX

Stormchild Rising

(Germany)


Released on August 21, 2020

Studio album #13

Hard Rock




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20


SHAKRA

Mad World

(Switzerland)


Released on February 28, 2020

Studio album #12

Hard Rock




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19


BLACK SWAN

Shake the World

(USA)


Released on February 14, 2020

Debut album

Hard Rock




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18


LOVE AND WAR

Edge of the World

(USA)


Released on February 3, 2020

Studio album #2

Melodic/Hard Rock




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17


CATALANO

Nightfighter

(Australia)


Released on February 29, 2020

Studio album #2

Glam Metal, Sleaze Rock




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16


STARDUST

Highway to Heartbreak

(Hungary)


Released on October 9, 2020

Debut album

AOR, Melodic Hard Rock




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15


MOON REVERIE

Moon Reverie

(Italy)


Released on January 31, 2020

Debut album

Neo-classical Hard Rock




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14


PERFECT PLAN

Time for a Miracle

(Sweden)


Released on September 4, 2020

Studio album #2

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR




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13


ARRIVAL

Light from a Dying Star

(UK)


Released on February 3, 2020

Debut album

AOR, Melodic/Progressive Rock


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12


MAGICK TOUCH

Heads Have Got to Rock'N'Roll

(Norway)


Released on June 26, 2020

Studio album #3

Hard Rock, Heavy Metal


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11


VEGA

Grit Your Teeth

(UK)


Released on June 12, 2020

Studio album #6

Hard Rock




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10


FIERCE HEART

War for the World

(USA)


Released on September 25, 2020

Studio album #2

Melodic/Hard Rock




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9


ONE DESIRE

Midnight Empire

(Finland)


Released on May 22, 2020

Studio album #2

Melodic Hard Rock




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8


VANDENBERG

2020

(Netherlands/USA)


Released on May 29, 2020

Studio album #4

Hard Rock




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7


CONFESS

Burn 'Em All

(Sweden)


Released on August 7, 2020

Studio album #3

Glam Metal, Sleaze Rock




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6


ARCTIC RAIN

The One

(Sweden)


Released on August 7, 2020

Debut album

Melodic Hard Rock




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5


PASSION

Passion

(UK)


Released on January 24, 2020

Debut album

Melodic Hard Rock, Glam Metal




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4


BONFIRE

Fistful of Fire

(Germany)


Released on April 3, 2020

Studio album #17

Hard Rock




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3


THUNDERMOTHER

Heat Wave

(Sweden)


Released on July 31, 2020

Studio album #4

Hard Rock




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2


EVERYDAY HEROES

A Tale of Sin & Sorrow

(UK)


Released on June 5, 2020

Debut album

Hard Rock, Heavy Rock


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1


PRÖWESS

BLACKTOP THERAPY

(USA)


Released on January 4, 2020

Debut album

Hard Rock, Sleaze Rock


North Carolina's rockers full-length studio debut, Blacktop Therapy, oozes with genuine rock elements from the late 1970s and early 1980s. Packed with guitar bite, loaded with strong hooks and memorable choruses, it isn't a retro album; it's a classic! Rock Album of the Year!


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