25. Death Race For Love
> Artist: Juice WRLD
> Metascore: 61/100
> Billboard 200 Year End ranking: 22/200
Chicago rapper Juice WRLD, born Jarad Higgins, died this December at the age of 21. In March, the musician released his most popular album to date, “Death Race For Love.” The melodic and oftentimes experimental record hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, buoyed by the inclusion of the singles “Robbery” and “Hear Me Calling.”
24. Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind
> Artist: Logic
> Metascore: 65/100
> Billboard 200 Year End ranking: 186/200
The rapper who also goes by “Young Sinatra,” released in 2019 his third No. 1 album, “Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind.” The album included the singles “Homicide” and “Keanu Reeves.”
> Artist: Maren Morris
> Metascore: 66/100
> Billboard 200 Year End ranking: 105/200
Country singer Maren Morris displayed her pop music chops with this year’s “GIRL” which also offered something for country fans. Guest artists on the album include popular country acts Brothers Osborne and Brandi Carlile. “GIRL” also won Album of the Year at the most recent CMA Awards.
> Artist: Backstreet Boys
> Metascore: 67/100
> Billboard 200 Year End ranking: 164/200
Perhaps the most surprising record to top the charts this year is the Backstreet Boys’ “DNA.” The boy band — who last released a No. 1 album in the year 2000 — has updated its sound to fit in with today’s pop landscape with much success. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” the lead single from “DNA,” was even nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Group Performance.
21. CrasH Talk
> Artist: ScHoolboy Q
> Metascore: 69/100
> Billboard 200 Year End ranking: 180/200
Clocking in at just around 40 minutes in total length, ScHoolboy Q’s fifth full-length studio album is a relatively short listen. The album is introspective, socially conscious, and finds the L.A. rapper performing at a slower pace.