Metacritic Aggregate: 2020 Old Music

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Sub-Lists

Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. Tony Allen/Hugh Masekela: Rejoice (World Circuit) {12}: AM:*, DB:*, Gl:*, Mj:*, Pf:*, PM:*, U:*, W:* -- A:78/3, M:82/8, TH:A-
  2. Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Brothers: Ozobia Special (BBE) {5}: bc_r:* -- TH:A-
  3. Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical: Limited Dance Edition (Analog Africa) {5}: Bc:* -- TH:A-
  4. Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80: Perambulator (1983, Knitting Factory) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  5. Oneness of Juju: African Rhythms 1970-1982 (Black Fire -2CD) {4}: AAJ:*, PO:* -- TH:**
  6. Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical: Stay Safe and Sound Ranil Selection!! (Analog Africa) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  7. Yabby You: King Tubby's Prophecies of Dub (1976, Pressure Sounds) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  8. Leve Leve: Sao Tome & Principe Sounds '70s-'80s (Bongo Joe) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  9. Dudu Pukwana: Dudu Phukwana and the "Spears" (1968-69, Matsuli Music) {3}: -- TH:***
  10. Luiz Carlos Vinhas: O Som Psicodelico de LCV (1968, Mad About) {2}: PO:*; bc_r:*
  11. Jamaican All Stars [Studio One] (1972-74, Studio One) {2}: PO:* -- TH:*
  12. Ahmed Ben Ali: Habibi Funk 012: Subhana (Habibi Funk) {1}: bc_r:*
  13. Black Ark Players: Black Ark in Dub (17 North Parade) {1}: PO:*
  14. Junior Byles: Beat Down Babylon [Deluxe Edition] (Cherry Red -2CD) {1}: PO:*
  15. Tino Contreras: Musica Infinita (Arc) {1}: bc_r:*
  16. Guilherme Coutinho E O Grupo Stalo: Guilherme Coutinho E O Grupo Stalo (Mad About) {1}: bc_r:*
  17. Ibrahim Ferrer: Buenos Hermanos (2003, World Circuit) {1}: DB:*
  18. Frank and His Sisters: Frank and His Sisters (Mississippi) {1}: Bc:*
  19. Jon Hassell/Farafina: Flash of the Spirit (1988, Glitterbeat) {1}: AAJ:*
  20. Antoinette Konan: Antoinette Konan (1986, Awesome Tapes From Africa -19) {1}: -- TH:*
  21. Fela Ransome Kuti & His Highlife Rakers: Fela's First (Cadillac) {1}: AAJ:*
  22. Milton Nascimento: Maria Maria (Far Out -19) {1}: PO:*
  23. Augustus Pablo: Ancient Harmonies (VP) {1}: U:*
  24. Lee Scratch Perry: Play On, Mr Music () {1}: PO:*
  25. Lee Scratch Perry With Seskain Molenga and Kalo Kawongolo: Roots From the Congo (Roots Vibration/Planet Ilunga) {1}: PO:*
  26. Raphael Toine: Ce Ta Ou/Sud Africa Revolution (Glossy Mistakes) {1}: bc_r:*
  27. All Aboard! The CN Express: Rock Steady and Boss Reggae Sounds 1967-1968 (Doctor Bird) {1}: PO:*
  28. Apala: Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70 (Soul Jazz) {1}: -- TH:*
  29. Black Ark Vol 2 (17 North Parade) {1}: PO:*
  30. Cadence Revolution: Disques Debs International Vol 2 (Disques Debs/Strut) {1}: bc_r:*
  31. Maghreb K7 Club-Synth Rai, Chaoui & Staifi (1985-1997) (Bongo Joe) {1}: PO:*
  32. Sahel Sounds Label Sampler 2 (Sahel Sound) {1}: PO:*