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RARB Picks of 2020

Welcome to RARB Picks of the Year, 2020 Edition!

Reviewers who published at least seven reviews in 2020 were asked to select one Pick of the Year and one Honorable Mention from albums that they personally reviewed for RARB. Reviewers with fewer published reviews could choose only a Pick of the Year. (Albums chosen in both categories are listed as Picks only; the full listing may be found under individual reviewers.) Reviewers could submit descriptions of their picks, but were not required to.

Reviewers were also asked to select Tracks of the Year on a similar principle, again restricted to the tracks that they personally reviewed for RARB. Reviewers could also abstain from making selections in any or all categories.

Finally, our singles reviewers and editorial staff jointly chose one Single of the Year and two Honorable Mentions.

Albums of the Year

Honorable Mentions

Tracks of the Year

Singles of the Year

Fundamentally Sound (University of Wisconsin — Madison) – Silhouette

This dramatic piece performed by Fundamentally Sound caught a lot of RARB ears last year, starting with reviewer Dan Fister who declared, “The track’s rich soundscape and emotional depth will awe a cappella novices and audiophiles alike.” Collectively, we have a lot of descriptions for this single, including “majestic”, “lush”, and “cinematic”, anchored by crystalline production work and excellent singing.

Honorable Mentions

Medusa (University of Chicago) – Kill of the Night

"The purity of the swells are massive here" in this latest entry from the kick-ass ladies of Medusa. Kill of the Night is simply a cut above.

Fleet Street Singers (Stanford University) – All-Nighter

The men of Fleet Street have been cranking out hilarious original songs for more than 30 years, but All-Nighter just might be their best yet — and the "zany" music video puts it over the top.

Rebecca Christie

Jonathan Minkoff

Elie Landau


Kimberly Raschka Sailor

Catherine Lewis

Brian Alexander

Kyle Yampiro

Andrew Adams

Stephen Lanza

Louis Jack Ades


How To Get Your Work Reviewed

To have your album (2 or more tracks) reviewed by RARB, please fill out our online album registration form.

To have your digital single reviewed by RARB, please fill out our online singles registration form.

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