We rounded up the best female-fronted albums that 2020 has had to offer, so far.

Women have released much of the year’s most essential new music, from Selena Gomez’s “Rare” and Halsey’s “Manic” to Lady Gaga’s “Chromatica.”

All 15 of our picks are listed below in chronological order.

From Selena Gomez’s “Rare,” the best album of her career so far, to Lady Gaga’s triumphant return to pop with “Chromatica,” women have released much of the year’s most essential new music.

We rounded up the 15 best female-fronted albums that 2020 has had to offer, so far. They’re listed below in chronological order.

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Gomez managed to stare down heartbreak, confront her struggles with mental illness, and emerge with a defiantly danceable, glimmering ode to self-possession. It’s so refreshing to hear the 27-year-old pop veteran find her groove.

“Rare” harnesses her whispery singing style more effectively than ever, and finds potency in quiet declarations of strength — like trying to find someone supportive and reliable even in the boring moments, burning toast and getting predictable.

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