What to Expect for Music in 2020?

2020 is upon us and it is always fun anticipating what new albums are and will come out in the year.  There are quite a few we already know about, but some haven’t been officially announced or even a date set yet.  From what I have gathered around the internet, here are the bands that should have new albums out in 2020, but no dates announced yet. The ones I would give a try (and my kids) will be highlighted in Blue.  The ones with Dates Announced are at the bottom of this post.  The list is building up nicely!!

  • Ace Frehley – Origins, Vol. 2
  • Alicia Keys – A.L.I.C.I.A.
  • Angels & Airwaves
  • Bon Jovi
  • Bush – The Mind Plays Tricks On You
  • Busta Rhymes
  • Cardi B – Tiger Woods
  • A Day to Remember – You’re Welcome
  • Deep Purple
  • Deftones
  • Dixie Chicks – Gaslighter
  • Dokken
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
  • Evanescence
  • FM
  • Greta Van Fleet
  • Harem Scarem
  • Iron Maiden (rumor)
  • J. Cole – The Fall Off
  • Jeff Scott Soto
  • Kid Cudi – Entergalactic
  • Lana Del Rey – White Hot Forever
  • Megadeth
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Niall Horan
  • One Desire
  • OneRepublic
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Pearl Jam
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Royal Blood
  • Sam Smith
  • Sanctuary
  • Scorpions
  • Skid Row
  • Static-X – Project Regeneration
  • Steven Wilson
  • Stryper
  • The Airborne Toxic Event
  • The Cure
  • The Killers
  • The Offspring
  • Winger

Last year, there were a few artist I was hoping would release an album that might have or might not have released one.  It is always fun to hope for new music from these bands, but were disappointments.  Here is who I was hoping for new albums from last year…

  • Def Leppard – Nope…nothing but the Vinyl Collection, Volume 2, thank you very much.
  • Kiss – Nothing…but saw them in concert one last time
  • Van Halen – Nothing…but I hope Eddie is feeling better
  • Ratt – Nope, but looking good for 2020
  • Guns N Roses – Nope but keep hearing rumblings
  • The Winery Dogs – Still nothing.
  • Queen + Adam Lambert – Nothing, but saw them in concert
  • Scott Stapp – YES!! Great stuff…SEE REVIEW
  • Billy Idol – Nothing
  • Royal Blood – Nothing...I think I saw that 2020 is looking good!!

Okay, are there albums I want to see this year from some of my favorite bands that haven’t been announced or in some cases even rumored?  Of course there are.  These are the bands I want new albums from this year…but it might not happen.

  • Def Leppard – please give me another one!!!  There are some box sets coming which is great, but I also want new music.
  • Kiss – I will keep this on the list until I die!!
  • Van Halen – not very likely, but we can always wish
  • The Winery Dogs – Still keeping my hopes up
  • Guns ‘N Roses – Rumors, Rumors, Rumors!!
  • Talisman – they released a song to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the death of Marcel Jacob…is an album far behind???
  • AC/DC – Rumors are insane on this one…I think we will see this one for sure!!
  • Motley Crue – Big Tour in 2020 with Def Leppard & Poison…is a new album far behind???
  • Poison – Same as Motley statement above!!!
  • Aldo Nova – He keeps talking about a 2CD set, but will he get around to releasing it??
  • Matt Nathanson – I am greedy, give me another one
  • Needtobreathe – Time for a new one fellas!

Now if you didn’t see a band mentioned above it might be because the release date has already been set.  Here are the albums we already know about. I will highlight my most anticipated in Blue as well.  I will be honest, the year isn’t shaping up to be stellar for me, so I hope there are more to come that I can get excited about.  Happy New Year!!!


  • January 10th
    • 71woOwjz-TL._AC_UL115_  Selena Gomez – Rare – (Interscope Records)
    • 912zz6-zksL._SS500_  Ronnie Dunn – Re-Dunn – (LWR, LLC)
    • 71gF+e-HRRL._SX522_  Apocalyptica – Cell-O – (Silver Lining Music)
    • 81yMFIpzCuL._SS500_  Poppy – I Disagree – (Sumerian Records)
    • download-1  Behemoth – Live from Maida Vale E.P. – (Metal Blade Records)
    • 81kgWPW2Y2L._SS500_  Brothers of Metal – Emblas Saga – (AFM Records)
    • 81HqAtQBUtL._SX522_  Kesha – High Road – (Kemosabe Records)
    • 91eKtR1Hh7L._SS500_  Echosmith – Lonely Generation – (Echosmith)


  • January 17th
    • 91J71+Iz4kL._SX522_.jpg  Sons of Apollo – MMXX – (InsideOutMusic)
    • A1ZY0GJHrCL._SX522_  G. Love & Special Sauce – The Juice – (Philadelphonic Records / Thirty Tigers)
    • 71k-hlXAyFL._SS500_  British Lion – The Burning – (Explorer1 Music)
    • 919n7zPbmrL._AC_UL115_  Little Big Town – Nightfall – (Craft Recordings)
    • A1EzbNkAnlL._SS500_  Dustin Lynch – Tullahoma – (Broken Bow Records)
    • A1X39UIXU+L._SX522_.jpg  Halsey – Manic – (Capitol Records)
    • 81AR1eEs6HL._SS500_  Of Montreal – UR Fun – (Polyvinyl Records)
    • 71lWuBqqsZL._AC_UL115_  John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan & Zakir Hussain – Is That So? – (Abstract Logix)
    • 719VOLhACML._SS500_  Bombay Bicycle Club – Everything Else Has Gone Wrong – (Mmm…Records)
    • 91CoOjAVLKL._SS500_  Anti-Flag – 20/20 Vision – (Spinefarm Records)
    • 9185Ux4LWKL._SX522_  …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead – X: The Godless Void and Other Stories – (Dine Alone Music)


  • January 24th
    • 81aQcX+Vm9L._AC_UL320_SR320,320_  Revolution Saints – Rise – (Frontiers Records)
    • 91FA1oOqXOL._AC_UL115_  Jorn – Heavy Rock Radio II: Executing the Classics – (Frontiers Records)
    • 814ebcYZ2BL._AC_UL320_SR320,320_  Breaking Benjamin – Aurora – (Hollywood Records)
    • A1J9QrareWL._SX522_  Dirty Shirley – Dirty Shirley – (Frontiers Records)
    • 71sHjge3zBL._SS500_  Colony House – Leave What’s Lost Behind – (Roon Records)
    • 91-dZRBa+5L._SX522_  Decarlo – Lightning Strikes Twice – (Frontiers Records)
    • A106cypT4lL._SX522_  Passion – Passion – (Frontiers Records)
    • 91Ga2C5CFOL._AC_UL115_  Elton John with Ray Cooper – Live from Moscow 1979 – (Mercury)
    • 61IfYeiNLnL._AC_UL320_SR320,320_.jpg  Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic – (Silver Lining Music)
    • 91GxRO6qc6L._SX522_.jpg  Pet Shop Boys – Hotspot – (x2 Recordings)
    • 71kkBUg5bnL._SX522_  Black Lips – Sing in a World That’s Falling Apart – (Fire Records)


  • January 31st
    • 81v3RCNblLL._SX522_.jpg  Theory of a Deadman – Say Nothing – (Roadrunner Records)
    • 81AsVbYyVpL._SX522_  Dashboard Confessional – The Best Ones of the Best Ones – (Hidden Note  AWAL)
    • 8191x548uyL._SS500_  Joseph – The Sessions: Vol. 1 E.P. – (ATO Records)
    • 81q7H5ZcHCL._SS500_.jpg  Louis Tomlinson – Walls – (78 Productions LTD / Simco / Sony)
    • 61NGSK6zvOL._SS500_  We are Messengers – Power – (Curb / Word Entertainment)
    • 81LJsDhk8-L._SS500_  Lordi – Killelection – (AFM Records)
    • 81-lFc2moKL._SX522_  Serenity – The Last Knight – (Napalm Records)
    • 91CojGIOxJL._SS500_  Marc Almond – Chaos and a Dancing Star – (BMG Rights)
    • 81x0wqVrlwL._SX522_ Gary Moore – Live from London – (Mascot Label Group)
    • 81RfdCRFMhL._SX522_  Drive-By Truckers – The Unraveling – (ATO Records)
    • 81HvDurHNzL._AC_UL115_  Meghan Trainor – Treat Myself – (Epic Records / Sony)


  • February 7th
    • 81VOT4DngZL._SX522_  Stone Temple Pilots – Perdida – (Play Pen Music / Rhino)
    • 71kL7NiqA-L._SX522_  Richard Marx – Limitless – (BMG)
    • 81YtuLHOU-L._AC_UL115_.jpg  Green Day – Father of All…  – (Reprise Records)
    • 815-DUSAbML._SS500_  The SteelDrivers — Bad For You – (Rounder Records / Concord)
    • 51ESKru+c1L._AC_UL320_SR320,320_  Cream – Goodbye Tour: Live 1968 – (Polydor Ltd)
    • 81Vx8R4BdRL._SS500_  Sepultura – Quadra – (Nuclear Blast)
    • 71SmQF8vHLL._SX522_  Nada Surf – Never Not Together – (Barsuk Records)
    • 71qScANucTL._SS500_  Bryan Ferry – Live at the Royal Albert Hall, 1974 – (BMG Rights)
    • A1btmcKPAaL._AC_UL115_  Cadillac Three – Country Fuzz – (Big Machine)


  • February 14th
    • 81I39u50ZjL._SS500_  Hollywood Undead – New Empire, Vol 1 – (BMG Rights)
    • 61FWfBkifpL._SX522_  Huey Lewis & the News – Weather – (New Hulex LLC / BMG Rights)
    • 71K8OvCgHLL._AC_UL115_  Black Swan – Shake the World – (Frontier Records)
    • 41RGZVRRVIL  David Gray – White Ladder (20th Anniversary) – (iht Records / AWAL Recordings)
    • 613ZlFVu3WL._SS500_  Matthew West – Brand New – (Provident Label Group / Sony)
    • 31uhFv1kSlL  Avalon – Called – (Red Street Records)
    • 91p2iP4nkML._AC_UL115_.jpg  Tame Impala – The Slow Rush – (Island Records)
    • 81o5bHI6NmL._SX522_  Seven Spires – Emerald Seas – (Frontiers Records)


  • February 21st
    • 71vJSRfZaFL._SS500_  The 1975 – Notes On a Conditional Form – (Polydor/Interscope)
    • 81pRGYqjguL._SS500_.jpg  Yacht Rock Revue – Hot Dads in Tight Jeans – (PleaseRock)
    • 91M2pUJRA2L._SS500_  Pat Methany – From this Place – (Methany Group Production)
    • 91HwcrtwueL._SX522_  Demons & Wizards – III – (UK Century Media)


  • February 28th
    • 71G4t4GFyeL._SS500_  Five Finger Death Punch – F8 – (Better Noise Music)



  • March 6th
    • 61fNGFN38WL._SX522_  Lauv – ∼How I’m Feeling∼ – (AWAL Recordings)



  • May 1st
    • 2149d91eccdc4a865c347b39415be6b0.300x300x1  Alanis Morrisette – Such Pretty Forks in the Road


  • May 15th
    • 81nvDrWhjkL._SS500_.jpg  Weezer – Van Weezer – (Crush/Atlantic)


19 thoughts on “What to Expect for Music in 2020?

  1. Thanks for doing this most extensive list, John! Some stuff definitely worth checking out. Maiden for sure as I think they have an album in the can as has been reported which is amazing considering they fitted it in while they are still touring.
    What work ethic they possess!

    VH they are done I wish they would reissue some stuff with live shows from the different years with Roth even Sam.

    I look forward to the Triumph and ZZ Top docs…

    Umm lets see KISS I wish they would reissue that Live at the Ritz show…

    There’s a Canuck act called Stormforce that is releasing something this month as well so I look forward to that…

    I know what you’re saying about all the classic bands releasing new albums but I think that’s a thing of the past as the masses don’t want to hear new tunes just do box sets haha

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    1. I always like to see what is coming in new music. Gives me something to look forward to.

      I know the old bands don’t think new music is worth doing, but there are still a few of us out here that want it, crave it, need it…I need the box sets too!!!

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      1. I hear ya John. But if KISS were to put something out maybe one song from it would squeeze into that set list if that.
        Ah hell, let’s give them another KISS comp. is what Gene and Paoul would say!

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  2. So ready for some new Iron Maiden. Also pretty excited for Anti Flag and Royal Blood’s next release. Thanks for compiling these, it’s going to be such a good year for music!

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  3. Some good stuff to look forward to this year. I’m keen to hear new Deftones and Pearl Jam (they’ve been promising that for a while). As for the stuff that’s properly scheduled, I’m curious about new …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, though I really don’t listen to them at all anymore. Drive-By Truckers should be good (they so often are).
    The big releases for me this year are Dulli’s solo album (Random Desire – February sometime) and the new Mark Lanegan release (Straight Songs of Sorrow).

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      1. I still struggled to whittle down a short list for a top 10, so I was happy enough. That said, I think 2010 – 2018 were particularly kind to us, so maybe things had dried up by 2019?

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