Tom Petty, Joni Mitchell, Roberta Flack Lead Best Reissues of 2020

VANCOUVER, BC - AUGUST 17: Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performs on stage at Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena on August 17, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images for ABA)
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It's that time of year again--when music nerds cobble together end-of-the-year "best of" lists. Top albums, songs, movies, memes; you name it, and someone is out there painstakingly compiling a ranked list of the best of the year's best.

The editors over at Rolling Stone magazine are among some of the nerdiest of music nerds, so we tend to give their year-end lists more respect and gravity than most. Today, the stalwart periodical has released their lists for 2020. Looking over their lineup for Best Reissues for the past 12 months, and it's packed front to back with some seriously great stuff.

Leading the charge is the legend of the Canyon herself, Joni Mitchell, and the glorious Joni Mitchell Archives --Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967) collection. Tom Petty's Wildflowers and All the Rest, a loving look back at the 1994 Rick-Rubin produced masterpieces. Prince's 1987 tour de force, Sign O' the Times, and the look back at Roberta Flack's stunning 1969 debut, First Take, were also among the lauded releases. See the full rundown here.

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The Jacksonville band's 1975 hit was about gun control in America. Yes, really.
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A band headed to nowhere ended up on top of the singles chart in 25 countries with a synth riff in hand. Who loves that song? Who loves to hate the song?!
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It was the first Pat Benatar song to crack the top 10 of the Hot 100.

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