Like many industries, the music industry did not get to function the way that it normally would. In a lot of ways, those effects were negative. Many tours were cancelled or postponed, and some artists battled considerable health issues. If there was one positive to come from “the pause,” it would be that some artists found the availability to work on new music who would not have done so otherwise. This made for some wonderful releases in the Classic Rock world. Here is a list of 10 of my favorites, not necessarily in order, along with a song/video from each. This list only counts releases featuring new or unheard music. Greatest Hits packages and live albums are excluded.

Sean Burke


  1. Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man


2. Bruce Springsteen – Letter to You


3. Tom Petty – Wildflowers and all the Rest


4. AC/DC – Power Up


5. Chris Cornell – No One Sings Like You Anymore


6. The Rolling Stones – Goats Head Soup 2020


7. Bon Jovi – 2020


8. Paul McCartney – III


9. Pearl Jam – Gigaton


10. Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways


Honorable Mention (because it was just a single, and not an album):  David Lee Roth – Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bar And Grill