By Olivia Feliz
Art by Hallie Anderson
Quarantine forced many artists to reshape the way they create and helped to produce unique lyrics and composition we otherwise may have never heard. Even albums released before quarantine found new meaning as the world shut down and people retreated into music. Taylor Swift tossed us a blanket and a tissue box, The Weeknd took us through a 1980s cinematic tragedy and Dua Lipa turned our bedrooms into dancefloors. Here (in no particular order) are just 10 of the best albums of 2020:
Ungodly Hour by Chloe X Halle
Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers
After Hours by The Weeknd
Positions by Ariana Grande
YHLQMDLG by Bad Bunny
Chromatica by Lady Gaga
Folklore by Taylor Swift
Father of All by Green Day
Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa
Good News by Megan Thee Stallion
2020 was full of iconic hits, and each made the year a little more bearable. In our lowest moments, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion with the help of TikTok managed to pull us all through. Roddy Rich topped the charts, Harry Styles delivered music videos with unmatched aesthetics, Doja Cat got everyone’s attention and Drake was featured in almost every song. Though this does the year no justice, here is a list of songs that ruled 2020:
ROCKSTAR by DaBaby featuring Roddy Rich
Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles
Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish
WAP by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion
The Box by Roddy Rich
Life Is Good by Future featuring Drake
Say So by Doja Cat
Before You Go by Lewis Capaldi
Savage Remix by Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
Circles by Post Malone
It was easy to fall back to the comfort of classic throwbacks this year. These songs took us to better times, and 2020 would not be the same without them.
Dreams by Fleetwood Mac
American Boy by Estelle featuring Kanye West
Tongue Tied by Grouplove
The Less I Know the Better by Tame Impala
Electric Love by Børns
When I Look At You by Miley Cyrus
Lucid Dreams by Juice WRLD
Everybody Talks by Neon Trees
Heart of Glass by Blondie
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
For many of us this year, music has been both an escape and a lifeline. When fans needed music the most, artists did not disappoint. As you scroll through your own Spotify Wrapped or rush through other people’s, it is hard not to reminisce on this year’s quarantine albums, TikTok anthems and new throwbacks.
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