Once again, here I am with the songs I listened to this year. Usually I can identify some themes, but the only real theme for the year, musically, is that, without a daily commute for most of the year, I listened to the radio a lot less and encountered less new (to me) music. My Stuff I Heard 2020 list is about half as long as usual, as is my Sound of 2020 list. Highlights for me are the topical “Lockdown” and “Killing in the Name”, the greatness of “Boys” and “bury a friend”, and classics from The Animals and Herb Alpert.
Here’s my Top 12 of 2020:
– The Animals – House of the Rising Sun
– Lizzo – Boys
– Billie Eilish – bury a friend
– Herb Alpert – Rise
– SAULT – Free
– St. Vincent – Digital Witness
– Rage Against The Machine – Killing in the Name
– Wax Tailor – How I Feel
– Bill Withers – Who Is He (And What Is He To You)?
– Yves V, Afrojack, Icona Pop – We Got That Cool
– Eagles – Journey of the Sorcerer (aka Hitchhiker’s Guide theme)
– Anderson .Paak – Lockdown