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24 Of The Best Songs Of 2020

*Dances in living room.*

Well, it's been a year.

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I know I'm not the only one who's found solace in music this year more than ever — even as releasing new music has obviously become more difficult.


So, in no particular order, here are just some of the best songs from 2020:

"Therefore I Am" by Billie Eilish

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What do you do after winning like a billion Grammys? If your name is Billie Eilish, it's release your most confident song to date. Plus, the music video is her alone in a mall, and who hasn't dreamed of that?

"Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd

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"Blinding Lights" is known for a lot of things. It's the most-streamed song on Spotify. It was notoriously snubbed by the Grammys. However, above all else, it's just a song that always manages to hit you — whether it's your first listen or your 100th (thanks, Spotify analytics).

"Hurt" by Arlo Parks

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If you haven't heard of Arlo Parks, you better have the British singer-songwriter on your radar now. The chorus of her single "Hurt" simply goes, “I know you can’t let go of anything at the moment / Just know that it won’t hurt so much forever” — and isn't that what we need to hear right now?

"POV" by Ariana Grande

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At this point, it's almost impossible to think of Ariana Grande without thinking of her public image. "POV" gives us a tender insight that's a lot more vulnerable than the rest of Positions might suggest — with breathtaking vocals, of course.

"We Appreciate Power" by Grimes feat. Hana

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You know those songs that you listen to twice in a row because you're not sure you appreciated them enough the first time round? Yeah, that was me and this song. Besides, I'm sure Grimes does appreciate power.

"Pink Diamond" by Charli XCX

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"Pink Diamond" is the first track off of How I'm Feeling Right Now, Charli's COVID-19–inspired album. As the album title suggests, this song sums up how many of us have felt these past few months — like we just really want to bloody go out and party (please don't actually do this).

"Hold Out" by Sam Fender

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"Hold Out" is a rocking homage to going out in your hometown, well before socially distanced Sam Fender concerts were even a thing. At least it's a reminder that the sesh wasn't all peachy in the before times.

"Savage Remix" by Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé

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I first heard this song because some people in my building wouldn't stop playing it very loudly. Who can blame 'em? It's freaking Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion! Of course it's on this list!

"How You Like That" by Blackpink

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2020 has been the best year so far for music discovery via TikTok. Or, at least, that's how this idiot stumbled across the absolute banger "How You Like That" by K-pop group Blackpink. It's the kind of song that makes you want to strut down the street in your finest 'fit, snarling at any fool who might dare cross you.

"Physical" by Dua Lipa

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This song makes me want to bust out a leotard and dance to an '80s workout video, which is saying a lot for me in 2020. Oh, Dua, how I wish I could get physical in literally any other way.

"Rain on Me" by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande

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When this song dropped in May, it felt downright cathartic — you know, like the rain after it's been humid for a really long time.

"It Might Be Time" by Tame Impala

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Potentially spicy take: "It Might Be Time" is the "All My Friends" (LCD Soundsystem) of 2020. By which I mean that they're both about growing older, and they make me want to dance but also cry a bit. In a good way.

"Cardigan" by Taylor Swift

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How do you sum up Folklore with just one song? I would argue that "Cardigan" has it all: love triangles, folky undertones, and, well, cardigans.

"What’s Your Pleasure?" by Jessie Ware

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2020 was a surprisingly good year for sexy songs. If you don't believe me, listen to the disco bop "What’s Your Pleasure?" Even just reading the lyrics makes me want to take a cold shower. Oh my.

"I Want You to Love Me" by Fiona Apple

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"I Want You to Love Me" is a wonderfully weird, emotional song that sets Fetch the Bolt Cutters off on the perfect note. For my sake, it's probably a good thing that Brooklyn karaoke bars aren't open right now.

"45" by Bleachers

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Bleachers are back, baby! "45" is a nostalgia-heavy song that, despite being a little more stripped back than we're used to from ol' Ja-ntonoff, still hits me in the feels every goddamn time. I'm not crying, you are!

"Dynamite" by BTS

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Do you know what? It's actually very hard to make a song that's genuinely joyful. "Dynamite" by BTS radiates pure happiness and managed to top the charts in a year when we were all feeling pretty miserable.

"The Steps" by Haim

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Maybe it's just the simple millennial in me, but Haim screaming about being a mess and being misunderstood is just very up my street.

"Do It" by Chloe x Halle

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Hot damn, are there any two voices that mesh together as well as Chloe x Halle's? "Do It" is the second single from their album The Ungodly Hour, which marks a more mature sound for the sisters that'll still make you want to boogie. TBH, I'm convinced that it's Chloe x Halle's world and we're all just living in it.

"Kyoto" by Phoebe Bridgers

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It's a testament to Pheobe's songwriting that a tune about being on tour was able to be so popular in a year when we couldn't go anywhere.

"Watermelon Sugar" by Harry Styles

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Tasty! This is the song that gives me "that summer feeling" even when it's absolutely freezing outside (see: now).

"All I Need" by Jacob Collier with Mahalia and Ty Dolla $ign

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This has been a pretty darn good year for Jacob Collier. (Did someone say Best Album Grammy nomination?) "All I Need" is a charming song that you can groove to but also probably spend hours of music class analyzing.

"Midnight Sky" by Miley Cyrus

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A new year, a new Miley! "Midnight Sky" served us a taste of the retro, Stevie Nicks–inspired vibe of Plastic Hearts — and I'm here for it.

"WAP" by Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion

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What is there even left to say about "WAP"? It should be a crime that we haven't been able to experience this in the club.

2020 is finally (almost) over, and we're looking back on the year. Check out even more from the year here!