We want to delete as many as 2020 – but the best music of the year brings us joy, solitude, empathy, harmony, rich social commentary, and never dumb fun. Yes, we hope that the door knocks on the way out in 2020, until it jumps the needle to the songs that carry our music and holds us in early 2021.
There was only one rule for this roundup of the best songs of 2020: only one according to the artist … even if you get busy and release 35 new first-rank studio tracks this year, as Taylor Swift did. With full recognition that there is no way to fully recognize the hundreds or thousands of self-defense songs I’ve heard this year (and hundreds of thousands more have done), here’s a list of the best selections of 2020 subject to change in milliseconds where Bob Dylan and BTS are weird Bedtime, because in 2020, the weirdness happened exactly as the doctor ordered – Philgood and Fausi, both.
(To see music videos for all of these songs, just click the “Play” icon in the accompanying photo))