Upbeat creations from a stinker of a year
When it came to compiling our best tracks from 2020, instinct told us to keep it tight, keep it upbeat and keep it in one mega playlist. Maybe that’s because we’re determined to depart this turgid year on a high – musically, at least.
So, here it is: 25 songs we reached for time and time again over the past 12 months where sound became salvation. Thanks to all those artists, labels and creators who continued to share new material when it could have been easier not to.
Tkay Maidza – Shook
Jarv… Is – House Music All Night Long
Romy – Lifetime
Working Men’s Club – Valleys
Marie Davidson – Renegade Breakdown
Fiona Apple – Ladies
Perfume Genius – On The Floor
Biig Piig – Feels Right
Yard Act – Fixer Upper
Biig Piig – Don’t Turn Around
Jessy Lanza – Anyone Around
Jimothy Lacoste – Describe A Villain
Billy Nomates – No
Pa Salieu x Backroad Gee – My Family
Yves Tumor – Gospel For A New Century
Riz Ahmed – Toba Tek Singh
clipping. – Say The Name
Hen Ogledd – Trouble
LICE – Conveyor
Kelly Lee Owens – Melt!
Lynks – Brand New Face
Caroline Rose – Do You Think We’ll Last Forever?
Overmono – Clipper (Another 5 Years)
Sully – Swandive
Jerskin Fendrix – A Star Is Born
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