Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. The first half of has posed many questions most of us never thought we'd have to answer in our lifetime, including: "What does pop mean in a world of self-isolation? The answer, of course, is yes. We've found that in times of quarantine and other crises, music is as meaningful as ever, even just as the soundtrack to such menial activities as doing the dishes, taking a walk around the block or just sitting at home and wondering when or if things will feel normal again.
These are the bangers that got us through such an odd year.
Clubs remain closed. Same with bars and arenas and coffee shops and theaters and DIY venues and basement parties. But while live music has come to a terrifying halt in , artists have been anything but silent during a global pandemic. This is a once in a generation human crisis.
T he best songs of were created in studios from Seoul to Johannesburg, Puerto Rico to Nashville. They strut, commiserate, titillate and disarm. Some of them are collaborations that showcase premier talents pushing each other to new heights; others are deeply personal projects of introspection and catharsis. Here are the songs we had on repeat in our homes all year long.
Any given year, new music is what defines our seasons—giving us something to cozy up to in the wintertime, and party to in the summertime. In , though, there was perhaps no greater companion than the music that came out, since—aside from the great new shows we were bingeing to fill our time or the movies we were lucky to catch at home—it was what many used to cope or throw their own dance parties in our living rooms during the pandemic. There may not have been many live events or the typical album rollout for artists, but both pop stars and up-and-comers still delivered hits to keep people jamming or give them a soundtrack to cry to. Below, find the 75 best songs of that managed to bring some excitement, goodness, and support to this unprecedented year. Cook A. That doesn't mean it sounds traditional, though: "Lifeline" wraps up Apple and is a genre-less hodgepodge of pop perfection.