2020 has been a proper shit show but despite everything so many artists have still managed to drop releases and here are my top 100, enjoy!
100: Halloween- Phoebe Bridgers
99: Attack- Chloe Mogg
98: Feathers- Baxtr
97: Hell’s door- Artio
96: The river- Ed cosens
95: Daisy- Ashnikko
94: Therefore I am- Billie Eillish
93: Alright- Megan Lara Mae
92: Shameika- Fiona Apple
91: Positions- Ariana Grande
90: Winter song- Sam Fender
89: Party 4 u- Charlie xcx
88:Kutcher- Sports team
87: Taxi- Nova Twins
86: What’s your pleasure?- Jessie Ware
85:My Obsession- MAJOR NOISE
84: Hypnotized- Sophie and the giants
83: Call me crazy- ARXX
82: Political Wasteland- Lady Bird
81: The 1- Taylor Swift
80: Death of the party- The magic gang
79: The Girl- Daze
78: 1×1- Bring me the horizon ft Nova twins
77: Oxford- Peach blood
76: All My friends- Creeper
75: If you think this is real life- Blossoms
74: Hallway- Dazey
73: Ordinary man- Ozzy Osbourne ft Elton John
72: Prisoner- Miley Cyrus ft Dua Lipa
71: Better this time- Hunybees
70: The prayer- Whenyoung
69: Next Love- Riscas
68: Take a sec- Daisy Godfrey
67: Chinchilla- Split the dealer
66: Chewing cotton wool- The Japanese house
65: Long hot summer- Sports team
64: In time, she’s mine- Sam and sounds
63: Beautiful faces- Declan McKenna
62: Moral of the story- Ashe ft Niall Horan
61:Purpose Built- Larry pink the human
60: Circles- Jack Garratt
59: Homesick- Dream wife
58: I like the way you die- Black Honey
57: Lights Out- Zilo
56: Coffee Drip- Harrison Smith
55: The rift- Chappaqua Wrestling
54: Turbulence- Emily Parish
53: STFU!- Rina Sawayama
52: Trial- Calva Louise
51: Athena- Nova Twins
50:Bored at my grandmas house- Skin
49: Ready for more- Sea Girls
48: Has been- GIRLI
47: Sunday was a friend of mine- Blossoms
46: Overnight- Myles smith
45: 21- The lottery Winners
44: Won’t be long- RAMES
43: What you needed- BLOXX
42: Rip it off- Lucy Warr
41: Bones- Mysie
40: Rain on me- Lady Gaga ft Ariana Grande
39: Starve- Bang Bang Romeo
38: Modern Man- Pseudo Cool
37: Me and you together song- The 1975
36: Just a kid- Alfie Indra
35: No Time to die- Billie Eilish
34: Bound to you- Hollywood eyes
33: Can’t do this alone- Maddy Davis
32: Cloud- Berel
31: Popshop! -Courting
30: Little Mila- Two Neighbours
29: Show your face- The Anchoress
28: Give me the keys- BLOXX
27: Politics- Personal trainer
26: Moving on- Clap clap ft Martha Da’ro
25: Cherry Red- Bryony Williams
24: All My Friends- Creeper
23: Daylight robbery- Rosie Bryne
22: Thank you buddy- Ed the dog
21: Guys- The 1975
20: Beaches- Black Honey
Brighton’s finest Black honey are back & better than ever two years after releasing their debut album of back to back dreamy nostalgic bops. ‘Beaches’ is super catchy and a new summer playlist essential. Their next record drops in March so I highly recommend sticking that in your diaries.
19: Josslyn- Olivia O’brien
I didn’t think a track I found through Tik-Tok would land a spot on my top 200 let alone the top 20 and while this isn’t anything strikingly revolutionary it’s such a banger and it was up there with one my most-streamed tracks of the year so it would be unfair to not include it. It’s impossible to listen to this without wanting to scream along with it.
18: Midnight Sky- Miley Cyrus
A Miley Cyrus rock album really was overdue and ‘Plastic Hearts’ truly did live up to the hype and make the wait worth it. ‘Midnight Sky’ was the lead single and it’s so effortlessly cool and just vibey.
17: POV- Ariana Grande
The closing track from Miss Grandes latest record ‘Positions’ ‘POV’ is all about Ariana’s journey of self-acceptance Ari, she’s been through a lot and to hear that she’s doing better is really reassuring. I think it wrapped up the record really nicely.
16: Momentary Bliss- Gorillaz ft Slowthai & Slaves
The three-way collab we didn’t know we needed. Gorrilaz teaming up with punk duo Slaves and rapper Slowthai. A feel-good slow-burner that blended all the artist’s vibes perfectly. If you’ve not given it a listen yet them definitely check it out, it’s a fun time.
15: WAP- Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion
I know this is a controversial pick but let’s be honest a lot of the hate surrounding this track is rooted in misogyny but that’s a topic for another day. Not only is it the sex-positive anthem for women everywhere but it’s catchy as fuck. We need to normalise more female artists releasing tracks like this mainly because I like seeing men outraged by the same thing male artists have been doing for years. The power this track had.
14: This is the place- Tom Grennan
I don’t think Tom Grennan has ever released a bad track he is one of the most talented vocalists the UK scene has seen in a long time and I’ve stood by that for a few years now. There aren’t many artists around at the moment who are releasing proper hearty pop tunes but Tom seems to keep dropping them so keep em coming.
13: Boris Johnson is a fucking cunt-The kunts
Do I even need to explain, there’s a very good chance this could get to number 1 so lets make it happen, more info here: http://borisjohnson.info/
12: Cool with me- ZUZU
Back in 2018 one of my followers introduced me to ZUZU and I’m so glad they did because she is one of my favourite up and coming artists right now. ‘Cool with me’ is the opening track on her EP ‘How it feels’ and the production on the whole project is so strong but this track is the one that I found myself coming back to most, from following her on social media she genuinely seems so lovely and that really does come through on her songs, just super warm and friendly vibes from this track.
11: Cry- Ashnikko ft Grimes
2020 has seen the icon that is Ashnikko blow up and it’s so sick to see. She teamed up with Grimes here on ‘Cry’ for a pop/rock mashup that’ll have to vibing along from the second the guitars strike. Obsessed.
10: Kick me under the table- Fiona Apple
Any ‘proper journos’ will be outraged that this track even shared a top 20 with ‘WAP’. Fiona Apples ‘Fetch the bolt cutters’ was one of this years most critically acclaimed records and for good reason, it’s a masterpiece. ‘Kick me under the table’ oozes confidence, she won’t shut up so you better stop kicking her under the table.
9:Lie Out Loud- BLOXX
The title track from BLOXX’s debut record ‘Lie Out Loud’ has landed here at number 9. There couldn’t have been a better way to have opened this album of back to back bops. An anthem that absolutely SLAPS live, gigs really need to start happening again because it’s been way too long since I’ve been to a proper BLOXX gig.
8: Do you really wanna know? -Sea girls
It really has been a great year for UK indie bands, hasn’t it? It was really hard to pick a track from Sea Girls debut album ‘Open up your head’ so I went with ‘Do you really wanna know?’. 2020 has been weird as fuck and I can only seem to remember the different phases and differentiate the months according to what music I was listening to at the time and I just have such strong memories of this being my summer anthem, it’s shiny, it’s bright and will have you chanting along.
7: If you’re too shy (let me know)- The 1975
This is the third track from Healy and co to land a spot on this countdown and trust me I’m also surprised. Listening to their album NOACF was genuinely like shovelling through shit in the hope of finding a diamond and there was a couple to be had, my favourite of which being ‘If you’re too shy let me know’. It gives us what we all loved from their first two records, a catchy indie banger that I haven’t been able to get enough of, the sax on this, the catchy songwriting and generally just a bit of fun. I think Matty may have got a little lost over the past couple of years in wanting to make a statement with everything which can be too heavy and overwhelming, give us more fun like this.
‘Cyanide’ showcases ‘Sex Death and the infinite void’s theatrical energy perfectly. The keys add so much character to this, it’s got a slightly retro sound, Will is one of my favourite vocalists around so much, his ability to story tell simply with his voice and his uniqueness to bring their concepts to life is why the band are one of my favourite of all time and ‘Cyanide’ is the track I’ve found myself coming back to most from the record + the video is amazing so that helps.
5: Change- Pale Waves
Pale Waves out here giving off Avril & Taylor vibes here on ‘Change’. When this came out I listened to it on loop for 3 days solid, showcasing Heathers signature fragile vocals this was the perfect pick for their comeback and I’m really looking forward to the album, I think it’s going to be a more personal record than the debut with some deeper cuts.
4: Troubles coming- Royal Blood
Royal blood are back and they brought a BANGER with em! ‘Troubles coming’ serves up their trademark noisy grit heavy goodness topped off by a ridiculously catchy hook and chorus that will be stuck in your head hours after listening. I’m honestly so excited for their next album and if this lead single is anything to go by then it’s going to be very good.
3:All My friends are depressed- Alfie Indra
I always get asked by literally everyone wether that’s my followers, friends or family members who my favourite up and coming artist is and through the whole of 2020 the answer has been Alfie Indra, in fact he was one of my ‘Top 20 to watch’ back in January. There has never been a more appropriate year for a song titled ‘All my friends are depressed’. Alfie has been very open and honest online talking about his mental health struggles and this track only helps widen that conversation and I just wish more artists were willing to put out music that does the same. The track aside you will definitely want to make sure you’re following him because he is going to BLOW UP!
2: No body, no crime- Taylor swift ft HAIM
A very late addition to the list but one I just can’t ignore and I know most proper writers don’t include more than one or two tracks by the same artist but I’m not a proper writer so allow it. This track is packed to the brim with drama, Taylors storytelling is simply perfect, the Haim feature is genius I love what they brought to the track, more like this from Taylor, please.
1: Invisible string- Taylor Swift
I think we all saw this one coming ,especially if you read my top 10 albums of the year list. It really is difficult to pick a favourite from ‘Folklore’ since it was changing every single day but ‘invisible string’ just makes me feel all warm inside and it’s nice to hear Taylor happy.
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