I tend to do my wrap-ups at the very end of December and early January, but since I don’t think there will be any new music released for the rest of the year (It has been quiet on the western front, the Korean award season is ongoing- unless of course, G-Dragon decided to make his long awaited comeback 👀) I’m going to post this now.
2020 has been a really fun year for me, musically. I still made spotify playlist and put my throwback playlist on repeat, but I also explore A LOT of new things. The obvious one would be me falling down the rabbit hole of k-pop, but also, I turned on my autoplay on youtube and spotify which caused me to found a lot of new music! In fact, 7/15 songs on this list are from spotify autoplay 😃
I also been listening to a lot of albums- something I’ve never done before. Pre-2020 me only listened to 24 albums out of my 22 years old existence, 7 of them being from a certain Ms. Taylor Swift. However, this year alone I’ve listened to:
- Folklore (Evermore coming soon, I need to be in the right ~mood~)
- SuperM’s Super One
- Stray Kids’ Go Life (and In Life)
- NCT 2020 Resonance
- NCT 2018 Empathy
- EXO’s The War
- WayV’s Take Over the Moon, Take Off, and Awaken the World
- BTS’ Map of the Soul: 7
- Chvrches’ Love is Dead (thanks, Elite!)
That’s like… 12 albums alone this year! Not to mention all of those lo-fi hip hop playlist, [insert song] but you are [insert scenario] playlist, and other mood playlist on youtube. So yeah, it’s been a lot of exploration! A huge part of it might be because I spent most of my time at home, working on chores or thesis that gives me more time to listened to spotify/youtube. But idk, I’m also in the mood to branch out more this year.
So in the year of exploration, these are my top 15 songs of 2020, the ones that I think define this year for me!
*Links go to Youtube videos
I know Blinding Lights was all the rage, but personally I prefer Heartless. The beat is super catchy!
This song is sooo underrated! If you love Post Malone’s song, there’s a huge chance you will love this song.
It’s super fun and we all could use a bit more fun at the moment. Every time I played this song, my mood just instantly lifted 🌞
The lyrics just.. hits 😂
My favorite song from Folklore! I just love the storytelling and the imagery this song evokes.
I love the beat, but the lyrics is also super petty- I love it 😍🤩
I think already talked too much about Tiger Inside, but the reason why I love it so much is because it feels like SuperM finally fulfills the concept of SuperM?? The sound is super unique instead of their usual rap heavy tracks that feels like trying to cater to western audience and losing the k-pop sound. Tiger Inside is perfect and the popularity speaks for itself.
THE song of 2020 for me. God’s Menu reminds me of Fantastic Baby: how the rhythm just slaps you in the face and you can’t help but jump along with it. It’s also very distinguishable, it just can’t blend with other releases from this year! Some people thinks it’s noise music, for me it’s one of the best song this year.
I don’t watch I-land, but I love the vocals and the track as a whole ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Very catchy and fun! I love watching the music video, it reminds me of JB’s U Smile and I just really love it!
WayV is officially my favorite NCT unit! Their songs just hit all the right spot for me, I love the distribution and how each members shine, and I also love their dynamics! I’m having a hard time choosing between Nectar, Bad Alive, and Turn Back Time, but I decided on TBT 😀 Seriously guys, their whole discography is just 🔥
I love Doyoung and Kun’s vocalization, their vocals just match really well! It also has a haunting vibe? Honestly one of their best track.
My favorite title track from Resonance! Make A Wish was certainly catchy, but 90s Love is just so much more fun for me! Plus their choreo is just so satisfying and Sungchan is NOT a rapper to be underestimated.
This is just so much fun and groovy??? You just can’t help to groove along with it. Give it a try and you’ll be hooked.
I was initially reluctant to check them out due to the whole avatar concept but one listen and the “ayayaya” part got stuck in my head 😂
As you can see, 3/5 of the lists here are k-pop lol as those are the genre I explored the most this year and therefore, the one where I made most of my discoveries. If I have to pick my top 3 you have to listen, it would be Problem Solved ft ScoobE – Over It, Halsey – I’m Not Mad, and Stray Kids – Easy (God’s Menu might be too much for some people lol).