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.
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These are the bangers that got us through such an odd year.
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Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Despite everything, this one was a banner year for pop music. Established genre queens like Ari, Gaga and Miley returned with new albums, artists who have teetered on the verge for years now finally broke out Rina Sawayama; Doja Cat , and newcomers like caught our ears from the get-go. We gobbled up all of these offerings like our lives depended on it While putting on the latest Harry Styles, of course. First, however, we need to highlight the pop art that was born out of such a difficult period, and to appreciate the music that helped us get through times of stress, anxiety, and depression. In less than a decade, Ariana Grande has gone from hopeful hitmaker to unassailable purveyor of pop prowess, nailing the sound of the moment while pointing to the industry's next step. There is nothing subtle about this over-the-top power-pop dynamo, from chess metaphors to pounding electric guitars, and that's just how Ava Max likes it. Yes, Virginia, there is a formula for a flawless bop: one part Bebe Rexha vocals, one part Doja Cat sassiness, and a dash of Justin Tranter's powerful pen.
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. As difficult as this period has been, we doubt we could've gotten by without these songs -- and we look forward to making up for lost time with them at whatever point we're finally able to celebrate them publicly. Halsey, "You Should Be Sad". Jessie Reyez feat.