Favourite new TV shows of 2020

Eligibility: Shows were considered if part of their first (or only) season aired for the first time in 2020. Other great shows that aired later seasons in 2020 were not included (Bojack Horseman, Better Call Saul, Ramy, What We Do In The Shadows, Rick and Morty)

Poster for Lovecraft Country, two lead characters in front of tentacles

  1. Lovecraft Country
  2. Normal People
  3. Ted Lasso
  4. The Great
  5. The Last Dance (Jordan Doco)
  6. The Mandalorian
  7. Perry Mason
  8. The Queens Gambit
  9. Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet
  10. I May Destroy You
  11. Star Trek: Picard
  12. Upload
  13. High Fidelity
  14. P-Valley
  15. Dare Me
Edit: It seems The Mandalorian‘s first season finished just before the start of 2020. Oh, well, it’s there now.

Favourite songs of 2020

Only fifteen songs this year. A lot of good but often depressing music was made given that it was 2020, and I’ve limited this to songs that excite me whenever I hear them.

  1. Inara George, Dave Grohl – Sex in Cars: Road Angel Project
  2. Perfume Genius – On the Floor
  3. Julia Stone – Break
  4. Bombay Bicycle Club – Is It Real?
  5. Cardioid – Old Records
  6. Sharon Van Etten – Let Go
  7. Liza Anne – Bad Vacation
  8. Tim Heidecker – Fear of Death
  9. Hayley Williams – Simmer
  10. Katy J Pearson – Take Back the Radio
  11. The Paper Kites, Julia Stone – Without Your Love
  12. Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
  13. Boy & Bear – Wicked Game (Acoustic)
  14. The Beths – I’m Not Getting Excited
  15. Phoebe Bridgers – ICU

Matt's votes for the 2020 Hottest 100

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Favourite music of the 2010s

Top tracks from the Twenty Tens. A bit inconsistent with my annual lists, some songs didn’t age well. Or I didn’t.

Track cover for Perfume Genius - Slip Away

  1. Perfume Genius – Slip Away
  2. Death Cab for Cutie – Gold Rush
  3. Mitski – Your Best American Girl
  4. Gang of Youths – Let Me Down Easy
  5. Grimes – Oblivion
  6. Childish Gambino – This Is America
  7. Lorde – Green Light
  8. Death Cab for Cutie – To The Ground
  9. Angel Olsen – Lark
  10. Perfume Genius – Queen
  11. Janelle MonĂ¡e – Make Me Feel
  12. Jack Ladder – Come On Back This Way
  13. TORRES – Three Futures
  14. Boy & Bear – Southern Sun
  15. Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
  16. Phoebe Bridgers – Motion Sickness
  17. Parquet Courts – Stoned And Starving
  18. St. Vincent – Cruel
  19. Todd Terje (feat. Bryan Ferry) – Johnny and Mary
  20. Big Black Delta – Huggin’ & Kissin’
  21. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Do I Have The Time
  22. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
  23. Sufjan Stevens – Fourth of July
  24. St. Vincent – Masseduction
  25. M83 – Midnight City
  26. Sparkadia – China
  27. Cut Copy – Need You Now
  28. Twin Shadow – Saturdays (feat. HAIM)
  29. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best
  30. The Preatures – Is This How You Feel?
  31. CHVRCHES – We Sink
  32. Chairlift – I Belong in Your Arms
  33. Emma Louise – Jungle
  34. La Roux – Kiss And Not Tell
  35. Pluto Jonze – Eject
  36. The Beths – Little Death
  37. Portugal. The Man – So American
  38. Selena Gomez – Bad Liar
  39. Wilco – Art Of Almost
  40. David Bowie – Blackstar

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