2020 RECAP | Best Songs Of The Year!

Hello!

Well, we are ending this crazy year in a few days and since it is Monday, I thought we would go through 2020’s best songs, so I hope you are ready for this huge playlist!

I think music was at the heart of everyone, our favorite artists, bands were played over and over in order to help keep us going with life. When COVID-19 started to take away our music festivals and tours, I think a lot of us panicked because for some, going to concerts and seeing their favorite people on stage is the biggest and possibly the safest drug on Earth. The same goes with everyone putting on these shows every night, this is their job and livelihood so this virus took away any income for anyone who help build these performances, they are just as important than the artist and/or band.

One of the first songs I heard that was inspired by the quarantine life was “Level Of Concern” by Twenty One Pilots. Thankfully it is a very pop generated type of song, so it has a happy beat and catchy lyrics. This is probably one time that I listened to pop music about how someone is dealing with this new normal and find it really comforting… You will see in the depths of the playlist that I tried to listen to a lot of pop-y music at the start of the year and somehow switched to another genre as the seasons and circumstances changed with the world.

There were a lot of things that happened this year, and one of my “favorites” was during the summer, after everyone was coming out of the lockdowns and we are all dealing with the aftermath of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Everyone was so affected by their deaths, police brutality and Black Lives Matter movement, they created a large cataclysm of musicians wanting to express their overall feelings to the world and even though I would rather have anyone killed by the police alive and well–the music that was being released was so amazing and special to experience. The one song that really makes me think of this time is DaBaby’s track “ROCKSTAR” with Roddy Ricch, who was celebrating being on the music charts with “The Box”. This was the second song that came from Tik Tok that I became obsessed with for like two months!

Once we finished with summer and life decided to go back to sort of this weird normalcy again, I found that there was only one genre of music that I just wanted all the time and it was heavy metal. This genre just makes me feel better about my surroundings so once I put on that security blanket, I just tried to consume as much music I could in these last six months.

By late September, I noticed that I was keeping my TV on the modern hard rock channel, Sirius XM Octane, and within like a week, I had already found a large collection of new music and the first was “Popular Monster” by Falling In Reverse. It instantly reminded me of both Linkin Park’s older records like “In The End” and “Faint” and Papa Roach’s recent releases, and I was hooked after that. I started looking on various rock playlists on Spotify to see what I’ve missed and it was just what I needed at the time. I am still keeping a close eye on that station and the genres really make up the bulk of the playlist below.

Let’s get into that right now. Here are my Top 50 songs of 2020!

The In-Between by In This Moment
Sunday Best by Surfaces
Woman by Ellie Goulding
WAP by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion
Alive by Daughtry
Bang! by AJR
Heartless by The Weeknd
Simmer by Hayley Williams
Love Me by Stanaj
Show Yourself by Idina Menzel & Evan Rachel Wood
The Other Girl by Kelsea Ballerini featuring Halsey
I Love You’s by Hailee Steinfeld
Adore Me by Harry Styles
Pinky Ring by Ne-Yo featuring O.T. Genasis
React by The Pussycat Dolls
Mambo by Nikki Vanna
Good in Goodbye by Madison Beer
Yummy by Justin Bieber
Before You Go by Lewis Capaldi
Rainbow by Kacey Musgraves
Goddess by Krewella x NERVO featuring Raja Kamari
Trust Nobody by DJ Snake
Parasite Eve by Bring Me The Horizon
Marching On Versailles by Ad Infinitum
Footprints On The Moon by Gabby Barrett
Rage by Halocene
Thinkin Bout You by Ciara
Slow Motion by Charlotte Lawrence
Candy by Serena Ryder
Control by Zoe Wees
Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus
Levitating by Dua Lipa featuring Madonna & Missy Elliott
Shame Shame by Foo Fighters
Ice Cream by BLACKPINK featuring Selena Gomez
Share That Love by Lukas Graham featuring G-Eazy
Anxiety by Palaye Royale
Everything I Wanted by First To Eleven
My Own Dance by Kesha
Heart Of A Champion by Hollywood Undead featuring Papa Roach & Ice Nine Kills
Animals by Architects
Bite Back by FEVER 333
Brick Wall by A Day To Remember
Brand New Thing by Zayde Wolf
Inferno by ABIR
Lie by Sasha Sloan
Unmapped Darkness by Seven Spires
Primrose by Dram State
Wasted On You by Evanescene
Go Crazy by Leslie Odom Jr.

Even though I wasn’t doing a lot of music reviews this year, it doesn’t mean I wasn’t listening to them. I know there were three that I absolutely adored and each one is from the same three genres that I was obsessed with in 2020.

Rare by Selena Gomez, Manic by Halsey, zer0 by Krewella, Apocalypse & Chill by Delain, Heartbreak Weather by Niall Horan, Kelsea by Kelsea Ballerini, Diamonds by The Birthday Massacre, Mother by In This Moment, Human: II Nature by Nightwish, Half Written Story by Hailee Steinfeld, Like A House On Fire by Asking Alexandria, Everything’s Strange Here by G-Eazy, Brightest Blue by Ellie Goulding, I Am The Empire – Live from the 013 by Kamelot, S&M2 by Metallica, The Album by BLACKPINK, Post Human: and Survival Horror by Bring Me The Horizon.

Since I decided to list out the albums I loved this year, I figured it was only right to tell you the ones I will be looking out for in 2021 too!

So, there’s Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted by Passenger, Suckerpunch by You Me At Six, Certified Lover Boy by Drake, Medicine At Midnight by Foo Fighters, Californian Soil by London Grammar, Death by Rock and Roll by The Pretty Reckless, Riddles, Ruins, & Revelations by Sirenia, For Those That Wish To Exist by Architects, Omega by Epica, Life Support by Madison Beer, and The Bitter Truth by Evanescence are the ones that have a “secure” due date and I’m sure others will be released soon.

If you would like to check out the rest of my playlist, click here to be directed to Spotify.

What were your top songs of 2020?

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November Playlist

Hello!

I bet you didn’t expect me to be back so soon.

Today is the last day of November, for anyone participating in both NaNoWriMo and Nonfiction November, you should be proud of what you were able to accomplish in the last 30 days! I didn’t join NaNo this year because I’m not in that headspace to write anything for that long, and I doubt I have made any changes in reading the two books I got for this month. It happens… and I’m okay with it!

We are itching closer to Christmas and finally, to the new year: 2021. It seems so crazy how fast this year has went, despite the COVID mess that has taken over 2020! I bring this up because I have always felt November is a weird time for music. We are obsessed with Halloween-y songs and then we are quick to switch to Christmas carols at midnight.

I have to say, I have been doing very well at ignoring the festive commercials on TV and online, and I will be very happy when I can finally watch Christmas movies without being judged by my parents! I have a total of eight films in our DVR at the moment, so I can get my fill and enjoy everything that comes with this time of the year! As far as music goes though, I allow myself to listen to my favorite Christmas songs early, mainly because they tend to remind me of my papaw and so, it is just better for me to cave in now instead of feeling bad about it later.

This year, I am working on my “Ultimate Christmas” playlist on Spotify and will hopefully be speaking about it soon. I will hold off on that for a week or two, until I feel it is ready.

For my November playlist though, I have collected a lot of music that is selected in my “Discover Weekly” every Monday. I am always excited to see what type of music will be unleashed from the moment I hit play, and sometimes they create their own aesthetic but sometimes they reflect whatever genre I’ve focused on that past week and it is always a fun surprise at the start of another week.

Here are my Top 25 for the month!

Talk To Me by Apocalyptica featuring Lzzy Hale
Gravity by Sara Bareilles
Share That Love by Lukas Graham featuring G-Eazy
My Spring Your Fall by Falconsheild
Scars To Your Beautiful by Oceans featuring Anna Murphy
Goddess by Xana
Royals by Lorde
Remember by Leah

You’re Not From Here by Lara Fabian
Eugene by Arlo Parks
Cielo a un Diablo by Maluma
Teeth by Dirty D’Shire
Drew Barrymore by
Bryce Vine
Que Color by Major Lazer featuring J Balvin & El Alfa
Ordinary Day by The Animal In Me
The Purge by Within Temptation
Dream On Me (Stripped) by Ella Henderson

Peer Pressure by James Bay
Lullabies by Yuna
Grip by Seeb
If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher
Betty by Chase Holfelder
Numb by Carlie Hanson
Cold by Crossfade

What I truly love about this list, is its diversity! You have hard rock, pop, and reggaetón like it is supposed to fit together. I continue to surprise myself on the amount of music I am willing to listen to everyday. The sad part about it is, there’s sadly not a lot of people like me, who are brave enough to be interested in shuffling their music out in the open and enjoy sharing in hopes we create even more fans for these artists and bands, new and old, and honestly the longer I go about this, I tend to enjoy it even more and I think that’s why I still want to do these playlists too.

Before I go, I wanted to let you know that I was able to post a new album review this month. Well, technically, it was an update to an older post I did in 2018, and I was recently told by the artist, that she really loved it, so that makes me really happy! Anyways, here it is, in case you haven’t seen it yet. Oh, and speaking of links, here is the Spotify playlist for November too! 🙂

SIGN from Above by RAIGN

What were you listening to this month? Name one track that you think I should check out below!

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October Playlist

Hello!

October is a strange month; you have artists coming out with a softer note to their music, it makes their fans and other listeners feel cozy and enjoy everything that is autumn as a season. On the other hand, you have others creating purely for the spooky vibe that is Halloween. In years past, I feel as though I haven’t appreciated the gentle side and I am noticing how much I never watched the raining of the leaves with excitement as I have recently. And because of this, the music I have wanted to listen to has taken a totally different tone.

My intake of both Evanescence and In This Moment has been massive! I feel like they are the perfect bands for this time of the year. They have a certain creepy flare and almost every song, whether it is a ballad or heavy are built around the notion of mystery. Unfortunately, I only have two full albums from each band on my iPod but thankfully I have a giant collection of other metal bands from all over the world that also love that type of thing for their music. And I share a number of them on my October playlist from Spotify. If you would like to check it out, just click here to be transferred to the see everything that has some grain of monstrous in it.

Before I start going into depth about my Top 25, I have a little surprse for you. Here is this month’s Artist Highlight!


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I am always so happy whenever artists and bands send me a message on my social medias or in a regular email – just as a warning, if you have sent me an email, please send me a DM through any of my socials as a head’s up! Mandala was very nice and patient with me while I tried to figure out the best way to highlight him and music on my blog. His newest single, “Modern Struggle” is out and he will release his album “The Chronicles Of A Blind Man” next month!

The introduction has this a nice melodic but also sounds like an ode to a cell phone ring in a way. The entire beat is really good and subtle but thanks to the fact that his voice is nice and clear, you can clearly hear the lyrics and the meaning behind it is brilliant. We, as a society have a struggle between good and evil, a mere modern take of what is right and good. So, there is a lot of things to take into consideration about what we do as individuals living our lives.

If you’d like to look into Mandala, you can find him on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


I hope you have enjoyed that little review of a brand new artist! Let’s change gears, and go back to our regular schedule. Here are my Top 25 for October and I really hope you enjoy it!

Rather Be by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
I’m Not Mad by Halsey
Californian Soil by London Grammar
Wonder by Shawn Mendes
Pretty Savage by BLACKPINK

Still Have Me by Demi Lovato
Supermassive Black Hole by Muse
Power Over Me by Dermot Kennedy
Runaway by Ziggy Alberta
Eyes On The King by Benn
Moral Of The Story by Ashe featuring Niall Horan
No Place by Backstreet Boys
Running by Malinda
Change by Taylor Swift
Tears Of Gold by Faouzia
Everything I Wanted by First To Eleven

My Own Dance by Kesha
Harley by Letters From The Fire
Frontline by Pillar
Happy by Kurt Hugo Schnielder
Underdog by Alicia Keys
Together by for King & Country featuring Tori Kelly
Closer by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
Haunted by Violet Orlandi featuring Jake Munro
Blood by In This Moment

If you follow me on Instagram, you might know I have tried to do a ‘Song Of The Day’ early in the evenings, and since I listen to a lot of different music, the genres and artists differ with every post. I was inspired to finally do them after my friend Ella started them in late September and one of the songs she shared actually made it to this list, Can you spot it?

What were you listening this October?

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Meghan’s Halloween Playlist!

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October makes a lot of people extremely happy, and I am definitely one of those people! I don’t really remember ever being not sad for summer to be over or wonder why the main reason all of the leaves turn various colors in the fall is because they’re dying, instead I become everyone’s worst nightmare! I do not apologize for it because there are some weirdos that do the same thing during Valentine’s Day, which is literally my worst nightmare. So karma knows its way around with me!

Here’s the thing, I don’t have a lot of traditions for Halloween. Yes, the pumpkins are very important to me but we didn’t do them in the last two years because of how small Nolan was and honestly, he doesn’t need to be around paint in general. I feel like anybody that is around a lot of toddlers would understand this statement perfectly. The one thing I tend to do a lot on the day itself is watch the full music video of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and I totally forgot to do it last year, so I’m not consistent by any means but you know, at least I try to be!

What is absolutely hilarious though is that after seeing many, many other bloggers post about their Halloween playlist in 2019, I literally missed my opportunity to talk about mine… which hadn’t even been created yet. You see, I didn’t build it until like the second of November because I am technically picky with Halloween inspired music.

So, this year I told myself I was going to get this post up one way or another. If you want to, you can just check out the whole playlist right here, but below I decided to put together my Top 25 of some of my favorite spooky tunes!

Poltergist by BANKS
The House Of Shame by Lacuna Coil
Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers
Throne by Bring Me The Horizon
Black Magic by Little Mix
Jekyll and Hyde by Five Finger Death Punch
Desire by Meg Myers
Black Out Days by Phantogram
Men In Black by Will Smith
Moon Trance by Lindsey Stirling
Down by The Birthday Massacre
Bad Dream by Ruelle
Diminuendo by Lawless featuring Britt Warner
Killing Strangers by Marilyn Manson
Everywhere Ghosts Hide by Erin McCarley x UNSECRET
Lacrimosa by Apashe
Skeletons by New Years Day

Haunted by Evanscence
Darkness by XVI
Dark Paradise by Lana del Rey
Speak To Me by Amy Lee
Wolves by Marshmello x Selena Gomez
Lilith by Butcher Babies
Bite Marks by The White Noise
Change (In The House Of Flies) by Deftones

I think there is a bigger amount of songs that can be released for Halloween than compared to Christmas, because most people would rather listen to the classics that they grew up with but the bad part about that is, everything becomes so boring and can sometimes lose their luster after its been remade every year. However, with the coming of Halloween, music in general can take on many different elements with various genres and use spooky themes from books, movies, and TV.

One thing you will notice throughout the entire playlist is the fact that I went through my heavy metal and rock selection on Spotify to see if there were any other “creepy” songs that could work in the playlist. The point of this was, if I added more songs like Deftones “Change (In The House Of Flies” and “Skeletons” by New Years Day, you could be able to listen to the list basically all year round, compared to Christmas where you basically get made fun of if you listen to your favorite songs too early or way after the holiday is over. Technically I will continue to listen to this playlist until the third of November after the complication of “Dia de los Muertos” or the Day Of The Dead festivities in Mexico.

What do you like to listen to during the months leading into Halloween?

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Ultimate Fall Playlist

Hello!

September is always a favorite time for me. We are in the middle of two seasons: the end of summer and start of autumn. If you didn’t know, fall is my absolute favorite with spring closing in–mainly because after a blistering cold winter, I crave warmer weather once March comes around.

A lot of people don’t like this time of the year. I can understand their reasons though, because stores tend to bring out various holiday decorations out way too early. I’m looking at you Christmas! Anyways, this month symbolizes a lot of things for me. The most important is pumpkins!

My need to decorate pumpkins as my favorite characters or paint lyrics on the side of it becomes very strong during the early weeks of the month. I do have some plans for them, especially to cement the tradition to my little nephew into enjoying the release of creativity as well! However, you will have to wait for those incoming posts, as I will be talking about my favorite music to listen to, in the wake of the changing colors and weather.

I feel like many people would assume listening to sad music would be perfect for this time. Honestly, it’s not a bad idea! We tend to get a lot of rain between September to the end of November, so you’re not that off the mark.

For my ultimate fall playlist, I have a mixture of both sad and upbeat tunes to enjoy in the next three months. So, I hope you enjoy what I have listed below.


Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars
Gemini Feed by Banks
Come Undone by My Darkest Days
Photograph by Nickelback
Bloodstream by Ed Sheeran
Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
Bad Romance by Halestorm
When You Break by Bear’s Den
Hard Times by Paramore
All Around by Flyleaf
The Bleeding by Five Finger Death Punch
Monster by Skillet
She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
Disturbia by Rhianna
Dust To Dust by The Civil Wars
Broken by Seether featuring Amy Lee
Barefoot In The Park by James Blake featuring Rosalia
Why Do You Love Me by Charlotte Lawrence
Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You by Cary Brothers
Blood by In This Moment
All These Years by Camila Cabello
Paint It Black by Ciara
Thorne by Bring Me The Horizon
Badlands by Smoke Season
My Name Is Human by Highly Suspect
In The Darkness by Dead By Sunrise
Here by Alessia Cara


The one thing I wasn’t planning on was the amount of rock music I’d want to include the actual list. It seemed strange at first, but there are a lot of heavy metal songs that go perfectly with fall! Although I allowed this to happen, I did try to keep myself open to other genres too. If you don’t like rock music, there are some alternative, pop, and R&B songs in the whole playlist.

Honestly, my thought process was anything that reminds why I love about fall so much! So, there are of songs that make me think of going to football, homecoming, Halloween, high school in general. It’s always strange that May always makes me feel thankful that I am out of school, but once fall comes around I automatically want to absorb every bit of it over again. And the fact that lots of schools over the world have cancelled all fall sports, that overwhelming feeling has made me want to release it more to the world.

If you would love to check out the rest of the songs, please click this link and it’ll take you to where you need to go and listen. I hope you enjoy the entire selection.

What is your ultimate song that describes autumn perfectly? If you have more than one, that is fine, I’d like to see what makes you, you in these colder and dark months.

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