Wow, 2020. Is it over yet?
Music helped get me through this tumultuous year. Here’s this year’s playlist (or as they were tagged in prior years, mix cd).
Some bright spots were the releases by Norah Jones, The Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks), Meghan Trainor, and Pink! I enjoyed discovering some not-so-new but new-to-me songs from Ava Max and Alicia Keys — Underdog got some serious airtime for me in the pandemic (check out the music video). And being introduced to new queer artists Shea Diamond and Be Steadwell was fantastic — Be Steadwell’s song Sometimes is, to me, the perfect queer love song (bonus: the music video is both heartwarming and signed).
The Black Lives Matter movement influenced the list this year as I set out to find new artists of color and discovered Tobe Nwigwe and re-discovered Emeli Sandé. And it’s no coincidence that March March by The Chicks is on the list (I highly recommend watching the music video). I’ll say it again for those in the back: Black Lives Matter.
- Kings & Queens – Ava Max
- Evil Twin – Meghan Trainor
- So Am I – Ava Max
- I Am America – Shea Diamond
- Walk Me Home – Pink
- Texas Man – The Chicks
- Next To Me – Emeli Sandé
- Settlin’ – Sugarland
- Cowboy Take Me Away – Dixie Chicks
- Workin’ on It – Meghan Trainor
- Hurts to Be Alone – Norah Jones
- Underdog – Alicia Keys
- Sometimes – Be Steadwell
- Make It Home – Tobe Nwigwe
- March March – The Chicks
- I Am Woman – Helen Reddy
- The Scar – Carly Simon
Notice anything interesting about the list this year? I’ll give you a hint: take a read through the artist names and see if anything jumps out at you.
Not a straight white man in sight. I intentionally tried to seek out people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ artists this year. The list is still very (very) white and I continue to broaden my exposure to more artists of color.
You can listen to the songs on Spotify (except for the last track because it isn’t on Spotify). As always, the order of the songs have been carefully curated. You may not be able to listen to them in order with the Spotify free account.