It’s once again officially the time of year where I expose my music taste from the last 365 days (…are you ready?). Sharing my top 100 most listened to songs of the year (according to Spotify Wrapped) has become a bit of a tradition here on F O and so, despite the chaotic year that we’ve all had, I thought I’d keep with traditions and share my playlist for 2020. If for any reason I’ve managed to fool any of you into thinking that I might be cool (lets be real, that’s highly unlikely) then you’re definitely not going to be thinking that after seeing my top 100 songs of 2020…
My Top 100 Most Listened To Songs of 2020
I’ve got say that there’s some really rogue songs in this years playlist. I’m not going to lie and pretend that I have no recollection of listening to them because, if they made their way into my top 100 then obviously I listened to them a lot. But, do you ever look at your most listened to songs of the year and think ‘wow, did I really listen to that song THAT MUCH?’. Anyway, I’ll analyse the list in a second…first lets see what’s actually on there.
…told you there were some strange ones on there this year. Bananza (Belly Dancer) by Akon?? Let’s just blame that on the 2020 madness.
My Top 100 Songs of 2020: Analysing The Playlist
Okay, time for the breakdown. This year I spent a lot of time listening to albums on repeat, rather than just a few songs here and there. So it’s no surprise to me that so many songs from the same albums made it on the list. But I did find that a lot of the songs on there were tracks that I listened to on repeat at the beginning of the year and then didn’t really touch for the rest of the year. Take Cherry by Harry Styles for example. Just from the name alone I have absolutely no idea how the song goes, but at one point in the year I must’ve listened to it on repeat. So strange!
Another thing that I found was that a lot of the songs on the list were from my workout playlist. I don’t know about any of you but I have a workout playlist of music that I pretty much only listen to when I’m in the gym. It’s rare that I’ll actually listen to any of the songs on there in my day-to-day life. So I’ve ended up with loads of upbeat pop tracks on the playlist (which, tbh I’m hardly mad about).
Analysing The Playlist: My Favourites
I think when it comes to finding out what our most listened to songs of the year are we all have a few songs in mind that we know will definitely be on our playlists. Songs that you know for sure you’ve listened to on repeat throughout the year. For me they were Soul Control by Jessie Ware, Nothing Revealed/Everything Denied by The 1975, After The Love Has Gone by Earth, Wind & Fire, and I Wanna Be Your Lover by Prince.
Looking back at the list now though, there were a few tracks that I didn’t necessarily know would be on there but am glad to see that they made it on the list. Aretha Franklin’s Day Dreaming was one of them. It’s a track that I added to my ‘Lockdown Walking’ playlist, which is a playlist literally just for when I go on walks during lockdown (if any of you want the playlist then let me know). And it’s just such a calming and soulful song. Aretha at her best for sure.
Analysing The Playlist: Any Overlaps With Previous Years?
Onto possibly my favourite thing about this annual series…the overlaps. I always find it so fascinating to see if there are any overlaps with previous playlists and this year there were a few of them. I’ll start with my 2019 overlaps first. Kicking them off are a few 5SOS tracks, Easier and Teeth. Both were released as singles last year before being featured on their 2020 album CALM. I had CALM on repeat when it came out back in March so it’s no surprise to see that a couple of tracks from the album made it onto the playlist as well as overlapping with 2019. Then there were a few Jonas Brothers songs as well as Harry Styles’ Lights Up and Miley Cyrus’ Mother’s Daughter (a classic workout song of mine).
As for 2018 overlaps, I only spotted the one track which was That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars. Right at the end of 2020 I rediscovered Bruno Mars’ 2016 album 24K Magic and went through a bit of a ‘listening-on-repeat’ phase with it, which explains That’s What I Like ending up on the 2020 list.
My Top 100 Songs of 2020: Special Mentions
To finish off I’ve got a few little special song/artist/album mentions. Firstly, can we all just take a sec to appreciate the fact that, despite the album only coming out in November, five tracks from Kylie’s album DISCO (2020) made it into my top 100 songs. My commitment to the queen of pop has become so real since I featured her in The Legend Slot. Secondly, I’m loving that Burna Boy’s album Twice As Tall (2020) also made a huge feature in this years top 100. 7 songs made it on there! I absolutely loved this album, and it’s clear to see from just how many tracks made it onto the playlist.
Anyway, I’ll end it there before I end up giving you a full analysis of every song on the playlist. But before you head off make sure to let me know some of the songs that were on your 2020 top 100 list. Did you have any surprises on there? Anything to rival Akon’s Bananza? I want to know!
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