Best artists of 2020 (from left: Dua Lipa, Fiona Apple, Roisin Murphy, supplied photos, photo illustration by Robert J. Ballantyne)

Essential songs and artists of 2020

A critical ranking of the top artists and songs of the year


Breakthrough Artist

Purple Disco Machine

  • Bob Moses
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Smith & Thell
  • Victoria Monét

Top 20 songs of 2020


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