Best Of 2020: Top Singles In Order Of Preference Through May 31st
Lilacs – Waxahatchee – a most gloriously tuneful indie folk stroke of love and difficulties, she sounds both scratchy and sweet and jumps up an octave on the chorus
Pig Feet (feat. Kamasi Washington, G Perico & Daylyt) – Terrace Martin, Denzel Curry, Kamasi Washington – very powerful piece of agitprop, as now as looking out the window last night jazz guy Terrace puts excitable, physical beats and glitches and Denzel Curry speed rapping like Twister, and Daylyte both slaughter their verses, this is of the moment the way “Ohio” once was: it is protest as life as lived, and as great a protest song as you will ever hear
Murder Most Foul – Bob Dylan – a dirge for the loss of Camelot retracted into a cultural moment, blipping through puns and milestones, popstars and death
The Father, My Son, And The Holy Ghost – Craig Morgan – in the face of the worst loss a person can suffer, the death of his son, Morgan finds strength in faith
Toosie Slide – Drake – the ultimate dividing line viz Covid-19, this is for the young and the young at heart and a distinctively addictive and easy to do both simply and not so simly, it is a dream mood for the USA
I Think You’re Great – Alex the Astronaut – The Australian singer songwriter has written the lick of the year here, a tasty acoustic underpinning which is among the best pep talks since Marina’s “I Am Not A Robot”. She is a terrific songwriter and her disposition completely pleasant.
Bounce – Cazzu – Argentina trap queen but more youthful and exciting than even the most now Latin Trap
Letting You Go – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – A deeply felt song for his four year old daughter, Mercy Rose.
Cut Me – Moses Sumney – Sublimely sung chill soul with an artful hip hop package and an intense lyric that swerves in and out around the horns
ringtone (Remix) [feat. Charli XCX, Rico Nasty, Kero Kero Bonito] – 100 gecs, Charli XCX, Rico Nasty – The sine qua non of queer pop crossover
A New Muse – Owen – The American Football leader returns to solo outout on a girgeous dreamscape pop track
I’m Not Getting Excited – The Beths – combustubile punk pop rocker about morbidity and death
la – Kelsea Ballerini – As a non-believer, I might be wrong. This is the best song of its sort since “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” (not the remix, the original), and Kelsea takes it exactly right with a gorgeous bridge.
Sweet – Porridge Radio – the sort of song that changes a semi-underground rock band from Brighton in England into overnight sensations
Rain On Me (with Ariana Grande) – Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – a major pop stroke, dance track built for anthem temperature taking
Forgiveness – Mandy Moore – all the action here has already happened off the tracks, in a divorce that became a referendum. But Mandy’s final response is devastating: “Will I forgive you? You don’t get to know…”
Gary Lives in the Twilight Zone – Gary Wilson – The cult artists cult artist, obtuse, strange, a little otherworldly and bizarre and yet completely brilliant dance pop, and here is one of Gary’s very best.
Scared To Live – The Weeknd – The Weeknd’s genius pop ballad, with a very useful Elton John sample that is a study in how to use an expensive song
For The First Time – Best Coast – Bethany is always trying to change herself, album for album she tears up yesterday for today. The first single of the fine new album is an absolute slice of greatness about the joys of breaking up.
Keep Up – RaeLynn – hillbilly as red as her neck
Hard To Forget – Sam Hunt – There stands the song…