Music really helped us get through 2020. While almost everything in the world stopped, it was music that was able to prevail. And although there are many artists to thank, we’ve chosen to highlight these top songs and their creators for their entertainment contributions this tough year.
Roddy Ricch—”The Box”—Not to say he hadn’t been working hard before this year, but Roddy took off in 2020. Roddy was dubbed the 2020 king of Apple Music with the help of his hit single “The Box– which is the most-streamed song of the year, and his album, “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial,” is too.
The Weeknd—”Blinding Lights”—The Weeknd’s single came in second on the list of Apple’s music platform for the most-streamed song. The R&B artist has grown from a mixtape artist to a global star. He is definitely an artist in his own lane and proves exactly why he is the only person there.
Drake—ft. Lil Durk-“Laugh Now Cry Later”—It wouldn’t be a list if Drake weren’t on it. Since his rise to fame, the Canadian rapper has made a hit every year. Drake seems to top the charts effortlessly, and the addition of Lil Durk has helped him get his long-overdue mainstream foot in the door.
Toni Watson—”Dance Monkeys”—This catchy song is intended to get people moving with its upbeat tempo and fun lyrics. The song created a wave in Australia in 2019 before causing a rippling effect in 20 countries, where it became the No. 1 song in 2020. It also has 1 billion plays on Spotify.
Jack Harlow—”What’s Poppin'”—The Kentucky native helped put his state on the map with this hit. The remix featuring Tory Lanez, Da Baby, and Lil Wayne only added more fire to the track. But Harlow’s unique flow and social media popularity were enough to get the song on our list.
Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion- “WAP”—But of course, this song topped the charts. As we were all stuck inside our homes, fearing outdoors, here comes to dominant musical artists breaking the charts with this controversial masterpiece. According to USA Today, “WAP” was number one when it came to the list of most-read-lyrics of 2020 and made Times best songs of 2020.
Lil Baby-“The Bigger Picture”-Baby continues to prove he deserves to be where he is, at the top. Given the racial tension across the nation this year, Baby was able to take the crisis and give us a perfect-timed song that made us bop our heads while also thinking deeper. The Atlanta rapper used the song to speak on his own personal experience with the criminal justice system. But the main message is exactly what the song is about. Looking at the bigger picture, it’s not about white or black!
Megan Thee Stallion Ft. Beyonce—”Savage”—The two Houston, Texas natives collaborated on this hit that created a TikTok dance that went viral. Meg’s sharp lyrics, unique flow, and fun dance moves coupled with Beyonce’s made it a hot visual too. Two Black females doing their thing together was epic.
Pop Smoke ft. Lil Baby—”For the Night”-This year, we lost a talented artist, Pop Smoke. His music continues to be a hit on the airwaves and music platforms. For the Night was a song that helped pave the way to the artist’s unique sound and versatility. Long Live Pop Smoke.
Da Baby ft. Roddy Rich-“Rock Star”—Da Baby’s 2019 rise to fame continued in 2020. The rapper made plenty of features and songs that hit the charts. The catchy “Rockstar” graced the airwaves this past summer, with the Billboard calling it the song of the summer. Rockstar is likely to be the artist’s biggest career hit and a 2020 A-lister.