Lisa Marie’s 20 Favorite Songs of 2020


Every January, I list my favorite songs of the previous year and, every January, I include the same disclaimer.  My favorite songs are not necessarily the favorite songs of any of the other writers here at the Shattered Lens.  We are a large and diverse group of people and, as such, we all have our own individual tastes.

If you ever visited the TSL Bunker, you would be shocked by the different music coming out of each office.  You would hear everything from opera to death metal to the best of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.  And then, of course, you would reach my office and you would discover that my taste in music pretty much runs the gamut from EDM to More EDM.

Now, usually, I do try to listen to a variety of music.  You can go to my Song of the Day site — Lisa Marie’s Song of the Day — and see that I do occasionally listen to other types of music.  But, I have to be honest.  2020 was not a year that inspired me to really leave me comfort zone.  If anything, music provided me with some much needed consistency in an otherwise chaotic year.  2020 was a year that made me want to dance until it was all over and, for the most part, my favorite songs of the year reflect that fact.

Before I list my songs, I should make something else very clear.  These are my favorite songs of 2020.  I’m not saying that they’re necessarily the best songs of 2020.  I’ll leave that debate for others.  Instead, there are the songs that I found myself listening to over and over again.  These are the songs made me dance.  These are the songs that made me sing.  A few of these songs relaxed me when I needed to be relaxed.  These are songs that I liked.

You might like them.

Or you might not.

That’s the beautiful thing about art.  Everyone experiences it in their own individual way.  For instance, if you want to see an example of the different tastes of music that you’ll find here at TSL, be sure to check out Necromoonyeti’s top albums of 2020.  And also go to Days Without Incident and check out some of the songs that Leonard has posted.  To quote my friend Shirley Loh, “we all like different things.”

Here are my favorite songs of 2020:

20) No Sleep by Jessie Frye

19) Ghost In These Streets by Kate Vogel

18) Matches by Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys

17) You Do you by Dillon Francis and BabyJake

16) Into the Abyss by Zeds Dead x REZZ

15) Teacher by Chromatics

14) Stardew by Purity Ring

13) Everybody Here Hates You by Courtney Barnett

12) Swimming in the Stars by Britney Spears

11) Don’t Wanna by Haim

10) Preach by Saint Motel

 

9) Famous Monsters by Chromatics

8) Break my Heart by Dua Lipa

7) Feel Something by Armin van Buuren feat. Duncan Laurence

6) Dance Again by Selena Gomez

5) Phobos by Space 92

4) Pomegranate by deadmau5 & The Neptunes

3) Castles In The Sky by i_o

2) The Steps by Haim

1) A Good Song Never Dies by Saint Motel

Finally, allow me to offer up two honorable mentions to my favorite cinematic musical moments of the year.  From Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga:

And from What Did Jack Do?:

TSL Looks Back at 2020:

  1. Lisa Marie’s 16 Worst Films of 2020 (Lisa Marie Bowman)
  2. My Top 20 Albums of 2020 (Necromoonyeti)
  3. 25 Best, Worst, and Gems That I Saw In 2020 (Valerie Troutman)
  4. Top 10 Vintage Collections (Ryan C)
  5. Top 10 Contemporary Collections (Ryan C)
  6. Top 10 Original Graphic Novels (Ryan C)
  7. Top 10 Ongoing Series (Ryan C.)
  8. Top 10 Special Mentions (Ryan C.)
  9. Top Ten Single Issues (Ryan C)

 

Music Video of the Day: I’ll Listen by Armin van Buuren and Anna Criado (2012, dir by ????)


Yesterday, they announced the lineup of Woodstock 50.  Looking over the acts, I noticed that apparently there’s going to be absolutely no EDM at the three-day festival of peace, love, and greed.  Woodstock 50 is going to be irrelevant before it even begins.

To quote the artist behind today’s music video of the day, “The fact is that EDM is no longer just a phenomenon or hype, it’s a cultural thing. It moves a generation of people.”

Enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: Heading Up High by Armin van Buuren, featuring Kensington (2016, dir by Boris Booij)


“Freedom!”

This video features a prison break.  Apparently, the best way to escape from prison is to go straight up.  Don’t waste your time with any of that digging stuff.  I would actually be in a lot of trouble if I ever had to escape from prison.  I’m scared of heights so I can’t really go through the roof.  And I have a thing about not getting dirt under my fingernails so I’d have a hard time tunneling through the walls.  I guess if I was in prison, I’d have to seduce the warden or something.  Either that or I’d just do my time and then write a book about it.  Chained Redhead: The Lisa Marie Bowman Story. It would be a best seller, I think.

Among the prisoners escaping from the prison is Hardwell.  I’m glad he made it.

Speaking of prison, has anyone watched that 60 Days In show on A&E?  By the time this post drops, this season’s finale will have aired.  I have to say that this season was a hundred times better than the previous seasons.  I’m just a little bit worried about how everyone’s going to adjust to being out of prison.  For instance, Abner and David both really got into the whole prison mentality.  Anyway, if you didn’t watch this season, you really missed out.

Enjoy!

Music Video of the Day: Blue Fear by Armin van Buuren (2009, dir by Ciro Ayala)


To be honest, this music video freaks me out a little bit.  I think that’s understandable, though.  When you see a big disembodied head chasing someone through a maze, it just makes sense that you’re going to get a little bit freaked!

That’s actress Calina Chen being chased through the maze.  She also appeared in the video for Matt Darey’s Follow You, which was directed by the same director who did Blue Fear, Ciro Ayala.

Enjoy!

Music Video of The Day: Beautiful Life by Armin van Buuren feat. Cindy Alma (2013, dir by ????)


Life is beautiful, y’all.

I don’t have much to say about this video.  I just like the song and the imagery.  Sometimes, this video inspires me to go outside and look up at the clouds and appreciate the beauty all around me.  Other times, I watch this video and I ask myself if maybe it’s actually about the end of the world.  To a certain extent, some of the imagery in the final half of the video reminds me of the 1998 Canadian apocalypse film, Last Night.  The clouds may look beautiful but from the way the video abruptly ends, you do have to wonder if maybe all that beauty was a prelude to everything simply ceasing to exist.

Well, no matter!  I like the song.  I like the video.  In the end, that’s what really matters.

Enjoy!