Thank you, Calvin.
Thank you, Calvin.
I’m a Texas girl so I loved this. Admittedly, I’ve never ridden on a mechanical bull but I have seen a few and I’ve seen more than a few people get thrown off of them. They’re a bit scary looking and I’m already accident-prone enough without tempting fate. Still, I admire anyone who tries.
(And, as scary as mechanical bulls are, they are nowhere near as scary as real bulls.)
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:
So this video starts out with a good beat and two people getting close and really, that’s what we need in the world. There’s so many angry and bitter and angst-filled people out there that sometimes, we need a video to remind us that love is the best thing that there is and that there’s nothing wrong with getting close to one another and that….
OH MY GOD, DID SHE JUST RIP OUT HIS HEART!?
Well, maybe. She definitely removed something from his chest but he doesn’t look like he minds. I kind of think of this video gives us an opportunity to see what Grease would have been like it had been directed by David Cronenberg.
We’ve seen the future and wow, there’s a lot of trash.
Seriously, that’s the main thing that I’ve noticed about movies set in the future. No one ever picks up after themselves. You would think that we’d have robots cleaning and polishing every inch of the Earth but apparently, WALL-E was a lie.
Even with that in mind, though, I still cry every time that I watch WALL-E. Damn, that’s a good movie. It totally should have been nominated for Best Picture. Between that and not nominating Three Identical Strangers for Best Documentary, I don’t know what’s wrong with the Academy….
Anyway, this song appears on the soundtrack of a movie and no, it’s not WALL-E. Instead, it’s from Alita: Battle Angel, which was written and produced by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The movie’s coming out this February and maybe it will replace the Valentine-shaped hole that’s been in our soul ever since the Fifty Shades trilogy came to an end.
Or maybe not. I just hope it’s good!
Anyway, the video is a party in a futuristic rubbish heap. I don’t suggest trying this in your own neighborhood landfill. Party clean, everyone.
It’s time to continue to my look back at 2018 by listing my ten favorite songs of the year. If you want to see an example of how varied our tastes are here at the Shattered Lens, compare my picks to Necromoonyeti’s picks for the top 20 albums of 2018.
See, that’s one thing that I like about this site. We’ve all got our own individual tastes!
Anyway, here are my picks. I’m going to post them now and then I’ll probably spend the rest of the week getting laughed at whenever I leave my office here at the Shattered Lens Bunker. But that’s okay! I love everyone!
2. Get Your Shirt by Underworld and Iggy Pop
3. Boom by Tiesto, Gucci Mane & Sevenn
4. Carribish by ADI
5. Like I Do by David Guetta, Martin Garrix & Brooks
6. There Was A Time by Kedr Livanskiy
7. The Middle by Zedd, Grey, and Maren Morris
8. One Kiss by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa
9. I’m Upset by Drake
(I have to be honest. This is one that I pretty much like exclusively because of the Degrassi-themed video.)
10. The Tired and The Hurt by Moby
That’s it for music! Up next, either tonight or tomorrow, 10 good things I saw on television in 2018!
Lisa Looks Back At 2018: