Article By: Evan Sacher
With 2020 forcing hundreds of artists around the country into quarantine, the year in music was a unique one. Cancelled tours across the globe gave music megastars a well deserved break from the grind of touring. However, during these breaks artists did not stop utilizing their creative outlet. In 2020, thousands of artists produced record breaking albums. Across all genres this music will undoubtedly remain prominent for years, possibly decades, to come.
Topping the pop charts of 2020 were hit albums such as Taylor Swift’s long awaited, Folklore as well as Ariana Grande’s Positions and Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia. “Folklore feels new. It’s not like anything she’s ever written before and it gives off that vibe within the first few songs,” said sophomore Ava Johnson. “When listening to it you feel the emotion that is being poured into it. It’s completely different and very unique. Taylor has a very large platform and a very loud voice, so she was able to vocalize to us where she was and how she was feeling while writing this album and that’s all translated through the 16 songs she released.” Surprise albums such as Dreamland gained tremendous support through quarantine. “It’s super unique,” said freshman Adam Joseph. “It combines hip hop with electronic rap as which is original and it’s overall feel is just kinda cool.” Tik Tok’s immense popularity also gave more exposure to albums that would have otherwise flown under the radar. This can be seen with albums gaining even more traction from the app such as The Weeknd with his album, After Hours. The songs were frequently featured on the popular social media platform throughout the year.
The rap genre remained quite prominent in 2020. Highly anticipated albums such as Lil Uzi Vert’s, Eternal Atake which gained positive reviews from his listeners. “As far as Uzi’s typical stuff it wasn’t great, but as an experience it was gas,” said junior Aiden Bahna. When asked about his favorite albums of the year, junior Dylan Phillips listed The Goat, Legends Never Die, and F*ck Love by Polo g, Juice WRLD, and The Kid Laroi.” Dylan also said of Eternal Atake, “I really liked a lot of the songs on the album, especially the deluxe.”
On the other side of the country in Nashville, Tennessee, 2020 proved to be a tremendous year for new music. Break Out star Carly Pearce released her self titled album on Valentines Day with a headline song of I Hope You’re Happy Now which rose to number one on the charts in just six weeks and was easily my favorite song of the year. Other extremely successful country albums released during quarantine were Luke Bryan’s, Born Here, Live Here, Die Here, Chris Stappleton’s, Starting Over, a beautiful album about escaping the tourture of Music Row and spending time with loved ones. Hardy’s, THE ROCK was a substantial breakout album for the group while other prominent albums such as Kelsea Ballerini’s self titled double album, Brothers Osborn’s Skeleton, and Brett Eldredge’s Sunday Drive became beloved pieces by fans across the nation. Megastar Luke Combs’ also released the deluxe edition of his record setting 2019 album, What you see is what you get featuring the quarantine inspired track, Six Feet Apart.
Incredibly popular during 2020 were releases from Latin artists such as Bad Bunny and Myke Towers, who each had immense success with their albums El Ultimo Tour del Mundo and Easy Money Baby. “I thought they were both amazing albums,” said senior Rigo Guzman. “From songs to hype you up to songs to vibe to, both artists have great vocals so that’s why they were some of my favorite albums.” Other beloved albums in the Latin music community this past year were Ozuna’s ENOC and J Balvin’s Colores.
There is no doubt that 2020 was one of the worst years that we have experienced in a long while. With that being said, a break from touring led to an abundance of chart topping music that could be attributed, in part, to quarantine boredom.