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Hottest 100 by the numbers: Stats fakin’ me out

That’s a wrap!

The Hottest 100 of 2020 is now locked into the countdown history books. But is it really all over if we haven’t pored over all the weird facts and figures from your fave songs from The Very Weird, No Good Year that was?

Glass Animals took out the #1 spot and there’s a neat inforgraphic but as is annual tradition, it’s time to pick over all the statistics and trivia in detail. Let’s do it!

  • 66 songs in the countdown came from Australian artists. That’s tied with 2016 as the biggest year for Aussie artists in the Hottest 100! The last three years, it’s been 65 Aussie songs, so it’s nice to finally pip that figure.
  • All you generous voters have helped raise over $653,000 for Lifeline, which means nearly 16,700 crucial calls can be answered… and we’ve still got the Hottest 200 to go. Onya!
  • Glass Animals are the first British band to top the Hottest 100 since 2009, when Mumford & Sons hit #1 with ‘Little Lion Man’, and the fourth UK act overall (following Mumford, Muse and Oasis).
  • They had three songs in this year’s countdown, bringing their Hottest 100 song tally to eight across five annual countdowns since ‘Gooey’ hit #12 in 2014.
  • We’re pretty sure ‘Heat Waves’ is the first Hottest 100 #1 to be associated with a Minecraft fanfic – read all about it below.
  • Lime Cordiale had the most songs in the countdown (five), a feat only achieved by Billie Eilish (in 2019) and Violent Soho (in 2016), all just shy of Wolfmother’s record-holding six songs in 2005. All of Lime’s songs are in the Top 26, a feat not achieved by the others!
  • Spacey Jane were just behind, with four songs in the countdown, including the biggest gap between positions: ‘Booster Seat’ at #2 and ‘Weightless’ at #81.

  • G Flip and the gone-too-soon Juice WRLD also made four appearances in this year’s countdown, both as solo artist and as features (on Illy’s ‘Loose Ends’ and The Kid LAROI’s ‘GO’ respectively).
  • ‘The Difference’ marks Flume’s sixth appearance in the Top 10 of an annual Hottest 100 (He’s been at #1, #2, #4, #5, #8), but it’s the first time for Ball Park Music. (‘Exactly How You Are’ at #18 in 2017 was their highest in nine songs across five annual countdowns.)
  • Seven women feature in the Top 10. On top of Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion, G Flip, and Billie Eilish, give it up for Peppa from Spacey Jane, Jen from Ball Park Music, and Cesira from The Jungle Giants.
  • Talk about some Hottest 100 hogs! Together, 11 acts made up nearly a third of the countdown: Lime Cordiale appeared five times; Spacey Jane, Juice WRLD, G Flip appeared four times; Glass Animals, Tame Impala, Billie Eilish, Ocean Alley, and Joji came in with three.
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  • Cardi B also makes Hottest 100 history. ‘WAP’ makes her the first female rapper to feature in a Top 10, and the highest-ranking woman of colour following Thelma Plum reaching #9 last year with ‘Better In Blak’.
  • Speaking of Thelma, her cover of Powderfinger’s ‘These Days’ is the first non-Like A Version cover to appear in a Hottest 100 since 2014, when Meg Mac charted with her take on Bill Withers’ ‘Grandma’s Hands’.
  • ‘These Days’ took Powderfinger to #1 in 1999, and they’re famously the only artist to reach #1 twice, backing it up with ‘My Happiness’ in the Hottest 100 of 2000 (which Double J are replaying).
  • There’s six songs from Indigenous artists in this year’s countdown – the most in Hottest 100 history (surpassing 2019’s five songs between Thelma Plum and Baker Boy). There’s two songs from The Kid LAROI, and one each from Thelma Plum, Sycco, Beddy Rays and Birdz, who brings Badtjala language to the countdown for the first time.
  • Billie Eilish’s ‘No Time To Die’ is the second ever James Bond theme to make a Hottest 100. The first? Jack White & Alicia Keys in 2008 with ‘Another Way To Die’ at #87. Sheryl Crow, Garbage, and Madonna have all made the Hottest 100 before, but not for their respective Bond themes.
  • Mashd N Kutcher’s Dan Andrews-featuring ‘Get On The Beers’ marks the first time a Victorian Premier has made the Hottest 100, but it’s not the first time a politician has been sampled. Pauline Pantsdown made the Hottest 100 twice by cutting-and-chopping Pauline Hanson, hitting #5 in 1997 with ‘Backdoor Man’ and #58 in 1998 with ‘I Don’t Like It’.

  • Back-To-Back… to back!? Lime Cordiale doubled up at #25 and #26, followed by Mac Miller at #23 and #24 – that’s the first time in Hottest history it’s been two double-ups side-by-side. Oh, and Juice WRLD landed at #39 & #40. 2003 is the only other countdown where there’s been three back-to-back appearances like that. (Bonus trivia: Mac Miller came in at #108 and #109 in the Hottest 200 of 2018.)
  • Feature favours: Headie One and Stormzy made the countdown by appearing on each other’s songs. The former features on the latter’s Audacity, and vice versa for ‘Ain’t It Different’. which also features AJ Tracey… who came in at #94 on his Aitch collab ‘Rain’! (Still with us?) The only other time there’s been a feature swap like that was in 2014 with Röyksopp and Robyn.
  • This year’s Hottest 100 was a lil’ Wet n’ Wild, with liquids seeping through tracks like ‘Get On The Beers’, ‘Dribble’, ‘Wishing Well’, ‘Soak Me In Bleach’, ‘Lemonade’, ‘Rain’. Plus, moist artists like Lime Cordiale, Juice WRLD, Ocean Alley, FISHER, Stormzy, and of course ‘WAP’!
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An image of a hand holding a lime-labelled glass bottle that's exploding its liquids everywhere
  • Give it up for Peking Duk and DMA’S! 2020 marks their seventh consecutive Hottest 100 appearances. That puts them both on par with streaks from Something For Kate, Regurgitator, and The Whitlams. But a few off from The Living End’s decade-long run from 1997 to 2006.
  • There’s six artists celebrating their fourth consecutive Hottest 100: Billie Eilish, Mallrat, Ocean Alley, Skegss, San Cisco and Hockey Dad.
  • Some other H100 milestones: Hilltop Hoods now have 21 songs across 11 annual countdowns (just shy of the 22-song record tied between Powderfinger and Foo Fighters); Tame Impala now have 16 songs across seven countdowns; Flume now has 14 but it’s 18 if you include his four remixes; Billie Eilish has 12 songs across four consecutive countdowns, Illy has 12 songs across seven countdowns, Ball Park Music, San Cisco and DMA’S all have 11 songs total.
  • 58 songs were from male artists or all-male groups; 24 from female artists or all-female groups; 17 songs involved both male and female artists, and there’s one song from a non-binary artist.
  • January was the ‘Hottest Month’ with 13 songs released that made the countdown, followed closely by June with 12 songs. April, July, and August tie at 10 songs, then February and September (9), March, May, and October (7), November (5), and December (1).
  • The latest song eligible for the countdown to make it in was The Jungle Giants’ ‘In Her Eyes’, released 16 November. The earliest eligible release? Ocean Alley’s ‘Tombstone’, which came out 11 December 2019. (Eligibility period is 1 Dec 2019 to 30 Nov 2020).
  • Turns out the sky’s NOT the limit. This year’s Hottest 100 wouldn’t stay on solid ground thanks to Spacey Jane, Stace Cadet, Bring Me The Horizon and Alex The Astronaut. Not to mention songs like ‘Fly Away’ and ‘Weightless’ busting their way to the stratosphere.
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A close-up of a pair of jeans and shoes leaping from the surface of the moon against a panorama of colourful planets
  • The shortest song in the countdown comes from The Chats (of course!) with the speedy ‘The Clap’ clocking in at 89 seconds. The longest is Tame Impala’s ‘Breathe Deeper’, running at 6:13.
  • The shortest song title is ‘GO’ by The Kid LAROI, and the longest is ‘Nothing To Love About Love’ from Peking Duk & The Wombats.
  • The longest time between countdowns? That’s London Grammar, who came in at #76 with ‘Baby It’s You’ seven years on from landing three songs in the 2013 countdown. However, they did feature on Flume’s ‘Let You Know’ in 2019.
  • How’s this for a callback? Rivers Cuomo features on The Avalanches’ ‘Running Red Lights’, his band Weezer last charted in 2009 (at #36 with (If You’re Wondering If Want You To) I Want You To’.)
  • #10yearchallenge! There’s just three acts that made the 2020 countdown that also appeared in the Hottest 100 of 2010: Tame Impala, The Wombats, and Illy. Oh, and if you wind back 20 years? It’s just Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker (who features on Amy Shark’s ‘C’MON) and The Avalanches, who hit #6 with ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ in the Hottest 100 of 2000.

  • There’s 33 songs that made the cut this year from artists who first uploaded their music to triple j Unearthed. That includes four songs you’ll find over on triplejunearthed.com right now (from Sycco, Hope D, Beddy Rays, and UE High winners Teenage Joans).
  • The Hottest 100 is always a menagerie, and the 2020 zoo includes Glass Animals, Tame Impala, Mallrat, Birdz, Amy Shark, ‘Animals’ (by Architects), Peking Duk & The Wombats, Doja Cat, Remi Wolf, Dune Rats, Drake, Bugs singing about Charlie the dog, and a Wet Ass Pussy featuring Megan Thee Stallion!
  • If you found yourself 'Lost In Yesterday' in 2020, with 'No Plans To Make Plans'- you weren’t alone. Maybe you were ‘Fantasising’ about ‘my future’, or happened to 'forget me too' for a 'Day & Age'. All we can do now is ‘Laugh Now Cry Later' because ‘These Days’ are ‘No Time To Die'. Did any of that really make sense? No. But did last year? Also, no.

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1

Way 2 Sexy

Drake feat. Future, Young Thug

Monthly Trend

Weeks at #14

Weeks on Chart5

Record LabelRepublic/Cash Money
Top Cities
  1. Memphis, TN
  2. Atlanta, GA
  3. Chicago, IL

Song Streams19.9M

Top Cities
  1. Memphis, TN
  2. Atlanta, GA
  3. Chicago, IL
Record LabelRepublic/Cash Money

2

Knife Talk

Drake feat. 21 Savage, Project Pat

Peak Position2

Weeks on Chart5

Record LabelRepublic/Cash Money
Top Cities
  1. San Antonio, TX
  2. Houston, TX
  3. Atlanta, GA

Song Streams19.3M

Top Cities
  1. San Antonio, TX
  2. Houston, TX
  3. Atlanta, GA
Record LabelRepublic/Cash Money

3

Industry Baby

Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow

Peak Position2

Weeks on Chart11

Record LabelColumbia Records
Top Cities
  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Indianapolis, IN
  3. New York, NY

Song Streams19.2M

Top Cities
  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Indianapolis, IN
  3. New York, NY
Record LabelColumbia Records

4

Stay

The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber

Peak Position1

Weeks on Chart13

Record LabelColumbia Records
Top Cities
  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  3. New York, NY

Song Streams18M

Top Cities
  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  3. New York, NY
Record LabelColumbia Records

5

Peak Position5

Weeks on Chart16

Record LabelMonument
Top Cities
  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. St. Louis, MO
  3. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Song Streams13.4M

Top Cities
  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. St. Louis, MO
  3. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Record LabelMonument

6

Peak Position6

Weeks on Chart37

Record LabelRepublic
Top Cities
  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Kansas City, MO

Song Streams13.6M

Top Cities
  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Kansas City, MO
Record LabelRepublic

7

My Universe

Coldplay, BTS

Peak Position1

Weeks on Chart2

Record LabelParlophone
Top Cities
  1. Columbia-Jefferson City, MO
  2. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA
  3. San Diego, CA

Song Streams6.5M

Top Cities
  1. Columbia-Jefferson City, MO
  2. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA
  3. San Diego, CA
Record LabelParlophone

8

Girls Want Girls

Drake feat. Lil Baby

Peak Position2

Weeks on Chart5

Record LabelRepublic/Cash Money
Top Cities
  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Charlotte, NC
  3. Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC

Song Streams11.9M

Top Cities
  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Charlotte, NC
  3. Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), NC
Record LabelRepublic/Cash Money

9

Sharing Locations

Meek Mill feat. Lil Durk, Lil Baby

Peak Position9

Weeks on Chart6

Record LabelAtlantic Records
Top Cities
  1. Philadelphia, PA
  2. Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, PA
  3. Baltimore, MD

Song Streams11.5M

Top Cities
  1. Philadelphia, PA
  2. Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, PA
  3. Baltimore, MD
Record LabelAtlantic Records

10

Fair Trade

Drake feat. Travis Scott

Peak Position3

Weeks on Chart5

Record LabelRepublic/Cash Money
Top Cities
  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL
  3. Houston, TX

Song Streams11.3M

Top Cities
  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL
  3. Houston, TX
Record LabelRepublic/Cash Money

11

Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)

CKay

Peak Position11

Weeks on Chart3

Record LabelIsland
Top Cities
  1. Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL
  2. Puerto Rico, PR
  3. New York, NY

Song Streams10.9M

Top Cities
  1. Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL
  2. Puerto Rico, PR
  3. New York, NY
Record LabelIsland

12

Peak Position12

Weeks on Chart4

Record LabelAtlantic Records
Top Cities
  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Boston, MA (Manchester, NH)
  3. New York, NY

Song Streams9.4M

Top Cities
  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Boston, MA (Manchester, NH)
  3. New York, NY
Record LabelAtlantic Records

13

Happier Than Ever

Billie Eilish

Peak Position3

Weeks on Chart10

Record LabelInterscope

Top Cities
  1. Oklahoma City, OK
  2. Salt Lake City, UT
  3. Hartford & New Haven, CT

Song Streams10.7M

Top Cities
  1. Oklahoma City, OK
  2. Salt Lake City, UT
  3. Hartford & New Haven, CT

14

Peak Position3

Weeks on Chart17

Record LabelRCA
Top Cities
  1. Fresno-Visalia, CA
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Detroit, MI

Song Streams10.7M

Top Cities
  1. Fresno-Visalia, CA
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Detroit, MI
Record LabelRCA

15

Peak Position5

Weeks on Chart15

Record LabelAtlantic Records
Top Cities
  1. New York, NY
  2. Salt Lake City, UT
  3. Boston, MA (Manchester, NH)

Song Streams9.6M

Top Cities
  1. New York, NY
  2. Salt Lake City, UT
  3. Boston, MA (Manchester, NH)
Record LabelAtlantic Records

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Top 40 Hottest Hip-Hop Songs Of 2020

With 2020 coming to an end, we've collected forty of the hottest songs of the year, with cuts from Lil Baby, Eminem, Lil Wayne, and more.

As is often the case in hip-hop discourse, the true fun arises in the journey, not the results. The debates, the ensuing justifications. The hot takes given further life by incredulous disbelief. The attempt to find objective truth in something so delightfully subjective. Not to mention that deciding a clear criteria is often as slippery as assembling the songs themselves.

But this is tradition, and with every passing year comes a comprehensive ranking of the songs that came to define it. For 2020, a year damned by so many circumstances, the music was among the high points. Artists rallied to keep momentum with so many facets of their livelihood - namely live performance -- derailed by the ongoing pandemic. Thriving platforms like TikTok proved a valuable asset for musicians, with a viral track often going hand-in-hand with a lofty chart placement. Many of the game’s elite lyricists seemed to collectively agree upon bringing their A-Game, a fact reflected by the rap album nominations by The Grammy Awards of all places. 

When it came time to collectively arrange the forty best songs of 2020, a shadow loomed overhead. The consumption of music is never stationary. What resonates today may not resonate in one year’s time; on the other end, a song that initially flew under the radar now may find new life in the same timeframe. For now, rest assured that each song included held merit in 2020, whether defining a moment, showcasing dazzling penmanship, or simply going hard. True, that certain selections may come at the expense of others will doubtless ruffle a few feathers, but rest assured that no list is definitive. With that being said, have a thorough look at our own, taking the time to read each breakdown, as we know you will. 

- Mitch


40. 6lack - "Know My Rights" feat. Lil Baby

“Know My Rights”, a single off of 6lack’s latest project, 6pc Hot, which came out in summer 2020, was just what fans needed. It was — in typical 6lack fashion — poetic, melodic, and even haunting at times. This particular track hit noticeably harder than the gentler, more emotional tracks off of the EP, offering contrast and variety, and veering us directly into "hip-hop" territory.

If there’s one thing we know about 6lack, it’s that he can be paired with virtually any artist and make something magical — he’s been a go-to feature artist for the last couple of years. This time, however, he invited someone to be featured on his song, Lil Baby, and it was a match made in rap heaven.

The entire project that birthed this single is a transcendent, perfectly produced collection of songs, worthy of being listened to on loop, and “Know My Rights” is the ultimate response to all the criticism the genre faced this year.

- Ellie

39. Lil Keed - "Fox 5"

If there was a trap banger in 2020, there's a good chance Gunna was involved. His feature run has been on point this year, and further proof can be seen here. "Fox 5," is a hood anthem performed by Lil Keed featuring Gunna, and produced by Supah Mario. Although Fox doesn't get much love in hip-hop culture (and vice versa), Lil Keed and Gunna give them a spotlight, and not in a way they would enjoy. The premise is destroying an enemy so publicly and abrasively that it makes it to Fox News.

Even though the lyrics and basis seem dark, a playful instrumental highlighted by a fun xylophone brings a fun side to "Fox 5."  Rampant threats and slick one-liners pepper this track, giving the listener enough courage to get ignorant to this banger.

- Karlton

38. Lil Durk - "3 Headed Goat"  feat. Polo G & Lil Baby

Lil Durk, Polo G and Lil Baby gave us a three-peat of sorts with this lineup of current rap kings featured on “3 Headed Goat,” hence the song title. All three have different flows and rap cadences, therefore making the collaboration sound even more fruitful. Even though the track clocks in at just under three minutes long, what it lacks in length it sure makes up for in fire production-- sinister keys kick off an altogether ominous feeling that persists throughout the record, with Baby's identifiable pitched-up cadence stealing the hook from the jump. Once the verses start, the production gets muddled into the background, and braggadocio lyrics become the theme, which is perhaps unsurprising considering they're referring to themselves as GOATs with that song title.

As Polo G put it in his verse: these rappers really nice as hell, indeed.

- Keenan

37. Saweetie - "Tap In"

Saweetie is no stranger to going viral, and she refused to slow down in 2020. Following up on the success from her “My Type” and “ICY GRL” singles, the new queen of samples came through with yet another classic callback in “Tap In,” which has become her latest hit.

It’s impossible to ignore the sample of Too $hort’s “Blow The Whistle” in “Tap In.” It provides the basic groundwork for Saweetie to absolutely go off. Much like $hort did in 2006, Saweetie delivers energy over the track, coming through with major quotables that women have been using as captions all year long. “Now what’s my favorite word? Icy,” raps the Icy Queen, stunting her Bay Area inspirations in a clear-as-day fashion.

The gold-certified single, which is expected to appear on Saweetie’s highly-anticipated debut studio album Pretty Bitch Music, is her highest-charting record to date, peaking at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The budding superstar did it again with this one, and she’s bound to have plenty more moments like this one in her career.

- Alex Zidel 

36. Dreamville - "Up Up And Away"

As we were just breathing new life into 2020, Dreamville decided it was a good time to share the deluxe version of Revenge of the Dreamers III. At the time— way back in January prior to the COVID-19 lockdown— Dreamville was celebrating the successes of the collaborative effort as the record was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards. The track’s singles “Middle Child” and “Down Bad” were also tapped by the Recording Academy for Best Rap Performance.

An addition to the upgraded deluxe was the track “Up Up Away,” a formidable force by J.I.D and EarthGang’s Doctur Dot with a feature by Vince Staples, who holds down the chorus. The trio of esteemed emcees trades witticisms over a haunting, piano-heavy production lead by Westen Weiss and Christo.

“Up Up Away” isn’t a charting single with viral craze; there is no TikTok dance or gimmick to catch. Instead, this track warrants accolades because it exemplifies what Dreamville does best: plays to the heart of Hip Hop. J. Cole and Co. have a knack for enchanting rap fans with the art of storytelling and J.I.D, Dot, and Staples hone that in as they comfortably complement one another. ROTDIII deserved its praise as does this standout.

Erika M

35. Mulatto - "On God"

Mulatto had more than a few viral moments this year. She’s seemingly always wrapped up in some sort of controversy, which makes sense considering her problematic stage name, but it’s undeniable that Big Latto has broken out in a major way in 2020, striking with a number of hit records, including “On God”.

Off of the 21-year-old’s star-studded Queen Of Da Souf debut album, “On God” features Mulatto displaying all kinds of confidence, boastfully getting through her verses with Instagram caption-worthy punchlines that would make anybody and their grandmother do a double-take.

Latto gets raunchy in this single, which was accompanied by an even-dirtier video. The Cole Bennett-directed flick shows Latto in a highly-stylized setting, being that bitch and walking into the men’s room -- a clever metaphor to show how she’s infiltrated the male-dominated rap sphere -- walking right up to a man and pissing in his face. Graphic? Definitely. But it sure did mark Mulatto’s arrival, boosting her to become one of the top voices among women in rap.

- Alex Zidel 

34. Internet Money - "Lemonade" Remix 

Internet Money’s “Lemonade” featuring the likes of Don Toliver, NAV, and Gunna was an undeniable hit during our somewhat muted summer. While many are primarily aware of the OG version, sometimes you gotta give the remix its props. Not to mention, whenever you put Roddy Ricch on your song, you are immediately opting to use a cheat code.

This particular version leaves Nav and Gunna on the sidelines, all while Don Toliver receives some more air time in the form of a verse outside of the hook. Of course, Roddy is the main attraction here as he delivers some of the auto-tuned crooning that has made him such a phenom over the past 12 months. Toliver’s melodies work harmoniously with Roddy’s, and with the guitar loops hanging around in the background, you can’t help but lose yourself within the vibes.

- Alex Cole

33. Jack Harlow - "What's Poppin"

Just weeks after we rang in the new year, Jack Harlow launched his 2020 with a bang. At the top of the year, the Kentucky native dropped his single “What’s Poppin” and once TikTok got ahold of the single, it was quickly etched in viral history. Eleven months later, “What’s Poppin” is one of the biggest hits of the year, amassing accolades that include an MTV Video Music Award nomination for Song of the Summer and a RIAA certification after going 3x Platinum.

Six months after its initial release, the “What’s Poppin (Remix)” touched down. It was apparent that the song’s momentum wasn’t slowing down anytime soon, but after Harlow added features from Lil Wayne, DaBaby, and Tory Lanez, it was undeniable that its reign would continue. The remix reached the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts— only second to DaBaby’s monstrous Roddy Ricch collaboration, “Rockstar.”

Harlow isn’t quite finished with his biggest single to date. “What’s Poppin” was initially included on the rapper’s March 2020 release, Sweet Action EP, and it’s also highlighted on Harlow debut studio album, That’s What They All Say. We can only imagine what Harlow has in store next.

Erika M

32. NBA Youngboy - "Kacey Talk"

Youngboy Never Broke Again loves to overwhelm his audience with content, releasing video after video, song after song, and even album after album. This year alone, the 21-year-old superstar rapper dropped a total of five projects, giving us more than enough material to consider for our year-end lists. Each project was solid, but Youngboy has admitted that he’s lost some of his passion for music-making, which was unfortunately apparent in some of his drops, recycling flows and melodies from older records. 

NBA Youngboy may have been on auto-pilot mode for part of this year, but he most certainly was not for his standout single “Kacey Talk.” Perhaps that’s because the song also combines another one of the rapper’s passions: his children.

Released as the second single from Top, YB’s focus album of the year, “Kacey Talk” sees the rapper exploring new territory, which is always exciting to hear from an artist who can sometimes fall into old habits. His flows are catchy, recalling some of Lil Wayne’s earlier work. His delivery is unique, tapping into his higher range and playing around with sound effects. We’ve also got a quick feature from Kacey, Youngboy’s one-year-old baby, who provides ad-libs. 

The JULiA LEWiS and 1Mind-produced banger was also accompanied by one of the more creative music videos that Youngboy Never Broke Again dropped all year. Generally, the rapper doesn’t mind filming casual visuals around the house, or around the block, but this time, YB actually put in some effort sketching out an entire plan, painting up some walls with his kids and getting inventive with the release. When Youngboy tries, he’s a real threat.

- Alex Zidel 

31. Rod Wave - "Rags2Riches" feat. Lil Baby

The name really says it all with this one. Rod Wave grabs Lil Baby for "Rags2Riches 2." The original version features the same instrumental, but has ATR Son Son on the track instead of Lil Baby. Although both versions ride, Lil Baby undeniably steals the show on the second iteration, and amps up the power, as well as replay value, of the record.

A somber instrumental utilizes poignant pianos to really stir the feelings of rags, while Rod Wave and Lil Baby's bars highlight the riches. Both artists vent about their journeys, and the pitfalls that led them to become the men they are today. While there isn't anything new about this concept, "Rags2Riches 2" finds an efficient way to capitalize on the emotion of triumph, in a year filled with uncertainty. 

- Karlton

30. A Boogie wit Da Hoodie - "7 Mac 11s"

The most appealing thing about A Boogie's rap steez is his signature melodic flow. That's not to say he can't get gritty with it either; "7 Mac 11's" for the most part showcases his ready-for-war stance when it comes to those who once hated on him and his crew by calling them "dirty Bronx guys" -- and now his foes have to deal with their respective girls sending heart emojis his way. Again, the melodic nature as he's saying these things makes it sound sweeter than what's actually being described, which ultimately shows the cleverness in his artistry. Basically, he's clowning his haters but making it catchy enough that they'll still want to knock to it. 

- Keenan

29. Conway - "Calvin"

The Alchemist never fails to construct instrumentals that stir the soul in some way. If you could capture the tensest emotions of 2020 and put it into a beat, this would be it.  The eerie and haunting vibes of "Calvin" give Conway the perfect backdrop to lay down bars dripping with street knowledge. A feeling of pure anxiety and tension builds in the beat during the chorus when an alien-sounding synth vibrates between Conway's bars. He uses a flow that pushes his breath control to the limits, packing each line with as many words as he can before taking a pause. "Calvin" will be on many playlists long after 2020 wraps. 

- Karlton

28. Rick Ross - "Pinned to the Cross"

It seems as if 2020 came in waves. The Black Lives Matter protests swept the globe, causing the entire world to pause and pay attention to the political and social climates of not only the United States but various communities across the globe. From that, artists began to find creative ways to express themselves as they shared how they had been moved by the protests, and Rick Ross used “Pinned to the Cross” with the help of Finn Matthews to give his take.

Rozay took listeners on a lyrical history lesson of the Black American experience while noting the rage, not hatred, he felt seeing injustices unfold. Of course, we can’t receive a Rick Ross track without a bit of boasting from the rapper, but unlike his other hits, he kept the bravado to a minimum. Ross also released a powerful visual for “Pinned to the Cross” that told a story of a revolution— not televised, but taken by force, leaving many to interpret what the Florida lyricist was attempting to communicate.

As there was an immense amount of backlash regarding riots that in city streets, Ross gave them a soundtrack.

Erika M

27. Lil Wayne - "Mahogany"

I look at Funeral as Lil Wayne’s proper comeback album. Tha Carter Vwas cool but it was a compilation of songs recorded throughout the early decade leading up to its release. Some of it sounded dated while the majority of it was mostly enticing out of curiosity rather than merit. Plus, the controversy surrounding Birdman and Martin Shkreli’s involvement in its rollout only add to its storied history. 

Weezy’s Funeral was a formal update on the legendary NOLA rapper's creativity. He surprisingly eased up on the half-assed sex bars and showcased his effortless ability to concoct a flurry bars with the utmost precision. Mind you, it was a bloated 20+ song tracklist, but there were a few incredible moments on the project that offered Lil Wayne fans something that they’ve been longing for since his release from Rikers. 

“Mahogany,” specifically, was a reminder of the brilliance Wayne and Mannie Fresh captured at the height of the Cash Money days. Mannie transforms Eryn Allen Kane’s “Bass Song” into a shiny, candy-painted low-rider. Lil Wayne, as he mentions in the song, uses it as a vehicle to “do the dash, boy.” Wayne weaves through the production with run-on sentences and stream-of-conscious flows that intertwine punchlines, similes, and metaphors into each other. 

Truthfully, Wayne’s always found a strength within a solid vocal chop. Mannie Fresh’s abilities to dissect “Bass Song” into a smooth Southern production for Weezy truly showcases both of their innate abilities to create brilliance, even if it's outside their wheelhouse. In fact, if this song is an indication of anything, it’s that Wayne might end up releasing one of his best projects of the past decade-plus whenever he and Mannie do decide to drop that collab tape. 

- Aron

26. Big Sean ft Tee Grizzley, Kash Doll, 42 Dugg, Payroll, Boldy James, Drego, Cash Kidd, Royce Da 5'9", & Eminem - "Friday Night Cypher"

Should a song’s value be discerned from the strength of its lineup alone, it’s hard to topple Big Sean’s ambitious meeting of the Detroit bosses that is the “Friday Night Cypher.” An instant interest-piquer for anybody who appreciates hip-hop regionalism, Sean’s ambitious homage to Detroit’s versatile and creatively-thriving rap scene deserves merit for merely existing. For those who don’t know, the entire song actually derived from a single studio session, during which only Bad Meets Evil were absent. As such, there’s an unspoken camaraderie permeating the free-flowing anthem, one that overpowers any lingering tension that might have risked derailing such a delicate balance of spinning plates.

As it’s likely that landing on a standout is a matter of stylistic preference, it feels futile to single out verses, especially when the statement of unity remains one of the song’s most powerful takeaways. What matters most is that in a year rattled by division, Big Sean managed to unify his city and the many voices that make it such a vibrant rap mecca. Not only that, but he did so while paying homage to one of the foundational pillars of hip-hop culture: the cypher. 

- Mitch

25. Lil Uzi Vert - "Silly Watch"

Three stops into Lil Uzi Vert’s long-awaited celestial odyssey, Eternal Atake, comes one of 2020’s best tracks, “Silly Watch.” Uzi cannonades the listener with quickfire bar after bar, outpacing an ominous synth line that oscillates throughout the short runtime. “Drive-by on a rat, you a walkin' cop/Double-park, new Lambo' with no parkin' spot/Comme des Garçons, use my heart a lot,” he concludes the chorus. Money, cars and clothes rarely sound so out of this world.

It’s a pity the song dropped prior to one of the last weekends of 2020 that we’d spend outdoors-- but it was one hell of a song for our last hurrah.

- Cole Blake

24. Spillage Village - "Baptized"

Those familiar with the Spillage Village movement, more specifically the trajectories of J.I.D, Johnny Venus, and Wowgr8 (Formerly known as Doctur Dot), are well familiar with the trifecta’s elite rhyming ability. A simple revisitation of EarthGang’s Shallow Graves For Toys reveals a pair of young emcees rhyming with an underground spitter’s fervor. In J.I.D’s case, many have come to identify him as one of the best “new” lyricists, all the more so given how comfortable he’s become over a widespread variety of beats. On Spillage Village’s Spilligion, itself a bold foray into gospel-inspired spirituality, the bars are primarily delegated to the back of the chapel -- that is, except for the smoldering “Baptize.”

Fueled by a bass-heavy instrumental, Venus sets things off with a staccato verse, his cadence blending magnificently with Johnny Venus, Hollywood JB & Christo’s lush production. J.I.D holds down the second verse, his charisma and penchant for mischief a welcome contrast to the religious undertones; as such, there’s an air of defiance throughout “Baptize,” the lingering feeling that the preacher is about to unleash a flask mid-sermon. Closing things out is an incendiary Wowgr8, who unleashes a salvo of thematic bars. “I've been over my lyrical phase, I rather be potent,” he spits, showcasing his cleverness with a slick serpentine segue. “Burnin' that bush like Moses, hood on my back like Cobras / Eat the forbidden fruit, girl, it's a lot more I can show ya.” 

- Mitch

23. Eminem - "Godzilla" feat Juice WRLD

It’s a simple fact that people have gotten a little too comfy taking shots at the hip-hop greats. For Eminem, it feels like such scrutiny has become par for the course, to the point where frequent provocation drove him to deliver the simmering Kamikaze -- and in doing so, ultimately righting a ship that many had accused him of steering awry. When he doubled down with Music To Be Murdered By, reuniting with Dr. Dre and expanding his roster of collaborators with some unexpected names, it felt like a victory lap of sorts. Nowhere was that more evident than on “Godzilla,” a playful rap clinic featuring a posthumous appearance from noted Slim Shady fan Juice WRLD.

What makes “Godzilla” so refreshing is the fact that Eminem is clearly having fun, unfettered by the looming pressure that has long plagued his recent output. As such, his rhymes are delivered with effortless nature, his rapid-fire schemes woven with typically outlandish and imaginative imagery. Fueled by D.A. Doman’s simple but absolutely-murderable banger, Eminem showcases adaptability that even some of the game’s most accomplished emcees could only dream of achieving. And of course, much has already been made about his hypersonic climactic verse, to the point where it went on to spark his first viral challenge -- a milestone befitting of a noted curmudgeon when it comes to technology. Whether “Godzilla” truly is the best song on Em’s lone 2020 project is certainly debatable -- but damned if it didn’t leave a lasting impression all the same.

- Mitch

22. King Von - "Took Her to the O"

Chicago's infamous O Block receives even more love. King Von came through heavy at the beginning of the year with this absolute banger, helping to launch a successful year for the young artist, who was taken too soon. "Took Her To The O" is the type of track that forces the listener to break their neck nodding to the aggressive percussions. A somewhat overused, yet mysteriously potent, dark piano riff builds the skeleton of the beat. However, it's the base that really drives home the energy that King Von embodies in his lyrics. Von embarks on a story that takes listeners through his hood, painting a picture of the O that feels consistent with everything that the community has brought to the culture in recent years. 

- Karlton

21. Future - "Ridin Strikers"

Even though it can sometimes feel like if you heard one Future song then you've heard them all, "Ridin Strikers" proved to be the summer 2020 banger that many didn't know they even needed. Of course, the highlight of this track is the beat switch-up that arrives right as you hit the 2:30 mark, but even before the beat changes, the listener is slowly drawn in by the unidentified metallic clanging. The sound later goes in a completely different direction than what you'd expect from Future, and it definitely ends up working in his favor, making the song an immediate stand-out from High Off Life. While we're almost certain that Future is not actually "ridin' strikers through your hood," as he's admitted time and time again, it's his cool-as-a-cucumber approach to the song overall that always makes him feel believable.

- Keenan

20. Pop Smoke - "Christopher Walkin"

As one of the standouts off Pop Smoke’s mixtape Meet The Woo 2, the final one released before his senseless murder on February 19 of this year, “Christopher Walking” really did help the Brooklyn native become a pioneer for the drill music wave that’s since taken over New York’s legendary rap scene. Lyrically, he even helped influence one the most popular phrases of this year with the chorus — “N****s sayin’ they outside!” — and even was able to throw in a few clever bars — “You pumpin’ shit up like you Budden” —  that prove he was definitely a student of the game even at the young age of 20 years old. It’s just a shame he never got to live on the see just how much we, in fact, definitely wanted the smoke.

- Keenan

19. Lil Baby - "We Paid" feat. 42 Dugg

Lil Baby and 42 Dugg likely didn’t know that their second collaborative single, titled “We Paid,” would end up becoming one of this year’s quintessential rap songs.

Tyler, The Creator has called it “the core of rap music”. Even Yung Joc, who gets dissed in the first line of the song, can’t deny that it’s a banger, admitting that he likes it on multiple occasions. 

Following “Grace”, “We Paid” marks the second collaboration between Lil Baby and 42 Dugg, and it has us all hoping that the Atlanta and Detroit forces team up more in the future. The mentor-mentee duo bounces wonderfully off of each other, truly embodying the meaning of collaboration for the 3-minute record. 4PF signee 42 Dugg starts off with his trademark whistle before leading off with a few bars that had too much potential to not go viral. 

“We Paid” hit #1 on US Apple Music across all genres, going 2x platinum and providing 42 Dugg with his first few plaques. Dugg’s delivery, as well as Baby’s own care-free energy, make this one of the best rap songs of the year, easily. 

- Alex Zidel

18. Benny the Butcher - "Deal or No Deal"

The opening line on “Deal Or No Deal” starts with Benny boisterously proclaiming “This shit sound perfect right here,” and honestly he’s not too far off. Paired with a boom-bap-inspired instrumental by Griselda in-house producer Daringer and lyrics that fire off as hard as what you’d expect from any member on the Griselda squad, this track overall proves what “The Butcher” in his name stands for — an emcee with the skills for complete lyrical annihilation. His pace is clear and concise throughout as well, making it even more enjoyable to hear him spit bars like “I made ‘coke rap’ sound like a new invention” and “I’m too bougie for broke bitches and too gangsta for TV.” In short, when it comes to this rap shit, best believe in Benny.

- Keenan

17. Mac Miller - Everybody

Mac Miller’s family and friends came together to continue the rapper’s Swimming chronicles with the release of Circles, a sister album of sorts to Swimming, as indicated by the merging of both titles-- the idea of Swimming in Circles. Alone, the album titles may not resonate on any particular level, but when combined, it becomes a powerful image, and one that likely hits home for a lot of people-- especially during this, the year of our Pandemic. This idea ties perfectly into Circles’ stand-out, “Everybody.” Mac’s personal take on Arthur Lee’s “Everybody Gotta’s Live,” finds the artist infusing it with even more melody, and even more music, as he layers his piano keys with drums and complimentary vocals. The vocals effuse a sadness, perhaps made even more disheartening given the fact that the artist himself is no longer with us. Nonetheless, there’s a certain sorrow that pervades the song, and not in a detached sort of way, but in a way that makes you grieve alongside Mac-- it’s a song that revels in its sorrow, and allows you to do the same. 

- Rose

16. Gunna - "Dollaz on my Head" feat. Young Thug

Gunna has been an interesting character over the last few years. While receiving his fair share of co-signs from the likes of Young Thug, he's also gone ahead and essentially forged a dynamic duo with Lil Baby. Lyrically, the Atlanta rapper is all about his drip and with each new project, he has been able to cement himself as one of hip-hop’s most trusted hit makers. On his latest album Wunna, Gunna was able to put forth his most consistent effort to date, with one of the standouts being “Dollaz On My Head” which just so happens to feature the likes of Thugger.

If you were to sit down and try to create the quintessential Gunna song, “Dollaz On My Head” would certainly be the result. From the hypnotizing trap beats to the hedonistic lyrical content, Gunna provides fans with a steady yet catchy flow that you can’t help but nod your head to. Young Thug acts as the perfect companion piece to the song as he matches Gunna’s youthful energy all while offering some of that classic Thugger vocal inflection. While Wunna tracklist as a whole is an easy listen, there is no denying that “Dollaz On My Head” is truly special.

- Alex Cole

15. Cardi B - "WAP" feat. Megan Thee Stallion

We’re hard-pressed to find another song in 2020 that created as much of a controversy as “WAP.” Cardi B’s Megan Thee Stallion-assisted single was a head-turner before it was even released as the two thunderous figures in rap posed near-naked for the promo photos. Individually, both Cardi and Megan are known for their explicit nature as they deliver jarring bars about sexually-related topics— only shocking to those who have ignored the equally as graphic lyrics from the ladies’ male counterparts.

“WAP” caused division as “wet ass p*ssy” was repeated throughout the chorus, and as Cardi became increasingly vocal about America’s 2020 election, the rapper’s dripping single was targeted by Republicans. Not everyone was comfortable with “WAP” and soon, modesty was was a focal point of global discussions, but the chatter, along with a viral dance, helped the collaborative single climb the charts to No. 1.

Cardi later shared that she had many releases lined up this year but, like many others, she was curbed by the pandemic. If the Grammy Award-winning rapper was able to make “WAP” happen despite quarantine, fans cannot wait to see what she has lined up for 2021.

Erika M

14. Drake - "Laugh Now Cry Later" feat. Lil Durk

2020 was a good year for Drizzy. Toronto’s finest did not drop his highly anticipated new album, but we did get a mixtape and a slew of singles, including the Durk-assisted “Laugh Now Cry Later.” The scorching single features production from Cardo, Rogét Chahayed, Yung Exclusive, and G. Ry while Lil Durk loans some auto-tune laced bars to the second verse. Triumphant horns highlight the instrumental, which also contains a roof-rumbling percussion medley. "Laugh Now Cry Later" includes a few bars that fans believe to be shots taken at two of Drake and Lil Durk's most bitter rivals: Kanye West and Tekashi 6ix9ine, respectively. Drizzy raps, "Please don't play that nigga songs in this party, I can't even listen to that," which is a nod to the Canadian rapper's entourage having Pusha T's music shut off during a celebration. Regardless, "Laugh Now Cry Later" is more than just a shot at the haters, it's an ode to success and the struggles needed to reach that next pinnacle, and with Durk as the featured artist, it truly embodies this idea. Fans may have been just as excited to see Durk get a moment in the sun as they were to hear a new Drizzy record, and we're among that camp.

- Karlton

13. DaBaby - "Rockstar" feat. Roddy Ricch

DaBaby and Roddy Ricch are two of this year’s most important artists. The former continued his strong run through the pandemic, releasing his Blame It On Baby album and his My Brother’s Keeper (Long Live G) EP. Roddy Ricch didn’t release much new music in 2020 aside from his features, but his debut album Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial continued performing tremendously well on the charts, allowing the Compton rapper to soak up his success for the twelve months following its release.

One of the rare times that Roddy popped up on a new record this year came via DaBaby’s “ROCKSTAR”, which incidentally, was also one of 2020’s definitive songs of the year.

Nominated for three prizes at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards, the song’s performance should give you an idea of how impactful the record was, peaking at #1 in most countries. The multiple-time platinum track features a hypnotic guitar loop, carefully crafted by breakout producer SethInTheKitchen. DaBaby reflects on his recent success in his lyrics, proudly stating that he’s earned every penny and looking back on the pain he endured to reach the top of the rap pinnacle. Roddy Ricch spits a standout verse of the year, flexing his status as a melody magician and delivering some emotional and introspective -- yet still flex-worthy -- bars.

“ROCKSTAR” is one of the catchiest songs of the year, and it’s also one of the best.

- Alex Zidel 

12. Megan Thee Stallion - "Savage"

She had two of the hottest songs of the year before she even released her debut album. Megan Thee Stallion has quickly become an artist to watch, and just when people count her out, she returns to the charts with another hit. Megan was responsible for several viral moments in 2020, as her feature on Cardi B’s “WAP” and Thee Stallion’s TikTok favorite “Savage” created a global wave.

Of the latter, a dance craze would help aid Megan Thee Stallion in attracting a remix by the rapper’s fellow Houston native Beyoncé. The Hot Girls and the BeyHive assisted in launching the single into the No. 1 position on the charts, narrowly edging out Doja Cat’s “Say So” remix with Nicki Minaj.

“Savage” may have not been the first time Megan demanded attention, but its popularity was the set up for the impending success of “WAP.” The Houston Hottie gave us Good News this year— in more ways than one— and she plans on keeping that energy in the new year.

-Erika M

11. Migos - "Need It" Feat. NBA Youngboy

Migos and NBA Youngboy decided to reach back to 2005 for this 50 Cent-sampled single. "Need It" borrows the addicting guitar of "Bitch Get In My Car" and lays it down over a trap beat that revives the sound for a new generation. Although separate members of Migos and NBA Youngboy have collaborated before, this was the first official song with everyone together. As expected, the personalities and vibes of both entities mesh well on this party track. Big booties, big money, and big trouble are the concepts thrown around on this jumpy single, with every rapper feeding off each other's energy. While Migos have not been releasing a ton of music this year, "Need It" was enough of a reminder that we do still need a new album, and that the trio still have that undeniable energy and chemistry.

- Karlton 

10. 21 Savage & Metro Boomin - Glock in my Lap

On albums like Savage Mode and Without Warning, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin were able to emerge as one of hip-hop’s most formidable duos. When Savage Mode 2 was announced, fans were anticipating more of that dark murderous energy exuded by their previous output. For the most part, Savage Mode 2 delivered, and “Glock In My Lap” served as the album's mission statement. 

Immediately upon listening to this track, we are hit with some brooding and haunting piano keys all while hi-hats and 808s slowly roll in. Before 21 spits a single bar he repeatedly says “pussy” as he takes a shot at all of his opps who have been questioning his stature-- it sets the scene for a menacing record, and that's the type of record we all love to hear from 21. 21 is at his most sociopathic as he delivers violent lyrics in his trademark sturdy, monotone flow. Metro adds some stunning elements to the beat that help to illustrate what 21 is saying. The glitched-out violin appears for a few brief seconds, like a lightning bolt efficiently striking the earth. “Glock In My Lap” is one of 21 and Metro’s strongest tracks to date and it’s earned its place amongst the best of the year.

- Alex Cole

9. Nas - "Blue Benz"

Anytime a legend of the game gives us a song that chronicles their rise in rap, it’s usually met with fanfare. For a certified hip-hop icon like Nas, that sentiment is pretty much doubled. “Blue Benz” isn’t the best Nas track of his career, but there’s something extremely special about hearing Esco reminisce about the good ol’ days, all the while giving us a pure NYC throwback vibe. We get to hear Nas rap about nights at legendary NYC nightclub The Tunnel, pay homage to late Violator co-founder Chris Lightly, and use a sample of Louie Rankin as “Ox” from the 1998 Hype Williams film Belly that Nas starred in. And of course, the record itself is basically a masterclass in story-telling. It’s these things and more that give "Blue Benz'' its mass appeal.

- Keenan

8. Busta Rhymes - "Look Over Your Shoulder" feat. Kendrick Lamar

There’s something inherently pure about a simple hip-hop song structure consisting of two legendary emcees trading extensive verses. And while the likes of Funkmaster Flex has made crying “BARS” feel like somewhat of a parody, there’s truth to be found. Lyricism will always have a place in hip-hop, as one of the key foundational elements. It’s the reason that Busta Rhymes’ epic collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, the Michael Jackson-sampling “Look Over Your Shoulder,” feels so special. Not only does it herald the arrival of K. Dot’s first and only verse this year, but it serves as a bridging point between two hip-hop generations where common ground is quickly discovered.

Kendrick Lamar is no stranger to Top 10 lists, and the Compton emcee’s verse here serves as a welcome reminder of his pedigree. The way he manipulates his verbiage and fires off machine-gun syllabic schemes is Busta-esque in nature, leaving listeners scrambling to unpack his lines before the next one lands. It’s no easy feat to follow Kendrick Lamar, but Busta Rhymes has been doing this shit for decades. The Dungeon Dragon is in fine form as he brings controlled chaos to the soulful instrumental, establishing the scope of his wingspan within the opening lines. “Look over your shoulder, get me?” he spits. “Cause I done bodied the game to the point ni*gas scared to rap with me / Kept burnin' 'til they anointed me one of the kings of Black history.” Following the release of this, and ELE2 as a whole, believe that the coronation plans have already begun. 

- Mitch

7. Drake & Future - "Life is Good"

Though stylistically different in myriad ways, there’s one piece of connective tissue that gives Future and Drake such incredible chemistry: their shared joie de vivre. Having triumphantly declared What A Time To Be Alive in 2015, the pair reunited in January of 2020 to provide an update, checking in to confirm that “Life Is Good” -- blissfully unaware of the following months to come. This time around, the pair made an adaptive adjustment. While sometimes they’d struggle to find common ground on a given instrumental, with many of WATTBA’s beats seeming to favor Future’s wheelhouse, their latest collab makes a point of providing two musically disparate experiences without deviating from the plot. 

For Drizzy, his lust for life is best enjoyed slowly, like a fine whiskey or wine. Conversely, Future finds his simple pleasures in the relentless pursuit of nocturnal enjoyment, as fast as it is morally loose. Together they make “Life Is Good” a spectrum of sorts, one that feels like a cycle of day and night, of the calm and the storm. And at the center stand two rich-ass men who have somehow redefined what it means to be an optimist. True, their titular assessment may not hold much water at the tail end of a truly damnable year, but “Life Is Good” remains a noble effort all the same.

- Mitch 

6. Eminem & Kid Cudi - "The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady"

It’s evident within the title: “The Adventures Of Moon Man & Slim Shady” is a crossover event. One arranged between two emcees who, on paper, possess little to no similarities on a sonic level. Perhaps that’s what made Kid Cudi and Eminem’s first collaboration so unique, with the production team of J Gramm, Dot Da Genius, and Em himself somehow managing to create a level playing field. Though the instrumental’s skeletal foundation remains consistent throughout, the subtle differences in arrangement highlight the distinctive characteristics of each emcee’s personality. For Cudi, spacey and atmospheric; for Slim, mischievous and carnival-esque.

Eminem’s reputation as a formidable bar-spitter is well documented, and many were intrigued to hear how he and Cudi would mesh on wax. For the occasion, Moon Man opted to operate in Shady’s wheelhouse, setting things off a lengthy stream-of-consciousness verse lined with abstract imagery and leaving Slim to finish things off. Employing a relaxed flow and soft-spoken cadence, Eminem’s practiced poise imbues his punchlines with quiet menace. And in spite of the song’s comic-book motif, Slim still manages to imbue his verse with a potent dose of activism, shouting out the unjust deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. In essence, “Moon Man & Slim Shady” has everything a longtime rap fan could ask for. And to think, manifested after the digital-age equivalent of lighting the bat-signal: a Tweet from Cudi reading “Rap God, help!” 

- Mitch

5. Money Man - "24" Remix feat. Lil Baby

Money Man finally broke through the public consciousness this year, thanks to a remix of “24” with Lil Baby ensuring his visibility across platforms. The rapper, who was briefly signed to Cash Money, has been the industry’s best-kept-secret in a way-- adopting a sound that is incessantly catchy, a bit trendy, and still all his own, while steadily releasing project after project -- yet, his name does not ring bells in the same way that someone like the aforementioned Lil Baby does. And that’s not to put either rapper to shame, it’s a simple fact. However, the remix of “24,” allowed Money Man to expand his cult-like audience, a strategic move for Money Man assuredly, as the rapper previously told us he would give a fellow artist a bag if it meant taking a bit of their fanbase. 

The remix of “24” is also one of those increasingly rare instances where the follow-up is actually better, and even more worthy, than the OG. Baby’s cadence perfectly mirrors that of Money Man’s, proving their chemistry over Nflated’s downtrodden, earworm of a beat. “24” itself is not only an ode to the late Kobe Bryant, who wore the number on his jersey, but it also reflects both artists hustler mentality, the idea of 24/7 work, with Money Man alleging, “I can make a cool 50K in less than twenty-four hours.” And we believe it. 

- Rose

4. Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist - "Scottie Beam"

Freddie Gibbs is basking in the glory of his hard work. The talented rapper received a Grammy nomination, Best Rap Album, for Alfredo, yet another masterful piece of art on our album's list that was constructed by The Alchemist. "Scottie Beam" featuring Rick Ross provided Alfredo with one of the most cinematic moments. Sticking to what works, Gibbs lays down grimy bars over a sample that sounds like it belongs in a documentary for a pimp in the 70s. The instrumental is mesmerizing in its old-school glory. The vintage vibe suits Ross well, as the self-proclaimed biggest boss lays down braggadocious bars that highlight lavish living and debauchery. 

- Karlton 

3. Jay Electronica - "A.P.I.D.T.A." 

Hip-hop can convey many emotions, but few songs have managed to capture such a heartbreaking tone as Jay Electronica’s “A.P.I.D.T.A.” The closing message of his A Written Testimony album, Electronica opts to employ the music of Khruangbin’s “A Hymn,” a beautiful and melancholic composition in its own right. From there, he proceeds to reflect on the devastating absence that the death of a loved one can bring, an existential crisis rendered through Jay-Z’s simple but painfully effective chorus. “I got texts on my phone that'll never ping again,” raps Hov, his voice weary. “I screenshot 'em so I got 'em, I don't want this thing to end.” 

“The day my mama died, I scrolled her texts all day long,” raps Jay Electronica, having given the song’s weight ample time to settle in. “The physical returns but the connection still stay strong / Now I understand why you used to cry sometimes we ride down Claybourne /You just missed your mama, now I just miss my mama.” Unpretentious in his delivery, Jay Electronica’s reflections on the cycle of death resonate through their relatability. All the while, his words are emphasized by the bittersweet guitars of Khruannbin’s “Hymn.” It’s easily one of the most powerful tracks of the year, and could likely hold that title if the scope was widened further. Brilliant penmanship from a starkly vulnerable Jay Electronica, and a likely catalyst for his first official Grammy nomination. 

- Mitch 

2. Roddy Ricch - "The Box"

If “Old Town Road” was the biggest pop culture hit of 2019, then Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” was certainly the largest such song for 2020. This track spent 11 weeks at number one on the Billboard charts and it helped Roddy’s Please Excuse Me For Being Anitsocial album go two times platinum. It’s a track that was impossible to avoid and Roddy’s songwriting prowess was on full display from start to finish.

The artist immediately grabs attention as the track begins with a cinematic string section, all while Roddy repeats his screeching, windshield-wiper-esque sound, “eee euu,” which eventually became a meme in its own right and took on a life of its own. From there, Roddy delivers what was easily one of the catchiest hooks of the year, where he delivers plenty of braggadocios and hedonistic lyrics. His verses are even more captivating as he paints a vivid picture of the fantasy he’s trying to live. The track also laid the foundation for a future Roddy Ricch Presidential candidacy, which we can’t help but look forward to.

- Alex Cole

1. Lil Baby - "The Bigger Picture"

Lil Baby had already proven himself in past years but, in 2020, he leveled up to superstar status. He started the year by asserting himself, telling the world it was “his turn” and, man oh man, was he ever right. Lil Baby has established himself as arguably the most in-demand rapper of the year, with songs like “The Bigger Picture” making a huge impact on the charts, the streets, and on the frontline.

The 26-year-old claimed in his interview with GQ that he likely won’t be making another song like this for a while, despite it peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming one his biggest tracks ever. “The Bigger Picture” was not included on his chart-topping album My Turn. “Emotionally Scarred” is very-much deserving of a spot on this list as well, showing the rapper at his most introspective to date, but “The Bigger Picture” saw Baby going a different route.

Like he says in the hook, it has absolutely been one hell of a year. The song was released at the height of the social and political unrest issues in the U.S. Protests were happening every single day and night, with police officers shooting rubber bullets and spraying massive amounts of tear-gas into crowds following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black Americans. The lyrics were poignant, yet Baby was still telling a story from beginning-to-end. The song was powerful, but it didn’t necessarily point fingers at any one person, or group of people. “Every colored person ain't dumb and all whites not racist/I be judging by the mind and heart, I ain't really into faces,” raps the Atlanta native, urging us all to consider the bigger picture and not be so closed-minded.

“The Bigger Picture” arrived just days after Lil Baby was spotted at a protest in Atlanta, leading the charges and handing out supplies, money, and more, speaking to the crowd as they reached the State Capitol Building. This is one of the biggest songs of the year, and it’s quite possibly the most important song of the year.

- Alex Zidel

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triple j Hottest 100 of 2020: here are all the songs that made the countdown

Today (January 23), triple j counted down Australia’s Hottest 100 songs of 2020 as voted by the station’s listeners.

Glass Animals took out the countdown with ‘Heat Waves’, pipping Spacey Jane (‘Booster Seat’ at number 2) and Flume and Toro y Moi (‘The Difference’ at number 3). Ball Park Music snagged number 4 with ‘Cherub’ and Tame Impala number 5 with ‘Lost In Yesterday’.

Just missing the top 5 was Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion‘s all-conquering collab ‘WAP’. Mashd N Kutcher’s ‘Get On The Beers’, remixing the words of Victorian Premier Dan Andrews, landed a spot in the top 20.

66 Australian artists appeared in the Hottest 100, matching the record for most local artists set in 2016. The month of 2020 that delivered the most entries was January, prior to COVID-19 being deemed a global pandemic.

The songs on triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2020 countdown are:

100: ‘Kool’  Benee

99: ‘Itch’ Hockey Dad

Got 99 problems but an itch ain’t one. Cheers everyone🧡 pic.twitter.com/aeP9MZIcH3

— HOCKEY DAD (@hockeydadband) January 23, 2021

98: ‘Your Man’  Joji

97: ‘Audacity’  Stormzy [Feat. Headie One]

96: ‘Germaphobe’  Hockey Dad

Got 96 problems but a germ ain’t one. Thanka againnnnnn🧡 pic.twitter.com/K92rMhfAjw

— HOCKEY DAD (@hockeydadband) January 23, 2021

95: ‘Loose Ends’ Illy [Feat. G Flip]

Yooooooo 🎉🎉🎉 https://t.co/NvFzXZGZr2

— Illy (@illyal) January 23, 2021

94: ‘Rain’  Aitch x AJ Tracey [Feat. Tay Keith]

93: ‘Lemonade’  Internet Money [Feat. Gunna/Don Toliver/NAV]

92: ‘These Days’ Thelma Plum

91: ‘Charlie [triple j Like A Version]’ Bugs

This is the best feeling ever… so surreal. Thank you SO MUCH @[email protected] & everyone who voted. Crying A LOT 😭 https://t.co/w6j9Y12mvc

— Bugs (@BUGS_band) January 23, 2021

90: ‘No Time To Die’ Billie Eilish

89: ‘In Her Eyes’ The Jungle Giants

88: ‘HEART ATTACK’  BRONSON [Feat. lau.ra]

87: ‘Three Leaf Clover’– Teenage Joans

86: ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ — Drake [Feat. Lil Durk]

85: ‘Too Tough Terry’– Dune Rats

84: ‘Chicken Tenders’ – Dominic Fike

83: ‘Down For You’– Cosmo’s Midnight & Ruel

82: ‘The Clap’– The Chats

81: ‘Weightless’ – Spacey Jane

80: ‘Freaks’ – Fisher

79: ‘my future’ – Billie Eilish

78: ‘Lady Marmalade (triple j Like A Version)’– G Flip [Feat. JessB]

77: ‘House Arrest’ – Sofi Tukker & Gorgon City

76: ‘Baby It’s You’ – London Grammar

75: ‘Photo ID’ – Remi Wolf

74: ‘Scream Drive Faster’ – LAUREL

73: ‘Don’t Need You’– Genesis Owusu

72: ‘Way Down’ – Ocean Alley

Thanks to all that voted 💙

— Ocean Alley (@oceanalleyau) January 23, 2021

71: ‘Obey’ – Bring Me The Horizon & YUNGBLUD

70: ‘Low’ – Chet Faker

69: ‘Second’ – Hope D

68: ‘Lie To Me’– Vera Blue

67: ‘Boss Bitch’ – Doja Cat

66: ‘Fantasising’– Skegss

65: ‘C’MON’– Amy Shark [Feat. Travis Barker]

64: ‘Soak Me In Bleach’ – The Amity Affliction

63: ‘Day & Age’Ball Park Music

Fuck yeah BPM into em’ https://t.co/lk7fJeOm0V

— Ball Park Music (@ballparkmusic) January 23, 2021

62: ‘Run’ – Joji

61: ‘Pretty Grim’– Ruby Fields

60: ‘GO’– The Kid Laroi [Feat. Juice WRLD]

59: ‘Gimme Love’ – Joji

58: ‘Fly Away’– Tones and I

57: ‘Sobercoaster’ – Beddy Rays

56: ‘On The Line’– San Cisco

55: ‘I Think You’re Great’– Alex the Astronaut

I THINK YOURE ALL GREAT ESPECIALLY MY BFF CURTIS WHO THIS SONG IS ABOUT https://t.co/Z7npNvV983

— Alex the Astronaut (@AtheAstronaut) January 23, 2021

54: ‘Blue (Flume Remix)’– Eiffel 65

53: ‘In Your Eyes’ – The Weeknd

52: ‘The Glow’– DMA’S

51: ‘Your Love (Déjà Vu)’ – Glass Animals

50: ‘Nothing To Love About Love’– Peking Duk & The Wombats

HOLY SHIT 7 YEARS IN A ROW IN THE HOTTEST 100. #50 WE FUCKING LOVE YOU MAD DOGS❤️ @triplejpic.twitter.com/BQ2LA0R8HI

— peking duk (@pekingduk) January 23, 2021

49: ‘Wishing Well’ – Juice WRLD

48: ‘Ain’t It Different’ – Headie One [feat. AJ Tracey, Stormzy]

47: ‘Animals’ – Architects

46: ‘Pretty Lady’ – Tash Sultana

45: ‘As Long As You Care’ – Ruel

44: ‘You & I’ – G Flip

43: ‘Together’ – Ziggy Alberts

42: ‘Whats Poppin’ – Jack Harlow

41: ‘I Still Dream About You’ – Smith Street Band

40: ‘Come & Go’ – Juice WRLD [feat. Marshmello]

39: ‘Righteous’ – Juice WRLD

38: ‘Parasite Eve’ – Bring Me The Horizon

37: ‘So Done’ – The Kid LAROI

36: ‘Forget Me Too’ – Machine Gun Kelly [feat. Halsey]

35: ‘Running Red Lights’ – The Avalanches [feat. Rivers Cuomo, Pink Siifu]

34: ‘Everybody Rise’ – Amy Shark

You all got me here. Thank you so much Sharks, I love you #34 #65 this is insane [email protected]#hottest100pic.twitter.com/JbwVqgabDf

— Amy Shark (@amyshark) January 23, 2021

33: ‘Breathe Deeper’ – Tame Impala

32: ‘Criminals’ – DMA’S

31: ‘Reasons’ – San Cisco

30: ‘Bagi-la-m Bargan’ – BirdZ [feat. Fred Leone]

YOOOO🤯🤯🤯 Thank U Family!!❤️ https://t.co/dytwLll41e

— BIRDZ (@MisterBirdZ) January 23, 2021

29: ‘Dribble’ – Sycco

28: ‘Straightfaced’ – Spacey Jane

27: ‘Under The Thunder’ – Skegss

26: ‘No Plans To Make Plans’ – Lime Cordiale

25: ‘Reality Check Please’ – Lime Cordiale

24: ‘Blue World’ – Mac Miller

23: ‘Good News’ – Mac Miller

22: ‘Complicated’ – Eves Karydas

21: ‘Energy’ – Stace Cadet & KLP

20: ‘Addicted To The Sunshine’ – Lime Cordiale

19: ‘You Should Be Sad’ – Halsey

18: ‘Tangerine’ – Glass Animals

17: ‘Is It True’ – Tame Impala

16: ‘Screw Loose’ – Lime Cordiale

15: ‘Skin’ – Spacey Jane

14: ‘Tombstone’ – Ocean Alley

13: ‘Rockstar’ – Mallrat

12: ‘Get On The Beers’ – Mashd N Kutcher [feat. Dan Andrews]

11: ‘On Our Own’ – Lime Cordiale

10: ‘Therefore I Am’ – Billie Eilish

9: ‘I’m Good?’ – Hilltop Hoods

8: ‘Sending Me Ur Loving’ – The Jungle Giants

7: ‘Hyperfine’ – G Flip

6: ‘WAP’ – Cardi B x Megan Thee Stallion

5: ‘Lost In Yesterday’ – Tame Impala

4: ‘Cherub’ – Ball Park Music

3: ‘The Difference’ – Flume [feat. Toro y Moi]

2: ‘Booster Seat’ – Spacey Jane

1: ‘Heat Waves’ – Glass Animals

Sours: https://www.nme.com/en_au/news/music/triple-j-hottest-100-2020-all-songs-rolling-list-2862595

2020 hot songs

BTS, “Butter”

What it is: The K-pop juggernaut’s latest single, which is currently atop the Billboard Hot 100, mashes together a ton of styles — lite-funk on the verses, glittery synthpop on the chorus, and the occasional gang-vocal “yeah!” that carried many a festival-ready anthem in the ’10s — in a compact two minutes and 40-ish seconds.

Highlight: The vocoder-mimicking breakdown at 1:33, which leads into a wholesome yet bragging rap by BTS’s Suga.

Song of the Summer forecast: Partly sunny. BTS has been one of pop’s biggest groups in terms of sheer audience size for a few years now, and “Butter,” with its stylistic shifts, has a generation-spanning appeal that’ll make it a hit at parties.

Cardi B

Cardi B, “Up”

What it is: The Bronx MC’s latest boast-filled track, on which she’s backed by a twitchy, piano-led beat.

Highlight: Cardi lets loose an ad-libbed growl at 1:55 that sums up the song’s chaotic, swaggering attitude.

Song of the Summer forecast: Cloudy with a chance of “wait, you put the clean version on our party playlist, right?”

Dua Lipa, feat. DaBaby, “Levitating”

What it is: A starlit, roller-rink-ready cut from Dua Lipa’s 2020 ode to the ’80s “Future Nostalgia,” now including verses and interjections by the Ohio MC DaBaby.

Highlight: At 1:10, DaBaby breaks off from his romance-minded ruminations and uses the bouncing-ball beat to lead anyone listening in a simple two-step.

Song of the Summer forecast: Sunny and warm. “Future Nostalgia” was a welcome diversion from the early days of lockdown last year, and this revamp of one of its catchiest songs somehow manages to up its carefree quotient.

Miranda Lambert (left) and Elle King

Elle King and Miranda Lambert, “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”

What it is: The blues-pop belter and the country outlaw team up for a stomping, surprisingly pop-leaning ode to going out on the town and painting it red.

Highlight: Right before the first chorus at 0:56, when the frenetic production chills out just enough to let a frenzied banjo line poke its head through.

Song of the Summer forecast: Partly cloudy — just like someone’s head after they follow the all-nighter lead of this giddy romp.

Kali Uchis, “Telepatia”

What it is: A dreamy, bedroom-pop-inspired fantasia from the R&B singer, produced by the Latin pop guru Tainy.

Highlight: At 1:21, just after Uchis has run through the song’s chorus, keyboards hang in midair, waiting for her to float back into the track.

Song of the Summer forecast: Overcast, but this song is well-suited for thoughtful moments on steamy days.

Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo, “good 4 u”

What it is: The second No. 1 single by Olivia Rodrigo, whose drama-racked “drivers license” tugged at heartstrings of all ages. Don’t expect more bummed-out balladry, though: “good 4 u” is all big riffs and peppy, acerbic lyrics, with the big-voiced “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” star channeling the spirit of Paramore’s spitfire frontwoman Hayley Williams.

Highlight: The pealing guitar at 1:49, which crashes right into some power-poppy “ahh-ahh-ahhs.”

Song of the Summer forecast: Sunny and humid. “good 4 u” has been pegged as part of a pop-punk resurgence that also includes the rapper-turned-rocker Machine Gun Kelly, hip-hop artists like Trippie Redd, and celebrity scion Willow Smith. Trendlet or no, it’ll liven up any poolside bash or open-road drive.

Regard, Troye Sivan, and Tate McRae, “You”

What it is: The Kosovo-born DJ teams up with Australian pop wunderkind Troye Sivan and Canadian teen-popper Tate McRae to create a duet that adds gently funky beats to a slightly regret-wracked duet.

Highlight: At 3:00, McRae’s voice begins to kaleidoscope on itself, creating a genuinely disconcerting moment that’s in line with the song’s young-love angst.

Song of the Summer forecast: Stormy — until they release a song about the flip side of this moment, at least.

Silk Sonic

Silk Sonic, “Leave the Door Open”

What it is: The lead single from Bruno Mars’s and Anderson .Paak’s new project and a love letter to the sumptuous, romantic soul of the ’70s.

Highlight: The first modulation (0:40), in which Mars leans into his emotions and throws open his heart.

Song of the Summer forecast: Clear as day. Mars and .Paak are both keen students of soul music’s evolution, and “Door” is the latest addition to two top-notch discographies. Plus, the chorus will make for some sublimely sweaty sing-alongs.

Sours: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/06/10/arts/forecast-hottest-songs-summer/
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The 20 Hottest Songs in Nigeria 2020 | #TheList2020

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2020 was a tough year but it had nothing on the Nigerian music industry as our artists kept delivering hit songs back to back to entertain us. We had breakout acts like we’ve never seen before, and a barrage of quality albums as well, and then there were several hit singles. To succinctly put it; hot songs, o porHere’s a look at the 20 hottest Nigerian songs of 2020:

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1. DJ Neptune - Nobody: 

This song had several versions, from the Icons remix with Laycon to the Amapiano version and then the original song. This only served to see the song climb the charts several times. But nobody complained because DJ Neptune, Joeboy and Mr Eazi ensured that the song took no prisoners. 

2. Omah Lay - Bad Influence: 

When viral sensation, Crackheadextra took to the streets singing 'Bad Influence' at the top of her lungs, we were taken aback like everyone else that watched her on the streets, but deep down we all knew that Omah Lay’s hit song had us in our feelings like that.

3. Simi - Duduke:

Being Nigerian living in Nigeria keeps getting tougher and tougher and during the heights of the pandemic, it was worse yet. But when Simi put out 'Duduke', it was the ultimate ‘God when song’ and we were able to pause as a nation and think of happier things like the beauty of childbirth even if we were more single than a grain of rice. 

4. Davido - Fem:

Davido knows how to give us hits and after his 3-month long social media break, he gave us 'Fem' to serve that purpose. What no one saw coming was 'Fem' going from one of the hottest songs then becoming the #EndSARSprotests anthem used to shut down unwanted talks from the opposing parties. 

5. Fireboy DML - Vibration

'Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps’might have been released late last year but this couldn’t take away from the fact that premium jams lined the album and 'Vibrations'ended up being the unanimous selection everyone made even till 2020. 

6.  Bella Shmurda - Cash App:

We all knew ‘cc’ to mean close caption and was nothing more than office lingo used in an email, well until Bella Shmurda, Zlatan and Lincoln decided to incept the minds of everyone with ‘Cashapp’ and now ‘cc’ is the word from that hot song that won’t leave our head.

7. Wande Coal - Again:

The description of this song, coincidentally lies in its opening lines; “sweet like water wey dey inside coconut.'Again' is a fresh and sweet tune from Wande Coal and it is little wonder it became quite the chart climber.

8. Patoranking - Abule:

Wizkid’saffirmation of the power that 'Abule' packs as a jam might have come several months after the song first started to speak to our bodies, ears and playlists but it was the gospel truth and the confirmation we didn’t know we needed to hear. 

9. Olamide ft.Omah Lay - Infinity: We’ve had a lot of earworms this year but in the case of the Omah Lay-assisted ‘Infinity,’ we’ve more or less been taken captive and the only accepted ransom is to run up the P.Prime produced record for the umpteenth time.

10. Mayorkun - Geng:

It was the 9th of April when DMW top striker, Mayorkun released not just a banging tune but set the precedent for a new slang with the refrain ‘set awon.’ 'Geng' didn’t just stop there however but went on to also give us a major social media challenge with the geng freestyle. 

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11. Omah Lay - Damn:

After his debut EP, Omah Lay has soon dubbed the breakout miracle of 2020 and his record ‘Damn’ holds some of the answers. 

12. Falz - Bop Daddy:

Whenever we remember the Coronavirus pandemic and life in lockdown, a corner of our brain will play Falz’sBop Daddy’ and that might just be the only memory from that period that doesn’t make us hate that time of our lives. 

13. Olakira - In My Maserati:

Olakira’s ‘In My Maserati’ spoke in melodious tones of the plush life we all dream about and work tirelessly for, so music lovers definitely had no choice but to give it a listen and then several more after that till it became the number one song in the country.

14. Rema - Woman:

Nigerians musicians and producers have issued the South-African birthed amapiano genre a green passport and it all started from when Rema confessed to us about something we’re all guilty of on ‘Woman.’

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15. Ladipoe ft. Simi - Know You: 

The Hottest Nigerian Songs of 2020 will be incomplete if we fail to mention this track. Ladipoe and Simi’s flow on this song can only be matched by the compatibility of jollof rice and dodo. The second blow was then dealt with by the introspective lyrics that made us all feel seen and ready to get into our 11th talking stage. 

16. Tiwa Savage - Koroba:

Tiwa Savage posed the question ‘who no like enjoyment?’ And the entire federation had promptly raised their koroba totake a stance against the hard life while singing along with the African Bad Gal. 

17. Naira Marley - As E Dey Go: 

Naira Marley made the 2020 hottest songs in Nigeria list with this jam. On this record, Naira Marley made Marlians out of the lot of us and reaffirmed his presidency as he hit us with another hot song with lyrics we could relate to on a bedrock of catchy melodies.

18. Cheque - Zoom:

This makes for another chart-topping breakout hit which came with the promise of zooming away from negativity and into greatness. 

19. Burna boy - Way too Big:

 When self-proclaimed African Giant released his Twice as Tall album, the entire tracklist literally made the charts. And then there was this irresistibly boast anthem that ‘Way Too Big’ presented. 

20. Olamide ft Bad Boy Timz - Loading:

Bad Boy Timz calling out ‘spiritual ginger’ at the beginning of 'Loading' is all we needed to know about how much of a banger it is.

What were your hottest songs of 202o and how many of these Nigerian songs do we have in common? Leave your comments below.

 

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