The 20 Best Music Videos of 2020

While the pandemic forced us all inside this year, some of our favorite artists kept us distracted and lifted our spirits by breaking new ground with their visuals. Whether tiptoeing into Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s candy-colored sexual funhouse,…

Our 15 Favorite Music Books of 2020

Being able to easily cue up a song just as you’re reading about it is a small, modern joy, and it’s one we took full advantage of in 2020. In a year largely bereft of live music or even social…

The 22 Best Songs by Latinx Artists in 2020

Latin American and U.S. Latinx music is constantly evolving through migration, displacement, and globalization, and in 2020, it was clear that a catch-all term for genre and identity could never capture that multiplicity. The year gifted us Natanael Cano’s experiments…

The 35 Best Rock Albums of 2020

Listen/Buy: Rough Trade | Apple Music | Bandcamp | Spotify | Tidal Merge H.C. McEntire: Eno Axis The second album of soulful Americana from North Carolina songwriter H.C. McEntire begins with an early morning prayer and ends with a slow-burn…

The 36 Best Rap Songs of 2020

When the world stopped, rap kept going. Nothing—not the pandemic, not state-imposed curfews, not widespread malaise or massive social upheavals— could slow down its lightspeed evolution, from Flint to Oakland to Buffalo to Bradford, England. The most resonant rap songs…

WRAWKSTAR Drops The Best Song of 2020

WRAWKSTAR just dropped the greatest song we’ve heard all year. Following his Let’s Be Great debacle, we had written him off. But his newest song Know Me is a marvel of cadence, lyricism, and crisp delivery. Whatever your favorite song this year was,…

Fiona Apple’s Perfect 10

So I wanted to know, and at that point she had not been in touch with Shameika. When we talked later in the summer—I think it was mid-August—she told me, “Shameika found me.” And my jaw dropped. I was not…

A Guide to Michigan Rap, 2020’s Most Exciting Regional Scene

In familial terms, when it comes to Michigan’s rap scene, Detroit is the older sibling with trophies on the shelf, and Flint is the step-sibling who rips the heads off Barbie dolls, feeds junk food to the pets, and skips…

The Best Music of 2020: Pitchfork Readers’ Poll Results

A few weeks ago, we launched the Pitchfork 2020 Readers’ Poll, in which we asked you to tell us your favorite songs and albums of this crazy year. Thousands of you did. (Thank you!) Below, find the results, and compare…

The 30 Best Electronic Music Releases of 2020

It is hard to imagine electronic music experiencing a stranger and more unsettling year than this one; only something like the collapse of the internet, or the electrical grid itself, might inflict even more damage than the pandemic has wrought…