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2020 Pop Culture Run Down: Music

Many artists came out with music this year despite the unprecedented times. Artists could no longer tour or do as much press so they had more time on their hands to write and produce music than they ever had before.

Taylor Swift came out with not one, but two albums this year, which shocked her fans. Folklore and Evermore came out within five months of each other. These albums were huge hits for fans of Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift took the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on Billboard’s album sale charts. Additionally, some fans think that Folklore and Evermore are a part of a secret trilogy album; Taylor Swift loves to hide easter eggs for her fans, and in one of the album pictures fans spotted some hidden text that read, “Woodvale.”The world has no known relevance to Swift’s career so fans have speculated it could be the name of her next album as it sounds similar to the other two album titles. So, could Taylor have another album coming in 2021?

Ariana Grande released her sixth studio album this year, Positions. This was Ariana’s fifth album to reach No. 1 in the US. Her lead single was called “Positions” and was at the top of the Billboard chart, and her song “34+35” received No. 8 on the Billboard charts. Ariana went more R&B on this album which was a bit of a shocker for the fans, nonetheless, she did a great job as she released her “raunchiest” album to date. 

Harry Styles came out with his second album in December of 2019, Fine Line, but his songs have been trending all over 2020. His two songs that have been the most popular in 2020 are “Watermelon Sugar” and “Adore You.” During the summer, both songs were revived on the radio; “Watermelon Sugar” reached No. 1 while “Adore You” reached No. 5 on top 40 radio. It was an unexpected surprise that his songs were trending again as his album was released about half a year ago.

Shawn Mendes’s Wonder was released in early December. This is Shawn’s Fourth studio album, which received No. 1 on the billboard 200. His lead single, “Wonder”, peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard chart, and his co-single, “Monster”, with Justin Bieber reached No. 8 on the Hot 100. The album featured an abundance of love songs which Shawn confirmed was inspired by his girlfriend Camila Cabello. 

Besides albums, there were still some significantly popular singles during 2020. One of the most popular and controversial would be “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. Some loved the song as they felt it was empowering women to take back their sexuality and to be able to do whatever they want with it. Others felt more that it sexualized women and did more to objectify than empower them.

Some of the other popular singles of 2020 have been Savage by Megan Thee Stallion, Blinding Lights by The Weekend, Dynamite by BTS, Rain On Me by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, Intentions by Justin Bieber FT. Quavo, Midnight City by Miley Cyrus and many more.

This year has been a creative one for artists with new music and collaborations coming out at every corner. It was possibly a way for artists to keep busy and a way for fans to take their minds off of things during these challenging times.

Which album or song of 2020 was your favorite?

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