Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. The first half of has posed many questions most of us never thought we'd have to answer in our lifetime, including: "What does pop mean in a world of self-isolation? The answer, of course, is yes. We've found that in times of quarantine and other crises, music is as meaningful as ever, even just as the soundtrack to such menial activities as doing the dishes, taking a walk around the block or just sitting at home and wondering when or if things will feel normal again. As difficult as this period has been, we doubt we could've gotten by without these songs -- and we look forward to making up for lost time with them at whatever point we're finally able to celebrate them publicly.
"Lifeline," A.G. Cook
With live music, tours, and festivals on pause, the music scene, like all things, felt different in Still, artists pushed through and kept us thrilled, comforted, and empowered in a dark and isolating year. The music that emerged from this era of separation still made us feel united and gave us something to experience together—whether we were dancing in our rooms instead of crowded clubs to Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga, celebrating the power of our sexuality through Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B, or just riding out the melancholia of the moment with Phoebe Bridgers or Soccer Mommy. Take a listen below. Not only is the song simply a bonafide reggaeton banger, but it's also an unexpected feminist manifesto. Bad Bunny raps of the importance of women being able to declare whether or not they want to dance with someone at a party, and to top it off, he performed the song in drag for it's accompanying visual. Some songs simply sound like a dream, and Omar Apollo's "Useless" is one of them.
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Any given year, new music is what defines our seasons—giving us something to cozy up to in the wintertime, and party to in the summertime. In , though, there was perhaps no greater companion than the music that came out, since—aside from the great new shows we were bingeing to fill our time or the movies we were lucky to catch at home—it was what many used to cope or throw their own dance parties in our living rooms during the pandemic. There may not have been many live events or the typical album rollout for artists, but both pop stars and up-and-comers still delivered hits to keep people jamming or give them a soundtrack to cry to. Below, find the 75 best songs of that managed to bring some excitement, goodness, and support to this unprecedented year. Cook A. That doesn't mean it sounds traditional, though: "Lifeline" wraps up Apple and is a genre-less hodgepodge of pop perfection. Repeating the melodramatic verse "You are my lifeline" in altered vocals over a dark, kinetic beat, the track could easily pass for the remix of a Myspace pop-punk band's hit single. The producer is a master at his craft, and making it weirder and more interesting than the rest in the game. Considering he sounds like a blazing star on the stylish, breezy song, his assessment isn't far off. It's not just that the track has a certain swagger that highlights his ability to deliver rhymes that are as witty as they are sexy, it really is a sharp homage to where he's been and where he's going.