4 Perspectives: The Best Albums & Songs of 2020

2020 will forever be recognized in the music history books as the year of no live shows; a year where the closest we got to the artists we love was through a computer screen. The Strokes may have titled it best: The New Abnormal. But let us not get too comfortable here. Before we know it, we’ll be back at our old routine; our favorite bands will be hitting the road and we’ll be experiencing the albums and songs we love, live (in person, not on the stream)! Until then, we have recorded music to tide us over.
As always, here are KTC’s top albums and songs of the year from 4 perspectives. Enjoy!   

Charissa's Perspective

Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
The Strokes - The New Abnormal
HAIM - Women in Music Part III
French Cassettes - Rolodex
Perfume Genius - Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
JR JR - August & Everything Prior EP
Surfaces - Horizon 
Honorable Mention:
Phantogram - Ceremony

*These are placed in a playlist of a specific order for your maximum listening pleasure.*
Spotify: CharissaLouise Gagne 
“Top Tunes of 2020”
Gus Harvey “Albion”
The Strokes “Eternal Summer”
Whethan, K. Flay “Hurting on Purpose (feat. K. Flay)”
Dirty Projectors, Chromeo “Lose Your Love (Dirty Projectors x Chromeo)”
Phoebe Bridgers “Halloween”
ATNA “Made By Desire”
Natanael Cano “Asi Es el Morro”
Remi Wolf “Woo!”
Lianne La Havas “Weird Fishes”
Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Keep Your Head Up”
HAIM “The Steps”
Briston Maroney “Freakin’ Out On The Interstate - Live”
French Cassettes “Sunday Soda”
twenty one pilots “Level of Concern”
Pirra, Lindstrom, Prins Thomas “Limousine Lies - Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Remix - Extended Mix”
MisterWives “SUPERBLOOM”
Surfaces “Sunny Side Up”
The Naked and Famous “Come As You Are”
Jonsi “Swill” 

Aurora's Perspective 
Spotify: alolahh 
"Best of 2020" 

Tom Misch - What Kinda Music
Run the Jewels - RTJ4
Lotus - Free Swim
Glass Animals - Dreamland
Khruangbin - Mordechai
Ocean Alley - Lonely Diamond
Phantogram - Ceremony
Thundercat - It Is What It Is

Sault “Wildfires”
Khruangbin, Leon Bridges “C-Side”
Khruangbin, Leon Bridges “Midnight”
Ty Dolla $ign, Kanye West, FKA Twigs, Skrillex “Ego Death”
Walker & Royce, OnCue “Role Models”
Tom Misch, Yuseef Dayes, Rocco Palladino “Lift Off”
Kid Cudi, Eminem "The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady"
Lotus “Catacombs”
Soaky Siren "M.I.A"
Local Natives (Moon Boots remix) “Tap Dancer”
Leon Bridges, Terrace Martin “Sweeter”
Dua Lipa “Good in Bed” – written by my friends Mel & Lindgren!!
Hayley Williams “Simmer”
James Blake "Are You Even Real"
The Glasslamp Killer "Hooked on Classics"

Matt's Perspective

Glass AnimalsDreamland
The StrokesThe New Abnormal
The WeekndAfter Hours
Perfume GeniusSet My Heart On Fire Immediately
Olivia Bec – I Am The Sun
Glass Animals “Heatwave”
The Lemon Twigs “The One”
The Weeknd “Save Your Tears”
The Strokes  “The Adults Are Talking”
Phantogram “Ceremony”
24kGoldn “Mood (feat. iann dior)
Chris Linton & Cadmium “Slow Down”
Joan “brokenhearted”
Olivia Bec  “Giver”
The 1975 “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”
5 Seconds of Summer "Old Me" 
Honorable Mention:
Bleachers “Chinatown (feat. Bruce Springsteen)”
Natalie Taylor “Surrender”

Jasmine's Perspective
Spotify: DJ_BrownPanda
"Jasmine's Best of 2020"

Fiona Apple -Fetch The Bolt Cutters
Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon III: The Chosen
Brasstracks - Golden Ticket
James Blake - Before
Phantogram - Ceremony
THEY. - The Amanda Tape
Duckwrth - Supergood
Lianne La Havas  - Lianne La Havas
Eminem - Music to Be Murdered By
Robert Glasper - Dinner Party: Dessert
Gabriel Garzón-Montano - Agüita
Glass Animals - Dreamland
Honorable MentionRobert Glasper - Dinner Party
Kid Cudi, Eminem "The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady"
James Blake "You're Too Precious"
JPOLND "The End"
Justin Beiber "Intentions"
Sub Urban "Freak (feat REI AMI)"
Soakey Siren"M.I.A."
Monsta X "You Can't Hold My Heart"
Brasstracks "Golden Ticket (feat. Masego & Common)
KIRBY "Velvet"
THEY. "Count Me In"
Nothing But Thieves "Can You Afford to Be An Individual"
Emeinem " Lock it Up (feat Anderson .Paak)"
James Blake "Are You Even Real"