The Songs That Helped Us Get Through 2020
One year ago we assembled a group of our most plugged-in friends from in and around the music industry to compose a 2020-minute playlist documenting the past decade. This year we’ve tasked a smaller team with a much smaller task. 100 songs from the most extraordinary year of our lives.
Music is always good medicine for melancholy and in 2020 we needed music more than we have in a long time. Thankfully, this year we were treated to Fiona Apple returning after an eight-year absence with a stone-cold classic, Jay Electronica putting an end to a dozen years of anticipation and finally releasing his “debut,” and the mysterious entity called Sault matured from a niche fascination to an undisputable contender for the title of best band on the planet. Meanwhile, many of the stalwart artists of the past decade, people like Little Dragon, Run The Jewels, and James Blake, continued runs of stellar work.
The four contributors to this list are pianist/composer, Nico Simonian, actor/musician, and local legend, Ashkon Davaran, percussionist Geneva Harrison from the band Bells Atlas, and regular BAS contributor, Sayre Piotrkowski. We hope you enjoy.