The Songs That Helped Us Get Through 2020

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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.

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

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