It's that time of year where all the listicles of 'Best of's" come out. This one comes from Rolling Stone.
What I like about this list as opposed to other years is the utter variety of the sounds. Ranging from country to disco-pop, most genres (sorry metalheads) are represented. Who knows if it's a head nod to the great Bob Dylan (who just got PAID!) is truly the best song or more of an ode to the greatness, but the man got number 2. Either way, it's inspiring to see a year of songs with range. 2020 was crazy time and it deserves a solid dive into music because for a lot of us, it got us through.
By year's end, I'll have my own list of ten songs that made a difference to me in 2020.
One trend I'm noticing in the industry is the continuous mashing of genres. The best example is RMR doing a sampling of Billy Ray Cyrus and country rapping over the top. I look forward to the day when Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" gets shoved into oblivion replaced by solid rappers taking country rap to the next level. For now, the genre is in its infancy, but soon enough, we'll be hearing southern drawls crooning over trap drums. Who knows Country Rap could be the thing that brings us together as a nation. It's the perfect combo of pick-up trucks on paved streets.
-- Eric Maus
As I grow yearly. I can see things more clearly, that's why they fear me." - Nas from 'Hero'