Top 10 Songs of the Year

Keedron Bryant's "I Just Wanna Live" leads the way
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 27, 2020 4:29 PM CST
Top 10 Songs of the Year
This cover image released by Warner Records shows "I Just Wanna Live," by Keedron Bryant. Keedron's song was named the best song of the year by the Associated Press.   (Warner Records via AP)

Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu has compiled the top 10 songs of the year for 2020. Young Keedron Bryant gets top honors. The list, with links to the videos:

  1. Keedron Bryant, "I Just Wanna Live." The 12-year-old's powerful performance about being a young Black man in today's world went viral, with everyone from Barack Obama to LeBron James praising the future superstar and his family for their strength and positive message. The song not only helped Keedron land a record deal, it helped heal the world at a time when music is a language that unites us all.

The rest of the top 10 best songs of the year:

  1. Chloe x Halle, "Do It." Chloe x Halle took us to the clubs—aka the living room—during a pandemic year when we desperately needed an epic dance tune to help us get through the day.
  2. Mickey Guyton, "Black Like Me." Digging deep to write personal lyrics about her upbringing, Guyton birthed a beautiful, touching song that is bound to become a country music classic.
  3. Kelly Rowland, "Coffee." A smooth, sexy number from an R&B goddess.
  4. Charlie Wilson featuring Smokey Robinson, "All of My Love." Uncle Charlie plus Uncle Smokey equals musical bliss.
  5. Roddy Ricch, "The Box." Insert fire emoji here.
  6. Dua Lipa, "Don't Start Now." With this addictive pop gem and updated dance moves, Dua Lipa is well on her way to world domination.
  7. Gabby Barrett featuring Charlie Puth, "I Hope." Breakthrough country singer Barrett already had a hit with the original version of "I Hope," but then Charlie Puth slid into her DMs and asked to team up. The result is an undeniable pop smash.
  8. Pop Smoke featuring DaBaby and Lil Baby, "For the Night." Late rapper Pop Smoke clearly had a knack for hip-hop melodies.
  9. BLACKPINK featuring Selena Gomez, "Ice Cream." K-pop all-stars BLACKPINK came out swinging with this trap-pop bop that was as sweet and irresistible as ice cream.
(Read more music stories.)

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