“New” Music in 2020 – Pt. 1

I really enjoyed doing this last year, but definitely could have done a better job with at least explaining where I heard a song, or how it came to my attention. This year, I actually started to keep track, and write little notes about the “new” song in my phone. But as you’ll see below, I don’t remember each song. sorry bout that! As a reminder, none of these songs were released in 2020, but they are all new to me- meaning I heard them for the first time ever within the past 12 months. There’s a bunch of “new” music that I heard in 2020, but I’m going to try and break some songs down by genre. Hope you enjoy!


Sometime Around Midnight – The Airborne Toxic Event (2008)

Not a great start for remembering where this song came from. Maybe it was in a show or movie that I watched? Anyway, I hadn’t heard of these guys, but really dig this song. Surprised I missed this in ’08 (my HS graduating year) as it sounds like something I totally would’ve listened to back then.


Little Too Late – Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers (2013)

Google says they’re Alternative Country so I threw them here. Cool, little jam of a song. Love me a female lead vocal band!


Hold My Hand – Jess Glynne (2015)

I heard this on one of my aunts’ Spotify playlists and it became an instant favorite. In fact, Spotify told me that it was my second most listened to song of the year! Easily one of the most fun songs I’ve ever heard and while I don’t want to spoil the rest of the list, this was officially the best “new” song I heard in 2020.


Vertigo/Relight My Fire – Dan Hartman (1979)

One of my old coworkers used to do “Disco Fridays” where he’d play a disco song at like 4:50 pm and dance around the office. After he retired we stopped doing this, but during this pandemic, my team brought it back (minus the dancing)! We just send a song or two each Friday to the team and talk about it before signing off for the weekend. This was sent by a coworker one Friday and I really liked it.

Easy Listening

Chances Are – Johnny Mathis (1957)

Ok maybe I wasn’t so good with jotting down notes from where I heard a song. But Johnny Mathis is one of the best voices of the ’50s and the ’50s are definitely one of my favorite decades of music.


Bonfire – Childish Gambino (2011)

I have a couple Running playlists mostly because I don’t always like anticipating what song might be next and so I like to switch it up. I went to fellow CE contributor Chris Gulovsen’s Running playlist to grab some songs and this was one of them! Shout out to Gul – this got me through a lot of runs over the summer.

Because I’m Me – The Avalanches (2016)

Credit to another CE contributor, my cousin Ryan, here – he was on the aux for our ride to/from NH in February and was crushing it! According to Wiki, The Avalanches are an Australian electronic music group, but this song is more hip-hop due to Camp Lo on the vocals, so that’s where I put it. Love this sample and music video. Such a fun song!

Exhibit C – Jay Electronica (2009)

CE contributor trifeccta! My brother Mike played this for me on July 4th when we were having a few drinks going back and forth playing “new” music for each other. This whole song goes hard and I gotta get into more Jay Electronica.


Lonely Soldier – Damien Rice (2002)

One night over the summer I was having a few beers with two friends and we started playing Irish music like we have many times. Then one of them took out his guitar and kind of strummed along and we had some fun with that, laughing about how some of it is the saddest shit ever. Then my friend on guitar started playing this song and my other friend started singing it. I was shocked I didn’t know a song these two not only knew, but knew the words and how to play it! Anyway, it’s a really good song, but incredibly depressing.


Come Down in Time (Jazz Version) – Elton John (2020)

Ok so the Jazz version was 2020, but the original was 1970. But idk, something about this I really loved. Really makes me want to sit in a Jazz club and listen to music like this.

Marching Round the Mountain – Pete Fountain (1961)

I think I was watching a video on Pete Fountain, who I’m a huge fan of. I want to say it was on of his performances on Carson.

I Get Along Without You Very Well – Chet Baker (1956)

Pissed I can’t remember where I heard this because I’ve been playing it a ton. In fact, lately I’ll throw on Chet Baker in the background and get a ton of work done or have him playing instrumental while reading. Ton of good versions too, especially Sinatra.


I Don’t Wanna Lie – Yola (2019)

Wow do I LOVE this song! If it weren’t for Jess Glynne, this would probably be my favorite song of 2020. I got it from my cousin Sammy’s Autumnal Bliss playlist which she told me she got from a Discover Weekly playlist Spotify made for her. Those can really be great sometimes.

Precious Love – James Morrison (2008)

This came from my Shazam, but I don’t remember where I Shazam’d it. This guy has a Ray LaMontagne vibe to him and this is a nice song.

Rainy Days And Mondays (1971)

Fun fact, this song is about life in 2020…

Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old
Sometimes I’d like to quit, nothin’ ever seems to fit
Hangin’ around, nothin’ to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

I’m not this huge Carpenters fan, but I feel like Karen Carpenter might not get the credit she deserves. She’s in the same category as Levon Helm and Phil Collings as far as being the drummer and the lead vocalist!


Check back tomorrow for Part 2!

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