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Close Out 2020 with New Music

We did it folks, we made it to the end of 2020 – well, almost.  To celebrate the AE Team, and special guest Chris Stearns, have put together some pretty swank playlists for ya. Since we missed November (I was too busy out searching for the monolith) we’ve got a few bonus playlists this month.

Each of us has different tastes, and our moods change from month to month, so there’s sure to be something for everyone in the mix. Give the playlists a listen and let us know what you think!

Don’t forget to check out our other playlists, and follow us on Spotify – you may just catch a playlist before it’s released!

Warning: some songs may contain explicit lyrics.

Elizabeth’s December 2020 Playlist:

I cheated on this one.  I thought the “Your Top Songs 2020” was a pretty accurate representation of how my year went, told through music. There are 100 songs on the list, here are the top 10 songs:

1. Bad Wolves – Zombie
2. Hamilton – Wait For It
3. Billie Elish – Bad Guy (this is the second year in a row this song is in my top 10, apparently I like it.)
4. Alanis Morissette – Reasons I Drink
5. Ingrid Michaelson – Pretty (another second year in a row song)
6. P!nk – Walk Me Home
7. Eminem – Lose Yourself
8. Macklemore – Glorious
9. Ingrid Michaelson – Light Me Up
10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us

Since it’s the season, here is my favorite Christmas song:

Scott’s December 2020 Playlist:

  1. O Come All Ye Faithful – The Tenors
  2. Angels we have heard on high – Andrea Bocelli
  3. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – Michael Buble
  4. Silent Night – Josh Groban
  5. The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
  6. Silver bells – Kenny G
  7. Auld Land Syne – Kenny G
  8. Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney
  9. I’ll be home for Christmas – The tenors
  10. Hallelujah –  The Canadian Tenors

Cameron’s December 2020 Playlist:

Lindsay’s December 2020 Playlist:

Underneath the Tree- Kelly Clarkson

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas- Michael Buble

Santa Tell Me- Ariana Grande

Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley 

Mary, Did You Know? Pentatonix 

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays- NSYNC 

Santa Baby- Eartha Kitt

Where are You Christmas? – Faith Hill

My Only Wish This Year- Britney Spears

Grown-up Christmas List- Amy Grant 

Lindsay’s bonus playlist:

Hero/Heroine- Boys Like Girls

Pieces Of Me- Ashlee Simpson

Wherever You Will Go- The Calling

Everytime – Britney Spears

She Will be Loved – Maroon 5

Don’t Speak- No Doubt

Everywhere – Michelle Branch

My Paper Heart- The All American Rejects 

Angel of Mine- Monica 

Absolutely (Story of a Girl) – Nine Days 

Blaine’s December Playlist:

Blaine says his playlist is turning on Warm 106.9, so do that and enjoy!

Chris Stearns’ December 2020 Playlist:

Special Guest

Top 15 Albums of 2020:

Great music grips us with emotion and lets us to exist purely in the moment. 2020 was endless, tragic, scary, and unpredictable as any year in the last half century. But 2020 ends with hope, with a chance to redirect ourselves, individually and as a nation. The best music of 2020 helped us escape, to be sure, but it didn’t let us wander too far. No, these albums made us aware of our surroundings – the brutal and the chaotic – but they also challenged us to see our fellow human beings as real people deserving of our compassion and love. It is no coincidence that the artists who wrote these albums are all veteran songwriters. Their perspectives on 2020 and on life are reflected in music that is spiritual, defiant, energized, and mature. While 2020 may have been turbulent, the music that it bore was some of the strongest in decades. There really is no way to compile a best-of list that claims only 15 albums. My list could easily reach fifty worthy albums this year. And that’s a good sign for what is yet to come as we turn a new page.

Top 15 Songs of 2020

Musically, the year 2020 was as good as it gets. As with my Best Albums of 2020, it was impossible to limit my Best Songs of 2020 to just 10 or even 15.  There are so many more deserving songs outside of these 16. But these songs really spoke to me. Some are serene and some are jarring.  That, in retrospect, simple reflects what we needed in 2020. Sometimes the world outside made escape essential to survival.  At other points, the times and the cry for justice and change, meant that we had to get up and fight. And we needed a soundtrack for that too. I am so grateful to all of the artists making music today and making our world a far, far better place. In no particular order, here are my favorite songs of 2020

(Not sure how WAP didn’t make it on the list, but okay)

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the Auburn Symphony’s Christmas Special: Home for the Holidays.  It’s available to stream for free:


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