The Best Indie & Underground Songs of 2020 — Part 1 & 2

2020 was an unforgettable year, and so was the music that came out of it; featuring Arlo Parks, Empress Of, Death Valley Girls, Serena Isioma, Doja Cat, Goth Babe, Torii Wolf and more.

If there was a definite light in 2020, it was the music that came out of it. Holed up inside, artists endlessly created and offered up their harmonious servings to deliver some joy in a time of peril. If you kept up with our Best Songs of the Month posts and playlist, it’s quite clear that independent artists were keeping busy with music.

Just like our monthly features, our Best Songs of 2020 focuses on new tracks from independent artists, lesser known bands, and underground acts — with a few mainstream names that we just couldn’t get enough of.

Year In Review: Best Songs of 2020

In alphabetical order by song title:

2069, a song by Wargirl on Spotify

2069, a song by Wargirl on Spotify

4 American Dollars - Edit, a song by U.S. Girls on Spotify

4 American Dollars - Edit, a song by U.S. Girls on Spotify

After Hours, a song by The Weeknd on Spotify

After Hours, a song by The Weeknd on Spotify

Afterwards, a song by Arca, Björk on Spotify

Afterwards, a song by Arca, Björk on Spotify

Agendas, a song by Sharaya Summers on Spotify

Agendas, a song by Sharaya Summers on Spotify

ALL THESE INSTRUMENTS, a song by Nick Hakim on Spotify

ALL THESE INSTRUMENTS, a song by Nick Hakim on Spotify

Amber's Knees: A Matter of Concern, a song by Girl Friday on Spotify

Amber's Knees: A Matter of Concern, a song by Girl Friday on Spotify

And Yet It Moves / Y Se Mueve, a song by U.S. Girls on Spotify

And Yet It Moves / Y Se Mueve, a song by U.S. Girls on Spotify

Angel, a song by Geneva White on Spotify

Angel, a song by Geneva White on Spotify

Angola Rodeo, a song by Black Lips

Angola Rodeo, a song by Black Lips on Spotify

Anywayz, a song by Austra on Spotify

Anywayz, a song by Austra on Spotify

Are You Feeling Sad?, a song by Little Dragon, Kali Uchis on Spotify

Are You Feeling Sad?, a song by Little Dragon, Kali Uchis on Spotify

Around The Sun, a song by Poolside, Amo Amo

Around The Sun, a song by Poolside, Amo Amo on Spotify

A Song You'd Never Want to Hear, a song by Joy Downer on Spotify

A Song You'd Never Want to Hear, a song by Joy Downer on Spotify

Bad Decisions, a song by The Strokes on Spotify

Bad Decisions, a song by The Strokes on Spotify

Bad Times Are Good Times, a song by Daniela Andrade, Sean Leon on Spotify

Bad Times Are Good Times, a song by Daniela Andrade, Sean Leon on Spotify

Bag It Up, a song by The Cool Kids, Louis The Child

Bag It Up, a song by The Cool Kids, Louis The Child on Spotify

Barcelona, a song by The Big Moon

Barcelona, a song by The Big Moon on Spotify

Beaten Down, a song by Sharon Van Etten on Spotify

Beaten Down, a song by Sharon Van Etten on Spotify

Be Bigger, a song by vōx on Spotify

Be Bigger, a song by vōx on Spotify

Beginning - Edit, a song by LA Priest on Spotify

Beginning - Edit, a song by LA Priest on Spotify

B.I.T.C.H., a song by Megan Thee Stallion on Spotify

B.I.T.C.H., a song by Megan Thee Stallion on Spotify

Black Dog, a song by Arlo Parks on Spotify

Black Dog, a song by Arlo Parks on Spotify

Black Qualls - Single Version, a song by Thundercat, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington on Spotify

Black Qualls - Single Version, a song by Thundercat, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington on Spotify

body cast, a song by Dua Saleh on Spotify

body cast, a song by Dua Saleh on Spotify

Stream: The Best Songs of 2020

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