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Rob Vera's Favorite 20 Albums of 2020

Dec 17, 2020

Turn of the Century host Rob Vera shares his 20 favorite albums of 2020.

To celebrate the end of this godforsaken year, we are publishing a special edition of Heavy Rotation — our popular, monthly series that features songs public radio can't stop playing. This list of songs is ranked by total plays across various NPR Member stations across the country. Even in a pandemic, public radio endures: Here are the most popular 30 songs from 2020.

The Recording Academy announced its 2021 Grammy nominations on Tuesday, with Beyonce, rising pop star Dua Lipa and stoner superstar Post Malone leading a diffuse field.

Beyonce features on two songs in the record of the year category, which essentially rewards the year's best single: the remix of Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage" and her own "Black Parade." The latter was also nominated for song of the year, which is awarded to the winner's songwriters.

Happy election day! It's November 3rd and here's the new music being played on The Spy to listen to while you're getting your vote on. This week's playlist is chockful of indie rock bands like the newest albums from The Strokes, The Mountain Goats, Deep Sea Diver and so much more.

Every month, we ask radio stations around the country one critical question: What's the one song you can't stop listening to? March's lineup brings you a comeback track from The Strokes, a jazz-tinged rendition of "Jolene," a new tune from the ever-innovative Thundercat and more.

All songs from this month's Heavy Rotation are available to stream on Apple Music and the Spotify playlist at the bottom of this page.

It's the week of February 25, 2020 and here's the new music being played on The Spy. This week includes a new song from The Strokes, the latest from Guided by Voices, a cover of Me Voy Pa’l Pueblo by Mapache, and so much more.