Tame Impala

Beau Brady's Top 10 Songs of 2020

Jan 6, 2021

Beau Brady of Yr Welcome shares his 10 favorite songs of 2020.

10. Yung Lean - "Boylife in EU"

There was a moment this year where I was listening to “Starfall” by SALEM and this song by Yung Lean on loop for about a month.

9. Panopticon - “Rune’s Heart”

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 Spy's Ferris O'Brien combs through hundreds of albums every year. Below are his 10 favorite albums of 2020.

10. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

9. Real Estate - The Main Thing

Wiretap's Top 20 Songs of 2020

Dec 3, 2020

Anna Farha, host of Wiretap, shares her 20 favorite songs of 2020. They're listed in the order they appeared on the show.

The 50 Best Albums Of 2020

Dec 2, 2020

At certain moments, 2020 felt like a year that might not ever come to an end. Now that it's mostly in our rear view, can a retrospective give a shape to that swarm of weeks and months? Can we make sense of layer upon layer of fear, anger, frustration, confusion, exhilaration and exhaustion that piled up like soil falling over our heads? Sometimes art breaks through. Better to think of the best music of 2020 as an urgent cacophony of distinct voices rather than a chorus with a single melody. Many voices, with many stories to tell.

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.

Aficionados of Tame Impala, the genre-defying brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, held their breath for half a decade waiting for his newest album, “The Slow Rush.”

Fans can rest assured that they won’t have to stand by for that long again. Parker, the 34-year-old Australian who records and produces all of Tame Impala’s vocals and instruments, says the next record drop won’t take nearly as long because he already has a “flourish of ideas” waiting to be recorded.

It's the week of February 18, 2020 and here's the new music being played on The Spy. This week includes a new song from Swim Fan, Tame Impala's latest work, the newest album from Tennis, and so much more.

This month's installment of Heavy Rotation is full of some of January's most exciting releases and collaborations, hand-picked by NPR Public Radio Member Stations. Revive your playlists with this new mix of everything from effervescent, sticky-sweet pop to homegrown blends of soul and psych-funk.