Tracks of the Year 2020

Todd Atticus selects his top tracks from the last 12 months

Cover artwork for Todd Atticus' Tracks of the Year 2020
Cover artwork for Tracks of the Year 2020

Keeping with the artist's annual end-of-year tradition, Todd Atticus has announced his favourite music from the year gone by. In a Spotify playlist labelled Tracks of the Year 2020 posted on social media this week, Atticus has given us an insight into what songs have received the most love in his studio during this turbulent year.


Featuring an eclectic selection of musicians and styles, this year's top 100 countdown follows in the tradition of Atticus' ongoing series of monthly mixtapes.


Writing about the music that helped him through lockdown, Atticus wrote in June that he'd been "obsessively playing latin-jazz, afrobeat, classic soul and funk", genres which feature heavily in this year's list.

Tracks of the Year 2020

1. Uwa – Pongo 2. Sweet – Porridge Radio 3. A Hero's Death – Fontaines D.C. 4. Wildfires – SAULT 5. Wonderous Love – Shirley Collins 6. Texas Drums, Pt. I & II – Pottery 7. International Love Affair – Keleketla! 8. Fall With Me – Sinead O Brien 9. IN THE MIRROR 거울 – Yaeji 10. Blinding Lights – The Weeknd 11. Afande – Skinshape (feat. Idd Aziz) 12. Movementt – Emma-Jean Thackray 13. Neither/Nor – Moses Sumney 14. sukima – FUJI||||||||||TA 15. True Stereo – Willie J Healey 16. Under The Table – Fiona Apple 17. Jungles – Isaac Aesili 18. If You Know – KEYAH/BLU 19. I'm New Here – Gil Scott-Heron, Makaya McCraven 20. Grounds – IDLES 21. One More Time – Kamaal Williams, Henry Wu 22. Time (You and I) – Khuangbin 23. I'm Not Your Dog – Baxter Dury 24. Call My Phone Thinking I'm Doing Nothing Better – The Streets, Tame Impala 25. Olodé – Kiko Dinucci

26. What Kinda Music – Tom Misch, Yussef Dayes

27. Never (Lagos Never Gonna Be The Same Again) – Tony Allen, Hugh Masekela 28. Cellular – King Krule

29. Apricots – Bicep

30. Kitchen Sink – Nadine Shah

31. Home – Caribou

32. Cars in Space – Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

33. Switch – Biig Piig

34. Too Lost – Bishop Nehru

35. Nikinakinu – Greg Foat

36. Weird Fishes – Lianne La Havas

37. Rocket Fuel – DJ Shadow (feat. De La Soul)

38. Find My Feet – Model 86

39. Gospel For A New Century – Yves Tumor

40. Birthright – Sarathy Korwar, Zia Ahmed, Mirande, Swadesi

41. Rain on Me – Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande

42. Cheater – Wilma Archer, Sudan Archives

43. Pure Luxury – NZCA LINES

44. 10K – Obongjayar

45. America – Sufjan Stevens

46. I Contain Multitudes – Bob Dylan

47. French Countryside – Jehnny Beth

48. Sad Cowboy – Goat Girl

49. Barké – Falle Nioke, Ghost Culture

50. Black Dog – Arlo Parks

51. Say Something – Kylie Minogue

52. Luxe – Holy Fuck, Alexis Taylor

53. Lucky (Oldest Grave) – Bastien Keb

54. Momentary Bliss – Gorillaz (feat. Slowthai & Slaves)

55. Fantasy – Against All Logic

56. House Music All Night Long – JARV IS...

57. On The Floor – Perfume Genius

58. Say Peace – Common (feat, Black Thought & PJ)

59. Wind Parade – Jordan Rakei

60. Pueblo – Aquiles Navarro, Tcheser Holmes

61. The City – Jockstrap

62. Monique's Mood – Teeth Agency

63. Nowhere To Hide Now – Ghostpoet

64. Tittle Tattle – Nubiyan Twist, CHERISE

65. Persona Non Grata – Bright Eyes

66. I Fell in Love – Helado Negro, Xenia Rubinos

67. Out of Time – Joan As Police Woman

68. Baby – Four Tet

69. The Great Ape – Party Dozen

70. People, I've been sad – Christine and the Queens

71. What Moves – LA Priest

72. Hunter – Becca Mancari

73. Quest for Coin II – Ezra Collective, Jme, Swindle

74. For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born – Lightning Orchestra

75. Keep the Light Inside the House – Saint Jude

76. Atmosphere – The Colours That Rise, Yazmin Lacey

77. Yesterday – Loyle Carner

78. Right Around the Clock – Sorry

79. Start Again – Keely Forsyth

80. I Keep Calling – James Blake

81. Sludge – Squid

82. Unveiled – FLOHIO

83. Domestic Tasks – Sebastien Tellier

84. Lake VU – Apifera, Yonatan Albalak, Amir Brester, Rejoicer, Nitai Hershkovits

85. Motherfuckers Got to Go – Deep Lips, Deep Valy, The Flaming Lips

86. No – Billy Nomates

87. Crimson Tide – Destroyer

88. Daily Routine – Disq

89. Held Down – Laura Marling

90. We Will Always Love You – The Avalanches (feat. Blood Orange)

91. A Shimmer – Nils Frahm

92. Landslide – Martha Hill

93. Frame of Reference – Drug Store Romeos

94. Joyful Spirits of the Universe – Matthew Halsall

95. Casino Queen – Jackie Lynn

96. Baddies – Laterns of the Lake

97. Supergo – Lunch Money Life

98. Don't You Know Who I Am – Reb Fountain

99. Key – Sam Gendel

100. Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme) – The Orielles


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