My Year in Song

In which I compile an eclectic playlist for an eclectic year

As we commence our closing tricks in the death-defying circus act of 2020, let me gift you with a soundtrack to help us carry them off. These picks more or less sum up each thirty-day cluster; some are snapshots of the state of my soul, others are themselves the songs I kept on repeat at the time. Never in my memory has my situation—physical, psychological, financial, etc.—seen such dramatic change on an almost monthly basis, and so I figured I would retrospectively try to make sense of it in the way I know best.

A few of the following reinforce my hunch by appearing on my Spotify Wrapped. All of the following have my endorsement.

January: “Stuck in the Middle With You,” Stealers Wheel

February: “Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince,” Taylor Swift

March: “Everybody Loves Me, Baby,” Don McLean

April: “Adore You,” Harry Styles

May: “Boy Problems,” Carly Rae Jepsen

June: “Mean Girls,” Tiger Goods

July: “Rosa Parks,” OutKast

August: “Quando você chegar,” Novos Baianos

September: “I Concentrate On You,” Frank Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim

October: “Newspaper,” Fiona Apple

November: “All You Wanna Do is Dance,” Billy Joel

December: “200 Du,” Sally Yeh (from the soundtrack to Crazy Rich Asians, the best rom-com I’ve seen in a LONG time)

And oh what the heck—

Album of My Year: Fetch the Bolt Cutters, Fiona Apple

What music has defined your year?

Image: Waidmannslust, Berlin, mid-December. We are still here.

Also, longtime readers will notice we got a sprucing-up! Just another way to leave 2020 in the past.

Published by Cecilia Gigliotti

Cecilia Gigliotti (she/her) lives in Berlin with a beloved ukulele named Uke Skywalker. She co-hosts and produces the music commentary podcast POD SOUNDS. Her free time goes toward dancing, reading books new and old, drawing cartoons, taking city walks, and devoting too much thought to the foibles of her heroes. Connect with her on Instagram (@c_m_giglio, @ceciliagphotography, @pod_sounds_podcast) and see what else she's up to (

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