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Holler's Songs Of The Year 2020

December 22, 2020 12:50 pm GMT
Last Edited June 15, 2023 11:39 am GMT

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It's been quite a year, but thankfully the music never stopped. Reyna Roberts appeared out of nowhere with an absolute stomper of a debut single, while Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Mickey Guyton delivered harrowing messages of desire for change.

If that wasn't enough, Luke Combs and Eric Church showed why they are the biggest names in the game, while HARDY flew the flag for Big Loud who are undoubtably out to change it.

Here are Holler's picks for the Top 20 Tracks of the Year.

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American Aquarium - Six Years Come September

'Six Years Come September' was an instant hit for North Carolina's American Aquarium, when it was released as a single ahead of their critically-acclaimed album Lamentations. The husky vocals of BJ Barham guide rich crescendos and warm electric tones, a soundscape that captures a heartfelt reflection on lost love.

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Little Big Town - Wine, Beer, Whiskey

A country music anecdote that couldn't be more apt - Little Big Town's 'Wine, Beer, Whiskey' was written after the band had recorded a serious and heavy song, and decided to remedy the mood in the studio with - you guessed it - wine, beer and whiskey. The track is filled to the brim with hooks galore, and with riffy horns and catchy choral vocals, it can't help but stick in your head.

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Brothers Osborne - Hatin' Somebody

2020 has seen multiple artists take to the tunes to express their anti-hate ideologies, and swamp rock duo Brother Osborne have done so with bluesy riffs and grooving jams aplenty. 'Hatin' Somebody' is a funky, slide guitar-heavy track that preaches the pointlessness of bigotry, through anecdotal lyrics about the brothers' Grandfather. "Everyone's been guilty of doing some hatin'. I have," JT Osborne notes. "And it's a song that's fun to sing for people to remind them, but also to remind myself."

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Caylee Hammack - Small Town Hypocrite

In this autobiographical hit, Caylee Hammack reflects on all the time she spent dreaming about escaping her small town, only to pass up on the opportunity when it came (to stay with her now ex-boyfriend). "Phantom pains for the wings I lost", she sings, recollecting the consequences of a misjudged decision. Though the song has an air of melancholy, its prevailing theme is one of optimism - Hammack has achieved her dream, despite the hurdle, and sings now from a place of maturity.

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Eric Church - Stick That In Your Country Song

The fact this song was written in 2015 goes to show that little has changed in this world and we simply aren't doing enough to make it so. The Entertainer of the Year could see its resonance, a venomous jab at the industry and the artists who continue to only sing about trucks and beer instead of anything of substance.

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Carly Pearce & Lee Brice - I Hope You're Happy Now

The title of this Luke Combs co-write may have sounded like another spiteful break-up song in the country music canon, but Pearce and Brice surprised us. In releasing this mature and candid single about moving on - whether you are ready or not - the pair strove to reflect, heal and succeeded.

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Lera Lynn - Are You Listening?

On 'Are You Listening?', Lera Lynn's hypnotic vocal harmonies take centre stage, driven by up-tempo beats and gritty guitar phrases. There's a special power to this song - it's a confident and catchy statement of intent, complete with a dark and enticing cinematic atmosphere.

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Miranda Lambert - Settling Down

A mellow yearning number from her 2019 record Wildcard, Miranda Lambert finds herself at the fork in the road, does she carry on living fast or allow herself to finally settle down. It's a subtle pop jam, full of crossover appeal.

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Yola & The Highwomen - Hold On

'Hold On' is a song to cry to, dance to and totally re-empower yourself with. Yola's glowingly rich and soulful tones are the safe embrace of love's comfort, reinforced, of course, by the power-choir that is The Highwomen. In a year of such turmoil, 'Hold On' is the message of hope and power that we can all continue return to for strength and solidarity.

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