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To the Beat: December 2020
Cheers to a new edition of To the Beat and Happy New Year! As we wrap up the month of December on Beat, we're saying goodbye to 2020 and toasting with another playlist, creatively curated based on the stories you shared. We laughed about really bad song lyrics, related over your "year in music" stories, and crowned Charli XCX as the "QuaranQueen." This month's playlist is sure to bring back memories from the months that felt like years as you get ready to ring in 2021.
- First Place in 2020 Rewind Playlist Challenge
The 2020 QMA's (Quarantine Music Awards)
Ladies and Gentlemen, Theys, Thems, and everyone in between, welcome to the 2020 Quarantine Music Awards! This awards program is brought to you by me, and will be hosted by yours truly. Also me. So sit back and get ready to delve into the songs that got me through this difficult job-losing-depressing-virus-ridden year.
20 Glee Songs That Accurately Describe 2020
People have always had mixed feelings about Glee and the music from the show, but for me, Glee was one of the simple pleasures that got me through 2020. Working and doing school from home gave me a lot more free time and Glee and its music was there to motivate me, distract me, and give me something to smile about when almost nothing else did.
Edge of ‘21
If you’re reading this, you got through 2020 somehow. What did it for you? Was it looking towards the next year, the future? Was it focusing on the things that make you feel most comfortable? Was it exploring your creative outlets? It was probably a combination of all of these things. A lot of us spent this year “hiding”; hiding from the plague, hiding from our feelings, hiding from responsibility. One of the easiest ways to hide is to escape, and escaping is best done through media: television, movies, music, etc.
I’m an Old White Dude Who Loves K-Pop Music
Yes, it’s true. I love K-pop, even though it’s highly unusual for someone in my baby boomer generation to get into that kind of music. Plus, it’s mostly sung in the Korean language, but with some English interspersed here and there. But the dancing, oh, the dancing. It’s so exciting to watch the amazingly choreographed dance routines, which are fun and entertaining as accompaniments to the songs.
My Spotify 2020 Wrapped | Atlas
To think that Spotify Wrapped is four years old already! It has become the perfect way to let everyone know what we have been listening to without seeming like a brag! Whether it comes as a surprise or it was pretty obvious, the Spotify Wrapped is a great insight into our listening habits and how much we rely on music to get us through the year, not only this but it also shows us how our tastes evolve, adapting to our state of mind.
To the Beat: November 2020
We're here to rewind another month full of new music, playlists, and stories you shared on Beat, our music community. This month has proven yet again that all of you indeed are the guiding track to all things music. With over 100 new stories published on Beat this month, we created another impressive, eclectic, and motivating playlist for you, which is sure to keep going through the end of the year!
Miley Does it Again
Let me caveat this whole story by noting that it might come from a place of bias. I'm a huge Miley fan, starting from her "crazy" phase as some call it, which started during my last year of high school. Maybe I wanted to live vicariously through her because of how bored I was. I was drawn to the essence of freedom she exuded. The more I listened to her music and followed her work I realized how little she gave a fuck what people thought of her but how big she gave a fuck about other people, animals and the world at large.
10 Songs Covers that Don't Exist
Whether you love it or hate it when musicians cover other artists songs, it's been a long-going tradition ever since the music industry begun. Covers are everywhere through Youtube videos, karaoke nights and your local church session. There are good covers and bad covers. A good cover will bring a whole new life into a song like Placebo's cover of Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill. It can even make people forget that it's a cover at all like Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2 U.
READY TO RUMBLE
I have found it. This is the perfect running playlist for my millennial/gen Z babies. It contains all the pop/rap hits from 2010-the present. It can't get much better than this and I am here to tell you why.
Totally Radical '80s Workout Montage
Y’all. Am I the only one who doesn’t have a set workout routine? When I think of exercise, I don’t imagine a planned list neatly organized in sets of reps. If I tried to workout that way, I would give up after a week. Hour long pilates videos and weight-lifting have never worked out for me. Instead, I like to think of working out as a set of activities that I enjoy doing throughout the day. Everyday.
To the Beat: October 2020
We're wrapping up another month with a new round of To the Beat! This month's playlist is one to motivate, spook, and inspire, with plenty of throwbacks and classics, fit for any event. Beat, our music community, had incredible stories based on different experiences and tastes in music that led us to create this one of a kind playlist for you. We found songs that mean a lot to you, help you get through stressful times, and some feel-good jams that boosted our workday mood this week.