The Bests of 2020

It’s been a h*ck of a year, but there was some nice media to help me get through it.

Albums of the Year

It was a bit of an off year for me, music-wise. I only tracked 74 albums. I’m not entirely sure why it was so low. My best guess is that I usually like to listen to music that matches the mood I’m in, and this year I didn’t know how to feel. I made a playlist of my favourite songs of the year. In rough order:

Podcasts of the Year

Based on episodes released in the year 2020.

  1. Stay F. Homekins – Paul F Tompkins & Janie Haddad Tompkins
    A welcome companion through this year. I guess it’s a good thing that this show might end sometime this coming year, but it’s kind of sad too.
  2. Reply All – PJ Vogt & Alex Goldman
    From QAn*n to trying to find a song that you heard in the grocery store, Reply All is still the best at understanding the internet.
  3. Front Burner – CBC
    In a year of quick-moving news, Front Burner was a handy, digestible way to stay informed without getting to caught up in it all.
  4. Comedy Bang! Bang! – Scott Aukerman (+ Cal Solomon, August Lindt, Darren Matichek, Max Keeper, etc)
    Despite the challenges of producing this kind of show remotely, it was as funny as ever. As proof, listen to the Best of 2020 Episodes
  5. Young Adult Movie Ministry – Alissa Wilkinson & Sam Thielman
    It’s kind of like Good Christian Fun but a tad more serious?

Video Games of the Year

2020 was the year that I finally bought a Nintendo Switch. I had been wanting to play Breath of the Wild since it came out, but it took Public Health telling me to stay at home before I actually bought a Switch. I only played 2 games from 2020, so this list is 2020 games first, followed by other games I started this year – in no particular order.

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020) – Nintendo Switch
    The first game I bought for my Switch. The perfect game for this year.
  • Ghost of Tsushima (2020) – PS4
    The first AAA RPG I’ve played on PS4. This game has beautiful lighting.
  • Outer Wilds (2019) – PS4
    The first game that I got into during the early days of staying at home. Quirky and enjoyable.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017) – Nintendo Switch
    Late to this one. Not the first to say this one is great.
  • FIFA 21 (2020) – PS4
    I just like playing FIFA, ok?

Books of the Year

I read 23 books in 2020. One short of my goal of 24. I read a few books from 2019, but only two books from 2020 – The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole and Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein.

Movies of the Year

I tracked 4 films from 2020: one musical and two standup specials. So I don’t think I’ll rank them. Palm Springs ends up in first place by default. I’ll try to do better next year.