The best albums and songs of 2020

Fiona Apple’s Fetch The Bolt Cutters has been named music critics’ favorite album of 2020.The songs on the US singer-songwriter’s first record in eight years topped a “poll of polls” compiled by BBC News.

Phoebe Bridgers’ Punisher came second, with Taylor Swift’s Folklore taking third place.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s bass-heavy rap anthem WAP was named the year’s best song. The track, which topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, had the most Googled lyrics of the year thanks to its gleefully explicit (and creative) attitude to sexual liberation.

Megan Thee Stallion also scored the second most popular song of the year with her breakout track Savage. The song, which features fellow Houston native Beyoncé, has earned the rapper four nominations at January’s Grammys.

The BBC’s charts were compiled from 35 end-of-year lists published by the world’s most influential music magazines, blogs, newspapers and broadcasters.

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