The year 2020 has been an historic one, and not necessarily in good ways. The United States is still navigating life in a global pandemic, people across the country protested racial injustice with a renewed fervor throughout the summer, and we dealt with a contentious presidential election in the fall.
In tumultuous times, many of us search for comfort and understanding in music. Even in these times of turmoil, country music has supplied listeners with songs that can help us keep moving forward, question the status quo and shine a light on our truths, no matter how dark or scary they may be.
These 10 songs from the year have each made a huge impact on the genre: They’ve connected with fans and helped mark an important chapter in history that won’t soon be forgotten.