Best of 2020

Episode 43

The BIG List of 2020’s Best Pop Culture

We asked readers, listeners, and TC contributors to name their favorite pop culture of the year. This is everything we got.


Bill and Ted Face the Music
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
Boys State
Da 5 Bloods
David Byrne’s American Utopia
Dick Johnson is Dead
Enola Holmes
First Cow
Get Duked!
i’m thinking of ending things
The Invisible Man
Jingle Jangle
La Llorona

Lovers Rock
The Mole Agent
My Octopus Teacher
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Palm Springs
She Dies Tomorrow
Sound of Metal
Uncle Frank
The Vast of Night
The Wolf of Snow Hollow


City So Real
Cobra Kai
The Baby-Sitters’ Club
The Crown
The Good Lord Bird
The Good Place
The Haunting of Bly Manor
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
Ted Lasso
The Last Dance
Little Fires Everywhere
Lovecraft Country
The Mandalorian
Mrs. America
Never Have I Ever
The Plot Against America
The Queen’s Gambit
Space Force
Star Trek: Lower Decks
Star Trek: Discovery
What We Do in the Shadows


John J. Thompson's Best of 2020 Spotify playlist

“Electric Blue,” The Killers
Fetch the Boltcutters, Fiona Apple
Bonny Light Horseman, Bonny Light Horseman
Punisher, Phoebe Bridgers
Industry Games, Chika
Ungodly Hour, Chloe x Halle
Good Luck with Whatever, Dawes
Drip Latino playlist on Spotify
Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
Death of an Optimist, Grandson
Keeper of Days, Jon Guerra
Women in Music Pt. III, HAIM
“Hold On,” H.E.R.
Southside, Sam Hunt
Ultra Mono, Idles
Reunions, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Happy Thoughts, Andy Mineo
Getting Into Knives, The Mountain Goats
Color Theory, Soccer Mommy
folklore, Taylor Swift
“This is What You Did,” This is the Kit
“Level of Concern,” Twenty One Pilots