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My Top 10 NG Songs of 2020

Posted by TaintedLogic - January 2nd, 2021


Oh man, it's been a crazy year - pandemic, election, wildfires, protests, etc. But if there's one good thing that came out of it, it's that the Newgrounds Audio Portal has been on a hot streak. By my count, there were 90,657 pieces of music uploaded to Newgrounds in 2020, up from 61,164 in 2019. It seems that COVID-19 really has driven people to seek community online.


Anyway, I obviously haven't listened to all 90,000+ tracks uploaded to NG in 2020, but among the several hundred I have listened to, I'd like to highlight a couple of lasting favorites, in chronological order:


Royal Azalea by @Miyolophone

  • I've tried to limit myself to one song per artist on this list. Miyo made this rule the hardest - just listen to his In My Garden EP and the soundtrack to Will of the Wisp, and I'm sure you'll agree.


Body Jammer by @Waterflame

  • Gritty club beats overlaid with jazzy melodies and quirky vocal samples. Thoroughly, toe-tappingly enjoyable.


Overflow by @Rosendale

  • Rosendale is probably my favorite male vocalist on Newgrounds. He's also critically underrated. When he teamed up with Kevlah for this EDM bop, it checked all the boxes for an insta-fave and DL from yours truly.


Buccaneer Troop by @Zerisan

  • Super catchy and creative VGM track with a distinct pirate theme. You really can't go wrong with making a track about pirates.


Chapel by the Sea by @Papkee

  • An airy cinematic piece with gorgeous string melodies. The epitome of tranquility in a year of chaos.


Backfire by @SpitfyaUK

  • I know, I know. There's already too much EDM on this list. But I swear I lost like 5 pounds this summer just from jogging to this song, lol.


Lost Valley of Wycloff by @xZiriusX

  • A mesmerizing cinematic guitar track. As I said in my initial review of it in August, "that lead guitar could convince me to leave my family and join a religious cult if it wanted to."


Gaining Ground by @AjSkull

  • With consistently powerful vocals and crisp lead guitars, AjSkull's band, The Galacticas, gives me strong Green Day vibes. Also, this is the track on this list with the fewest listens, so show it some love, y'all!


Chasing Parallels by @Kor-Rune

  • It's actually a shame that Kor-Rune doesn't upload more often. The dude is just crazy talented, and this pop-rock-jazz fusion is my favorite track of his since, well, 2019.


Remember the Fallen by @Potato-stick

  • A solemn and moving tribute to the September 11th terrorist attacks. The beginning even reminds me of a @LucidShadowDreamer piano improv, which is always a good thing.


Let me know if I missed any especially good ones, guys! I'm always looking for new pieces to review. ^^ Until then, happy 2021!


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I just followed Rosendale. You're right that he's underrated!
I'm not talking about the composers themselves, but there's clearly a lot of problems with the audio portal. We keep seeing the same pool of people featured on the front page, and there's no other reliable way to gain traction as far as I can tell. That's one of the reasons I created this thread which I think someone like you could make good use of https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1454085

From this list, Remember the Fallen is probably my favorite. I was the one who told Potato-stick about the competition. I forgot that for a while since I didn't judge his group, then I was pleasantly surprised to see him in the final round, and even more surprised by his submission. Despite all the inevitable biases, I think the top 3 is pretty good, which shows that you did a good job creating a diverse group with different backgrounds. Potato published more music on his youtube channel, if you're interested.

My favorite song from Newgrounds this past year is https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/955576

Happy new year!

Thanks for the comment, Everratic! I'll check out that thread of yours. It'll make a good outlet once I start reviewing more.

I didn't necessarily order the songs in the post from best-to-worst or anything - actually, I explicitly ordered them chronologically by when they were uploaded. So, my "top 3" is just my favorite songs that were posted from January to March. :)

Ah, yes - I need to catch up with Phono's work. I lose track of so many artists during contest season when I'm busy judging others. XD

Cheers!

It feels kinda surreal to be included on this. Thank you so much! It really means the world to me.

Of course! Congrats on an awesome track and good luck with your future projects.

Thanks for including my track! I'm so glad you liked it :D

Thanks for nice words!!!

Seems like a good selection to listen through, I don't think I caught a single one of these during the year... maybe you'd have some good things to suggest in regard to the littlbox littlmixes and Tank Tribune playlists too with all the listening you're doing? Seems I'm a bit out of tune with the AP lately.

Interesting stats on the yearly counts btw. Was counting daily ones earlier, hoping to time in the millionth upload, but the rate increased past expectation the final couple of days! From roughly a hundred per day to suddenly 2-300/day the final two. Submission paces pretty crazy lately...

Thanks for the comment, Cyberdevil! Yeah, I think people have more time during quarantine than before. I'm trying to be more active around here myself - plenty to listen to in 2021. Cheers! ^^

That and I think NG's gaining some momentum again; become a lot more popular on all fronts. :) Friday Funkin' going viral, the support base actually so big we can sustain the site now, Ruffle now... feels like we're headed towards a good place.

In regards to sound I don't see the other giants innovating as much as NG does, so maybe we're picking up on a bit of their traffic too.

Same here, though all too many areas to stay active in sometimes. :) Here's and cheers to that!

Can't believe I just saw this but so honored to be on your list! Thank you so much for listening to Overflow. Fingers crossed that you stay healthy and that your 2021 is an incredible year!

Thanks so much for dropping by, Rosendale! Same well-wishes to you. ^^

Thanks so much for digging our song!

Thanks so much for digging our song!

Of course! It's a song that's easy to dig, haha.