Mac Miller. Photo courtesy MTV.

In a year when good news was in short supply, we were happy to see that Mac Miller’s song, “Good News”just made the list of top 10 songs of 2020 published by Time Magazine. Miller’s song came in at #5.

Here’s what Time wrote, accompanied by a must-see video that is mesmerizing.

“Good news, good news, that’s all they wanna hear,” rapper Mac Miller complains, resigned but almost content with his self-imposed burden: to document the modern condition and all its uncertainties. The first single released after his death in 2018, the song is a meditation and a lament. “So tired of being so tired,” he sings, “Why I gotta build something beautiful just to set it on fire?” Like all of Miller’s work, it sounds deceptively effortless: a simple, guitar-plucked melody gives him a background over which to drape his warm verses. Those lines, too, are a front; as he shifts from unhurried singing to calm rapping, he documents an everyday struggle to stay afloat in the tide of this strange life. Miller was known for wrestling his demons in song. Here, he layers in a wry self-knowledge that rejects easy listening, even as he beckons us to relax into his gentle, timeless musical embrace. — Raisa Bruner 

What other songs made the list?

#1. “People, I’ve Been Sad,” Christine and the Queens.

#2. “WAP,” Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion

#3. “Yo Perreo Sola” remix, Bad Bunny, Ivy Queen and Nesi

#4. “Little Nokia,” Bree Runway

#5. “Good News,” Mac Miller

#6. “Think about Things,” Daoi Freyr

#7. “7 Summers,” Morgan Wallen

#8. “Back Door,” Stray Kids

#9. “Uwrongo,” Prince Kaybee, Shimza, Black Motion, Ami Faku

10. “Long Road Home,” Oneohtrix Point Never

Check it out here.

Tracy Certo

Tracy is the founder and Editor at Large of NEXTpittsburgh which she started in March 2014 and sold in December 2020. She is passionate about making Pittsburgh a better place for all and connecting people...