Music gives us so much—an escape, a salve, a reflection of the world in which we live. But in 2020, it felt vital in a new way. Consider the joys of Dua Lipa’s “Break My Heart,” a modern, disco-indebted stunner that—outside of the countless clubs and parties for which it’s still destined—reminded us to keep dancing, especially in quarantine. Or the courage of Lil Baby, who, in the midst of a global reckoning with systemic racism, drew on his own personal experiences for “The Bigger Picture,” a civil rights anthem for a new generation of protestors. From Bad Bunny to Bieber, Roddy Ricch to Morgan Wallen and The Weeknd, music of all styles and perspectives brought us closer together at a time when many of us have been forced apart. That’s the story of the year, and these are the songs and sounds that defined it, as chosen by Apple Music’s team of editors.