Best of 2020 Lists

Post by Kristin, Information Services staff

If you’re anything like me, you turned to books, films, and music to find solace, beauty, escape, hope, new insights and information, and much more this year.  Here’s a round-up and celebration of some of the best of the best of 2020!


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The Guardian – Best Books of 2020

A massive list broken down by genre, age group, and more. A list with sub-lists!? That’s my kind of list.

NPR’s Best Books of 2020: Book Concierge

One of my favourites – a feast for the eyes. A beautiful visual list where you can mix and match filters to custom tailor a reading list.

CBC – Best Canadian…

All Canadian lists!  Extra bonus points for great additional features like author interviews!

Lambda Literary – 2020 Lammy Winners

Technically, not a year-end list, but a stellar list celebrating the best in 2SLGBTQIA+ Literature.

Electric Literature

Wonderfully inclusive lists that can help you diversify your reading!

Find many of the 2020’s best in the KPL collection!


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The Guardian – Best Songs of 2020

Features 20 songs, and also includes a Spotify playlist of 390 songs! That’s over 24 hours of listening pleasure!

NME – Best Albums of the Year 2020

Superb list with lovely graphics, and design!

Vulture – Best Songs of 2020

Includes links to videos for all songs.

Rolling Stone – Best Albums of 2020

Requisite list from Rolling Stone!

NPR Lists

From the folks who bring you Tiny Desk Concerts, three solid lists.

Find many of 2020’s best in the KPL collection!


The Advocate – Best 2SLGBTQIA+ Films of 2020

Slate – Bets Films of 2020

BFI – Best Films of 2020

The Atlantic – 10 Best Films of 2020

Canada’s Top 10 2020 – TIFF

Find some of 2020’s best in the KPL collection!

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