Blinding Lights, The Song of 2020

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Blinding Lights, The Song of 2020

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If there is one song that defined the 2020 experience, it was Blinding Lights by the Weeknd. It was the most-streamed song of the year and achieved widespread commercial and critical success. Despite being released at the end of January before Covid had shut down North America, the imagery of empty Las Vegas streets and abandoned roads in the music video became an iconic part of lockdown life- the feeling of being alone and disoriented in a place that feels almost familiar. The frantic pace general insanity of the video was also a key part of this song's success as the world spiralled into the pandemic at a breakneck speed.

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This item was submitted on November 1, 2021 by Millicent Gadsby using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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