When confronted with the idea of staying home and in isolation for the majority of 2020, many people had a simple question: "What am I supposed to do now?" And this year, LGBTQ artists repeatedly answered: "Listen to this."
When the world was sent spinning into a global shutdown to stop the spread of COVID-19, many artists began rapid-fire recording and releasing music to help fill the void that was left in the wake. Queer artists were no exception — whether it was Rina Sawayama's breakthrough melding of every genre under the sun, Troye Sivan's retro-inspired take on '80s pop, or queer artists remixing masterful hits from the likes of Dua Lipa or Tegan and Sara, LGBTQ artists got creative when the chips were down, giving fans new tracks to take their minds off of the bleak reality unfolding outside their windows.
As we blissfully prepare to depart from 2020, let's take a look back at Billboard's picks for the 25 songs by LGBTQ artists that helped make this year manageable: