Ring in 2021 with cross-genre countdowns celebrating the best music of the year

SiriusXM is celebrating the end of 2020 by counting down the biggest hits on your favorite channels as you get ready for 2021.

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SiriusXM Editor
December 23, 2020

Despite being a turbulent year, 2020 had no shortage of great music and new releases that had everyone talking. As the year draws to a close, join SiriusXM in ringing in 2021 with some of the best songs from 2020. Whether you’re into pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B or country, the following SiriusXM channels will bring you all of the year-end music countdowns you need throughout the holidays.

Check out all of the countdowns below (all times in ET)!

The Spectrum (Ch. 28) is bringing listeners The Top 28 of 2020 to revisit a particularly special year of music. Enjoy this range of rock when the countdown starts on December 31 at 1pm.

Balance out a particularly heavy year with even heavier jams — during the Liquid Metal (Ch. 40) Devil’s Dozen 2020 Countdown, hosts will bring you the year’s most dominant hard and heavy songs, including tracks from Spiritbox, Deftones, Lamb of God, Body Count, and more. Dance with the devil when the countdown kicks off on December 31 at 5pm and January 1 at 3am.

From Phoebe Bridgers to Fleet Foxes and beyond, 2020 was a solid year for indie releases. Celebrate being a long way past the past when SiriusXMU (Ch. 35) honors The Top 41 of 2020, including the channel’s biggest tunes this year. Hear the special when it airs on December 31 at 12pm.

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During The Alt36 of 2020 Countdown, hear Alt Nation (Ch. 36) mainstay Madison introduce the 36 biggest songs of the year based on the channel’s weekly countdown show, The Alt18. In a year that felt like everything went wrong, celebrate what went right in the alternative music world with the songs and artists that defined the last 12 months. The special airs on December 31 at 12pm and 5pm and January 1 at 3am3pm, and 10pm.

From Zoom happy hours to masks, plenty of things are considered a sign of the times when it comes to 2020. Another noteworthy trend? An explosive era for countless music superstars. On Hits 1 (Ch. 2), hear Hits 1’s Top 30 of 2020 count down the 30 biggest songs of the year from The Weeknd, Dua Lipa, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Halsey, and many more. Take Dua’s advice and don’t go out — stay in and experience a bit of future nostalgia when the special airs on December 31 at 8pmJanuary 1 at 7amJanuary 2 at 11am, and January 3 at 10am.

Turn up as the year winds down when Hip-Hop Nation (Ch. 44) bumps the 30 tracks that reigned supreme during the Nation’s Power 30 of 2020. Hosts Torae, Gray Rizzy, and Swaggy Sie will be looking back at a momentous year for hip-hop on December 31 at 9am3pm, and 10pm; and January 1 at 7am12pm, and 6pm.

Bliss out with The Pulse (Ch. 15) and end your year with a pop as the channel serves up the Top 30 Pulse Songs of 2020 Countdown. Welcome 2021 as your favorite DJs play some of the year’s biggest pop songs from Sam Smith, Imagine Dragons, and more on December 31 at 12pm, 6pm, and 10pmJanuary 1 at 9am3pm, and 8pmJanuary 2 at 12pm and 6pm; and January 3 at 1am10am3pm, and 9pm.

Crank up The Heat (Ch. 46) as the channel introduces The Hotness 35 of 2020. From rock stars to pop stars, hear the 35 hottest hip-hop and R&B tracks of the year. Fire up the countdown when it airs on December 31 at 9pmJanuary 1 at 12pmJanuary 2 at 1pm and 9pm, and January 2 at 7pm.

Wanna roll your windows down and cruise right into a new year? Hit the open road as The Highway (Ch. 56) serves up its Year-End Review Hot 30. Hear the songs that took the channel by storm from some of country’s biggest and brightest stars when the special airs on January 1 at 12pm, January 2 at 9am and 5pm, and January 3 at 12am6am1pm, and 9pm.

Take a no-filter approach to 2021 by looking back at Shade 45’s Top 20 of 2020 as Shade 45 (Ch. 45) counts down the uncensored, unadulterated hits that dominated the channel. With tracks from Migos, Roddy Rich, Eminem, Travis Scott, and more, don’t miss the countdown when it kicks off the new year on January 1 at 12pm.

Global superstar J Balvin will count down 10 of the biggest songs of 2020 during El Dobletazo on Caliente (Ch. 158). Not only will you hear the year’s hits, but each one will be accompanied by a bonus track from the artist. The countdown begins on December 31 at 10pm and January 1 at 10am.

Also, bring 2020 to a close with an exclusive international performance from Venezuelan superstar Nacho. The Latin GRAMMY Award winner will discuss the 10-year anniversary of his song “Mi Niña Bonita” and his debut as coach on “The Voice (La Voz)” Dominican Republic. He’ll also perform tracks off his new EP, De Vuelta a Casa. Tune in on December 29 at 1pm, December 30 at 10am, December 31 at 7pm, and January 1 at 7pm.