It’s very easy to come up with a list of reasons why 2020 was just the absolute worst. However, in the spirit of Christmas today, we’ve opted to look on the bright side and came up with a list of reasons why 2020 didn’t suck.
And, as with many great things, this list goes to 11. Enjoy!
The past few years have not been kind to AC/DC with the loss of rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson having to step away from the band due to hearing loss issues. However, thanks to some very secretive medical treatments, Johnson rejoined the band, bassist Cliff Williams came out of retirement and drummer Phil Rudd was back, too! AC/DC dropped their 17th studio album 'Power Up' in November to much acclaim, and it went to number one in 18 countries.
In May, NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the first space launch since 2011 to take place beginning in the United States and SpaceX’s first-ever crewed mission in the company’s 18-year history.
Drive-In venues for movies, concerts and other events became a big trend, especially in the spring and summer months when the weather warmed up and the spread of the coronavirus went down. Drive-In events became a fun way to get out of the house and actually do something that reminded us of pre-pandemic life.
With many people stuck at home during the early days of the pandemic, this led to an increase of pets being adopted or fostered. Rescue animals were named "2020's Pet of the Year' by 'Time,' which reported, "Animal welfare organizations across the country saw a spike in adoptions during the second half of March, with an estimated national adoption rate of 58% at the beginning of the month, jumping to 85% by the end of the month."
Quarantining forced people to spend a lot of time at home, and, as a result, spend a lot of time in the kitchen. By far, one of the most popular trends this year was people baking bread. There truly is something very relaxing and zen about baking bread, and finding any sense of calm was always in demand this year.
One of the best ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is through frequent hand washing. As a result, people all over the world became more aware of their own personal handwashing skills. Frankly, the increased importance of handwashing is something we should adopt moving forward just so people don't spread other illnesses easier.
Like AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne has had a rough couple of years battling a number of health issues and going public with being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Despite all of the obstacles, the Prince of Darkness triumphed with the release of his 12th studio album 'Ordinary Man,' his best album in years.
Once the spread of COVID-19 grew to pandemic proportions, scientists all over the world went to work on trying to figure out this mysterious new virus and developing the vaccine. As 2020 comes to a close, the first doses of a COVID vaccine have been administered providing the first sign of light at the end of this miserable tunnel.
Without medical workers, first responders and other frontline workers, who knows how this year would have shaken out. From doctors and nurses to grocery store clerks, these people kept the world moving, and we all should be grateful for their work.
From crazy dances to hilarious lipsyncs, TikTok blew up in 2020 and helped bring some much-needed levity to people who were trapped indoors for long periods of time during the early days of the pandemic.
Speaking of TikTok, thanks to Nathan Apodaca skateboarding while drinking Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice straight from the bottle while lipsyncing "Dreams," Fleetwood Mac had a crazy resurgence, even though they were still very popular. Countless people recreated Apodaca's now-iconic clip, including Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. The TikTok clip was so popular "Dreams" re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart in October at number 21. It marked the first time the 'Rumours' track appeared on the chart since 1977.