Carbon’s 2020 round-up

2020 – a year most of us would like to forget! It was the year of getting excited to go on a walk with your favourite family member, wearing nothing but loungewear, baking banana bread, clapping on a Thursday evening and a whole lot of thinking ‘’when will things be normal again?!’’ 

By Nicola Scovell  

Carbon is here to give you a trip down memory lane (even though it feels we have been stuck in March for nine months) and look back at the TV shows, music and viral moments that made 2020 a bit more bearable.  

TV Shows:  

How could we kick off this list without Tiger King! (No, that wasn’t a fever dream). The true-crime docu-series aired on Netflix back in March and introduced us to the crazy life of American zookeeper Joe Exotic.  

Season two of Sex Education was released in January and provided us with one of the most iconic memes this year -UK secondary schools plastered it around their bathrooms. 

Back in June ‘I May Destroy You’ landed on BBC iPlayer. The show follows millennial twitter star-turned novelist Arabella. After her drink gets spiked on a night out, she is forced to question everything. I May Destroy You creator, Michaela Cole is the showrunner, writer, director and star of the drama. It’s one of the best shows of the year and we highly recommend to give it a watch.

The Crown season four had a whole generation fall in love with Princess Diana. The latest season of The Crown follows the events between 1979 and 1990. Some events covered were the Falklands War, the break-in at Buckingham Palace and the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.


Thanks to TikTok many songs went viral this year and Doja Cat’s songs seemed to be in every video at the start of lockdown. She provided us with hit after hit including Say So, Boss Bitch and Like That.  

Megan Thee Stallion gave us one of the best albums of the year – if you haven’t listened to it yet, read Carbon’s reasons why you should. We can’t forget to mention that Cardi B teamed up with Megan to create one of the songs of the year – WAP.  

Lady Gaga took us to Chromatica with her sixth studio album and collaborated with Ariana Grande to give us one of the best pop songs of the year – Rain On Me.  

Although Harry Style’s released Fine Line in the last weeks of 2019, we can’t deny we have been blasting his album throughout 2020.  

Viral moments:  

This year hasn’t been a bundle of laughs but these TikToks and memes kept us a tiny bit sane and gave us a good laugh.  

The ‘How it started vs How it’s going’ tweets range from wholesome to savage. These depicted everything from break-ups to career achievements.
A whole generation made a musical from the Ratatouille movie. Theatre kids around the globe united to write songs, choreograph dances and even make set concepts for the Pixar film. 

Glee came out a whopping 11 years ago but one moment from the show is one of the most iconic meme moment from this year. It comes from cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester saying ”I’m going to create an environment that is so toxic.” People have taken their own spin on it and made it their own:

Probably the most chill TikTok to come out of 2020. TikTok user Nathan Apodaca filmed himself skating along to Fleetwood’ Mac’s songs Dreams sipping Ocean Spray. Thanks to the video the 1977 track made its way back onto the charts and Ocean Spray even gifted him with a truckload of the drink.