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The Song That Became the Mental Health Anthem of 2020

“I am gonna make it through this year if it kills me.”— John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats It’s the chorus of indie-folk ensemble The Mountain Goats’ 2005 processional “This Year.” That lyric encapsulates a longing for an end to 2020, a year that — as we all know — was plagued by coronavirus, financial strife, high unemployment, food insecurity, isolation and for us, depression, anxiety, erratic moods, addiction and a host of other horrible mental health challenges.

UK newspaper The Guardian, created a poll asking readers to name the song they want to hear on their “Ultimate New Year’s Eve Playlist,” and The Mountain Goats’ “This Year” came in at number-one with nearly 10,000 votes.

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