Must Hear Albums 2021: User Version

This list may seem kinda odd at first glance, but bear with me. I've seen many people complain about how the Must Hear Albums stamp is based on solely critics, so I thought it would be a good idea to comprise the 2021 must hear albums that have the user stamp of approval. To make it onto this list with a user score ranging from 75-79, it must have a user score of 75+ with 800+ ratings. If an album has an 77+ user score, there must be 700+ ratings or it can't be included. If an album has an 80+ user score, there must be 500+ ratings or it can't be included. Anything below 75 isn't allowed in.

Hopefully, this can help you dodge past the stuff that critics are hyping up and users aren't as huge on.

Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams
Critic Score: 82 (35 Ratings)
User Score: 75 (1,400+ Ratings)
Black Country, New Road - For the first time
100
Critic Score: 82 (29 ratings)
User Score: 82 (2,600+ Ratings)
파란노을 [Parannoul] - To See the Next Part of the Dream
Critic Score: 82 (2 Ratings)
User Score: 81 (1,100+ Ratings)
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - CARNAGE
82
Critic Score: 88 (30 Ratings)
User Score: 77 (1,100+ Ratings)
Genesis Owusu - Smiling With No Teeth
83
Critic Score: 84 (18 Ratings)
User Score: 81 (1,600+ Ratings)
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
84
Critic Score: 88 (25 Ratings)
User Score: 81 (1,400+ Ratings)
Armand Hammer & The Alchemist - HARAM
86
Critic Score: 82 (8 Ratings)
User Score: 77 (900+ Ratings)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!
76
Critic Score: 81 (27 Ratings)
User Score: 77 (1,000+ Ratings)
BROCKHAMPTON - ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE
85
Critic Score: 76 (17 ratings)
User Score: 77 (2,300+ Ratings)
Taylor Swift - Fearless (Taylor's Version)
Critic Score: 80 (16 Ratings)
User Score: 77 (900+ Ratings)
Kero Kero Bonito - Civilisation II
84
Critic Score: 79 (8 Ratings)
User Score: 79 (900+ Ratings)
Porter Robinson - Nurture
73
Critic Score: 76 (13 Ratings)
User Score: 75 (1,300+ Ratings)
Squid - Bright Green Field
89
Critic Score: 85 (27 Ratings)
User Score: 80 (1,700+ Ratings)
St. Vincent - Daddy's Home
81
Critic Score: 84 (36 Ratings)
User Score: 80 (1,800+ Ratings)
black midi - Cavalcade
90
Critic Score: 80 (31 Ratings)
User Score: 83 (2,000+ Ratings)
Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend
78
Critic Score: 86 (31 Ratings)
User Score: 79 (1,700+ Ratings)
Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
85
Critic Score: 87 (26 Ratings)
User Score: 80 (1,800+ Ratings)
Bo Burnham - Inside (The Songs)
Critic Score: 88 (2 Ratings)
User Score: 78 (700+ Ratings)
Tyler, the Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST
86
Critic Score: 87 (23 Ratings)
User Score: 83 (3,800+ Ratings)
Spellling - The Turning Wheel
90
Critic Score: 81 (13 Ratings)
User Score: 82 (1,500+ Ratings)
Lucy Dacus - Home Video
Critic Score: 80 (27 Ratings)
User Score: 77 (800+ Ratings)
Clairo - Sling
Critic Score: 80 (26 Ratings)
User Score: 75 (1,400+ Ratings)
Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
Critic Score: 83 (33 Ratings)
User Score: 76 (2,700+ Ratings)
Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready
86
Critic Score: 87 (13 Ratings)
User Score: 83 (1,200+ Ratings)
Nas - King’s Disease II
Critic Score: 81 (11 Ratings)
User Score; 76 (800+ Ratings)
Turnstile - GLOW ON
87
Critic Score: 88 (18 Ratings)
User Score: 79 (800+ Ratings)
Kanye West - Donda
85
Critic Score: 57 (22 Ratings)
User Score: 75 (3,600+ Ratings)
Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
98
Critic Score: 90 (35 Ratings)
User Score: 88 (2,600+ Ratings)
Low - Hey What
84
Critic Score: 83 (26 Ratings)
User Score: 78 (700+ Ratings)
Injury Reserve - By the Time I Get to Phoenix
93
Critic Score: 81 (11 Ratings)
User Score: 83 (1,500+ Ratings)
Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine - A Beginner’s Mind
Critic Score: 79 (20 Ratings)
User Score: 82 (1,000+ Ratings)
James Blake - Friends That Break Your Heart
Critic Score: 74 (23 Ratings)
User Score: 77 (900+ Ratings)
Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World
89
Critic Score: 74 (9 Ratings)
User Score: 80 (800+ Ratings)
JPEGMAFIA - LP! (Offline Version)
87
Online:

Critic Score: 83 (4 Ratings)
User Score: 82 (1,100+ Ratings)

Offline:

Critic Score: 90 (2 Ratings)
User Score: 87 (600+ Ratings)
Lana Del Rey - Blue Banisters
Critic Score: 74 (25 Ratings)
User Score: 75 (1,000+ Ratings)
Silk Sonic - An Evening with Silk Sonic
88
Critic Score: 82 (11 Ratings)
User Score: 85 (1,900+ Ratings)
Taylor Swift - Red (Taylor's Version)
Critic Score: 88 (11 Ratings)
User Score: 81 (800+ Ratings)
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2mo
Where's weezer?
4mo
I would've said the new Quadeca record, but that sadly just has a 70. Still, great list so far, the Brockhampton and especially the Tyler record are some of the best of the year so far.
9mo
yeah i think in that case 300 is fine, maybe even 200, there are some nice records with not many ratings. i was just saying that the equivalent to 15 critic entries is higher than 300
9mo
@Rater I had it at 500 originally, I dropped it down to under 500 because I wanted to highlight some must hears with under 500 ratings that few people knew about (for ex. an album with 300 ratings and 80+ critic score/75 or so user score from a band no one knows about. It will probably slip under most people's radars but it's worth acknowledging) It's an unlikely scenario, but I thought I'd at least prepare for if that does happen.
Also, I'll add the user score 80+ thing, good idea g
9mo
everything with 75s user score can depend on 80+ critic score (as those are usually not that great on their own) but everything above 80 user score shouldn't
9mo
also now that i think of it having this denomination depend on critic score is just self-defeating
9mo
good idea, but i'll say you should bump it up to 500+ ratings, 300 is nothing
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