AOTY 2021

⁉️ 2021 ⁉️

All the projects (including EPs) I have heard in 2021, RANKED!

(100) - Masterpiece: 0
(94-99) - Phenomenal : 4
(88-93) - Amazing: 9
(80-87) - Great: 31
(70-79) - Good/Really Good: 53
(60-69) - Decent: 40
(50-59) - Mid: 32
(40-49) - Bad: 17
(30-39) - Terrible: 11
(20-29) - Horrible: 5
(10-19) - Horrendous: 5
(0-9) - No way this exists: 2

Black Country, New Road - For the first time
1.
97
This album I believe will stay album of the year for me. The wild and fucking amazing instrumentation that can change up any second is to die for, and the raw yet polished vocals pair with it so well. BCNR really did something incredible with this album.

Best Track(s): Opus, Science Fair
Worst Track: nah.
Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
2.
95
The lavish production with the intense lyricism is just MWAH CHEFS KISS. It is really going to take me a little to digest this all. So far this is the top 3 rap album of the decade (bit biased towards RTJ4). Good on you Little Simz.

Best Track(s): Little Q Pt. 2, Introvert
Worst Track: Rollin Stone
JPEGMAFIA - LP! (Offline Version)
3.
93
This takes styles Peggy has experimented with before and fleshes them out perfectly. Probably my favorite rap album of the year so far.

Best Track(s): HAZARD DUTY PAY!, REBOUND!
Worst Track: 🔥
Spellling - The Turning Wheel
4.
93
Being called a Fantano bite is going to be worth it, because this album is PHENOMENAL. The progression and vocal range are just wow...

Best Track(s): Turning Wheel, Boys At School
Worst Track: Sweet Talk
Injury Reserve - By the Time I Get to Phoenix
5.
92
The weirdness in this painful album is something really special. Rest In Peace Groggs.

Best Track(s): Top Picks For You, Bye Storm
Worst Track: Wild Wild West
BROCKHAMPTON - ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE
6.
90
Probably their most colorful album to date. This is also Joba's album, he shined more than anyone on here. Beautifully executed.

Best Track(s): THE LIGHT, BUZZCUT
Worst Track: I"LL TAKE YOU ON
Silk Sonic - An Evening with Silk Sonic
7.
90
After one of the worst weeks of my life... Silk Sonic is there to comfort me. An amazing album... perfect length too.

Best Track(s): Smokin Out The Window, Put On A Smile
"Worst" Track: Fly As Me
Tyler, the Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST
8.
90
A well-deserved victory lap for Tyler.

Best Track(s): MASSA, HOT WIND BLOWS
Worst Track: RUNITUP
Kanye West - Donda
9.
89
THE FUCKING MAD MAN DID IT! THIS IS WHY HE IS THE GOATTTTT.

Best Track(s): Come To Life, Off The Grid
Worst Track: Tell The Vision
Kero Kero Bonito - Civilisation II
10.
88
They can't keep getting away with this.

Best Track: Well Rested
Worst Track: N/A
Adia Victoria - A Southern Gothic
11.
88
I have listened to this many times and still haven't fully processed it.

Best Track(s): My Oh My, Whole World Knows
Worst Track: Far From Dixie
Sematary - Rainbow Bridge 3
12.
87
A very surface-level mixtape, but that’s not a bad thing at all. FUCK IS THIS HARD. BARELY ANY MISSES.

Best Track(s): I’m A Sinner, Chainsaw Party
Worst Track: Toothtaker
Genesis Owusu - Smiling With No Teeth
13.
87
While Genesis Owusu does keep his influences on his sleeve (Thundercat, MC Ride, etc.). He still has something really unique about him. Such a GREAT debut album.

Best Track(s): A Song About Fishing, The Other Black Dog
Worst Track: Smiling With No Teeth
Deerhoof - Actually, You Can
14.
87
The entire album I was screaming "WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT" but it is somehow still a masterpiece.

Best Track(s): Scarcity Is Manufactured, Epic Love Poem
Worst Track: We Grew, And We Are Astonishe
black midi - Cavalcade
15.
87
The amazing contrast of different styles here is insane. Everything is put together just so fucking well. Insane album... and I don't even think they are at their best yet.

Best Track(s): John L, Slow
Worst Track: Dethroned
파란노을 [Parannoul] - To See the Next Part of the Dream
16.
86
A real tearjerker, to say the least. Executed beautifully.

Best Track: 아날로그 센티멘탈리즘 (Analog Sentimentalism)
Worst Track: Chicken
Weezer - OK Human
17.
86
While the song-writing can be mediocre at times, the production and the melancholic tone to the album makes it a pretty good album! (Edit: WOW IS THIS ONE A GROWER! A pretty good album turned into a PRETTY GREAT ONE!)

Best Track(s): Numbers, Grapes Of Wrath
Worst Track: Screens
St. Vincent - Daddy's Home
18.
86
Vintage greatness... I listened to this while stoned so I might be bias but holy shit.

Best Track(s): The Melting Of The Sun, My Baby Wants A Baby
Worst Track: The Laughing Man
Circuit Des Yeux - -io
19.
86
Absolutely INSANE vocals with gentle but sometimes triumphant instrumentation.

Best Track(s): Sculpting the Exodus, Neutron Star
Worst Track: The Chase
Quadeca - From Me To You
20.
86
A year ago, I would have called you crazy if you said Quadeca would make an album like this. This album as a whole is so fucking textured, he really did something amazing here.

Best Track: Maybe Another Day...
Worst Track: Where’d You Go?
Jeff Rosenstock - SKA DREAM
21.
86
While I don't think it is better than the OG, it sure added more fun to an already fun album. I love what he did here.

Best Track: SKrAm!
Worst Track: Monday At Back To The Beach
Squid - Bright Green Field
22.
85
This album has a really high octane energy, and can even be pretty goofy at times. But, almost everything about this project is momentous. One of the most impressive albums of the entire year.

Best Track(s): Narrator, Global Groove
"Worst" Track: 2010
Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World
23.
85
These songs have INSANE progression dude. This entire album is just full of bangers.

Best Track(s): Chaeri, You Lose!
Worst Track: Follow The Leader
Bo Burnham - Inside (The Songs)
24.
85
I love the special too much to not have this at a 90 LMFAO (Edit: TikTok ruined some of these songs)

Best Track(s): Welcome to the Internet, All Eyes on Me, Goodbye
Worst Track: FaceTiming With My Mom
Dayglow - Harmony House
25.
84
This is one of the most consistent albums this year, not a bad song on this at all. Soothing as hell.

Best Track: Woah Man
Worst Track: Crying On The Dancefloor
James Blake - Friends That Break Your Heart
26.
84
The way he blends these electronic elements with his art pop like voice is CRAZY GOOD.

Best Track: Famous Last Words
Worst Track: Say What You Will
Yola - Stand for Myself
27.
84
Powerful voice with insane vocal range. The writing on here is nothing short of beautiful.

Best Track: Diamond Studded Shoes, Stand For Myself
Worst Track: If I Had To Do It All Again
Clairo - Sling
28.
84
Wow. This album is incredibly lush. I am so glad Clairo expanded her sound like this, great shit.

Best Track: Amoeba
Worst Track: Reaper
Ad Nauseam - Imperative Imperceptible Impulse
29.
84
I'm not really well versed in metal, like, at all. But I really loved the tempo switches on this album, and how INTENSE the album is as a whole.

Best Track: Coincidentia Oppositorum
Worst Track: Inexorably Ousted Sente
Nas - King’s Disease II
30.
83
Nas... NAS IS BACK BABY.

Best Track: Store Run
Worst Track: YKTV
Turnstile - TURNSTILE LOVE CONNECTION
31.
83
It does leave you wanting more... GIVE ME GIVE ME MORE.

Best Track: MYSTERY
Worst Track: N/A
Moral Collapse - Moral Collapse
32.
83
Suspenseful, intricate, and a damn great album.

Best Track: Suspension of Belief
Worst Track: Denier of Light
Sematary - Screaming Forest
33.
83
I know it is weird to say but this album is more laid back than his last, that being said it isn't laid back AT ALL. This shit really doesn't give you a break.

Best Song: KAMAKRAZEE, SCARECRAW
Worst Track: SPIRITS
Armand Hammer & The Alchemist - HARAM
34.
82
Very ominous production, it pairs so well with the rapping here. There are some songs that keep this from being better, but the highs here are HIGH.

Best Track(s): Chicharonnes, Stonefruit
Worst Track: God's Feet
YUKIKA - timeabout,
35.
82
These glittery synths and dreamy vocals man... such a fun EP.

Best Track: Secret
Worst Track: PUNG!
Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine - A Beginner’s Mind
36.
82
One of the most soothing albums of the entire year. It isn't near my favorite Sufjan album or anything, but it is still pretty great.

Best Track: Reach Out
Worst Track: Beginner’s Mind
Regional Justice Center - Crime and Punishment
37.
81
"Man, what did he do to make them ****** that mad?!"

Best Track: Violent Crime
Worst Track: N/A
PinkPantheress - to hell with it
38.
81
THIS IS SO FUN AND CUTE BUT ALSO MELANCHOLIC I LOVE IT.

Best Track: Just for me
Worst Track: Last valentines
Bruiser Wolf - Dope Game Stupid
39.
81
If he perfects his sound and keeps up with these amazing one-liners and unique delivery, he can be a fucking legend.

Best Track(s): Whip Test, I'm An Instrument
Worst Song: Bottles of Añejo
Zack Fox - shut the fuck up talking to me
40.
80
The funniest thing about this project is that it ends off with an Abstract Hip-hop song reminiscent of Westside Gunn, and it sounds better than anything off of his two recent projects HAHAHAHAHA

Best Track: mind yo business
Worst Track: menace
CZARFACE & MF DOOM - Super What?
41.
80
It is so nice to hear DOOM again. This album is nerdy, fun, and extremely well done.

Best Track: Break in the Action
Worst Track: So Strange
Black Dresses - Forever In Your Heart
42.
80
What a vigorous album. Some moments can be so raw and harsh, and other times be so polished and beautiful. Captivating front to back.

Best Track(s): Gone In An Instant, Heaven
Worst Track: Perfect Teeth
Low - Hey What
43.
80
As much as I would like big drops that would leave me speechless, this album still did great things and it made me really happy :)

Best Track: More
Worst Track: I Can Wait
Left At London - T.I.A.P.F.Y.H.
44.
79
The RANGE on this album is stellar.

Best Track(s): Pills & Good Advice, THIS IS A PROTEST FOR YOUR HEART!!!
Worst Track: there is a place for you here.
shame - Drunk Tank Pink
45.
79
A hard-hitting record that kept me pulled in all the way through. With immaculate songwriting and abrasive instrumentals. (Edit: GREW OFF A BIT, BUT I STILL REALLY LIKE IT!)

Best Track: Human, For A Minute
Worst Track: Great Dog
Show Me The Body - Survive
46.
79
This EP is like candy, I feel like the most I keep digesting it I'm going to get addicted.

Best Track: Survive
Worst Track: N/A
Keegan Isowe - AOIFE
47.
78
Keegan is a good friend of mine, and he also happened to drop a really good debut project. With personal lyricism and layered projection, this album really blew me away for a debut project. Especially coming from someone who is only FIFTEEN YEARS OLD.

Interview I did with Keegan: https://youtu.be/JRgcTmecZSU

Best Track(s): South, Spot
Worst Track: Aoife
Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
48.
78
This entire album is just so sexy, there really isn't any other way to put it.

Best Track: Happier Than Ever
Worst Track: I Didn't Change My Number
Turnstile - GLOW ON
49.
78
While I do think this is REALLY GOOD, it could have been better.

Best Track: MYSTERY
Worst Track: NEW HEART DESIGN
Duda Beat - Te Amo Lá Fora
50.
78
I have come to the conclusion that I would make love with synths. The album also has these really pretty vocals with the amazing synths :)

Best Track: Tocar Você
Worst Track: Nem um Pouquinho
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9mo
you not rocking with british people⁉️
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british
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Weezer sucks but here's the like u bitch
10mo
yasss queen!
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nice 👍
10mo
good list
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