Top 100 Singles of 2021

Let's get this out of the way, 2021 wasn't a great year. Obviously, it wasn't worse than 2020 where everything felt exhausting; but this past year still couldn't help but feel the lingering aftershock of the year prior. It all seemed like the world was holding out for a return to some form of normal, but today it still seems like many people I know are still tentatively holding on to plans as the uncertainty continues. 2021 was the year I turned 25 years old. For a long time in my life, I'd been looking forward to this getting to this age but I think it's safe to say that the year I spent at 25 didn't go that way. They say that the years start to fly by as you get older, but this was the first time I really started to feel it.

I guess that brings me to how I was feeling about the pop music of this year. Right from the start of this year, it had felt to me like this would be the first time in my life that I would start to feel out of touch with the current pop music scene, right from the sudden success of Olivia Rodrigo back in January. Luckily, I pushed on and was able to find a lot to love this year outside of what was just popular. Albumoftheyear and alternative radio introduced me to a lot of wonderful tracks this year from acts like Little Simz, Magdalena Bay, Wet Leg, Turnstile and Japanese Breakfast. Australian musicians held their own this year too, judging from standout singles by Gang of Youths, Genesis Owusu, Middle Kids and Amyl & the Sniffers. For the first time in a while, this year has given me a full list of 100 songs that I am happy with!

These are my favourite songs from the year 2021 (as of December 30, 2021). I'm mostly keeping this list to singles, to prevent specific artists from having too many entries, and because the singles are the tracks I listen to most anyway. Most of these have been singles released or are featured on albums released in the span from late-November 2020 to late-November 2021.

Little Simz - Introvert
1.
Hip Hop | πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Wolf Alice - The Last Man On Earth
2.
Chamber Pop | πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Silk Sonic - Leave the Door Open
3.
Neo-Soul | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Olivia Rodrigo - good 4 u
4.
Pop Rock | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
5.
Noise Pop | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
CHVRCHES - How Not To Drown
6.
(feat. Robert Smith)
Synthpop | πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
SZA - Good Days
7.
Neo-Soul | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Gang of Youths - The Angel of 8th Ave.
8.
Indie Rock | πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
Gang of Youths - the man himself
9.
Indie Rock | πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
Holy Holy - The Aftergone
10.
(feat. CLEWS)
Indie Rock | πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
Wolf Alice - How Can I Make It OK?
11.
Dream Pop | πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Porter Robinson - Look At The Sky
12.
Synthpop | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
The Weeknd - Take My Breath
13.
Dance-Pop | πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Middle Kids - Today We’re The Greatest
14.
Indie Rock | πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
Amyl & The Sniffers - Hertz
15.
Garage Punk | πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
Wet Leg - Wet Dream
16.
Indie Rock | πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Genesis Owusu - Drown
17.
(feat. Kirin J Callinan)
Indie Pop | πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow - INDUSTRY BABY
18.
Pop Rap | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Silk Sonic - Smokin Out The Window
19.
Neo-Soul | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Porter Robinson - Musician
20.
Electropop | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Dua Lipa - Love Again
21.
Disco | πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Magdalena Bay - Secrets (Your Fire)
22.
Electropop | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Gretta Ray - Human
23.
Indie Pop | πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
Charli XCX - New Shapes
24.
(feat. Christine and the Queens & Caroline Polachek)
Electropop | πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§/πŸ‡«πŸ‡·/πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Little Simz - I Love You, I Hate You
25.
Hip Hop | πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Billie Eilish - NDA
26.
Pop | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Middle Kids - Stacking Chairs
27.
Indie Rock | πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
Wolf Alice - Smile
28.
Indie Rock | πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Turnstile - BLACKOUT
29.
Hardcore Punk | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Japanese Breakfast - Be Sweet
30.
Indie Pop | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Olivia Rodrigo - brutal
31.
Pop Rock | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Kanye West - Off The Grid
32.
(feat. Playboi Carti & Fivio Foreign)
Trap Rap | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
The Avalanches - The Divine Chord
33.
(feat. MGMT & Johnny Marr)
Synthpop | πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί/πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ/πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Halsey - I am not a woman, I'm a god
34.
Synthpop | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Sam Fender - Get You Down
35.
Heartland Rock | πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Hatchie - This Enchanted
36.
Dream Pop | πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
Gang of Youths - Unison
37.
Indie Rock | πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
Magdalena Bay - Chaeri
38.
Electropop | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Mitski - Working for the Knife
39.
Art Rock | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Lorde - Solar Power
40.
Folk Pop | πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ
Doja Cat - Kiss Me More
41.
(feat. SZA)
Pop Rap | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Genesis Owusu - Gold Chains
42.
Neo-Soul | πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί
Kanye West - Believe What I Say
43.
Hip Hop | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
AURORA - Cure For Me
44.
Indie Pop | πŸ‡³πŸ‡΄
Sam Fender - Aye
45.
Heartland Rock | πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
BROCKHAMPTON - BUZZCUT
46.
(feat. Danny Brown)
Hip Hop | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Swedish House Mafia & The Weeknd - Moth To A Flame
47.
Dance-Pop | πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ/πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
CHVRCHES - Good Girls
48.
Synthpop | πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Remi Wolf - Quiet On Set / Grumpy Old Man
49.
“Quiet On Set”
Pop Rap | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
The War on Drugs - I Don't Live Here Anymore
50.
(feat. Lucius)
Heartland Rock | πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
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9mo
Hey, great list man! Middle Kids and Gang of Youths getting the love they deserve. We share many of the same picks, plus the same no.1 - let's go Simbi :)
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