Best of 2021: The Music That Defined The Year

There is so much music coming out now that it is almost impossible to to keep up. I literally check my Apple Music every Friday for new albums and read reviews every week to help sift through all the noise. This is still not enough to catch all the great music coming out. And I’ve honestly had to listen through dozens of horrible rap and heavy metal albums in order to find the gems, but they are out there. In fact, I’ve discovered a few more great albums just while I was putting together this list. So, I hope this breakdown of some of the best music I listened to in 2021 will help you discover some music that wasn’t already on your radar.

 

 

BEST HARD ROCK

Limp Bizkit: Still Sucks

Evanescence: The Bitter Truth

The Pretty Reckless: Death By Rock and Roll

Gojira: Fortitude

Chevelle: Niratias

 

BEST HIP HOP/RAP

Nas: King’s Disease ll

Dave: We’re All Alone In This Together

Little Simz: Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

 

BEST POP

Silk Sonic: An Evening With Silk Sonic

Adele: 30

Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever

Olivia Rodrigo: Sour

Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version)

 

BEST CLASSICAL/INSTRUMENTAL

Julius Eastman, Vol 1: Femenine

Floating Points, Pharaoh Sanders, and the London Symphony Orchestra: Promises

Jonny Greenwood: The Power of the Dog

Hans Zimmer: Dune

Tom Holkenborg: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE

Halsey: If I Can’t Have Love I Want Power

Allison Russell: Outside Child

Japanese Breakfast: Jubilee

The War on Drugs: I Don’t Live Here Anymore

Lucy Dacus: Home Video

The Weather Station: Ignorance

Hayley Williams: FLOWERS for VASES/descansos

Wolf Alice: Blue Weekend

 

Nathan Ligon

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