Music of 2021: more than 500 songs


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Since January 2023, we have begun to review what this decade is leaving us. Regardless of memory or nostalgia, the exercise of recovering the best music of 2021 it may seem a little more complicated. We lack the main advantage that time would give us: unifying criteria and offering a collective memory of what that year meant. However, it is also a way of anticipating that rupture, because there were other songs in 2021 and it is also worth considering them important or at least alternatives.

For this reason, in this post we not only share with you a music playlist of the year 2021; We highlight the ones we liked the most from then. Of course we include songs by Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey or Adele Otherwise, it would defeat the purpose of the title of this article. But his presence is testimonial, so to speak. They are there because they deserve to be, but we are not going to highlight them among our favorite songs of 2021 because there are others that we like much more. This goes beyond C. Tangana, Zahara either Derby Motoreta’s Burrito Kachimba of Tyler, The Creator, Lorde, Halsey either Greta Van Fleet. And it goes further because in the Spotify playlist has more than 500 songs from 2021.

So, then we leave you with the table of contents where you will find the selection of songs of 2021 and the playlist to which we invite you to subscribe to be able to listen to it in its entirety without any rush. Also, if you like what we put on the list, don’t forget that there are many more playlists on the profile that range from music charts by year to different genres, moods and much more.

The best songs of 2021: music in English, Spanish and more

Skate, by Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak)

Silk Sonic is a musical duo formed in 2021 by Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, two of the most important black music singers of recent years. In fact, so much so that their style on this joint album sounds like a true tribute to the great R&B, Soul and Funk classics from the 60s and 70s. Hence also the pints they wear in the videos, performances and publicity photos.

The song Skate belongs to the album An Evening With Silk Sonic which was released on November 12, 2021, practically at the discount minute to be part of the lists that many music critics make to summarize the musical year in a few titles.

Until You by AHI

THERE is the pseudonym (and acronym) of the Canadian singer-songwriter Ahkinoah Habah Izarh who drinks musically from sounds that go from soul to country More like Nashville. The song until you is one of the highlights of his album prospect where we could also enjoy danger.

On a personal level, I was surprised to hear these songs twice when I visited a Greek empanada place called Alevri (already closed), because at first one would think that no one in Spain would know about it, more for being a conventional type of music than for another more reason, in theory, obvious. It’s a pity that the couple who ran the place announced its closure on September 9, 2022. This reminder remains as a thank you for their rich spanakopita and the other varieties available.

Record Player, by Daisy the Great & AJR

Another duo, in this case formed by Kelley Nicole Dugan and Mina Walker filled our hearts in 2021 with record player in which they collaborated, on the other hand, the trio of brothers AJR, whose name consists in turn of the first letters of the names of its members. It seems that it is the decade of choosing names like this.

Although this song was released in 2021, we don’t want to pass up the opportunity to count on its presence in the list to remember that this recording borrows from the original (titled The Record Player Song and published in 2018 by Daisy the Great) practically everything that we now hear in this version, except for the addition of the AJR brothers and their musical tweaks so in keeping with their style.

I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance) by Glass Animals

the single I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance) It was the first song released by Glass Animals after his colossal album dreamland, which sums up the electrifying mood of the year that changed everything for the Oxford quartet. We must not forget that we come from listening Heat Waves which became a success in number of listeners and copies sold in practically the whole world.

It’s All Happening, by Saint Motel

I have to confess that I didn’t know anything about Saint Motel until i ran into It’s All Happening. It seems that they already had a good number of fans then. After all, I decided it was time to listen to the rest of the album where we found this song, titled The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. A varied work and with some great songs. The talent of the band members (AJ Jackson, Aaron Sharp, Dak Lerdamornpong and Greg Erwin) is unquestionable.

Venus Fly Trap by Marina

Welsh singer of Greek origin Marina Lambrini Diamandis decided in 2019 to abandon his stage name Marina & The Diamonds presenting a new work titled Love + Fear, in which many of us still did not see the difference between one nickname and the other (both taking his real name as a base). Went with Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land in 2021, on the other hand, when his style enters Electro, Synth-pop, Dance-pop and Synthwave He reconciled us with an artist who had always kept us glued to his songs.

Bad Day by Charlotte Sands

Despite the fact that at home she is much better known as Carlota Arenas, Charlotte Sands He doesn’t stand out for singing copla, flamenco or something like that, precisely. In reality, the American singer moves with greater dexterity between the emo and pop rock as the song demonstrates Bad Day one of the best alternative songs of 2021, in fact.

Since we met her on this blog, the truth is that we haven’t stopped seeing how she publishes singles without stopping. Among the highlights of his short discography full of singles, the lyrics come first, although there is much more, as confirmed by songs like Beauty In The Bad Things, sexoxo, tantrum, roller coaster, Out Of My Head, Want You Like That, Lost or Keep Me Up All Night.

Stay by Saint Nomad

the trio Saint Nomad defines his music on his official website as a union of organic instruments, electronic soundscapes and cinematic hooks from alternative pop either. A sound made for dance floors and stadiums: an epic mix of melody and movement, cemented by three brothers who write, perform and produce their own material.

About the last part, no idea, but about the initial description, I can say that stay it fulfills what it promises from the first second of the song. It was impossible not to have her on a list with the best music of the year 2021.

Of course, doing some research, it seems that before this topic, these brothers focused most of their letters to send a positive message about Christianity or Catholicism without complexes. The change in message that came with Stay and subsequent works was a disappointment to his fans at the time.

Serotonin, from girl in red

Norwegian singer-songwriter girl in red artistic name of Marie Ulven published in 2021 the album If I Could Make It Go Quiet which contains many songs that could well be on this list, although we have opted for the one with the message that touches us the most: serotonin a song, like the others, inspired by Marie’s own tribulations regarding the mental health and sexuality. In short, a music full of honesty and authenticity.

On the other hand, a big fan of how he used his most popular song (We Fell In Love In October published in 2018) as a reference to launch the song in 2022 October Passed Me By in which he linked an initiation love theme with another very beautiful breakup in any of the cases.

Assez?, by Magenta

When they released the Monogramme album in 2021, we already dedicated a whole monograph to Magenta the French band formed by the members of Fauve, whose main difference was to go from Rap or the song spoken to the electronics more disco girl just listen Assez ? to check.

In that post about this collective of young French artists we already said that they had produced one of the best albums of 2021, basically because it was the one we liked the most that year. Many months have passed since that publication and yet we are still there: the first singles continue to have us hooked, being boom bap the one who helped us recognize the voice of Quentin Postel for being the one that most united both worlds, to our luck.

One Thousand and One Nights by Guitarricadelafuente

We close our review of the best songs of 2021 with Alvaro Lafuente Calvo alias guitarricadelafuente he spanish artist born in Benicassim who started to rock hard at the beginning of the decade with songs like One thousand and One Nights beginning a new career in which his sound appearances in television commercials as well as its presence in a multitude of music festivals homelands where he was one of the most precious voices of the cartel.

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