• Emil Tiedemann

My 101 Favourite Songs of 2021

Updated: Jan 21

Who doesn't love music?! You'd be hard pressed to find somebody out there who doesn't at least love some singer, band, album, or song. It's just engrained in our spirit, a part of our psyche! Sure, there are some people who love music more (or far more) than others, perhaps even obsessed with the stuff! I don't know if I'd say I'm obsessed with music, but I'd certainly say I'm a huge fan. Music has always been a big part of my life and I'm sure it will be until the day I die.



But whenever I click on a link for one of those annual lists of the year's best songs, I am disappointed with what I see. Or hear, I should say. I rarely notice any songs that I thought were stand-outs during the year on these lists, which are often packed with music that just doesn't do it for me. And that's fine, because we're all different and music is highly subjective, like any art form.


I feel like too many music publications who put together these "best of the year" rankings are really trying to go for shock factor with some of their choices, while others are simply trying to meet a quota of diversity (and I don't mean cultural or racial diversity) when it comes to the artists who make the final cut. And in other cases, some music critics are perhaps just too pretentious for their own good, trying to impress their readers or colleagues with some obscure or random song that would set them apart from the pack.


And that's a shame, because good music is good music. I don't care how well it did on the charts, or what country the artist is from, or if the song has some sort of social message, or whatever. I believe in ranking music based on how much you actually like the music, rather than factoring in things like whether that artist has just died or if their genre of music is trending at the moment. That shit simply shouldn't matter.


That is why I wanted to put together my own list of my favourite songs from 2021, because I feel like these songs should be heard and shared! I know that there are other people out there with similar musical tastes who might appreciate some recommendations. I know I would! Plus, I think it would be fun to look back on these lists to see where my personal tastes stood at any given moment in time.


I have created a Spotify playlist of all of these songs if you'd like to check it out on that platform instead. I hope you find at least a few favourites amongst these 101 tracks (for the record, I listened to nearly 4,500 new songs this year!), and feel free to send me your own recommendations or perhaps even your own list of the "best music of 2021!"


1. “The Mission” by Bakar


2. “Sunday Suit” by Tyne-James Organ


3. “Hard Drive” by Cassandra Jenkins



4. “Tumbado En El Jardín Viendo Atardecer” by Sen Senra


5. “All Eyes on Me” by Bo Burnham


6. “Little Bit of Love” by Tom Grennan


7. “Where Are You Now” by Lost Frequencies feat. Calum Scott


8. “Save Your Tears” by The Weeknd


9. “Kids (Don’t End Up Like Me)” by The Academic


10. “Younger” by TEEKS


11. “Romeo” by Jungle feat. Bas


12. “Seventeen Going Under” by Sam Fender


13. “Starting Line” by Luke Hemmings


14. “Don’t Go Yet” by Camila Cabello


15. “Oh My My” by Burak Yeter, Montiego, & Séb Mont


16. “Raw Thoughts” by Baby Queen


17. “One More Trip” by Julian Lamadrid


18. “Nelsonwood Lane” by Matt Maeson


19. “Witchoo” by Durand Jones & the Indications


20. “Come In Closer” by Rhye


21. “I Miss the Future” by Lost Kings feat. Jordan Shaw


22. “Would You” by The Vamps


23. “Creature” by Grace Gaustad


24. “Everything and Nothing” by Mob Rich


25. “KEEP MOVING” by Jungle


26. “lost” by Hugar


27. “Mirror” by Sigrid


28. “drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo


29. “I Do This All the Time” by Self Esteem


30. “You” by Regard, Troye Sivan, & Tate McRae


31. “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat & SZA


32. “In Da Ghetto” by J. Balvin & Skrillex


33. “Favourite Flavour” by The Lottery Winners


34. “Give Me Your Love” by Girl Ray


35. “Rouge” by BAD CHILD


36. “Bouncin’” by Tinashe


37. “STORY” by NF


38. “What D’You Know About Me?” by Jungle


39. “breathe again” by Joy Oladokun


40. “Fingers Crossed” by Trevor Daniel feat. Julia Michaels


41. “Like That (A Short Story)” by JP Saxe


42. “Stop Making Stupid People Famous” by Our Lady Peace feat. Pussy Riot


43. “We Don’t Talk Enough” by Quinn XCII & Alexander 23


44. “Don’t Wait Up” by Shakira


45. “Not Mad Anymore” by Ashe


46. “Body” by Elderbrook


47. “JOSIE” by Liza Owen


48. “Alter Ego” by Duke Dumont & Channel Tres


49. “Run It” by DJ Snake, Rick Ross, & Rich Brian


50. “Sweatshirt” by Dreamer Boy


51. “Play” by Alewya


52. “Bad Habits” by Ed Sheeran


53. “25” by Alix Page


54. “traitor” by Olivia Rodrigo


55. “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” by Elton John & Dua Lipa


56. “Call on Me” by RAYE


57. “Thinking of You” by Macy Gray and the California Jet Club


58. “Burning Fire” by Camino


59. “Neo Surf” by GENER8ION & 070 Shake


60. “Endless” by Rence


61. “Start Again” by The Lottery Winners feat. Frank Turner


62. “Addict of Magic” by Picture This


63. “FYE FYE” by Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe


64. “Chemical (Chloé Caillet Remix)” by Beck


65. “Angel Baby” by Troye Sivan


66. “Free” by Oh Wonder


67. “The Walls Are Way Too Thin” by Holly Humberstone


68. “Smokin’ Out the Window” by Silk Sonic


69. “Hot N Heavy” by Jessie Ware


70. “Backroom Door” by Bruno Martini & Johnny Franco


71. “Feeling So Down” by flora cash


72. “Lights Up” by Flight Facilities & Channel Tres


73. “No One Else” by Babet


74. “Inner Light” by Elderbrook feat. Bob Moses


75. “black hole” by fiedlerski feat. ANNABELLE & V.I.C.


76. “I’D RATHER DIE THAN BE DEPORTED” by BERWYN


77. “Don’t Judge Me” by FKA twigs, Headie One, & Fred again..


78. “ARE YOU LETTING GO?” by Dreamer Boy & BENEE


79. “Give Me a Reason” by Boy Harsher


80. “Can’t Come to the Phone” by Martin Jensen, Amber Van Day, & N.F.I


81. “MIA” by BERWYN


82. “backseat” by Sfven


83. “Slow Dance” by Yoshi Flower


84. “growing up” by fiedlerski feat. remme & Alicja


85. “Schatze” by Ohtis & Stef Chura


86. “I WANNA DIE BUT I CAN’T (CUZ I GOTTA KEEP LIVING)” by PRONOUN


87. “Competition” by Amber Mark


88. “People Happy” by KLP & Stace Cadet


89. “Fallin’” by AVAION & Why So Sad

90. “The Darkness That You Fear” by The Chemical Brothers


91. “Peaches” by Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon


92. “Home” by Esty


93. “Impress You” by Brooke Combe


94. “Spit of You” by Sam Fender


95. “Questions” by Middle Kids


96. “Closure” by Sarcastic Sounds, BIRDY, & Mishaal


97. “Pinnacle” by Clyde Guevara


98. “Shadows” by Bonobo feat. Jordan Rakei


99. “So Great” by DJ Semtex feat. Boy Nash


100. “Tears in the Club” by FKA twigs feat. The Weeknd


101. “Saturday” by Twenty One Pilots



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