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The music of 2021 delivered on the catharsis system we desperately need, whether it’s all too short in a mosh pit or in booming sounding TikToks. In particular, pop-punk has made a strong comeback and generations have discovered that High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is one thing and engenders strong feelings about its stellar romantic entanglements.
Some of the best singers and songwriters in indie rock have made big strides with big rewards. And yes, some musicians have managed to stay calm without getting upset about it. 2021 is an important year in music and although we are still living in times where coronavirus variants have the power Postpone the Grammy Awards, it’s never a bad time to revisit some of the best tunes the year has brought us.
Here, in no particular order, is best songs of the year 2021.
“Valentine” by Snail Mail
On her sophomore album, wunderkind guitarist Lindsey Jordan enhanced her vocals. The living anguish in the heart of the title track captivated Leonard Cohen as her voice warmed up each time she sang a syllable, mocking then softening and back again. Jordan does well the song’s mission statement is to be unforgettable.
“Nothing New” (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault) by Taylor Swift and Phoebe Bridgers
Brand new songs (with us) stand out Red (Taylor’s version) offers a more nuanced perspective of female celebrity than we’ve seen from her even though it was written almost a decade ago. It’s not a Girlboss song like “The Man” or Final Girl to reach the pop star of “Bad Blood.” Here, Swift lets bad thoughts linger as she contemplates life after becoming a shiny new toy, singing, “Everybody likes something.” It gives a different perspective on “feeling 22” than the original album dared to perform. In a stunning move, she recruited moody blonde singer-songwriter favorite of the moment, Phoebe Bridgers, as a duet partner, confirming that the two would be in the contest for the long term. .
“Working for Dao” by Mitski
Unfortunately for Mitski, Mitski’s fervor has only grown since the artist announced an extended break in 2019. Thanks in part to her music making many TikTok trends, her influence it exploded. “Working for Dao” is the exact opposite of that, and art is difficult. Mitski struggled to find purpose and inspiration, “I cry at the beginning of every movie, I guess ‘because I wish I could do everything, too.” Lucky for us, we can cry at the start of new Mitski songs again.
“Holiday” by Turnstile
In a year of pent-up positivity, Turnstile has achieved something of a hardcore pop album that brings the zig-zagging punk version of The Clash into existence. In “On Holiday” they capture the restlessness of quite a few people these days, shouting “too bright to live, too bright to die”.
“Hardline” by Julien Baker
In a year of isolation, Julien Baker created her biggest work yet, even if, yes, it’s still a solo project. Baker is still playing every instrument, but this time it’s a little closer to full color than grayscale. In “Hardline,” she runs across the ground, blasting synths, and confronts her own false logic of wanting to feel pain to gain pain relief but never coming out of the maze.
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“REVEAL! ” by Willow (Features Cherry Glazerr)
Willow (yes, it’s the Willow of the Smith dynasty) has come a long way since “Whip My Hair” and her pop-punk endeavor Lately I’ve been feeling EVERYTHING is her most assured release yet. She respects her elders, introducing the princess herself, Avril Lavigne, for a song. She also collaborates with Travis Barker, which is like a jury duty to musicians that you can be called upon at any time. Her track featuring the rockers of the era, Cherry Glazerr, was a vibrant highlight on the album. Willow screams furiously as he paraphrases Kanye’s lyrics on a metal guitar, “No woman should have all that power. Hate people, just to talk to flowers”.
“Puppy and a Truck” by Jenny Lewis
Jenny Lewis, the Rilo Kiley chairwoman is in her Jimmy Buffett era, thank god. Like Buffett, she has helpful tips on how to bounce back: you don’t need a Tesla… a hypoallergenic dog will solve most of your problems. After a win over Harry Styles fans opens for pop sailing, Lewis’ sequel until 2019 On the line hotly expected.
“Déjà vu” by Olivia Rodrigo
Ah yes, 2021, the year Olivia Rodrigo recreates Billy Joel. She broke the mold from Disney actress to pop star, emerging from the front door as an artist committed to her own voice rather than clumsily rebelling later as an adjustment. of the course. Her first three songs as a solo artist proved her reach, but “Déjà vu” specifically uses her attraction to insidious lyrics to its greatest effect, hijacking every mundane memory until it twists like a knife.
“MMMOOOAAAAAYA” by Illuminati Hotties
Listen, the title makes sense if you listen to it, I promise, and it’s so catchy that you’ll find yourself humming every syllable. Singer, producer, sound engineer, and pretty much everything Sarah Tudzin hastened through the grievances of modern life: broken two-way systems, problematic healthcare fads, and “every startup appoints itself”. The CDC says, “If you’re not smiling, baby, you’re not making money.”
“Days like this” by Low
How many minimalist bands can release a brand new album on their 13th? In “Days Like These,” the mixes are louder than ever like you should hear it in an arena instead of in your bedroom. Just close your eyes, and who knows what you’ll see.
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