Over the last 2 years, Covid-19 kept almost everyone inside their homes. That’s why a lot of people have been on the lookout for the latest entertainment to prevent boredom. The best hits of 2021 transported everyone mentally into the peaks of their emotions and imagined escapes.
Thanks to the creative and talented song artists, there are plenty of songs that have been played at homes back in 2021. While this year 2022 welcomes us with a bunch of hit songs, the best music of 2021 deserves a recap and appreciation. Take a look at them below:
2010 by Earl Sweatshirt
Earl Sweatshirt’s hit song 2010 was released after parting ways with Columbia Records in 2018. The song has a fluttering synth with instant opening rap lyrics, reminding that Earl is one of hip-hop’s most talented songwriters. The overall song has mind-boggling lyrics inspired by vivid personal memories and written with clever wordplay.
The Future by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats debuted as a rock n’ roll band in 2015. However, since 2020, the frontman was not sure if he had any more inspiration to write happy songs since he is going through a divorce. Rateliff said he can’t get the group back together. However, this changed in 2021 when the band announced the release of their first song of the year, The Future.
Keep An Eye on Dan by Abba
After 40 years, Abba released their song ‘Keep An Eye on Dan’ that is inspired by the beautiful and bizarre lives of the four divorced Swedish pop geniuses. The story is about an ex-husband named Dan whose child is being dropped off for the weekend at his new stepmother.
Like I Used To by Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen
Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen had never collaborated before but their song ‘Like I Used To’ shows that they are at ease together. Both their voices, tone, timbre, power and style perfectly complement each other. When you hear the chorus of the song, the deliveries lock together, delivering a transcendent musical structure like a building block.
New Shapes by Charli XCX ft. Christine and the Queens
The collab team Charli XCX and the Queens have already marked their name as a dream team when it comes to producing club-rating pop music. Their song ‘New Shapes’ further launches the beauty of Charli’s voice. The soaring falsettos combined with the synth pulses and stomping drops result in an emotional masterpiece that is also suitable on the dancefloor.
Chaise Longue by Wet Leg
The duo Wet Leg dropped their ‘Chaise Longue ’ in June 2021 and since then garnered up to 2 million views on Youtube and 4.5 million streams on Spotify. The numbers may seem small compared to Justin Bieber’s but it is an incredible feat for a debut single of any band.
After the song blew up, Hester Chambers, the other half of the duo said in an interview that they just wrote the song in one evening for fun and they had no clue that it would connect with many people. The song opens with a reference to the popular movie Mean Girls which makes it effortlessly cool.
Middle of Love by Jake Wesley Rogers
Jake Wesley Rogers is a Missouri-born singer that made his name by making it to the quarter-finals of America’s Got Talent when he was 15. After signing with Justin Tranter’s label Facet, he embraces his queerness and made his melodic chops stronger. Rogers picks up where Freddie Mercury and Elton John left off, producing a glorious gold for today’s streaming age.
Treat Me Like a Lady by Wanda Jackson
The 63-year old Wanda Jackson also known as the Queen of Rockabilly is still on the lead after releasing 32 studio albums into her Hall of Fame career. Her new song ‘Treat Me Like a Lady has a lot of boogy and rock n’ roll sizzle. The song was produced by Jackson and her group The Blackhearts who also served as the backing band.
Sundown Town by Vince Staples
Vince Staples laid his bare view of the world on his song ‘Sundown Town’. His perspective is both disturbing and disheartening. But the piece was a testament of the rapper’s ability to instill his past and present phobia into quick bars. The song only lasts a sharp two and a half minutes but the singer does not need a second longer.
Immune by Jensen McRae
The rising star Phoebe Bridges dropped her album and open track while waiting in line to get vaccinated at Dodger Stadium. She tweeted about this and it went viral so she posted a 30-second cover of the song. The cover also went viral which led to her rise to fame in Los Angeles.
Silk Chiffon by MUNA
Silk Chiffon was a great pick me up during the surge caused by the delta variant. The song is a soft indie pop song sung by the Los Angeles trio MUNA. It is also the group’s first single ever since they signed to their label Saddest Factory Records. The single sings about the halcyon days of young queer love. The simple and tender melody as well as the shimmery chorus is perfect for LGBTQ+ jam.
Valentine by Snail Mail
Snail Mail made her debut as an indie-rock superstar in 2018. After three years, she proved that she expanded and honed her craft with ‘Valentine’. The song is about heartbreak and it explodes with synths and guitar as well as Jordan’s vivid anguish.
Kiss Me More by Doja Cat ft. SZA
Doja Cat, a 25-year-old Los Angeles native releases her third album, Planet Her which includes the track ‘Kiss Me More’. The whole album highlights various genres such as R&B, hip-hop, electro and disco. All the songs show the undeniable joy of the singer. It also became a viral song on TikTok.
Butter by BTS
Butter has become immovable at the top stop since its release in May. BTC continues the hot streak and injects pure joy by providing its fans with lots of promotions and music videos. The song is perfect to lift you up during a stressful and angsty season.
The boastful and bouncy English single topped the music chart for weeks and is always played on radio stations around the world. The streaming and sales did not lag behind too which makes ‘Butter’ the song of the summer season.
VBS by Lucy Dacus
During the summer season, a lot of coastal teens and kids go to house parties or hit the beach. However, there are some kids whose cautious parents make them pack up then send them to a bible school for vacation and Lucy Dacus is one of them. The song recounts the devastating experience of Lucy Dacus during her teenage years.
The music video shows a preacher in a t-shirt and a father who likes to wear long sleeves to hide the evidence of his previous lifestyle. Adding up to the story is a girl whose nerves can only be calmed during her Slayer sessions. Lucy Dacus may no longer believe in the teachings of the bible but she made it clear in her song that the communion of sceptical souls and the young can be a miracle.
Don’t Judge Me by FKA twigs, Headie One and Fred Again
In 2019, FKA twigs started her career as an avant-garde pop star with amazing vocals. She finished the year 2021 by releasing a mixtape with rapper Headie One and producer Fred Again. The entire collection is titled GANG with the main track ‘Don’t Judge Me’.
The 2 years of tinkering and songwriting was all worth it since the final version of the album is completely exhilarating.
MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) by Lil Nas X
The music video of Lil Nas X’s MONTERO is getting all the attention it wants since the singer slides down a stripper pole to sit on Satan’s lap before snapping his neck. But the song itself is also worth hearing. It is an unrequited love song about a man who ‘lives in the dark’.
During the day of the song’s release, Lil Nas X wrote on his Instagram post that he wrote the song for his fearful self back when he was still 14 years old. He hopes the kid can see past the visuals and appreciate the honest and challenging life of a gay.
Peaches by Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar and Giveon
The Tiktok Make-Up challenge fired the popularity of Justin Bieber’s Peaches and helped the song climb up the music charts. Bieber had his unexpected debut with Peaches during his NPR Tiny Desk performance earlier in 2021. It was hours before dropping his album, Justice which is an ode to various regions of the continental United States.
Leave The Door Open by Silk Sonic
Bruno Mars took the 90s new jack swing and 80’s synth-pop genre by releasing Finesse and Treasure. But for his project with Silk Sonic, he teamed up with Anderson to release a flawless track with mid-70’s R&B genre that made everyone clap and sing along.