NPR’s 50 Best Albums of 2021


December is officially here, which means year-end lists, year-end lists, and even more year-end lists. A few major came out today including Gorilla vs Bear and NPR, whose ever-interesting list includes everything from the most traditional pop to the depths of jazz, classical and experimental music, and much more. Their list this year includes Little Simz, Vince Stapes, Jazmine Sullivan, Japanese Breakfast, Lil Nas X, Doja Cat, Low, Turnstile, Arlo Parks, Arooj Aftab, Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders, Tyler the Creator, Adele, WILLOW, Baby Keem, Mach-Hommy, Pink Siifu, Adia Victoria, MIKE, Spellling, Moor Mother, Hiatus Kaiyote, Lukah, PinkPantheress, Injury Reserve, illuminati hotties, Tems, Yasmine Williams, Yebba, Circuit des Yeux, and a lot more, and you’re bound to find out at least one thing you haven’t heard about it yet.

Read their comments on each choice here and see the full list below …

NPR’s 50 Best Albums of 2021
50. Silk Sonic – An Evening with Silk Sonic
49. Circuit of the Eyes – -io
48. Siifu pink – GUMBO ‘!
47. Artifacts – … and then there’s this
46. ​​Gewandhausorchester Lepzig – Sofia Gubaidulina: Nelson • Repin
45. Rodrigo Amarante – Drama
44. Adia Victoria – A Southern Gothic
43. Yebba – Dawn
42. Kenny Garrett – The Sounds of the Ancestors
41. Susana Baca – Urgent words
40. Yasmin Williams – Urban Driftwood
39. MIKE – Disco!
38. Mon Laferté – SEIS
37. Amythyst Kiah – Distrustful + strange
36. Spelling – The Spinning Wheel
35. Moorish Mother – Black Encyclopedia of the Air
34. Emily D’Angelo – enargeia
33. James Brandon Lewis – Jesup Wagon
32. Hiatus Kaiyote – Mood Valiant
31. Doja Cat – Planet Her
30. Lil Nas X – MONTERO
29. Lukah – When the black hand touches you
28. Summer Walker – Always on this
27. Toumani Diabaté and The London Symphony Orchestra – Kôrôlén
26. Cleo Sol – Mother
25. Eris Drew – Trembling in Time
24. Turnstile – GLOW ON
23. Mickey Guyton – Remember his name
22. PinkPantheress – to hell
21. Low – HEY WHAT
20. Injury reserve – By the time I get to Phoenix
19. Illuminati hotties – Let me do one more
18. Mach-Hommy – Pray for Haiti
17. WILLOW – lately I feel EVERYTHING
16. Baby Keem – The melodic blue
15. Tems – If Orange was a place
14. Adele – 30
13. Tyler, the creator – CALL ME IF YOU LOSE YOURSELF
12. Helado Negro – Far in
11. Japanese breakfast – Jubilee
10. Wild Up – Julius Eastman, Vol. 1: female
9. Vince Staples – Vince Staples
8. Arlo Parks – collapsed under the rays of the sun
7. Arooj Aftab – Vulture Prince
6. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – Promises
5. C. Tangana – El Madrileño
4. Allison Russell – Child of the Outdoors
3. Lucy Dacus – Personal video
2. Little Simz – Sometimes I Could Be An Introvert
1. Jazmine Sullivan – Heaux Tales


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