Music is alive, fellas, and so are we. Over the last two years, as COVID-19 kept us largely at home, the shows and movies kept our spirits up. Yes! it was the music that kept us vibing. It carried us through the pits or peaks of our emotions and to imagined escapes. And now, with concert calendars filling, those mirages have finally turned into reality.
There have been plenty of fares ready for the dance floor. From singers like Doja Cat, Silk Sonic (the collaborative project from Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak), and ABBA, we have got a lot of party bangers. Along with 'party music' there is a return of music that aids quiet moments of reflection and release too. (That's right, Adele has returned as well, folks.) Whatever your mood is, there's a tune for it below. These are the best songs of 2021.
This year, there was a song for every occasion, every event, and every emotion. Here are the songs we couldn’t stop listening to in 2021.
Like the thing it’s named after, BTS’ Butter is addictive and something you can turn to whenever you want something to dance to. In a year like 2021, comfort in the form of a smooth, timeless pop song is exactly what the world needed. Exuberant and bright, BTS’ earworm warms up your heart and runs through your brain all day and night with its funkiness and exhilarating verses, soaring with excitement, making it one of this year’s biggest songs around the world.
30 - Adele
In 2021, a number of strong albums explored themes of breaking up and moving on, including the latest works from Kacey Musgraves and Martha Wainwright. The hugely anticipated latest installment in Brit superstar Adele's catalogue was widely billed as her "divorce album". The song 30 certainly lays bare the heartbreak and turmoil of a marriage ending. But it also expresses a sense of personal and creative liberation from an artist who has grown up in the spotlight.
ABBA - Keep An Eye On Dan
ABBA just released their first album in 40 years, it contains a song called 'Keep An Eye On Dan,' and we’re just supposed to go on like everything is normal? Listen to it once, be sure that you’ll be screaming “KEEP AN EYE ON DAN” for days afterwards, and thank us later.
Kiss me more- Doja Cat
Pop music’s favourite chameleon’s reign remains uninterrupted. Doja Cat, a 25-year-old LA native hot off the release of her third album, Planet Her, moonlights in many genres: hip-hop, R&B, disco, and electro, tying her excursions together with an undeniable, resplendent joy. That’s certainly true here, on this sticky-as-bubblegum roller rink flirtation featuring SZA.
“MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name- Lil Nas X
The video of this song was getting all the attention, however, the song itself is quite groovy and close to the singer, Naas. In a release-day Instagram post by Lil Nas X, he wrote this song for his fearful 14-year-old self, with 'love from the future'. Here’s hoping that kid can see past the visuals and the cable-news outrage and appreciate the honest, nuanced, and challenging look at grown-up gay life.
Peaches - Justin Bieber
It won’t be the Peaches TikTok Make-Up challenge that does it, but eventually, you will give in to the latest chart-topper from the Biebs. Why not make now that moment? Bieber debuted the unexpectedly vibey cut during his NPR Tiny Desk performance earlier this year.
Drivers License - Olivia Rodrigo
When 17-year-old Olivia Rodrigo dropped “Driver’s License”, that's all everyone was talking about. Within what felt like hours, it took over TikTok and radio airwaves alike; just days later it climbed to the top spot on the all-genre Hot 100. This one hurts in all the right places. Sing it at the top of your lungs.
Up - Cardi B
While this song is used as the background for a wide array of viral content, the most common is a challenge where users show themselves fresh-faced and unready, then show how they look all done up. It’s called the “#upcardibchallenge.”
ABCDEFU by Gayle
This song is all over Instagram and tik tok. "ABCDEFU" is a single by American singer Gayle, released on August 13, 2021, through Atlantic and Arthouse Records. It was co-written by Gayle with Sara Davis and David Pittenger and produced by Pete Nappi.
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