Best Songs of 2021

Sixty-six tracks that tell the story of the year: a posthumous political statement, a hyperpop star finding his footing, an emerging force’s debut smash and a superstar’s 10-minute redo.

#adele-singer, #arts-year-in-review-2021, #barnett-courtney-1988, #bieber-justin, #bridges-leon-1989, #c-tangana-1990, #camilo-singer, #cardi-b-1992, #carll-hayes, #dacus-lucy-1995, #del-rey-lana, #drake-rapper, #drexler-jorge, #felice-brothers, #fivio-foreign-1996, #glaive-singer, #half-waif-music-group, #harding-aldous, #howard-charlton-the-kid-laroi, #irreversible-entanglements-music-group, #james-loraine, #jlin-musician, #kasai-allstars-music-group, #lil-baby-rapper, #lil-nas-x-rapper, #linda-lindas-music-group, #lizzo-1988, #low-music-group, #montero-call-me-by-your-name-song, #musgraves-kacey, #patria-y-vida-song, #poarch-bella, #polachek-caroline, #pop-and-rock-music, #prince-1958, #rap-and-hip-hop, #richard-dawn-1983, #rodrigo-olivia-2003, #rostam-1983, #silk-sonic-music-group, #smith-abbey-yebba, #snail-mail-music-group, #spotemgottem-rapper, #swift-taylor, #sza-singer, #teddy-afro-1976, #tems-1995, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #tyler-the-creator, #ware-jessie, #wave-rod-1999, #weather-station-music-group, #yendry-singer, #youngboy-never-broke-again-rapper

Gen Z Pop Stars Made Their Mark in 2021. Beware, Millennial Forebears.

Upstarts including Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X, Chloe Bailey and the Kid Laroi grew up on the internet, admiring the artists who are now their contemporaries.

#bailey-chloe-1998, #bieber-justin, #drake-rapper, #generation-z, #howard-charlton-the-kid-laroi, #lil-nas-x-rapper, #millennial-generation, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #rodrigo-olivia-2003, #swift-taylor, #two-thousand-twenty-one