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

Best Albums of 2020

Isolation was unavoidable this year: Some albums embraced it, some raged against it, some tried to imagine a world without it.

#apple-fiona, #autechre, #bad-bunny-singer, #beach-bunny-music-group, #bieber-justin, #bowie-sean-yves-tumor, #bridgers-phoebe-1994, #dylan-bob, #flo-milli-rapper, #georgia-anne-muldrow, #hadreas-mike, #haim-music-group, #hunt-sam-1984, #jay-electronica, #jazz, #la-havas-lianne, #lil-uzi-vert-rapper, #ogulu-damini-burna-boy, #pop-and-rock-music, #pop-smoke-rapper, #powfu-rapper, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #rosenstock-jeff-1982, #run-the-jewels-music-group, #sawayama-rina, #stapleton-chris-1978, #stevens-sufjan, #sumney-moses, #swift-taylor, #two-thousand-twenty, #ware-jessie, #wave-rod-1999

How Jessie Ware Cooked Her Way Into a Musical Fantasy

The British pop singer and songwriter was feeling stalled. A food podcast with her mother showcased her charming personality — and unlocked her creativity.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #podcasts, #pop-and-rock-music, #ware-jessie, #whats-your-pleasure-album