45 Songs I Liked in 2021

As I’ve done in previous years, I’m listing a bunch of songs I liked last year. I always pick a multiple of five, and I always give myself a limit of one track per artist to ensure the list has variety. Here’s 2021’s list, in alphabetical order by artist. I’ve also included a link to the Spotify playlist, so you can listen to it whenever you want. YouTube links are provided for all songs.

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My Favourite Albums of 2021

2021: The year when I said, “Okay, fuck it, I’ll listen to that.” People keep recommending me albums, and I keep seeing records I’ve never heard on year-end lists, so this was the year I resolved to at least try to keep up with critically-acclaimed music.

I didn’t succeed. (No shit.) And honestly, I didn’t like a lot of what I heard. But at least I can say that I’m less ignorant than I otherwise would have been. I listened to a whopping 186 new albums this year, a few short of my goal of 200, but an impressive total nonetheless. And despite the fact that a lot of it was trash, I did find quite a few gems in there. Here, I’ll be presenting my top 20, but I’ve also attached the full list if you’re curious. Let’s get right to it.

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Things I’m Most Looking Forward to in 2021

As I do every year, I’m putting up a list of the pop cultural works I’m most anticipating this year, followed by a huge list of honourable mentions (mostly video games). Before we proceed, the usual disclaimers: A) Sometimes things miss their scheduled release dates, so don’t come crying to me if you’re not playing Deathloop this spring. B) We’re already a couple of weeks into 2020, so I might discuss some stuff that has started coming out.

Let’s get on with it!

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