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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 21: Phoebe Bridgers performs onstage at the Greek Theatre on October 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Ranked! Mandatory Music – The 21 Best Songs of 2021

2021 may have been hell on Earth in a lot of ways for so many people, but it was pretty damn good for music. Perhaps all that time alone, in quiet contemplation, during quarantine was good for musical artists’ souls, resulting in unparalleled creative output and songs we couldn’t stop singing along to.

From sexy rap collabs to moody indie tunes to bittersweet breakup anthems, there were earworms aplenty in rotation this year. But we managed to narrow down the 21 best tunes and ranked them for your listening pleasure. Add ’em to your playlist and listen until you simply can’t stand ’em anymore.

Cover Photo: Rich Fury / Staff (Getty Images)



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