Best of Pop 2021


Let’s hear it for the best pop albums of 2021!


Number Five: Honne – Let’s Just Say the World Ended a Week from Now, What Would You Do?



I know next to nothing on Honne, but I was really hooked by 2018’s Love Me / Love Me Not, and here I am, in 2021, starting my top 5 of the year with this album! It’s the most straightforwardly pop album of the bunch, but it’s great, dynamic, and has a lot of interesting ideas! So, you should definitely check it out!


Number Four: Half Waif – Mythopoetics


I’ve always had a soft spot for Half Waif’s music. Ever since 2017’s Form/A, I’ve followed Nandi Rose’s project, which have ranged from good to great, and Mythopoetics is on the higher end of the scale! Embark for highly emotional material, and poignant tunes. By the way this is possibly the best music video of the year.


Number Three: Gian Slater – Grey Is Ground


Gian Slater’s Grey Is Ground is progressive, creative, and atypical in a way that makes it stand out against most other albums of 2021. The complexity of the compositions under the appearance of simplicity is a good sign of highly competent songwriting, and here that sign is all over the place! Truly a gem!


Number Two: Sturle Dagsland – Sturle Dagsland



Entering the weird, weird world of avant-pop, Sturle Dagsland is a new name for me this year, and I’ve been at times fascinated, impressed, revulsed, and perplexed by his art. It’s beautiful and challenging to the beholder, and Sturle’s vocal technique is varied and mastered with confidence.


Number One: Marina – Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land



Number one’s got to go to the album I listened to the most on this list! Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land is a brilliant, upbeat, funky album with songs that will stick in your mind to the point of being one with it. It’s fun, proud, strong, feminist, and incredibly good!


Notable Releases

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Friday, 8 January

Jazmine Sullivan – Heaux Tales

32:08
R&B
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
RCA


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Friday, 15

Pom Poko – Cheater

32:34
alternative pop
Oslo, Norway
Bella Union

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Friday, 29 January

Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams

40:28
indie pop, soul
London, UK
Transgressive

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Thursday, 4 February

Y/N –

38:46
experimental pop
Albany, New York
Independent

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Friday, 5

Sturle Dagsland – Sturle Dagsland

29:12
avant-pop
Stavanger, Norway
Independent


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Friday, 19

Kinlaw – The Tipping Scale

30:10
electro pop
Brooklyn, New York
Bayonet


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Friday, 26 February

Couch – Couch

16:29
soul, pop
Boston, Massachusetts
Independent


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Saturday, 20 March

Yaima – Earth Trilogy, Part One

25:24
ambient pop
Seattle, Washington
Independent

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Friday, 2 April

Kady Diarra – Burkina hakili

54:32
world, pop
Burkina Faso
Lamastrock

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Friday, 9

Absent Chronicles – Tiny Words for Tiny Worlds

41:14
avant-pop, R&B
Netherlands
Independent

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Friday, 16

Dreyma – Salvaje

26:57
dream pop
Barcelona, Spain
Nooirax

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Gian Slater – Grey Is Ground

41:50
experimental pop
Melbourne, Australia
Biophilia

Read our review.

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Tuesday, 25 May

Miss Cantaloupe – Beets Began to Rise

34:21
indie pop
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Independent

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Friday, 21

Olivia Rodrigo – Sour

34:24
pop
California
Independent


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Waterparks – Greatest Hits

47:00
pop, post-punk
Houston, Texas
300 Entertainment


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Friday, 28 May

White Moth Black Butterfly – The Cost of Dreaming

45:52
alternative rock
London, UK
K Scope

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Friday, 11 June

Marina – Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land

36:02
pop, funk
London, UK
Atlantic


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Friday, 2 July

Justice Cow – Underglam

41:27
art pop
Boston, Massachusetts
Independent

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Friday, 9

Half Waif – Mythopoetics

36:46
indie pop
New York
Anti

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Thursday, 15

Yves Tumor – The Asymptotical World

18:19
art pop, noise rock
Italy
Warp

Read our review.

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Friday, 16 July

Willow – Lately I Feel Everything

26:03
pop, rock
USA
Misfits Music


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Sunday, 8 August

Capyac – Forever

40:27
soul, funk
Austin, Texas
Zaza

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Friday, 27 August

Vacilant – Tempo Bravo

29:12
experimental pop
Brazil
Mercúrio Música

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Friday, 3 September

Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

65:03
R&B
London, UK
AGE 101


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Friday, 17

Arthur Moon – Chaos! Chaos! Chaos!, Side A

17:52
avant-pop
Brooklyn, New York
Independent

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Luis Ake – Liebe

34:06
synthwave
Stuttgart, Germany
Mansions and Millions

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Plum Green – Somnambulistic

35:04
indie pop, folk
Melbourne, Australia
Nefarious Industries

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Friday, 24 September

Poppy – Flux

32:03
alternative pop
USA
Sumerian


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Friday, 1 October

Andrés – Adventures of a DIY Astronaut

36:01
pop rock
Bakersfield, California
Independent

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Cellista – Pariah

26:15
R&B, pop
Los Angeles, California
Independent

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Foamboy – My Sober Daydream

34:37
indie pop
Oregon
Independent

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Friday, 8

Magdalena Bay – Mercurial World

45:59
indie pop
Los Angeles, California
Luminelle

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Friday, 22

Honne – Let’s Just Say the World Ended a Week from Now, What Would You Do?

38:08
pop
UK
Atlantic


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Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure

45:13
pop
UK
Fiction


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Thursday, 28 October

伊藤悠美 & Szymon Mika –

37:46
chamber pop, jazz
Basel, Switzerland
Independent

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Friday, 5 November

YC-CY – Every Time I Close My Eyes

28:15
noise pop
Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Independent

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Thursday, 11

Yaima – Earth Trilogy, Part Two

24:39
ambient pop
Seattle, Washington
Independent

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Friday, 12

Nnamdï – Are You Happy?

17:20
indie pop
Chicago, Illinois
Sooper

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Thursday, 25 November

Tupper Ware Remix Party – New & Improved

41:25
funkwave
Toronto, Ontario
Independent

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Thursday, 2 December

Angèle – Nonante-Cinq

43:07
electro-pop
Belgium
Independent


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Friday, 10

Jupiter – Not the Same

14:50
experimental pop
Switzerland
Iapetus

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Май2021

21:12
electro-pop
Moscow, Russia
Independent


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Tuesday, 28 December

Ungus Ungus Ungus – Constellations

41:29
psychedelic pop
Sydney, Australia
Independent

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Best of 2021

01/01 – Best of Afrobeat
01/02 – Best of Atmospheric Black Metal
01/03 – Best of Avant-Garde Black Metal
01/04 – Best of Brutal Death Metal
01/05 – Best of Classical
01/06 – Best of Death Metal
01/07 – Best of Deathcore
01/08 – Best of Doom Metal
01/09 – Best of Folk
01/10 – Best of Grindcore
01/11 – Best of Hardcore
01/12 – Best Improvisation
01/13 – Best of Indie Rock
01/14 – Best of Jazz Fusion
01/15 – Best of Jazzcore
01/16 – Best of Math Rock
01/17 – Best of Mathcore
01/18 – Best of Metalcore
01/19 – Best of Modern Jazz
01/20 – Best of Noise Rock
01/21 – Best of Nu Jazz
01/22 – Best of Nu Prog
01/23 – Best of Pop

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