Still being amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, 2021 maintained the social uncertainties of large gatherings and entertainment events. Fortunately, with the release of the Covid vaccines, processes were put in place to allow for some festivals to take place late in the year, as well as the return of live music. It was a joyful moment to see artists perform live again, especially those who had released new music during the year. A lot of great music was released in 2021 and helped soundtrack the highs and lows throughout the year. Here’s our list of the top 21 songs of 2021:

21 Lucy Dacus – “VBS”

Lucy Dacus - "VBS" (Official Music Video)

20 Wet Leg – “Chaise Lounge”

Wet Leg - Chaise Longue (Official Video)

19 ElyOtto – “Sugarcrash!”

ElyOtto - SugarCrash! (Official Video)

18 Bastille – “Distorted Light Beam”

Bastille - Distorted Light Beam (Official Video)

17 Little Simz – “Introvert”

Little Simz - Introvert (Official Video)

16 girl in red – “Seratonin”

girl in red - Serotonin (official video)

15 Genesis Owusu – Same Thing

Genesis Owusu | Same Thing (Official Music Video)

14 The War on Drugs – “I Don’t Live Here Anymore”

The War On Drugs - I Don't Live Here Anymore (feat. Lucius) [Official Music Video]

13 Snail Mail – “Valentine”

Snail Mail - "Valentine" (Official Music Video)

12 Magdalena Bay – “Secrets (Your Fire)”

Magdalena Bay - Secrets (Your Fire) (Official Video)

11 Caroline Polachek – “Bunny Is a Rider”

Caroline Polachek - Bunny is a Rider (Official Video)

10 Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever”

Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever (Official Music Video)

9 Dayglow – “Close to You”

Dayglow - Close to You (Official Video)

8 The Linda Lindas – “Oh!”

The Linda Lindas - "Oh!"

7 PinkPantheress – “Just for Me”

pinkpantheress - just for me (Official Video)

6 The Marias – “Hush”

The Marías - Hush

5 Griff – “One Night”

Griff - One Night (Official Video)

4 Tyler, the Creator – “Lumberjack”

Tyler, The Creator - LUMBERJACK (Official Video)

3 Olivia Rodrigo – “Driver’s License”

Olivia Rodrigo - drivers license (Official Video)

2 Japanese Breakfast – “Be Sweet”

Japanese Breakfast - Be Sweet (Official Video)

1 Wolf Alice – “Smile”

Wolf Alice - Smile