NPR Music’s 100 Best Songs of 2021 (60-41)

NPR Music’s 100 Best Songs of 2021 (60-41)

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NPR Music's 100 Best Songs of 2021

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“ lone here to sin. ” That entrance fee from NPR Music ‘s song of the class lies at the center of many of the stories told across these 100 tracks. possibly the crowning of Cardi and Megan ‘s “ WAP ” last year signaled a transgressive sea change. possibly, after 20 months behind masks, we felt like revealing ourselves again. possibly we kept some truths concealed during awful straits, so as not to appear frivolous ( or feral ) in the side of unforgiving circumstance. But in the songs … booties were called. Muffins were buttered. Revenge was contemplated. In other words, we could be human again, and it felt good to be back. It ‘s our earnest hope that as you make your way through our 7-hour playlist of the year ‘s 100 best songs, you ‘ll feel the same. If you find yourself losing steam or feeling down or wondering when things will last turn around, feel free to skip the rest of “ All Too Well. ” ( Jk, Taylor ! ) ( Oh, and you can find our 50 Best Albums of 2021 here. ) Stream NPR Music’s 100 Best Songs Of 2021:
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Camila Cabello

“Don’t Go Yet”


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For her third album ‘s spark advance single, Camila Cabello leaned into her latin pop roots in a way that sounds amazingly familiar. Equipped with a flamenco guitar that flows through the heart of the verses, chattering maraca that give the song its pulse and a fully horn incision that ‘s got a Cuban salsa dash to it, this song moves fluidly through genres and stylistic directions. The best part of the track has to be the salsa instrumental break right before the final examination chorus, where all of these Latin music motifs converge. “ Do n’t Go so far ” is in truth at its strongest when it pays court to different elements of Latin music. —Cat Sposato

Sofia Kourtesis

“La Perla”


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Berlin-based electronic producer Sofia Kourtesis created “ La Perla ” in memory of her late forefather, inspired by the trips to the ocean they would take together when she would visit her native Peru. With a heart-beat educe barrel as its hard center, “ La Perla ” unfolds finely outward in glittering layers of warm synths, soft percussion and bleary, doleful vocals, enveloping you in sound like a salty ocean wave cresting the prop up. —Hazel Cills

Capella Grey

“Gyalis”


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The iconic strings of Juvenile ‘s “ Back That Azz Up ” announce the arrival “ GYALIS, ” but Capella Grey ‘s break single is a decidedly New York matter. With dancehall-kissed melodies ( the Bronx-bred singer-rapper is of Jamaican heritage ) and drums that demand movement, it has the sensual rhythm of a New York summer, right field polish to its theme. No surprise, it took halt there first. possibly it ‘s the manner Grey snakes effortlessly in and out of his cadences, his lothario ‘s audacity dressed up as charisma, or the way a infinitesimal and a half never seems quite enough — “ GYALIS ” became the perfect soundtrack for away ‘s return and all the maleficence it could bring. —Briana Younger

Larry June

“Iced Coffee”


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Larry June ‘s slow and firm grind continued to pay dividends in 2021. The Bay area knocker ‘s signature catchphrases and organic stigmatization can be seen all over sociable media as his music fuels the drift. “ Iced Coffee, ” from his latest album, “ Orange Print, ” is one of the best from his extensive catalog, and his laidback tonicity and colloquial stream slither all over this Jake One 808/boom-bap smack. —Bobby carter

Valerie June (feat. Mavis Staples)

“Why the Bright Stars Glow”


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2021 was a class of endless starting-over mornings. The pandemic wax and waned and never in full receded ; the universe reeled from human-wrought catastrophes ; a path toward any coherent future never made itself clear. Yet people rose again each day. They reached for each other through the ether and sometimes in real life. Valerie June ‘s hymn of underground through interconnection, made even holier and earthier by the articulation of Mavis Staples in this acoustic version, is a company and a instrument for that brave, necessary act of starting again. —Ann Powers

Xenia Rubinos

“Sacude”


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“ Sacude ” opens simultaneously with a clave and an irregular synthesize beat ; each is a theatrical performance of where Xenia Rubinos ‘ music has been and where it ‘s going. It ‘s the dense sound of a hybrid machine of organic and manmade parts. She sings, lento, as it hums to life : “ I ‘m carrying weight for the both of us / Time to let go. ” “ Sacude ” shakes off that weight with its next arresting lyric, “ Cuanto quisiera salir de esto ya. ” Midway, the birdcall builds around the chorus “ Sacude, sacude yttrium Dios que me ayude, ” a focus on birdcall she creates and responds to in untethered soneos. Its a truthful despojo, a ritual of the kind one seek after all else fails, dredging up a new self from the pieces of rumba it shatters and puts back together. —Stefanie Fernández

Dawn Richard

“Bussifame”


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Dawn Richard kills it wherever she goes, but her home-turf advantage is unstoppable. second Line is not only about New Orleans and family, specifically her mother who narrates the album, but is besides a reclamation of electronic music made by Black women. Co-produced with Sam O.B., “ Bussifame, ” then, is the joyous statement nibble : a crush velvet hip-house beat flexed upon by Richard ‘s rap muscles, featuring barroom after bar of well-earned braggadocio. The sinuate rut, lightly adorned by neon electro-pop polka dots, is a dream for any drill team in need of a full-body routine, but will besides put your feet to work. —Lars Gotrich

Tammy Lakkis

“Notice”


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reality is fungible, time is mutable, distance is relative and the future is foggier than always. Being alert right field now is, just put, a trip. As the dot we ‘d lento connected in our lives up to this point careen positions, everything is redrawn — possibly not necessarily improved, but at least modern. From a studio apartment in Hamtramck, Mich. and a capitulum full moon of nearby Detroit ‘s incomputable history of dance music, Tammy Lakkis sent through this koan of timid rediscovery. The beat is straight house, but diffused — a little furtive — and given shamefaced soul through Lakkis ‘ vocals ; a adorable, matter-of-fact reopen of the terms between her and her environment. So actually, between us and ours. —Andrew Flanagan

Amaarae (feat. Kali Uchis)

“SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY (Remix)”


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It ‘s not a stretch to call Amaarae a star. And I mean star. The Afropop artist ‘s bearing is one of curio ; a memorably sweet, almost-whispered song tone, an faultless ear for cross-genre beats and a furtive, slithering mode of storytelling that encourages you to rationalize all previously-repented sins. “ SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY ” off Amaarae ‘s 2020 debut The Angel You Do n’t Know is a taster of the cosmic badly b****ery she conjures : a cruise travel about ignoring all distractions that do n’t involve a bank eminence or body roll. And thanks to a bilingual remix with Kali Uchis, it ‘s proven to be Amaarae ‘s key to cracking Billboard ‘s Global charts. “ I feel nice, there ‘s nothing in my room, ” she sings — and she ‘s absolutely right. —Sidney Madden

BIA (feat. Nicki Minaj)

“WHOLE LOTTA MONEY (Remix)”


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A cool, calibrated flow with an vehemence on all things designer and deluxe ( flush for a agile run to the bodega ), BIA ‘s “ WHOLE LOTTA MONEY ” was already enjoying a steady incline in streams at the beginning of summer when the timbre of Queen Onika Maraj break through the track to decree a do-over. Calling back to her iconic beam Me Up Scotty mixtape stylus, Nicki momentarily pauses the beat so that the inflame can by rights be delivered. Adopting the lapp cadence as BIA is fall cultivate for Nicki and by the one-third poetry, the ladies go browning automatic rifle for barricade, playfully building upon each other ‘s sky-high siddity standards, giving us something even tougher to strut to. —Sidney Madden

Orquesta Akokán

“Mi Conga Es De Akokán”


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“ Akokán ” is a west african Yoruba word meaning “ from the heart, ” and the big band that took that word as its appoint uses every note of its two albums to spread the religious doctrine of 19650s-era Cuban music. The band is a product of both Havana and Brooklyn, and this song, from the album 16 Rayos, is its version of jumping into a carnaval emanation amidst a battery of folkloric percussion playing a traditional conga rhythm from the eastern region of Santiago de Cuba. The groove is so infectious that if this does n’t get your foot tap, you may be all in. —Felix Contreras

Yves Tumor

“Jackie”


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One does not listen to “ Jackie ” so much as be engulfed by it. From its opening wail of feedback to its concluding evanesce of reverb, the song is a battlefield of lovesick dissonance — the guitars frolic and cry in turns, and the drums remain crisp even as they crash. Yves Tumor searches the slaughter for hints of life and answers not forthcoming. “ These days have been tragic, I ai n’t sleeping, defy to eat a thing, ” they sing in a voice that is somehow ardent even granitic, like agony gnaw equitable beneath the open of an dense cool. In the quiet moments and the disruptive, “ Jackie ” is the anthem that cataclysmal grief deserves. —Briana Younger

Spice (feat. Shaggy & Sean Paul)

“Go Down Deh”


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If you look carefully at our 100 Best Songs of 2021 list, you ‘ll notice a dearth of Gen X artists. That ‘s apprehensible, given that then many of us listen to music to feel young. And who knows, possibly this class will represent a changing of the guard when we look back on it in 5-10 years. So it ‘s rather capture that while so many twentysomethings sing decelerate songs wise beyond their years, the dancehall track of the year comes courtesy of a geriatric-milllennial — the jamaican sex-positive icon Spice — and two silver foxes. Spice generated deserved buzz earlier this year for releasing the first gear official album of her 18-year career, but the X-rated individual remains her, um, fresh spot, and “ Go Down Deh ” sits among, if not on crown, her greatest hits. —Otis Hart

Little Simz (feat. Cleo Sol)

“Woman”


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Nodding along with simple beats and biting lines, Little Simz is making certain you do n’t get it writhe : “ Ai n’t nothing without a woman though. ” The second base track on the british rapper ‘s fourthly album signals the kind of slow-tempo, vulnerable observation the artist displays through her work. The cool tones of her subtle instrumentals serve as the perfect backdrop for a beaming cry of authorization for a cast of strong female characters. Pulling back synthetic beat and letting dear vocals float across dreamy strings, Little Simz speaks above the randomness of a bleary industry proclaiming that under her alert gaze, the discolor of feminine construction will always shine with glare. —Anamaria Sayre

Leon Bridges

“Motorbike”


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An roll groove curves under Leon Bridges ‘ voice in this sultry traverse. deceptively simple in its production and lyrics, “ Motorbike ” recreates the meanness of bodies leaning together while traversing soft rolling hills. Bridges entices us along for the drive, an slowly temptation to succumb to as the soul crooner reminds us, “ When it feels thoroughly, you do n’t have to try to. ” —Mitra Arthur

Clairo

“Amoeba”


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A contemplation on egoism adjust to the lush combination of Claire Cottrill ‘s piano/guitar jazz band and Jack Antonoff ‘s signature production sensibilities, “ Amoeba ” is a song about Clairo ‘s get up to stardom and the adjustments that come with it. With stack background vocals acting like a self-critical Greek chorus, Clairo grapples with and realigns her priorities not just as a musician but as person. —Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Dua Saleh (feat. Amaarae)

“fitt”


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even in a world of constant connectivity and a dizzy glut of music, it ‘s rare that two of your favorite artists collab and it actually lives up to hopes. fortunately for common fans of Dua Saleh and Amaarae, “ fitt ” delivers. Each artist occupies so many unlike spaces. Saleh is nonbinary, Sudanese-born, Minneapolis-based and experiments with dense, shady elements. Amaraae is New York-born, but immediately creates out of Accra, Ghana, and has come to be known for capture, bouncing Afro-fusion. Regardless, each shows the amazing dexterity of the diaspora and when together, their join forces are odd. The beat for “ fitt ” evolves over three minutes to accommodate the strengths of each artist ‘s verse, balancing carnal drums with ethereal harmonica strings. Each holds a presence on the track that demands attention. The real beauty is that they share this care equally. —Sidney Madden

Joy Oladokun

“Jordan”


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Over and over in her songs, Joy Oladokun has affectingly put her finger on the afflictive particulars of break trust — trust splintered hanker ago when she came face to expression with racism and homophobia in her religion community and nation. Her singer-songwriter folk-soul number “ Jordan ” is one of the most moving examples to date, and she delivers it with woolen closeness, balancing its hewn quality and understate pop appeal. She ‘s off hymn-writing on its head in the most openhearted manner, sing of her decide to leave behind those who insisted she needed spiritual cleansing to build a life with person who sees her as she wants to be seen. —Jewly Hight, WNXP

BLACKSTARKIDS

“JUNO”


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BLACKSTARKIDS is a Midwest trio situated in the widening space between rap, emo and blown-out laptop pop, and on “ JUNO ” it achieves a kind of induce synesthesia, cramming so a lot suburban summer atmosphere into its bleached synths and hiccupy guitar that the sounds start to radiate their own light. As a birdcall, it is structure-agnostic : You ‘ll hurt your head trying to make the lines group neatly into fours, and each member ‘s contribution — a heavy-lidded tap verse, a run of bubbling micro-melodies and a full-throated chorus, respectively — feels like a self-contained brusque fib, beamed from its own recess of LiveJournal. But as a vibration, its message could n’t be clearer : life sucks, but possibly not today. —Daoud Tyler-Ameen

Westside Gunn (feat. Jadakiss & Stove God Cooks)

“RIGHT NOW”


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Westside Gunn likens himself to Joe Pesci in Goodfellas because of his lake superior s***-talking skills. But the truth is, Gunn is scorsese — a visionary armed with a 35mm and an uncompromising POV. To put it plainly, Gunn ‘s work of art is wrought from the penitentiary chances and violence he survived coming up in Buffalo, N.Y. Those years honed his ear for cinematic beats, like the Denny LaFlare-produced “ right now ” off HWH8 : sincerely Adolf, the first half of his 2021 double LP. Co-starring Jadakiss and frequent collaborator Stove God Cooks, the song finds them drawing the starkest contrasts in the midst of trade cocaine tales. Gunn stashes shot in his “ Versace disembowel, ” while Jada stirs a “ brick and a one-half in the pot, Dior gas mask. ” It ‘s an grow taste, particularly for fellas who ‘ve sacrificed therefore a lot to attain it. —Rodney carmichael

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