Jaylan Harrington, editor: Amazing music came out this year, and above all I have to recognize the greatness of Lana Del Rey”blue railings,» but also « Jessie Ware »What’s Your Pleasure (The Platinum Pleasure Edition)“Only Thieves”Moral Panic (The Complete Edition)“Lisa’s Moans”Something like this but not this“and of Cleopatric”SHAME.” These albums are some of the best and most underrated projects of 2021 and deserve more love. My favorite song of 2021 came out of Mac Miller’s”faces”, which came on streaming with the bonus track “Yeah”.
Tristan Tucker, editor: Unlike 2020, I felt heavily invested in the plethora of albums and songs that dropped this year. I’m going to give some honorable mentions to Silk Sonic’s self-titled album, Taylor Swift “Red (Taylor’s Version)”, by Kanye West “Donda”, that of Isaiah Rashad “The House is Burning” and Baby Keem “The Melodic Blue”, “family ties” being my song of the year. My favorite album was definitely J. Cole’s “The Off-Season”, and seeing it live was surreal. Also, it’s a bit of a cheat, but Mac Miller’s “Faces” and A$AP Rocky’s “LIVE.LOVE.A$AP” hit streaming services this year, and I love those two projects, especially the last one.
Caryl Espinoza Jaen, Editor: Certified kills in no particular order: “F*** Him All Night” by Azealia Banks, “Eyelid Viewing” by Kill Alters, “Pink Funeral” by Beach House, “Love Reigns” by Mall Grab, “SALMON CANNON” by Nanoray , “Eartheater” Joyride”, “So U Kno” by Overmono… this part.
Allie Remhof, head of the copy office: Despite the initial backlash, I found myself liking some of Lorde “Solar energy.” It wasn’t the album of a sad girl like me and many others hoped, but “Secrets from a Girl (Who’s Seen it All)” and “Oceanic Power” make me feel like I’m growing and to take control of my life. alongside Lorde. What scratched my wistful itch was Japanese Breakfast’s “Jubilee.” Highlights of this album for me include “Kokomo, IN” and “Savage Good Boy”.
Ann Salman, Editor-in-Chief: I really got into Doja Cat in 2021. My favorite song from her new album “Planet Her” is “Ain’t S***”.
Avery Davis, Editor: Looking back on all the music that’s been released this year, 2021 feels like it was a million years ago. I really loved “SOUR” by Olivia Rodrigo, especially “favorite crime” and “1 step forward, 3 steps back”. Taylor Swift’s “Red (Taylor’s Version)” served up some amazing songs from the vault, my favorite being “Better Man.” Finally, Coldplay “Higher Power” was also a great release with “My Universe” featuring BTS being a standout track for me.
Sam Overton, Culture Editor: 2021 was the year of the Midwestern emo. The top four songs on my Spotify Wrapped were by Modern Baseball, a mildly whiny and mostly obnoxious early 2010s band that’s been on indefinite hiatus since 2016. Even so, the genre seeped into my headphones throughout. of each season, and I’m now in love with songs called “now THIS is podracing” and “The Soundtrack To Missing A Slam Dunk”.
Myra Bari, Assistant Cultural Editor: I’ve been listening to Magic City Hippies since their first EP. They have a Gorillaz-esque feel, albeit a little sunnier and a lot less grungy. Their overall discography is amazing, but my absolute favorite of 2021 was one of their singles, “Queen”. I’m a sucker for indie-pop darlings LANY and more than a few songs from their new album “gg bb xx” have been featured on my Spotify Wrapped this year.
Mariana Fabian, Asst. Review editor: I really went back to Taylor Swift in 2021. With her release of “Red” (Taylor’s version, of course), I couldn’t resist listening to “Nothing New,” which features Phoebe Bridgers for the ultimate tearful coming of age.
Wade Bowman, assistant. Sports Editor: The past year has been fantastic for so many genres, with artists big and small releasing an assortment of impressive releases. Of all the fantastic works that have found their way to audiences throughout 2021, my favorite track has to be Tyler’s “RUNITUP”, the latest masterpiece from The Creator; “CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST. The song remains my favorite of what I consider album of the year and definitely worth a listen if you haven’t heard it yet.