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Rolling Stone’s 2021 List Of Top 50 Albums

According to legendary music periodical, Rolling Stone, 2021 had a plethora of marquee music world events:

Included in the list are such superstars as AdeleBillie Eilish, and Lil Nas X who came through with albums that deepened their stories and solidified their greatness. But this year was more often about welcome surprises — like rap visionary Tyler, the Creator or Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner. Perhaps the biggest curveball of all was the unstoppable Olivia Rodrigo, who arrived out of nowhere to re-invent the rules of Top 40 radio with her instant-classic LP debut, Sour.

It was also an outstanding year for indie singer-songwriters like Lucy DacusSnail Mail, and for pop synthesists from the Spanish-speaking world like Afro-Cuban hip-hop fusionist Cimafunk and omnidirectional reggaeton showman Rauw Alejandro).

Perhaps most exciting were the wonderful records by truth-telling women throughout the global hip-hop/R&B/grime/afrobeats diaspora like Jazmine SullivanPinkpantheressDawn RichardLittle Simz, and Tems. Add to the mix gems by veterans like the Foo Fighters, 59-year-old literary country-rock artist James McMurtry, and 80’s metal band Iron Maiden, and the weekly clip of must-hear stuff was nothing short of massive!

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Author: Al Denté

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