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Another year in the books! Although 2021 had a slight return to normality, some things will never be the same. One thing remains consistent however, artists and songwriters continue to release new music in massive numbers. This past year major artists such as Adele, Tyler The Creator, Drake and Kacey Musgraves all released their highly anticipated albums to the world. We also saw genres like Pop Punk and Emo rise back into popularity much in part to artists like Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker and Avril Lavigne. The emergence of new artists like Olivia Rodrigo had a unprecedented impact on the global music charts. And rock bands like Wolf Alice and The War On Drugs both released career defining albums.  We asked members of our staff to list their top favorite albums from 2021. You can also stream a mix of our favorites on the Spotify playlist at the bottom. 


Ralph Torrefranca, Sr. Director of A&R

Top Favorite Albums

Dijon – Absolutely

Typhoon – Sympathetic Magic

Deb Never – Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Audrey Nuna – A Liquid Breakfast


Max Hirsh, A&R Manager

Top Favorite Albums

Tyler, The Creator – Call Me If You Get Lost

Turnstile – Glow On

Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee

Jazmin Sullivan – Heaux Tales

Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg


Patrick Conseil, A&R Consultant

Top Favorite Albums

The War On Drugs – I Don’t Live Here Anymore

Fancy Hagood – Southern Curiosity

Lana Del Rey – Chemtrails Over The Country Club

Brandi Carlisle – In These Silent Days

Ed Sheeran –  =


Kellen Smith, Synch TV/Film

Top Favorite Albums

Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend

Turnstile – Glow On

Halsey – If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power

Nas – King’s Disease II

Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime


Honorable Mentions
Squid – Bright Green Field
Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams
Playboi Carti – Whole Lotta Red
Lucy Dacus – Home Video
Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders (feat. London Symphony Orchestra) – Promises
Summer Walker – Still Over It
Arooj Aftab – Vulture Prince
Low – Hey What
MIKE – Disco!
C. Tangana – El Madrileño



Stream highlights of our favorite albums here:


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