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Bob Boilen at his Tiny Desk.


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Bob Boilen at his Tiny Desk.


I really don’t check out Television set displays or videos, but I fall in really like effortlessly with music that have a fantastic story and 2021 was a yr whole of gripping tales by some brilliant storytellers.

Lucy Dacus took us back to her substantial faculty and family vacation bible faculty days on her album Dwelling Video clip. Her tune “Thumbs” was a unpleasant story about revenge that was usually challenging to hear, but so skillfully executed. I desired humor in 2021 much too, and fortunately there was loads to be identified in tunes like “Back again of My Hand,” a tale of in excess of-the-best fandom by Bachelor (a collaboration concerning Jay Som and Palehound) Tōth’s “Convert Close to (Cocaine Track)” is the tale of trumpeter Alex Tōth remaining questioned to perform Ave Maria at his aunt Mary’s funeral but as a substitute obtaining his addictions overtaking him and passing out in pew. Damp Leg’s “Chaise Longue” was the funniest rock music about sexual intercourse in a long time.

Moist Leg, a duo from the Isle of Wight who have put out just four music – all this yr – ended up among a amount of new artists I fell passionately for in 2021. Olivia Rodrigo, Ada Lea, Charlie Hickey, Arooj Aftab, Aisha Badru, mehro, No-No Boy, lady in crimson, Orla Gartland, NEFFY (our 2021 Very small Desk Contest winner), dodie, Joy Oladokun and Semler are some of the other folks that produced my 2021 listening so fulfilling.

So get the tunes on this playlist for a spin. There is so considerably to find out and share. And in a year that was so hard for artists to make a living, I urge you to assistance the ones you like.

Top rated 10 ALBUMS

1. Lucy Dacus, House Video
2. Bachelor, Doomin’ Solar
3. Constant Holiday, Acquire the Corners Gently
4. Olivia Rodrigo, Bitter
5. Arooj Aftab, Vulture Prince
6. Tōth, You and Me and All the things
7. Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine, A Beginner’s Thoughts
8. Cassandra Jenkins, An Overview on Phenomenal Character
9. Jónsi, Obsidian
10. Ada Lea, 1 hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a yard

Best 10 Tunes

1. Damp Leg, “Chaise Longue”
2. Lucy Dacus, “Thumbs”
3. Cassandra Jenkins, “Tough Push”
4. Bachelor (Jay Som & Palehound), “Back again of My Hand”
5. Olivia Rodrigo, “Brutal”
6. Tōth, “Turnaround (Cocaine Tune)”
7. Arooj Aftab, “Suroor”
8. Saint Sister, “Manchester Air”
9. Aisha Badru, “Rebirth”
10. Charlie Hickey, “Ten Feet Tall”

* One track missing from streaming expert services is by our 2021 Little Desk Contest winner NEFFY. Here is “Hold out Up.”