Mixed bag, from bangers to bubble gum, highlights another unpredictable year – in music and in life.
2021 was far from a typical year, so it must be fate that its most iconic tunes are something special, too. The year’s top singles strayed from the beaten path: we have satirical parodies of wellness culture, searingly political spoken-word, tell-all rewrites of decade-old tracks, 80s-inspired anthems, and booty-shaking rap bangers. Mix it all up, and you have a singularly dynamic musical cocktail for the new Roaring ‘20s.
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These are our top singles of 2021 in order of preference.