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Best Of 2021: Songs In Alphabetical Order by Artist Through August 31st, 2021

Crenshaw would rather do it with than-a you

Monthly overview at the end, along with Spotify Playlist

Casa – 22Gz

Emperor Machine – ACR vs The Emperor Machine – A Certain Ratio, The Emperor Machine

Where Have You Gone – Alan Jackson

Still Got It – Alex Frankel

Rock & Roll – Alice Cooper

Feel The Heat – AmyElle

Verse 23 – Amy Helm

Black Myself – Amythyst Kiah

Africa, One Of A Kind – Angelique Kidjo, Mr Eazi, Salif Keita

Choose Love – Angelique Kidjo, Shungudzo

Dignity – Angelique Kidjo

Tears To Diamonds – Apollo LTD

Do You? – April Rose Gabrielli

Bad Dream – Azure Ray

Distorted Light Beam – Bastille

A Suh Wi Do It – Beenie Man

Gangsta’s Paradise – Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel

Lost (with DJ Angelo feat. Jinadu) – Black Coffee, DJ Angelo, Jinadu

How Dare You Want More – Bleachers

Too Late (Band Version) – Infidels Outtake – Bob Dylan

Snowbird – Brando’s Lair

Stuck in Time – Brando’s Lair

BUZZCUT (feat. Danny Brown) – BROCKHAMPTON, Danny Brown

Permission to Dance – BTS

Question (feat. Don Jazzy) – Burna Boy

The Ghost Of Jesus – Caged Animals

KESI – Camilo

KESI – Remix- Camilo, Shawn Mendes

Colder Than You – Canaan Smith

Up – Cardi B

Song of Trouble (feat. Sufjan Stevens) – CARM, Sufjan Stevens

Baby Don’t You Go Go – CeeLo Green, Rare Essence

2009 – Charly Efe, Pablo Hasél, Valtonyc


Go Crazy (Remix) (feat. Young Thug, Future, Lil Durk & Mulatto) – Chris Brown, Future, Mulatto, Young Thug

Not Usually Like This – Cian Ducrot

The Spirit Of – Cloud Nothings

Good Things – Dan + Shay

Clash (feat. Stormzy) – Dave

Tryin’ To Get To Heaven – David Bowie

Riding on the Tide of Love – Deacon Blue

In Blur – Deafheaven 

Take_it_Back_v2 – Charlie Heat Version – Denzel Curry, Kenny Beats, Charlie Heat

Bluuwuu – Digga D

LET IT GO – DJ Khaled, 21 Savage, Justin Bieber

Levitating (feat. DaBaby) – Dua Lipa, DaBaby

La Chica De Hoy (This Year’s Girl) – Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Cami

Pump It Up – Elvis Costello, Juanes

Rock & Roll Found Me -Eric Church

Russian Roulette – Eric Church

Formwela 4 [Feat. Corey King] – Esperanza Spalding

How Many Times – Esther Rose

Roaring 20s – Flo Milli

Gang Signs (feat. ScHoolboy Q) – Freddie Gibbs, ScHoolboy Q

The Summer I Got Good At Guitar – Fresh

Provide (feat. Chris Brown & Mark Morrison) – G-Eazy, Chris Brown, Mark Morrison

Dream Weapon – Genghis Tron

Girl K Is For The People – Girl K

cloak n dagger – glaive, ericdoa

Pestilence – Hazing Over

Fillin’ My Cup (feat. Little Big Town) – Hailey Whitters, Little Big Town

The Tradition – Halsey 

Please Don’t Leave Just Yet – Holly Humberstone

Score (feat. SZA & 6LACK) – Isaiah Rashad

Paprika – Japanese Breakfast

All I Do Is Drive – Jason Isbell

Girl Like Me (feat. H.E.R.) – Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R.

Ma’ G – J Balvin

In Da Getto – J Balvin, Skrillex

this is how you fall in love – Jeremy Zucker, Chelsea Cutler

Natty Dread – Jesse Royal

You Are Lord Of All – JJ Hairston, Phillip Bryant, Pocket Of Hope

Junco Partner – Acoustic – Joe Strummer

God – Home Demo – John Lennon

Mouthful of Blood – Juliana Hatfield

Hardline – Julien Baker

Peaches (feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon) – Justin Bieber, Daniel Caesar, Giveon

Do I Ever Cross Your Mind – Justin Townes Earle, Dawn Landes

drivers license – jxdn

Jesus Lord, Pt 2 – Kanye West

Jonah – Kanye

T.A.Y.L.O.R – Kaonashi

SIERRA NIGHTS (feat. Ryan Beatty)  – Kevin Abstract

SLUGGER (feat. $NOT & slowthai) – Kevin Abstract

The Bandit – Kings of Leon

Janie Bleu – Kip Moore

Hate – Kota the Friend, Statik Selektah

Agatha All Along – Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Kathryn Hahn, Eric Bradley, Greg Whipple

Really Love (feat. Craig David & Digital Farm Animals) – KSI

Blue Vein – Lael Neale

Every Star Shivers in the Dark – Lael Neale

Let Me Love You Like A Woman – Lana Del Rey

Mighty Soul – Langhorne Slim

Haunted – Laura Les

After Those Who Mean It – Laura Stevenson

Break Up – Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Toosie – Lil Gotit

INDUSTRY BABY (feat. Jack Harlow) – Lil Nas X

MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X

never eat, never sleep – Lil Peep, Lil Tracy

Calling My Phone – Lil Tjay, 6LACK

Rumors (feat. Cardi B) – Lizzo

Frida Kahlo – Lion Babe

Intro – Logic

Solar Power – Lorde

Not Dead Yet – Lord Huron

Coal Miner’s Daughter (Recitation) – Loretta Lynn

Love Intervention – Lou Barlow

Goodbye – LP

Take My Hand – LP Giobbi

Hot & Heavy – Lucy Dacus

Roots – Lucy Spraggan

Let Them Know – Mabel

As A child – Madeline The Person

Psycho -Maisie Peters

8:30 – Marla Mase

Got a Lot O’ Livin to Do – Live – Marshall Crenshaw

Better – Michigander

Different Drum – Micky Dolenz

Porn Star – Mod Sun

More Than My Hometown – Morgan Wallen

Eracist Live – Mr. Bungle

Love For You – Mr Eazi

Free Ride – Mykki Blanco

Wellerman – Sea Shanty – Nathan Evans


Country Home – Live – Neil Young, Crazy Horse

Middle Child – Nervous Dater

Albuquerque – Nick Cave, Warren Ellis

Different Kind of Blue – Nick Lowe

Rainforest – Noname

brutal – Olivia Rodrigo

deja vu – Olivia Rodrigo

drivers license – Olivia Rodrigo

My Father’s Daughter – Olivia Vedder, Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard

You’re Not Special, Babe – Orla Gartland

Born This Way – The Country Road Version -Orville Peck

This Mess We’re In – Demo – PJ Harvey

Head Cheerleader – Pom Pom Squad

Comin’ out the other side – Randy Edelman

Friday (Remix) – Rebecca Black, 3OH!3, Big Freedia, Dorian Electra

Oh Christine – Reigning Sound

Friday (feat. Mufasa & Hypeman) – Dopamine Re-Edit – Riton, Nightcrawlers, Mufasa & Hypeman, Dopamin

Oh Christine – Reigning Sound

The Ballad of Sleazy Rider – Rob Zombie

Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater, Pt. 1 – RZA, DJ Scratch

Seventeen Going Under – Sam Fender

I’d Rather Be – Sam Huber, Amp Fiddler

These Kids we Knew – Rostam

Nothing To Say – Savage Gary, Georgia

Fellowship – serpentwithfeet

Hyacinth – serpentwithfeet

Same Size Shoe – serpentwithfeet

999 (with Camilo) – Selena Gomez

De Una Vez – Selena Gomez

Nirvana – Skepta,J Balvin

Glimpses – Sleaford Mods


So May We Start (feat. Simon Helberg) – From “Annette” – Sparks, Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard

Little Deer – Spellling

My Baby Wants A Baby – St. Vincent

Everything I Had – Sun June

Missing You – Syd

rubberband – Tate McRae

Home – Teenage Fanclub

Yellowbelly – Teenage Wrist

Watering The Well – The Bronx

Action Replay – The Fratellis

Sun Blisters – The Natvral

Why Don’t You Come Out Anymore? – The Natvral

Don’t Ever Pray in the Church on My Street – The Reds, Pinks and Purples

Not Necessary – The Tragically Hip

Save Your Tears – The Weeknd, Ariana Grande

SWEET / I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE (feat. Brent Faiyaz & Fana Hues) – Tyler, The Creator

People Have the Power – Tomás Doncker & The True Groove All-Stars

No Hole In My Head – Tom Jones

One More Cup Of Coffee – Tom Jones

shop (feat. DaBaby) – Toosii

Don’t Go Puttin wishes In My Head – Torres

And This is Just The Intro – Tory Lanez

Rebel Love – UB40, Inner Circle

Queen Majesty / Chalice In The Palace (feat. Robbie Shakespeare) – U-Roy

Up County Down – Van Morrison

SHELTER (ft. Wyclef Jean, Chance The Rapper) – VIC MENSA, Wyclef Jean, Chance the Rapper

23 – Wallice

Light of a Clear Blue Morning – Waxahatchee

Make It Easy – We Are The Union

Fallin’ (Adrenaline) – Why Don’t We

Public Execution – Worn

TNT – Wye Oak

Vibe With You (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)- YG, Mozzy

Nice to Me – You Me At Six

Off The Yak – Young M.A

January: The month belonged to Olivia Rodriguez excellent Taylor Swift influenced “driver’s license,” with a sensational 2.3 BILLION  streams on Spotify alone. The other shocker here is that after two years or so of finding sadgirl-boy -sadteens if you prefer,  bedroom electronics underwhelming,  the genre came into its own with jxdn, Olivia, Tate McRae, and, although clearly not text book, the indie pop band Sun June. Nothing that great for hip hop… which is usually my go to genre…

February: another killer month for pop music, between EDM and bedroom pop even hip hop has taken a back seat for a month. with albums on the quiet side,  that one song came into its own, whether it is Tom Jones dance cover of a folk pop classic or Cardi B with another ear candy gonna roll up the charts.  And the biggest song of the month by far, Olivia Rodiguez’s “Drivers License” given the ultimate accolade, a sketch on SNL.

March: A middling month (actually five weeks because I got to writing it up late), highlighted by the great power pop man former Let’s Talk About Girls, current Brando’s Lair leader Barry Holdship. Brando’s Lair promise to drop a song a month for a year, and if any of the other’s can pierce your armor like the instant classic “Stuck In Time” we are in for a treat. That harp will always be something I return to.

April – The return of the album took over from the singles all year (so far), Eric Church got two mentions and probably deserved more, and two guys I’ve never been crazy about -Lion Babe and DJ Khaled- make a surprise appearance… Patti Smith told Tomas Doncker he had made the song his own…

May- Mid June – welcome to the Spring Awakening, headed by Marla Mase and the change of the weather, the finishing line of the pandemic, and a future we are still aiming for. A better month (well six weeks) for albums but singles, and yet there are some memorable moments… noticeably from Sparks, YG and Wye Oak.

Mid June – July 4th – It feels like a surprise but really shouldn’t be, however the three artists with three songs on this list are from among the three best albums of the year – Angelique Kidjo, Olivia Rodrigo, and serpentwithfeet. In theory, this list should be mostly singers and since artists have spent years now releasing songs that aren’t necessarily singles, the lines have seriously blurred. Randy Edelman welcome here

July – added over 20 songs to the month, including first rate pop from April Rose Gabrielli and Tomas Doncker’s blues cover

August – The Marshall Crenshaw live album, the Kanye West new album, and 20 more.

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