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Best Of 2021: Songs In Alphabetical Order by Artist Through February 28th

Monthly overview at the end, along with spotify Playlist

Rock & Roll – Alice Cooper
Tears To Diamonds – Apollo LTD
A Suh Wi Do It – Beenie Man
Lost (with DJ Angelo feat. Jinadu) – Black Coffee, DJ Angelo, Jinadu
Up – Cardi B
Song of Trouble (feat. Sufjan Stevens) – CARM, Sufjan Stevens
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
Tryin’ To Get To Heaven – David Bowie
Riding on the Tide of Love – Deacon Blue
Levitating (feat. DaBaby) – Dua Lipa, DaBaby
Gang Signs (feat. ScHoolboy Q) – Freddie Gibbs, ScHoolboy Q
Fillin’ My Cup (feat. Little Big Town) – Hailey Whitters, Little Big Town
Provide (feat. Chris Brown & Mark Morrison) – G-Eazy, Chris Brown, Mark Morrison
Dream Weapon – Genghis Tron
cloak n dagger – glaive, ericdoa
Pestilence – Hazing Over
Girl Like Me (feat. H.E.R.) – Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R.
this is how you fall in love – Jeremy Zucker, Chelsea Cutler
You Are Lord Of All – JJ Hairston, Phillip Bryant, Pocket Of Hope
Mouthful of Blood – Juliana Hatfield
Hardline – Julien Baker
drivers license – jxdn
The Bandit – Kings of Leon
Janie Bleu – Kip Moore
Agatha All Along – Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Kathryn Hahn, Eric Bradley, Greg Whipple,
Mighty Soul – Langhorne Slim
Blue Vein – Lael Neale
Every Star Shivers in the Dark – Lael Neale
Calling My Phone – Lil Tjay, 6LACK
Not Dead Yet – Lord Huron
Coal Miner’s Daughter (Recitation) – Loretta Lynn
Porn Star – Mod Sun
More Than My Hometown – Morgan Wallen
Love For You – Mr Eazi
Wellerman – Sea Shanty – Nathan Evans
Country Home – Live – Neil Young, Crazy Horse
Middle Child – Nervous Dater
Albuquerque – Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
Rainforest – Noname
drivers license – Olivia Rodrigo
This Mess We’re In – Demo – PJ Harvey
Friday (Remix) – Rebecca Black, 3OH!3, Big Freedia, Dorian Electra
Friday (feat. Mufasa & Hypeman) – Dopamine Re-Edit – Riton, Nightcrawlers, Mufasa & Hypeman, Dopamin
These Kids we Knew – Rostam
Glimpses – Sleaford Mods
Everything I Had – Sun June
Missing You – Syd
rubberband – Tate McRae
Yellowbelly – Teenage Wrist
Action Replay – The Fratellis
No Hole In My Head – Tom Jones
Fallin’ (Adrenaline) – Why Don’t We
Public Execution – Worn
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.

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