Here’s a list of my top songs for this year, in an order that might be surprisingly mixable. These are not necessarily from 2021; I just happened to have heard them in the last twelve months.
No Hard Feelings, by Wolf Alice on Blue Weekend
Getting Older, by Billie Eilish on Happier Than Ever
Drivers License, by Olivia Rodrigo on Sour
Champagne Problems, by Taylor Swift on Evermore
Obedear, by Purity Ring on Shrines
Humankind, by Coldplay on Music of the Spheres
Natural Blues (Reprise Version), by Moby on Reprise
Don’t Go Dark, by Bleachers on Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night
Deja Vu, by Olivia Rodrigo on Sour
Hard Drive, by Cassandra Jenkins on An Overview on Phenomenal Nature
She Used to Be Mine, by Jessie Mueller on Waitress – Original Broadway Cast Recording
Traitor, by Olivia Rodrigo on Sour
Black Hole, by Griff on One Foot in Front of the Other
Fallen Angel, by Erasure on The Neon
The Let Down, by Francis Lung on Miracle
Good Girls, by Chvrches on Screen Violence
Hero, by Weezer on Van Weezer
You Had to Be There, by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on When God Was Great
Made to Love (feat. Ronnie Wood, Gina Martin & Dr. Mos-Shogbamimu), by Imelda May on 11 Past the Hour
Happier, by Olivia Rodrigo on Sour
Let Me Love You Like A Woman, by Lana Del Rey on Chemtrails Over the Country Club
As you can see, Olivia Rodrigo is on here four times, and they are all deserving. What a talent! “Happier” is my favorite song of hers, and perhaps for this mix, though Cassandra Jenkins’ “Hard Drive” is such a delightfully oddball song…they’re both great.
Here’s a list of my top songs for this year, in an order that might be surprisingly mixable. These are not necessarily from 2020; I just happened to have heard them in the last twelve months.
Horses, by Tomo Nakayama on Music from Touchy Feely August, by Taylor Swift on Folklore Conversations in the Dark, by John Legend on Bigger Love Husavik, by My Marianne feat. Will Ferrell on Eurovision Song Contest Now I’m in It, by Haim on Women in Music Pt. III That Feeling, by Young London on Laggies I Hate Everybody, by Halsey on Manic Scared To Live (SNL Live), by The Weeknd on After Hours (Deluxe) This Is Everything, by Grouplove on Healer Delete Forever, by Grimes on Miss Anthropocene
Playing Dead, by Breathe Owl Breathe on Your Sister’s Sister This Summer, by Loren Allred on This Summer Bad Decisions, by The Strokes on The New Abnormal Inner Child, by BTS on Map of the Soul: 7 Retrospect, by Vistas on Everything Changes in the End Nothing at All, by Perfume Genius on Set My Heart on Fire Immediately Death Stranding, by Chvrches on Death Stranding Empress, by Snow Patrol on Wildness Spring, by Angel Olsen on All Mirrors
We lost an excellent filmmaker this year, Lynn Shelton. Three of the songs featured on this list are from her movies — Touchy Feely (Horses), Laggies (That Feeling), and Your Sister’s Sister (Playing Dead). Touchy Feely is my favorite film of hers, but really, they’re all excellent.
Here’s a list of my top songs for this year, in an order that might be surprisingly mixable. These are not necessarily from 2019; I just happened to have heard them in the last twelve months.
Love Song, by Lana Del Rey on Norman Fucking Rockwell! Married in a Gold Rush, by Vampire Weekend feat. Danielle Haim on Father of the Bride Cracking Codes, by Andrew Bird on My Finest Work Yet Gloria, by The Lumineers on III Hustle, by P!nk on Hurts 2B Human Paper Rings, by Taylor Swift on Lover Bad Guy, by Billie Eilish on When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Make It Right, by BTS on Map of the Soul: Persona Some Kind of Love, by Dido on Still on My Mind Orpheus, by Sara Bareilles on Amidst the Chaos Falling for Boys, by Julia Michaels on Inner Monologue Part 2
Digital Boy, by Serena Jade (Live from the Rockwood Music Hall, NYC, 8-3-2019) Stupid Things, by Keane on Cause and Effect Allergic, by Post Malone on Hollywood’s Bleeding I Was Terrible, by How to Dress Well on Care Young Enough, by Charly Bliss on Young Enough Billie Jean, by Weezer on Weezer (Teal Album) Real Love, by Carly Rae Jepsen on Dedicated Feels Good, by Lissie on Castles Light on, by Maggie Rogers on Heard It in a Past Life
Many good tunes here, but I really dug the Charly Bliss song. Hugely anthemic, Young Enough just soars and soars.