100 Greatest Albums of 2021

Criteria: These music albums from the year 2021 were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. Sour
Olivia Rodrigo
2. 30
3. Call Me If You Get Lost
Tyler the Creator
4. Montero
Lil Nas X
5. An Evening with Silk Sonic
Silk Sonic
6. Happier Than Ever
Billie Eilish
7. Collapsed in Sunbeams
Arlo Parks
8. Red (Taylor's Version)
Taylor Swift
9. Inside (The Songs)
Bo Burnham
10. Afrique Victime
Mdou Moctar
11. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Little Simz
12. =
Ed Sheeran
13. Fearless (Taylor's Version)
Taylor Swift
14. If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power
15. Hall of Fame
Polo G
16. I Don't Live Here Anymore
The War on Drugs
17. Heaux Tales
Jazmine Sullivan
18. Jubilee
Japanese Breakfast
19. New Long Leg
Dry Cleaning
20. Chemtrails Over the Country Club
Lana Del Rey
21. Home Video
Lucy Dacus
22. Blue Weekend
Wolf Alice
23. Valentine
Snail Mail
24. Daddy's Home
St. Vincent
25. Planet Her
Doja Cat
26. Lately I Feel Everything
27. Sincerely, Kentrell
YoungBoy NeverBrokeAgain
28. For the First Time
Black Country, New Road
29. Vince Staples
Vince Staples
30. Jose
J. Balvin
31. Nurture
Porter Robinson
32. Hey What
33. LP!
34. Soberish
Liz Phair
35. Cavalcade
Black Midi
36. Pink Noise
Laura Mvula
37. Voyage
38. Mood Valiant
Hiatus Kaiyote
39. Justice
Justin Bieber
40. Ignorance
The Weather Station
41. Smiling with No Teeth
Genesis Owusu
42. Glow On
43. Haram
Armand Hammer & The Alchemist
44. Stand for Myself
45. I Lie Here Buried with My Rings and My Dresses
46. Pressure Machine
The Killers
47. Seventeen Going Under
Sam Fender
48. G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
49. Bright Green Field
50. A Tiny House, in Secret Speeches, Polar Equals
Sweet Trip

51. Mercurial World
Magdalena Bay
52. Punk
Young Thug
53. Screen Violence
54. Little Oblivions
Julien Baker
55. Certified Lover Boy
56. Still Over It
Summer Walker
57. Back of My Mind
58. Sling
59. The Turning Wheel
60. To Hell With It
61. Sketchy
62. The Off Season
J. Cole
63. These Things Take Time, Take Time
Courtney Barnett
64. Any Shape You Take
Indigo de Souza
65. Not Your Muse
66. Comfort to Me
Amyl and the Sniffers
67. An Overview of Phenomenal Nature
Cassandra Jenkins
68. Hushed and Grim
69. Magic
70. Projector
71. Seek Shelter
72. A Gangsta's Pain
Moneybagg Yo
73. Prioritise Pleasure
Self Esteem
74. Donda
Kanye West
75. I Know I'm Funny Haha
Faye Webster
76. Music of the Spheres
77. Infinite Granite
78. We're All Alone In This Together
79. Deacon
80. Crawler
81. Draw Down the Moon
82. Death of a Cheerleader
Pom Pom Squad
83. J.T.
Steve Earle & the Dukes
84. Outside Child
Allison Russell
85. Nine
86. Sweep It into Space
Dinosaur Jr.
87. Kick III
88. Entertainment, Death
The Spirit of the Beehive
89. Carnage
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
90. Obviously
Lake Street Dive
91. We Are
Jon Batiste
92. By the Time I Get to Phoenix
Injury Reserve
93. As the Love Continues
94. The Voice of the Heroes
Lil Baby & Lil Durk
95. Surrounded by Time
Tom Jones
96. Medicine at Midnight
Foo Fighters
97. Parallel World
Cadence Weapon
98. El Dorado
99. A Beginner's Mind
Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine
100. Senjutsu
Iron Maiden
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2021
Ryan's choice: - An unheralded great album from 2021
Dreamers Are Waiting
Crowded House
Lew's choice:
Motivational Speaking
Old Sea Brigade
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