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Best Albums of 2021

December 14, 2021

Here are the Top 25 albums of 2021 on WYEP.  After another year of the pandemic, these were the new releases selected by the Programming staff of WYEP after hours of listening, airplay, debate, critiquing, and enjoyment.  There’s a bit of everything musically on this list, from artists we’ve championed in the past, to several newcomers, debut albums, and others that made a personal impact upon us as curators.  The one thing the entire staff agreed upon unanimously was this year’s No. 1 album of 2021.  I Hope you enjoy the music on this list and can take the time to dive in deeper on some you may not have discovered yet.

Check out the WYEP hosts’ top songs of the year here.

1. “We Are” by Jon Batiste
2. “In These Silent Days” by Brandi Carlile
3. “I Don’t Live Here Anymore” by The War On Drugs
4. “Raise The Roof” by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
5. “30” by Adele
6. “Daddy’s Home” by St. Vincent
7. “Gold-Diggers Sound” by Leon Bridges
8. “Wary + Strange” by Amythyst Kiah
9. “Collapsed In Sunbeams” by Arlo Parks
10. “Open Door Policy” by The Hold Steady
11. “Long Lost” by Lord Huron
12. “Different Kinds of Light” by Jade Bird
13. “My Morning Jacket” by My Morning Jacket
14. “Today We’re The Greatest” by Middle Kids
15. “Stand For Myself” by Yola
16. “Future” by Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats
17. “Home Video” by Lucy Dacus
18. “Private Space” by Durand Jones & The Indications
19. “Jubilee” by Japanese Breakfast
20. “Renewal” by Billy Strings
21. “Smile, You’re Alive!” by Benji.
22. “Obviously” by Lake Street Dive
23. “In Heaven” by Strand Of Oaks
24. “662” by Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram
25. “Screen Violence” by Chvrches

Earlier this year, Afternoon Mix host Rosemary Welsch chatted with Jon Batiste, the artist behind WYEP’s album of the year, in a Live & Direct (from home) Session. Check it out here: