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The best songs and albums we missed in 2021

Projects released by Blu DeTiger, girl in red, Normani and Draco Rosa are among the NPR Music staff's favorite songs and albums that didn't make our final best-of lists for 2021. (Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr/NPR; Getty Images )
Projects released by Blu DeTiger, girl in red, Normani and Draco Rosa are among the NPR Music staff's favorite songs and albums that didn't make our final best-of lists for 2021. (Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr/NPR; Getty Images )

We've spent the past couple of weeks sharing a whole bunch of incredible music that came out in 2021, including NPR Music's picks for the 50 Best Albums and 100 Best Songs. But despite our best efforts, it's just impossible to capture and highlight all the stuff we loved this year on any one list because there's just so much of it and we're a diverse group of music lovers with really broad tastes.

So, on this episode of All Songs Considered, members of the NPR Music team share their favorite song or album that didn't make it on any of our other lists, including the searing pop of girl in red, the Florida rapper doechii, the return of Limp Bizkit – yes, Limp Bizkit – and more.


Featured songs and artists:

1. dodie: "Hate Myself," from Build a Problem

2. Tōth: "Turnaround (Cocaine Song)," from You And Me And Everything

3. Flock of Dimes: "Price of Blue," from Head of Roses

4. Blu DeTiger: "Vintage" from How Did We Get Here?

5. doechii: "Truth" From Bra-Less

6. girl in red: "Did You Come?" from if i could make it go quiet

7. Moin: "Crappy Dreams Count," from Moot!

8. Limp Bizkit: "Dad Vibes," from STILL SUCKS

9. Madi Diaz: "Nervous," from History of a Feeling

10. Tré Burt: "Funny Story (Song for Eva)," from You, Yeah, You

11. Normani (feat. Cardi B): "Wild Side" (Single)

12. Sarah Kinsley: "The King," from The King

13. NIKARA: "Thick Girls," from NIKARA presents Black Wall Street

14. Draco Rosa: "El Amor de Borikén," from Sound Healing 1:11

15. Morgen Wurde feat. Maria Estrella: "Weiht," from Pop Ambient 2022

Correction: January 10, 2022 12:00 am — An earlier version of this story misspelled Morgen Wurde's first name as Morgan.

Copyright NPR 2022.

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