Best Albums of 2021

Listed below are the best albums of 2021 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 greatest album charts.

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2021 year summaryThe best artists of 2021 were Little Simz, Black Country, New Road, Weezer, Tyler, The Creator, Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra, Black Midi, Japanese Breakfast, Low, Injury Reserve and Squid.
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Total albums: 988. Page 1 of 99

Best Albums of 2021 composition

Country Albums %


United States 468 47%
United Kingdom 180 18%
Mixed Nationality 46 5%
Canada 43 4%
Australia 39 4%
Germany 23 2%
Sweden 18 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Live? Albums %
No 972 97%
Yes 28 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
Recognised  Year Charts (2021)
1. The 50 Best Albums of 2021 by Rolling Stone (2021)
2. BrooklynVegan's Top 50 Albums of 2021 by BrooklynVegan (2021)
3. Albums Of The Year 2021 by Rough Trade (2021)
4. The 50 Best Albums of 2021 by NPR (2021)
5. The Best Albums of 2021 by Complex (2021)
6. Top 10 Albums of 2021 by People (2021)
7. Uncut's Top 75 albums of 2021 by Uncut (2021)
8. The 50 best albums of 2021 by New Music Express (2021)
9. Top 50 Albums of 2021 by The Needle Drop (2021)
10. Gigwise's 51 Best Albums of 2021 by Gigwise (2021)
11. Top 98 Music Albums of 2021 by The Quietus (2021)
12. Our 50 favourite albums of 2021 by The Vinyl Factory (2021)
13. BPM’s Top 50 Albums Of 2021 by Beats Per Minute (2021)
14. The 50 Best Albums Of 2021 by Stereogum (2021)
15. The 20 Best Albums of 2021 by Deep Cuts (2021)
16. The Best Albums of 2021 by Vulture (2021)
17. The 50 Best Albums of 2021 by Musikexpress.de (2021)
18. The 10 best albums of 2021 by inews.co.uk (2021)
19. The 50 Best Albums of 2021 by laut (2021)
20. The 21 best albums of 2021 by BBC (2021)
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