The Best Albums of 2021


It's time for one of the most anticipated shows of the year, the Best Albums of 2021! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite records of the year that they keep returning to again and again. They also hear favorite albums by the production staff. 

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Best Albums of 2021


  1. Goat Girl, On All Fours
  2. IDLES, Crawler
  3. Little Simz, Sometimes I Might be Introvert
  4. Tony Allen, There is No End
  5. Dry Cleaning, New Long Leg
  6. Robert Finley, Sharecropper’s Son
  7. UV-TV, Always Something
  8. Tamar Aphek, All Bets are Off
  9. Amythyst Kiah, Wary + Strange
  10. Eleventh Dream Day, Since Grazed
  11. Tune-Yards, sketchy
  12. Low, Hey What
  13. Armand Hammer/The Alchemist, Haram
  14. Adia Victoria, A Southern Gothic
  15. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Raise the Roof
  16. Makaya McCraven, Deciphering the Message
  17. Dawn Richard, Second Line
  18. Damon Locks and Black Monument Ensemble, Now
  19. Yola, Stand for Myself
  20. Ka, A Martyr’s Reward


  1. Amyl and the Sniffers, Comfort to Me
  2. Dry Cleaning, New Long Leg
  3. Viagra Boys, Welfare Jazz
  4. Tamar Aphek, All Bets Are Off
  5. La Femme, Paradigmes
  6. IDLES, Crawler
  7. Goat Girl, On All Fours
  8. Polo & Pan, Cyclorama
  9. Shame, Drunk Tank Pink
  10. Courtney Barnett, Things Take Time, Take Time
  11. Adia Victoria, A Southern Gothic
  12. Naked Raygun, Over the Overlords
  13. Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, Raise the Roof
  14. Tony Allen, There Is No End
  15. Bachelor, Doomin’ Sun
  16. Art d’Ecco, In Standard Definition
  17. Ray BLK, Access Denied
  18. Lucy Dacus, Home Video
  19. Tune-Yards, Sketchy
  20. Sault, Nine

Production Staff Picks

  • Alex: Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor’s Version)
  • Mary: Remi Wolf, Juno
  • Andrew: Lucy Dacus, Home Video
  • Sol: Boston Manor, Desperate Times Desperate Pleasures

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