29 Best Songs From 2021

The post-quarantine period was a great time for music lovers. After being cooped up in our homes for over a year, artists were at the peak of their creativity, releasing hit song after song to save us from boredom. You'd never miss a new song to jam to, no matter your preferred genre.

As such, the 2021 music scene was flooded with great tunes and hits. It is almost impossible to pick the crème de la crème across the music genres, but below is a list of the best songs from 2021.

“Essence” by Wizkid ft. Tems

Song Year: 2021

What better way to start off the list than this music gem from two of the most prominent African artist? The hit song from Wizkid's fourth and most popular studio album, Made in Lagos, put African music on the global charts. With laid-back beats and superb vocals from Tems, it is a perfect song to vibe to with your special person.

The chill beats and vocals are accompanied by sensual lyrics of two lovers expressing their mutual desire giving the song a hypnotizing feel. Unsurprisingly, it was a club hit, attracting a remix collaboration with top artists.

“Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic

Song Year: 2021

As artists try to grow in the music industry and make a name for themselves, most try creating new sounds that resonate with the current generation—very few stick to the classics. However, with this tune, Silk Sonic proves that classic tunes could still make great, timeless music.

Branding as a music duo, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak hit the studios to bless us with this remarkable debut single. The song has a soulful 70s feel that will leave you itching to get on your feet. The soulful beat combines well with seductive lyrics and trademark vocals from the artists that spread nothing but great vibes.

“STAY” by The Kid LAROI ft. Justin Bieber

Song Year: 2021

After blessing us with the sentimental hit song ‘Without You,' The Kid LAROI collaborated with Justin Bieber on yet another song for when you think about your loved one.

Unlike the contemporary slow and sad love songs, STAY has an awesome vibe to it. Once the chorus hits, you can forget the lyrics about the two artists begging their lovers to stick with them and bop to the beat.

“Levitating” by Dua Lipa ft. DaBaby

Song Year: 2021

Dua Lipa is probably the greatest pop artist of our time. She never disappoints, and this song is no exception. With her signature Mezz-soprano vocals, Dua Lipa delivers a masterpiece over phenomenal disco pop beats to create the artistic excellence of ‘Levitate.'

It is one of the songs whose title matches the feeling you get when you listen to it. With the lyrics about a newly found love and a fun pop beat, you won't resist dancing when listening to the song.

“Heat Waves” by Glass Animals

Song Year: 2021

The age of British rock bands dominating the music charts is upon us, and this 2021 hit song is a sign of the new music age. From malls to random videos to random videos on your Instagram feed, there was no escaping listening to Heat Waves by Glass Animals.

The song's 2021 popularity was not by chance. It’s hard to resist the song's chill and mellow beats that accompany the lead singer vocalizing about his dooming relationship.

“Rumors” by Lizzo & Cardi B

Song Year: 2021

“Rumors” was Lizzo’s first release of 2021, and it performed better than any of her previous releases. This made it one of Lizzo's best songs. She tags Cardi B in the song that addresses internet users who are quick to believe all the stories haters spread on the internet about the people they dislike.

The music video features Lizzo and Cardi B dressed like Greek goddesses, which makes for an interesting concept.

“Happier Than Ever” by Billie Eilish

Song Year: 2021

Next on the list is a song by an artist who is no stranger to having a global hit song. From her second studio album, Billie Eilish presented us with yet another trademark hit song, Happier Than Ever.

With a mysterious yet soothing voice, the artist passionately sings about a failed love, learning to move on, and finding happiness after heartache. Haven't we all found ourselves in such a situation? It is the epitome of good music from 2021 that will leave you singing in the shower.

“Up” by Cardi B

Song Year: 2021

As the COVID restrictions eased and normalcy slowly resumed, city girls had a blast jamming to this song. The song has all the trademarks of songs Cardi B is known for that have resonated with her enormous fan base. It has a catching urban beat as the rapper sings about her confidence in her body and acclaimed wealth.

“C-Kay” by Love Nwatiti

Song Year: 2021

Nothing beats West African music's vibes: captivating beats, great vocals, and themes you cannot resist. Whether you understand the lyrics, you will find yourself dancing when they come on.

Ckay demonstrated this fact with his hit song Love Nwaititi. He kept the world on a frenzy with this masterpiece as he sang about a new-found love that kept him always yearning for his lover's embrace. It is one of the best 2021 songs that kept people dancing.

“Smokin Out the Window” by Silk Sonic

Song Year: 2021

The Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak duo held us in a chokehold in 2021 with their debut EP. After the great reception and staggering success of the debut song ‘Leave the Door Open,' they decided we were ready for another work of art by releasing this hit song.

Smokin out the window has a soulful and r&b fusion feel that contributes to its catchiness, as the iconic duo sings their hearts out about a love turned sour. A once tender and sweet love took a turn for the worst, leaving the singers with baby mama drama and unsolicited bills to pay.

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