Wow, not one good song this week. Just disappointing offerings from Muse, The Lumineers, and generic emo bands.
Grimes good, Weeknd bad, Radiohead bad, and more
If I may be perfectly honest with you, this was a very easy list to whittle down. 2021 was a bad year for music and some of these songs are only on here by default; a better year would see them nowhere near the top. So some of these entries are going to read as less-than-rapturous hosannas even though these are technically my favourite songs of the year.
Dire times indeed.
Now that I’ve thoroughly eviscerated everything I disliked about the music of 2021, I’m going to get marginally more positive. Here’s a look at the state of alternative music and various observations I made about songs and albums throughout the year and really should have written down as they came.
Allow me to assuage your fears: there will still be an official post counting down this year’s good music, as unlikely as that sounds. I managed to scrape together enough decent music so I wouldn’t have to stop that feature on its 20th anniversary. However the section at the end in which I opine on the state of the now-deceased music industry is going to be folded out into its very own standalone post.
I am here to document the ongoing decline of music in the public sphere, as I have every year- with all my predictions consistently coming true.
Basically, it’s another piece of writing I can point to and say “I was right”.