Top 100 Albums of 2021

Well that year flew past, didn’t it? Despite the continuation of the pandemic, there was a massive influx of great releases this year. I typically am not fond of putting together year-end lists, but I do think it’s important to highlight some of my personal favorite records from the last 12 months, especially so I could shout out all of the releases that might not be popping up on similar lists and the albums that I loved but couldn’t get the time to write about.

Below you will find 100 of my favorite LPs of 2021, in no particular order, plus some of my favorite live albums, reissues/compilations and EPs/singles in individual sub-lists. What are your favorites this year? What did I leave out? Let me know in the comments below!

The Best Live Albums of 2021

The Best Reissues/Box Sets/Compilations of 2021

The Best Singles/EPs/Split-Releases of 2021


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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