top 100 albums of 2021 presents:

In the past year, WRIR DJs played 12,500+ songs from 6,500+ albums, EPs, and singles released in 2022. These included 300+ recordings from local artists and bands. Below is a chart of the top 100 albums, EPs, and singles (not included in an album or EP). Local artists are marked in bold.

Rank Artist Album Label
1 Beyoncé RENAISSANCE Parkwood / Columbia
2 Wet Leg Wet Leg Domino
3 The Smile A Light for Attracting Attention XL
4 Los Bitchos Let the Festivities Begin! City Slang
5 Danger Mouse Cheat Codes BMG
6 Automatic Excess Stones Throw
7 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cool It Down Secretly Canadian
8 Afro-Zen Allstars The Buzz and the Bells Aza Music
9 Russian Circles Gnosis Sargent House
10 Toro y Moi MAHAL Dead Oceans
11 Nilufer Yanya PAINLESS ATO / Fontana North
12 Mitski Laurel Hell Dead Oceans
13 Angel Olsen Big Time Jagjaguwar
14 Fly Anakin Frank Lex
15 Piranha Rama Omniscient Cloud Cover Brokers Tip
16 Butcher Brown & Michael Millions BLACK MAN – Single Concord
17 Trombone Shorty Lifted Blue Note
18 Justin Golden Hard Times and a Woman self-released
19 Ibibio Sound Machine Electricity Merge
20 Vieux Farka Touré & Khruangbin Ali Dead Oceans / Night Time Stories Ltd.
21 Doechii she / her / black bitch – EP Top Dawg / Capitol
22 Quelle Chris Deathfame Mello
23 Pusha T It’s Almost Dry GOOD / Def Jam
24 Kendrick Lamar Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers pgLang / Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath / Interscope
25 Big Thief Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You 4AD
26 TV Priest My Other People Sub Pop
27 Dumb Waiter Gauche Gists Ossein
28 The Beths Expert in a Dying Field Carpark
29 Marlowe Marlowe 3 Mello
30 Sudan Archives Natural Brown Prom Queen Stones Throw
31 Just Mustard Heart Under Partisan / Liberator Music
32 Björk Fossora One Little Independent
33 Belle and Sebastian A Bit of Previous Matador
34 Mister Earthbound The Great Silence – Single self-released
35 Sam Bush Radio John: Songs of John Hartford Smithsonian Folkways
36 Rina Sawayama Hold The Girl Dirty Hit
37 Calexico El Mirador Anti-
38 Secret Shame Autonomy self-released
39 Ett Eko Modern Content self-released
40 Makaya McCraven In These Times International Anthem / Nonesuch
41 Panic Shack Baby Shack – EP Brace Yourself
42 Noah-O TRILLipino Charged Up Ent
43 Deau Eyes Legacies Tone Tree Music / Subflora
44 Tomberlin i don’t know who needs to hear this… Saddle Creek
45 Spooky Cool Existential Pie self-released
46 Lizzo Special Nice Life / Atlantic
47 Shilpa Ray Portrait of a Lady Northern Spy
48 The Black Angels Wilderness of Mirrors Partisan / Liberator Music
49 Rikki Rakki Quarantine Sessions – EP self-released
50 Cate Le Bon Pompeii Mexican Summer
51 Viagra Boys Cave World YEAR0001
52 Black Country, New Road Ants From Up There Ninja Tune
53 Porridge Radio Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To the Sky Secretly Canadian
54 Tanya Tagaq Tongues Six Shooter
55 Beach House Once Twice Melody Sub Pop
56 Strawberry Moon Habitual Creatures Sockhead
57 Noori & His Dorpa Band Beja Power! Electric Soul & Brass from Sudan’s Red Sea Coast Ostinato
58 Beth Orton Weather Alive Partisan / Liberator Music
59 Kevin Morby This Is a Photograph Dead Oceans
60 Spiritualized Everything Was Beautiful Fat Possum
61 The Cool Greenhouse Sod’s Toastie Melodic
62 Sadurn Radiator Run For Cover
63 Stereolab Pulse of the Early Brain [Switched On Volume 5] Duophonic UHF Disks / Warp
64 Seratones Love & Algorhythms New West
65 Sugaray Rayford In Too Deep Forty Below
66 Spread Joy II Feel It
67 Guerilla Toss Famously Alive Sub Pop
68 Wilco Cruel Country dBpm
69 Ben Harper Bloodline Maintenance Chrysalis
70 Lee Fields Sentimental Fool Dapone
71 Courtney Marie Andrews Loose Future Fat Possum
72 The Bug Club Green Dream in F# Bingo
73 Special Interest Endure Rough Trade
74 BKO Djine Bora Bongo Joe
75 Butcher Brown Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey Concord Jazz
76 Jake Blount The New Faith Smithsonian Folkways
77 Catherine Russell Send For Me Dot Time
78 Twain Noon Keeled Scales
79 Shemekia Copeland Done Come Too Far Alligator
80 Cola Deep in View Fire Talk
81 Cat Power Covers Domino
82 Arooj Aftab Vulture Prince (Deluxe Edition) Verve
83 NO BS! Brass Undying self-released
84 Elvis Costello & The Imposters The Boy Named If EMI
85 Panda Bear & Sonic Boom Reset Domino
86 Holy Fuck Ninety Five – Single self-released
87 Plains I Walked with You a Ways Anti-
88 The Comet Is Coming Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam Impulse!
89 Gorillaz Cracker Island (feat. Thundercat) – Single Parlophone
90 Dehd Blue Skies Fat Possum
91 Billy Mohler Anatomy Contagious Music
92 Exek Advertise Here Castle Face
93 Boris W Sacred Bones
94 Billy Drummond & Freedom of Ideas Valse Sinistre Cellar Live
95 Arctic Monkeys The Car Domino
96 Xiomara Torres La Voz Del Mar Patois
97 Josean Jacobo Trio Herencia Criolla self-released
98 Alex G God Save the Animals Domino
99 Ghost Power Ghost Power Duophonic Super 45s
100 Kurt Vile (watch my moves) Verve


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    January 1st, 2023

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