The Best of 2021

OK, it is time for the GIMME TINNITUS “best of” feature for 2021. This post got delayed a bit by COVID, but I’m feeling much better now.
We love tracking our music listening on So, here are my top 5 artists from this year according to
last fm 2021 artists
And here are my top 5 albums. As can be expected there is a bit of overlap with the top artists (I’m looking at you Tunic). It’s a bit front loaded towards releases from earlier in the year. I simply had more of a chance to listen to them, obvs. If it was balanced out, it would have the records from Black Dice, Double Dagger and Liars on there too.
last fm 2021 albums 
Before we get to the best of list, I just wanted to give a shout out to one of my favorite labels, who put out a ton of killer music this year, Exploding in Sound! Check out their 2021 sampler (it is pay-what-you-want, if you download why not throw them some $$):

Everyone loves lists, right? Well, here are my favorite releases of 2021, everything from Activity to YVETTE.

ActivityText the Dead

Aesop Rock x BlockheadGarbology

Armand Hammer & The AlchemistHaram

Black DiceMod Prog Sic

Black HatchOne More Bite

black midiCavalcade


BotanyPortal Orphanage

CheekfaceEmphatically No.

CheekfaceWe Need a Bigger Dumpster

christian fitnesship gone gunslingers

ColaBlank Curtain


Daniel KlagArbor

Double DaggerSophisticated Urban Living (Contemporary Conveniences Edition)

Dry CleaningNew Long Leg

DummyMandatory Enjoyment


EditrixTell Me I’m Bad

EXEKGood Thing They Ripped Up The Carpet

FACSPresent Tense

FloatieVoyage Out

Ghost Funk OrchestraAsphalt Homeland

The Go! TeamGet Up Sequences Part One

Gold DustS/T


KralliceDemonic Wealth

The Lasso, Jordan Hamilton & The SaxsquatchTri Magi

LiarsThe Apple Drop

Mandy, Indiana… EP


Marissa NadlerThe Path of the Clouds

Matt Robidouxat dust

MEAT WAVEVolcano Park

Media JewelerThe Sublime Sculpture of Being Alive

Militarie GunAll Roads Lead To The Gun

Militarie GunAll Roads Lead To The Gun II

No One and the SomebodiesCeasefire Violations


P.E.The Reason for My Love EP


Parquet CourtsSympathy For Life

The PeacersBlexxed Rec

PileSongs Known Together, Alone


A Place To Bury StrangersHologram EP

portrayal of guiltWe Are Always Alone

portrayal of guiltCHRISTFUCKER

screensaverExpressions Of Interest

Show Me The BodySurvive

Sleaford ModsSpare Ribs

Smile MachineBye For Now


SOUL GLODisNigga, Vol. 1

SOUL GLODisNigga, Vol. 2

Spread JoyS/T

Steel Bearing HandSlay In Hell

StuckContent That Makes You Feel Good

Tape Deck MountainTrue Deceiver

thirdfaceDo It With A Smile

Thomas SeelyFaking Season

Time WharpIngenue



Ty SegallHarmonizer

Upper WildsVenus

Water From Your EyesStructure by Water From Your Eyes

YVETTEHow the Garden Grows

I feel like I am forgetting something, but this is a pretty damn good list that streches over a number of genres. I hope you enjoy checking out my favorite music from the past year. Let’s hope 2022 is even better than 2021.
Oh and you can check out the other GT Best Of posts… here.
AND remember there’s always lots to stream at:

And finally, here’s the GT Best of 2021 Reposted Mix from our Soundcloud…

GT best of 2021

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