As 2021 draws to a close (which noone is mad about, I’m sure), I have to say that at least music-wise, it was a good year. One of the silver linings of the pandemic was the fact that many artists had a chance to work up some new tunes, and here’s a list of some of my favorites of the past year.
#10: Jack White “Taking Me Back”
I’m a big fan of Jack White, and was pretty excited to get a new song from him this past month. Expect a new album and tour from him in 2022!
#9: Ed Sheeran “Bad Habits”
Ed is one of my favorite Pop Stars. Straight, no-bullshit talent and a great persona to go along with it. His latest album “=” leans to more 80’s dance-pop, which I am here for. “Bad Habits” is fun, catchy, and proves that Ed can do way more than love ballads.
#8: Walker Hays “Fancy Like”
At first listen, I was like, “Um, what?” But then I couldn’t get it out of my head. And I totally relate, as I love me some Applebee’s. Walker is one of the nicest guys in the biz, and after so long of having “almost” hits, it’s great to see him finally blow up in a major way. He deserves it. Ain’t nothing wrong with fun, catchy tunes. We needed it with all the mess happening in the world.
#7: Halestorm “Back From the Dead”
Halestorm is one of my favorite Modern Rock bands, and Lzzy Hale is a certified badass. They continue the badassery with their latest single “Back From the Dead” and it gets me ready for their new album due out next year.
#6: Parker McCollum “Like a Cowboy”
Parker is one of the hottest things on the Country Music scene right now, and I’m kind of pissy that this song wasn’t as big as it should be. Sure, his radio hits are ok, but this song is what’s up. Real Country music… more of this should be on the radio, in my humble opinion. Or maybe I just like anything that refers to Cowboys.
#5: Royal Blood “Troubles Coming”
I’ve been a Royal Blood fan from the start, and this song definitely had me rocking in the studio every time I got to play it. When a radio personality doesn’t get sick of a song, that’s saying something.
#4: The Weeknd “Save Your Tears”
Ok, so it’s not the deepest song, but I love the Weeknd, and the beat to this song goes perfectly with a horse’s trot. As someone who usually has music playing when I ride, (courtesy of my phone in my sports bra) this is definitely on my riding playlist. Yes, I have a playlist for horseback riding. When I was a kid, all I wanted was to ride to music, and now I can. Isn’t technology grand?
#3: Kenny Chesney “Knowing You”
Such a simple, yet beautiful song. It had me turning it up every time it came on. Also, any song that references tumbleweeds makes me happy. I blame Tracy Lawrence for that.
#2: Dua Lipa “Levitating”
Ok, when I first heard this song, I hated it. Mainly because of the lyric “My Sugar Boo”. But dammit, it grew on me like a fungus, and it stays stuck in my head. It’s a fun, easy dance bop, and every time I heard it, I would crank it up and sing and dance along, much to my husband’s chagrin. It’s ok to like stupid songs. There, I said it.
#1: Eric Church “Hell of a View”
Eric Church is one of the best artists out there right now, in any genre. And this song spoke to me not only on a music level, but lyrically as well. Having a near fifteen year marrigae to a soldier with a lot of adventure and new things happening (um, like a new baby?), this song hit me hard in the feels this year, and was definitely my 2021 theme song. Looking back on life so far, all the good and bad, it’s one hell of a view.
So, there ya go. My Top 10 favorite songs of 2021. Some may complain that it’s too mainstream, but I really don’t care. This is what spoke to me this year, and that’s what is so cool about music- it hits everyone differently.
That being said, I would love to hear what your favorite songs of the year are!
Here’s to a new (and hopefully better!) 2022! At least there’s always music, right?