Friday, June 10, 2022

Monthly Mix: May 2022

(1) Martha - "Please Don't Take Me Back"
(2) Camp Trash - "Pursuit"
(3) Snow Ellet - "Can't Hear The Phone"
(4) Ethel Cain - "American Teenager"
(5) MUNA - "Home By Now"
(6) Veronica Maggio - "Heaven Med Dig"
(7) The Mountain Goats - "Training Montage"
(8) Craig Finn - "The Amarillo Kid"
(9) Say Sue Me - "Around You"
(10) Pinkshift - "Nothing (In My Head)"
(11) Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Spitting Off The Edge Of The World" (feat. Perfume Genius)
(12) Carly Rae Jepsen - "Western Wind"
(13) Wynonna & Waxahatchee - "Otherside"
(14) Kevin Morby - "Bittersweet, TN"
(15) Sky Ferreira - "Don't Forget"
(16) Pale Waves - "Lies"
(17) G Flip - "Get Me Outta Here"
(18) Rina Sawayama - "This Hell"
(19) Miranda Lambert - "Music City Queen" (feat. The B-52s)
(20) Ian Sweet - "Fight"
(21) Santigold - "High Priestess"
(22) Jamie T - "The Old Style Raiders"
(23) Momma - "Lucky"
(24) Spielbergs - "When They Come For Me"
(25) The Wonder Years - "Summer Clothes"

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Monthly Mix: April 2022


(1) Craig Finn - "Birthdays"
(2) The Wonder Years - "Oldest Daughter"
(3) Camp Trash - "Let It Ride"
(4) Joyride! - "St Mary's"
(5) MUNA - "Kind of Girl"
(6) Church Girls - "Telepathic Mind"
(7) Oceanator - "The Last Summer"
(8) ME REX - "Toilet of Venus"
(9) Prince Daddy & The Hyena - "Keep Up That Talk"
(10) Florence + The Machine - "Free"
(11) Drive-By Truckers - "Every Single Storied Flameout"
(12) Joyce Manor - "Don't Try"
(13) Fresh - "Going To Bed"
(14) Momma - "Speeding 72"
(15) Maggie Rogers - "That's Where I Am"
(16) Tove Lo - "No One Dies From Love"
(17) Spiritualized - "The Mainline Song"
(18) Phoebe Bridgers - "Sidelines"
(19) Semler - "Raise Up"
(20) Bartees Strange - "Cosigns"
(21) Pkew Pkew Pkew - "Drinking In The Park"
(22) Queen of Jeans - "Hiding In Place"
(23) Arcade Fire - "Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)"
(24) Wild Pink - "Q. Degraw"
(25) Wilco - "Falling Apart (Right Now)"

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Monthly Mix: March 2022


(1) PUP - "Relentless"

Revisiting our Album of the Year rankings:

2. String Machine - Hallelujah Hell Yeah
3. Superchunk - Wild Loneliness
4. Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
5. The Reds, Pinks and Purples - Summer at Land's End

That gap between 1. and 2., though ... it is vast. I just love this album so much. Could have chosen just about any song for this spot, but let's go with the one featuring Sarah Tudzin backing vocals.

(2) Prince Daddy & The Hyena - "El Dorado"

Starts with Madchester dance-vibe drums, ends with a massive emo-pop chorus, covers a lot of ground in between. Probably in my top five songs of the year so far.

(3) Craig Finn - "Messing With The Settings"

In news that will surprise absolutely no one, Craig Finn gives a heck of a eulogy. 

(4) Lee Bains + The Glory Fires - "God's A Workin', Man"

Of the many, many strains of American Christianity, the only one I am even remotely interested in is Class War Christianity. 

(5) Dazy - "Pressure Cooker" (feat. Militarie Gun)

In which a new generation runs around robbing banks all whacked on the Scooby Snacks.

(6) Oso Oso - "Computer Exploder"

"It's fine if the love and the money run out / If the drugs run out I'll die"

(7) Pkew Pkew Pkew - "Maybe Someday"

"As you get older it's harder to correct / Being an idiot"

(8) Koffee - "Shine"

Reggae! Still a thing!

(9) MUNA - "Anything But Me"

Probably my favorite song that begins with an argument about horse size.

(10) Charli XCX - "Sorry If I Hurt You"

My hot take is that the four bonus tracks from Crash are collectively better than any combination of four songs from the proper album.

(11) Beabadoobee - "Talk"

Beatrice Laus will never stop remembering the nineties, which is awkward since she was born in 2000.

(12) Angel Olsen - "All The Good Times"

The drum fill at 2:34 is worth the price of admission on its own.

(13) Soccer Mommy - "Shotgun"

If you haven't noticed, there is a lot of nineties remembering on this month's playlist, though I am pleasantly surprised that Sophie Allison decided to throw "Natural One" by The Folk Implosion into the mix.

(14) Camp Cope - "Jealous"

Indie Band Embraces Pop Music is the surest recipe for success there is.

(15) Beach Bunny - "Fire Escape"

This month's Potential Breakthrough Band: Like Spoon in January and Florence and the Machine in February ... do I finally get Beach Bunny now? I guess we'll see.

(16) Lucius - "Dance Around It" (feat. Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow)

I have just learned that Sheryl Crow recently released a collaboration with TobyMac from dc Talk, and if I know that piece of information, then Shay has to know it, too. Sorry.

(17) Harry Styles - "As It Was"

It feels like a lot of artists have been aiming for this specific vibe lately, and Harry just nails it on the first try.

(18) Superchunk - "City Of The Dead"

I've talked about Wild Loneliness in this space before, but I just keep coming back to it and finding a new favorite song almost every time. For this month, its the opening track, which neatly sums up the pandemic years in four lines:

Well, you can walk for miles
In the evening to clear your head
But still wake up each day
Oh, in the city of the dead

(19) Big Nothing - "A Lot Of Finding Out"

Another record that has been a source of comfort for me this year is Big Nothing's consistently wonderful Dog Hours. They don't sound like a typical Philadelphia band but, since they're a band and they're good ... you probably could have guessed.

(20) Caracara - "Colorglut"

Hey, another Philadelphia band! What are the odds?

(21) Tree River - "Journey Proud"

Big-hearted, sing-along indie from Brooklyn.

(22) Spielbergs - "Brother of Mine"

Temporarily taking over the title of my favorite Norwegians. Your move, Sløtface.

(23) Walt Disco - "How Cool Are You?"

Over the top campy glam-rock from Glasgow, what's not to love?

(24) The Linda Lindas - "Talking To Myself"

Drummer Mila de la Garza is currently eleven years old, which sounds insane, but not as insane as the fact that they opened for Bikini Kill three years ago. When she was eight. Eight. How do you do something like that and then, just, like, go back to third grade?

(25) Arcade Fire - "The Lightning II"

As far as comeback singles go, this one is way better than I thought it was going to be (which still might not make it good, I just had incredibly low expectations). I'm actually looking forward to the new album now.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Monthly Mix: February 2022


(1) Big Thief - "No Reason"

Big Thief's Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You is indie rock's big important artistic statement of 2022. Twenty songs, eighty minutes, it is a lot in every sense of the word. It's also great, and it works as an album that is much more than the sum of its parts. I know this because they released eight singles before the album, and none of them really caught my attention. In listening to the album for the first time, the two tracks that immediately jumped out to me were "No Reason" and "Change" ... both of which were singles. Why do they sound better in context? I have no idea. But they do.

(2) String Machine - "Churn It Anew"

Big Thief might have made the most important album of the new year, but my favorite album of the year so far is absolutely String Machine's Hallelujah Hell Yeah. It sounds exactly like you would expect an album called Hallelujah Hell Yeah to sound.

(3) Caracara - "Strange Interactions In The Night"

Jimmy Eat World are, somehow, from Mesa, Arizona. If they were from Philadelphia, as they probably should have been, they would sound like this.

(4) PUP - "Matilda"

Rapidly becoming one of my favorite bands. Ilana and I are going to be in California in April, and we're going to see PUP, Pinkshift, and Sheer Mag at The Warfield. If you are in town, you need to be there.

(5) ME REX - "Robotswalkonwater (The Floor Is Made Of Lava)"

It is now March 7, 2022, and I am still refusing to shut up about this band that no one likes but me.

(6) Foxes - "Growing On Me"

I hear this as a CRJ song, Ilana hears it as a HAIM song. Either way, I have a pretty good sense of who reads this blog and I would say that if you (yes, you) are going to listen to one song on this list, it should probably be this one.

(7) HAIM - "Lost Track"

Speaking of the Haim sisters, it turns out they can do more than just act! (It also turns out that they are turning into Vampire Weekend at exactly the same speed that Vampire Weekend is turning into HAIM. Win-win.)

(8) Caroline Polachek - "Billions"

She has such a clear path to pop stardom right now, and she's actively choosing weirdness instead, and I love that so much.

(9) Florence and the Machine - "King"

Like I talked about with Spoon last month, Florence and the Machine is another one of those bands where the gap between "I can see why people would love this" and "I love this" has been impossible for me to cross (likely because I've never seen them live). "King," though, is awesome. This is my new favorite Florence song.

(10) Bartees Strange - "Heavy Heart"

Just got back from two weeks in Mexico, and if you're wondering who vacations on the Oaxacan coast, it turns out that the answer is almost 100% Canadians. So, given that, it's not surprising that a song featuring the line "we should go to Toronto more often" was stuck in my head for pretty much the entire time. Also it's a great song and Strange is the odds-on favorite to be the breakout indie star of 2022.

(11) Signals Midwest - "Gold In The Grey"

Debut album came out in 2009, I discovered them last year. Thanks for your patience, guys, this is great.

(12) Oceanator - "Bad Brain Daze"

Elise Okusami adds horns to her endlessly shape-shifting musical universe.

(13) Oso Oso - "Pensacola"

The man can write a chorus.

(14) Lucy Dacus - "Kissing Lessons"

Dacus recently threw her back out and, instead of cancelling tour dates, she has been performing her shows while lying on a couch. It turns out that "hardcore" can sometimes be very soft.

(15) Obongjayar - "Try"

After his star turn on Little Simz' "Point and Kill," Obongjayar keeps the groove going on his latest solo single.

(16) Lucius - "Heartbursts"

Can you compare something to both HAIM and Prince at the same time? Is that possible?

(17) Sharon Van Etten - "Porta"

A synth-ier SVE than we're used to, but it works.

(18) Hurray For The Riff Raff - "Saga"

Allow me to co-sign a Ryan Joyce recommendation: this album is lovely.

(19) Gang of Youths - "Spirit Boy"

If, like me, you think "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" is the best U2 song in at least twenty years, you are going to love this Gang of Youths album. You may love it anyway.

(20) The Rural Alberta Advantage - "CANDU"

They do basically one thing, and they do it incredibly well.

(21) Riverby - "Birth By Sleep"

A bit like Lucy Dacus' "Thumbs," Riverby's first new single "Baseless" was so emotionally raw that I could barely listen to it, which I guess counts as an impressive artistic achievement, but probably not something I'm putting on a playlist. "Birth By Sleep" is only a little less vicious, but that little bit counts.

(22) Pillow Queens - "Hearts & Minds"

Of the "discovered during Covid" bands, Pillow Queens are near the top of the list for who I'm most excited to see in concert (May 16 at Cinetol!).

(23) Ex-Void - "No Other Way"

Friends of Martha, Part One.

(24) Big Nothing - "Accents"

Friends of Martha, Part Two.

(25) Wet Leg - "Angelica"

Your new favorite song about bringing lasagna to a party.

(26) Madi Diaz - "Resentment (New Feelings Version)" (feat. Waxahatchee)

Somehow the third version of this song - Diaz originally wrote it for Kesha, then released it on her own solo album, then released it again with Katie Crutchfield sharing vocals. Not surprisingly, I much prefer the Crutchfield version.

(27) Samia - "Born On A Train"

In my opinion, "100,000 Fireflies" by The Magnetic Fields is the saddest song ever written. "Born On A Train" is the counterargument that it might not even be the saddest Magnetic Fields song, and Samia's cover is just as heartbreakingly beautiful as the original.

(28) Stars - "Pretenders"

Speaking of historical sadness, let's talk about Stars. We often talk about "outgrowing" music as a bad thing, and sometimes it is, but sometimes I think about how often I listened to Stars' Set Yourself On Fire in the 2004-2007 time period, and how rarely I listen to it now, and how this is almost entirely due to the fact that I am losing touch with how terrifyingly lonely I felt back then, and it just makes me feel so incredibly grateful for how my life turned out.

(29) Maren Morris - "Background Music"

Maybe our most self-aware pop star, Morris sings:

Maybe all we'll ever be to them in a hundred years
Is three minutes in a car, in a bar, that says we wеre here
If that's you and mе when it's all said and done
Hard not to see we're the lucky ones
Not everybody gets to leave a souvenir

As someone who actually has a song that will likely still be played in a hundred years ("The Middle" currently has almost 1.2 billion plays on Spotify).

(30) The Reds, Pinks and Purples - "New Light"

Summer At Land's End is just as charmingly dreamy as I hoped it would be, go check it out.

(31) Gregor Barnett - "Driving Through The Night"

The man can write a bridge.

(32) Proper. - "Huerta"

If you're an American, your ancestors probably came from somewhere else, and you've probably thought about what your life would have been like if they hadn't. Erik Garlington considers the many possible paths of a third-generation Mexican-American.

(33) Porridge Radio - "Back To The Radio"

Just a captivating vocal performance.

(34) The Beths - "A Real Thing"

Paradiso April 23!

(35) Illuminati Hotties - "Sandwich Sharer"

Paradiso May 21!

(36) Hannah Diamond - "Staring At The Ceiling"

"Retrofuturism" is the name given to depictions of the future produced in the past (like Jetsons-style flying-car stuff). Even when predictions turn out to be inaccurate, it's still fascinating to see how prior generations thought the world to come would turn out. Anyway, PC Music is basically retrofuturism now.

(37) Charli XCX - "Baby"

Just including this here so Charil won't yell at me on Twitter. It's fine.

(38) BANKS - "Holding Back"

Sounds like an early-200s chipmunk-soul Kanye beat, which I was not expecting, but I'm certainly not mad about it.

(39) Niliufer Yanya - "anotherlife"

Album of the year for people who really want to talk about the nuts and bolts of how albums are made. A lot of people on Twitter talking about how well this has been mixed, who am I to question them?

(40) Superchunk - "Wild Loneliness"

Title track from a consistently solid album.

(41) MJ Lenderman - "You Have Bought Yourself A Boat"

I never really got into Lenderman's band Wednesday because they weren't quite melodic enough for me. I guess he was saving the catchier songs for his solo record?

(42) Belle and Sebastian - "Unnecessary Drama"

Should B&S songs have this much harmonica? Early signs point to ... maybe not. It's still good, I just have impossible expectations for them.

(43) Spoon - "My Babe"

Well, I thought we had a Spoon epiphany last month, but it turns out that maybe I just love "Wild." This is fine.

(44) Mdou Moctar - "Nakenegh Dich"

Bonus track from the deluxe version of Afrique Victime, his hot streak shows no signs of ending anytime soon.

(45) Mici - "Respond" (feat. Sun-El Musician)

There is no stronger guarantee of quality in a new song than seeing "(feat. Sun-El Musician)."

(46) Kurt Vile - "Like Exploding Stones"

As The War On Drugs continue to take over the world, it seems only fair that Kurt Vile gets a piece of that action.

(47) Good Looks - "Vision Boards"

Your new favorite song about how vision boards are stupid.

(48) The Weather Station - "To Talk About"

It seems like a lot of bands were just insanely productive during the pandemic. I don't know how The Weather Station has another album out already, but here we are.

(49) Christian Lee Hutson - "Age Difference"

A little too slow and sparse for my tastes, but Hutson is such a great lyricist that I can't leave it out entirely:

Well, you ask so many questions, I'm just making up the answers
"I'd Do Anything For Love" is a response to "Tiny Dancer"

(50) Black Country, New Road - "Good Will Hunting"

This month's aspirational song, I don't quite get BCNR yet, but it seems impossible that a band could be compared to Los Campesinos! this many times without me eventually coming around on them.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Monthly Mix: January 2022


(1) Spoon - "Wild"

It's the question everyone is asking: Will 2022 be the year that I finally learn to love Spoon? I've been trying, but for whatever reason they've just never clicked with me. "Wild," though, is something else altogether. I loved it from the first time I heard it and I haven't been able to stop playing it since. The piano on this song is the best thing to happen in music so far this year.

(2) Ibibio Sound Machine - "All That You Want"

That said, the drop at 0:18 of "All That You Want" is the second-best thing to happen in music so far this year. If you're going to listen to one song on this mix, make it this one. I really can't imagine anyone not enjoying it.

(3) The Reds, Pinks, and Purples - "Pour The Light In"

You've probably heard me bemoan the fact that money has pretty much totally destroyed any possibility of a local music scene in San Francisco, and that's still generally true, but it's an overly negative assessment. Money just drives art further and further underground, making it harder to find. To that end, I am eternally grateful to this Bandcamp Scene Report from late last year, a deep dive into all that is still good about San Francisco. Near the top of that list is The Reds, Pinks, and Purples, who seem to put out a new gorgeous indie pop album every year like clockwork. "Pour The Light In" is the best single from the upcoming Summer at Land's End.

(4) ME REX - "Skin, It Itches"

Look, I am just never going to shut up about this band. Ilana doesn't like them. The Singles Jukebox said some very hurtful things about them. I don't care. (I obviously do care, or I wouldn't be talking about it, but still ...)

(5) String Machine - "Touring In January"

In for 2022: Twee! We're all going to get into bands with like ten members who play weird instruments and dress like they just robbed a Goodwill. We're going to use the word "adorable" as a real compliment, not in that ironic way that just signifies patronizing condescension. And then we're all going to feel mildly embarrassed about it in a few years. Worth it.

(6) Maren Morris - "Circles Around This Town"

I remain a sucker for mandolin.

(7) Good Looks - "Almost Automatic"

It's a band with a 1,000 word mission statement posted on their website and literally one actual song that currently exists in the world. I love them for this.

(8) Gang Of Youths - "In The Wake Of Your Leave"

There are thousands of people who absolutely adore this band and would probably hate to see me describing them in such reductive terms as "basically the Australian Killers," but ... they're basically the Australian Killers. And I mean that as a compliment!

(9) Christian Lee Hutson - "Rubberneckers"

2022 is shaping up as the year that Hutson steps out of frequent collaborator Phoebe Bridgers' shadow and becomes a star in his own right ... which would probably be easier if people like me stopped mentioning her every time we talk about him.

(10) Big Thief - "Simulation Swarm"

Big Thief's sprawling double album Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You comes out next week, and it's a good thing that there are twenty songs on the album, because by my count this is the eighth pre-release single. It's pretty clear that they've decided to get real weird on this one, and we'll have to wait and see if they pull it off. For now, "Simulation Swarm" is probably the single that sounds the most like a proper song, which I guess is either a success or a failure depending on your perspective.

(11) Ex-Void - "Churchyard"

Now that we've all accepted "tenderpunk" as a real genre, we need to carve out some space for another subgenre that I'm calling "Friends of Martha," which maintains the same ethos as tenderpunk while sticking to a brighter, more upbeat pop sensibility. Ex-Void is a good example of this, along with Woahnows, Spook School, Fortitude Valley, The Winter Passing, and probably a bunch more than I'm forgetting at the moment.

(12) PUP - "Robot Writes A Love Song"

You can hear the band start to fall off the cliff, and because of that, I think this record is our truest and most genuine to date. There is nothing more PUP than a slow and inevitable descent into self-destruction.

(13) Nilufer Yanya - "Midnight Sun"

If you're like me and you can basically feel your attention span withering away, you might be tempted to give this one a minute or two and move on, but you'd be missing out. You really need to listen to the whole thing. The fact that I'm talking about listening to the entirety of a song that is less than five minutes long as if it were some kind of arduous task is probably not a great sign for our collective mental health.

(14) Kevin Devine - "Albatross"

Speaking of which, here's a song about your brain being broken. Topical!

(15) Young Guv - "Only Wanna See U Tonight"

And, after that, some palate cleansing power pop.

(16) Goose - "Borne"

In For 2022: Jam Bands! Goose is the first legitimately popular jam band since ... Phish, probably. They're playing two nights at Radio City Music Hall this summer. They have a three-hour live album on Spotify, and it's actually pretty good!

(17) The Weeknd - "Less Than Zero"

I enjoyed Dawn FM much more than I expected to. Abel Tesfaye + Jim Carrey = Canadian Excellence. "Less Than Zero" makes this month's list, but there are plenty of good songs on the album and I wouldn't be surprised if something else ended up on my year-end list.

(18) Lucius - "Next To Normal"

The groove is a [10], the chorus is a [6] at best. It's like two-thirds of a Scissor Sisters song, and if you're going to go that way, you have to go all the way over the top.

(19) Let's Eat Grandma - "Happy New Year"

See, I would have released this on New Year's Day, or maybe even before New Year's Day, but sure, January 3 is also great.

(20) Hatchie - "Quicksand"

The subtle shift from dream-pop to just pop. In this case, it works.

(21) Teenage Halloween - "Floating"

They remain on call to rate your costume.

(22) Superchunk - "This Night"

Now we move into the Legacy Acts section of the mix. I mean, "Slack Motherfucker" came out in 1990. Thirty-two years later and they still sound great. We should all be so lucky.

(23) Guided By Voices - "Excited Ones"

Guided By Voices is one of my all-time favorite bands, and yet there are hundreds of GBV songs I've never heard, and may never hear. The band has released more than five hundred songs since their debut in 1987. They put out two albums last year, three the year before. And now, here's another one. The single ... sounds like a GBV song, which means it's good, but definitely feels like something you've heard before.

(24) Destroyer - "Tintoretto, It's For You"

What does any of this have to do with an Italian Renaissance painter? I have no idea.

(25) The Smile - "You Will Never Work In Television Again"

I'll be honest, this placement is more aspirational than anything. This is Thom and Johnny from Radiohead, and literally every music critic in the world loves it. I ... don't really get it. Yet!

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

2021: Guest List Week Year in Review


100 Songs: Aaron Bergstrom

GL.21.01: Ilana Bergstrom

GL.21.02: Curt Trnka

GL.21.03: Remko Van Knippenberg

GL.21.04: Erik Kristjanson

GL.21.05: Marisa Plaice

GL.21.06: Lukas Brooks

GL.21.07: Desa Warner

GL.21.08: Garrett Bukunt

GL.21.09: Dillon North

GL.21.10: Ryan Joyce

GL.21.11: Shay Corbett

GL.21.12: Nick Leddy

GL.21.13: Ryan Joyce (Part Two)

GL.21.14: Tom Morgan

GL.21.15: Carl Anderson



In the history textbooks of the future, the section heading for this last year will probably be something like "2021: Fear Gives Way To Exhaustion." (I'm just kidding, there won't be history textbooks in the future.) Was 2021 better than 2020? On the whole, yeah, probably. Was 2021 still awful in new and unique ways? Absolutely. 2020 was full of weird, misdirected enthusiasm, the idea that we had to do something, no matter what, to get through this one-in-a-lifetime year. 2021, then, was infused with weariness, the realization that we may be living this way for awhile, so save your energy.

Was that whole paragraph a poorly thought out explanation for why I received 25 Guest Lists in 2020 and only 15 Guest Lists in 2021? It sure was. Were you convinced?

Anyway, we got 15 Guest Lists! That's still pretty great! Let's smash them all together and see what we get! 


The rules are the same as last year: We judge this based solely on the number of lists on which a song appears. Since not everyone ranks their lists, and others rank only a part of their list, it would skew the importance of ranked lists if we tried to account for where on specific lists these songs appeared. So, one point per list. Simple. (Honorable Mentions count.) Also, we’re grouping all versions of a song together: this includes remixes, edits, alternate versions, and live versions.

Our Song of the Year is MUNA's "Silk Chiffon," their debut release on Saddest Factory Records, featuring label boss Phoebe Bridgers. 

On the whole, a lot of variety this year, as only 14 songs appeared on more than two Guest Lists. 51 songs appeared on more than one Guest List, and honestly it's a pretty fun playlist. Nice job, everyone.

6MUNA"Silk Chiffon" (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
5Agnes"24 Hours"
5Jessie Ware"Please"
4Taylor Swift"All Too Well" (10 Minute Version)
4Caroline Polachek"Bunny Is A Rider"
4Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen"Like I Used To"
4Charli XCX"New Shapes"
(feat. Caroline Polachek, Christine & The Queens)
3Japanese Breakfast"Be Sweet"
3Olivia Rodrigo"Brutal"
3TORRES"Don't Go Puttin Wishes In My Head"
3Olivia Rodrigo"Good 4 U"
3City Girls"Twekulator"
3Mitski"Working For The Knife"
2Mdou Moctar"Afrique Victime"
2Joel Corry"BED"
2Lucy Dacus"Brando"
2Wet Leg"Chaise Lounge"
2Priyanka"Come Through"
2Maggie Lindemann"Crash And Burn"
2Olivia Rodrigo"Driver's License"
2Elle King & Miranda Lambert"Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)"
2Pom Pom Squad"Drunk Voicemail"
2Lauren Aquilina"Empathy" (MUNA Remix)
2Lady Gaga"Free Woman" (Rina Sawayama Remix)
2Kim Petras"Future Starts Now"
2Me Rex"Galena"
2Jazmine Sullivan"Girl Like Me" (feat. H.E.R.)
2Charli XCX"Good Ones"
2Bexx"Hard To Love"
2Grrrl Gang"Honey, Baby"
2TORRES"Hug From A Dinosaur"
2The War On Drugs"I Don't Live Here Anymore" (feat. Lucius)
2Adele"I Drink Wine"
2Jessie J"I Want Love"
2Kacey Musgraves"Justified"
2Kylie Minogue & Jessie Ware"Kiss Of Life"
2Wolf Alice"The Last Man On Earth"
2Lil Nas X"MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)"
2Billie Eilish"Oxytocin"
2Illuminati Hotties"Pool Hopping"
2Becky Hill"Remember"
2Snow Tha Product"Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 39"
2No Rome"Spinning" (feat. Charli XCX and The 1975)
2Bachelor"Stay In The Car"
2Bleachers"Stop Making This Hurt"
2Olivia Rodrigo"Traitor"
2Cardi B"Up"
2Wet Leg"Wet Dream"
2Morgan Wade"Wilder Days"
2Normani"Wild Side" (feat. Cardi B)


Again, same rules as last year: We’re ranking artists based on Total List Mentions. If you had three songs by a particular artist, they get three points for that. Simple. We’re including all mentions, including features.

Our Artist of the Year is technically a tie, but that's no fun, so I'm stepping in and giving the award to Olivia Rodrigo. It was her year, we all know it. (Sorry, MUNA.) Beyond Olivia, our top artists list neatly demonstrates how transitory 2021 felt, as many of them didn't even put out an album this year:

MUNA: one single, two remixes
Jessie Ware: deluxe album re-release, one feature
Anges: a real album!
Caroline Polacheck: one single, one feature
Charli XCX: two singles, two features
Taylor Swift: constant reminder of how good Red was, and still is
Phoebe Bridgers: one feature, one remix

2021: The Year We Took What We Could Get

43 artists appeared on three or more lists, and here they are:

10Olivia Rodrigo
9Jessie Ware
8Caroline Polachek
8Charli XCX
8Taylor Swift
7Phoebe Bridgers
6Lucy Dacus
5Christine & The Queens
4Cardi B
4Japanese Breakfast
4Lil Nas X
4Little Simz
4Angel Olsen
4Sharon Van Etten
4Alex Newell
4Wet Leg
3Benjamin Ingrosso
3Billie Eilish
3Brandi Carlile
3City Girls
3Dawn Richard
3Illuminati Hotties
3Miranda Lambert
3Jazmine Sullivan
3Joel Corry
3Kylie Minogue
3Orla Gartland
3Pom Pom Squad
3Rina Sawayama
3SG Lewis
3Wild Pink
3Wolf Alice