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

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