The 50 Greatest Albums of 2021

For the second year in a row, music has provided solace and was the saving grace in contrast again to the weird world outside. And what a year of music it was! Once again, our musicians, our songwriters, our bands and artists picked up where the political heads dropped the ball, addressing their own feelings, observations and opinions on a time that will go down in history as our most bizarre.

We've not included any album without a physical vinyl presence - sorry Ye, Tyler, Lil Nas X, et al - nor The Avalanches. Their masterpiece We Will Always Love You was released on December 11, 2020, and we have already included it (at #1) of last year.

And with that, here are the 50 best albums of 2021 from us, the team at Waxx Lyrical, based on their impact on us, our beloved club members and our inner circle.