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The Best of 2021: Listener Poll Results

The Best of 2021 Listener Poll Results

Thanks to everyone who voted in WFUV's "Best of 2021: Listener Poll" this year, telling us of the songs, albums, and new artists that made your personal soundtrack during this pretty complicated year. Below, a list and a playlist of the Top 90 Songs as chosen by you — looking back on the music that made you crank up the volume, buy a ticket to a gig, or dance around the kitchen.

In addition, your choices for your "Top 50 Albums" and "New Discoveries of 2021," and revisit the "Best of 2021: FUV Staff Picks."

Top 90 Songs

  1. Wet Leg, "Chaise Longue"
  2. The War On Drugs, "I Don't Live Here Anymore"
  3. Amythyst Kiah, "Black Myself"
  4. Japanese Breakfast, "Be Sweet"
  5. The Killers, "Quiet Town"
  6. Brandi Carlile, "Right On Time"
  7. Arlo Parks, "Hurt"
  8. Brandi Carlile, "You and Me On The Rock"
  9. Clairo, "Amoeba"
  10. Lucy Dacus, "Brando"
  11. Lake Street Dive, "Hypotheticals"
  12. Jon Batiste, "Freedom"
  13. Durand Jones & The Indications, "Witchoo"
  14. Bleachers, "Stop Making This Hurt"
  15. Japanese Breakfast, "Paprika"
  16. Yola, "Stand For Myself"
  17. Jack White, "Taking Me Back (Gently)"
  18. Big Thief, "Certainty"
  19. Kacey Musgraves, "Justified"
  20. Sunflower Bean, "Baby Don't Cry"
  21. Wolf Alice, "Smile"
  22. Courtney Barnett, "Write a List Of Things To Look Forward To"
  23. Adele, "Easy On Me"
  24. Allison Russell, "Nightflyer"
  25. Sleater-Kinney, "Worry With You"
  26. Lord Huron, "Mine Forever"
  27. Lord Huron, "Not Dead Yet"
  28. Gang Of Youths, "The Angel Of 8th Ave."
  29. Big Red Machine, "Phoenix"
  30. Elvis Costello, "Magnificent Hurt"
  31. Yola, "Diamond Studded Shoes"
  32. Weezer, "All My Favorite Songs"
  33. Foo Fighters, "Making a Fire (Mark Ronson Re-Version)"
  34. Jenny Lewis, "Puppy and a Truck"
  35. Lucy Dacus, "Hot & Heavy"
  36. Middle Kids, "Questions"
  37. Adia Victoria, "Magnolia Blues"
  38. Amos Lee, "Worry No More"
  39. Eddie Vedder, "Long Way"
  40. Jon Batiste, "I Need You"
  41. Lorde, "Solar Power"
  42. Steve Earle, "Harlem River Blues"
  43. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, "Can't Let Go"
  44. Parquet Courts, "Walking At a Downtown Pace"
  45. Brandi Carlile, "Broken Horses"
  46. CHVRCHES and Robert Smith, "How Not To Drown"
  47. Courtney Barnett, "Rae Street"
  48. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, "Survivor"
  49. Wolf Alice, "The Last Man On Earth"
  50. Yola, "Dancing Away In Tears"
  51. Michael Kiwanuka, "Beautiful Life"
  52. Billie Eilish, "Lost Cause"
  53. Leon Bridges, "Motorbike"
  54. John Mayer, "Last Train Home"
  55. Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, "Like I Used To"
  56. Valerie June, "Call Me a Fool"
  57. Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, "662"
  58. Middle Kids, "Stacking Chairs"
  59. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, "Face Down In The Moment"
  60. Strand Of Oaks, "Galacticana"
  61. John Mayer, "Wild Blue"
  62. Snail Mail, "Valentine"
  63. Spoon, "The Hardest Cut"
  64. St. Vincent, "Pay Your Way In Pain"
  65. The Marias, "Hush"
  66. Manchester Orchestra, "Bed Head"
  67. Arlo Parks, "Hope"
  68. David Bowie, "You've Got a Habit Of Leaving"
  69. Foals, "Wake Me Up"
  70. Glass Animals, "Heat Waves"
  71. Jungle, "Keep Moving"
  72. Leon Bridges, "Steam"
  73. My Morning Jacket, "Love Love Love"
  74. St. Vincent, "The Melting Of The Sun"
  75. St. Paul & The Broken Bones, "The Last Dance"
  76. Tears For Fears, "The Tipping Point"
  77. The Black Keys, "Crawling Kingsnake"
  78. The Felice Brothers, "Jazz On The Autobahn"
  79. Torres, "Don't Go Puttin Wishes In My Head"
  80. Tune-Yards, "Hold Yourself"
  81. Aaron Lee Tasjan, "Up All Night"
  82. Aimee Mann, "Burn It Out"
  83. Dinosaur Jr., "I Ran Away"
  84. Slothrust, "Once More For The Ocean"
  85. Liz Phair, "Hey Lou"
  86. Flock of Dimes, "Two"
  87. Billie Eilish, "Therefore I Am"
  88. Twin Shadow, "Get Closer"
  89. Liz Phair, "Spanish Doors"
  90. Cautious Clay, "Roots"

Top 50 Albums

  1. Brandi Carlile, In These Silent Days
  2. Yola, Stand For Myself
  3. The War On Drugs, I Don't Live Here Anymore
  4. Japanese Breakfast, Jubilee
  5. Jon Batiste, We Are
  6. Arlo Parks, Collapsed In Sunbeams
  7. Courtney Barnett, Things Take Time, Take Time
  8. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Future
  9. Lake Street Dive, Obviously
  10. Lord Huron, Long Lost
  11. Adele, 30
  12. Leon Bridges, Gold-Diggers Sound
  13. The Killers, Pressure Machine
  14. Lucy Dacus, Home Video
  15. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raise The Roof
  16. Wolf Alice, Blue Weekend
  17. St. Vincent, Daddy's Home
  18. Big Red Machine, How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?
  19. Billie Eilish, Happier Than Ever
  20. Middle Kids, Today We're The Greatest
  21. The Black Keys, Delta Kream
  22. Amythyst Kiah, Wary + Strange
  23. Clairo, Sling
  24. Allison Russell, Outside Child
  25. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Georgia Blue
  26. Bleachers, Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night
  27. Kacey Musgraves, Star-Crossed
  28. Adia Victoria, Southern Gothic
  29. My Morning Jacket, My Morning Jacket
  30. Sleater-Kinney, Path Of Wellness
  31. Lorde, Solar Power
  32. Snail Mail, Valentine
  33. Aimee Mann, Queens of the Summer Hotel
  34. The Hold Steady, Open Door Policy
  35. Durand Jones & The Indications, Private Space
  36. Strand Of Oaks, In Heaven
  37. Liz Phair, Soberish
  38. Various Artists, I'll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico
  39. Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, 662
  40. Manchester Orchestra, The Million Masks of God
  41. Parquet Courts, Sympathy For Life
  42. Gang Of Youths, Total Serene EP
  43. Dinosaur Jr., Sweep It Into Space
  44. David Bowie, Toy
  45. Jade Bird, Different Kinds Of Light
  46. John Mayer, Sob Rock
  47. Julien Baker, Little Oblivions
  48. Weezer, OK Human
  49. Flock Of Dimes, Head Of Roses
  50. Little Simz, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

New Discoveries of 2021

  1. Wet Leg
  2. Clairo
  3. Bartees Strange
  4. Allison Russell
  5. The Marias


FUV's Top 90 Songs for 2021: (results of "Best of 2021: Listener Poll," order reversed, so #1 is #90)