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Rob Sheffield’s Top 20 Albums of 2021

From Adele to Adult Mom, and Bachelor to Lindsey Buckingham

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Rob Sheffield's picks for the best albums of 2021 included the latest from Rauw Alejandro, Adele, Lucy Dacus, and Japanese Breakfast (clockwise from top left).

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As a great woman once sang: It’s supposed to be fun, turning 2021. But these were the albums that lifted me up and spun me around and kept me moving, in an amazing year for music. They’re from all over the music map, from pop to rap to post-punk guitars to post-reggaeton disco. Some come from new TikTok kids, others from old-school legends, one is by Lindsey Buckingham. Some look out at the world; others look deep into the heart. But they were all reasons to celebrate in 2021. Here’s to next year.


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