The 10 Best Songs of 2021 (2023)

When we remember 2021, few things will be more evocative than the music that provided the soundtrack to the world as we re-entered it after a long year filled with uncertainty and social distancing. This year, there was a song for every occasion, every event, and every emotion—from the reflective sounds of Lucy Dacus’ “VBS” to the exuberant strains of Farruko’s triumphant banger, “Pepas,” here are the songs we couldn’t stop listening to in 2021.

10. “Woman,” Doja Cat

Whatever you may think of Doja Cat’s Internet controversies or viral hits, there’s no denying her immense talent or her fearless, experimental influence on the pop music landscape. This is seen most cogently with “Woman,” a sultry Afrobeats-driven anthem for the divine feminine within every woman. The track is a sonic delight, showing off not only Doja’s flexible vocals to great effect but featuring the versatility of genres that she’s managed to not only master but meld with her music.

9. “Wilder Days,” Morgan Wade

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In a year in which Justin Bieber, Adele and ABBA put out music, it’s nevertheless hard to find a more eminently screamable chorus lyric released this year than “YOU SAID YOU HATE THE SMELL OF CIGARETTE SMOKE!” The line is the handiwork of the rising country singer Morgan Wade, whose ragged voice perfectly matches her Springsteen-esque material; the song somehow captures both the glorious recklessness of youth and the pangs of nostalgia for such chaos at the same time.

8. “La Mama de La Mama,” El Alfa

No song this year matches the silliness nor the pure unadulterated euphoria of “La Mama de La Mama,” a collaboration between the Dominican rappers El Alfa and El Cherry Scom and the Staten Island rapper CJ. The track is a prime example of the Dominican genre dembow—in which beats and syllables hurtle along at breakneck speed—and shows the breakout star El Alfa at his loosest and most joyous. You might laugh at first at his ridiculous falsetto, and then you might blast the song 20 times in a row due to its relentless exuberance.

7. “Good 4 U,” Olivia Rodrigo

After the releases of the maudlin “drivers license” and the wistful “deja vu” in early 2021, it seemed like the ascendant pop star Olivia Rodrigo had picked a lane: a disciple of the Lorde, Maggie Rogers and Billie Eilish School of Morose Interiority, if you will. And then she swerved hard left with “good 4 u,” a sulking, sneering guitar anthem that proved her versatility, cultural acuity, lyrical wit and fearlessness to zag. Was the song a near carbon copy of Paramore’s “Misery Business”? Sure. Was it also a transcendent suckerpunch of a song that re-injected some much-needed pop-punk brashness into the center of the mainstream? Absolutely.

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6. “Twerkulator,” City Girls

During this hot vax summer, there was no hot girl anthem more fitting than the City Girls’ “Twerkulator,” a bombastic, high-energy track that was impossible not to booty pop or at least bust a move to while listening to it. While the song initially leaked ahead of the City Girls’ 2020 album, City on Lock, due to clearance issues (it prominently samples two classic dance samples, Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force’s “Planet Rock” and Cajmere’s “The Percolator,” respectively), the song didn’t make its official debut until 2021. Upon its release, however, its infectious beat and the brash, braggadocious charms of JT and Yung Miami confirmed that it was, indeed, finally “time for the Twerkulator.”

5. “Monster,” Yoasobi

The J-pop duo YOASOBI has taken Japan by storm over the last couple years, topping several charts, accruing billions of streams and winning this year’s “Artist of the Year” at MTV’s Video Music Awards Japan. “Monster,” an English language version of one of their biggest hits, thrums along with the band’s trademark vivacity. It seamlessly integrates a giant pop hook with furious math rock riffs, jazzy chromatic runs and a seismic EDM-esque drop. Given the song’s yearning, cinematic nature, it’s wholly unsurprising that it served as the title song to the anime Beastars.

4. “VBS,” Lucy Dacus

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The best lyrics aren’t just beautifully poetic or descriptive, but also conjure a whole universe that lies just beyond them and out of reach. The singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus is a master at this craft: she writes vivid scenes that nonetheless force the listeners to use their imaginations to fill in the narrative gaps on their own. Her song “VBS” takes its story from Dacus’ own experiences at Christian camp, where darker undercurrents of restlessness and nihilism course below her piety. The song overflows with details that beg to be explored in a novel or feature film: “Your dad keeps his sleeves down through the summer for a reason / Your mother wears her makeup extra thick for a reason,” she sings. Meanwhile, the song builds to one of the most epic musical climaxes of the year, which nods to the metal band Slayer.

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3. “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version),” Taylor Swift

When Taylor Swift announced she was re-recording her 2012 album, Red, “All Too Well” was a hotly anticipated track. The song, an achingly beautiful breakup ballad that has received cult classic status thanks to fan speculation that it’s about Swift’s split with Jake Gyllenhaal, has, in 2021, matured and grown into a 10-minute epic with new, keenly recognized lyrics that not only explores first love, but questions the imbalanced power dynamics of the relationship. The extended version is an improvement on a design that Swift has made her own over the course of her career—that is, ballads on the ins and outs of love—but with Taylor’s version of “All Too Well,” we bear witness to a woman who is reclaiming her narrative and taking up her time and space. It’s a journey that’s well worth 10 minutes.

2. “Essence,” WizKid ft. Justin Bieber and Tems

Wizkid’s sultry “Essence” was already a standout track on his 2020 album, Made in Lagos, thanks to a dulcet assist from fellow Nigerian artist Tems, but the Afrobeats star’s hit became ubiquitous in 2021, after he released a remix of featuring Justin Bieber alongside Tems. The song’s seductive beat and lush vocals make it one of the most easy, luxurious sonic experiences of the year, an ode to longing, to lust, and yes, to love.

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1. “Pepas,” Farruko

No song better captured the supreme ecstasy of re-emerging in the world after a long year of social distancing than the exhilarating, exuberant “Pepas,” from the Puerto Rican artist Farruko. The dance track, which relies on an intoxicating reggaeton beat and an energizing shot of guaracha (an offshoot of Latin America’s tribal house music), begins with slow crooning before devolving into a triumphant chorus, spiked with a healthy dose of EDM. The ecstatic appeal of “Pepas” has propelled Farruko to the top charts, but its true effect can be felt in the instant burst of energy it summons when it’s blasted out of the window of a car driving by or played on a packed dance floor.

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What is the top 10 songs right now 2021? ›

The 50 Best Songs of 2021
  • Taylor Swift, 'All Too Well (10-Minute Version)' ...
  • Little Simz featuring Cleo Sol, 'Woman' ...
  • Allison Russell, 'Nightflyer' ...
  • Aimee Mann, 'Suicide Is Murder' ...
  • Lil Nas X, 'That's What I Want' ...
  • Brandi Carlile, 'Broken Horses' ...
  • Adele, 'To Be Loved' ...
  • Tyler, the Creator, 'Wilshire'
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Which is the most hit song in 2021? ›

Official Top 40 most-streamed songs of 2021
PositionTitleArtist
1BAD HABITSED SHEERAN
2GOOD 4 UOLIVIA RODRIGO
3DRIVERS LICENSEOLIVIA RODRIGO
4SAVE YOUR TEARSWEEKND
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What is the number 1 most popular song 2021? ›

"Easy on Me" by English singer Adele, her first single in nearly six years, topped the chart for seven weeks in 2021. American rapper Lil Nas X scored two number-one singles with "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" and "Industry Baby"; both from his debut album, Montero.

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What is #1 song right now? ›

The chart of today's current hit top pop songs 2022 on iTunes is several times daily and was last updated: Pacific Time. The current number one pop song on iTunes right now is Unholy by Sam Smith & Kim Petras.

What are 10 most popular songs? ›

The Top 10 Best-Selling Songs of All Time
  • “Despacito” ~ 38 million copies sold. ...
  • “Candle in the Wind” ~ 33 million copies sold. ...
  • “In the Summertime” ~ 31 million copies sold. ...
  • 6. “ Silent Night” ...
  • 7. “ Rock Around the Clock” ...
  • 8. “ I Will Always Love You” ...
  • 9. “ Something Just Like This” ...
  • 10. “ Perfect” ~ 22 million copies sold.
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What are the top 3 songs of all time? ›

Top 10 Best Songs of All Time
  • 1 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen. ...
  • 2 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin. ...
  • 3 Imagine - John Lennon. ...
  • 4 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana. ...
  • 5 One - Metallica. ...
  • 6 Hotel California - Eagles. ...
  • 7 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd. ...
  • 8 Hey Jude - The Beatles.

What's the top 10 songs right now? ›

Today's Top Hits
  • Anti-HeroTaylor Swift.
  • Unholy (feat. Kim Petras)Sam Smith, Kim Petras.
  • Rich FlexDrake, 21 Savage.
  • I'm Good (Blue)David Guetta, Bebe Rexha.
  • Born AgainRihanna.
  • CUFF ITBeyoncé
  • As It WasHarry Styles.
  • Miss YouOliver Tree, Robin Schulz.

What is the top 40 songs right now? ›

US Top 40 | Chart Hits 2022
  • I'm Good (Blue) David Guetta & Bebe Rexha. David Guetta & Bebe Rexha. ...
  • Loser. Charlie Puth. ...
  • 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) Lizzo. ...
  • Shivers. Ed Sheeran. ...
  • Something in the Orange. Zach Bryan. ...
  • Unholy. Sam Smith & Kim Petras. ...
  • Miss You. Oliver Tree & Robin Schulz. ...
  • Evergreen (You Didn't Deserve Me At All) Omar Apollo.

What is the #1 song right now 2022? ›

Nicki Minaj, “Super Freaky Girl

What is the most listened to song? ›

As of October 2022, only two songs have reached 3 billion streams - Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" and The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights", and a total of 20 songs have reached 2 billion streams.

Which song is number 1 on Billboard? ›

Lift Me Up
  • Lift Me Up. Rihanna.
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Who is #1 on Spotify right now? ›

Currently, Ed Sheeran is the most-streamed artist on Spotify with over 84.31 million monthly listeners (As of May 2022). Monthly listeners(mil.)

What is the #1 most popular song of all time? ›

According to Guinness World Records, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1942) as performed by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.

What song is #1 on Billboard 2022? ›

English singer Sam Smith and German singer Kim Petras became the first publicly non-binary and transgender artists, respectively, to top the Hot 100, after their 2022 single "Unholy" rose to the number-one spot.

Who has the most #1 songs? ›

The Beatles have the most No. 1 hits of all time: 20. Though unclear for how long, the Beatles still reign supreme as the artist with the most No. 1 songs of all time.

What are the top 5 most played songs? ›

Spotify Top 100 Most-Streamed Songs
MUSICSTREAMS
1. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You3223393957
2. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights3128061347
3. Tones And I – Dance Monkey2642704868
4. Post Malone, 21 Savage – rockstar2489462596
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1 Sept 2022

What is the world famous song? ›

For some people, it's “God Save The Queen,” while for others it's “The Star-Spangled Banner.” There are also those who would say that the song “Happy Birthday to You” is the most famous of all time (not without reason as it netted its creator the most money ever in the history of humankind). Drumbeat please!

What are the top 10 trending songs 2022? ›

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  • Omo Ope - Asake ft. Olamide.
  • Calm Down - Rema.
  • Pour Me Water - Kizz Daniel.
  • Gentility - Melvitto & Wande Coal.
  • Kwaku the Traveller - Black Sherif.
  • Baddest Boy Remix- Skiibii ft. Davido.
  • Zazoo Zehh - Portable ft Poco Lee x Olamide.
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50 Top TikTok Songs (That Will Be Stuck in Your Head Through 2022): 1. Laxed (Siren Beat) by Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo. 2.

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Top Tracks 2022 🔥 Updated Daily ( Top Shazam | Trending Songs | Viral 2021 )
  • SkateBruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic.
  • Rumors (feat. ...
  • STAY (with Justin Bieber)The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber.
  • traitorOlivia Rodrigo.
  • Kiss Me More (feat. ...
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  • VolvíAventura, Bad Bunny.
  • Take My Breath - Single VersionThe Weeknd.

What are the top 5 songs in America? ›

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  • (1) Anti-hero. Taylor Swift. peak position: 1 – total weeks: 2. ...
  • (new) new. Lift Me Up Highest Debut. ...
  • (11) Unholy. Sam Smith and Kim Petras. ...
  • (12) Bad Habit. Steve Lacy. ...
  • (16) As It Was. Harry Styles. ...
  • (2) Lavender Haze. Taylor Swift. ...
  • (5) Midnight Rain. Taylor Swift. ...
  • (17) I Like You (a Happier Song) Post Malone and Doja Cat.

What is the longest #1 song on Billboard Hot 100? ›

"Old Town Road" holds the record for the longest stretch at No. 1 with 19 weeks.

What is the most popular song on TikTok right now? ›

Top TikTok Songs Right Now
  • About Damn Time - Lizzo. ...
  • As It Was - Harry Styles. ...
  • Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) - Kate Bush. ...
  • Flashing Lights - Kanye West. ...
  • MEAN! ...
  • Low Down - venbee & DanFable. ...
  • Go (Higher & Faster) - Cat Burns. ...
  • Reggae & Calypso - Russ Millions x Buni x YV.

What music is popular now? ›

Music genres most popular among Gen Z:
Music genrePopularity in 2019Popularity in 2021
Hip-Hop/Rap34%55%
Rock31%33%
R&B/Soul27%30%
Alternative23%26%
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What is the most listened to song on Spotify 2022? ›

1. Ed Sheeran – “Shape Of You” (3.19 B) Yup, the most streamed song on Spotify is none other than Ed Sheeran's “Shape of You”!

What album is number 1 in the world? ›

As of the issue dated November 12, 2022, the current number-one album on the Billboard 200 is Midnights by Taylor Swift.

Who is No 1 Billboard singers? ›

BTS currently holds the record for most consecutive weeks at number one with 180. Justin Bieber has spent 163 weeks at number one on the Billboard Social 50. Taylor Swift have spent 28 weeks at number one, the most by any female artist.

Whats the #1 album right now? ›

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CurrentPreviousTitle
1. (1)1Midnights Taylor Swift peak position: 1 – total weeks: 2
2. (2)2It's Only Me Lil Baby peak position: 1 – total weeks: 3
3. (3)3Un Verano Sin Ti Bad Bunny peak position: 1 – total weeks: 26
4. (new)newRevolver Highest Debut The Beatles peak position: 4 – total weeks: 1
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Who is 1st in the world on Spotify 2022? ›

Mega-popular artist Ed Sheeran takes first place, followed by the most popular artist Ariana Grande. At number nine, BTS is the most popular group and non-English speaking group on Spotify, which hails from the Republic of Korea.

Who has the most 1 billion streams on Spotify? ›

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  • Eagles – Hotel California (1976)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (1977)
  • Queen – Don't Stop Me Now (1978)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – September (1978)
  • Queen – Another One Bites the Dust (1980)
23 Sept 2022

Who is the biggest artist right now? ›

Justin Bieber takes the top spot, with millions of followers across socials and billions of plays on streaming services. The most popular female artist currently goes to Taylor Swift, while BTS are unsurprisingly the most popular band.

What is the best song about life? ›

31 Best Songs About Life
  1. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera. Christina Aguilera Beautiful. ...
  2. Beautiful Day by U2. ...
  3. Born Free by Matt Munro. ...
  4. Country Roads, Take Me Home by John Denver. ...
  5. Don't Stop Believin' by Journey. ...
  6. Don't Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin. ...
  7. Dream On by Aerosmith. ...
  8. Dust in the Wind by Kansas.
29 Sept 2022

What is the most popular song in 2022 right now? ›

Hits 2022 - Today's Top Songs
  • I'm Good (Blue) David Guetta & Bebe Rexha. David Guetta & Bebe Rexha. ...
  • Shivers. Ed Sheeran. Ed Sheeran. ...
  • Loser. Charlie Puth. Charlie Puth. ...
  • Levitating. Dua Lipa. Dua Lipa. ...
  • Unholy. Sam Smith & Kim Petras. Sam Smith & Kim Petras. ...
  • The Motto. Tiësto & Ava Max. ...
  • 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) Lizzo. ...
  • abcdefu. GAYLE.

Which song is trending now in Nigeria 2022? ›

Cough (Odo) - Kizz Daniel feat Empire is the song of the season. Released on Friday, October 14, 2022, Cough (Odo) arrives on the heels of the smashing hit Buga which recorded a total of 300million streams. Right now, Kizz Daniel's latest song is ranking no.

What was the number 1 song in 2022? ›

"As It Was", the lead single from English singer Harry Styles' third studio album, Harry's House (2022), debuted atop the Hot 100 and spent 15 weeks at the top spot—the most for any song in 2022, and the longest reigning number-one song by a soloist in the 64-year history of the chart, surpassing "Candle in the Wind" ( ...

What are the top 40 songs of today? ›

US Top 40 | Chart Hits 2022
  • I'm Good (Blue) David Guetta & Bebe Rexha. David Guetta & Bebe Rexha. ...
  • Loser. Charlie Puth. ...
  • 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) Lizzo. ...
  • Shivers. Ed Sheeran. ...
  • Something in the Orange. Zach Bryan. ...
  • Unholy. Sam Smith & Kim Petras. ...
  • Miss You. Oliver Tree & Robin Schulz. ...
  • Evergreen (You Didn't Deserve Me At All) Omar Apollo.

What the most popular song in the world? ›

According to Guinness World Records, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1942) as performed by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.

What are the top 3 songs of 2022? ›

Official Top 40 biggest songs of 2022 so far:
POSTITLEARTIST
1AS IT WASHARRY STYLES
2PERUFIREBOY DML & ED SHEERAN
3BAD HABITSED SHEERAN
4GOCAT BURNS
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What are the top 20 songs in Nigeria? ›

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  1. 1 100. Chance (Na Ham) Seyi Vibez - Billion Dollar Baby.
  2. 2 12. Bullion Van. Seyi Vibez - Bullion Van.
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  6. 6 4. Machala ft. ...
  7. God. Berri-Tiga - God.
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What are the top 10 songs in Nigeria? ›

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  • Burna Boy 'Last Last' ...
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Which songs are trending on TikTok now? ›

Top TikTok Songs Right Now
  • About Damn Time - Lizzo. ...
  • As It Was - Harry Styles. ...
  • Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) - Kate Bush. ...
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  • MEAN! ...
  • Low Down - venbee & DanFable. ...
  • Go (Higher & Faster) - Cat Burns. ...
  • Reggae & Calypso - Russ Millions x Buni x YV.

What's the top 20 songs right now? ›

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