If the media powers that be had any brains they would realize that they aren’t even beginning to milk annual lists for all they’re really worth. Nothing ever happens in January, no music gets released, no movies ever come out, nada. If everyone just had one big armistice we could spend all of January recapping the previous year, immediately starting each new year with a curated nostalgia trip into the last one, instead of putting out rushed content starting as early as Thanksgiving that is trying to summize a year that hasn’t ended and won’t for many moons.
That is why the good folks over at GSC opened to wait till a little while after the year formally closed to assess the year behind us and pick its best tracks. We aren’t writing anything on each of the tracks and we aren’t putting them in any particular order, but I will detail which member of our team added which songs below. We had contributions from our two editors Brendan Higgins and Josh Ramos, as well as the brains behind GSC’s Monthly Mix Kristyn Cheek and Nicole Cavicchio. Thanks to all our readers, contributors, and to the artist we cover. GSC has been an immensely fun endeavor for all of us and we can’t thank you enough for the support.
Check out the playlist on Spotify or Apple Music and let us know your favorites from 2021!
Brendan “Hang Ten” Higgins
to some I’m genius – Snow Ellet
Long Long Lonely – Jimmy Montague
Josh HYD Ramos
LONELY DEZIRES – Turnstile & Blood Orange
WUSYANAME – Tyler, The Creator Ft YoungBoy Never Broke Again
Superstition – Madeline Kenney
Day 7.5093 (keiyaA Remix) – Nilüfer Yanya
Nobles – Earl Swaetshirt, Navy Blue, Alchemis
If You Say the Word – Radiohead
Back to Oz – Sufjan Stevens & Angelo de Augustine
Deares Alfred – Khruangbin x Knxwledge
Sunglasses – Black Country, New Road
Jour 2 – Hidegard, Helena Deland & Ouri
Working for the Knife – Mitski
TANGERINE DREAM – Snoh Aalegra
Some Things Last A Long Time – Sharon Van Etten
The Art of Letting Go – James Barrett
I Don’t Do Drugs – Doja Cat Ft. Ariana Grande
New Shapes – Charli XCX Ft Christine and the Queens
Famous Last Words – James Blake