Grandma Sophia’s Cookies Presents Our 50 Favorite Songs of 2021

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

LABOU – Mach Hommy

Blood – Little Hag

MY GAWD! – Semiratruth

Out Loud – Remember Sports

Is Ya Ready – Kay Flock

to some I’m genius – Snow Ellet

Weezy – YL

Long Long Lonely – Jimmy Montague

Just for me – PinkPanthress

Details – John Cozz

1941 – Navy Blue

Bury – Downhaul

Josh HYD Ramos

Take My Breath – The Weeknd

Snow Bunnies – Dech and Musi

Peach – Future Islands

Altar – Kehlani

LONELY DEZIRES – Turnstile & Blood Orange

WUSYANAME – Tyler, The Creator Ft YoungBoy Never Broke Again

deja vu – Olivia Rodrigo

If It’s Cool – ILOVEMAKONNEN

Kristyn Cheek

Moderation – Cate Le Bon

Superstition – Madeline Kenney

Day 7.5093 (keiyaA Remix) – Nilüfer Yanya

Nobles – Earl Swaetshirt, Navy Blue, Alchemis

Seahorse – Horsey, King Krule

People – Evan Wright

If You Say the Word – Radiohead

Back to Oz – Sufjan Stevens & Angelo de Augustine

Deares Alfred – Khruangbin x Knxwledge

Time to Melt – Sam Evian

Sunglasses – Black Country, New Road

Drama – Erika de Casier

Chad an Gordy – Eyedress

the rot – Dean Blunt

Jour 2 – Hidegard, Helena Deland & Ouri

Working for the Knife – Mitski

Nicole Cavicchio

TANGERINE DREAM – Snoh Aalegra

glad ur gone – gglum

Only One – Wet

Some Things Last A Long Time – Sharon Van Etten

Easier than Lying – Halsey

TSU – Drake

The Art of Letting Go – James Barrett

I Don’t Do Drugs – Doja Cat Ft. Ariana Grande

My Honest Face – Inhaler

Summer Never Dies – The KTNA

New Shapes – Charli XCX Ft Christine and the Queens

Famous Last Words – James Blake

No Hard Feelings – Wolf Alice

In Hell – Japanese Breakfast