Who is the best new artist of the year? This is a list of the top up and coming artists 2021 has to offer. You'll find a lot of talented rappers, singers, bands, and producers down below. Some have been working under the radar for the past few years, while others just began making music in the past few months. Either way, these artists are expected to blow up in 2021.
Rising stars Tate McRae and Powfu became hugely popular after their songs were featured on millions of TikTok videos. Meanwhile, indie pop artists Dayglow, boy pablo, and girl in red have been racking up streams on Spotify thanks to their homegrown fanbase. Also keep an eye out for social media stars Alaina Castillo and Dixie D'Amelio, whose music careers are about to take off this year.
Keep reading to find out the most popular new artists 2021 is waiting for. Vote up the musicians you think have what it takes to make it to the top.
- Olivia Isabel Rodrigo (born February 20, 2003) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She rose to prominence with her lead roles on the Disney television programmes Bizaardvark and High School ...more
- Tate Rosner McRae is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and dancer. McRae caught the attention of RCA Records in 2019 after her original song "One Day" went viral on YouTube, subsequently releasing her ...more
- Giveon Dezmann Evans (born February 21, 1995), known as GIVĒON, is an American R&B singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence with his collaboration with Drake on their 2020 single, "Chicago ...more
- Beatrice Kristi Laus (born June 3, 2000), also known as Bea Kristi or professionally as beabadoobee, is a Filipino-British indie singer-songwriter. From 2018 to 2019, she released five extended plays ...more
- Golden Landis Von Jones (born November 13, 2000), known professionally as 24kGoldn, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and former child actor. He rose to fame with his 2019 single ...more
- Sam Fischer (born July 5, 1991) is an Australian pop rock singer-songwriter and musician. Fischer released music independently before signing with RCA Records in 2019. RCA re-released his debut EP ...more
- Sarah Faith Griffiths (born 21 January 2001), known professionally as Griff, is an English singer and songwriter. In 2019, she released her debut single, "Mirror Talk", through Warner Records. This ...more
- Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho (born 9 August 2000), known professionally as Arlo Parks, is a British singer-songwriter and poet from West London. Known for her singles "Cola" and "Black Dog", she ...more
- Ashton Nicole Casey (born February 19, 1996), better known as Ashnikko, is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. She rose to prominence with her 2019 single "Stupid" with Yung Baby Tate, which ...more
- Alexandra Artourovna Yatchenko (born March 11, 1995), known professionally as Sasha Sloan, is an American singer and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California.
- Michael Ian Olmo, known professionally as Iann Dior (stylized as iann dior), is a Puerto Rican rapper, singer, and songwriter. He rose to fame in 2019 with his singles "Emotions" and "Gone Girl", the ...more
- Kenneth La'ron (born August 5, 1997), known by his stage name KennyHoopla, is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. He is primarily known from his singles "Lost Cause", "How Will I Rest in ...more
- Alaina Castillo (born November 16, 1999) is an American YouTuber and singer. She is known for her ASMR song covers.
- Celeste Epiphany Waite (born 5 May 1994), known professionally as Celeste, is an American–born British singer-songwriter from Saltdean, England. Her music blends British soul and jazz-tinged blues ...more
- Marie Ulven Ringheim (born 16 February 1999), known professionally as Girl in Red (often stylized in all lowercase as girl in red), is a Norwegian indie pop singer-songwriter. Her single "I Wanna Be ...more
- Holly Ffion Humberstone is a British singer-songwriter from Grantham, England. In 2021, she signed a record deal with Interscope and Polydor Records. Her first EP following the signings, The Walls ...more
- Zoe Wees (born May 13, 2002) is a German singer-songwriter. Her debut single "Control" charted in several nations including number 1 in France (SNEP Radio) and the top 10 in Belgium.
- 100 Gecs (stylized as 100 gecs) is an American experimental musical duo consisting of Dylan Brady and Laura Les, who grew up in suburban St. Louis and were involved in the city's electronic music ...more
- Isaiah Faber (born March 31, 1999), known professionally as Powfu, is a Canadian musician, rapper, singer, songwriter and the son of Dave Faber from the band Faber Drive. He amassed popularity ...more
- Kofi Owusu-Ansah (born 1998), known as Genesis Owusu, is a Ghanaian-Australian singer from Canberra. He was born in Ghana and moved to Australia at the age of 2. He is the brother of Canberra based ...more
- Anna Clendening (born March 12, 1993) is an American singer, actor, and Internet personality, known originally for being one of the most followed people on the now-defunct video sharing service Vine, ...more
- Hykeem Jamaal Carter Jr. (born October 22, 2000), known professionally as Baby Keem, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Las Vegas, Nevada. He initially gained major ...more
- Alfie George Templeman (born January 2003) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. In 2016 he began recording and releasing demos at the age of 13. Templeman made his ...more
- Bella Latham, known professionally as Baby Queen, is a London-based singer and songwriter. She is best known for her songs "Want Me" and "Raw Thoughts."
- Kailee Nicole Moore (born July 15, 1998), professionally known as Kailee Morgue, is an American singer-songwriter. Kailee first began posting on her YouTube channel in late 2015, and started with ...more