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The Best New Up-And-Coming Artists Of 2021

January 25, 2021 2.7k votes 177 voters 3.4k views70 items

List RulesVote up the musicians you expect to hit big in 2021.

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.

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    Olivia Rodrigo is an American actress and singer, who is known for her roles as Paige Olvera on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark and Nini Salazar-Roberts on the Disney+ series High School...  more

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    Tate McRae

    Alt pop
    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
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    Hip hop, Emo rap
    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

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    #89 of 146 The Best Young Rappers And New School Rappers#3 of 27 The Best New Male Artists

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    Sam Fischer

    Pop rock, Neo-soul
    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
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    Iann Dior

    Hip hop, Emo rap
    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
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    Hip hop, Experimental pop
    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
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    Contemporary R&B
    Giveon Dezmann Evans (born February 21, 1995), known mononymously as Giveon, is an American R&B singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence with his feature on Drake's 2020 single "Chicago...  more
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    Alexandra Artourovna Yatchenko (born March 11, 1995), known professionally as Sasha Sloan, is an American singer and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California....  more

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    #40 of 61 The Best Female Vocalists In EDM, Ranked#26 of 43 The Best New Pop Artists Of 2021

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    Hip hop, Lo-fi
    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
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    girl in red

    Indie pop, Bedroom pop
    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

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    #3 of 57 The Best Up-and-Coming Artists In 2020#54 of 113 The Best Bands with Colors in Their Names

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    Cari Elise Fletcher (born March 19, 1994), known mononymously as Fletcher (stylized as FLETCHER), is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She made her acting debut in 2010 as the lead role of...  more


    #16 of 26 The Best New Pop Artists Of 2019, Ranked#45 of 54 The Best Female Pop Singers Of 2019, Ranked

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    Flo Milli

    Hip hop, Trap
    Tamia Monique Carter (born January 9, 2000), known professionally as Flo Milli, is an American rapper and songwriter. Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, she began making and releasing music in 2015....  more
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    Racheal Lynn Woodward, better known as RaeLynn, is an American singer-songwriter who was a contestant on The Voice in season two. She was eliminated in the quarterfinals....  more

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    #12 of 32 The Best New Female Artists#65 of 161 The Top Female Country Singers

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    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
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    Rock, Trap
    Jaden Isaiah Hossler (born February 8, 2001), known professionally as Jxdn, is an American singer, songwriter and TikTok personality from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Hossler rose to prominence on the...  more
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    Indie rock
    Beatrice Kristi Laus (born June 3, 2000), also known as Bea Kristi or professionally as beabadoobee (stylized in all lowercase), is a Filipino-British indie singer-songwriter. Since 2018, she has...  more
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    Hip hop
    Alyssa Michelle Stephens (born December 22, 1998), known professionally as Mulatto or Big Latto, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. She first appeared on the reality television series The...  more
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    Priscilla Block (born August 11,1995) is an American country music singer and songwriter. She released her single "Just About Over You" in 2020....  more
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    Pop, R&B
    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
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    Gabby Barrett (born March 5, 2000) is an American country music singer. She finished third on the sixteenth season of American Idol. Her debut single "I Hope" was the first top ten Hot Country Songs...  more
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    Ms Banks

    Hip hop
    Thyra Oji (born April 14, 1994), known professionally as Ms Banks, is a British rapper, singer, and songwriter from Southeast London. Oji has released three mixtapes as Ms Banks....  more
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    Remi Wolf

    Funk pop
    Remi Francis Wolf (born February 2, 1996) is an American singer and recording artist from California. Whilst a senior at Palo Alto High School, she appeared as a contestant on American Idol in 2014....  more
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    Chloe Moriondo

    Bedroom pop
    Chloe Moriondo (stylized in all lowercase as chloe moriondo) (born September 29, 2002) is an American singer-songwriter and YouTuber born and based in Detroit. Her style blends elements of indie pop...  more
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    Genesis Owusu

    Funk, Hip hop
    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
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    Tay Money

    Hip hop
    Taylor Watson (born 6 April 1993), known professionally as Tay Money, is an American rapper, model, songwriter, producer and hair stylist. She started her career in 2017, and gained fame after the...  more