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The Best New Albums Of 2021

List RulesOnly full-length studio albums. No EPs or compilation albums.

What are the best new albums of 2021? Featuring highly anticipated full-length projects from some of today's hottest artists, including Justin Bieber, Olivia Rodrigo, Lana Del Rey, and Kings of Leon, this list of new albums coming out in 2021 contains all genres, ranging from pop and alternative rock to hip hop and R&B. Several new movie soundtracks, like Sia's Music, are also featured below. 

Vote up the best 2021 albums, and keep coming back to stay updated with upcoming releases!

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  • 1

    Chemtrails Over the Country Club

    Lana Del Rey
    31
    20

    Genres (Music)Pop, Alt. pop

    Our favorite eccentric queen is back with a dreamy folk-inspired full-length project, Chemtrails Over the Country Club, that pays tribute to her close friends, family, and female role models while revealing the singer-songwriter's most authentic self.

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    Happier Than Ever

    Billie Eilish
    20
    11

    Genres (Music)Pop, Alternative, Electropop

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    Blue Banisters

    Lana Del Rey
    9
    0

    Genres (Music)Baroque pop, Alternative

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    CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST

    Tyler, the Creator
    13
    6

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

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    SOUR

    Olivia Rodrigo
    19
    14

    Genres (Music)Pop, Pop-punk, Alternative pop

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    Collapsed in Sunbeams

    Arlo Parks
    27
    26

    Genres (Music)Neo soul, Bedroom pop

    The debut studio album by British songstress Arlo Parks, Collapsed in Sunbeams, embodies her unapologetic sensual nature through sultry melodies and heartfelt lyrics. 

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    Solar Power

    Lorde
    14
    10

    Genres (Music)Electropop, Indie

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    Blue Weekend

    Wolf Alice
    10
    4

    Genres (Music)Indie rock, Alternative

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    ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE

    BROCKHAMPTON
    17
    16

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

    Hip hop collective BROCKHAMPTON's sixth full-length project, ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT: NEW MACHINE, sheds light on both their personal and political tensions throughout the pandemic over experimental instrumentals and powerful rap verses. 

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  • 10

    MONTERO

    Lil Nas X
    13
    10

    Genres (Music)Pop, Hip hop

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    Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted

    Passenger
    23
    24

    Genres (Music)Folk rock, Indie rock

    Passenger's twelfth studio album, Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted, is a lyrical masterpiece providing a profound glimpse into the British singer-songwriter's complex psyche after a difficult breakup.

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  • 12

    Daddy's Home

    St. Vincent
    11
    9

    Genres (Music)Alternative, Funk, Soul

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    Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land

    MARINA
    11
    9

    Genres (Music)Electropop, Dance pop

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    The Off-Season

    J. Cole
    19
    19

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

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    CLOUDS (THE MIXTAPE)

    NF
    17
    17

    Genres (Music)Rap, Christian hip hop

    Reaching #1 on the US iTunes Album Sales Chart upon its release, Christian rapper NF's CLOUDS (THE MIXTAPE) features a fire tracklist of powerful, anthemic bangers. 

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  • 16

    When You See Yourself

    Kings of Leon
    16
    16

    Genres (Music)Rock

    Kings of Leon's eighth studio album, When You See Yourself, features contemplative songwriting over heartfelt, organic rock instrumentals that serve as the ultimate jam-session soundtrack for our ears. 

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  • 17

    Planet Her

    Doja Cat
    11
    10

    Genres (Music)Pop, R&B

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    Death by Rock and Roll

    The Pretty Reckless
    19
    20

    Genres (Music)Hard rock

    The fourth LP from Taylor Momsen led band The Pretty Reckless, Death by Rock and Roll highlights their perseverance through dark times over intense guitar improvisation and strong, husky vocals, functioning as the ultimate soundtrack to basement hangouts and solitary "let loose" moments.

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  • 19

    The Voice of the Heroes

    Lil Baby and Lil Durk
    7
    4

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

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    Sling

    Clairo
    7
    4

    Genres (Music)Folk rock, Pop

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  • 21

    Medicine at Midnight

    Foo Fighters
    20
    23

    Genres (Music)Alternative rock

    The alternative rock band that we all know and love, the Foo Fighters, drive listeners in a poppier/upbeat direction with their David Bowie inspired tenth studio album, Medicine at Midnight.

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  • 22

    Obviously

    Lake Street Dive
    13
    13

    Genres (Music)Folk rock, Alt-jazz, Indie

    Releasing their seventh full-length project, Obviously, via Nonesuch Records, Lake Street Dive cohesively displays their political frustrations over profound lyrics and 70s-esque bluesy rock instrumentals. 

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  • 23

    Californian Soil

    London Grammar
    9
    7

    Genres (Music)Indie pop

    Indie pop trio London Grammar's third LP, Californian Soil, consists of empowering feminist lyrics and haunting vocals fused with electronic synthesizing.

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  • 24

    Delta Kream

    The Black Keys
    9
    7

    Genres (Music)Alternative, Indie rock

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  • 25

    NIRATIAS

    Chevelle
    11
    11

    Genres (Music)Hard rock

    Filled with powerful electric guitar solos alongside passionate vocal belts and heavy drums, Chevelle's latest LP, NIRATIAS, evokes major Guitar Hero x Rockband vibes as one of their strongest projects to date.

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