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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. 

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    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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    Billie Eilish
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    Genres (Music)Pop, Alternative, Electropop

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    Lana Del Rey
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    Genres (Music)Baroque pop, Alternative

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    Genres (Music)Electropop, Indie

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    Tyler, the Creator
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    11

    Genres (Music)Hip hop

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    Lil Nas X
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    Genres (Music)Pop, Hip hop

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

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    Wolf Alice
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    9

    Genres (Music)Indie rock, Alternative

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    Liz Phair
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    Genres (Music)Indie rock, Alternative

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    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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    Genres (Music)Hip hop

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    Madison Beer
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    Genres (Music)Pop, R&B

    Madison Beer's highly anticipated debut full-length project, Life Support, exhibits a sultry, yet empowering plethora of well-produced, radio-ready tracks completely written by the pop/R&B princess. She may look like a TikTok star, but her artistry is bound to shatter more glass ceilings. 

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    The Pretty Reckless
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    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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  • 15

    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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    Genres (Music)Electropop, Dance pop

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    Twenty One Pilots
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    Genres (Music)Alternative

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    Weezer
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    Genres (Music)Alternative rock

    Low key their fourteenth studio album, Weezer's OK Human spans beyond their iconic "Beverly Hills" sound with baroque pop infused tracks inspired by the Beach Boys and Harry Nilsson, featuring a 38-piece orchestra and analogue equipment.

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    Cloud Nothings
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    Genres (Music)Alternative, Indie rock

    The electrifying, meticulously-produced latest album from American rockers Cloud Nothings showcases their matured talent through profound guitar instrumentals and self-reflective lyrics. 

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    A Day to Remember
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    Genres (Music)Hard rock

    Releasing their first full-length project in five years, A Day to Remember incorporates modern rock influences while staying true to their classic early 2000s sound throughout You're Welcome

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    London Grammar
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    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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    Genres (Music)Indie pop

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    slowthai
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    Genres (Music)Hip hop

    British rapper slowthai comes through with his second studio album, TYRON, featuring a wide range of artists on the two-disc project, such as A$AP Rocky, James Blake, Denzel Curry, and Skepta.

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    Zara Larsson
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    Genres (Music)Pop, Dance

    Scandinavian pop princess Zara Larsson fuses 1980s nostalgia with modern dance club vibes in her third studio album, Poster Girl.

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    Chevelle
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    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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