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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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    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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    Tyler, the Creator
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    Genres (Music)Hip hop

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    Genres (Music)Electropop, Dance pop

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    Wolf Alice
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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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    Lil Nas X
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    Genres (Music)Pop, Hip hop

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    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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    St. Vincent
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    Genres (Music)Alternative, Funk, Soul

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    Genres (Music)Hip hop

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    The Black Keys
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    Genres (Music)Alternative, Indie rock

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    FINNEAS
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    Genres (Music)Alternative pop

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    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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    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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    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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    Lake Street Dive
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    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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    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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    Genres (Music)R&B

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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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    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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    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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