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The Best New Albums Of 2021

Updated September 20, 2021 1.2k votes 56 voters146 items

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 ZAYN 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)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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    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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    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)Rock

    The young rockers are back with their second studio album, The Battle at Garden's Gate, showcasing their more mature, worldly sound through cinematic instrumentals and explorative songwriting. 

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    Genres (Music)Hip hop

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    TYRON

    slowthai

    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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    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)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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    Death by Rock and Roll

    The Pretty Reckless

    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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    OK Human

    Weezer

    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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    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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    Genres (Music)Pop, Soundtrack

    Music - Songs From and Inspired By the Motion Picture is a beautifully crafted bundle of joy authentically written and performed by industry veteran Sia. 

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    The Million Masks of God

    Manchester Orchestra

    Genres (Music)Indie rock

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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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    Obviously

    Lake Street Dive

    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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    Typhoons

    Royal Blood

    Genres (Music)Alternative, Rock

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    The Shadow I Remember

    Cloud Nothings

    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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    Genres (Music)Pop, R&B

    The One Direction veteran reveals a more vulnerable side of ZAYN with complete creative control throughout his third studio album, Nobody Is Listening.

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    NIRATIAS

    Chevelle

    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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    Genres (Music)Indie folk, Alternative rock

    British singer-songwriter Ben Howard's latest full-length project, Collections from the Whiteout, explores his profound psyche through allegorical lyrics and indie folk instrumentals. 

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    The Marfa Tapes

    Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Rndall

    Genres (Music)Country

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    In Another World

    Cheap Trick

    Genres (Music)Rock

    The legendary classic rock band Cheap Trick is back with their twentieth studio album, In Another World, returning to their 70's greatness with strong guitar riffs and nostalgic vocals. 

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    Little Oblivions

    Julien Baker

    Genres (Music)Alternative

    Singer-songwriter Julien Baker's third studio album, Little Oblivions, is her most mature project to date, with deep lyrics and smooth instrumentals that serve as the ultimate soundtrack to intimate hangouts and romantic beachside dates. 

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    Genres (Music)Hip hop, Soundtrack

    Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album meticulously accompanies the film's powerful themes through modern hip hop while simultaneously transporting listeners to 1960s Chicago. 

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    Genres (Music)Indie pop

    Roll the car windows down and blast Sheppard's third studio album, Kaleidoscope Eyes, the perfect antidote to stressful days and depressing nights.