This past year was not without its challenges wrought by continuing hardships of the pandemic, but 2021 is thankfully behind us. From a musical perspective it was another rhythmically stimulating 12 months, especially as far as new funk, soul and other groove-centric releases are concerned.
With that in mind, following are the top 25 albums of 2021, with the top 10 picks listed first, then the other 15 — all in random order. Disagree or have something in mind missing from the list? Let us know!
Each album image is linked to samples and purchase. Happy New Year!
St. Vincent – Daddy’s Home
George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners – Crying for Hope
Silk Sonic – An Evening With Silk Sonic
Maurice Jackson – The Guitarian
Cory Wong – Cory and the Wongnotes
WRD – The Hit
Dam-Funk – Above the Fray
Amp Fiddler – Basementality
Joel Culpepper – Sgt Culpepper