Best indie Songs of the year 2021

Unless you’re a music connoisseur, you’ve probably never heard of these songs, but then again, if you frequent the pages of Grimy Goods, you’re a bit of music connoisseur. While we love new tracks from mainstream acts such as Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo and Adele — our end of years lists are never about the radio heavy-hitters. We’re here to discover new music and share our finds with the people in an effort to support lesser known artists and bands — and to expose basic listeners who often subject themselves to mainstream radio because it’s easy. Finding great music isn’t hard, you just have to find the best curators for music discovery who will fill your new music-craving hearts with delicious tracks from all genres, and all peoples.


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Featuring: Little Simz, Current Joys, Arlo Parks, Luna Li, binki, Elohim, Night Beats, Wallice, Cuco, Mereba, Jungle, King Woman, and many more — these unique artists define new music in 2021 and have left lasting impressions on our pages and in our souls.

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Best Song Releases of The Year 2021

Stream our favorite song releases of the year featuring over 130 songs and counting.

Track NameArtist Name(s)
fav flav (with Duckwrth)Dua Saleh, Duckwrth
LloronaAngélica Garcia
Giving In To The LoveAURORA
Goodtime GirlStarcrawler
Year Of The SpiderShannon & The Clams
Take Off Ur PantsIndigo De Souza
Ella Me EnamoróLa Santa Cecilia
Mujer JaguarCombo Chimbita
Hollow (Do You?)Geographer
She Said (She Said)Velvet Starlings
Clay Pigeonbinki
The Walls Are Way Too ThinHolly Humberstone
NakedCurrent Joys
Cool Girldodie
Lay UpFana Hues
The Godde$s WayNVDES
Photo ID (with Dominic Fike)Remi Wolf, Dominic Fike
f*ckthatIAN SWEET
Made Your Mama CryNana Lourdes
Pelota (Cut a Rug Mix)Khruangbin, Quantic
PaprikaJapanese Breakfast
Ode to the Party GirlHa Vay
Hardly Use My HandsNick Pagan
Like I Used ToSharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen
Alone But Not LonelyLuna Li
From These HeightsJelani Aryeh
Get Lost In The MusicAmbar Lucid
BONESCalen Lucas
Northern LightsClaire George
WildfireCautious Clay
Wait, I LiedAlfie Templeman
WomanLittle Simz, Cleo Sol
Specific (feat. Duckwrth)TeaMarrr, Duckwrth
High & HurtIceage
Chop X8Jagged Baptist Club
HushThe Marías
There’s only so much a soul can takeShungudzo
Starting To Get To YouJensen McRae
MANGO (Remix) [feat. Adeline & Masego]KAMAUU, Adeline, Masego
Snow Tha Product: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 39Bizarrap, Snow Tha Product
Lucid LucySunny War
SallyJacklen Ro
B-SideKhruangbin, Leon Bridges
CoffeeAi Bendr
Once Twice MelodyBeach House
Yards / GardensKate Bollinger
I Wanna Help Your MindGoth Babe
MakerHana Vu
Losing My Mind (with Elohim)Party Favor, Elohim
Journey to the Center of MyselfElohim
One Last TimeLP
Across That Fine LineNation of Language
El AntídotoMexican Institute Of Sound, La Perla
Get Betteralt-J
Strong FeelingsDry Cleaning
Grand TheftSUN ATLAS
The BalconyFruit Bats
edamame (feat. Rich Brian)bbno$, Rich Brian
Sorry’s Not EnoughTasha
HUH?Serena Isioma
When You LandJoel Jerome
Under The SunCuco
The DarknessScarypoolparty
Bunny Is A RiderCaroline Polachek
Get You HomeCLAVVS
Go AwayOmar Apollo
CrushEthel Cain
I Love You, I Hate YouLittle Simz
IowaSlow Pulp
The Hardest CutSpoon
Corde SensibleFreedom Fry
Wild SeaDresage
Morning StarKing Woman
Keep MovingJungle
I Just WannaKALI
Hard WayFlock of Dimes
Recurring DreamIbeyi
Guilty LoveLadyhawke, BROODS
Fallin’Valerie June
Miles To GoKaskade, Ella Vos
HedgehogMaryLeigh Roohan
Be SweetJapanese Breakfast
Toast with the ButterBlu DeTiger
Cuenta LoBiig Piig
DooWooDooWooOs Barbapapas
Look AwayDeap Vally, jennylee
Cruisin’ to the Parque feat. Y La BambaDurand Jones & The Indications, Y La Bamba
Temptation Death HouseJagged Baptist Club
New DayNight Beats
Too GoodArlo Parks
HopeArlo Parks
BKGWNana Lourdes
Terry CrewsLo Village
Only for TonightPearl Charles
shoulda coulda woulda (feat. Deem Spencer & Torii Wolf)Young Saab, Torii Wolf, Deem Spencer
Early Morning BreezeKishi Bashi
La torre (feat. Devendra Banhart)Gabriel Rios, Devendra Banhart
ooh la la (feat. Mexican Institute Of Sound & Santa Fe Klan) – Mexican Institute Of Sound RemixRun The Jewels, Santa Fe Klan, Mexican Institute Of Sound
Peur des fillesL’Impératrice
I Feel High (with DRAMA)Poolside, DRAMA
Summer’s OverJordana, TV Girl
Day I DieDeathbyRomy
Ten Billion YearsTorii Wolf
I’m the EchoDARKSIDE
Soy Lo Que SoyMonogem
Locust LacedSleigh Bells
Many TimesDijon
Pool Hopping (Strange Pool Remix) [feat. Bartees Strange]illuminati hotties, Bartees Strange
The Beachland BallroomIDLES
BowmanUltra Q
GamesSans Soucis, Cécile Kyenge
Love and Hate in a Different TimeGabriels
there for youSfven
Line of FireJosé González
Oaxaca Love Song 2Las Cafeteras
Sangre PoderosaAndrekza
Coming Back (feat. SZA)James Blake, SZA
Cough Up CherriesKills Birds
Neo SurfGENER8ION, 070 Shake
Doesn’t MatterBENEE
Wake Me UpFoals
I Need Nothing From YouSega Bodega
Stupid Boy (feat. Big Freedia)Slayyyter, Big Freedia
TrapsBloc Party
2getherMura Masa
Destroy Myself Just For YouMontell Fish
VacioJarina De Marco, Empress of
That LifeUnknown Mortal Orchestra

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