Best Music Of 2021 A collection of lists, essays and features on the best recordings of 2021.

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Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" is NPR Music's best song of 2021. Charlotte Rutherford/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lil Nas X on 'MONTERO,' NPR Music's song of the year

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Jazmine Sullivan unspools her 'Heaux Tales,' NPR Music's album of the year

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From top left, clockwise: Buffalo Nichols, Jordan Peters, illuminati hotties, Emily D'Angelo, Helado Negro, Cerce. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Clockwise, from top left: Little Simz, MUNA, Sun-El Musician, Jon Hopkins, Mon Laferte, Ada Lea. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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The Best Music of September: NPR Staff Picks

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Top left, clockwise: PinkPantheress, Lucas Debargue, Lee Morgan, James Blake, Injury Reserve, Foxing. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Top left, clockwise: Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine, Canary Room, Billy Bragg, William Parker, IDK, WILLOW. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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