The Bests of 2021

It’s been a h*ck of another year.

Albums of the Year

I listened to 112 albums this year. These were my favourites. The top two are the top two, but the rest of the order is a little less clear.

  1. Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, London Symphony Orchestra
  2. Space 1.8 by Nala Sinephro
  3. A Beginner’s Mind by Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine
  4. Sympathetic Magic by Typhoon
  5. New Music and Big Pop by Another Michael
  6. Pono by A Great Big Pile of Leaves
  7. I Know I’m Funny haha by Faye Webster
  8. Mercy by Natalie Bergman
  9. A Comedy of Errors by Lo Talker
  10. Cooler Returns by Kiwi jr

Honourable Mentions

BADBADNOTGOOD, Jaubi, Portico Quartet, Sam Gendel, Sungazer, The War on Drugs

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Podcasts of the Year

Based on episodes released in the year 2021.

  1. Comedy Bang! Bang! by Scott Aukerman
  2. Threedom by Lauren Lapkus, Paul F Tompkins, and Scott Aukerman
  3. Front Burner by the CBC, hosted by Jayme Poisson
  4. Stay F. Homekins by Paul F Tompkins and Janie Haddad Tompkins
  5. Triple Click by Kirk Hamilton, Maddy Myers, and Jason Schreier
  6. Ouevre Busters by Liam Billingham and George Fragopoulos

Video Games of the Year*

I only played two games released in 2021, so these are my favourite games that I played this year. I made an effort to finish more games this year. I still left Breath of the Wild, Outer Wilds, and Ghost of Tsushima unfinished, so you can probably expect to see those titles on this list next year.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017) – Nintendo Switch
  • The Gardens In Between (2018) – Nintendo Switch
  • Stardew Valley (2016) – Steam
  • Donut County (2018) – Nintendo Switch
  • For the King (2017) - Nintendo Switch, Steam
  • Florence (2020) – Nintendo Switch
  • Windsor Road (2021) – GB Rom/Itch.io
  • Picross S2 (2018) – Nintendo Switch
  • Knockout City (2021) – Nintendo Switch/PS4

Other Categories

  • Favourite Game Score of 2021: Sable by Japanese Breakfast
  • Favourite Art Direction of 2021: Sable

Books of the Year*

I read 34 books. Here are a few of my favourites that I read this year, in no particular order.

  • The Lord of the Rings (1954–55) [Trilogy] by JRR Tolkien
  • Policing Black Lives (2017) by Robin Maynard
  • How To Do Nothing (2019) by Jenny Odell
  • Ways of Seeing (1972) by John Berger

Movies of the Year

I only watched five films from 2021 in 2021.

  1. Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve
  2. Minari1, directed by Lee Isaac Chung
  3. Action Button Reviews Cyberpunk 2077
  4. The Green Knight, directed by David Lowery
  5. Inside by Bo Burnham

Favourite Score: Minari by Emile Mosseri

TV of the Year

I watched seven shows from 2021 and liked six2 of them.

  • The Beatles: Get Back
  • WandaVision
  • Loki
  • Busted (범인은 바로 너!)
  • New World (신세계로부터)
  • Squid Game (오징어 게임)

Videos of the Year

  1. Technically a 2020 release, but only wide released in 2021. 

  2. Everybody else likes that show, though.