Despite being a terrible year by most metrics, 2021 has been an amazing year for recorded music. As I sat down to work out this list, I truly had a hard time whittling it down to just the 75 here. I could have easily added another 25 – 50, but there has to be a limit somewhere, eh? As usual there’s no ranking here, so the list remains yours to peruse from whatever angle you choose. These were my favorites of the year, the ones that spent the most time glued to the turntable, speakers, headphones, and the back of my mind all year long.