Whether it was pop divas taking a stand or incendiary UK drill acts making rap history, 2021 was a memorable year in which music offered an escape from the reality of post-pandemic life. From the return of songwriting behemoths such as Ed Sheeran and Adele, to the collaborations that helped us look beyond a world in lockdown, here is our list of the best songs of 2021.
Listen to our Pop playlist here, and check out our 20 best songs of 2021, below.
20: Ella Henderson and Tom Grennan: Let’s Go Home Together
A romantic but unconventional love song, Let’s Go Home Together marked something of a chart comeback for pop starlet Ella Henderson. Originally co-written – and intended to be performed as a duet – with James Arthur, Henderson instead opted to re-record the song with Bedford lad Tom Grennan, and the duo’s vocal chemistry truly sizzles as they pretend to be a mismatched pair of friends who become aware they’re falling in love with one another (“Even though you got bad tattoos and smell like booze/I’m into you”). Peaking at No.10 in the UK, Let’s Go Home Together pairs playfully flirtatious lyrics with a seductive acoustic hook.