Music Trajectory’s 20 Albums of the Year + 5 Honorable Mentions


Hello! If you are coming from the 20 Songs of the Year or 25 Underrated Songs of the Year posts, thanks for continuing on with the 2021 year-end posts here on the site. As you may have read, this year is the 10-year anniversary of the site. That’s right, for 10 years I have been posting to the site on a weekly basis – and then more heavily at the end of the year – to showcase the best of the alternative music scene’s new songs and albums.

The 20 album list below is the some of best albums released here in 2021, at least in my universe. Please feel free to share your own top albums list in the comments section at the end of the post.

Thank you for supporting the site and I will see you again in the new year with New Music Trajectories!


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1. Senjutsu by Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden Senjutsu 2021 Music Trajectory
Iron Maiden band 2021 Music Trajectory
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2. Scaled and Icy by Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots Scaled and Icy 2021 Music Trajectory
Twenty One Pilots 2021 Music Trajectory
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3. Hushed and Grim by Mastodon

Mastodon Hushed and Grim 2021 Music Trajectory
Mastodon 2021 Music Trajectory
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4. Nowhere Generation by Rise Against

Rise Against Nowhere Generation 2021 Music Trajectory
Rise Against 2021 Music Trajectory
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5. Crawler by IDLES

IDLES Crawler Album of the Week 2021 Music Trajectory
Idles 2021 Music Trajectory
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6. I Don’t Live Here Anymore by The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs I Dont Live Here Anymore Album of the Week 2021 Music Trajectory
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7. Strength by Unto Others

Unto Others Strength album 2021 Music Trajectory
Unto Others 2021 Music Trajectory
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8. Solar Power by Lorde

Lorde Solar Power 2021 Music Trajectory
Lorde 2021 Music Trajectory
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9. This Is This by Grouplove

Grouplove This Is This 2021 Music Trajectory
Grouplove 2021 Music Trajectory
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10. Things Take Time, Take Time by Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett 2021 Music Trajectory
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11. Rock Out by Wolfmother

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12. Let the Bad Times Roll by The Offspring

The Offspring Let the Bad Times Roll Album of the Week Music Trajectory 2021
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13. The Battle at Garden’s Gate by Greta Van Fleet

Greta Van Fleet The Battle At Gardens Gate 2021 Music Trajectory
Greta Van Fleet 2021 Music Trajectory
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14. Bodies by AFI

AFI Bodies 2021 Music Trajectory
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15. No Gods No Masters by Garbage

Garbage No Gods No Masters 2021 Music Trajectory
Garbage 2021 Music Trajectory
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16. Livin’ the Apocalypse by Voodoo Glow Skulls

Voodoo Glow Skulls Living the Apocalypse Music Trajectory 2021
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17. When You See Yourself by Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon When You See Yourself 2021 Music Trajectory
Kings of Leon 2021 Music Trajectory
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18. OK Human by Weezer

Weezer OK Human 2021 Music Trajectory
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19. The Nightmare of Being by At the Gates

At The Gates The Nightmare of Being 2021 Music Trajectory
At The Gates 2021 Music Trajectory
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20. Back In Love City by The Vaccines

The Vaccines Back In Love City 2021 Album Trajectory
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Honorable Mentions

1. In Heaven by Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks In Heaven 2021 Music Trajectory
Strand of Oaks band 2021 Music Trajectory
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2. Blue Weekend by Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice Blue Weekend 2021 Music Trajectory
Wolf Alice Music Trajectory 2021
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3. Motorheart by The Darkness

The Darkness Motorheart 2021 Music Trajectory
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4. Brighten by Jerry Cantrell

Jerry Cantrell Brighten 2021 Music Trajectory
Jerry Cantrell 2021 Music Trajectory
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5. Hotel Roosevelt by Kid Karate

Kid Karate Hotel Roosevelt 2021 Music Trajectory
Kid Karate 2021 Music Trajectory
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More 2021 Year-End Posts

Music Trajectory’s 20 Songs of the Year + 5 Pop Guilty Pleasures

Music Trajectory’s 25 Underrated Songs of the Year


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