Records of the Year 2021 Playlist

The top 20 country, Americana and roots records from 2021, as voted for by Holler staff and contributors.

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In a year that’s seen the return of live music, Taylor Swift mark a new chapter in artist rights and the Grammys fuel the debate on what country really is, we look back on 20 records that became stand-out classics.

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1. 29 - Carly Pearce

2. Never Wanted To Be That Girl - Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde

3. Music City USA - Charley Crockett

4. Are We Lonesome Yet - Charley Crockett

5. Black Myself - Amythyst Kiah

6. Wild Turkey - Amythyst Kiah

7. Sanctuary - Hiss Golden Messenger

8. Way Back in the Way Back - Hiss Golden Messenger

9. Broken Horses - Brandi Carlile

10. Right on Time - Brandi Carlile

11. In The Morning Light - Billy Strings

12. Secrets - Billy Strings

13. The Sea - Sierra Ferrell

14. In Dreams - Sierra Ferrell

15. Am I Right or Amarillo - Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, John Randal

16. Tequila Does - Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, John Randal

17. Sexy After Dark - Joshua Ray Walker

18. Flash Paper - Joshua Ray Walker

19. Nightflyer - Allison Russell

20. All Of The Women - Allison Russell

21. Small Town, Girl - Lainey Wilson

22. Sayin' What I'm Thinkin' - Lainey Wilson

23. First Time Feeling - Leah Blevins

24. Magnolias - Leah Blevins

25. Shenandoah Shakedown - John R. Miller

26. Borrowed Time - John R. Miller

27. Human - Cody Johnson

28. 'Til you Can't - Cody Johnson

29. Black Like Me - Mickey Guyton

30. What Are You Gonna Tell Her? - Mickey Guyton

31. Dividing Lines - Israel Nash

32. Down in the Country - Israel Nash

33. Calling Me Home - Rhiannon Giddens, Francesco Turrisi

34. Waterbound - Rhiannon Giddens, Francesco Turrisi

35. Half a Heart Keychain - Riddy Arman

36. Too Late to Write a Love Song - Riddy Arman

37. Stick That In Your Country Songs - Eric Church

38. Hell Of A View - Eric Church

39. Ancestors - Miko Marks, The Resurrectors

40. We Are Here - Miko Marks - The Resurrectors