as 2021 comes to an end, there is no better way to reminisce on the good, the bad, and the random moments in between from the past year than with the Spotify Wrapped playlist. this year I explored new artists and genres, one of which completely dominated my rotation over the last 365 days – and others were completely predictable.

so, without further adieu, let’s jump into it.

anyone who follows me on my social medias knows how much I love this fucking song. the only other artist to drop tracks close to this has been NeYo and even he doesn’t make me want to risk it all the way dvsn does. every single one of their songs makes me want to stop what I’m doing and just let my SO have his way with me (you see what I did there?!) their music is so damn sexy, it makes me want to cross the line (& another one) and do something outlandish (last one, I promise). in all seriousness though, dvsn has revived modern-day r&b. if their music isn’t somewhere in your library, check out the songs in bold above and keep listening, promise it’s worth it.

now listen!

I will never claim to be the perfect parent, so judge me all you want of saying that I LOVE the fact that my kids rap book of rhymes with me – minus the cuss words. just the other day, little A shouted ‘eastside’ at the end of the song and you would’ve swore she repped it herself. I don’t care what anyone says, Eminem will always be one of the G.O.A.T‘s; he is a lyrical genius. this man is 50+ and still dropping fire like he’s back in his twenties. yall heard killshot? sheesh, I felt attacked and I don’t even like MGK.

let’s be honest

it’s no surprise that coloring by Kevin Garrett reigned supreme at the top of my playlist for the second year in a row. the song just hits, every single time. it doesn’t matter what kind of mood I’m in, this song will always hit me right in the feels. it’s gotten to the point that when my liked songs is on shuffle and it comes up on the rotation, my SO turns the volume up a couple notches and just lets me sing my little heart out. KG has some emotional bangers, okay, but coloring will always be #1 in my heart.

listen to all things Kevin Garrett here on Spotify

once upon a time …

my #3 would have been my #1. lovestoned has been at the top of my rotation since the album dropped in 2006. back in the day, iTunes library used to show you how many times you’ve played a song, within the first two years of it’s release, I had listened to the song 637 times. the lyrics, the instruments, and the music video all come together to make a visual and auditory masterpiece. my SO always jokes about how some of my most played songs are the longest songs artists put out, and he isn’t wrong- lovestoned will always be seven minutes and twenty-three seconds of pure magic in my eyes. pyramids, at a record-breaking nine minutes and fifty-two seconds comes in close second for long songs that I love-it actually made the top 5 of my #spotifywrapped2020.

maggie rogers was a new artist I was introduced to over the summer, her song fallingwater was featured one of my favorite shows the bold type (music aside for a second, I recommend that show to all my writer friends out there, so fucking good). with four and a half months left in the year, say it quickly clawed it’s way to the top of on repeat playlist and landed last-but certainly not least-on my top five for the year. the way my love life went this year, the lyrics just hit!

in between the top 5

looking past my top 5, there were so many songs that got me through 2021. when jayden dropped his most recent album I was hype because I loved SYRE and ERYS. almost every song on the album slaps, but BYE was an anthem for the hopeless romantic in me. summertime magic by childish gambino had me feeling like I grew up in my Motherland, there wasn’t another song that made me feel connected to my roots in th same way. of course I had my ratchet days and so meg the stallion came through with hot girl and crybaby featuring DaBaby.

I’m always looking for new music to add to my rotation, so drop your top 5 in the comments below 📀

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