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The Best Jazz and Experimental Music of 2021

From Anthony Joseph’s forceful poetry to Tomu DJ’s deconstructed club; from Fire-Toolz’s calculated sprawl to Rosie Lowe and Duval Timothy’s expansive exploration of harmony—these are the jazz and experimental releases that made our year.

The Best Underrated Albums of 2021, According to Pitchfork Staff

Personal favorites that didn’t make our list of the best albums of the year, including Willow, Baby Keem, Mickey Guyton, and more

The 15 Best Music Movies and TV Shows of 2021

From the joy of Summer of Soul to the absurdity of The Other Two, these were our favorite artist documentaries, concert films, and music-related shows to watch this year.

The 48 Best Headphones, Noise-Cancelling Headphones, and Earbuds

The very best expert-recommended headphones and earbuds you can buy.

The 22 Best Earbuds for Every Budget

Expert-recommended earbuds for in the studio, at home, in the gym, and on the go.

The Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones for Every Budget

Let our experts help you find the perfect noise-blocking cans.

The Best Progressive Pop Music of 2021

From PinkPantheress’ lo-fi club cuts to Bladee’s self-deprecating sing-song raps, C. Tangana’s folkloric reimaginations to Tinashe’s featherlight fireworks, these are the songs and albums that pushed pop music forward this year.

The 38 Best Rap Songs of 2021

From Megan Thee Stallion to Tyler, the Creator; Playboi Carti to Cardi B; NoCap to Noname

The Best Music Merch Gifts of 2021

From Caroline Polachek thongs to Megan Thee Stallion nail tattoos to Squid socks to Kacey Musgraves condoms, here are unique gift ideas for every type of music fan.

The Best Music of 2021: Pitchfork Readers’ Poll Results

Featuring your picks for the best albums and songs of the year

The Best Electronic Music of 2021

From SHERELLE’s breakneck breakbeats to Equiknoxx’s surrealistic dancehall, and from aya’s dissociative club fugues to Space Afrika’s mournful ambient, these are the electronic releases that made our year.

The 31 Best Rock Albums of 2021

From Snail Mail’s explosive breakup anthems to the Armed’s conceptual fireworks, Lucy Dacus’ home movies to Mdou Moctar’s virtuosic guitar anthems, these are the rock albums that stood out this year.

The 50 Best Albums of 2021

The albums that got us through a very strange year, featuring Tyler, the Creator, Adele, Jazmine Sullivan, Playboi Carti, and more

The 100 Best Songs of 2021

The tracks that defined an unsettling year, featuring Japanese Breakfast, Olivia Rodrigo, Caroline Polachek, Megan Thee Stallion, and more

The 8 Best Electronic Music Toys for Kids

Find the perfect gift for a budding synth head.

The 11 Best Music Books of 2021

From a devastating memoir by Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner to a rigorous study of Black feminist sound to a spirited defense of ska

27 Great Records You May Have Missed: Autumn 2021

The best under-the-radar finds in hip-hop, rock, dance, and more

The 15 Best Guitar Accessories for About $50 or Less

Great gifts for the guitarist in your life.

The 8 Best Audio Interfaces for All Budgets

Let us help you find the perfect interface for your home studio, no matter your price range.

The 11 Best Home Karaoke Machines for All Budgets

Let us help you find the perfect portable singing device, whatever your price range.

33 Musicians on Their Favorite Albums of the Last 25 Years

Phoenix, Beach House, Lil B, the War on Drugs, and more share the records that defined their last 25 years