I think I’ve confidently asserted this statement many times throughout the years, but I think I will say it again. The year of 2021, like the year of 2020, has delivered time and time again, in terms of presenting to us some pretty inspiring and thought-provoking albums and songs. Though hectic, chaotic, seemingly out of control and messy; 2021, more than 2020, was the year in which I have grown the most in my musical tastes, and it’s the year that I have found more albums and songs that has resonated with me. But maybe that’s because I was more aware of releases this year than any other year. Partly because of me branching out into different types of music because of my own accord due to me being more at home due to COVID-19, and also partly because of me and Jon writing our blog series about influential artists of all time- and us being exposed to more different types of music that way.

Personally though, I’ve found 2021 to be the year where we were treated to the most hard hitting and poignant songs, as well as the most inspirational albums in recent memory. We were treated to songs like “His Name is Jesus” (Phil Wickham), “1000 Names” (Sean Curran), “All I Know So Far” (PINK), “RELATE” (for KING & COUNTRY), “Worship What I Hate” (Lady A), “Hold Us Together (Hope Mix)” (feat. Tauren Wells) (H.E.R.), “Scars in Heaven” (Casting Crowns), “Promised Land” (TobyMac), “Play” (Delta Goodrem), “Higher” (Bella Taylor-Smith), “Jesus, I Have My Doubts” (Jon Foreman), “Pray” (Dami Im), “On Our Way” (MercyMe), “My Jesus” (Anne Wilson), “For the Good” (Riley Clemmons), “Joy Comes In the Morning” (Baylor Wilson), “Country Again” (Thomas Rhett), “Between Us” (Little Mix), “Only Love” (Hanson), “I Still Believe You’re Good” (Newsboys), “Too Good To Not Believe” (Brandon Lake), “Hope For the Ages” (Hillsong Worship), and “Your Song Saved My Life” (U2), to name a few (or to name a lot!). While we were also blessed to hear inspirational and encouraging albums such as Hymn Of Heaven [Phil Wickham], Into The Mystery [Needtobreathe], In The Meantime [Alessia Cara], Interrobang [Switchfoot], Departures [Jon Foreman], Timeless [Lucy Thomas], Bridge Over Troubled Dreams [Delta Goodrem], Girl To Girl [Tenille Arts], Flourish [Mike Donehey], Nothing Is Ordinary, Everything Is Beautiful [Apollo LTD], Canyon [Ellie Holcomb], Dancing With The Devil…The Art Of Starting Over [Demi Lovato], Godsend [Riley Clemmons], inhale (exhale) [MercyMe] , 29: Written In Stone [Carly Pearce], and Country Again: Side A [Thomas Rhett], to name a few (also to name a lot!).

The year of 2021, like 2020, even though it was dire and somewhat scary and unknown… still had it all in terms of music. Soaring and epically awesome ballads, head banging rockers, introspective tear-jerkers and just plain fun pop tunes to dance to. And now that 2022 is now upon us (Skillet just released Dominion and Casting Crowns just released Healer); it’s that time again in our best of series. To briefly list our most anticipated albums for the upcoming year ahead in 2022. So now without further ado, let me briefly touch upon 25 albums that will hopefully release within the next twelve months, of which we are anticipating. So which albums are you looking forward to?

For KING & COUNTRYWhat Are We Waiting For– March 11th 2022

Rebecca St. JamesKingdom Come– February 18th 2022

Maddie & TaeThrough The Madness Vol. 1– January 28th 2022

Avril LavigneLove Sux– February 25th 2022

The Shires10 Year Plan– March 11th 2022

Mandy HarveyPaper Cuts– January 28th 2022

Thomas RhettWhere We Started– April 1st 2022

Thomas RhettCountry Again Side B TBA 2022

Ella HendersonEverything I Didn’t Say– March 11th 2022

Gwen StefaniTBA 2022

Casting CrownsHealer Pt 2– September/October 2022

Jennifer Lopez & MalumaMarry Me (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)– February 4th 2022

Michael BubléHigher– March 25th 2022

Martin SmithDancing In The Fire– February 4th 2022

Love & The OutcomeOnly Ever Always– April 1st 2022

Maren MorrisHumble Quest– March 25th 2022

Bryan AdamsSo Happy It Hurts– March 11th 2022

Ben RectorThe Joy Of Music– March 11th 2022

Brooke LigertwoodSeven– February 25th 2022

Sofia CarsonTBA 2022

Kelsea BalleriniTBA 2022

Kelly ClarksonTBA 2022

Camila CabelloFamilia TBA 2022

Honor & GloryHonor & Glory– March 18th 2022

OneRepublicTBA 2022

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