End-of-year vinyl review – the best records of 2021
What are the best records of 2021? It’s a tricky question, and yet, all music enthusiasts probably ask themselves this question at the end of each year. Of course, we do, too. And even though we limited our judgement to vinyl releases only, it’s still quite a mess. After all, there are 2.000 releases every month, which is why we needed some help to make this decision. So we have asked artists, partners, readers, experienced journalists and also our employees: »Which were the best vinyl records in 2021?« The results were cast into the following charts.
What was on your turntable?
Year by year, we have been asking producers, DJs, MCs, label owners and collectors about their favorite vinyl records of the year. The results can be seen in our Artists & Partner Charts. This year, we’ve collected favorites by almost 100 people, amongst them many Hip Hop related artists as well as artists from the guild of electronic music. But we also asked some label owners to participate from record labels like Mr Bongo, Finders Keepers, Strut, STROOM~, Leaving Records, Knekelhuis oder Macadam Mambo..
Professional Top Lists
The members of our HHV magazine team have a well-trained eye on the latest releases, considering that it’s their daily job to sort and arrange music. When our authors and editors choose their 50 records and 50 reissues, their 20 12inches and 20 Compilations of the year, we don’t just find the releases that everyone can agree on. Instead, these top lists are always good for a few discoveries. It’s music that might have passed you by unnoticed.
Spin Around Like A Record, Baby
But you haven’t seen it all, yet. You can also explore the music that our staff listens to: the Staff Picks 2021 give you a good idea about the diversity of our tastes. In addition, Most Sold Records 2021 shows you the best-selling records through our HHV web-shop. The User’s Rating Charts 2021’ offer a summary of what our HHV mag-readers liked best. And if you sign up for the HHV Online Mag, you can even still influence the final results. Either way – we wish you lots of fun browsing and exploring!