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The Year's Music in Review: Late 2021

Finishing with Part 4 of notable music in 2021, this chart covers songs which interested me in the last few months of the year. (Part 1 is Early 2021; Part 2 is Spring 2021, Part 3 is Summer 2021). Salsa is my focus, but other genres are included. Listed here are 150 tracks --not the usual 140, since I added 10 bonus salsa songs released in 2021.


Lists 1 to 8 are about salsa, with ten songs each. The other lists have five songs. For information about how lists were organized, see the project description and the notes at the bottom of this page.



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All the lists are on Spotify and Apple Music. Just click on either button after each list.


The tracks in these lists start on Spotify/Music as #31 (Lists 1-8) or as #16 (Lists 9-18).

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Categories

Salsa | Other Latin | Other Genres | Mixes





Salsa



1. CONTEMPORARY SALSA - New

Released in late 2021


Tracks 31-40


Tracks 41-50 (Bonus)


 

Still Hot from 2020

Special Pick: "Lo Bueno Está Aquí"



2. CONTEMPORARY SALSA - Recent

Still Hot from 2020


Tracks 31-40



 

Winners from the 2010s

Special Pick: "El Son Guaguancó"




3. CONTEMPORARY SALSA - Anthems

(Winners From the 2010s)


Tracks 31-40



 

The Millenial Era

Special Pick: "Yo Tengo Lo Mio"




4. Contemporary SALSA - nostalgic

(The Millennial Era)


Tracks 31-40

(Tracks 21-30)



 

The Golden Era

Special Pick: "Por Que Adoré"




5. CLASSIC SALSA

(The Golden Era)


Tracks 31-40



 

Songs for my Father

Special Pick: "Caña y Coco"




6. THE ROOTS OF SALSA

Songs for my Father


Tracks 31-40



 

Missed Gems Discovered in 2021

Special Pick: "Mi Amigo Licor"




7. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

(Missed Gems Discovered in 2021)


Tracks 31-40



 

Exclusively Cuban Artists

Special Pick: "Tú No Suenas"




8. SPOTLIGHT: Cuba

Exclusively Cuban Artists


Tracks 31-40



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Other Latin Music

Spotlight: Japan

Special Pick: "Descarga Con Vibes"




9. SPOTLIGHT: Japan

Exclusively Japanese Artists


Tracks 16-20



 

Full Circle

Special Pick: "Guajira Ven"




10. SPOTLIGHT: Africa

Full Circle


Tracks 16-20



 

New & Recent Bachata

Special Pick: "La Bachata"




11. Spotlight: Bachata

New & Recent


Tracks 16-20



 

Contemporary Easy Listening

Special Pick: "Para Ti, Para Mi"




12. LATIN LOUNGE

Contemporary Easy Listening


Tracks 16-20



 

Deep Latin Vibes

Special Pick: "Guajira Controversial"




13. DEEP LATIN VIBES

Classic Boogaloo / Cha cha cha / Son / Guajira


Tracks 16-20



 

Reggaeton & More

Special Pick: "Aprendi"




14. SABROSURA SIN CLAVE

Reggaeton & More


Tracks 16-20



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Other Genres



Old & New Jamaican Music

Special Pick: "So Incredible"




15. SPOTLIGHT ON JAMAICA

Old & New


Tracks 16-20



 

Old & New African Music

Special Pick: "Aninha"




16. SPOTLIGHT ON AFRICA

Old & New


Tracks 16-20



 

Club Jazz

Special Pick: "Pandajero"




17. SPOTLIGHT: Club Jazz

Acid-/Nu-/Funk-Jazz & Broken Beat


Tracks 16-20



 

Upbeat Vibes

Special Pick: "Shamisen K"




18. MISCELLaNEA

Upbeat Vibes


Tracks 16-20




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Bonus: Inspiring Mixes of Late 2021


Mellow Mood ~ Lovers Rock Mix

(Tojo - Afrontier)


Latin Music from Guinea

(Mikael el Rojo)


Sweet Mello Sweet PR

(MSQ)


Salsa Romantica

(Junichi Yoshida)


Salsa Playlist #380

(DJ Deniz Seven)





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Notes

Although the charts mention 2021, only one list is exclusively for 2021 releases (List #1).


Songs in the other lists have been chosen because they were somehow relevant to me in 2021. For example, lists 2 to 5 have salsa tracks from other years, but they were used in DJ sets this year. List 6 is a selection prepared for a tribute to my late father, who passed away in 2021. List 7 features salsa discovered in 2021 but from earlier years, et cetera.


The basic criteria is that songs were chosen for some personal relevance in 2021.


It goes without saying that song selection for any list is subjective. My intention is just to share songs which had meaning for me in 2021, regardless of release date. In order to give value, cohesion, and relevance, I carefully organized these lists. However, this project was for fun, so in no way are the lists intended to be authoritative. Besides, I cannot conceivably know the full range of possible songs relevant to a certain category.


Finally, a top-10 (or top-5) ranking style has been avoided. Instead, songs are listed in alphabetical order by title.


Let me know what you think about these lists. Any recommendations for late 2021? Are there any songs that were personally significant for you regardless of release year?


 

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