Best Music of 2021

I collected over 33 lists of Best Music of 2021 from the Internet, newspapers and magazines and compiled them into one meta-list. Here are the results: every recording on four or more of the original source lists, organized by rank (that is, with the albums on the most lists at the top).

Note 1: I have provided genre descriptions of the artist from Wikipedia as a guide.
Note 2: These are not my personal opinions. I have not listened to all this music.
Note 3: An asterisk means I own the recording.

On 33 lists
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, and the London Symphony OrchestraPromises (jazz/ambient/dance)

On 21 lists
Tyler, the CreatorCall Me if You Get Lost (hip hop) 

On 19 lists
Dry CleaningNew Long Leg (art rock/post-punk)
LowHey What (indie rock/slow core/dream pop)
Little SimzSometimes I Might Be Introvert (hip hop)

On 18 lists
Arlo ParksCollapsed in Sunbeams (R&B/soul)

On 17 lists
Olivia RodrigoSour (pop/pop rock/indie pop)

On 16 lists
The Weather StationIgnorance (folk/experimental)
Japanese BreakfastJubilee (indie rock/low fi/experimental pop)
TurnstileGlow On (hardcore punk)

On 13 lists
Adele30 (pop/soul)

On 12 lists
Mdou MoctarAfrique Victime (rock/blues/assouf)
Snail MailValentine (indie rock)

On 11 lists
Billie EilishHappier Than Ever (pop/electropop/indie pop)
The War on DrugsI Don’t Live Here Anymore (indie rock/neo-psychedelia/Americana)

On 10 lists
Wolf AliceBlue Weekend (alternative rock/shoegaze/dream pop)
Lil Nas ExMontero (hip hop/country rap)
HalseyIf I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power (synthpop/alternative pop/R&B)

On 9 lists
PinkPantheress To Hell With It (bedroom pop/drum and bass/jungle)
Self EsteemPrioritise Pleasure (experimental pop/indie pop)

On 8 lists
Arooj AftabVulture Prince (jazz/minimalist/Neo-Sufi)
SquidBright Green Field (post-punk/experimental rock/ambient)
Nick Cave & Warren EllisCarnage (rock/alternative/indie rock)
Lana Del ReyChemtrails Over the Country Club (baroque pop/dream pop/rock)
Doja CatPlanet Her (hip hop/pop/R&B)
Black Country, New RoadFor the First Time (experimental rock/post-rock/post-punk)

On 7 lists
Sons of KemetBlack to the Future (jazz/Afro-beat/world)
St. VincentDaddy’s Home (rock/pop/art rock)
L’RainFatigue (experimental)
Mach-HommyPray for Haiti (hip hop/rap)
Cassandra JenkinsAn Overview on Phenomenal Nature (ambient pop/folk pop)

On 6 lists
Summer WalkerStill Over It (R&B)
Kanye WestDonda (hip hop/gospel/progressive rap)
Silk SonicAn Evening With Silk Sonic (R&B/soul/funk)
Dawn Richard Second Line (R&B/pop/electronic)
Madlib/Four TetSound Ancestors (boom bap/instrumental hip hop)
black midi – Cavalcade (math rock/noise rock/post-punk)
Yola Stand for Myself (country soul/R&B/Americana)
The Spirit of the BeehiveEntertainment, Death (alternative rock/dream pop/experimental rock)
Armand Hammer & The AlchemistHaram (hip hop)

On 5 lists
IdlesCrawler (hardcore punk/indie rock/post-hardcore)
Illuminati HottiesLet Me Do One More (punk rock/indie rock)
Hiatus KaiyoteMood Valiant (neo soul/jazz-funk/future soul)
Iron MaidenSenjutsu (heavy metal/progressive metal)
Playboi CartiWhole Lotta Red (hip hop/trap/cloud rap)
Lucy DacusHome Video (indie rock/indie folk)
TirzahColourgrade (trip hop/noise/R&B)
Yasmin WilliamsUrban Driftwood (folk)
Vince StaplesVince Staples (hip hop)
GrouperShade (psychedelic folk/dream pop/sadcore)
Jazmine SullivanHeaux Tales (R&B/pop/hip hop)

On 4 lists
Dave
We’re All Alone in This Together (hip hop/conscious hip hop)
James Brandon Lewis & Red Lily QuintetJesup Wagon (jazz)
Amyl and the SniffersComfort to Me (pub rock/punk rock/garage rock)
Sleaford ModsSpare Ribs (electro-punk/rap-punk/post-punk)
Gojira Fortitude (technical death metal/groove metal/post-metal)
Moor MotherBlack Encyclopedia of the Air (experimental)
SaultNine (neo-soul/R&B/funk)
Loraine JamesReflection (electronica)
Kacey MusgravesStar-Crossed (pop/country-pop)
Anna B SavageA Common Turn (art pop/indie folk)
Allison RussellOutside Child (folk/country/Americana)
Julien BakerLittle Oblivions (alternative rock/indie folk/slowcore)
MustafaWhen Smoke Rises (indie folk/R&B)
serpentwithfeetDeacon (baroque pop/electronic/experimental)
Lana Del ReyBlue Banisters (folk/pop/jazz)

Classical
Toumani Diabaté & London Symphony OrchestraKôrôlén
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Andris NelsonsSofia Gubaidulina: Orchestral works
Spektral Quartet Anna ThorvaldsdottirEnigma