Kazak’s Picks: Pop Idols 2021

Clockwise from top left: Black Hole by Griff (One Foot in Front of the Other mixtape artwork), Duo by Sam Gellaitry, 10 Years by Daði Freyr (Welcome EP artwork), and Look What You’ve Done by Zara Larsson (Poster Girl album artwork courtesy of Artist Company TEN / Epic Records)

There’s nothing quite like the giddy rush that accompanies a perfect pop song. This playlist documents the finest efforts of 2021, spanning chart titans, tomorrow’s superstars, and the inexplicably unknown.

The format is simple: tracks from the the past month feature at the beginning of the playlist before turning to highlights from the rest of the year (in no particular order). If you’d like to hear the genre’s most recent gems, check out the first five to ten tracks. If you want to explore the year as a whole, simply hit that shuffle button, sit back, and enjoy!

New additions will be included on a monthly basis. If there’s a track that you think is the pinnacle of pop music this year but isn’t featured here, please don’t hesitate to let me know about it at thebayingofkazak@gmail.com.

WARNING: All tracks featured are completely uncensored. A number of them contain explicit language that is unsuitable for children, NSFW topics, discussions of potentially triggering subjects, and/or political commentary that may offend.

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November’s Additions

Tracks listed in order they appear in playlists above.

CXLOE – New Trick


Parcels – Comingback

Beyoncé – Be Alive

Pure Shores – Back on My Love

88rising & NIKI – Split

CHUNG HA – Killing Me

SIPHO. – Beady Eyes

Fred again.. – Faisal (Envelopes Me)

October’s Additions

Tracks listed in alphabetical order.


Agnes – 24 Hours

Agnes – Here Comes the Night

Animal Collective – Prester John

Conan Grey – Telepath

Kacy Hill – Seasons Bloom

Kylie Minogue & Jessie Ware – Kiss of Life

Magdalena Bay Hysterical Us

Self Esteem – Fucking Wizardry

TWICE – The Feels

UNIIQU3 (feat. R3LL) – Unavailable

September’s Additions

Tracks listed in alphabetical order.

Charli XCX – Good Ones

Fickle Friends – Love You to Death

Foxes – Sister Ray

Holly Humberstone – Scarlett

Jenevieve – No Sympathy

Josef Salvat – I’m Sorry

Kacey Musgraves – simple times

Kidswaste (feat. Olivia Reid) – Time Is Mine

Liz Lawrence – Drive

Magdalena Bay – You Lose!

MUNA (feat. Phoebe Bridgers) – Silk Chiffon

Sam Gellaitry – Gullible

Sans Soucis – Air

Self Esteem – Moody


YUKIKA – Loving You

To listen to this playlist on Spotify or Apple Music please return to the top of the page

Further Listening – 2021 Tracks

The Baying of Kazak’s Favourite Songs of 2021

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