Six months in and 2021 is already proving itself to be an unforgettable year for pop music — not to mention a return to form following an undeniably challenging year for the music industry and beyond.

Between Olivia Rodrigo's breakout debut album, which not only gave us the chart-smashing relatable heartache of "drivers license" but also slapped an angsty exclamation point on the current pop-punk revival, and the sun-kissed pop-rock-meets-synth-pop of Aly & AJ's long-awaited fourth studio album (which materialized a whopping 14 years after the sisters' last studio effort), 2021's pop offerings have kept us on our feet indeed.

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Best Albums of 2021

From K-pop to R&B and everywhere in between, these are PopCrush's 25 favorite albums, EPs and mixtapes of 2021.

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