The 11 best singles that entered the UK top 40 in 2021

From Abba to Doja Cat.

11. Let Them Know by Mabel

First Entered the charts: 1st July 2021

Peaked at: #19

Mabel collaborated with her musical friends Raye, SG Lewis and MNEK to create this synth-pop, disco track that references the likes of Doja Cat and Khaleesi from Game of thrones. Hopefully we will soon revieve a whole album from Mabel that showcases this discotheque sound.

10. Get Out My Head by Shane Codd

First entered the charts: 12th November 2020

Peaked at: #6

Irish DJ Shane Codd teamed up with British singer Solah, who was shortlisted for Best Vocalist at the 2017 D&B Arena Awards, to produce this Nathan Dawe-esque masterpiece that grabbed the attention of EDM lovers straight away. Shane has continued to soar the charts this year with his hit ’Always on my mind’ ft Charlotte Haining.

9. Heartbreak Anthem by Little Mix, David Guetta and Galantis

First entered the charts: 3rd June 2021

Peaked at: #3

For this electronic track, Leigh-anne, Perrie and Jade joined Galantis and EDM icon David Guetta in hope of making it big in the US, which they totally deserve. And they did it! The song rose to number one in the US dance radio chart and earnt a place in the Hot 100.

8. Don’t Shut Me Down by ABBA

First entered the charts: 16th September 2021

Peaked at: #9

I think it’s safe to say that every music fan in Britain was ecstatic at the return of ABBA this year. This vibrant tune still has the timeless, catchy sound that ’SOS’ or ’Waterloo’ did 40 years ago, giving us a blast from the past.

7. Prisoner by Dua Lipa and Miley Cyrus

First entered the charts: 3rd December 2020

Peaked at: #8

Any Pop music fan would have been thrilled at the news of Dua Lipa and Miley Cyrus collaborating together. This ’disco-punk’ ambience was new to both artists, yet Miley decided to continue this refreshing sound on her latest album, Plastic Hearts.

6. Leave The Door Open by Silk Sonic

First entered the charts: 18th March 2021

Peaked at: #20

Bruno Mars returned to the music scene with a completely new style, proving more and more that he is the most versatile artist in the industry, and was this time accompanied by R&B Funk singer Andersen Paak. The pair have now released the album ’An evening with Silk Sonic’ together to explore this soul-like sound they created.

5. Willow by Taylor Swift

First entered the charts: 24th December 2020

Peaked at: #3

Just as we thought we couldn’t get enough of Folklore, Taylor decided to release another surprise Indie-folk album in December last year. Having ’Willow’ as the first single of the album was a great way to start this era, introducing the guitar-centric sound that surrounded each song.

4. Kiss Me More by Doja Cat ft Sza

First entered the charts: 22nd April 2021

Peaked at: #3

We already knew that after Doja Cat’s disco-pop sensation ’Say so’, she wouldn’t fail to impress, but her next massive hit ’Kiss me more’ left us speechless. The aesthetically-pleasing video, the soothing vocals, the Sza feature – everything was perfect about this song.

3. Summer 91 (looking back) by Noizu

First entered the charts: 25th March 2021

Peaked at: #27

There have been many EDM hits on this list, but Summer 91 has to be my favourite. Noizu, a Los Angeles based artist, embraces a 90s atmosphere through repeated upbeat instrumentals and nostalgic lyrics.

2. Golden by Harry Styles

First entered the charts: 5th November 2020

Peaked at: #26

Whilst Fine Line was one of the biggest albums of 2020, there is no doubt that Golden was slept on. While it’s musical neighbours Watermelon Sugar and Adore you reached the top 20, Golden only grabbed the 26th spot. In spite of this, Golden is undeniably a fan favourite, purely for it’s magical sound and figurative lyrics.

1. Take My Breath by The Weeknd

First entered the charts: 19th August 2021

Peaked at: #13

Through ’Take my Breath’, Abel proved that 2020 wasn’t his only amazing year, and that 2021 had a lot more great music to come. In releasing this dance-pop, synth-wave single, Abel made us even more excited for his new album The Dawn (which he still hasn’t released!) than we were before.

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