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Wiretap's top 21 songs of 2021

José González
Peter Toggeth / Mikel Cee Karlsson
José González

Anna Farha, host of Wiretap, shares her 21 favorite songs of 2021.

Wiretap is such a fun show because I get to know all the new music on The Spy. Each week, my show plays about 15 newly released indie/alt songs, which helps me stay in the know with new singles and albums from many different artists locally and globally.

2021 has been a year of some fabulous new releases including some new favorite albums for me like St. Vincent’s Daddy’s Home. I liked her before, but that album is what really made me a huge fan of Oklahoma’s own Annie Clark. You’ll see one by her on this list, along with 20 others that were favorites I played on Wiretap this year. The list appears in the order of the songs played on my show, from earliest to latest. Cheers to more great tunes in ‘22!

Dayglow - Close to You

The Avalanches, MGMT, Johnny Marr - The Divine Chord

Thunder Jackson - Love Sick Doctor

Tune-Yards - hold yourself.

Rostam - 4Runner

Jungle - Keep Moving

Ya Tseen, Portugal. The Man - Knives

CHVRCHES - He Said She Said

Cannons - Bad Dream

St. Vincent - Down

Modest Mouse - We Are Between

PawPaw Rod - Glass House

José González - Head On

Billy Idol - Eyes Without a Face (Poolside Remix)

Wet Leg - Chaise Longue

The Wombats - If You Ever Leave, I'm Coming with You

Samantha Crain - Pick Apart

Caroline Polachek - Bunny Is a Rider

Lo Moon - Dream Never Dies

Kacey Musgraves - justified

Goldenface - Good Good Vibe

Listen to Wiretap, every Friday night at 10 p.m. on The Spy on KOSU.

Anna Farha was host of The Spy's weekly countdown show WireTap from March 2020 to August 2022
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