The year 2021 was one of the best years ever for music. With new artists and songs emerging every day, the quest for musical inspiration became an obsession.
In early 2021, one of the biggest buzzes was around Robert Pattinson and his music. The 28-year-old British actor was spotted with a new woman every day this year, and fans speculated that he was preparing to propose. They were right. On January 22, 2021, Pattinson finally popped the question and announced he was engaged to Katy Perry’s ex-fiancee, Alicia Acolatse. The couple’s first child, a son named Lyle, was born the following month.
Pattinson’s song ‘Beautiful People’, which was featured in the soundtrack to the 2020 blockbuster film Beautiful Boy, became an international hit. The song peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart, his highest-charting single in that country. It also reached the top 10 in Australia, Ireland, and Switzerland. The song earned Pattinson a Best Original Music Video BAFTA nomination, marking the second time the British actor had been nominated for the award.
The Perfect Music Video to Get You in the Mood for the New Year
Music has the power to heal. Many people find comfort in songs, connecting with the music they love and creating a mental and physical link to a time and place they find soothing. It is no surprise that people are still buying music videos after all these years. The medium has changed, but our attraction to the human story behind the song remains the same.
So if you are looking to get in the mood for the new year (or just want an excuse to procrastinate on your to-do list), here are some of the best videos to get you started.
The Greatest Showman (2019): Featuring The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
The Greatest Showman is a 2019 American musical drama film directed by Michael Gracey and written by Jeremy Schuster. The film stars Anne Hathaway as a music-hall performer named Evita Squigglewho uses her talents to encourage other women to follow her path and go on stage. The film also stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, and Olga Karmansky. The film released in the United States on December 20, 2019.
The soundtrack, which was released on December 4, 2019, features a variety of artists, including Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, Zayn, Shawnee Smith, and Alessia Carlucci. Together, the songs evoke the spirit of The Greatest Showman, which was inspired by the stories of the 19th century British music hall artist and comedian William Charles ‘Bill’ Ward (1864–1924). You can see the full list of artists on the soundtrack here.
Green Book (2018): The Album
Green Book, the eighth studio album by American singer and songwriter Ryan Adams, was released on November 9, 2018. The album was named after the 1994 film of the same name, which starred Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen. Ali plays a jazz pianist who takes a road trip with Mortensen, an African American classical music lover, after their cars break down. Along the way, they discover the uniqueness of American culture and make new friends. The film was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and written by Nick Hornyak. You can listen to Green Book, view the album art, and purchase a CD or MP3 copy of the album here.
Isle of Dogs (2018): The Album
Isle of Dogs, the thirteenth studio album by American musician and composer John Adams, was released on October 11, 2018. Adams and his band, the John Adams Orchestra, collaborated with designer Wes Buchanan to produce the soundtrack to the 2018 Wes Buchanan film Isle of Dogs. The album’s eight tracks were inspired by the novel Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. The film follows the adventures of Quorra, a young fan of anime who tags along with her owner, Rodin, on a quest to discover manga and Japanese culture. You can listen to and purchase the album here.
Mullets (2018): The Album
Mullets, the sixth studio album by English indie rock band Snow Patrol, was released on October 4, 2018. The album peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart, making it the group’s highest-debuting album. It features the single ‘Mullets’, which peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. Other singles include ‘A Moment Alone’ and ‘Lift Me Up’. You can listen to and purchase the album here.
Rocky (2018): The Musical
Rocky is a 2018 American biographical sports film directed by John Carter and starring Ryan Gosling as boxer Apollo Creed. The film also stars Talita Coleman, Bibi Jones, and Robert De Niro. It is based on the life of boxer Rocky Marciano, who was also the first boxer to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. You can watch the trailer here and order the film here.
Sicario (2018): The Film and The Album
Sicario, the fifteenth film in the Hellboy franchise, sees the titular character, who was portrayed by British actor Elijah Wood in the previous installment, Hellboy (2019), battle for survival in the dangerous streets of San Francisco. The film was directed by Stefano Sollima and produced by The Tornante Group. It was based on the Italian graphic novel Sicario by Marco Bianchi and Leonardo Garibaldi, which in turn was inspired by actual events. The film was followed by the album Sicario, the twenty-first album by English singer-songwriter Mike Posner. It was released on January 25, 2019, and features songs about the struggles and pleasures of living in San Francisco. You can watch the music video for Posner’s ‘Make It Fun’, which was inspired by the film, here.
Us (2019): The Album
Us, the fourteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, was released on October 24, 2019. The album’s nine tracks, including the Billboard No. 1 single ‘ME’, were inspired by the stories of the songwriter’s childhood. ‘ME’, which was inspired by the 1989 song ‘Stand By Me’ by The Ramones, was released as a promotional single on October 10, 2019. You can listen to and purchase the album here.
Old Town Road (2019): The Album
Old Town Road, the twenty-first studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus, was released on October 17, 2019. The album is the follow-up to his critically and commercially successful 2004 album, Party Bus. ‘Old Town Road’ is a country-western song covered by Cyrus and his daughter, Miley, for the 2019 film Mile 22. You can listen to and purchase the album here.
Sakura (2019): The Album
Sakura, the third studio album by Japanese pop singer Shizuka, was released on September 5, 2019. It features the single ‘Sakura’, which peaked at number 19 on the Oricon Singles Chart. Other singles include ‘Kawaii’ (which means ‘cute’ in Japanese) and ‘Aimerigo’. You can listen to and purchase the album here.
Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker (2019): The Album
Rise of the Skywalker, the twenty-second part of the Star Wars saga, was released on December 12, 2019. The album’s title track, featuring Italian pianist Andrea Bocelli, marks the end of an epic journey for Han Solo (Harrison Ford). As such, it is fitting that the album should feature a collection of classic Star Wars tunes, including the worldwide smash ‘Main Theme’, which has become a staple of the franchise. You can listen to and purchase the album here.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2019): The Album
Montage of Heck, the first posthumous studio album by American rock musician Kurt Cobain, was released on November 19, 2019. Most of the songs on the album were recorded by Cobain in the last days of his life, with the last songs serving as a glimpse into the musician’s final visions. According to the music press, it is “one of the most accomplished post-rock albums ever made”.