Daily Arts has taken the time to evaluate and determine the best works of art of 2021. Since Red (Taylor Version) to “Squid Game” to “Dune,” we’ve got it all figured out so you don’t have to. Read on to hear from our writers on movies, books, TV, music, digital culture, and college culture, and discover the biggest hits of 2021.
— Lillian Pearce and Sabriya Imami, Arts Publishing Directors
Top 10 movies of 2021 by Daily Film Writers
Last year, the slow return to cinemas coincided with the Streaming Renaissance, making movies more accessible than ever. From the long-awaited returns of two of Hollywood’s most prominent Andersons (Paul Thomas and Wes), to groundbreaking international films you may have missed, and stage-to-screen adaptations (good and bad), 2021 was a big year for movies. . In no particular order, here are Film Beat’s ten favorite movies of 2021.
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Top 10 TV Shows of 2021 by Diary television writers
The golden age of television is underway and 2021 was no exception. From “Squid Game” to “WandaVision”, the TV gods rewarded us with a variety of addictive and suspenseful shows that kept us going all year long. Some shows provided refuge from the complex world of politics and our everyday problems, while others provided the poignant social commentary we needed to process it all. Although we all have starkly different tastes here on television, favorites emerged that allowed us to unequivocally declare that these are the must-watch TV shows in 2021.
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The best books of 2021 by Daily Book Writers
After an almost iterative year of unpredictability, Books Beat continues reading to ground us. Our favorites fall into four categories: literary fiction, historical fiction and fantasy, romance, and nonfiction (although our picks tend to fall into more than one category). Mostly released in 2021 (with a few late 2020), these titles defined our year: We laughed, cried, and pondered more than we thought humanly possible while reading these books. The list includes titles from true literary giants like Sally Rooney, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Hervé Le Tellier, famous TikTok romance novels, and critical nonfiction that shine a light on American contributions to the war on terror—we’ve read it all this year. Without further ado, here is a list of books that got us through 2021.
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Top 10 Albums of 2021 by Daily Music Writers
2021 was the year artists brought out the big guns. Some of the biggest hitters in the industry have released albums that will undoubtedly become classics for years to come. Additionally, many new and lesser-known artists burst onto the scene in the past year with groundbreaking releases. While not in any particular order, here’s a short list of what The Michigan Daily’s own music writers think are the top ten albums released in 2021.
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Top 10 songs of 2021 by Daily Music Writers
Boisterous anthems played all over the world are found on this list; beautiful and intimate ballads and underground hits that push the limits. Although the songs that appear in this article are very diverse, they all share a common thread: excellence. There is no doubt that each of the songs on this list will end up in the music history books. In no particular order, here are the 10 songs the writers of The Michigan Daily Music Beat think are the best of 2021.
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The ins and outs of 2021 by Daily Campus Culture Writers
Campus Culture is committed to serving University of Michigan students and providing them with everything they need to know about student culture. Needless to say, we have opinions that need airing like Necto at two in the morning (so humid…). A list of ins and outs is a must for the culture, that is, the culture of the campus. Yik Yak is just beginning to flesh out the nitty-gritty details of what’s hot and what’s not. We’re trying to do the historic job of documenting why Doc Martens are essential to the preservation of student social life (or at least mine).
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The 12 months of digital culture by daily digital culture writers
It’s amazing how much happens in a year. It’s not something you think about as you go about your daily life, but trying to track all the ups and downs, all the trends and cancellations, and all the unexpected memes of a year is exhausting. Social media is a whirlwind of things being thrown against a wall and only the most shocking things stick around. I love it. The chaos of the digital sphere means that anything and everything, my favorite being #NancytheThroatGoat, is fair game. Who wouldn’t want to live in a world as crazy as that?
The only thing I can say about 2021 without doubting myself is that it was definitely a year and things happened. Armie Hammer was discovered as a cannibal. I started writing for The Michigan Daily. Azealia Banks said a lot of things through her Instagram story. Trisha Paytas retweeted my article. The Carters looked very small next to the Bidens. Not all of these things are of equal importance to me, but they do have a special place in my brain. Cheers to Digital Culture, to scratching my itch for the niche, inconsequential knowledge I tend to collect, and to another year of stuff happening!
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