2021 Special: The Songs That Marked the Year

You know that track you listened to and then added to a playlist, or that made you watch a video – be it clip or live – countless times? Yeah, there’s music that’s enough to be among our favorites forever, and we’ll never forget the time when it first hit us.

From so many songs that went through the Pave Music in 2021, here are those that the website’s team indicated, elected and commented on as the ones that stood out in the year.

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Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars + Anderson .Paak) – Leave the Door Opin

This song awakened our nostalgia for Motown-era hits, in a tribute to this entire generation of the 70s. The first track released by the duo formed by Mars and .Paak has already reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and earned them the award for Best Group at the BET Awards 2021 (even though there was only one song released!). His official live debut was at the Grammy Awards 2021 with this song that undoubtedly marked the year. (André Moraes)

Juçara Marçal – Crash

Poetry by Rodrigo Ogi, produced by Kiko Dinucci, and voiced by Juçara Marçal. How could it go wrong? Crash was released as a single harbinger of Delta Estacio Blues, and contains all the elements that make up the record: experimental base, heavy collaboration, and powerful voice. With references ranging from Tarantino to popular Brazilian sayings, Crash is one of those stones that stick in your head and make you want more. “Come check” that you “will take wood”. (Diego Tribuzy)

Caetano Veloso – log angels

Among hostile, everyday images and familiar names, a question arises: “What can be salvation?”. Caetano is not prophetic, he deftly goes around our reality, rules the words and makes each syllable have a weight. Despite the horror, the insistence of those who listen to songs. Despite the volume of information and questions, other ways to create and live appear! (Letícia Miranda)

Marisa Mountain – Calm

The return of Marisa Monte was one of the gifts of 2021. One of the few. The music is one of those well-crafted pop ballads, with a touch of MPB. Or vice versa. Whatever it is, it’s the artist’s face. In Calm, Marisa is straightforward: she looks to the future. And that’s all we need right now. (William Nunes)

Rodrigo Amarante – Tide

Whistles, well-defined percussion and a vibrant horn section launch the listener into the joyous current of Tide, one of the main tracks of Drama. In a playful and contagious tone, Amarante reflects on desire, dreams and nightmares. According to the artist, the song is inspired by the traditional Spanish proverb: “the tide takes what the ebb brings”. Thus, the warm and casual verses tell about the weight and lightness of dreaming and wanting. (Bruno Maroni)

Marina Sena – My turn

It’s almost impossible not to hum and want to dance to the sound of My turn, single that debuted Marina Sena for her solo career. The track has a plot of carnal love, with pop melody and bubblegum chorus, which demonstrate the personality and talent of the singer. Marina delivers us a pop that amuses and addicts us, with her cheeky and unpretentious sensuality. (Geovan Diniz)

Billie Eilish – Happier than Ever

No wonder, Happier Than Ever is one of those breathtaking songs. The title track of the second album in Eilish’s career is a euphoric catharsis of the lyrical self, which narrates the profound process of liberation from a toxic relationship. By bringing explosive guitars and sincere screams to end the song, the artist echoes an intimate outburst, which comes from the depths of her soul: “I would never treat myself so badly”. (Isabela Guiduci)

Honorable Mention: FBC & VHOOR + Mac Júlia – if you are single

In less than two minutes, the track oozes charisma, makes you smile and invites you to sing (and dance!). Without asking permission, if you are single introduces the listener very well to the entire conceptual universe of the album Home and still manages to insert its chorus into pop culture. Duly deserved achievements in the exaltation of peripheral culture, violently erased by a Brazil that insists on not being Brazil. (André Felipe de Medeiros)

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