Best New Music Playlist: 21 Songs From The 21 Most Exciting Musicians Of 2021


There are no boundaries in music. BTS tops the charts in the United States, Bad Bunny was the world’s most streaming artist on Spotify in 2020, and the Weeknd is featured on 21 different versions of GQ’s September cover, from the United States to Japan, from the Brazil to Russia. (If you don’t know, you know it now: GQ has a worldwide presence.)

In that same September issue, GQ went in search of the next megastars in music. Each of GQ’s 21 Global Editions has appointed a local artist to show us who’s shaping the times and defining the sounds of tomorrow. We have nicknamed them the “Voices of the Future”.

Hear it all, from Polo G’s Chicago exercise to Chinese cyberpunk pop by Akini Jing; from reggaeton heir apparent, Puerto Rican singer Ozuna, to Gloria Groove, the trans rapper who breaks borders in Brazil, in the playlist below. Then check out your favorite 21 new musicians here.


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