2021: Music, TV & Movies

I'm still finding it hard to process that we're 4 days away from a new year! But here we are and I have my final end of year list to share and it's all about music, TV, and movies. I definitely listened and watched in abundance during 2021 so I'm excited to share my favorites. 

Most listened-to songs
These songs are actually in order, starting with my most-listened to song (last.fm helps me figure this out!) and here's what I realized about my 2021 listening habits: 

... my music taste continues to be all over the place
... my #1 song was Kiss Me More by Doja Cat, feat. SZA
... my #2 was Brooklyn by Patrick Droney, whose music I fell in love with this year so he actually shows up a couple times on this list. 
... even though I clearly have a penchant for upbeat songs, there's a bit more indie rock/folk in here which makes me happy. 
... I still love a good cover (see Your Sunday, September, and ily)
... I was feeling really nostalgic, hence the two Schulyer Fisk songs. 
... this list wouldn't be complete without at least one Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande song. 

Top TV shows
I went big with my TV binges this year! And when I say that, I mean I was starting shows that had anywhere from 6 to 15 seasons under their belt. But I really did watch a lot of amazing TV so no regrets! 

Became an all-time favorite | Heartland, Fruits Basket: The Final, Downton Abbey

Best of new-to-me shows | Lupin (Part 1 and 2), Wandavision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Shadow and Bone,  LA’s Finest, Defending Jacob,  Only Murders in the Building, Maid, Roswell New Mexico, Hawkeye

Oldies that still rocked | Grey's Anatomy (S18), This Is Us (S5), Burden of Truth (S4), Cobra Kai (S3), The Babysitters Club (S2), Discovery of Witches (S2)

Honorable mentions | Trese, Squid Games (neither of these were new favorites but I appreciated them both)

Top Movies
For the second year in a row, I really made a point to watch other movies (aside from just Marvel) and I'm proud to say that I have 10 movies to share. 

To All the Boys: Always & Forever • To say this was the perfect ending to the trilogy would be an understatement. I've loved every film and this was a beautiful send off. 

Yellow Rose • A young Filipina-American struggling with losing her mom to deportation and also trying to become a country singer -- I knew I had to watch this and it did not disappoint. 

Hello, Love, Goodbye • I rarely watch Tagalog movies but one of my best friends told me I had to watch this. And it was SO good! It was very different from any other Filipino movie I've watched and it was interesting to see what life was like for overseas workers. 

Black Widow • This was long overdue and I wish it had been released earlier (aka the time that the movie takes place in) but I loved it. I know it's not a fan favorite for everyone, but it is for me. 

The Last Letter From Your Lover • You know I'm not easily impressed with movie adaptations of books but this was surprisingly great! They captured the book incredibly well and Shailene Woodley played the lead role to perfection. She really impresses me!

Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed • I was obsessed with Bob Ross as a kid and watched him paint almost every day on PBS so I was very curious to watch this documentary. And wow, it was extremely eye-opening! But it also made me appreciate what Boss Ross wanted to do with his painting even more. I actually started watching old episodes again! 

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings • This is the first Marvel movie that made think fight scenes could also be beautiful choreography. It was awesome to see an Asian-led cast and I enjoyed it so, so much. 

Eternals • Unpopular opinion time: I really liked this! Thena and Gilgamesh's characters and relationship was the highlight for me. But again, I enjoyed that it didn't follow the typical Marvel movie mold. 

Ghostbusters: Afterlife • I saw this on a whim with my cousin and it far exceeded my expectations. It was just the right blend of modern, funny, and nostalgic (I watched the original movies as a kid). 

Spider-Man: No Way Home • Believe the hype with this one. I watched it a few weeks after it came out and it still blew my mind. Also, my fellow Filipinos will feel very seen with this one and that's all I'm going to say. 

What were some of your favorite music, movies and songs from this past year? 
Better yet - anything you'd like to recommend to me? 

1 comment

  1. Omg was To All the Boys: Always and Forever only released this year? It feels like AGES ago! Also, Loki is the only Marvel show that wouldn't make my list either lol.


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