The 2021 Readers’ Poll Results: What has ruled your year?

From the year’s best albums and music videos, to movies and podcasts, here’s what has been helping you survive 2021…

The 2021 Readers’ Poll Results: What has ruled your year?
Kerrang! staff

Yes yes, we know, 2021 hasn't quite gone as well as we wanted it. Sure, it started with vaccine rollouts and light at the end of this horrific tunnel, but it's beginning to feel like Groundhog Day, with festive plans hanging in the balance and infection rates at unprecedented levels.

Thank fuck, then, for music. Over the past 12 months we've been inundated with new records from some of the biggest names in alternative music, as well as brand spanking new sounds from acts who are just starting out. We recently counted down the 50 greatest albums of 2021, placing Every Time I Die's Radical in the top spot, but that's just our opinion. We also want to know what's been getting you through the second-worst year of the 21st century.

You voted in your thousands, and ultimately Architects' For Those That Wish To Exist was dubbed your Album Of The Year. Receiving the full 5/5 verdict in our review at the time, writer Paul Travers described the Brighton bruisers' ninth LP as "a long and constantly shifting album" that "sounds like it could be a crucial one in Architects' ongoing evolution".

But our annual poll is about more than which album you've been rinsing on Spotify; you've also been voting for the year's best songs, music videos, clothing brands, movies and more.

Here, we present the results of the 2021 Kerrang! Readers' Poll, which – as you'll see – has been something of a banner year for Bring Me The Horizon.

Album Of The Year

  1. Architects – For Those That Wish To Exist
  2. Turnstile – GLOW ON
  3. Black Veil Brides – The Phantom Tomorrow
  4. Waterparks – Greatest Hits
  5. Every Time I Die – Radical

Song Of The Year

  1. Bring Me The Horizon – DiE4u
  2. Black Veil Brides – Torch
  3. YUNGBLUD – fleabag
  4. Evanescence – Better Without You
  5. Holding Absence – Afterlife

EP Of The Year

  1. Knocked Loose – A Tear In The Fabric Of Life
  2. Lorna Shore – …And I Return To Nothingness
  3. Cane Hill – Krewe De La Mort. Vol.1
  4. Creeper – American Noir

Music Video Of The Year

  1. Bring Me The Horizon – DiE4u
  2. Eskimo Callboy – We’ve Got The Moves
  3. Black Veil Brides – Torch
  5. Ice Nine Kills – Hip To Be Scared

New Band Of The Year

  1. Static Dress
  2. Spiritbox
  3. Wargasm
  4. Orbit Culture
  5. Vended

Solo Artist Of The Year

  2. Halsey
  3. KennyHoopla
  4. Emma Ruth Rundle
  5. Avril Lavigne

Live Band Of The Year

  1. Bring Me The Horizon
  2. Enter Shikari
  3. Black Veil Brides
  4. Biffy Clyro
  5. Bullet For My Valentine

Hero Of 2021

  1. Frontline workers / Medical staff
  2. Vaccine researchers
  3. Marcus Rashford
  4. Mark Hoppus
  5. Francis Bourgeois

Clothing Brand Of The Year

  1. Drop Dead
  2. Converse
  3. Vans
  4. Dr. Marten’s
  5. Blackcraft Cult

Film Of The Year

  1. Dune
  2. Free Guy
  3. Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings
  4. Venom 2
  5. The Suicide Squad

TV Show Of The Year

  1. Squid Game
  2. The Umbrella Academy
  3. Succession
  4. Sex Education
  5. Loki

Podcast Of The Year

  1. The Andy Show
  2. State Of The Scene
  3. The Downbeat
  4. ’Sappenin Podcast With Sean Smith
  5. On Wednesdays We Wear Black

Video Game Of The Year

  1. Halo Infinite
  2. Far Cry 6
  3. FIFA 22
  4. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  5. Resident Evil Village

Kerrang! Cover Story Of The Year

  1. Andy Biersack / Black Veil Brides
  2. Bring Me The Horizon
  3. Evanescence
  4. Spiritbox
  5. Holding Absence

Band Of The Year

  1. Bring Me The Horizon
  2. Ice Nine Kills
  4. Architects
  5. Spiritbox

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