#964.5: The Lists – 2021 Year in Review – Part Two

Here We Go Again:  End of Year Lists 2021

2021:  the year of the hamster wheel.  It sure felt like we were spinning our tires all year!  Sometimes inching a little forward in the mud, only to slide right back.  What a year.  But we did get some great music out of it.

Here at LeBrain HQ, if you go strictly by the numbers, there were two bands that dominated the year, both oldies acts from the 1980s:  Coney Hatch and Iron Maiden!  They (or members thereof) appear numerous times in the lists you’re about to read.  Not so “oldies” after all eh?  Five appearances for Iron Maiden, and a whopping seven for Coney and its members!

Even I was surprised by the lists this year!  All my favourite things, and the stats of 2021, are curated below.

Top 11 Albums of 2021

11. PolychuckShadows Exposed EP
10. Suicide StarIsolation
9. Max the AxeOktoberfest Cheer EP
8. Mammoth WVHMammoth WVH
7. Danko JonesPower Trio
6. AcceptToo Mean to Die
5. Smith/KotzenSmith/Kotzen
4. Iron MaidenSenjutsu
3. Lee AaronRadio On
2. Coney HatchLive at the El Mocambo
1. StyxCrash of the Crown

Top Five Box Sets of 2021

5. KissDestroyer
4. WhitsnakeRestless Heart
3. Def LeppardCD Collection Vol 3
2. TriumphAllied Forces
1. MetallicaMetallica 

My Favourite Movies of 2021

5. Black Widow
4. Eternals
3. Free Guy
2. The Suicide Squad
1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

(placeholder) Spider-Man: No Way Home – you have to assume it’ll be my new #1 when I see it!

Top 11 Interviews / Unboxings of 2021 (by YouTube views)

11. Robert Lawson interview
10. Sean Kelly interview
9. Suicide Star interview
8. Coney Hatch live LP unboxing
7. Andy Curran round three
6. Andy Curran part one
5. Paul Laine interview
4. Mike Fraser interview
3. Martin Popoff interview
2. Andy Curran + Mike Fraser interview
1. Iron Maiden Super7 figure blind box unboxing

Top Five List Shows / Deep Dives 2021 (by YouTube Views)

5. Top Concept Albums
4. 5150 Deep Dive with Tee Bone
3. Desert Island Discs
2. Top Maiden Art
1. Top Five King’s X with Martin Popoff

Top Reviews of 2021 by Hits

4. STYXCrash of the Crown
2. IRON MAIDEN – Senjutsu 
1.  – Off the Soundboard – Tokyo 2001

What’s in store for 2022?

  • The Book of Boba Fett
  • Jethro Tull – The Zealot Gene
  • Marillion – An Hour Before Its Dark
  • Guns N’ Roses – Hard Skool EP
  • new Sven Gali
  • Scorpions – Rock Believer
  • new Coney Hatch live with two new studio cuts
  • new Journey?
  • new Def Leppard?
  • Bryan Adams – So Happy it Hurts
  • Liam Gallgher – C’Mon You Know
  • Thor: Love and Thunder
  • Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Disney+: Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, What…If? season 2, Secret Invasion, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
  • The Mandalorian season 3
  • New albums from Ghost, Rammstein, Ozzy Osbourne, King Diamond, Weezer and more



Friday December 31, 9:00 PM E.S.T. on YouTubeFacebook and also Facebook!



  1. That’s funny, I still don’t see any Blaze Bayley on here, and I know he released an album this year :)

    Bit of a surprise to see the little plastic Eddies beat out all the interviews for views. Looking forward to Mando season 3. I anticipate Boba will run its course, followed very shortly by Mando, which will be shortly followed by Kenobi.

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    1. Here’s a funny fact for you. The only show more popular than the Eddie unboxings (849 views) was the King’s X list show with Martin (884 views).

      So there you go. Unboxings of big items were big deals (even though they were not scheduled and I just went live for the hell of it. I should have done it for Metallica and Priest box sets too.

      Kenobi can lick my butt.

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  2. Those are great lists! I even saw a couple of those movies! It was hard not to pick the Maiden as my #1 but my winner was worth it, big-time. I’ll see what we can do about getting me on for a few minutes sometime after 9pm. Is it just a drop-in? Got a linky?

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        1. You can text beforehand, yes, that’s fine but optional. I know Tim Durling will be on, and the books JUST started printing, so if you want to find out more about that, jump in at that point!


        2. I know, me too! They get excited, though. Our boy usually is half-awake with his head on the table and heads to bed at 12:01, our girl is usually wide awake at midnight.


  3. Good luck tonight and Happy New Year!!

    Just found these guys…have u hear of them? Kee Marcello on guitar.
    OUT OF THIS WORLD – Hanging On


  4. I’m glad Def Leppard’s Volume 3 Box Set got a mention on your box sets list! I don’t have it, but I love my Volume 2 box set and I heard good reviews about the third one. Oh gosh, I’m praying for a new Def Leppard studio album in 2022 because it’s about dang time!


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