Elton John, host of Apple Music’s ‘Rocket Hour’ and crate-digger extraordinaire, took a look back over the past year and picked his favorite tracks that have been played on the show in 2021, with his picks including tracks by Sam Fender, Arlo Parks and more.
In a new playlist, the pop superstar takes us track by track through some of his selections.
You can listen to Elton John’s ‘Rocket Hour’ Tracks of 2021 playlist on Apple Music at apple.co/rockethour21. Elton John’s Rocket Hour radio show is also live on Saturdays or anytime on demand on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_RocketHour.
Elton John’s favorites of 2021 include:
Sam Fender – “Seventeen Going Under”
Elton John: “The title track of his brand-new record, which is setting the charts on fire and is my favorite album of the year.”
Arlo Parks – “Hope”
“Arlo Parks has had a fantastic year. Her album Collapsed in Sunbeams won the Mercury Prize, Best New Artist at the BRITs, and she’s been nominated for two Grammys. This is a track from the album.”
Berwyn – “I’D RATHER DIE THAN BE DEPORTED”
“Berwyn was a guest on my show. He’s amazing. I really love him. This is a track from his second mixtape, TAPE 2/FOMALHAUT. He was born in Trinidad but moved to the UK as a youngster, and he’s going to have a fantastic year next year.”
Tai Verdes – “we would have some cute kids.”
“Tai Verdes is a 26-year-old musician and TikTok star who grew up in Southern California. One of my tips for big things next year.”
Laura Mvula – “Church Girl”
“Laura Mvula was another guest on our show in April, and this track comes from her album Pink Noise. I just love Laura Mvula, always have. Laura Mvula is a true original in my book.”
Hen Ogledd – “Farewell”
“Hen Ogledd is Richard Dawson, and Hen Ogledd means ‘the Old North’—the Celtic region comprising Southern Scotland and Northern England in the early middle ages. I don’t know if that’s any of use to you, but this track is fabulous.”