In compiling my list of 2021’s Most Infectious Extreme Metal songs I had a big rebound from the year before. The 2020 list died a sad death, withering away from neglect. I made it from Part 1 through Part 17, which collectively included 47 songs, and then I just never got back to it, thanks to my day job crushing me. This year the day job pretty much left me alone and I made it through 25 Parts and 99 (!) songs before voluntarily choosing to end the list.
99 songs is a ton of music, but it’s not the only time I’ve gone that far. My 2018 list also included 99 songs — compared to the 47 songs on the 2020 list, the 60 songs on the 2019 list, the 78 from 2017, and the 71 from the year before that. There’s no consistency in the numbers because I pretty much make up these lists as I go and am not always able to post new installments every day (as I was able to do this year) .