The biggest Irish Homegrown songs and albums released in 2021

Homegrown acts like Picture This, Inhaler and Niall Horan thrived in 2021.

Dermot Kennedy and Picture This have the biggest single and album releases by an Irish homegrown act of 2021, the Official Charts Company can reveal. 

In our year-end lists of the biggest homegrown songs and albums released over the past year, Dermot Kennedy's Better Days and Picture This' Life In Colour emerge victorious.

Better Days reached a peak of Number 4 on the Irish Singles Chart last year, and was Dermot's third solo Top 10 single, following Outnumbered (Number 2) and Giants (Number 1). He also reached Number 1 last year with Paradise, his team-up with dance giants Meduza.

Coming in in second place were Niall Horan and Anne-Marie with their single Our Song, taken from Anne-Marie's second album, Therapy. 

Also included in the Top 10 are Rain Radio and DJ Craig Gorman with Talk About, Shane Codd and Charlotte Haining with Always On My Mind and Lea Heart with IDK Why. 

Check out the wider Top 20 below. 

Official biggest homegrown Irish releases of 2021 - singles

POS

TITLE

ARTIST

1

BETTER DAYS

DERMOT KENNEDY

2

OUR SONG

ANNE-MARIE & NIALL HORAN

3

TALK ABOUT

RAIN RADIO/DJ CRAIG GORMAN

4

THINGS ARE DIFFERENT

PICTURE THIS

5

EVERY SINGLE TIME

BISSETT

6

ALWAYS ON MY MIND

SHANE CODD/CHARLOTTE HAINING

7

ALL FOR YOU

KOLIDESCOPES & GAVIN JAMES

8

IDK WHY

LEA HEART

9

BREAK MY HEART

JC STEWART

10

STARLIGHT

WESTLIFE

11

N17

TOLU MAKAY/RTE CONCERT OR

12

WE ARE THE PEOPLE

MARTIN GARRIX FT BONO & EDGE

13

THE HURT YOU GAVE ME

ROBERT GRACE

14

I DON'T REALLY CARE FOR YOU

CMAT

15

ROISIN

PA SHEEHY

16

CHAMPAGNE BUTTERFLIES

WILD YOUTH

17

MAPS

LESLEY ROY

18

COUNT TO TEN

ANIM

19

MORE LIKE YOU

ORLA GARTLAND

20

I WANT IT ALL

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Albums wise, Picture This take Number 1 spot with their third record, Life In Colour. It peaked at Number 2 on the Official Irish Albums Chart following its release in June. Picture This’ fourth consecutive Top 2 album.

Life In Colour contained the single Things Are Different, which became a Top 20 hit in Ireland too.

Westlife are at Number 3 with Wild Dreams, their first album in 2 years, and their first since signing with Warner Records. At Number 4 its Inhaler, with their debut album It Won't Always Be Like This. 

Other acts in the Top 10 include Christy Moore, Imedla May and Bicep. 

Official biggest homegrown Irish releases of 2021 - albums

POS

TITLE

ARTIST

1

LIFE IN COLOUR

PICTURE THIS

2

FLYING INTO MYSTERY

CHRISTY MOORE

3

WILD DREAMS

WESTLIFE

4

IT WON'T ALWAYS BE LIKE THIS

INHALER

5

IN THE GAME

MICK FLANNERY & SUSAN O'NEILL

6

11 PAST THE HOUR

IMELDA MAY

7

ISLES

BICEP

8

FEVER DREAMS

VILLAGERS

9

FOR THOSE I LOVE

FOR THOSE I LOVE

10

ARRIVALS

DECLAN O'ROURKE

11

THE MAN WHO STAYED ALIVE

CHRISTY DIGNAM

12

ALL THESE YEARS

TOMMY FLEMING

13

WOMAN ON THE INTERNET

ORLA GARTLAND

14

LITTLE OLD TOWN

NATHAN CARTER

15

TOWN'S DEAD

KOJAQUE

16

SOFT GROUND

DEREK RYAN

17

GRAPEFRUIT SEASON

JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW

18

WHERE I SHOULD END

SAINT SISTER

19

100 SNOW WHITE HORSES

JOHN SPILLANE

20

HEARTWORM

WHIPPING BOY

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