Top Musicians of 2021: Sync Artists & Composers

Here at Tunefind we’re looking back at some of the highlights from 2021, including the top movie soundtracks, top new TV shows driving music discovery, top tv syncs, and most popular artists on Tunefind. Check out our handy compilation of all our year-end coverage at Round Up: Tunefind’s Best of 2021.  

Sometimes a sync is so good and a song so compelling that fans are inspired to learn more, and explore other tracks by that artist. Or a composer’s original score is so moving that fans dive deep. These are the artists and composers that were the most popular, had the most sync placements, and inspired the most research and discovery on Tunefind in 2021.


Top Sync Artists

Michael Kiwanuka’s 2021 highlights include an original song for the trailer of the documentary film Covergence: Courage in a Crisis. Kiwanuka also had numerous placements in TV shows such as Magnum P.I., The ResidentHacks, and Truth Be Told.

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Bishop Briggs is a go-to favorite for auditioning on music shows like America’s Got Talent and is often featured in high-profile trailers for HBO’s And Just Like That… Bishop Briggs’ 2021 TV show placements include One of Us Is Lying, Love Island (UK), and Good Trouble.

Fan Favorite Music Moments:


by Bishop Briggs

from Station 19 Soundtrack · Season 4 · Episode 7 · Learning to Fly

Cult leader jumping off the roof and landing on…

Leonard Cohen’s 2021 highlights include TV shows Dexter: New Blood, American Gods, Dickinson, and Your Honor.

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In 2021, Sleeping At Last had songs in TV shows such as HBO’s Genera+ion and Luna Park. Once again, Sleeping At Last was featured in the top TV show of 2021, Grey’s Anatomy. At the end of 2020, Sleeping At Last was also featured in the film, Project Christmas Wish.

Fan Favorite Music Moments:

Already Gone

by Sleeping at Last

from Chesapeake Shores Soundtrack · Season 5 · Episode 2 · Nice Work If You Can Get It

Abbey running and flash back memories of her an…

Billie Eilish had many highlights from 2021, including the original song for the latest Bond film, No Time To Die. Eilish is another artist whose music is often used to audition on singing shows like American Idol and The Voice. This year, Billie Eilish was featured in shows including YOU, Gossip Girl, Euphoria, and many more. In addition to sync placements, Eilish released an Apple TV+ music documentary and a Disney+ cinematic concert experience this year full of her latest and greatest.

Fan Favorite Music Moments:

when the party's over

by Billie Eilish

from The Irregulars Soundtrack · Season 1 · Episode 8 · Chapter Eight: The Ecstasy of Life

Leo and Bea say goodbye, Bea then goes to see W…

Radiohead’s 2021 highlights include placements on TV shows such as One of Us Is Lying, Ted Lasso, and Nine Perfect Strangers. Radiohead is often covered on shows like Alter Ego and other vocal competition shows.

Fan Favorite Music Moments:

Street Spirit (Fade Out)

by Radiohead

from The Handmaid's Tale Soundtrack · Season 4 · Episode 3 · The Crossing

June and the other Handmaids overpower Aunt Lyd…

Davion Farris’ 2021 highlights include placements in The Chi and an unreleased track in Our Kind of People.

Fan Favorite Music Moments:

Make Love

by Davion farris

from The Chi Soundtrack · Season 4 · Episode 3 · Native Son

Douda kisses his new side chick.

Ruelle’s 2021 highlights include multiple placements in both Love Island (UK) and Love Island (US). Ruelle is also featured in 2021 episodes of The Blacklist, CSI: Vegas, and Another Life. She also has a few unreleased songs in Motherland: Fort Salem, Batwoman, and The Good Doctor.

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Celeste was nominated at the 2021 Golden Globe Awards and the Oscars for Best Original Song from The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020). This year, she’s had numerous sync placements on TV shows such as On My BlockNew Amsterdam, Outer Banks, and Sex/Life.

Fan Favorite Music Moments:

Little Runaway

by Celeste

from Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack · Season 17 · Episode 7 · Helplessly Hoping

Opening montage: DeLuca in the ambulance; Baile…

The Rolling Stones were featured in multiple movies and television shows in 2021. The 2021 films featuring The Rolling Stones include Crisis, Cruella, and The Many Saints of Newark. The TV shows where you can hear the band’s music are Narcos: Mexico, 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything, American Gods, and The Serpent, just to name a few.

Fan Favorite Music Moments:

She's a Rainbow

by The Rolling Stones

from Ted Lasso Soundtrack · Season 2 · Episode 5 · Rainbow

Roy returns to Richmond; (repeats) Higgins’ rin…

Top Composers

Hans Zimmer composed original music for many films in 2021, including Army of Thieves, Dune, and The Unforgivable.

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Ludovico Einaudi’s 2021 highlights include original score for the movies The Father and Nomadland, as well as licensed placements in the TV show Love Island (UK).

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Marco Beltrami’s 2021 highlights include original score for films like A Quiet Place II, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Chaos Walking. Beltrami also released original score for The Fear Street Trilogy film series; Fear Street Part One: 1994, Fear Street Part Two: 1978, and Fear Street Part Three: 1666.

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Laura Karpman’s 2021 highlights include the Disney+ Marvel series What If…? which released an original score album for each individual episode.

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Kris Bowers’ 2021 highlights include shows like Dear White People, Colin in Black & White, and Bridgerton (December 2020). He’s also released original score for films like Space Jam: A New Legacy, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Respect, and King Richard.

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For full details on this year’s most popular songs, artists, television shows, and movies in sync and more, check out our Round Up: Tunefind’s Best of 2021.

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