I’ve said it many times and I won’t stop repeating it: 2022 has been a great year for music.
After the forced break caused by COVID-19, more artists than ever–especially mainstream ones–have dropped new projects throughout the year, starting with Dawn FM by The Weeknd and ending with S.O.S. by SZA.
With this music-galore, I think you can imagine how hard it was for me to choose only 50 songs to feature in my Top Songs of the Year list. So much so that I ended up expanding my list to 75 tracks–and believe me, it was painful nonetheless.
You can find my list below with an ultra-short commentary of the top 25 tracks. You can also listen to the playlist I created on Spotify, for your convenience. Comencemos.
75. Look In Your Eyes, Emeli Sandé
74. Yuck, Charli XCX
73. papi bones, FKA twigs feat. Shygirl
72. Should’ve Been Me, Mitski
71. I Heard You’re Married, The Weeknd feat. Lil Wayne
70. Late Night Calls, Imogen Mahdavi
69. 29, Demi Lovato
68. psychofreak, Camila Cabello feat. WILLOW
67. Winter is Hopeful, King Princess
66. I LOVE YOU, Yseult
65. ANTAGONISTA, Belén Aguilera
64. Or Something, Buddy
63. Té De Piña, Bruses
62. COSÌ STUPIDI, Ernia
61. Pull Up, Koffee
60. Hold The Girl, Rina Sawayama
59. Shadow Of Mine, Alec Benjamin
58. Ovule, Björk
57. We Not Humping – Remix, Monaleo feat. Flo Milli
56. Karma, Taylor Swift
55. El Pañuelo, Romeo Santos feat. ROSALÍA
54. Simulation Swarm, Big Thief
53. Big Steppa, Flo Milli
52. No Merci, Little Simz
51. Cometa, Juliana
50. No drama, Babi
49. CUFF IT, Beyoncé
48. I Can See The Future, Tinashe
47. En La Mía, Mariah Angeliq
46. Sin Carné, Bad Gyal
45. Woman Life Freedom, Sevdaliza
44. Do Betta, DaBoii feat. Cash Kidd
43. Body, 070 Shake feat. Christine and the Queens
42. SEJODIOTO, KAROL G
41. Blood In The Wine, AURORA
40. Toy Story, Lola Indigo
39. hover like a GODDESS, WILLOW
38. PUNTO 40, Rauw Alejandro feat. Baby Rasta
37. King, Florence + The Machine
36. Mercury, Steve Lacy
35. BILLIE EILISH., Armani White
34. INTRO / GO SHORTY, Swavay feat. James Blake
33. Ogbunabali, Craig Vill
32. Blind, SZA
31. SEKRET, Ronela Hajati
30. The Devil, BANKS
29. Control, Shirel
28. Money, Ronisia
27. Mrs. Worldwide, Yung Gravy
26. Over, Lucky Daye
25. LL Cool J, Leikeli47
Playful and catchy, Leikeli47’s feature style is encapsulated in this signature track titled like the notorious MC.
24. IDGAF, BoyWithUke feat. blackbear
The hipster vibe is undeniable and the vocals are immaculate; blackbear’s rapping is a nice addition.
23. L’enfer, Stromae
Stromae absolutely blew me out of the water with this deeply personal track exploring suicidal ideation, plus some African folk choirs.
22. Escapism., RAYE feat. 070 Shake
“Escapism.” is arthouse in music form. Perhaps one of the best-structured songs of the year, it’s got a dreamy, cinematic vibe to it. 070 Shake’s vocals complete the ensemble.
21. The Lasty, Santigold
Santigold’s insanely high vocals seem to come from another dimension in “The Lasty.”
20. everything, Kehlani
“And how many bitches that became your missus can maintain the status? / That was before me, you childish, you done with your wildin’ / Now you can be wild with me.
If these lines don’t give you alpha female vibes, I don’t know what does.
19. Vine solita, Natalia Lafourcade
Natalia Lafourcade’s raw confessions and even more raw vocals left me absolutely astonished.
18. Give Me a Kiss, Lolo Zouaï
Lolo Zouaï’s internet girl extravaganza is best represented by this highly-electronic track.
17. Win / Sin, AMARA ctk100
Though having only a few songs under her belt, AMARA ctk100 throws everything sbe’s got at the listener in this futuristic banger.
16. About Damn Time, Lizzo
Despite her unbeatable charisma on social media, the omnipresent Lizzo finally came back with this 80s-inspired banger featuring a flute solo.
15. Whole Milk, Lucy Loone
A leading song that actually builds anticipation for what’s ahead, Lucy Loone’s “Whole Milk” is dark and mysterious enough to leave you waiting for more.
14. Cooped Up, Post Malone feat. Roddy Ricch
Posty’s slow banger is a personal reflection with hypnotic vocals and a verse by Roddy Ricch.
13. Wasting Time, Devvon Terrell
This track makes me want to dance every time I listen to it. Devvon’s vocals are great too.
12. demon time, Mura Masa feat. BAYLI
BAYLI’s vocals slap in this hyper-electronic overture to Mura Masa’s homonymous album.
11. BANG THAT, Vince Staples feat. Mustard
From that second minor chord at the beginning, you can expect a great performance by Vince Staples.
10. Shlut, Shygirl
“WAP,” but actually decent.
9. Energy Freq, M.I.A.
M.I.A.’s intentions to blend the East and the West culminate in this half-sacred, half-profane track which makes a beat out of a religious Tamil chant.
8. Maléfica, Cazzu feat. Maria Becerra
The Argentinian duo absolutely brings the heat in this dark banger.
7. Sangoma, Ibeyi
The vocals. Absolutely orgasmic.
6. AMERICAN GURL, Kilo Kish
Kilo Kish’s 80s-inspired extravaganza is best represented by this unstoppable banger.
5. Churchill Downs, Jack Harlow feat. Drake
Although the song received a lot of negative reviews, I appreciated the beat and the duo’s flow.
4. Piketaison, LUNA KI feat. Lola Indigo
A testament to LUNA KI’s signature style, “Piketaison” got me out of bed many times.
3. Sabré Olvidar, Silvana Estrada
A heartbreaking track, Silvana Estrada’s vocals and rhetoric absolutely hit you in “Sabré Olvidar.”
2. HENTAI, ROSALÍA
Worth listening to for the metralletas alone, ROSALIA’s ballad is both aggressive and tender.
1. Rich Spirit, Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick proved once again that his signature style can be adapted in many ways. “Rich Spirit” is a hypnotic track with a killer beat.
Listen to these tracks on Spotify
Cover image credits: Leikeli47