Best Songs of 2022

Here’s a list of my top songs for this year, in an order that might be surprisingly mixable. These are not necessarily from 2022; I just happened to have heard them in the last twelve months.

  1. End of the Empire I-III, by Arcade Fire on WE
  2. End of the Empire IV (Sagittarius A-), by Arcade Fire on WE
  3. Happy New Year, by Let’s Eat Grandma on Two Ribbons
  4. King, by Florence + The Machine on Dance Fever
  5. American Teenager, by Ethel Cain on Preacher’s Daughter
  6. Beach House, by Carly Rae Jepsen on The Loneliest Time
  7. Mastermind, by Taylor Swift on Midnights
  8. Bostich, by Yello on Musik Music Musique 2.0
  9. Summer, by Emeli Sandé on Let’s Say for Instance
  10. At the Frick Museum, by Aimee Mann on Queens of the Summer Hotel
  11. Easy on Me, by Adele on 30
  12. Chaise Longue, by Wet Leg on Wet Leg
  13. Hold Me, by The Teskey Brothers on Run Home Slow
  14. Angel of Business, by Grace Ives on Janky Star
  15. Cambodia, by Kim Wilde on Musik Music Musique 2.0
  16. Hindsight, by Jake Wesley Rogers on Bros Soundtrack
  17. Home by Now, by MUNA on MUNA
  18. LSD, by Lucius on Second Nature
  19. Rerun, by Mia Wray on Stay Awake
  20. Less Than Zero, by The Weeknd on Dawn FM
  21. You Make the World a Better Place, by Priscilla Ahn on Waiting

The highlight of this year is Grace Ives — there are many more songs on her album Janky Star that could’ve made this list. Also a weird discovery — there’s an Australian record label called Ivy League Records that are featured here, on The Teskey Brothers and Mia Wray. Oh, and the lyrics to Chaise Longue are just hilarious!

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