The 10 best songs of 2022

The 10 best songs of 2022

We rank our top tracks of the year, ranging from disco-trap to deconstructed Techno to Dolly-style Country.

It was difficult to choose the best songs from the past 12 months. You could even say that things got difficult. Heated). These are EW’s top ten favorites, from disco-trap bangers and deconstructed techno to the most recent Dolly Parton song, without further ado.

10. Amanda Shires – “Lonely at Night”

It wouldn’t be unreasonable to believe Amanda Shires sounds a lot like Dolly Parton or is heavily influenced Carole King. This is especially true for “Lonely at Night,” her seventh solo album. Treat it like a Man Like the greats before her, Shires, a member of the country supergroup The Highwomen, is her own commanding force. She is a singer-songwriter whose raw storytelling is elevated by her vocal prowess. On “Lonely”, the last line of each verse is accented with a trembling, anguished run before the music — brassy but desperate — swells. This serves to punctuate her pleas for help in the chorus: “Can these little wars stop?/Can we just hold on and hope just a little longer?” You can’t help rooting for her. –Gerrad Hall

9. Arctic Monkeys – “There’d Better Be a Mirrorball!”

Where can you go if you have already released? At least Two one of the aughts’ most important rock records? It seems that we are back in the first-class lounge at a 1978 moon base. “Mirrorball,” shows Monkeys frontman Alex Turner reaching for his most valuable bag of items. Tranquility Even though the lyrics depict tricks, the lyrics also portray a sad picture of the end of a relationship. “How is that insatiable hunger for the moment they look you in the eyes/And say, ‘Baby it’s been nice’?” He mumbles over a sparse piano and shuffling percussion. The strings sound so sad they need Paxil. It’s not a mirrorball. But then there’s the voice. It’s rich with falsettoed regret and longing. The debonair prince of doomed love, transforming heartbreak into mellow golden. –Leah Greenblatt

8. Steve Lacy – “Bad Habit”

The hero in movies always makes the right move and wins the girl. In real life, we are not such smoothies. We stumble and stutter, and we walk away cursing all that we couldn’t say. Lacy, a 24-year-old bedroom-R&B darling and main-stage star who rose to stardom in R&B (SNL gigs, a Song of Summer VMA) With his second solo studio album,Gemini Rights, It wasn’t too weird to feel that insecurity earlier this year. Radical honesty is part of his brand. The loping, low-key beauty that is “Bad Habit,” is how it perfectly captures the heady mixture of hey-girl bravado, crippling self-doubt, and unrequited crushes that any woman has ever faced — Babe, biscuits, gravy, and all –Leah Greenblatt

7. Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”

What do you do if the monsters under your mattress appear? If you’re looking for a way to get rid of the monsters under your bed, Taylor SwiftYou grab a pen and write “Anti-Hero”, a vulnerable examination on the singer’s worst witching-hour fears, compiled into one catchy, irresistible pop tune. Swift creates a house of horrors that is all too relatable: self-hatred and depression, anxiety, and a state that leaves her “screaming in dreaming” well into the night. The track’s nostalgic ’80s drum beat brings lightness to one of Swift’s darkest singles — and the most memorable hook of the year: “It is me.” Hi. Hi. –Emlyn Travis

6. Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”

This man is a good example of why a Pulitzer Prize. Over a moody interpolation from Marvin Gaye’s 1976 funk masterpiece “I Want You,” The Compton native reflects on the generational pain of being from a place where murder is minor and the emotional landmines that come with representing that pain to the rest of the world. The music video is in which Lamar Deepfake technology is used to transform into the forms of divisive Black icons (O.J. Kanye, Kobe). But it’s the rapid-fire torrents of words that stay; a personal manifesto forged with fire. –Leah Greenblatt

5. Rosalia – “CUUUUuuuuuute”

It shouldn’t, but it does. Over two and a quarter chaotic minutes, “CUUUUuuuute”, spans genres and continents and centuries with Spanish superstar. Rosalia A patchwork of ear-tingling mayhem is created. Here’s a sample of Vietnamese social media star Soytiet Counting to 21. Next comes a torrent of pummeling techno, and some rattling martial beats courtesy Argentinian DJ producer Tayhana. They sound like a fork trapped inside a garbage disposal. Then, it all comes to an abrupt halt as a stirring slab torch balladry inspired from the Kate Bush classic is played. “Wuthering Heights.” As she calls a loved one to stop making fake friends and get outside to observe butterflies (remember nature? Rosalia sounds divine. It’s like a fierce mother goddess who has come down to save us. –Jason Lamphier

4. The Weeknd – “Less Than Zero!”

Hidden away in the dark, neon-drenched alleyways are these hidden gems. The Weeknd‘s Afterlife soundtrack Dawn FM is its hidden bittersweet gem. “Less Than Zero” is a song in which Abel Tesfaye grieves a relationship he has sabotaged. It juxtaposes the singer’s poignant prose with its interstellar synths, heavy kick-drum beat and twinkling, interstellar sounds. The Weeknd is not afraid to show how his self-destructive tendencies lead him astray. But this time, his subdued and well-worn vocals cast an entirely new pall over the proceedings. Even with his best intentions, even though he knows that he has to change, his next goodbye is certain. –Emlyn Travis

3. Alex G – “Runner.”

Alex Giannascoli would be a visual artist. He’d paint wild, suggestive daubs, which seem to change with light. “Runner,” September’s highlight God Save the Animals The play is a mix of moods and images, and it takes less than three minutes to complete. The Pennsylvania singer-producer hints at large amounts of hidden cash and “a few bad things” — flashes that are as brief as a highlight reel but still rich and enchantingly unpredictable. –Owen Myers

2. Beyonce – “Heated.”

A record filled with bangers — more than half of the songs are from this record Renaissance could have made this list — “Heated” serves as B7’s thesis statement. It also makes explicit references to the influence of the ballroom community. Clicks and clacks its merry way through the albumIt pays homage to Beyonce‘s queer Uncle JohnnyShe was a mentor and curator who helped to shape the diva’s musical taste. Controversial lyrics Apart from that, “Heated” also captures the sound of her career well with one line: “On MPC making disco trap.” This is dance music for the darkest times. –Lester Fabian Brathwaite

1. Harry Styles – “As It Was.”

Do not ask for his boyfriend on the internet; he sings for you. Okay, that’s fine. Olivia WildeOr some other beautiful siren whose name is unknown. With his Dixie-cup smile and wry smile, You will be astonished by the whimsically embroidered onesies, Styles It seemed to tap into something both universally and uniquely on Harry’s House The sound of the biggest male pop star in the world, giving a very chilling discourse on vulnerability. “Ask the phone/Harry you’re not good alone/Why aren’t you sitting down on the floor?/What type of pills are your taking?” He coos wistfully to the album’s lead single, “As It Was,” as if he is a man calling from the pandemic ennui of house-pants purgatory. There’s an unsettling joy to all that pretty, syncopated melancholy. The synths gallop like excited ponies, while his warm-wash vocals swoop, dip, and provide a sweet little slice life-support disco for those who are lonely. –Leah Greenblatt

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