The 100 greatest songs of 2022: Beyoncé, Bad Bunny, Ethel Cain

Whether or not you heard them on TikTok, on the radio or on a contemporary slab of old style vinyl, new songs helped make sense this yr of a world that appeared to want extra interpretation with each passing month. Right here, in ascending order of greatness, are our picks for the 50 better of 2022 — be aware that we restricted artists to at least one entry apiece — adopted by 50 extra to listen to, to like, to be enlightened by. (The Spotify playlist options all 100 songs in alphabetical order.)

50. Zach Bryan, “Something in the Orange”
One of many yr’s most compelling newcomers inexplicably didn’t land a greatest new artist Grammy nomination, however don’t let that detract from the rippling sincerity of this streaming-smash spotlight from Bryan’s sprawling “American Heartbreak” album. — August Brown

49. Kenny Mason, “Zoomies”
Mason’s was far and away the best trap-metal idea album about an artist’s canine to return out this yr. — A.B.

48. Child Stone Gorillas, “Keep Goin”
The white-hot L.A. rap group assails a soul pattern on “Keep Goin,” its members leaping out and in of body as they cross the baton with an uncanny chemistry. — Kenan Draughorne

47. Kali Malone, “Living Torch I”
Completely nothing and every part occurs in these beautiful 18 minutes of organ drones. Mild some candles and let the edible hit. — A.B.

46. Rauw Alejandro, “Verde Menta”
Latin freestyle is again, and never a second too quickly. Look out, weekend! — Suzy Exposito

45. Muffins Da Killa, “W4TN”
Whereas all of us await Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” tour and visuals, right here’s one other landmark work of queer Black membership music that’s equally sexy and rooted in home music historical past. — A.B.

44. Buddy, “Hoochie Mama”
Compton’s Buddy feels like he’s having the time of his life on every verse he will get to rap. — Okay.D.

43. David Guetta and Bebe Rexha, “I’m Good (Blue)”
Keep in mind when the Black Eyed Peas added roughly 7% of a brand new track to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”? Guetta and Rexha do. — Mikael Wooden

42. Lucrecia Dalt, “El Galatzó”
An heir to Gal Costa’s imaginative and prescient of psychedelic, deeply orchestrated Latin music as a realm of experiment, ache and — basically — chance. — A.B.

41. Particular Curiosity feat. Mykki Blanco, “Midnight Legend”
New Orleans industrial punks Particular Curiosity staff up with rapper Mykki Blanco for this starry-eyed disco fete, promising hope past the hedonism of nightlife. — S.E.

40. Paramore, “This Is Why”
“House of Jealous Lovers” for everybody who went out to the membership after COVID, took one go searching and went straight again residence. — A.B.

39. Child Rose, “Go”
Child Rose’s supernatural vocals can stand out wherever, however they’re much more superior when paired with this lavish instrumental. — Okay.D.

38. Gatherers, “Black Marigold”
If early-aughts screamo is basic rock by now, these New Jersey vets introduced it into modernity. Slinky, horny and explosive, with a well-deserved Geoff Rickly endorsement. — A.B.

37. Say She She, “Prism”
Image this: the Muses of Greek legend, dropped at life within the type of a Brooklyn soul-funk band. — S.E.

36. Soccer Mommy, “Shotgun”
Chic ’90s alt-fuzz from a younger songwriter born 4 years after the Breeders’ “Cannonball” dropped. — M.W.

35. Hitkidd and GloRilla, “F.N.F. (Let’s Go)”
Hitkidd and GloRilla earned Grammy noms for rap efficiency due to this rousing anthem to clearing out unhealthy power and returning to single actions. — Okay.D.

34. Muna, “Runner’s High”
Earlier than you let their Phoebe Bridgers-assisted “Silk Chiffon” steal the present, give up to the techno-pop ecstasy of “Runner’s High.” — S.E.

33. Ice Spice, “Munch (Feelin’ U)”
Twenty-two-year-old Ice Spice has all of it: withering humor, saucy charisma and the flexibility to will new slang about ineffective dudes into existence. — A.B.

32. The Weeknd, “Out of Time”
Can a love track double as a ghost story? “I remember when I held you,” the Weeknd sings sweetly in a voice filled with dread. “You begged me with your drowning eyes to stay.” — M.W.

31. Bino Rideaux feat. Roddy Ricch, “Lemme Find Out”
Good issues occur whenever you pair two of L.A.’s strongest melodic rappers. — Okay.D.

30. Bizarrap feat. Villano Antillano, “Villano Antillano: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 51”
Studio time with 24-year-old Argentine producer Bizarrap has grow to be a standing image within the Hispanic world. On this trap-house session, Puerto Rican rap starlet (and Bad Bunny affiliate) Villano Antillano spits with model and a beneficiant dose of queer camp. — S.E.

29. Chat Pile, “Grimace_Smoking_Weed.jpeg”
This one belongs right here for the title alone, nevertheless it accompanies one of the crucial savage, astringent steel information of the yr. — A.B.

28. The 1975, “Oh Caroline”
Think about Lloyd Dobler hoisting that boombox exterior Diane Courtroom’s window and blasting “The Way It Is” as an alternative of “In Your Eyes.” — M.W.

27. V.C.R, “Blue”
The Memphis-born singer and violinist V.C.R makes being spellbound sound oh so good. — Okay.D.

26. Becky G and Karol G, “Mamiii”
Actual Gs solely. After years spent trailing one another on purple carpets and Latin pop charts, reggaeton-pop stars Becky G and Karol G — no relation — fused their Mexican and Colombian sensibilities into an empowered cumbiatón breakup jam for the women. — S.E.

25. Elton John and Britney Spears, “Hold Me Closer”
To observe up his hit 2021 collab with Dua Lipa, Captain Improbable enlists pop’s blue-jean child for a soft-touch disco jam about freedom, endurance and the shrewd monetization of 1’s mental property. — M.W.

24. Sam Smith feat. Kim Petras, “Unholy”
It’s a milestone No. 1 track for trans and nonbinary artists. And the way cool that it’s additionally as dumb as a bag of hammers. — A.B.

23. Kendrick Lamar feat. Blxst and Amanda Reifer, “Die Hard”
The greatest track from “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” speaks to the nervousness that comes with placing your coronary heart in another person’s fingers. — Okay.D.

22. My Chemical Romance, “The Foundations of Decay”
For many who declared emo lengthy useless and buried, let this track be a fist, bursting defiantly from the soil. — S.E.

21. Joji, “Glimpse of Us”
Practically a decade after he helped launch Baauer’s jock-trap “Harlem Shake” to a fluke No. 1 displaying atop the Scorching 100, this former YouTube prankster topped Spotify’s world chart himself with a bare-bones piano ballad as fairly as peak Nick Drake. — M.W.

20. Makaya McCraven, “The Fours”
An ideal suture between heady jazz and digital precision. — A.B.

19. Sessa, “Canção da Cura”
Brazilian singer-guitarist Sessa creates a hypnotic ode to heartbreak on a standout track from his sophomore album, “Estrela Acesa.” — Okay.D.

Two women stand in front of a hot dog stand.

Moist Leg’s Rhian Teasdale, left, and Hester Chambers.

(Caity Krone/For The Occasions)

18. Moist Leg, “Wet Dream”
On this saucy lower off their debut LP, Isle of Wight indie rockers Moist Leg make enjoyable of one thing that Harry Kinds couldn’t fairly seize in his cowl of their track on BBC Radio 1: the yawning banality of male consideration. — S.E.

17. Harry Kinds, “Matilda”
Say what you need about his performative allyship: The empathy on this track — within the delicate melody, within the sighing tenderness of Kinds’ vocal, within the vivid picture of a lady tying up her hair as she tries to pop a wheelie on her bike — is actual. — M.W.

16. Chappell Roan, “Casual”
All of the excessive drama and meticulous melody-writing of Taylor Swift at her greatest, with some NC-17 zingers that make this situationship really feel like a contemporary wound. — A.B.

15. Khruangbin and Leon Bridges, “Mariella”
The psychedelic-funk trio Khruangbin proved way back that they don’t want vocals to make nice music. However it doesn’t damage to have Leon Bridges’ honey-soaked voice floating over their alluring sounds. — Okay.D.

A female singer performs onstage.

Anitta performs at Coachella 2022.

(Christina Home/Los Angeles Occasions)

14. Anitta, “Envolver”
Brazilian funk-pop star Anitta scaled her strategy to the height of the Billboard International 200 chart with this slick reggaeton joint a few strictly informal affair. Though the track might not be protected for work, it’s confirmed optimum for golf equipment, bachelorette events and different websites the place reckless abandon is inspired. — S.E.

13. Lizzo, “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)”
The key change of the yr. — M.W.

12. Fousheé, “Double Standard”
Fousheé’s expertise earned her high-profile visitor spots on albums from Vince Staples, Steve Lacy and King Princess, however right here she owns the highlight by daring to defy gender-based relationship roles. — Okay.D.

11. Sudan Archives, “NBPQ (Topless)”
A defining assertion about colorism within the music trade, the exultations of Black womanhood and Sudan Archives’ musical virtuosity — that ends with a full minute of her howling, “I just wanna have my titties out, titties out, titties out.” — A.B.

A female singer in a leather jacket.

Rosalía.

(SeoJu Park / For The Occasions)

10. Rosalía, “Bizcochito”
The Spanish art-pop queen’s “Motomami” LP incorporates profound reflections on emotional torment and pandemic-era isolation. However TikTok regulars got here to know Rosalía greatest on this gum-smacking reggaeton-pop clapback to misogyny. — S.E.

9. Taylor Swift, “Anti-Hero”
If she felt like “a monster on the hill too big to hang out” earlier than the concert-ticket debacle, simply take into consideration the metaphors she would possibly deploy in her subsequent anthem of celebrity self-loathing. — M.W.

8. Well being and 9 Inch Nails, “Isn’t Everyone”
Getting Trent Reznor to revisit the lyrics to “Piggy” in your collaborative industro-goth single? That’s music historical past proper there. — A.B.

7. Doja Cat, “Vegas”
Doja Cat launched just one unique solo track this yr: this Grammy-nominated single from the “Elvis” soundtrack. There’s poetic justice in the truth that she sampled Massive Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog” moderately than Presley’s 1956 cowl. — Okay.D.

Three young members of a Latin music group.

Yahritza Y Su Esencia.

(Adali Schell/For The Occasions)

6. Yahritza Y Su Esencia, “Soy El Unico”
Singer-songwriter Yahritza Martinez was simply 13 years outdated when she penned this forlorn heartbreak ballad, the primary hit by her household band, Su Esencia. But her sonorous voice carries the burden of 100 years of solitude. — S.E.

5. Steve Lacy, “Bad Habit”
It’s rock, it’s soul, it’s biscuits, it’s gravy. — M.W.

4. Burna Boy, “Last Last”
A track so good that newlywed {couples} have been utilizing it of their marriage movies — even supposing the Nigerian celebrity is singing about heartbreak. — Okay.D.

3. Ethel Cain, “American Teenager”
Zoomers lastly have their very own “Born to Run,” courtesy of a trans lady from the evil swamps of Florida. — A.B.

2. Bad Bunny, “Titi Me Preguntó”
In his dembow smash, Puerto Rican dynamo Bad Bunny paid tribute to all of the meddlesome titis, or aunties of the world, and efficiently baited new anglophone followers with a (uncommon!) sliver of English within the refrain: “[Let’s take a] selfie, say cheese!” — S.E.

1. Beyoncé, “Break My Soul”
Not solely essentially the most exuberant track of 2022 however essentially the most diverse in its sensible functions. Did you simply fall in love? Did you simply give up your job? Did you simply fortunately proclaim that you simply’d taken your last-ever COVID take a look at? (That one could require some strolling again.) No matter you have been celebrating — no matter you have been resisting — “Break My Soul” made for the proper soundtrack. Its wiggle incorporates multitudes. — M.W.

And in alphabetical order, one other 50 songs to not be missed:

Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul, “Blenda”

Alex G, “Cross the Sea”

Omar Apollo, “Evergreen (You Didn’t Deserve Me At All)”

Automated, “New Beginning”

Massive Thief, “Simulation Swarm”

Bleed, “Killing Time”

A rapper in sunglasses and a white shirt.

Blxst.

(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Occasions)

Blxst, “About You”

CKay, “Emiliana”

Cloud Rat, “Babahaz”

COIN, “Chapstick”

Dixson feat. Tinashe, “Heat”

Doechii, “Crazy”

Drake, “Down Hill”

Silvana Estrada, “Te Guardo”

Brent Faiyaz, “All Mine”

Fontaines D.C., “Jackie Down the Line”

Mabe Fratti, “Cada Músculo”

Gel, “Mental Static”

Genesis Owusu, “Get Inspired”

Woman Extremely and Little Jesus, “Punk”

Gunna and Future feat. Younger Thug, “Pushin P”

Hardy feat. Lainey Wilson, “Wait in the Truck”

Hemlocke Springs, “Girlfriend”

Larry June feat. 2 Chainz, “Still Boomin”

Kalan.Frfr, “Light Breeze”

KayCyy, “Shoutouts”

Omah Lay and Justin Bieber, “Attention”

Ravyn Lenae, “M.I.A.”

Ari Lennox, “Pressure”

A young woman peering around a doorway.

Demi Lovato.

(James J. Robinson/For The Occasions)

Demi Lovato, “29”

Put up Malone with Roddy Ricch, “Cooped Up”

Ashley McBryde with Pillbox Patti, “The Girl in the Picture”

Mitski, “The Only Heartbreaker”

Maren Morris, “The Furthest Thing”

Carla Morrison, “Diamantes”

Paopao feat. iZaak, “Jodona”

Plains, “Abilene”

Pusha T, “Let the Smokers Shine the Coupes”

Adrian Quesada feat. iLe, “Mentiras Con Cariño”

Crimson Scorching Chili Peppers, “White Braids & Pillow Chair”

Reyna Tropical, “Pajaritos”

A rapper in a white bucket hat stands against a brick wall

Smino.

(Christina Home/Los Angeles Occasions)

Smino feat. Lil Uzi Vert, “Pudgy”

Jazmine Sullivan, “Hurt Me So Good”

Victony and Ktizo, “Jolene”

Summer time Walker with SZA and Cardi B, “No Love”

Westside Boogie feat. Smino and Teezo Landing, “Can’t Get Over You”

Weyes Blood, “It’s Not Just Me, It’s Everybody”

Pharrell Williams feat. Tyler the Creator and 21 Savage, “Cash in Cash Out”

Nicky Youre and Dazy, “Sunroof”

Bailey Zimmerman, “Where It Ends”