Congratulations to Megan Thee Stallion, who has placed a song in my year end top five every year since 2019. Her “Her” is my number two song of ’22, kept from number one by Beyoncé, who guested on the remix of MTS’s “Savage,” my number 4 song of 2020. 2022 was a year that left me wanting, so my top 100 has 92 songs. Here they are:
BREAK MY SOUL – Beyoncé
Her – Megan Thee Stallion
About Damn Time – Lizzo
As It Was – Harry Styles
This Hell – Rina Sawayama
Coconuts – Kim Petras
Goodbye Mr. Blue – Father John Misty
Wild – Spoon
Sacrifice – The Weeknd
All the Good Times – Angel Olsen
BILLIE EILISH. – Armani White
Measure of a Man – FKA twigs feat. Central Cee
Meet Me at Our Spot – THE ANXIETY, WILLOW & Tyler Cole
Today’s playlist celebrates the November 26 birthdays of The Supremes’ Jean Terrell, Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie, Tina Turner, Garnet Mimms, DJ Khaled, Hashim, Rhythm Heritage’s Michael Omartian, The Fendermen’s Jim Sundquist, and Tom Archia; and the November 27 birthdays of Jimi Hendrix, The Streets’ Mike Skinner, Das EFX’s Skoob, 100 gecs’ Dylan Brady, Jam & Spoon’s Mark Spoon, Teri DeSario, Dozy, Eddie Rabbitt, and Ed O.G.
Today’s playlist celebrates the September 7 birthdays of The Crickets’ Buddy Holly, Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, Air’s Jean-Benoît Dunckel, Chic’s Alfa Anderson, N.W.A’s Eazy-E, Gloria Gaynor, Owen Pallett, Starland Vocal Band’s Margot Chapman, Morris Albert, Latimore, Jermaine Stewart, and The Simpsons’ Julie Kavner; and the September 8 birthdays of The Cars’ Benjamin Orr, Patsy Cline, Neko Case, ’til tuesday’s Aimee Mann, P!nk, Bob & Earl’s Earl Nelson,The Beau Brummels’ Sal Valentino, Wiz Khalifa, Slim Thug, and Peter Sellers.
Today’s playlist celebrates the September 3 birthdays of The Beach Boys’ Al Jardine, Grand Funk Railroad’s Don Brewer, Freddie King, The Melodians’ Tony Brevett, Taana Gardner, The Creation’s Kenny Pickett, Jessy Lanza, Mantronix’s MC Tee, BG, Majical Cloudz’s Devon Welsh, and Jennifer Paige; and the September 4 birthdays of Destiny’s Child’s Beyoncé, The Byrds’ Gene Parsons, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Mark Ronson, Mantronix’s Kurtis Mantronix, W.A.S.P.’s Blackie Lawless, and Sonny Charles.
It’s been over four years since the most recent, and, imo, best Jay-Z album, 4:44. It’s been over three years since he and Beyoncé released the album Everything Is Love. This is a longer gap between albums than the one between when Jay-Z announced his retirement in 2003 and released Kingdom Come in 2006. Come on, Jay-Z! You can’t leave rap alone; the game needs you. Here are 30 examples as to why: