It’s been a whirlwind year for music. Not only did we have a full, uninterrupted year of gigs and festivals, we also saw TikTok start to become a major player in the game. There were more breakout artists from the app than ever before, with its algorithm bringing a whole new meaning to the word ‘viral’ as it hurled DIY tracks high into the charts.
And it wasn’t just Gen-Z bedroom musicians that have been doing bits. To the delight of fans (and to the dismay of Ticketmaster), we also saw the comebacks of major superstars like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Kendrick. But, sadly, it’s not been smiles all round – it’s also been a tricky year for the industry. There have been reports of artists cancelling shows due to spiralling costs and low mental health, and our much-loved grassroots music venues have taken a hit and need our help.
Still, if there was anything good to come out of the year, at least we’ve had some bangers to get us through it all. We asked Time Out writers and editors to scan their music libraries to select their one (and only one) favourite track of the year: that anthem they had on repeat, the tune that pumped them up in the mornings, or maybe just a song that made them feel a particular way. Keen to refresh your playlists? In no particular order, here are 22 of our favourite songs of 2022.
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