Did you know that a 2015 study found that you are less like to discover new music after the age of 30? I remember hearing about this study on a podcast a few years ago, and I was determined not to be that 30+ year old. Many of my fellow millennials and I have crossed that 30-year mark over the past few years. In an effort to preserve what youthful musical curiosity remains, I wanted to share some of my new favorite songs from 2022. Remember the days of burning a CD or—even better—making a mixtape for your friends? Wasn’t it just the best? Consider this playlist my mixtape Christmas gift to you!
“Happiness (Dance Floor Edit)” by The 1975
The 1975 bring a fun dance party with their song “Happiness .”You can’t sit still listening to this song. In a recent interview, The 1975 frontman Matty Healy told Zane Lowe of Apple Music 1, “[It] really doesn’t really have much structure. It came through like jamming, and we haven’t done that in like years. So we just wanted this record to be really like a captured moment and not be too constructed and even produced that much.”
“Sugar” by Remi Wolf
Remi Wolf is one of my favorite newer artists. She has some unique vocals and production to her songs. She has a fun jazziness to her voice. “Sugar” is a peppy song to listen to on your next road trip.
“Cutie” by COIN
I discovered COIN on a podcast a few years ago and have been a fan since. Their sound evolves in every album. As Floridians, I think we are all obligated to listen to a song called “Cutie,” a fun, witty play on the popular citrus brand.
“Late Night Talking” by Harry Styles
Harry Styles is a pop sensation. If you’re looking to keep up with the pop charts, Harry Styles is a great person to look to. He’s one of the most influential artists of this decade. “Late Night Talking” is a catchy bop that I enjoyed very much this year. Cheers to your musical effervescence by listening to “Late Night Talking!”
“Holla Holla Holla” by Johnnyswim
Johnnyswim is a singer/songwriter duo based out of California. Their song brings some lively energy with jazzy vibes. “Holla Holla Holla” is one of the singles off of their most recent self-titled album. They wrote this album in the midst of the pandemic, and it is so fascinating to see what they created working from that perspective. It is definitely worth a listen!
“I Ain’t Worried” by OneRepublic
Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic is one of the most prominent and prevalent producers/songwriters in the music industry today. He has an ear for what people want to hear. It’s no wonder when OneRepublic puts out a single; it ends up on the radio very quickly. “I Ain’t Worried” is such a fun song that keeps with the carefree attitude of living in the moment. We all could use that reminder, especially with all the holiday busyness coming our way.
“Here to Forever” by Death Cab for Cutie
Real talk: I had a couple of Death Cab for Cutie songs on my Myspace back in the day when Myspace was peak social media. Any other millennials out there miss Myspace? Death Cab has been in the indie music scene since you could burn CDs. Fast forward to today, and I’m still listening to them. “Here to Forever” came out this year, and it brought back those fun, angsty, nostalgic feels.
“Broken Horses (In The Canyon Haze)” by Brandi Carlile
Brandi Carlile has one of my favorite voices ever. I recently got to see her perform this song live in September. She walked out on stage with this bright yellow power suit and started her set with this song. Her confidence and command of the stage, combined with her amazing voice, were so energizing. I hope this song gives you some yellow power suit confidence!
“Sidelines” by Phoebe Bridgers
The softness of her music, paired with the meditative lyrics, makes me want to cozy up in a big chair with some hot tea. “Sidelines” is reflective and nostalgic in a subtle yet optimistic way. “Watch the world from the sidelines/ Had nothing to prove / ‘Til you came into my life / Gave me something to lose.”
“The Walk Home” by Young the Giant
“The Walk Home” is my favorite song from this year. This song was a part of Young the Giant’s new four-part album called American Bollywood, which journals the experience of a generation coming to America and the next generation now living in America. It creates a beautiful work of art to an experience, so many Americans have lived. If you like this song, then you are in for a treat for the rest of the album. Consider this song the outro to your 2022 with a side of hope for 2023!