Saturday, February 4, 2023

The 2022 David Music Poll Results

The 2022 David Music Poll Results


1)  Beyoncé, Renaissance (35 votes)

2)  Taylor Swift, Midnights (32)

3)  Florence + the Machine, Dance Fever (18)

4)  Harry Styles, Harry’s House (15)

5)  Lizzo, Special (13)

6)  SZA, SOS (11)

      Carly Rae Jepsen, The Loneliest Time (11)

8)  Beach House, Once Twice Melody (10)

     MUNA, MUNA (10)

     Wet Leg, Wet Leg (10)


Runners Up:  Maggie Rogers, Surrender (9),  Ethel Cain, Preacher’s Daughter (7), Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cool it Down (6), Orville Peck,  (6), Big Thief, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You (6)


Notes:  This was always going to be a two-way race . . . and it ended up being a surprisingly close one.  That said, it wasn’t that much of a race – many people put both Beyoncé and Taylor on their lists.  This is Beyoncé’s third time on the list, and the second on top. Taylor now has the record for the most appearances in the top ten, at six. Surprisingly (to me), Beach House now ties Radiohead and The National with its fifth appearance in the top ten. Carly Rae Jepsen has now been on four times, Lizzo and SZA twice.  Wet Leg is the only debut act to hit the top ten this year, though keep your eye on Ethel Cain in the honorable mention category; I suspect we’ll see her again.  

This year we had 74 respondents to the poll!


My list, Rising to a Fever Pitch


Essential Albums:

Florence + the Machine, Dance Fever

Maggie Rogers, Surrender

Carly Rae Jepsen,The Loneliest Time

Julia Jacklin, Pre Pleasure

Tegan and Sara, Crybaby

Taylor Swift, Midnights

MUNA, Muna


Honorable Mention

Bartees Strange, Farm to Table

The Beths, Experts in a Dying Field

Beth Orton, Weather Alive

Death Cab for Cutie, Asphalt Meadows

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cool it Down


Essential Songs

Florence + the Machine – Free

Taylor Swift – Anti Hero

Maggie Rogers – Want Want, Shatter, and That’s Where I Am

Maisie Peters – Cate’s Brother

Carly Rae Jepsen – Surrender My Heart


Some thoughts:

My album of the year, song of the year, and concert of the year all go to Florence + the Machine – the whole album is a post-lockdown rush, especially the song “Free”.  And in concert, Florence leaned into that, as a high priestess of reflective revelry.  After that my list is . . . a lot of old favorites (and, it must be said, a lot of white women of a certain age).  The highs of Maggie Rogers’ album – I can’t figure out my favorite single, so I listed three – are much higher than the lows of the more mediocre songs.  The Carly Rae Jepsen managed to be a surprise since the best single wasn’t released as an early single (in an alternate universe, “Surrender My Heart” would have been as big as “Anti Hero”).  Julia Jacklin took me by surprise with the most singular album on my list.  Tegan and Sara made me realize I can’t take their music for granted, and I appreciate how they found a midway point between their indie voice and their pop voice. Taylor Swift, as usual, left me torn – there are songs on Midnights that I love (see: “Anti Hero” and “Mastermind”) but there are a lot that I’m completely indifferent toward.  That said, no other album demanded I listen to it nonstop this year like this one did, which has to count for something.  And Muna gave me queer anthems and pop earworms – can’t argue with that.  In the honorable mention category are two old favorites doing solid work, and two not-debuts-but-still-new-to-me artists who remain in steady rotation months after their albums came out.  All in all, not a bad year for music. 



Bryant P’s Order of the Phoenix


Phoenix, Alpha Zulu

Carly Rae Jepsen, The Loneliest Time

Beyoncé, Renaissance

Taylor Swift, Midnights

Florence + The Machine, Dance Fever

James Vincent McMorrow, The Less I Knew



Len, Airborne to Run


I love seeing your poll every year, and this year I made a point of paying closer attention to the music I've been listening to so I would have something to add. Unfortunately, while some of it was new to me, none of it is new. These are the albums that formed the soundtrack for my 2022:


My Album of the Year (it's older):

The Airborne Toxic Event, The Airborne Toxic Event


Most Listened to Albums:

The Airborne Toxic Event, The Airborne Toxic Event

Thirsty Merc, Thirsty Merc

Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited

David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Us3, Hand on the Torch

Miles Davis, Some Kind of Blue

Flogging Molly, Swagger


Best Discoveries from Previous Years:

The Airborne Toxic Event, The Airborne Toxic Event

Thirsty Merc, Thirsty Merc

Us3, Hand on the Torch

Various Artists, Band Slam (Original Soundtrack)



Michael T lets it Bey


1) Beyoncé, RENAISSANCE 


(A distant second)

2) Taylor Swift, MIDNIGHTS



Mike R, Renaissance Man



  1. Beyoncé, Renaissance
  3. Florence + the Machine, Dance Fever
  4. Zach Bryan, American Heartbreak
  5. Maggie Rogers, Surrender
  6. Rina Sawayama, Hold the Girl
  7. Carly Rae Jepsen, The Loneliest Time
  8. Taylor Swift, Midnights
  9. Phoenix, Alpha Zulu
  10. Orville Peck, Bronco
  11. Tove Lo, Dirt Femme
  12. Dazy, OUTOFBODY
  13. Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
  14. Ghost, Impera
  15. Don McCloskey, The Chaos and the Beauty
  16. Confidence Man, Tilt
  17. Titus Andronicus, The Will to Live
  18. Wet Leg, Wet Leg
  19. Congrat, The Crane Game
  20. Gang of Youths, angel in realtime.


  1. Literally just the song “Cate’s Brother” by Maisie Peters


Everything’s Coming Up Rosalia for Fiona S


No particular order: 


Beyoncé, Renaissance 

Taylor Swift, Midnights 

Rosalia, Motomami

Tears for Fears, The Tipping Point

The Weeknd, Dawn FM



Christopher K’s Batty Choices


Bing bang boom:


Album of the Year: Spiter, Bathe the Babe In Bats' Blood

2. Leather Lung, Dive Bar Devil EP

3. Funeral Chic, Roman Candle

4. Vital Spirit, Still As The Night, Cold As The Wind

5. Acid Witch, Rot Among Us

6.Grand Harvest, Consummatum Est

7. Undeath, It's Rise From The Grave

8. Clutch, Sunrise on Slaughter Beach

9. Witchery, Nightside

10. Alucard, Nocturne in the Moonlight

11. Tormentor Tyrant, s/t

12. The Bobby Lees, BELLEVUE

13. Dance With The Dead, Driven to Madness



Elizabeth E’s Very Special Episode


Most essential:

Lizzo, Special



Taylor Swift, Midnights

Maggie Rogers, Surrender

Harry Styles, Harry's House

Beach House, Once Twice Melody

The 1975, Being Funny in a Foreign Language



Dylan M’s Bey Watch


Casual listener here. But what an honor.



(2. Omar Apollo, Ivory)



Paul G Discovered the Hours…


My most essential album for the DMP this past year did not come out this past year.  (It came out in 2003!)  But this is the one I listened to more than any other.  In fact, way more.  Like, it was on permaloop.  The Hours soundtrack.  Philip Glass Philip Glass Philip Glass Philip Glass Philip Glass Philip Glass Philip Glass Philip Glass Philip Glass Philip Glass Philip Glass got me through the year. The repetitions just soothe, me, what can I say?  As for how to listen to this beautiful album, I recommend this thing called a CD.  The CD has a slight, pleasant hiss to it—or mine does.  Or maybe my CD player is just really crappy.


My #2 album was another oldie: The Grand Budapest Hotel soundtrack, Alexandre Desplat.  Also repetitive, also soothing, even magical.


There was also a lot of incidental listening to Lewis Capaldi while I was chauffeuring around my daughter.  


Happy 2023, Radioheads!



Hell is for Children, and Zach F


I'm reaching the age now where I've got friends who say (explicitly or implicitly) that there's really no good music being made anymore. I couldn't disagree more. There's always good music being made; as long as there are people left in any corner of the world, there always will be. This is a source of great comfort. I found this year particularly strong.


Most Essential:


Mitski, Laurel Hell


Also Essential:


Taylor Swift, Midnights

Santigold, Spirituals

Bomba Estereo, Deja (technically released end of 2021 but slipped by me)

The Smile, A Light for Attracting Attention

Beach House, Once Twice Melody

Arooj Aftab, Vulture Prince

Spoon, Lucifer on the Sofa

Carmen Villain, Only Love From Now On



David G’s Got the Fever


Florence + the Machine, Dance Fever

Boychik, Boychik

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cool It Down

Lo Moon, A Modern Life

Big Thief, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

Wet Leg, Wet Leg 

Beyonce, Renaissance 

Julie Odell, Autumn Eve

Ezra Furman, All of Us Flames

Los Bitchos, Let the Festivities Begin! 


I also liked the new Regina Spektor, Anna Mieke, Ethel Cain, the Sky Ferreira single and the Caroline Polachek EP!!



Phil B, Wild About Harry


Essential Album: Harry Styles, Harry's House

Other Essentials Album: Beyoncé: Renaissance


Essential Single: About Damn Time, Lizzo 

Other Essential Single: As It Was, Harry Styles


Best Track on Any Album -- Harry's House, Harry Styles, Track 7, Matilda



Roberto R, Still in the Groove


I'm officially out of touch this year and my only vote goes for Madonna, 50 Number Ones LOLOLOLOL


Hope this gives you something to laugh at!




Alex K-N’s Full Muna


1. Muna, MUNA


3. Kelly Clarkson, KELLYOKE


5. Rina Sawayama, HOLD THE GIRL

6. Maggie Rogers, SURRENDER



9. Omar Apollo, IVORY

10. Tove Lo, DIRT FEMME



Kelley S, Weyes Child

  • Weyes Blood, And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow
  • Skullcrusher, Quiet the Room
  • Julien Baker, B-Sides
  • Porridge Radio, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky
  • Wet Leg, Wet Leg
  • Big Thief, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
  • Woods of Desolation, The Falling Tide
  • Brutus, Unison Life
  • Maria BC, Hyaline
  • Sadness, tortuga
  • Hatis Noit, Aura
  • Raum, Daughter
  • Olhava, Reborn
  • Tapani Rinne, Open
  • Yuki Murata, Sunny Spot Story
  • Ekin Fil, Dora Agora


Daniel H Swears on the Bible


Lambchop, The Bible


Stars, On Capleton Hill

Junior Boys, Waiting Game

Horsegirl, Versions of Modern Performance

Chime School, s/t


beloved songs:

Pedro The Lion, “First Drum Set”

Metric, “Doomscroller"


albums I thought were mediocre back in the day whose glories revealed themselves to me this year:

Portishead, Dummy

Black Box Recorder, England Made Me



Deb H has a point worth sharing here


Can I just nominate Joni Mitchell's appearance at the Newport folk festival and call it a day? 



Carrie N Hits the Dance Floor


TOP (two-way tie): Florence + the Machine, DANCE FEVER 



Other essential albums:


Yeah Yeah Yeahs, COOL IT DOWN

Taylor Swift, MIDNIGHTS 

Harry Styles, HARRY’S HOUSE



I’d give Best Song to either “King” by Florence,  “Bizcochito” by Rosalia, or “Anti-Hero” by Taylor Swift.


And best lyric/line: “it’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s me.” ICONIC.



Aimee’s Queen Lizzo


My top two picks for album of the year:


Lizzo, Special

Taylor Swift, Midnights


Singles that will always remind me of 2022, for a variety of reasons (mostly thanks to TikTok:)


Kate Bush, Running Up that Hill

SZA, Kill Bill

Steve Lacy, Bad Habit

ABBA, Angeleyes

Latto, Big Energy

Paramore, Hard Times



Steve M’s Music Spree


1)    Kids on a Crime Spree, Fall in Love Not in Line

2)    Anna Erhard – Campsite

3)    Starter Jackets, Dead Malls

4)    Big Joanie, Back Home

5)    Peaness, World Full of Worry

6)    The Orielles, Tableau

7)    Reginald Omas Mamode IV – Stand Strong

8)    Yard Act – The Overload



Maya M’s Special Announcement


Favorite albums:

1.     Lizzo, Special

2.     Taylor Swift, Midnights

3.     Beyoncé, Renaissance

4.     Jukebox the Ghost, Cheers


Favorite song: 

The Dolly Parton/Kelly Clarkson 9 to 5 duet


Favorite song about how stupid NFTs are: 

Million Dollar Bills by Jukebox the Ghost



Kevin K Ran Off with the Spoon


Kevin’s Top Ten Albums of 2022

1.     Spoon - Lucifer on the Sofa

2.     The Mountain Goats - Bleed Out

3.     Christian Lee Hutson - Quitters

4.     BODEGA - Broken Equipment

5.     Wet Leg - Wet Leg

6.     Belle and Sebastian - A Bit of Previous

7.     Sloan - Scratch the Surface

8.     Phoenix - Alpha Zulu

9.     Kevin Morby - This Is A Photograph 

10.  Nova Twins – Supernova


I also want to provide a link my 2022 Mixtape (90 minutes) on Spotify! Give it a listen and let me know what you think.



Kathleen P Gives this band a Leg up


Wet Leg, Wet Leg

Steve Lacy, Gemini Rights

Beyonce, Renaissance

Plains, I walked with you a ways



Andy P’s Got Styles


1) Harry Styles, Harry’s House

2) Taylor Swift, Midnights

3) Omar Apollo, Ivory

4) Lizzo, Special

5) Maggie Rogers, Surrender



Goldy M Goes with the Flo


Best Albums:

1. Florence and the Machine, Dance Fever

2. Taylor Swift, Midnights

3. Duncan Sheik, Claptrap

4. Conan Gray, Superache


Best Songs:

1. Steve Lacy, "Bad Habit"

2. Taylor Swift, "Karma"

3. Florence and the Machine, "Girls Against G-d"

4. Conan Gray, "Disaster"

5. Lizzo, "2 Be Loved"



Terribeth S’s Mighty Surrender


1)    Maggie Rogers- Surrender

2)    Taylor Swift-Midnights

3)    1975- Being Funny in a Foreign Language

4)    Harry Styles-Harry’s House



Emma L Goes South


Best single: Phoebe Bridgers, Sidelines

Best album: Amy Ray, If It All Goes South

Runner ups are as follows:

-Tegan and Sara, Crybaby

-Plains, I Walked With You a Ways

-Dry Cleaning, Stumpwork

-Big Thief, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You




Scott T’s a Son of a Beach


Essential Album from 2022


Beach House, Once Twice Melody


Essential Albums discovered in 2022


Vogue.Noir, Strange Days (2018)

Motorama, Dialogues (2016)

Johan Tronestam, Arthur Went Above the Clouds (2016)

Mr. Kitty, Ephemeral (2019)

Clan of Xymox, Spider on the Wall (2020)

Wave Walkers, Kronos21 (2021)



Justine Thee L


Megan Thee Stallion Traumagazine

Beyonce Renaissance


Gianfranco L, Sitting on the Dock of the Bey


2022 Albums:

1. Beyoncé, Renaissance

2. Taylor Swift, Midnights

3. Charli XCX, Crash

4. Rina Sawayama, Hold The Girl



2022 Soundtracks:

1. Labrinth, Euphoria: Season 2 (Original Series Soundtrack)

2. Adiescar Chase, Heartstopper: Season 1 (Original Series Soundtrack)

3. Jay Wadley, Fire Island (Original Soundtrack)

4. Danny Elfman, Wednesday: Season 1 (Original Series Soundtrack)

5. David Buckley, The Sandman: Season 1 (Original Soundtrack)

6. John Debney, Hocus Pocus 2 (Original Soundtrack)


Best theme song of the year:

1. Cristobal Tapia De Veer, Renaissance (White Lotus Theme Song)


Made me cry:

1. Rihanna, Lift Me Up


Hope no one ever stops dancing to:

1. Donna Summer, Last Dance


Still sticking with me:

1. Olivia Rodrigo, Sour

2. Beyoncé, Homecoming (Live)



Collin R, Raising Cain



Ethel Cain, Preacher's Daughter


Honorable Mentions

Pinegrove, 11:11

Perfume Genius, Ugly Season

Björk, Fossora

Beyoncé, Renaissance




Carly Rae Jepsen, The Lonliest Time



1. Ethel Cain, "Sun Bleached Flies"

2. Pinegrove, "Respirate"

3. Rosalía, "SAOKO:

4. Shygirl, "Coochie (a bedtime story)"
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Perfume Genius, "Spitting Off the Edge of the World"




Matthew U, Salve to the Machine


Before, my most essential picks, I guess there’s no way around what is at the top of most lists. I won’t call it my number 1, but maybe it’s a kind of prelude to the list to admit it is pretty great:


0. Beyonce, Renaissance


And on with my picks, in sort of an order:


1. Florence + the Machine, Dance Fever

2. Orville Peck, Bronco Chapters 1 & 2

3. Metric, Formentera 

4. Omar Apollo, Ivory

5. Ethel Cain, Preacher’s Daughter

6. Ingrid Andress, Good Person


And bonus, favorite corny country music line: “I tell myself that I should quit but I don’t listen to drunks” - Parker McCollum, Handle on You



Josh L Goes Big


Allow me to begin with another protest vote for Phoebe Bridgers, Punisher, on the grounds that "did 2020 ever really end?"  Also, I am confident that the Boygenius will be the album of the year for 2023, so a whole four years taken care of right here!



But, to follow the rules for 2022:


Big Thief, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You. 


Honorable mentions: Dry Cleaning, Stumpwork and Grace Ives, Janky Star.


Unnecessary gloss: Yes, I was late to Big Thief, and so this long-awaited album is getting some lifetime-achievement bump. And yes, it's also a weird, sprawling, flawed album, but I think that honesty and freedom is part of its greatness. Or its extreme worthiness, at least. Adrienne Lenker is her generation's Neil Young; a brilliant songwriter who is powerfully original, genre-switchy, and unafraid to throw a bad song about a dog on a beautiful album or, you know, a cheesy flute part or a Jew's Harp solo.


Songs of the year:


Big Thief, "Simulation Swarm,"

Phoebe Bridgers, "Sidelines,"

Dry Cleaning, "Gary Ashby,"

Amy Ray, "Chuck Will's Widow."


Long live the music poll!



Eugene K, Energized by the Bunny


In no particular order (even tho they’re numbered)


1. Bad Bunny - Un Verano Sin Ti

2. Pusha T - It’s Almost Dry

3. Jay Wheeler - De Mi Para Tii

4. FKA Twigs - Caprisongs

5. Rauw Alejandro - Trap Cake, Vol 2


Favorite singles (some from 2021 or 2020, but I first heard them in 2022):


1. 2:50 Remix - MYA, TINI & Duki

2. Miénteme - TINI & Maria Becerra

3. Dando Vuelta - Akriila

4. Marte - Sofía Reyes & Maria Becerra

5. AYNEA REMIX - FMK, Maria Becerra & Beret


Favorite concert


TINI - The Tini Tour 2022 (in Bogotá)




Aaron H’s BIG shoutout


1. Betty Who, BIG!

2. Carly Rae Jepsen, The Loneliest Time

3. Lizzo, Special

4. Harry Styles, Harry's House



Sarah D’s Listening to Experts


My number 1 essential album is:  The Beths - Experts in a Dying Field


Runners Up: 

Taylor Swift -  Midnight

Harry Styles - Harry’s House


Discoveries from previous years:


My binge watching of Peaky Blinders led me to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and both Blinders and the fantastic series Bad Sisters led me to PJ Harvey (who actually grew up near where I lived in Dorset in the 90’s).


Also belatedly discovered the awesome ska band Dance Hall Crashers. 



Preach, Shelly R!


Top album of 2022:


Ethel Cain, Preacher’s Daughter


You give me a concept album with religious iconography, murder and cannibalism, all with a southern gothic vibe and don’t expect me to love it?


4 Other Essential Albums of the Year:

• Ghost, [Message From The Clergy]

• Beyoncé, Renaissance

• Urban Heat, Wellness

• Stromae, Multitude


5 Top Songs of the Year:

• “El Apagón” - Bad Bunny

• “I Am” - Jamie Bower

• “The Good Old Call” - Carpenter Brut

•  “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)” - Concrete Blonde

• “Sands of Time” - The Veer Union



Brant R’s Big Pink


My Essential Albums of 2022:
Wild Pink, ILYSM
Wet Leg, Wet Leg
The Beths, Expert in a Dying Field
Charli XCX, Crash
Nilüfer Yanya, Painless
Alvvays, Blue Rev
Dehd, Blue Skies
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cool It Down
Superchunk, Wild Loneliness
Metric, Formentera
Rival Consoles, Now Is
Natural Brown Prom Queen, Sudan Archives
Beth Orton, Weather Alive
Beach House, Once Twice Melody

Some of My Essential Tracks of 2022:
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Different Today”
Metric, “All Comes Crashing”
The Beths, “Expert in a Dying Field”
Gift, “Lost for You”
Wet Leg, “Being in Love”
Andrew Garden, “Sore Loser”
My Idea, “Baby I'm the Man”
Dehd, “Hold”
Caroline, “Patience Etc…”
Nilüfer Yanya, “Stabilise”
Charli XCX, “Crash”
Phoenix, “Season 2”
Lizzo, “About Damn Time”
Bret McKenzie, “Tomorrow Today”
Smut, “Janeway”
Alvvays, “Tom Verlaine”
Superchunk, “Wild Loneliness”
Beach House, “Hurts to Love”
Braxe + Falcon with Panda Bear, “Step by Step”
Wild Pink “ILYSM“
Yo La Tengo, “There’s No Goodbye Between Us”
Belle and Sebastian, “Working Boy in New York City”

Elder Albums I Found Essential in 2022:
Archie James Cavanaugh, Black and White Raven [1980]
Cinerama, Va Va Voom [1998]
Concrete Blonde, Bloodletting [1990]
Julee Cruise, Floating into the Night [1989]
Tyrone Davis, Turn Back the Hands of Time [1970]
William DeVaughn, Be Thankful for What You Got [1974]
Erasure, The Innocents [1988]
Hoops, Halo [2020]
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Homebase [1991]
Bill LaBounty, Bill LaBounty [1982]
Loggins & Messina, Kenny Loggins with JIm Messina Sittin' In [1972]
John Cougar Mellencamp, Nothin' Matters and What If It Did [1980]
Steve Miller Band, Fly Like an Eagle [1976]
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy [1970]
The Radio Dept., Clinging to a Scheme [2010]
Teenage Fanclub, Shadows [2010]
T. Rex, Tanx [1973]
Ween, Chocolate and Cheese [1994]
Nilüfer Yanya, Miss Universe [2019]



Melissa W’s House Party


I am still basic as hell but let's do this:

Harry Styles, Harry's House

Taylor Swift, Midnights


Discovery/memory from previous year:

David Gray, White Ladder (the 20th reunion tour, postponed by the pandemic, was nostalgia-epic this summer at Pier 17)



It Doesn’t Break Nico M’s Soul


8 of my top 10 plays on my Apple Replay Playlist don't lie...

Beyonce, Renaissance



John A’s Radiant Way


TOP 10:

Warpaint, Radiate Like This

Fontaines D.C., Skinty Fia 

Sault, Untitled (God) 

The Smile, A Light for Attracting Attention

Angel Olsen, Big Time

Sharon Van Etten, We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong 

DIIV, Live at the Murmrr Theater 

Momma, Household Name 

Panda Bear/Sonic Boom, Reset

Beach House, Once Twice Melody 


Honorable Mentions (in no particular order): 

Alvvays, Blue Rev

Band of Horses, Things Are Great 

Spoon, Lucifer on the Sofa 

Bjork, Fossora

Midlake, For the Sake of Bethel Woods 

Little Simz, NO THANK YOU 

Jockstrap, I Love Jennifer B


Just Mustard, Heart Under

Yard Act, The Overload

Animal Collective, Time Skiffs 

Daniel Rosssen, You Belong There 


Best Discovery from a previous year:

The Verve, A Northern Soul (1995)

Doves, Lost Souls (2000)



Andrew F from A to Bey


Beyonce, Renaissance

Miranda Lambert, Palomino

Ashley McBryde, Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville



Jinny W, Still Broadening My Horizons



1. Columbia Broadcasting Symphony and other orchestras, Lenox Avenue: The Music of William Grant Still. Bay Cities CD released in 1991, and apparently re-released in 2018. William Grant Still (1895-1978) composed more than 200 works and was the first African American composer to be recognized in classical music rankings. Until 1950, his Afro-American Symphony was the most performed symphony by any American composer. I played his "Wood Notes" in a community orchestra in the 1980s. Musicians and recording companies are now trying to catch up. Lenox Avenue is a good starting point.


2. Johnny Gandelsman, This is America: An Anthology 2020-2021. Limited Edition Triple CD with 40-page booklet. The Bandcamp app includes unlimited streaming of the Anthology, plus download in MP3, FLAC and more. Gandelsman, a violinist with the Brooklyn Rider Quartet, commissioned 22 young American-based composers to rise to the challenges of the Covid pandemic, George Floyd's murder, millions of acres burned, election embroilment, increasing unemployment, civic exhaustion. The results are many-voiced, producing more questions and vibrant insights about who we are. 


3. Randall Goosby, Roots. Decca 2021. Goosby, violin, and Zhu Wang, piano, both young and dazzling, made the album during the pandemic. The African American composers they've chosen have more than paid their dues. Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's history moved from Princeton to Alvin Ailey to Max Roach to the Symphony of the New World; Goosby plays his 1979 Blues/Forms for Solo Violin. Florence Price's three pieces stir the heart and raise the voice: Why was much of her work allowed to lie abandoned in a storeroom after her 1953 death until its discovery in 2009? William Grant Still's sculpture-inspired Suite for Violin and Piano may be our new Gershwin, although Gershwin is here, too, as well as bassist-composer Xavier Dubois Foley. Fact: The piano's lower range has 34 notes that the violin can't play. Collaborating pianist Zhu Wang utilizes them to virtuosic and poignant advantage.



Gabriel D, Emotional Creature


In no real order, some albums I've loved this year. OK I guess the Beach Bunny is probably my overall number one album because I have vivid memories of listening to it on the ferry to and from Cape Cod and feeling very alive and engaged with it:

  1. Beach Bunny - Emotional Creature
  2. Taylor Swift - Midnights
  3. Tegan & Sara - Crybaby
  4. Ethel Cain - Preacher's Daughter
  5. Florence - Dance Fever
  6. Maggie Rogers - Surrender
  7. Hatchie - Giving the World Away
  8. Sugababes- The Lost Tapes
  9. RY X - Blood Moon

Albums which deeply disappointed me this year:

  1. The Mallrat album (load of crap)
  2. The Shygirl album (meh)
  3. The Regina album (snooze)

Some of my fave songs of the year:

  1. Mariah the Scientist - Spread Thin
  2. Chappell Roan - Casual
  3. Azealia Banks - I Rule the World
  4. Beach Bunny - Love Song
  5. Florence - Free/My Love/Choreomania (I sort of think of them as one long song)

I think empirically the song of 2022 is clearly Ethel Cain American Teenager though.



Dan P’s Swiftly Tilting Planet


Here’s my list:


1.     Taylor Swift, Midnights

2.     The Weeknd, Dawn FM 

3.     Orville Peck, Bronco

4.     Maggie Rogers, Surrender

5.     First Aid Kit, Palomino

6.     Muna, Muna

7.     Léon, Circles

8.     Röyksopp, Profound Mysteries III

9.     Harry Styles, Harry’s House

10.  Tove Lo, Dirt Femme



Teri Y Has the Time of His Life


Carly Rae Jepsen, The Loneliest Time

Year & Years, Night Call



I don't feel like I gave Florence + The Machine, Dance Fever a fair shot... off to go correct that now.




Coe B Burns for Burna


2022 was all about Burna Boy for me! LOVE, DAMINI was my jam! 

Seriously, nothing even came close. 



Jaci M Gets Inspired


this year I’ve swiftly chosen ten singles that I’ve liked a lot. 

There are probably ten I liked better but if I stop to consider I won’t end up sending anything.  Here they are:


Genesis Owusu  - Get Inspired

Telenova -  Why Do I Keep You?

Tones and I - Eyes Don’t Lie

Hilltop Hoods - Show Business (Ft. Eamon)

Julia Jacklin - I Was Neon

Julia Jacklin -Love, Try Not To Let Go

Lime Cordiale - Colin

Skeggs - Stranger Days

King Princess - Little Brother [Ft. Foushee]

King Stingray - Lupa 



Andrea R’s Taylor-made list


Taylor Swift, Midnights

Beyonce, Renaissance

Blue Rev, Alvvays

Beach House, Once Twice Melody

Muna, Muna

Un Verano Sin Ti, Bad Bunny




Cassandra P continues the Renaissance fervor


Most Essential Album

Beyoncé, Renaissance


Other Essential Albums, in no particular order

Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti

Sza, SOS

Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cool It Down

Nas, King’s Disease III

Megan Thee Stallion, Traumazine

Lizzo, Special

Rosalía, Motomami


Essential Singles

Paramore, This Is Why

My Chemical Romance, The Foundations of Decay



This is not Goodbye, Jonathan V


For me, 2022 was about revisiting some favorite artists from the past, and exploring ones I'd missed the chance to hear before. I listened to a lot of "new to me" music, but not a lot that was actually new.

Favorite albums of 2022 that were actually from 2022, ranked:


Various Artists, AFTER DARK 4

And Sasami's CALL ME HOME was the song of the year for me, hands-down. But most of what I listened to this year was from before 2022, and in some cases *way before*. Below (still ranked) are my favorite music works that I *heard* for the first time in 2022:

Robert Ashley, PERFECT LIVES (1983) - Check this out on Youtube, it's a TV "opera," a classic of experimental musical theater and video art. I got into it because I was re-listening to Robert Ashley's espionage opera EL AFICIONADO and thinking, "Man, I just love Robert Ashley's voice, I wonder if he ever made something where you get to hear more of it..." Well, you hear more of it in PERFECT LIVES, alright: he narrates the whole thing, with that ASMR drawl of his, while "Blue" Gene Tyranny near-constantly tickles the ivories. You will only need to watch five minutes of this thing to know if (a) you hate it or (b) you will not be able to stop watching it over and over again all year. (You can probably guess which column I fell into...)

Genesis, NURSERY CRYME (1971) - Genesis underwent a gradual transformation over the years--turning its back on prog snobs, and embracing the crowd. This album is squarely from the prog snob era, when the band was still fronted by Peter Gabriel, but not overburdened by his vision. (<cough> LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY! <cough>) NURSERY is extravagant without being overwrought, and it's a LOT of fun, eminently blastable.

The Alan Parsons Project, TURN OF A FRIENDLY CARD (1980) - More ponytail rock. This is a theme album about how life is like gambling--and also,why people *like* to gamble, at roulette tables or otherwise. Like most Alan Parsons Project albums, it's darker than it sounds, with a broad range of styles. I got it on used vinyl that I had to clean with Glass Plus every time I wanted to play it, to prevent it from skipping. I must have gone through half the bottle.


Groove Armada, BLACK LIGHT (2010) - Speaking of a broad range of styles, I rediscovered Groove Armada this year, and eventually realized, hey wait a minute, I literally *never heard* this album somehow. Definitely a new favorite of mine from their catalog, featuring the bracing SaintSaviour collaboration I WON'T KNEEL.


The Books, THE WAY OUT (2010)


Girl Talk, UNSTOPPABLE (2004)


Chvrches, SCREEN VIOLENCE (2021)

Idles, CRAWLER (2021)


And this got a *lot* of play on the train, although I technically heard it back in the 1990s:


Michael Nyman, MICHAEL NYMAN AND "THE TEMPEST" (2016...kinda) - This was a re-release of two recordings Nyman did in the '90s, both of them inspired by Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST. The first was NOISES, SOUNDS, AND SWEET AIRS, a sung-through version of the play that was written to accompany a ballet interpretation. The second was the soundtrack to Peter Greenaway's fairly nutty PROSPERO'S BOOKS, a movie that needs to be seen to be believed. It was fun to revisit these, and Nyman in general--he's one of the few minimalist composers who has a distinct style of his own. I used to occasionally feel, when listening to him in the '90s, that I was being smothered with flowers--but the world has gotten much more overwhelming than his music, now it just relaxes me.



Nick E Heads to the Arcade


Some real gems this year! Which is lucky, considering how much time I spent driving.


Arcade Fire, We

Carly Rae Jepsen, The Loneliest Time

Beirut, Artifacts

Loney Dear, Atlantis

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cool It Down

Royksopp, Profound Mysteries II

Florence and the Machine, Dance Fever

Royksopp, Profound Mysteries III

Beach House, Once Twice Melody

Royksopp, Profound Mysteries



Brent G sends out an SOS


1. SZA - SOS

2. SYD - Broken Hearts Club

3. Czarface - Czarmageddon!

4. Beyonce - Renaissance

5. Taylor Swift - Midnights

6. Drake - Honestly, Nevermind

7. Lizzo - Special

8. Momma - Household Name

9. Conway the Machine - God Don't Make Mistakes

10. The Smile -  A Light for Attracting Attention


Best Runner Ups: 

Pusha T - It's Almost Dry

Wet Leg - Wet Leg



Cora R strikes Midnights


1. Taylor Swift, Midnights

2.  Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cool it Down

3. Fontaines CD, Skinty Fig


Number 1 is the effect of having my kids in the car and Taylor being their favourite. Although they are both shocked how often she says ’the F word’. Harry on the other hand, no swearing, but just not as catchy. HA. 



Lucy C also contributes to the Renaissance


I feel a bit discombobulated and out of the loop this year, but I'm going to go all female with my album selections for you


1). Beyonce - Renaissance

2). Beth Orton - Weather Alive

3). Cate Le Bon – PompeiI



Lawrence U’s Styles Council


Here are my top albums of 2022! 


1.     Harry Styles, Harry's House

2.     Taylor Swift, Midnights

3.     Benson Boone, Walk Me Home...

4.     Meghan Trainor, Takin' It Back

5.     Lizzo, Special

6.     JVKE, this is what _____ feels like (Vol. 1-4)

7.     Stephen Sanchez, Easy On My Eyes

8.     Years & Years, Night Call

9.     Glass Animals, Dreamland (+ Bonus Levels)

10.  The Weekend, Dawn FM


BONUS Top Singles:


1.     Kalush Orchestra, Stefania

2.     Lewis Capaldi, Forget Me

3.     Dean Lewis, How Do I Say Goodbye

4.     Sam Smith, Kim Petras, Unholy

5.     Rex Orange County, Keep It Up




Danger is Giles G’s Middle Name


1. Danger Mouse + Black Thought, Cheat Codes


2. Wet Leg, Wet Leg

3. The Smile, A Light for Attracting Attention

4. Nilüfer Yanya, PAINLESS

5. Angel Olsen, Big Time



8. Little Simz, NO THANK YOU

9. Yard Act, The Overload

10. OHYUNG, imagine naked!



Dash G, Duke of Earl


1.     Earl Sweatshirt, Sick!

2.     Sudan Archives, Natural Brown Prom Queen

3.     Charlotte Adigéry / Bolis Pupul, Topical Dancer

4.     Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers

5.     Black Thought / Danger Mouse, Cheat Codes

6.     Pusha T, It’s Almost Dry

7.     Soul Glo, Diaspora Problems

8.     Black Country, New Road; Ants from Up There

9.     Alex G, God Save the Animals

10.  Future, I NEVER LIKED YOU

Matthue R, Im-peck-able


Most essential:

Orville Peck, Bronco

This came along and swept me away in veils of fringe. I liked his sparse, moody first album, but everything about every song on here perfectly glistens. It stirs you. Rarely have I felt so happy as I do listening to these gay country anthems, and that is not a sentence I ever thought I would write.


Otherwise essential:


Big Thief, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You

Campfire songs with a severe undercurrent of menace.


Taylor Swift, Midnights

Apologies to Miss Tay that this is no higher on my list. Zoinks, it's hard being a serious artist, especially as one is, forced to live up to one's legacy, and none the greater for it. If I were ranking just the song "Antihero," it may have placed higher, the mightiness of cramming several individually great images and motifs into 4 paltry minutes. It's not great. It's merely good. The best songs are the singles (although I love "Mastermind" [although the single cribbed line "When you fail to plan, you plan to fail" nearly ruins the spell for me]). The whole damn spiel could use an editor. Even, perhaps especially, "Antihero." It is a lesser novel by a writer I will nonetheless read everything by. But I am still here to read everything.

Twice, Between 1 and 2

My partner and I were having an argument about why I can't get into Reputation, Taylor's collection of techno (sorry, electronic dance music) thumpers, but I love Twice. Partly, I think, because these songs are both simple and constantly reinventing themselves: there's no moment of a song that is either hard to digest or understand (there's a perfectly simple hook, but there's a new one about every 5 seconds throughout each song), but also there's such a complete surrender when listening. Twice songs have 3 languages going on at once: Korean, most of which I don't understand (but I probably agree with whatever they're saying); English, most of which I do (likewise: on "Scientist," my insufficient brain hears "[Korean] [Korean] Einstein, [Korean] [Korean] Frankenstein" and, like, I get it), and the immortal and universal "fa la la la la." It's not the language of love. It's not even the language of happiness. It's the language of, I've got a song stuck in my head and you're gonna get it stuck too, and in that regard, as all others, Twice delivers.



Lizette S, Big Stepper


Top album

Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers 



Sza, SOS

Taylor Swift, Midnights

Beyonce, Renaissance

Bad Bunny, Un Verano Sin Ti


Best Discovery

Shake, You Can’t Kill Me 



Will T’s Killer B


1) Beyonce, Renaissance

2) Carly Rae Jepsen, The Loneliest Time



Cecil C has gone the Fever


I’ll say Dance Fever by Florence and the Machine!


Midnights by Taylor Swift 



Lia C’s Dawning of the Day


Yebba, Dawn

Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon

Florence and The Machine, Dance Fever

Nina Simone, I Put A Spell On You

The Weather Girls, Success



Caleb H, featured Actor


Ryokuoushoku Shakai, ACTOR

Night Palace, Diving Rings

Charli XCX, Crash

Tove Lo, Dirt Femme

Carly Rae Jepsen, The Loneliest Time

Florence & the Machine, Dance Fever

Alvvays, Blue Rev

Years & Years, Night Call

Various Artists, Chainsaw Man OST



Jeffrey L Reaches the Tipping Point

These are the 2022 albums I have quite loved and keep listening to a lot.


1. Tears for Fears -- The Tipping Point

2.  Lizzo -- Special

3.  Orville Peck -- Bronco

4.  Bonnie Raitt -- Just Like That...



Ben A, Bey Here Now


Most essential:


Beyoncé, Renaissance


Also essential:


Taylor Swift, Midnights

Rina Sawayama, Hold the Girl


Insane singles from 2022:


Kelly Clarkson, Happier than Ever

Dove Cameron, Girl Like Me

Tove Lo, No One Dies from Love

Carly Rae Jepsen, Beach House

Lea Michele, Finale Act 2 (from Funny Girl)

Ashe, Angry Woman

Demi Lovato, 29



Tara A Gets a Leg Uo on the Competition


Here's my top ten albums of the year. 


Wet Leg, Wet Leg

Arcade Fire, WE

Alvvays, Blue Rev

Taylor Swift, Midnights

Julia Jacklin, Pre-Pleasure

Harry Styles, Harry's House

Soccer Mommy, Sometimes Forever

The Beths, Expert in a Dying Field

Spoon, Lucifer on the Sofa 

Wilco, Cruel Country 



Brian M’s Land of the Braves


Mystic Braves, Pacific Afterglow

Mars Volta, Mars Volta

Nell Smith & The Flaming Lips, Where the Viaduct Looms

Madrugada, Chimes at Midnight

Brian Jonestown Massacre, Fire Doesn't Grow on Trees

Liam Gallagher, C'mon You Know

Midlake, For the Sake of Bethel Woods

Belle & Sebastian, A Bit of the Previous

Jack White, Entering Heaven Alone

Spencer Krug, Twenty Twenty Twenty Twenty One



Justin W Takes it Live


In 2022, my most essential music — by a mile — was the music that I heard live. 

Courtney Barnett and The Avett Brothers tops. :)



Billy M, Hungry like the Wolf


Remi Wolf, Juno




Ben L, By the Light of the Muna


No. 1: 

Muna, Muna


The Rest:

Charli XCX, Crash

Years & Years, Night Call

Banks, Serpentina 

Miranda Lambert, Palomino

The Range, Mercury

Rina Sawayama, Hold the Girl

Beyonce, Renaissance 

Maren Morris, Humble Quest

Taylor Swift, Midnights

Carly Rae Jepsen, The Loneliest Time

Omar Apollo, Ivory


Kelsea Ballerini, Subject to Change

Kehlani, Blue Water Road



Kristin E’s Friendly Weather


Belated, but I need to post my allegiance to the Killer Bs: Beth Orton and Beach House. If I had to choose, it will always be Beth, but you of all people know that. 


Beth Orton, Weather Alive

Beach House, Once Twice Melody



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