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Best Of 2022: Top Ten Singles Through October 31st, 2022

In a couple of days I will post my entire top forty as I do every month (I am not sure how to manage my 200ish favorite songs), but just as a change of pace here is the top ten songs through Halloween with the first three in place for months…

I’ve been claiming it hasn’t been a great year for rap and this proves it, I can’t remember the last time I had a top ten for the year with no rap (though Tyler and The Weeknd are at # 11), instead three pop songs, three country songs, one Latin trap, one afrobeats, one R&B, one indie acoustic

1 – As It Was – Harry Styles – Harry’s breakthrough from his breakthrough, it out Watermelons his past. A synthpop heading for the song of the summer

2 – Goodbye Mr. Blue – Father John Misty – the man is a smartass and his insincerity grates but not here, a break up song piece of 60s style melancholia that will have you in tears by the time the angora cat dies in his arms. He has never come up with anything this great before

3 – Outlaw – Tomás Doncker & The True Groove All-Stars – more addictive than crack, it is the most undeniable piece of agitprop since, why, since “The Mess We Made”: a growling, prowling slap pump and just another all American

4 – Sleep Tight – Holly Humberstone – she killed the song a coupla of days before it was released (when she opened for Olivia Rodrigo at Radio City) and it is an addictive piece of pop singer songwriter sex confessional via London

5 – Unholy (feat. Kim Petras) – Sam Smith – electronic sex dance with one of those hooks that get deep inside you as an extended metaphor for the strip club happens all over Kim

6 – Jack – Hardy – Hardy continues to prove himself the country performer to watch with the best country rocker of the year

7 – IF YOU GO DOWN (I’M GOIN’ DOWN TOO) – Kelsea Ballerini – from her best album: a fiddle crazy earworm

8 – Hell Yeah – Little Big Town – Hell Yeah – a terrific slice of country with an excellent pun taking you a long, and at its best on the harmonies, a first rate song

9 – Begging – Yemi Alade – another triumph and the video was filmed in Rwanda (YES RWANDA!!) and it is a wonderful sound of calypso and Africa… a complete joy

10 – Después de la Playa – Bad Bunny – “After The Beach” in English, a reggaetón- Caribbean blow out burn down the party rave up of the first order

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