It's time for one of my favorite blogs of the year: My top last two digits of the current year songs of said current year!!!
Last year, I waited until New Year's Eve to post my 2021 recap. I did the same for 2020's "DOL Top 20 Songs I Loved in 2020 That Weren't Released in 2020" blog. I'm a stickler with staying true to the calendar year in blogs like this, but as of today, my Apple Music top 100 most played songs features 10 released in 2022 (way down from 24 in last year's version). I'm banking on no late entries to this year's list.
I'm going to (hopefully) write a "Top 22 Songs I Loved in 2022 That Weren't Released in 2022" this year, but since I haven't blogged all week and won't have a chance tomorrow/technically today (I haven't bought a single Christmas present yet), I figured let's move the list up and give the people a little something to listen over Christmas weekend. I'm gonna post these songs' videos for the blog and link a streamable Apple Music playlist version. Sorry Spotify folks. You may have prettier year-end graphics on your wrap-up, but that won't give you access to the DOL Top 22 Songs of 2022 playlist.
Despite the high probability of you not recognizing some of these songs or even more likely, being surprised some of the biggest hits of the year were omitted, this is MY personal Top 22 of the year. I tend to be a little late with music like I loved St. Vincent's Daddy's Home. I listened to it all summer long.
that cover is so fucking sexy.
"Down and Out Downtown" is currently my 2nd most played song of the year, but I did not listen until this spring. I wish I had been from the jump. I fucking love that album. Tame Impala is my favorite solo artist that's also a band, and I got into them in 2016, a full year after Currents came out. I'm saying I'll probably end up catching up with the "best" 2022 tracks by the next World Cup.
2022 was a great year in music for Ole Dozie (r.i.p. Mighty Mighty Bosstones). I saw Tame Impala twice in a week back in March, I don't wanna recap my whole 30th-year blog lol, but I crossed some of my favorite artists off my "need to see" list, like Tame, Steely Dan, The 1975, Billy Strings, Willie Nelson, and Cobra Man to name a few.
That's enough non-song-related reading for ya. Let's dive into the list! Here are the DOL Top 22 (30 with honorable mentions) Songs of 2022:
Honorable Mention: "Tek It" Cafuné
I'm almost positive this song came out in 2019, but I've seen some sources say 2021, and the video was posted in 2022. I just fucking love this song; it's currently my 16th most played Apple track of '22, and considering I didn't hear it until September, it's a more than solid chart spot. When it was a SOD, I said I might consider it a 2022 song for the blog, but let's call a spade a spade---this isn't a 2022 song; it's just a groovy bop. Jesus Doz, you're 31 years old, don't type like that.
Honorable Mention: "Poland" Lil Yachty
At 1:23, "Poland" is closer to a TikTok than a song, but I couldn't stop listening to this shit for about two weeks. I fuck with lil boat. Also, when I first heard it, I thought he meant "Wok," as in the Chinese pan, but after linking the track's time in the sun as an official DOL SOD (10/13), it looks like I already said that.
Honorable Mention: "Throat Goat" Kim Petras
Same vibes as "Poland," it's way too short to be considered an real song by me. "Throat Goat" is basically a ringtone, but short songs are still songs. Like t-girls, I dig this song/track/single, or whatever you wanna classify it as and it deserves the right to exist. Kim said she loves it big or small, so you're more than welcome to give Ole Dozo a gargle, babe, and decide that for yourself.
Honorable Mention: "Any Turn" Orville Peck
Maybe I'm sexist against songs that are less than two and a half minutes? But seriously, I give myself a two songs per-artist restriction every year. "Any Turn" is one of my faves off Bronco, but I'm discriminating against shorties. Fun Dozie Fact: I get fired tf up like a cattle prod while driving to this.
Honorable Mention: "Oh Caroline" The 1975
Same vibes as Orville. I can't have this entire list be Being Funny in a Foreign Language. The video for "Oh Caroline" is like the reverse of "Heart Out." Now they've got both sides of the Benjamin Button (great timely reference, Dozie) spectrum covered.
I'd love to serenade future co-worker and Barstool Idol Caroline with a karaoke cover of this. Baby, I'll do anything that you want to; I'll try anything that you want to. Man, I'm really procrastinating starting the official list...what the hell? What's one more honorable mention??
HonoUrable Mention: "The Lightning I, II" and "Unconditional I (Look Out Kid)" Arcade Fire
Did I say one more honorable mention? I meant three. Now look, Ole Dozo is not a "cancel culture" guy. I believe that nobody is perfect, and we all have done shit we're not proud of. There have been no legal ramifications yet, but when there's smoke, there's usually Arcade Fire, and with five people accusing Win Butler of sexual misconduct, to quote Mark Wahlberg (maybe Turtle? I forget) in Entourage, "well, it's not good."
I have a hard time officially ranking any of Arcade Fire's latest (even if I do enjoy it) songs due to the claims. I haven't listened much since that news broke. I don't want to assume anything one way or another, but I feel more comfortable giving Arcade Fire a head nod honourable mention. At the very least, not all members are involved with this, so excluding them is unfair, but the story is a bummer nonetheless. It's weird because if Win used his fame and position to fuck, I feel like that's not a big deal; that's rockstar life. Obviously, any sort of nonconsensual acts are unacceptable, but this is a weird ass situation. Regardless, honourable mention for Arcade Fire. "Lookout Kid" would be in my top 5 had these allegations not happened. It's a beautiful song and makes me wanna be a dad someday (even though the world is fucked!!).
#22. "Oregon" Briston Maroney
I still don't know shit about fuck (R.I.P.) when it comes to Briston Maroney (I've listened to 2 songs), but Apple Music suggested this, and damnit if those algorithms don't know me! To speak like 2022, it's giving Wallows vibes.
#21. "As It Was" Harry Styles
Over saturation got me sort of sick of "As It Was," but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't grooving to this in the 'scape when it first came out. Harry deserves a spot on the list for being the sex god he is (even though I don't get down with allegedly spitting on people at award shows/premieres/whatever tf that was), and this song fucks. Just because I heard this every time I stepped foot in a supermarket doesn't mean it's not good. My favorite part is that voice switch at 2:05ish. I'm sure David Bowie is smiling down on Harry for stealing his everything.
#20. "Faces in the Moon" Ghost Light
My buddy Z recommended Ghost Light, and I fell for this one. Everybody knows Dozie has a soft spot for a cute frontwoman. Big swag by me, including a song with less than 500 plays on Youtube.
#19. "Keep On Dreamin'" The Arcs
A relatively new addition compared to the rest of the list (11/30's SOD). I would've never guessed that The Arcs would release something better than the Black Keys in 2022, but that's precisely what they did with "Keep on Dreamin'." Frankly, Dropout Bougie was a massive disappointment, but Dan Auerbach salvaged his 2022 with this homage to 60s keyboard rock with sprinkles of every decade since.
#18. "So Sick (Of Missing You)" Pale Waves
"So Sick (Of Missing You)" could be confused as some 2002 Avril, and I mean that as a sincere compliment. I was really into Pale Waves in late 2018 and haven't listened to them much in the past few years, but I am all the way back. Had me and my last girlfriend made it to May of 2019, I would've seen them open for The 1975, which would've been cool, but don't get that twisted. I just wish I had seen them and The 1975!! So Sick (s/o Ne-Yo) is these Brits' first of two entries on the 2022 DOL charts. "DIDN'T KNOW THAT YOU COULD BEEEE,,, SOOO FUCKIN CRUEL TOOOO MEEE"
#17. "EDGING" blink-182
I'm pumped that blink-182 is back with its optimum lineup, and "EDGING" is a solid and fun return, but I'm not gonna lie and say it compares to their peak work. It's great to have the boys back (with a cancer-free Mark), and I'm excited about the album; it just sucks concert tickets are going for down payment prices.
#16. "Free" Florence + the Machine
Flo went out there and dropped an anxiety anthem while rocking a cute braid. I just checked what I wrote when this was SOD (4/27), and holy shit, I basically led that off with the same sentence. The human brain is an interesting +machine! Yes, FATM was incredible live. Florence is my King/Queen/Goddess.
#15. "Act My Age" Pale Waves
These vocals are Paul Piercing. Fuck that MGK bullshit. This is the real emo revival, albeit poppy emo.
#14. "New Mode" Kid Cudi
Truth be told, I still haven't listened to the album front to back yet. I've been meaning to watch the Netflix movie that accompanied the album but haven't found the moment. "New Mode" has classic 08-10 Cudi vibes, which earned it a spot on the DOL Top 22 of 2022. I'm gonna be on a new mode in 2023. Dozie's getting back in the 200s in '23 before I turn 32...woahhh
#13. "Hungersite" Goose
Not to be confused with "Hunger Strike" by Temple of the Dog, these animals out of Connecticut have brought jam bands to the mainstream-ish. Don't let their asi-asi performance on Kimmel fool you; Goose fuckin grooves and are arguably keeping my man Z alive. Nobody loves Goose more than Z.
#12."Bad Habit" Steve Lacy
Arguably the most well-known song on my list, I didn't hear "Bad Habit" until Steve Lacy was on SNL. I wouldn't be shocked if this cracked my Top 100 on Apple Music by the end of the year. TBH, I'm surprised it hasn't already. I've seen headlines on Youtube saying that TikTok killed this song and lame shit like that. IDK if it's true, I just know I like this song even though astrology is stupid and biting your tongue is too. Biting my nails and eating my feelings are two examples of my many bad habits!
#11. "Ur Mum" Wet Leg
"Ur Mum" loses points for the elongated scream, that's not my swag, but I've got wet legs from spilling their kool-aid all over my lower half trying to put out the fire in my pants that Rhian Teasdale started. These ladies are adorable and fucking rock. I feel like they've been getting their dicks sucked big time by most music publications, but they deserve it. Wet Leg has a super bright future.
#10. "Cool, Nice" Cobra Man
If you put The B-52s, Bee Gees, Ramones, and The 1975 into a blender without its lid on, that's Cobra Man and the energy at their shows. They're still on the come-up, which is why this video looks like it cost about $850 to create. It's only like their third ever music video and I dig it. Super cool. We're probably all guilty of being a "cool, nice" person from time to time and this jam gives us plenty of reason to be more present.
#9. "Angelica" Wet Leg
"Angelica" was my first taste of Wet Leg and still my favorite track of their growing catalog. If this blog was ranking verses---
"I don't know what I'm even doing here
I was told that there would be free beer
I don't wanna follow you on the 'gram
I don't wanna listen to your band"
---takes the 2022 gold medal without question.
#8. "I Ain't Quite Where I Think I Am" Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkeys' sound has evolved so much since they broke onto the scene via myspace they should be called the Melted Humans. I remember listening to Dance Floor while stripping wallpaper at my Grandparent's house in Prov on the late great BRU. While The Car doesn't sound anything like those early days, Alex and the boys have aged like a fine whiskey. This is a freaky, funky take on the Monkeys we've been glimpses of since AM and I gotta say I'm all for it. You wanna hear this while on heavy ludes at a casino in 1978.
#7. "This Is Why" Paramore
It took a few plays for "This Is Why" to grow on me, but once it did, it metastasized to my heart. There's so much energy in this still somehow cool performance; I had to include it over the sorta *blah* video. With all the bands I knocked out this year, Paramore is close to the top of the "who Dozie needs to see live" mountain. Hayley is one of the best lead singers in the history of any genre. Her voice is elite. Her moves are the perfect mix of sexy and cute (Crazy Stupid Love, 2011), and she has great stage presence. I fucking love her. She's been killing it since I was a freshman in high school.
#6. "I've Been Drunk in Every Pub in Brisbane" The Chats
I know I was h8in pretty hard on short songs earlier, but I think I've more than made up for it by putting a 1:29 Aussie punk ode to hitting every watering hole in the city in the (never forget J)6 spot more than makes up for it. I genuinely love this trasher. It's so fucking fun and makes me wanna have some pints with the fellas. If this came out 20 years earlier, I could totally see it in a THPS soundtrack.
#5. "Bronco" Orville Peck
I'm not much of a country guy anymore, but Orville Peck is more than just country. He's a gay space cowboy from America's hat with pipes for days. Bronco's title track from his sophomore record is fiery and fun, and I enjoy it very much. There's nobody in music like Orville Peck, and I cannot recommend him enough.
#4. "My Love" Florence + the Machine
"My Love" tempo sorta reminds me of Jennifer Paige's "Crush," which is one of my favorite songs of childhood, and "My Love" is hands down my favorite track of FATM's Dance Fever. "My Love" is energic and sexy and puts Flo's angelic voice on display. She's killing that dress here. Not to sound like a 23-year-old fan girl, but she is everything. You're more than welcome to put your love in my arms.
#3. "Happiness" The 1975
I feel like I abuse the term "infectious bassline" in my writing, but "Happiness'" could put you in quarantine. I know I've said this before too, they should be called the 1983 with their new wavy flavor. It's 3:39 am so excuse me for being a basic bitch. I LOVE THE 1975. I'm not a gay guy (not that there's anything wrong with that) but I would let Matty Healy fuck me out of respect/slight attraction. I'm so glad he's not doing H anymore.
#2. "C'Mon Baby, Cry" Orville Peck
I can't think of one part of this song to criticize; this is Orville at his best--major old Vegas strip vibes. His voice is so powerful. I love the stories he tells. I am a sad boi, just like you (but we're working on it!). Don't be afraid; let it out, give into Orville's extraordinary voice, and shed a tear if you must. I saw him live at Fete last year from like 15 feet away, and it was incredible.
#1. "I'm In Love With You" The 1975
Who would've guessed a band famous for comically long songs and album titles would drop a banger with the least creative title of all time that is an absolute masterpiece? To copy my description of "Happiness," "I'm In Love With You," is infectious. You could've just gotten fired, your house could've burned down, and this shit could still make you smile.
There are plenty of things to be unhappy about in this crazy world, but this song and band are not one of them. "I'm In Love With You" makes me want to be in love and sing it to my bride while we share our lives. I, I, I, I, I fucking LOVE The 1975 (so much that I saw them solo dozo in November). This peppy number is a go-to on my workout playlists and DOL's #1 song of 2022 (the second time The 1975's had that honor). I don't understand how someone with ears and a soul could think "Part of the Band" is better than this bop (fuck I did it again).