The Top 40 Pop Songs of 2022 (40-21)

The Top 40 Pop Songs of 2022For the second year in a row, I’m adding a special countdown for all the pop music (ie: anything that isn’t Korean or Japanese) I loved in 2022. I’ve slowly dipped my feet back into international music markets, highlighted by the blog’s “Global Round-Up” posts that kicked off this February and will continue into the future.

Here’s the first half of this year’s countdown: songs number forty to twenty-one!

Honorable Mentions:

Ciara – Jump
Demi Lovato – Skin Of My Teeth
Benjamin – N-Y-T / Gay
Diplo & Miguel – Don’t Forget My Love
Darren Hayes – All You Pretty Things
Tove Lo – 2 Die 4
Theoz – Det Kommer Bli Bra
David Guetta – Crazy What Love Can Do
Bree Runway – Somebody Like You
Darin – Superstar


40. Oliver Tree & Robin Schulz – Miss You

I love high-octane dance music, especially when coupled with a vocal so searing and otherworldly.

39. Lil Nas X – Star Walkin’

Lil Nas X goes full-on “anthem” with Star Walkin‘s stirring pop chorus.

38. Alok & Bastille – Run Into Trouble

An addictive, hazy dance track with a stellar beat drop during its hypnotic hook.

37. Carly Rae Jepsen – Western Wind

I still don’t know what to think of Carly’s newest album, but this was a lush, understated return.

36. Darin – Satisfaction

The always-excellent Darin experiments with brittle 80’s funk to brilliant effect.

35. Latto – Big Energy

Technically, this came out in 2021. But, it became ubiquitous this year. That Tom Tom Club sample never fails.

34. Lizzo – 2 B Loved (Am I Ready)

This should have been massive. What a perfect pop chorus!

33. Sophie And The Giants – We Own The Night

This stylish bit of dance pop scratched my itch for early-10’s era maximalism.

32. Ava Max – Million Dollar Baby

It’s all about those stacked vocals and that swirling dance-disco instrumental.

31. Robin Packalen – Magic (ft. Maejor)

Robin continues his dive into synthwave sounds. We all benefit from this musical transformation.

30. Harry Styles – As It Was

One of the biggest hits of the year for good reason. It sunk its talons into me, as well!

29. Silence Wang – Dance Club

A little-known Chinese track that feels as if it was created just for me. I love its surging dance sound.

28. Rina Sawayama – Hold The Girl

A glitchy anthem with one of the year’s most rousing bridges. It gets better with each listen.

27. Tove Lo – No One Dies From Love

Coupled with an eye-catching, emotional video, this is perfect tears-on-the-dancefloor heartbreak fuel.

26. Omar Rudberg – Todo De Ti (All That She Wants)

A cheeky reinvention of the classic Ace Of Base hit, Todo De Ti is the rare update that works.

25. Jessie Ware – Free Yourself

In a year with plenty of disco retreads, none sounded quite as authentic as Free Yourself.

24. Sophie Ellis-Bextor x @WuhOh – Hypnotized

It’s nice to have Sophie’s arch, mile-a-minute phrasing back in pop music. This is addictively off-kilter.

23. Madison Rose – Technicolor

Madison Rose was a huge discovery for me this year, and Technicolor offers a bright taste of her excellent album.

22. Charli XCX – Used To Know Me

Robin S’s immortal Show Me Love became a popular touchstone this year, but few harnessed the sample with more panache than Charli XCX.

21. Jonas Blue x Why Don’t We – Don’t Wake Me Up

This is just straight-up EDM bliss with a massive pop chorus that aims straight for the jugular.

NEXT: 20-1


6 thoughts on “The Top 40 Pop Songs of 2022 (40-21)

  1. Genius of Love is probably one of my favorite songs of all time, and I am just a fool for anything that samples it. Big Energy immediately had me in it’s clutches because of that, haha.


  2. The Lizzo song is a great one, but I think her first single overshadowed it because of how BIG of a hit it was.

    I need to go back to Carly’s new album. Beach House was the best song off of the project me on first listen.

    I’m happy for Latto. She has been working for a long time, so Big Energy definitely seems like a reward for her efforts.


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