Top 30 Songs for January 16-22, 2022

I just can’t get enough of those exuberant jangly guitars, driving beats and soaring vocals on the marvelous “Good Friend” by Canadian artist dwi, and it remains my favorite song for a second week. Closing in at #2 is “Crutch” by Band of Horses, and climbing four spots to #4 is the beautiful “Time in Disguise” by Kings of Leon. It’s not doing particularly well on the Alternative charts, which is perplexing to me, especially given that “Bandit” was the top song of 2021 on the Adult Alternative Airplay chart. The ebullient dance-pop tune “Starts With You” by L.A.-based singer-songwriter Shimmer Johnson climbs three spots to #6, and Tears for Fears’ “The Tipping Point” also climbs three spots to #7.

Three songs debut on this week’s chart: Though it’s been out for over three months, “INDUSTRY BABY” by Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow finally enters my chart at #28. Bringing up the rear are new songs by two of my favorite acts from London, England – “Just Like Always” by Oli Barton & the Movement and Maella, and “Redchurch Street Blues” by Philip Morgan Lewis, which enter at #29 & #30, respectively.

  1. GOOD FRIEND – dwi (1)
  2. CRUTCH – Band of Horses (3)
  3. I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – The War on Drugs featuring Lucius (2)
  4. TIME IN DISGUISE – Kings of Leon (8)
  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE – My Morning Jacket (4)
  6. STARTS WITH YOU – Shimmer Johnson (9)
  7. THE TIPPING POINT – Tears for Fears (10)
  8. BEGGIN’ – Måneskin (5)
  9. I DON’T WANNA TALK (I JUST WANNA DANCE) – Glass Animals (6)
  10. LOVE IN OCTOBER – Ships Have Sailed (7)
  11. I SEE THE SUN – Solar Eyes (12)
  12. TWO CAR FAMILY – Apollo Junction (13)
  13. LEFT BEHIND – a million rich daughters (14)
  14. SMILE – Wolf Alice (15)
  15. JOURNEYMAN’S BALLET – Sam Rappaport (17)
  16. U&ME – alt-J (18)
  17. ONE AND THE SAME – Future Theory (19)
  18. WAKE ME UP – Foals (20)
  19. THE HARDEST CUT – Spoon (22)
  20. UNTIL I COME HOME – Two Feet & grandson (23)
  21. CHAPSTICK – COIN (24)
  22. HEAD IN THE CLOUDS – Thunder Fox (25)
  23. THE OUTSIDE – twenty øne piløts (26)
  24. DON’T BRING ME DOWN – Two Feet (11)
  25. THE ONLY HEARTBREAKER – Mitski (30)
  26. JUSTIFIED – Kacey Musgraves (16)
  27. KALEIDOSCOPE – Soda Cracker Jesus (21)
  28. INDUSTRY BABY – Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow (N)
  29. JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Oli Barton & the Movement & Maella (N)
  30. REDCHURCH STREET BLUES – Philip Morgan Lewis (N)

5 thoughts on “Top 30 Songs for January 16-22, 2022

  1. That dwi tune does sound pretty catchy. I also like the Band of Horses, The War on Drugs and Kings of Leon songs. Late in October last year, I featured “Change”, another track I dig from The War on Drugs’ latest album. I guess I should take a closer look at that record.

    Previously, I saw something about Tears for Fears’ upcoming album. I like some of their ’80s songs, especially “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Showing the Seeds of Love”. “Shout” was a very popular song during high school parties.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Christian. There’s a lot of very fine music out now, and I wish more of my followers would take some time to listen to more of it. I’m a long-time fan of Tears for Fears, and am glad they’re still making music together after their acrimonious split that lasted a decade. Theirs was one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

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  2. I’m currently listening to the three tunes from the upcoming Tears for Fears album. My initial impression is favorable enough that I’m curious to listen to the rest of the album. It’s supposed to come out on February 25.

    Overall, while I think it’s fair to say I generally liked Tears for Fears ’80s songs more at the time than I do nowadays, I still fairly enjoy their music. “Sowing the Seeds of Love” has a cool Beatles vibe. And “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” is a catchy pop tune.

    I know I’ve said this before. In general, I find most of the new music is a challenging proposition when you’re big time into ’60s and ’70s rock, blues and soul. But I would also add two qualifiers to the statement:
    1. If you’re willing to invest the time, even with a ’60s and ’70s music mind, you can still find great contemporary music.
    2. It does help to stay open-minded and be willing to push beyond your comfort zone, at least every now and then.

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    1. I grew up with the music of the 60s and 70s, so it will always be my favorite. That said, a lot of artists & bands making music today are heavily-influenced by artists from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s. Many, like twenty one pilots and Thunder Fox to name just two with songs on this top 30, blend together multiple genres in their music, which I find very exciting.

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