Top 30 Songs for April 24-30, 2022

The mysterious and smoldering “Deception” by British singer-songwriter Hannah Reem, with stunning cinematic music by producer-composer Noodle Beard, is my favorite song for a second week. I think Hannah’s powerful, sultry vocals would hold their own up against many of today’s top-rated female singers. This song is so good – to my ears anyway – that I want it to keep going for nine or ten minutes. I guess I’ll just have to keep hitting replay!

Harry Styles jumps eight spots to #2 with his exuberant earworm “As It Was”. Though I was not a fan of One Direction (the boy band he was a member of in his teens, for those who are somehow unaware), I really like a lot of his music as a solo artist, and his latest single is terrific. According to an article in the webzine Stylecaster, though Styles hasn’t confirmed the song’s meaning, many believe it’s about his relationship with fame and how his life isn’t “the same as it was” since becoming a music star, expressed by the lyrics “In this world, it’s just us. You know it’s not the same as it was.” The song also alludes to his loneliness and concern from others as he isolates himself from the world, opening with a child’s voice (an actual phone recording of his goddaughter Ruby Winston) saying: “Come on, Harry, we wanna say goodnight to you,” and in the second verse Styles acknowledges “Answer the phone. ‘Harry, you’re no good alone. Why are you sitting at home on the floor? What kind of pills are you on?’

Otherwise, just the typical chart movement this week as older songs slowly move down to make way for newer ones on their way up. The Black Keys‘ “Wild Child” climbs four spots to #4, as does Florence + the Machine‘s “My Love”, which moves up to #11. Yet again, I wanted to add at least five new songs to this list, but only had slots for two: Bastille‘s delightfully upbeat Calypso-infused “Shut Off the Lights”, and the mesmerizing “Miracle Mile” by Welsh electro-punk band Head Noise, which enter at #29 and #30 respectively. I love Bastille lead singer Dan Smith’s distinctive vocals, and am glad they’re still going strong after 10 years. And I’ve been following self-described oddball band Head Noise for a couple of years, and for me, the epic “Miracle Mile”, from their recently-released EP SCRAM, is their best song yet.

  1. DECEPTION – Hannah Reem and Noodle Beard (1)
  2. AS IT WAS – Harry Styles (10)
  3. WHAT, ME WORRY? – Portugal. The Man (2)
  4. WILD CHILD – The Black Keys (8)
  5. BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers (6)
  6. LOVE BRAND NEW – Bob Moses (7)
  7. BROKEN HEARTS – Ships Have Sailed (4)
  8. JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Oli Barton & the Movement & Maella (3)
  9. I’LL CALL YOU MINE – girl in red (5)
  10. GIVE A LITTLE LOVIN’ – Jamie Alimorad (9)
  11. MY LOVE – Florence + the Machine (15)
  12. BROKEN HORSES – Brandi Carlisle (11)
  13. CHEER UP BABY – Inhaler (14)
  14. SLEEP – Gooseberry (16)
  16. WILD – Spoon (18)
  17. CAVIAR – Two Feet (12)
  18. THE ONLY HEARTBREAKER – Mitski (13)
  19. I LOVE YOU – Fontaines D.C. (19)
  20. LA CIENEGA – Chief Springs (22)
  22. THE HURT WITHIN – Holy Coves (24)
  23. VIRGINIA (WIND IN THE NIGHT) – The Head and the Heart (25)
  24. DISTANCE – Mount Famine (26)
  25. BLOODRUSH – The Amazons (27)
  26. A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer (29)
  27. 2am – Foals (30)
  28. B-SIDE – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (20)
  29. SHUT OFF THE LIGHTS – Bastille (N)
  30. MIRACLE MILE – Head Noise (N)

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