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The 40 best songs of 2022 so far

Mikael Wood, Suzy Exposito and August Brown, Los Angeles Times on

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Dove Cameron, “Boyfriend”: Slyly gender-bending lyrics + a throaty post-Billie Eilish vocal performance = a long-sought pop hit for this former Disney Channel kid.

Doechii, “Crazy”: The L.A. label TDE will be left without its compass now that Kendrick Lamar is departing for independent pastures. Who knows when SZA will be back with new music, but until then, Doechii will hold the line for its excellence in hip-hop. “Crazy” is a deliciously feral performance, one of a range of styles she’ll bring to festivals and Rap Caviar soon.

Drake, “Sticky”: Whether you love or loathe Drake’s new album of Yuma Tent bummer-house, “Sticky” was the one track everyone agreed on. It’s one of two cuts on “Honestly, Nevermind” where he deigns to rap, and it captures all his current interests, which apparently include skulking around DTLA’s after-hours raves. It’s nice to hear from the late Virgil Abloh again too.

Duke Deuce feat. GloRilla, “Just Say That”: The crunk “Summer Nights.”

Sky Ferreira, “Don’t Forget”: The much-missed synth-punk siren follows her own advice in this reverb-soaked comeback jam, which sounds like it could’ve come from Ferreira’s decade-old “Night Time, My Time.”

FKA twigs feat. the Weeknd, “Tears in the Club”: Some R&B fans like twigs more in theory than in practice: Her music is beautiful but sometimes standoffish. Not so on “Caprisongs,” the most song-centric LP of her career. This Weeknd team-up proves she’s always had a pop-star gift under the shards of experimentalism.

 

Fontaines D.C., “Jackie Down the Line”: Fontaines D.C. — who in 2021 became the first Irish act to be nominated for a Grammy for rock album since U2 — received international acclaim once more this year with “Jackie Down the Line,” an oblique post-punk ramble on feeling rootless upon immigrating to England.

Gunna and Future feat. Young Thug, “Pushin P”: The fact that two of this track’s three artists are currently in jail on an array of conspiracy charges shouldn’t detract from how hard “Pushin P” still hits. It’s tough to hear it with the veil of Young Thug’s RICO indictment, but it’s still low-and-slow Atlanta trap magic, whatever comes next.

Jack Harlow, “First Class”: “I know what they like, so I just keep cheesin’,” Harlow raps over a perfect Fergie sample that proves he’s right.

Health x Lamb of God, “Cold Blood”: On this stellar cut from the L.A. trio Health’s collaboration album “DISCO::4,” the groove-metal veterans Lamb of God solder their riffs and growls onto Health’s grim ambient fog. The two sounds fit together like a car crash — violent, sad and guaranteed to turn heads.

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