It’s been a fun year in music. Genre lines have been further blurred, rappers and pop artists made house and dance albums, R&B artists delved into rap and punk music, and more. Songs took on a new life on TikTok, Twitch, and Instagram as artists even opted to socially release tracks on the latter. It was the year of experimentation and chaos—a reflection of the times.
As we turn the corner and get ready to delve into a new year of further stretching and (hopefully) more boundary-pushing to stimulate the music aficionados, the Complex Music staff takes a look back at the songs that we couldn’t get enough of this year. From A-listers to select rising ones to watch, these are Complex’s picks for the 50 best songs of 2022.