In the right hands, the intensely personal character and individual focus of singer-songwriter music can make for some of the most powerful songs available to listeners. This playlist documents the very best from the genre in 2022.
The format is simple: tracks from the the past month feature at the beginning of the playlist, before turning to highlights from the rest of the year (in no particular order). If you’d like to hear the genre’s most recent gems, check out the first five to ten tracks. If you want to explore the year as a whole, simply hit that shuffle button, sit back, and enjoy!
If there’s a track that you think is the pinnacle of singer-songwriter music this year but isn’t featured here, please don’t hesitate to let me know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WARNING: All tracks and their accompanying videos are completely uncensored. A number of them contain explicit language that is unsuitable for children, NSFW topics and images, discussions of potentially triggering subjects, and/or political commentary that may offend.
Tracks listed in order they appear in playlists above.
Tomberlin – Idkwntht
Aldous Harding – Lawn
Grace Cummings – Always New Days Always
DOPE LEMON – Rose Pink Cadillac
Salvation Bill – Slow Wave
Lael Neale – Hotline
Daniel Ögren – Midnattssol
Amaia – Yamaguchi
Lou Roy – Uppercut
Daniel Rossen – Shadow in the Frame
Silvana Estrada – Carta
Imarhan – Taghadart
Grace Cummings – Freak
North Atlantic Explorers – Beneath the Light of the Moon
Shi-ko amane – Never Push Your Luck
Anxious – Wayne
Jenny Hval – Year of Love
Daniel Ögren – Vinter
MARINA – Happy Loner
Grace Cummings – Here is the Rose
Hania Rani – Leaving (Live from Studio S2)
To listen to this playlist on Spotify or Apple Music please return to the top of the page
Disclaimer: Not every song included in this playlist is performed by a solo artist, as term ‘singer-songwriter’ can sometimes imply. There are also many tracks that are by artists or groups that would not usually be considered part of the genre. In this particular playlist the term ‘singer-songwriter’ is used in its wider sense, referring to songs that conform to a certain style of music popularised by singer-songwriters since the 1970s.
Further Listening – 2022 Tracks
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