Alongside rap and pop, R&B is one of the biggest powerhouses in twenty-first century music both commercially and critically. The pinnacle of the genre also often possesses an incredible aural smoothness, one it shares with its predecessor, soul music. This playlist documents the very best from R&B, soul, and neo-soul released in 2022.
The format is simple: once we’re into February tracks from the the past month will 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 R&B, soul, and neo-soul 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.
BAYNK & Tinashe – Esther
The Weeknd – Sacrifice
Moon Byul (feat. Seori) – Shutdown
FKA twigs (feat. Pa Salieu) – honda
Hikaru Utada – BAD MODE
Ivy Sole (feat. Topaz Jones) – One More Night
MICHELLE – Syncopate
KAINA – Apple
The Smile – The Smoke
Ellie Parris – Seasons
Lilblackkids – Oct. 31st
Raveena – Rush
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – Chocolate Hills
Hikaru Utada – Darenimo Iwanai
To listen to this playlist on Spotify or Apple Music please return to the top of the page
Further Listening – 2022 Tracks
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