AP Top Songs of 2022: 'Bad Habit,' 'Unholy,' 'Cuff It' (2023)

Ten of the best songs of the year, as selected by Associated Press entertainment journalists.


It took nearly three months, but Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has continued to thrive. The multi-genre song, a single from his album “Gemini Rights,” became the first record to ever top the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop, Hot R&B, Hot Rock and and Alternative songs chart simultaneously. It became popular over the summer after many on social media including celebrities Hailey Bieber and Charlie D’Amelio used the song while promoting their brands. With a funky bassline, Lacy shows some regret after missing an opportunity to approach a love interest. — Jonathan Landrum Jr.


Harry Styles was everywhere in 2022 pop culture, from his much-anticipated new album “Harry’s House,” to his massive tour and most notably being in the middle of the behind-the-scenes chaos surrounding the film “Don’t Worry Darling.” Styles could take some advice from the lyrics to his chart-topper “As It Was,” a bittersweet and brightly packaged bop: “Nothing to say/when everything gets in the way.” The song is deceptively upbeat with a jingly synth-pop beat and a little kid’s voice as the intro and wedding bells at the end. But the lyrics are self-referentially melancholic as he accepts the reality of change that even he is not quite ready for. Thank you to the year’s leading man for giving everyone a lot to talk and sing about. — Kristin M. Hall

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    If you scroll through social media, you won’t have to wait long before you see viral videos of groups from young to old performing choreographed routines to Beyoncé’s “Cuff It.” The feel good, dance track captures the spirit of fun, romance and infatuation all in nearly four minutes of music, and while that’s longer than most radio hits these days, the song leaves you wishing Queen Bey would’ve extended the track even more. If you feel like falling in love or need a flirty boost, keep this track on repeat. — Gary Gerard Hamilton


    (Video) Steve Lacy - Bad Habit (Official Video)

    Self-loathing never sounded so good as on Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero,” which went to the top of the Billboard singles chart for weeks and only relented its grasp under pressure from a bubbly Mariah Carey before Christmas. It is peak Swift: Confessional to the point of self-horror, depressing in its inevitable tears. “I’m the problem,” she sings. “It’s me.” The rest of the lyrics are dense and pregnant with meaning — there’s a scene with a will reading? Who is a sexy baby? Is she really a monster on the hill? — all driven by a moody, propulsive electro beat. “This song really is a real guided tour throughout all the things I tend to hate about myself,” she has written about it. And yet it is something to adore. — Mark Kennedy



    Kendrick Lamar has several standout tracks off his Grammy-nominated album “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.” But one of the most vibrantly enjoyable songs from his masterful project is “Die Hard” featuring singer-rapper Blxst and Barbadian singer Amanda Reifer. The three music artists collectively blend their voices on the hit song — which delves into trust and battling demons. Lamar raps about overcoming his insecurities in hopes of becoming better for a future relationship. — Jonathan Landrum Jr.


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    She’s got the moves, she’s got the grooves and she’s used them to great effect on unsuspecting ears and minds as they were emerging from a literal and mental winter. Lizzo’s infectious bop “About Damn Time” hit the indoor-dazed populace right in the solar plexus and shattered the dancefloors. Between lyrics like “Is everybody back up in the buildin’? It’s been a minute, tell me how you’re healin’” and “I’m way too fine to be this stressed, yeah/ Oh, I’m not the girl I was or used to be/ Uh,…, I might be better” and her up-tempo flute, Lizzo says it’s OK to claw back a little happiness after our collective trauma with the help of some pop music. — Cristina Jaleru


    THE 1975, “PART OF THE BAND”

    “Part of the Band” is the off-kilter jewel in The 1975′s excellent album, “Being Funny In A Foreign Language.” It refuses to follow a tempo pattern as it caroms from cellos to lounge ballad to sax solo, with dense, funny lyrics. “Am I ironically woke? The butt of my joke? Or am I just some post-coke, average, skinny bloke calling his ego imagination?” frontman and lyricist Matty Healy sings. It is a song that makes you stop and listen. “So many cringes in the heroin binges/I was coming off the hinges, living on the fringes,” go the lyrics. — Mark Kennedy


    (Video) Beyoncé - CUFF IT (Official Lyric Video)

    If there was one good song to start the cold season, it’s the sensuous, risqué “Unholy” – leaning on Sam Smith’s translucent vocals and Kim Petras’ petulant energy. The club anthem that slinks up on you with its throbbing bass wrapped in Eastern influences kicks off right out the gate with a heavenly choir. The electro-hook is set to catch, stun and haunt. A startling departure from Smith’s weepy ballads, this slow but electrifying tune got its general stripes first on TikTok with the singers’ dance challenge and the admiral ones on the airwaves and the dancefloor. One of the most well-matched collaborations of the year, “Unholy” has been certified Platinum with the speed of saying a “Hail Mary.” — Cristina Jaleru



    Post-punk rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs returned with a new album this year, their first since 2013, and the opening dark synths of their first single “Spitting Off the Edge of the World” delivered the kind of fist-pumping energy that Karen O and company are known for. Karen O’s distinctive vocals on the opening line, “Cowards, here’s the sun, so bow your heads,” are aptly matched with Perfume Genius’ delicate and glamorous voice. The song peaks with the banging drums in the chorus inviting a defiance on the precipice of chaos. It’s a great return to form for a band that has always pushed the boundaries. — Kristin M. Hall


    It would be easy — and possibly understandable — to only include one Beyoncé song on our list. But why punish the Queen for creating phenomenal music? “Break My Soul” was her majesty’s royal anthem welcoming her back to her rightful place on the throne after a six-year-hiatus between albums. The house track spanned genres, dominating airplay on R&B, pop and dance formats. Reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, the song delivered a variety of DJ versions and remixes, including the “The Queens Remix” with Madonna. “Break My Soul” also reached No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, and along with “Cuff It,” marked the first time since 2003 that the icon had multiple No. 1s on the chart in the same year. — Gary Gerard Hamilton



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    What are AP Top Songs 2022? ›

    A pair of Beyoncé songs — “Cuff It” and “Break My Soul”— along with undeniable hits “Bad Habit” from Steve Lacy and “As It Was” by Harry Styles are among the The Associated Press' selection of top songs of 2022. The main image album art shows “Renaissance” by Beyoncé.

    What was the number one hit song of 2022? ›

    Chart history

    "Heat Waves", the 2020 single by British indie-pop band Glass Animals, topped the Hot 100 in 2022 for five weeks. It became the best-charting song of the year.

    What songs turned 10 this year? ›

    • 23 Songs Turning 10 in 2023. By Gizelle Caoile. ...
    • Royals. Artist: Lorde. ...
    • Blurred Lines. Artist: Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams. ...
    • Wake Me Up. Artist: Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc and Mike Einziger of Incubus. ...
    • Get Lucky. Artist: Daft Punk. ...
    • Unconditionally. Artist: Katy Perry. ...
    • Still Into You. ...
    • Heart Attack.
    Dec 31, 2022

    What is the hottest song now 2022? ›

    Billboard Hot 100: Every #1 song of 2022
    • Taylor Swift, “Anti-Hero” 6 weeks at number-one. ...
    • Steve Lacy, “Bad Habit” ...
    • Nicki Minaj, “Super Freaky Girl” ...
    • Beyonce, “Break My Soul” ...
    • Lizzo, “About Damn Time” ...
    • Drake featuring 21 Savage, “Jimmy Cooks” ...
    • Future featuring Drake and Tems, “Wait for U” ...
    • Harry Styles, “As It Was”
    Dec 27, 2022

    What is the most trending song right now 2022? ›

    Beyoncé's 'Break My Soul. ' Taylor Swift's 'Anti-Hero. ' These are the 10 best songs of 2022, ranked.
    • Beyoncé's, 'Break My Soul'
    • Florence + The Machine, 'Free' ...
    • Rosalía, 'Despechá' ...
    • The Weeknd, 'Less Than Zero' ...
    • Sam Smith featuring Kim Petras, 'Unholy' ...
    • Steve Lacy, 'Bad Habit' ...
    • Kendrick Lamar, 'N95' ...
    Dec 14, 2022

    What is #1 song right now? ›

    The number one song on iTunes right now is Flowers by Miley Cyrus. Related Charts: Apple Music Top Streaming Songs, iTunes Top 200 Songs, Top New Songs February 2023, Top 100 Albums, and Top 40 Music Videos.

    What is the #1 song of all time? ›

    Blinding Lights

    What's the number 1 song in the world ever? ›

    According to Guinness World Records, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1942) as performed by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.

    What's the latest popular song? ›

    Today's Top Hits
    • Boy's a liar Pt. 2PinkPantheress, Ice Spice.
    • FlowersMiley Cyrus.
    • Kill BillSZA.
    • Escapism. RAYE, 070 Shake.
    • Creepin' (with The Weeknd & 21 Savage)Metro Boomin, The Weeknd, 21 Savage.
    • Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53Bizarrap, Shakira.
    • Calm Down (with Selena Gomez)Rema, Selena Gomez.
    • As It WasHarry Styles.

    What is the most trending song this year? ›

    HITS 2023 - Today's Hits
    • 10:35. 10:35. Tiësto, Tate McRae. ...
    • I'm Good (Blue) I'm Good (Blue) David Guetta, Bebe Rexha. ...
    • Flowers. Flowers. Miley Cyrus. ...
    • Levitating. Levitating. Dua Lipa. ...
    • Kill Bill. Kill Bill. SZA. ...
    • 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) Lizzo. ...
    • Shivers. Shivers. Ed Sheeran. ...
    • Anti-Hero. Anti-Hero. Taylor Swift.

    What is the most played song in the last 10 years? ›

    See the top 10 below and find the rest of the chart elsewhere on this page.
    • Daft Punk – Get Lucky (feat.
    • Justin Timberlake – Can't Stop the Feeling! ...
    • Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling. ...
    • Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (feat. ...
    • OneRepublic – Counting Stars. ...
    • CeeLo Green – Forget You. ...
    • Kings of Leon – Sex On Fire. ...

    What was the 2022 song of the year? ›

    Silk Sonic's "Leave The Door Open" won the GRAMMY for Song Of The Year at the 2022 GRAMMYs. Written by Brandon Anderson (.

    What was the #1 song in 2023? ›

    Miley Cyrus, “Flowers”

    Which is the most hot song? ›

    Best sexy songs, ranked
    1. 'Sexual Healing' by Marvin Gaye. ...
    2. 'I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby"'by Barry White. ...
    3. 'Wicked Game' by Chris Isaak. ...
    4. 'Untitled (How Does It Feel?) ...
    5. 'Fade Into You' by Mazzy Star. ...
    6. 'Need You Tonight' by INXS. ...
    7. 'Sexy MF' by Prince. ...
    8. 'Video Phone' by Beyoncé
    May 27, 2022

    What is the most listened to song on Spotify? ›

    Spotify Top 100 Most-Streamed Songs
    1. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You3307042661
    2. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights3285156792
    3. Tones And I – Dance Monkey2707855088
    4 – Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved2564964399
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    What songs are top 40 today? ›

    Top 40
    • Flowers. MILEY CYRUS. Columbia.
    • Creepin' f/The Weeknd, 21 Sav. METRO BOOMIN. Boominati/Republic.
    • Die For You. THE WEEKND. XO.
    • Unholy. SAM SMITH & KIM PETRAS. Capitol.
    • I'm Good (Blue) DAVID GUETTA & BEBE REXHA. Parlophone UK.
    • Made You Look. MEGHAN TRAINOR. Epic.
    • Kill Bill. SZA. Top Dawg Ent./RCA.
    • Cuff It. BEYONCE. Parkwood/Columbia.

    What is Spotify most played song 2022? ›

    Most streamed albums and songs in 2022

    Meanwhile, “As It Was” by Styles emerged as the most streamed song globally, followed by “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals, “STAY (with Justin Bieber)” by The Kid LAROI, “Me Porto Bonito” by Bad Bunny feat.

    What song is #1 on Apple music? ›

    - Last Night

    What is the shortest #1 song? ›

    The Shortest Hot 100 Hits

    While it just misses the second list above, Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs' “Stay” is the shortest No. 1: just 1:38 in length. The classic led the Nov. 21, 1960, Hot 100.

    Who has the most #1 hits in history? ›

    Mariah Carey (USA) has topped the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on 19 different occasions.

    Who wrote most #1 hits? ›

    The most successful songwriters in terms of number one singles are John Lennon (1940-80) and Paul McCartney (b. 18 Jun 1942). McCartney is credited as the writer on 32 number one hits in the US to Lennons 26 (with 23 co-written), whereas Lennon authored 29 UK number ones to McCartney's 28 (25 co-written).

    What is the longest song ever played? ›

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    The longest recorded pop song is “Apparente Libertà,” by Giancarlo Ferrari, which is 76 minutes, 44 seconds long.

    What is the most streamed song of all time? ›

    "Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd is the most streamed song on Spotify with over 3.4 billion streams.

    What is the most downloaded song of all time? ›

    On western markets, Just Dance by Lady Gaga and Viva La Vida by Coldplay were monster sellers, shifting 13.49 million and 14.24 million units, respectively.

    What was the first pop song? ›

    Milwaukee is home to the song 'After the Ball' by Charles Harris. Written in 1891, it's the first song to sell a million copies of sheet music.

    What is the longest #1 song on Billboard Hot 100? ›

    "Old Town Road" holds the record for the longest stretch at No. 1 with 19 weeks.

    Who is No 1 Billboard artist? ›

    BTS currently holds the record for most consecutive weeks at number one with 180. Justin Bieber has spent 163 weeks at number one on the Billboard Social 50. Taylor Swift have spent 28 weeks at number one, the most by any female artist.

    What are the top 10 songs in the US right now? ›

    US Singles Top 100
    • (1) Flowers. Miley Cyrus. ...
    • (2) Kill Bill. SZA. ...
    • (5) Creepin' Metro Boomin featuring The Weeknd and 21 Savage. ...
    • (14) Boy's A Liar, Pt. Pinkpantheress and Ice Spice. ...
    • (3) Last Night. Morgan Wallen. ...
    • (4) Unholy. Sam Smith and Kim Petras. ...
    • (8) Die For You. The Weeknd. ...
    • (7) Anti-hero. Taylor Swift.

    What was the #1 hit of 2010s? ›

    "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X became the longest-reigning number-one in the history of the Hot 100, spending 19 weeks on top.

    What song has been in the top 40 longest? ›

    Songs with 50 or more weeks in the Top 40

    "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey holds the record for the most weeks in the Top 40 history with 85 weeks.

    How many #1 songs has future had? ›

    The following records account for his nine No. 1 placements on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart: Honest, DS2, What a Time to Be Alive with Drake, EVOL, the self-titled album Future, HNDRXX, Super Slimey with Young Thug, Future & Juice WRLD Present…

    What are the top 10 songs on the radio right now 2022? ›

    TOP 50 Radio HITS 2022 - New Music Friday
    • BREAK MY SOULBeyoncé
    • STAY (with Justin Bieber)The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber.
    • My UniverseColdplay, BTS.
    • Everything But You (feat. A7S)Clean Bandit, A7S.
    • PepasFarruko.
    • WomanDoja Cat.
    • Bad HabitsEd Sheeran.
    • INDUSTRY BABY (feat. Jack Harlow)Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow.

    What are the top 10 rap songs right now? ›

    Hip-Hop and R&B Top 50
    • Just Wanna RockLIL UZI VERT•Just Wanna Rock. LIL UZI VERT. ...
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    • ShirtSZA•Shirt. SZA. ...
    • Rich FlexDrake feat. 21 Savage•Her Loss. ...
    • TomorrowGloRilla•Tomorrow. ...
    • Back EndFinesse2tymes•Back End. ...
    • Do It Again (feat.

    What are the top 40 hits right now? ›

    US Top 40 | Chart Hits 2023
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    • 10:35. 10:35. Tiësto, Tate McRae. ...
    • I'm Good (Blue) I'm Good (Blue) David Guetta, Bebe Rexha. ...
    • Flowers. Flowers. ...
    • 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) ...
    • Kill Bill. Kill Bill. ...
    • Beg For You (feat. Rina Sawayama) ...
    • Anti-Hero. Anti-Hero.

    Who is the #1 rap artist right now? ›

    The top 100 most-streamed artists of 2022 is experiencing a rap takeover. Sitting at number one is Drake, who is now this year's top-streamed artist so far with at 6.7 billion in streams.

    What's the hottest R&B song right now? ›

    R&B Playlist 2023 - Today's TOP R&B Hits (New RnB Songs Playlist)
    • Kill BillSZA.
    • Creepin' (with The Weeknd & 21 Savage)Metro Boomin, The Weeknd, 21 Savage.
    • SnoozeSZA.
    • Nobody Gets MeSZA.
    • FOREVER (with 6LACK)Jessie Reyez, 6LACK.
    • GucciBig Blanco.
    • They Don't KnowMO3, Tory Lanez.
    • Sweet YamzFetty Wap.

    What's the most popular rap song right now? ›

    Top 50: Hip-hop & Rap
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    • Took Her To The O. King Von. ...
    • On Wat U On (with GloRilla) MoneyBagg Yo. ...
    • Kay Flock - PSA. Kay Flock. ...
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