Happy New Year! What are you excited to listen to in 2022? Here are ten songs that you should be listening to in the new year! Check them out below and let me know which ones are your new favorites in the comments!
The Songs to Start Off Your New Year Are…
“burntorangedays” by Talen Miller x Wednesday x maxhill
American Indie Pop artist Talen Miller teams up with Wednesday and maxhill to create “burntorangedays”. The lyrics talk about leaving home even if it wasn’t the best place for you to be. It features soothing electronic instrumentation that is set to a slow tempo. It features morsels of pop deliciousness in the vocals provided by Talen and his friends. Let this track’s tranquilizing pop vibes help to make your days feel more relaxed!
“When You Go” by Everett The Grey
American Indie Folk artist Everett The Grey was inspired by his children when he wrote the tune “When You Go”. It serves as a reflection on the artist’s life. The tranquil feel comes with gorgeous acoustic instrumentation. Yet, it is the vocals that shine through on this track with their soothing, warm tones. It is as if the artist bares his whole heart with the intimacy filled in his vocals. It is a great listen for your New Year with its realistic lyrics and personal feels in the vocals.
“The Bitter End” by Mike’s Wilson
Mike’s Wilson releases “The Bitter End” ahead of his upcoming album. It is a tale of growing up and out of an environment submerged in addiction and poverty through the metaphor of a personal breakup. Mike’s Wilson does a brilliant job telling the lyrics in a catchy way. The thing to listen for is the upbeat rock mood with the electrifying guitar solos, the buoyant tempo, and the intimate vocals. It is a song to groove to in this New Year!
“Punk Rock Therapy” by Oppstøt
The one-man punk artist Oppstøt from Norway wants listeners to jam with his newest song “Punk Rock Therapy”. This electrifying tune has all that makes punk so good. It has a fast tempo, raving guitar solos, and punk sounds in the melodies and vocals. Like the artist says; “Music is highly therapeutic, and punk rock music is no exception!” “Punk Rock Therapy” might give you a clear state of mind this year with its blazing yet catchy punk rock sound.
“Rock Bottom in Shanghai” by ttypes
American Indie Rock artist ttypes hopes that listeners can feel the influences of the 70s and 80s in his uptempo rock tune “Rock Bottom in Shanghai”. The tune depicts a person living in Shanghai, lost in nostalgia over a former lover, smoking far too much weed, and not eating enough food. Listeners can hear influences from such artists like Kate Bush and The Kinks in the chorus with how ttypes style the vocal melody. It is a catchy rock tune by how the artist crafts the melody in a unique progression. Yet, the instrumentation is something to check out as it features nostalgic sounds. This is one rock track you have to check out in the new year!
“Bad Girl” by The Dalmatians
The Dalmatians are back with their latest single “Bad Girl”.The lyrics feature a story of first love in city life full of variety and struggle, where the protagonist has clarity beyond his years to accept his lover as she is.”Bad Girl” features a mixture of 70s guitar strumming with 90s alt-rock vocals.
It is an amazing combination as the strumming features an intricate pattern that will dazzle listeners. Yet, the 90s alt-rock vocals are just as great because it displays the amazing talent and range of the band’s singers. However, the band makes this nostalgic sound their own by how they blend the two together to make their own sound. “Bad Girl” is a must-listen for 2022 with its amazing artistry and nostalgic vibes!
“Higher” by Stine AKA HER
Norwegian Pop Rock artist Stine AKA HER’s “Higher” is a must-listen for the new year. This piano-driven tune features beautiful melodies from the vocals, the guitar, and the piano. The song features a unique dynamic of power between the soft vocals and the driven instrumentation. Yet, how Stine AKA HER’ styles her vocals are alluring as it features a quite nice blend of pop and rock. Listeners have to listen for the build-up in the vocals as it starts off soft but slowly builds up until they burst before the end. Quite a nice listen!
“It’s Okay to Cry” by Sophie Blair
Electropop artist Sophie Blair presents an interesting take on the SOPHIE’s tune “It’s Okay to Cry”. Sophie Blair releases this song in tribute to the hyper pop artist that Blair looked up to for many years. “It’s Okay to Cry” is a delicious tune with addictive pop melodies wrapped in intense instrumentation. Blair displays an immense amount of honesty within her stunning vocal tones. But, inside this addictive pop tune is a very serious message that one should never forget: It’s okay to grieve at our limits, at our gender, at the unfairness of life and relationships and industries and mental illness.
“Chills” by Valencia James
Australian electropop artist Valencia James presents a newer side of her artistry with her latest single “Chills”. The artist poured all her heart and soul into making this, even exploring new textures and sounds to challenge herself. And, it paid off really well. “Chills” is an absolute banger with its addictive melodies and chilling tones in the instrumentation and the sweet vocals. Just listen to that chorus, it is just delicious with how the melody moves in a progression that grabs the listener’s attention instantly. Valencia James got a solid hit with “Chills” with its haunting vibes, solid pop sounds, and flavorsome melodies.
“Different Eyes” by Refestramus
American rock band Refestramus releases their newest single “Different Eyes”. The lyrics are a tribute to the whistleblowers and modern political dissidents like Assange, Snowden, and Manning. The tune features 90s rock melodies but also features the harsh rock sounds of the late 60s and 70s. You can hear the influences of the 90s with the vocals and the guitar progression. But, you can hear the late 60s and 70s sounds in the instrumentation break and just how the song is layered out in its instrumentation and progression. It is a blazing tune that features so many glorious rock throwbacks in its musicality that listeners cannot miss out on!
What song is your new favorite for 2022?
Let me know in the comments!