Best of 2022: That Grape Juice’s Picks for Best Songs of the Year So Far

Published: Thursday 23rd Jun 2022 by Ryan

Music has always been the place where possibilities happen. If there is one thing that this year has showed us, it is that those possibilities are endless.

From perfect pop songs, to dazzling R&B gems, and reflective Hip-Hop hooks, many artists showed up and showed out this year. Some were subtle in their delivery and others took to the dance floor to dance away the angst.

Whatever the occasion may be, these artists crafted the year’s best songs.

Find out which artist and songs made the cut for the best songs of 2022 so far…

Lizzo – About Damn Time

Since her meteoric rise to fame in 2019 with her smash ‘Truth Hurts,’ Lizzo has had a knack for going viral. ‘About Damn Time’ not only ended the drought for new music from her, but she also managed to snag yet another viral smash. However, the song is more than a viral smash, it is an anthem for body positivity, one that is as classic as the disco era it references.


Jazmine Sullivan – Hurt Me So Good

With the release of ‘Heaux Tales’ last year, Jazmine Sullivan finally got the recognition that she has so longingly deserved. So, when she released the deluxe version of the project this year, it unsurprisingly contained one of the best songs of the year. One of the new tracks called ‘Hurt Me So Good’ finds her struggling with her feelings for someone who she can’t seem to let go of. Her exceptional vocals truly give the listener the full emotional experience and dare we say…even chills.


Charli XCX – Sorry If I Hurt You

Fresh off the release of her ‘Crash’ album earlier this year, Charli XCX continues her streak of impressive tunes. Appearing on the deluxe version of ‘Crash,’ ‘Sorry If I Hurt You’ is a futuristic dance-pop tune that is reminiscent of Robyn’s ‘Dancing on My Own.’ Further solidifying ‘Crash’ as the year’s best pop album thus far, ‘Sorry If I Hurt You’ is a true pop tour de force.


The Weeknd – Less Than Zero

The final full song on ‘Dawn FM’ is also its best. This sun-soaked ballad is as heartbreaking as The Weeknd has ever been. With lyrics such as “Now you’d rather leave me than to watch me die in your arms,” he pulls on the heartstrings all the while an upbeat synth progression plays the perfect juxtaposition to the lyrics. Make no mistake, this is not a ‘Blinding Lights’ 2.0, rather it is its own entity, one that is destined to become as big as the ones before it.


Avril Lavigne – Love It When You Hate Me

There is a lot to be said about Avril Lavigne’s return to her pop-punk roots, mainly that it could’ve seen as a cash grab at nostalgia, but her album ‘Love Sux’ and its subsequent songs are anything but. A modern entry into her superstar’s comeback, ‘Love It When You Hate Me’ could have been bogged down by the rap contributions by Blackbear; however, the pair instead creates something new, something unique. As catchy as some of her biggest hits, ‘Love It When You Hate Me,’ shows that even after 20 years in the game, she is going as strong as ever.


Harry Styles – Matilda

If there is one thing that fans and critics have been in agreeance with when it comes to Styles’ new album, ‘Harry’s House,’ it is that ‘Matilda’ is the best song on it. A stirring ode to a friend who has faced neglect and trauma at the feet of family and loved ones, the song sees the subject inch toward adult stability. An acoustic ballad, Styles proves that there is immense power with a gentle emotional touch.


Bad Bunny – Después de la Playa

It only makes sense that Bad Bunny – who release one of the year’s best albums – also makes this list for having one of the year’s best songs as well. The one to take that place on this list is none other that ‘Después de la Playa,’ a fast-paced mambo and merengue fusion that was recorded with a live band. The most energetic song on the album, it perfectly represents everything a song of the summer should and could be.


Muni Long – Hrs & Hrs

Yes, it was recorded in 2021 and appeared on her EP ‘Public Displays of Affection,’ however, it was not released as a single until this year, therefore ‘Hrs & Hrs’ is eligible for this list. It is a titillating ballad that tells the story of Long and her partner loving one another until the end of time. After a decade of making hits for other artists, Long finally steps into her own on ‘Hrs & Hrs’ and becomes the superstar she was always destined to be.


Kendrick Lamar – Mother I Sober

An evocative piano ballad, ‘Mother I Sober’ is an exposure of emotion not seen in a Kendrick song thus far. Exploring themes of childhood abuse, he takes aim at past traumas from not just him, but the ones that have plagued the family for years. Hands down one of his best songs ever, ‘Mother I Sober’ is a prime example as to why he is his generation’s poet.


Rina Sawayama – This Hell

Serving as the lead single for her upcoming sophomore album ‘Hold the Girl,’ her song ‘This Hell’ is a call to arms for the girls and the gays and anyone who has been told that they will eventually go to Hell. Mixing elements of Shania Twain’s ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman’ with ‘Born This Way’ era Lady Gaga, Rina Sawayama is on her way to become as legendary as the ones who came before her.


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  1. Clarks0o00ñ June 23, 2022

    Clown blog, acting like ya’ll have taste when it comes to music

    Clown blog acting like ya’ll opinions matters

    The same blog that projected chì.mp-mani as the next superstar back in 2019
    Now look at the rat today, being a video girl for chris brown
    Receiving backlash all over the internet
    We love to see it

    • TGJSTAN June 23, 2022

      Yet you’re here everyday, commenting, lurking & increasing revenue. Thanks for your support!

    • Fancy BISH (Back To The Future 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 June 23, 2022

      Why are you so hurt by this list Miss Clark? Lmaooooooooo 🤣☕️

  2. Skellz June 23, 2022

    Break My Soul is the BEST song of 2022 period

  3. Clarks0o00ñ June 23, 2022

    Best songs of 2022

    Doja cat- vegas
    Camila cabello and willow- psycho freak
    City of gods- fivio foreign feat alicia keys and kanye
    Imagine dragons- bones
    Sza- love galore (alternative version)
    Chloe- treat me

    • Fancy BISH (Back To The Future 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 June 23, 2022

      NOPE! 🤣 Any “best of” list with Camicky included is dated, tired and IRRELEVANT 😂

    • True Tea June 23, 2022


      Your list is absolute 🚮

      You need to sit this one out.

  4. Bravo!! June 23, 2022

    Can we talk about how SZA albums back in the billboard top ten

  5. Clarks0o00ñ June 23, 2022

    Normani stans speaking on girls that have numbers 1s and grammys


    Ur girl is getting lashing on Twitter for being in a chris brown video

    Normani has finally transitioned into being a video girl/ video vixen

    It wasnt even a feature, Chris brown didnt even hire her to sing, he hired her to dance
    Can u imagine? Lol

    But they are still worried about diamond certified artist and Grammy nominee Camila cabello

    • Monica Stan June 23, 2022

      Who mentioned Normani. B**** you’re obsessed schizo💀

      • True Tea June 23, 2022

        He won’t eat nothing else but Normani’s Pu$$

  6. Clarks0o00ñ June 23, 2022

    Chìmp- mani receiving lashing on Twitter

    I love it I love it (fantasia voice)

    The video vixen/ c0tt0n picker is over
    She didnt even start

    She wasnt even a feature on the song, the ugly talentless çhìmp was a video girl

    They only call normani to dance, no body ever calls the ugly black beast to sing

    • True Tea June 23, 2022

      Normani is living her best life. Yes she drops by…collect her coins, then proceeds w/ her best life. You mad?? There’s is no hot girl summer for you?? lol

      Meanwhile your FAV is working overtime & still a whole FLOP in these streets, lol

      The jokes write themselves.

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