Well, we’ve officially made it six months into 2022. Congratulations? Is that a milestone worth celebrating? Even I don’t know at this point. But we’re here and might as well make the best of it. I’m not going to spend any time recapping world events or making grandiose political statements right now. That’s what social media and your local news sources are for. This site is all about music, and as such I am going to share a whole bunch of it with you right now.

Given how things have been going, I suspect you may have missed a few songs or albums these last few months. I know I have! Reasonably speaking, you’d have to be almost superhuman to hear every great song or album in a year. But I have listened to a LOT of music in the first half of 2022 and am thrilled to have collected 100 of my favorite songs into a very convenient playlist you can explore to your heart’s content.

There are giant hit songs on this thing. You want Harry Styles and Beyonce? Oh, they’re both on here. Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper? You’d better believe they’re back in excellent form. Maybe you’re more of a Florence + The Machine, Arcade Fire, or Yeah Yeah Yeahs kind of person. I’ve got you covered. Love indie darlings like Mitski and Big Thief? Obviously they’re on the playlist. But for those looking for genuine discovery, there are some sprinkles of up-and-coming artists to be found as well. May I offer up servings of girlhouse, Jane Inc., Madelline, and Folly Group for your ears? Cool, catchy tracks abound.

Please note this playlist is in no specific ranked order. I’ve arranged them largely for genre and flow, so for example you’ll get plenty of pop up top, a nice serving of rap in the midsection, and more rock-based flair towards the end. Of course you could always just listen on shuffle and see how that plays out. Anyway, at 100 songs and just over six hours in total length, this playlist should keep you busy and distracted for a while. You can play it when hanging out at home, hosting a party with friends, or simply trying to make it through a long work day. It functions well in all of those scenarios. Above all else, I hope you enjoy and feel encouraged to explore some new music outside of your traditional boundaries or bubble.