The Best Songs of 2022, Obits & Greg’s Annual Mixtape


This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look at the music of 2022 from the rearview mirror. Jim and the producers share some of their favorite singles of the year, review some missed obituaries and Greg plays an excerpt from his legendary annual mixtape. 

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2022 Obituaries


Jim and Greg honor four more musicians who died in 2022: Irene Cara, Hamish Kilgour of The Clean, Nik Turner of Hawkwind and Keith Levene of Public Image Ltd.

Best Songs of 2022

Production staff join Jim to share the songs that defined 2022 for them. Jim pulls all his picks from unique entries on the Billboard charts.

Jim's Top "Billboard" Songs:

  • Lil Nas X, “That’s What I Want
  • Glass Animals, “Heat Waves
  • GAYLE, "abcdefu"
  • Nicki Minaj, "Super Freaky Girl"
  • Bad Bunny, "Moscow Mule"

Producers’ Picks:

  • Sol: Ateez, "Guerrilla"
  • Andrew: Superchunk, "If You're Not Dark"
  • Alex: Taylor Swift, "Would've, Could've, Should've"

Greg’s Annual Mixtape

For decades host Greg Kot has made an annual mixtape to sum up his feelings on the year. For 2022 his mix is called “Strange Things Are Happening Every Day” in reference to Yola's song on the Elvis soundtrack.

Listen to the full mixtape HERE.


  • Mixtape Set 1: Dummy, “Mono Retriever”/ Plosivs, "Hit the Breaks"/ Bodega, "Statuette on the Console" / Thee Oh Sees, "A Foul Form"
  • Mixtape Set 2: Anna Calvi, "Ain’t No Grave" / Brittany Davis, “I Choose to Live” / Say Sue Me, “To Dream” / Yola, “Strange Things Are Happening Every Day

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