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Left Of The Dial - Our Favorites Songs from 2022

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Clockwise from top left: Wet Leg, Fontaines D.C., Santigold, Alvvays, Lee Fields, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

What an absolutely amazing year it was for new music. The highlights included Khruangbin and Leon Bridges’ terrific follow up to Texas Sun, Texas Moon. Local favorites Tank Top, after already releasing 2 new singles and a split EP with Dunies in 2022, capped off the year with Easy Living, a 7 track LP with a slightly darker tone than their previous material. Lee Fields reunited with Daptone Records’ Gabrial Roth (aka Bosco Man) to produce a deep well of Memphis Soul with Sentimental Fool. The ever prolific King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard dropped 5 albums during the year including Changes, a record with every track centered around one chord change. Wet Leg’s self titled debut full length lived up to the hype created by the surprise 2021 hit single “Chaise Lounge”. And after a 5 year wait, Alvvays returned without missing a beat with Blue Rev.

It was really tough to get the list down to 50 and there were many deserving honorable mentions. We’ll spin as many as we can squeeze into 2 hours on Left Of The Dial on Friday December 30 at 10 pm. Please enjoy our playlist of 50 of our favorite songs from the year that was 2022.

  • Song / Artist
  • U&ME / alt-J
  • Watching Strangers Smile / Parquet Courts
  • Simulation Swarm / Big Thief
  • Beatmaker / Matt Berry / Emma Noble
  • Looking Backward / Melody's Echo Chamber

  • Kissing Lessons / Lucy Dacus
  • B-Side / Khruangbin / Leon Bridges
  • Once Twice Melody / Beach House
  • Sunk In The Mist / Jr Thomas & The Volcanos
  • Something's Going On / Kokoroko
  • the dealer / Nilüfer Yanya
  • Oh Betty / Fantastic Negrito
  • If They’re Shooting At You / Belle and Sebastian

  • Stars / Dehd
  • Warpaint / Monophonics / Kelly Finnigan
  • Angelica / Wet Leg
  • What We Had / Tank Top
  • Y / Dunies
  • Gonna Lose / Built To Spill

  • Roman Holiday / Fontaines D.C.
  • Acid Dent / Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
  • Hello, Hi / Ty Segall 2:47
  • Puedes Decir De Mi / Adrian Quesada / Gaby Moreno
  • Skyscraper / Automatic

  • Sacatela / La Femme
  • San Fernando Shadow Blues / La Luz
  • It's About Being Free Really / The Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • Speeding 72 / Momma
  • Stop and Start / The Sadies
  • Undigested Parts / Elf Power

  • Turn of the screw / Unloved / Raven Violet
  • #513 / Sudan Archives
  • Fall First / Santigold
  • Been To The Mountain / Margo Price
  • Ordinary Lives / Lee Fields
  • Break! / Fazerdaze
  • Under No Nation / Goat
  • Cujo Kiddies / Disq
  • Very Online Guy / Alvvays 2:22
  • Hate Dancin' / King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

  • Geometry / Rubblebucket
  • Fallout / Yo La Tengo
  • Neon Signs / Suki Waterhouse
  • Aquamarine / Danger Mouse / Black Thought / Michael Kiwanuka
  • History of the Future / The Black Angels
  • What Are the Odds / Death Valley Girls

  • Coming Home / The Haunted Youth
  • Look Away, Look Away / The Go! Team / Star Feminine Band
  • Glory / SAULT
  • Veronica Mars / Blondshell

A transplant from Athens, Georgia, Robb manages WFIT's website and social media accounts and is the host of Left Of The Dial.