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The 50 Best Rap Singles of 2022 [Playlist]

And the best albums too
The 50 Best Rap Singles of 2022 [Playlist]

The shortest of preambles this year: The rules are one song per artist, excluding guest spots. All singles, no deep cuts. And no bonus points for external popularity—these are simply the tracks I lived with through 2022. I hope you enjoy them too.

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The Top 50 Best Rap Singles of 2022

50. Hitkidd & GloRilla: “FNF (Let’s Go)” / Tnfw: “BDF (BABY DADDY FREE)”
49. Devstacks: “Money on It”
48. Baby Stone Gorillas: “Keep Goin”
47. Infinity Knives & Brian Ennals: “King Cobra”
46. Homeboy Sandman: “Get Yours”
45. Yeat: “Poppin”
44. NLE Choppa: “In The UK”
43. Roc Marciano & The Alchemist: “Quantum Leap”
42. JuJu Rogers, Mick Jenkins & DAO: “Minneapolis”
41. Reggie: “Talk of the Town”
40. billy woods: “Pollo Rico”
39. Chris Crack: “Therapy Don’t Work, Try Drugs”
38. Westside Gunn: “Peppas” featuring Black Star
37. The Koreantown Oddity: “MISOPHONIA LOVE”
36. DaBoii: “Real Boii”
35. Offset: “54321”
34. Danger Mouse & Black Thought: “Belize” featuring MF DOOM
33. G Perico: “10 Digits”
32. KA$HDAMI: “komission”
31. Rahiem Supreme: “Drifting In The Rain” featuring WiFiGawd
30. JID: “Surround Sound” featuring 21 Savage & Baby Tate
29. Kamaiyah: “F.W.I.” featuring Da Boii
28. Vince Ash: “Whut’s It Gon Be” featuring Bino Rideaux
27. Cam & China: “OFFBRAND”
26. DoggyStyleeee: “One of a kind”
25. DJ Drama & Jeezy: “MJ Jeezy”
24. Blimes: “Soonish:
23. Nef The Pharoah: “Old Enough”
22. Larry June: “Don’t Check Me”
21. Earl Sweatshirt: “Titanic”
20. Megan Thee Stallion: “Plan B”
19. Snoop Dogg: “Touch Away” featuring October London
18. Pusha T: “Diet Coke”
17. Gifted Gab: “Petty – Geemix”
16. Big K.R.I.T.: “So Cool”
15. Dreezy: “They Not Ready”
14. Ka: “Ascension”
13. LUCKI: “Super Urus”
12. Pharrell Williams, 21 Savage & Tyler, The Creator: “Cash In Cash Out”
11. MIKE: “Stop Worry!” featuring Sister Nancy
10. Rico Nasty: “Gotsta Get Paid”
09. WiFiGawd: “God of War”
08. SireDontPlay, SethGetOffTheField & RXKNephew: “Betty White”
07. YeloHill: “LA Times” featuring Dync3
06. Duke Deuce: “I AIN’T WORRIED BOUT IT”
05. Stormzy: “Mel Made Me Do It”
04. Kendrick Lamar: “The Heart Part 5”
03. Benny The Butcher: “Super Plug”
02. Freddie Gibbs: “Space Rabbit”
01. Paul Wall & Termanology: “Recognize My Car”

The Top 25 Albums of 2022

25. Curren$y & The Alchemist: Continuance
24. Smoke DZA, Nym Lo & 183rd: Trust Issues
23. Mary J. Blige: Good Morning Gorgeous
22. Meyhem Lauren & Daringer: Black Vladimir
21. Mitski: Laurel Hell
20. Lukah: Raw Extractions
18. Conway The Machine: God Don't Make Mistakes
17. Aldous Harding: Warm Chris
16. Westside Gunn: Peace “Fly” God / 10
15. Fontaines D.C.: Skinty Fia
14. Caroline Spence: True North
13. Pusha T: It’s Almost Dry
12. Brian Jackson: This Is Brian Jackson
11. Earl Sweatshirt: Sick!
10. Freddie Gibbs: $oul $old $eparately
09. The Game: Drillmatic Heart vs. Mind
08. Paul Wall & Termanology: Start 2 Finish
07. Syd: Broken Hearts Club
06. Dry Cleaning: Stumpwork
05. Kendrick Lamar: Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
04. WiFiGawd: Chain of Command
03. The Weeknd: Dawn FM
02. Steve Lacy: Gemini Rights
01. billy woods: Aethopies