Wheaton North Students 2022 Music Recap
By: Angelina Grimm
It's that time of year again. With the release of the iconic Spotify wrapped which provides their users with their most listened-to artists, songs, genres, and more. This year there were many new popular album releases that students of all grades enjoyed listening to. Thirty-five Wheaton North students were interviewed on their favorite album that came out in 2022 along with their favorite song from that album. The most popular album mentioned among the students was Her Loss by 21 Savage and Drake, claimed by eight out of the thirty-five students. Collectively the student's favorite song from the album was “Rich Flex”.
Coming in second place for the most popular favorite album is Midnights by Taylor Swift. In regards to the student's favorite songs from the album there was a three-way tie between the songs “Anti-Hero”, “You’re on Your Own, Kid”, and “Bejeweled”.
Lastly, the third most popular album release was the Kendrick Lamar album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers. The first and second most popular albums had recently come out in the last couple of months, which could possibly contribute to their current popularity. However, the Kendrick Lamar album was released in the first half of the year in May and still turned out to be heavily admired months later. All of the five students that answered with Mr. Morale… being their favorite album named different songs to be their favorites, so there wasn't a most favored song to be named.
In addition to the top three favorite albums of 2022, there are two more honorable mentions for albums that were named more than once by students. These are: Harry’s House by Harry Styles and Dawn FM by the Weeknd.
The annual Grammy music awards recently released their nominees. Let's see how the rest of the country feels about their favorite new albums in comparison to Wheaton North students. For Album Of The Year, out of the ten albums nominated for the Grammys, only three of those albums were mentioned by students including Harry’s House by Harry Styles, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers by Kendrick, and Un Verano Sin Ti by Bad Bunny. There was a wide variety of albums mentioned with seventeen different albums out of only thirty-five total people interviewed. In addition to the majority of English-American songs mentioned there were four different Spanish albums mentioned by artists such as Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny, Ivan Cornejo, and Feid.
The last question students answered was about their favorite throwback songs. These ranged from songs that came out in the last fifty years with the oldest song being from 1976 which was the release year of the iconic Stevie Wonder song, “Isn't She Lovely”. Also from the seventies was “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac. Continuing to the 1980s, where songs such as “Running up that Hill” by Kate Bush and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears were mentioned by students. One song was from 1999, “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child. Then, moving on to the early 2000s, we have“Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake. Mostly, the majority of students answered with songs from the 2010s. And that wraps up the year in music at Wheaton North!