Based on radio airplay at WYCE (88.1 FM), Local Spins reveals the Top 10 list of songs by Michigan artists that made the biggest impact on listeners and programmers in 2022.
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It’s telling that a Top 10 list of most-played songs from Michigan artists would include not only some familiar, long-admired names but also a handful of fast-emerging acts on their way up.
Such is the case with this year’s roundup of the top local or regional songs of the year as aired by Grand Rapids community radio station WYCE (88.1 FM), which prides itself on regularly spotlighting music by Michigan artists.
Coming in at No. 1: Grand Rapids indie-dream-rock singer-songwriter Brie Stoner, with her airy, bilingual single, “Hungry,” which was among the first new songs that she’s released in several years.
The successful writer and podcaster has once again turned her attention to the music world, telling Local Spins that she’s “more than just one thing.” She has plans for releasing a two-pronged album project in coming months.
“Brie Stoner dominated the WYCE airwaves, with ‘Hungry’ being the No. 1 most-played song by a local artist,” noted WYCE Music Director Shane German. “Her other singles, ‘Bloom’ and ‘Honey,’ also made the year-end list.”
As Stoner put it in a Local Spins interview earlier this year: “I’m truly humbled by the warmth and welcome I’ve received and sincerely in awe of the incredible community of musical talent and support here. I feel wildly honored and grateful to be part of this community.”
Right behind Stoner on the Top 10 list was a song by an iconic Grand Rapids singer, arranger, conductor and multi-instrumentalist: Debra Perry & Majestic Praise, which ended the year at No. 2 with “You’d Better Run,” a track written by Grand Rapids singer-songwriter Cameron Blake, who also had the No. 4 song of 2022, “Blue Note” (which appears on his latest EP, “Mercy for the Gentle Kind).
Indeed, the Top 10 list for 2022 displays not only a wide range of genres (bluegrass, pop, blues, rock, folk, indie-rock, country) but the aforementioned mix of popular, established Michigan acts (Greensky Bluegrass, May Erlewine, The Accidentals, The Bootstrap Boys) and up-and-coming artists (PHABIES, Jake Kershaw, Djangophonique, Pink Sky).
All of the tracks were featured in this week’s Local Spins on WYCE radio show, along with new music from Blake, Overdrive Orchestra and Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers.
Listen to all of the songs in the podcast here.
PODCAST: Local Spins on WYCE (12/30/22)
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