Monday 22 November 2021

Ones to Watch 2022 - Introduction and 2021 Recap


Over the next 10 days I’ll be posting my annual tips list of Ones to Watch for 2022. Some of them will be of absolutely no surprise to anyone that follows new music or reads this blog. Others may be.

Here’s a recap of last year’s picks for 2021:

1. Ashnikko

2. The Lathums

3. Holly Humberstone

4. Ivorian Doll

5. Olivia Dean

6. Hallan

7. Baby Queen

8. Christy

9. Yard Act

10. Skullcrusher

And here’s the list of every artist I’ve put as ‘One to Watch’ since the first year of the blog in 2008

Alabama Shakes, Alessi’s Ark, Alice Chater, Alice Jemima, Another Sky, Arlo Parks, Ashnikko, Aurora, Avec Sans, Baby Queen, Banks, Beth Jeans Houghton, Billie Marten, Black Country New Road, Cabbage, Celeste, Charli XCX, Chasing Grace, Chloe Black, Chloe Howl, Christy, Chvrches, Clare Maguire, Clock Opera, Coach Party, Coasts, Confidence Man, Curxes, Dave, Declan McKenna, Dot Rotten, D/R/U/G/S, Delphic, Easy Life, Elderbrook, Ellie Goulding, Eva Stone, Fontaines DC, Foxes, Flohio, Florence & the Machine, Flyte, G-Flip, Gabrielle Aplin, George Ezra, Grace Carter, Haim, Hallan, Hazel English, Holly Humberstone, Holly Miranda, Hurts, Ivorian Doll, Iyes, Jade Bird, James Blake, Jerry Williams, Joseph Salvat, Joy Crookes, Jungle, King Princess, La Roux, Lana Del Rey, LANY, Lapsley, Laura Doggett, Laura Mvula, Lauran Hibberd, Let’s Buy Happiness, Lianne La Havas, Little Boots, Liv Dawson, Loyle Carner, Lucy Rose, Luke Sital-Singh, Maggie Rogers, Maisie Peters, Majik, Marina & The Diamonds, Master Peace, Mumford & Sons, Mura Masa, Nao, Noisy, Off Bloom, Olivia Dean, Outfit, Pale Waves, Passion Pit, Pink Kink, Pumarosa, Queen of Hearts, Rachel Sermanni, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Ren Harvieu, Ryn Weaver, Sam Tompkins, Savages, Seinabo Sey, Seramic, Sigrid, Sinead O’Brien, Skint & Demoralised, Skott, Skullcrusher, Sofi Tukker, Sons & Lovers, Sophie Jamieson, Spark, Spector, Starsmith, Stornoway, Superorganism, The Blinders, The Lathums, The Milk, The Night VI, The Shires, The Staves, The Vaccines, Tom Odell, Unicorn Kid, Valerie June, Visions Of Trees, White Lies, Willy Moon, Winnie Raeder, Wolf Alice, Xylaroo, Yard Act, Yes Giantess, Zyra

Looking back at that list certainly tells you one thing – no tips list ever get’s it right every time. But if you tip enough times, sometimes you will. Some artists will go on to have huge commercial success, others will get critical acclaim and others won’t. For every Florence & The Machine there’s a Unicorn Kid. For every Lana Del Rey there’s a Spark. Pop’s crystal ball isn’t always clear. But it’s fun having a go at trying to predict what the future holds.

Let’s have a go shall we? 

Check back here from 8.30am tomorrow and every day after that for the next 10 days for the Breaking More Waves Ones to Watch 2022.

For now here is one from 2021. 

Ashnikko - Panic Attacks In Paradise

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