THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2022

I’m going to do something new this year and keep a running list of my favorite albums of the year, ranked in order.  Saves time at the end of the year.  I’ll republish whenever I update it.

For the best covers of 2022, go here.

Let me know where I’m missing something great!

Most recent update: June 28:

  • Shifted some around–the longer I have to listen to some albums, the better (or less better) they get.
  • Lupe Fiasco enters the list at #6, so that now half of my 10 favorite albums are rap albums.  Interesting.
  • I find myself growing LESS fond of Saba and Arcade Fire’s albums.  They have moved down.
  • I find myself growing MORE fond of Zach Ryan.  Every day.  He may be the next Jason Isbell.
  • Payroll Giovanni enters at #16, which is certainly more due to the fact that I personally really dig his flow.  I recognize that some of the hip hop records ranked lower than this one display better craft, are more forward-leaning, etc.  But this is my list.  Make your own!
  • I’m not dropping anyone off the list yet, but I expect to cap it at 40 albums.
  1. It’s Almost Dry by Pusha T
  2. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  3. God Don’t Make Mistakes by Conway the Machine
  4. Skinty Fia by Fontaines DC
  5. Lucifer on the Sofa by Spoon
  6. Drill Music in Zion by Lupe Fiasco
  7. Food For Thought by Che Noir
  8. American Heartbreak by Zach Ryan
  9. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  10. Overload by Yard Act
  11. Paralysed by the Mountains by The William Loveday Intention
  12. Palomino by Miranda Lambert
  13. Tana Talk 4 by Benny the Butcher
  14. Zhigeist by Elzhi & Georgia Anne Muldrow
  15. Humble Quest by Maren Morris
  16. Back 2 The Ba$ics by Payroll Giovanni
  17. Lavender Days by Caamp
  18. Few Good Things by Saba
  19. We by Arcade Fire
  20. A Legacy of Rentals by Craig Finn
  21. Superghetto by Buddy
  22. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  23. Portrait of a Lady by Shilpa Ray
  24. Electricity by Ibibio Sound Machine
  25. Metamorphosis by Cloud Cult
  26. Continuance by Curren$y and Alchemist
  27. YOD Wave by Your Old Droog (EP)
  28. Growing Up by the Linda Lindas
  29. Tha Wolf On Wall St. 2: The American Dream by Your Old Droog and Tha God Fahim
  30. Sheep Stu by Black Sheep Dres and Stu Bangas
  31. Eat by Pan Amsterdam and Damu the Fudgemunk
  32. Organized Grime 2 by Conway the Machine
  33. There in Spirit by Homeboy Sandman
  34. Rise & Fall Of Slaughterhouse by Joell Ortiz and KXNG Crooked

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