AllMusic Loves 2022

Written by on December 19, 2022


At first glance, the sheer number of albums that appear on the individual lists that comprise AllMusic Loves 2022 might seem a tad overwhelming. While there is certainly some agreement among our editors, there are also over 250 albums cited on these lists, a number that doesn’t suggest some easy consensus. Our editors did rally around a few distinct titles. Specifically, they favored the insistent hooky rush of Alvvays’s Blue Rev, the richly layered jazz of Makaya McCraven’s In These Times, the barbed post-punk of Wet Leg and Dry Cleaning, the adventurous pop of Rosalía, and the gnarled avant-folk of Black Country, New Road. Apart from that, there’s a lot to discover on these lists, whether it’s robust records from such veterans as Suede and Spoon or the emotionally open indie pop of Julia Jacklin, not to mention the many emerging artists that pepper these lists. No matter your individual taste, you’re bound to find something here that will make you love the music of 2022.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Josh Headley – Neon Blue

Suede – Autofiction

Miranda Lambert – Palomino

Elvis Costello & the Imposters – The Boy Named If

Aaron Raitiere – Single Wide Dreamer

Spoon – Lucifer on the Sofa

Wet Leg – Wet Leg

Charley Crockett – The Man from Waco

Weyes Blood – And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow

Neil Young & Crazy Horse – World Record

Ashley McBryde – Ashley McBryde Presents Lindeville

Breanna Barbara – Nothin’ But Time

Charli XCX – Crash

Various Artists – Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson

Courtney Marie Andrews – Loose Future

Eli Paperboy Reed – Down Every Road

Wilco – Cruel Country

The Beths – Expert in a Dying Field

Amanda Shires – Take It Like a Man

Willie Nelson – A Beautiful Time

Heather Phares

A Place to Bury Strangers – See Through You

Beach House – Once Twice Melody

Björk – Fossora

Naima Bock – Giant Palm

Bill Callahan – YTILAER [REALITY]

Christine and the Queens – Redcar les adorables étoiles

Dry Cleaning – Stumpwork

EXEK – Advertise Here

Fashion Club – Scrutiny

FKA twigs – Caprisongs

Gabe Gurnsey – Diablo

Ghost Power – Ghost Power

Hercules & Love Affair – In Amber

Leikeli47 – Shape Up

Lizzo – Special

Walter Martin – The Bear

Phoenix – Alpha Zulu

PVA – Blush

The Soft Pink Truth – Is It Going to Get Any Deeper Than This?

Wet Leg – Wet Leg

Tim Sendra

Alvvays – Blue Rev

Astrel K – Flickering i

Cola – Deep in View

Disco Doom – Mt. Surreal

Dungen – En Är För Mycket och Tusen Aldrig Nog

Duster – Together

GOAT – Oh Death

Hater – Sincere

Horsegirl – Versions of Modern Performance

Lightning in a Twilight Hour – Overwintering

Melody’s Echo Chamber – Emotional Eternal

Tony Molina – In the Fade

Nagisa ni Te – New Ocean

Papercuts – Past Life Regression

Adrian Quesada – Boleros Psicodélicos

Say Sue Me – The Last Thing Left

The Soundcarriers – Wilds

Maylee Todd – Maloo

Heather Trost – Desert Flowers

Winter – What Kind of Blue Are You?

John Bush [Spotify]

Cate Le Bon – Pompeii

Stella Donnelly – Flood

Animal Collective – Time Skiffs

Panda Bear & Sonic Boom – Reset

The Smile – A Light for Attracting Attention

Aldous Harding – Warm Chris

Cass McCombs – Heartmind

The Comet Is Coming – Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam

Jack White – Fear of the Dawn

Julia Jacklin – PRE PLEASURE

Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia

Alvvays – Blue Rev

Rival Consoles – Now Is

Batu – Opal

Wet Leg – Wet Leg

Panda Bear & Sonic Boom – “Getting to the Point”

Momma – “Speeding 72”

Disq – “Cujo Kiddies”

Cass McCombs – “New Earth”

Jack White – “Morning, Noon and Night”

Cate Le Bon – “Moderation”

The Comet Is Coming – “TECHNICOLOUR”

DJ Plead – “El Es”

Batu – “Spectral Hearts [Drum Mix]”

The Smile – “The Smoke”

Alvvays – “Easy on Your Own?”

Stella Donnelly – “Lungs”

Julia Jacklin – “Be Careful with Yourself”

Aldous Harding – “Fever”

Fontaines D.C. – “I Love You”

Emeralds – “Magic”

Dehd – “Eggshells”

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – “Ice V”

Lord Huron – “Your Other Life”

Animal Collective – “Cherokee”

Matt Collar

Charlie Gabriel – Eighty Nine

Editors – EBM

Emile Parisien – Louise

Gang of Youths – angels in realtime

Gerald Clayton – Bells on Sand

Harish Rhagavan – In Tense

Hippo Campus – LP3

Lights – Pep

Lola Kirke – Lady for Sale

Makaya McCraven – In These Times

Mark Turner – Return from the Stars

Melissa Aldana – 12 Stars

Miles Kane – Change the Show

Panic! At the Disco – Viva Las Vengeance

Rosalía – Motomami

Sloan – Steady

Song Yi Jeon ~ Vinicius Gomes – Home

Sunflower Bean – Headful of Sugar

Supercrush – Melody Maker

White Lung – Premonition

Marcy Donelson [Spotify albums/singles]

Sondre Lerche – Avatars of Love

Artsick – Fingers Crossed

Night Palace – Diving Rings

Florist – Florist

Winged Wheel – No Island

Tomberlin – i don’t know who needs to hear this…

Julia Jacklin – PRE PLEASURE

Alvvays – Blue Rev

The Beths – Expert in a Dying Field

Regina Spektor – Home, before and after

Horsegirl – Versions of Modern Performance

Dry Cleaning – Stumpwork

Launder – Happening

Fujiya & Miyagi – Slight Variations

Ibibio Sound Machine – Electricity

Damien Jurado – Reggae Film Star

Sloan – Steady

Wet Leg – Wet Leg

Lean Year – Sides

Lizzo – Special

Artsick – “Stress Bomb”

Tallies – “Hearts Underground”

Field School – “Jennifer Valentine”

Kids on a Crime Spree – “Goods Get Got”

Sondre Lerche f/ AURORA – “Alone in the Night”

Kate Bollinger – “Who Am I But Someone”

Lucius – “The Man I’ll Never Find”

Frankie Cosmos – “Empty Head”

Mamalarky – “Mythical Bonds”

Stella – “Charmed”

Keith Finke

Chase Spruill – Philip Glass: A Common Time

John Wilson / Sinfonia of London – Ravel: Ma mère l’Oye; Boléro

Sondra Radvanovsky – Donizetti: The Three Queens

Old Crow Medicine Show – Paint This Town

Andris Nelsons / Boston Symphony Orchestra / Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra – Strauss

Dima Slobodeniouk / Lahti Symphony Orchestra – Sinfoniettas: Poulenc, Prokofiev, Britten

Chen Reiss / Semyon Bychkov / Czech Philharmonic – Mahler: Symphony No. 4

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava

John Wilson / Sinfonia of London – Hollywood Soundstage

Bush – The Art of Survival

Thom Jurek

Barney McAll – Precious Energy

Rosalía – Motomami

Trish Clowes – View with a Room

Ches Smith – Interpret It Well

Nduduzo Makhathini – In the Spirit of Ntu

Charlie Musselwhite – Mississippi Son

Binker Golding – Dream like a Dogwood Wild Boy

Kokoroko – Could We Be More

Motorpsycho – Ancient Astronauts

Makaya McCraven – In These Times

The Comet Is Coming – Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam

Ghost – Impera

Mary Halvorson – Amarylis & Belladonna

Trombone Shorty – Lifted

William Parker – Universal Tonality

Tumi Mogorosi – Group Theory: Black Music

Jeff Parker – Mondays at the Enfield Tennis Academy

Voivod – Synchro-Anarchy

Immanuel Wilkins – The 7th Hand

Flock – Flock

Andy Kellman [Spotify]

Wu-Lu – Loggerhead

Sudan Archives – Natural Brown Prom Queen

Ari Lennox – Age/Sex/Location

Jimetta Rose – The Gift: Around the Way Queen / How Good It Is

Michael J. Blood – As Is

Makaya McCraven – In These Times

Beyoncé – Renaissance

Lucky Daye – Candydrip

Charlotte Dos Santos – Morfo

Kenyon Dixon – Closer

Gabriels – Angels & Queens

The Soft Pink Truth – Is It Going to Get Any Deeper Than This?

Au Suisse – Au Suisse

SZA – SOS

Robert Glasper – Black Radio III

Tumi Mogorosi – Group Theory: Black Music

Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn – Pigments

Immanuel Wilkins – The 7th Hand

Lady Wray – Piece of Me

Blxst – Before You Go

Gabriels – “Angels & Queens”

Robert Glasper f/ Q-Tip and Esperanza Spalding – “Why We Speak”

Josh Caffe – “Do You Want to Take Me Home (Still in the Club)”

Eddie Chacon – “Holy Hell”

Cate Le Bon – “Remembering Me”

Sudan Archives – “Home Maker”

George Riley – “Time”

Lucky Daye – “Candy Drip”

Lil Silva f/ Sampha – “Backwards”

LaBlue & Astrønne – “Femme du Crépuscule”

Arp – “New Pleasures”

Au Suisse – “Thing”

Morgan Geist – “Twilight Express”

Wu-Lu – “Blame”

Omar S and Troialexis – “Can’t Explain [R&B Mix]”

Blxst – “Every Good Girl”

V.C.R – “Blue”

Benedek – “In the Air”

Parris – “Dreaming of Sunflowers”

Nailah Hunter – “Forest Dark”

James Christopher Monger [Spotify]

Svaneborg Kardyb – Over Tage

Jake Xerxes Fussell – Good and Green Again

Ghost – Impera

Alvvays – Blue Rev

Rosalía – Motomami

The Smile – A Light for Attracting Attention

Weyes Blood – And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow

Sea Power – Everything Was Forever

Charley Crockett – The Man from Waco

Robyn Hitchcock – Shufflemania

Beach House – Once Twice Melody

Wet Leg – Wet Leg

Rival Consoles – Now Is

Björk – Fossora

Aurora – The Gods We Can Touch

Alt-J – The Dream

C Duncan – Alluvium

Modern Studies – We Are There

Father John Misty – Chloë and the Next 20th Century

Ibibio Sound Machine – Electricity

Oumou Sangaré – “Wassulu Don”

Kevin Morby – “This Is a Photograph”

The Unthanks – “The Bay of Fundy”

Zeal & Ardor – “Church Burns”

Siskin Quartet – “The Peewit”

The Hu – “Triangle”

Goon – “Angelnumber 1210”

Santigold – “High Priestess”

Joan Shelley – “The Spur”

Paolo Nutini – “Through The Echoes”

Florence + the Machine – “Free”

Spoon – “Wild”

Night Crickets – “Black Leather on the Inside”

Andrew Bird – “Atomized”

Nilüfer Yanya – “Midnight Sun”

Odesza – “Love Letter”

David Brewis – “The Last Day”

Everything Everything – “Pizza Boy”

Daniel Avery – “Lone Swordsman”

Fennec – “Girl”

Timothy Monger

Jake Xerxes Fussell – Good and Green Again

Dry Cleaning – Stumpwork

Ghost – Impera

Jenny Hval – Classic Objects

Laura Veirs – Found Light

Marxist Love Disco Ensemble – MLDE

Gilbert O’Sullvan – Driven

Jorge Drexler – Tinta y Tiempo

Natalie Cressman/Ian Faquini – Auburn Whisper

Black Country, New Road – Ants from Up There

Bogie Band – The Prophets in the City

AURORA – The Gods We Can Touch

Rosalía – Motomami

Björk – Fossora

Panda Bear & Sonic Boom – Reset

Daniel Romano Outfit – La Luna

Alvvays – Blue Rev

Robyn Hitchcock – Shufflemania

C Duncan – Alluvium

Jack White – Fear of the Dawn

Beach House – “Once Twice Melody”

Fennec – “Girl”

Mitski – “Should’ve Been Me”

Bananarama – “Favourite”

Florence + the Machine – “Free”

Air Waves – “Wait”

Erin Rae – “True Love’s Face”

The Deer – “Columns”

Christine & the Queens – “rien dire”

Chris Forsyth – “Heaven For a Few”

The Weeknd – “Sacrifice”

The Wild Hymns – “Shit Show”

Finkel – “Snow Globe”

Modern Studies – “Wild Ocean”

Kae Tempest – “More Pressure”

The Weather Station – “Tried To Tell You”

Daði Freyr – “I’m Fine”

Sofie Royer – “Baker Miller Pink”

Madison Cunningham – “All I’ve Ever Known”

Laura Jean – “Amateurs”

Paul Simpson [Spotify]

Ravyn Lenae – Hypnos

Conway the Machine – God Don’t Make Mistakes

Machine Girl – Neon White OST 1 – The Wicked Heart

Rachika Nayar – Heaven Come Crashing

Makaya McCraven – In These Times

Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul – Topical Dancer

Shygirl – Nymph

HAAi – Baby, We’re Ascending

Sudan Archives – Natural Brown Prom Queen

Danger Mouse & Black Thought – Cheat Codes

Ruby My Dear – À Dada

Torn – Borderline

Special Interest – Endure

Daniel Avery – Ultra Truth

Diamanda Galás – Broken Gargoyles

Herva – Seez

They Hate Change – Finally, New

Theo Parrish – DJ-Kicks

Ebi Soda – Honk If You’re Sad

Charlotte Dos Santos – Morfo

Shygirl – “Firefly”

G Jones – “A2C2I2D”

Nia Archives – “Gud Gudbyez”

Mano De Fuego – “Sol”

Two Shell – “home”

Overmono – “Gunk”

piri & tommy – “words”

Peggy Gou – “I Go [DJ Koze Remix]”

Winged Wheel – “Blue Pigeon”

Stereolab – “Robot Riot”

Nala & Nikki Nair – “The World Is Always Ending”

Aquarian – “Death, Taxes & Hanger”

Will Simpson – “A New Day [Dub]”

Jameszoo – “For drummers (and guitarists)”

TSHA – “Giving Up”

Ahadadream – “Spaceship”

Waajeed – “Motor City Madness”

VTSS – “The Need to Avoid”

Hagop Tchaparian – “Round”

Burial – “Streetlands”

Fred Thomas

Animal Collective – Time Skiffs

Dry Cleaning – Stumpwork

Night Palace – Diving Rings

Katie Alice Greer – Barbarism

Tom Skinner – Voices of Bishara

Horace Andy – Midnight Rocker

Jeff Parker – Mondays at the Enfield Tennis Academy

Panda Bear & Sonic Boom – Reset

Cate Le Bon – Pompeii

Jockstrap – I Love You Jennifer B

Weyes Blood – And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow

Alvvays – Blue Rev

Makaya McCraven – In These Times

Oren Ambarchi – Shebang

FKA twigs – Caprisongs

Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers

Ribbon Stage – Hit with the Most

Black Country, New Road – Ants from Up There

The Reds, Pinks & Purples – Summer at Land’s End

Cola – Deep in View

Neil Z. Yeung [Spotify]

The Dear Hunter – Antimai

The Weeknd – Dawn FM

Muse – Will of the People

Charlie Puth – Charlie

Louis Tomlinson – Faith in the Future

Stabbing Westward – Chasing Ghosts

Placebo – Never Let Me Go

Joywave – Cleanse

Blaqk Audio – Trop d’amour

Korn – Requiem

Christina Aguilera – AGUILERA

The Smile – A Light for Attracting Attention

Harry Styles – Harry’s House

Beyoncé – Renaissance

Willow – Coping Mechanism

Bush – The Art of Survival

Rina Sawayama – Hold the Girl

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cool It Down

Sofi Tukker – Wet Tennis

Carpenter Brut – Leather Terror

The Weeknd – “How Do I Make You Love Me?”

Swedish House Mafia f/ the Weeknd – “Moth to a Flame”

Florence + the Machine – “My Love”

Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava – “Naatu Naatu (From ‘RRR’)”

Ellie Goulding – “Let It Die”

Jin – “The Astronaut”

Ochman – “River”

Lizzo – “About Damn Time”

Post Malone w/ Fleet Foxes – “Love/Hate Letter to Alcohol”

Joji – “Glimpse of Us”

Robbie Williams – “Lost (XXV)”

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Black Summer”

The Killers – “Boy”

Phoenix – “Alpha Zulu”

Shawn Mendes – “When You’re Gone”

The Linda Lindas – “Oh!”

Gayle – “abcdefu”

Röyksopp f/ Alison Goldfrapp – “Impossible”

Foxes – “Sister Ray”

James Yorkston, Nina Persson & the Secondhand Orchestra – “Hold Out for Love”

James Wilkinson

Gwenno – Tresor

Angel Olsen – Big Time

The Orielles – Tableau

The Soundcarriers – Wilds

Aoife Nessa Frances – Protector

Beth Orton – Weather Alive

Widowspeak – The Jacket

Julia Jacklin – PRE PLEASURE

Sault – Air

Black Country, New Road – Ants from Up There

The Reds, Pinks & Purples – Summer at Land’s End

Papercuts – Past Life Regression

Pedro the Lion – Havasu

Pye Corner Audio – Let’s Emerge

The Jazz Butcher – The Highest in the Land

The Unthanks – Sorrows Away

The Delines – The Sea Drift

Just Mustard – Heart Under

Hinako Omori – A Journey

Andy Bell – Flicker

Rich Wilson

Pinegrove – 11:11

Black Country, New Road – Ants from Up There

Thank – Thoughtless Cruelty

Sadurn – Radiator

Croatian Amor – Remember Rainbow Bridge

Max Cooper – Unspoken Words

S. Carey – Break Me Open

Weyes Blood – And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow

Gwenno – Tresor

Pye Corner Audio – Let’s Emerge

Working Men’s Club – Fear Fear

Chat Pile – God’s Country

Spite House – Spite House

The Beths – Expert in a Dying Field

The Afghan Whigs – How Do You Burn?

Gabe Gurnsey – Diablo

Just Mustard – Heart Under

Bear Away – A Drastic Tale of Western Living

Daniel Avery – Ultra Truth

New Junk City – Beg a Promise

David Crone [Spotify]

Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti

Natalia Lafourcade – De Todas las Flores

Saba – Few Good Things

Lupe Fiasco – Drill Music in Zion

Silvana Estrada – Marchita

Billy Woods – Aethiopes

Marlowe – Marlowe 3

Nas/Hit-Boy – King’s Disease III

Loyle Carner – Hugo

JID – The Forever Story

Taeyeon – INVU

Alex G – God Save the Animals

Sam Gendel – BlueBlue

Ka – Woeful Studies

Danger Mouse & Black Thought – Cheat Codes

Mavi – Laughing So Hard, It Hurts

Guitarricadelafuente – La Cantera

Brakence – Hypochondriac

Honeyglaze – Honeyglaze

Boldy James/Real Bad Man – Killing Nothing

Bad Bunny – “Moscow Mule”https://www.allmusic.com/”Efecto”https://www.allmusic.com/”Agosto”

Kendrick Lamar – “The Heart Part 5”

Natalia Lafourcade – “Vine solita”https://www.allmusic.com/”Pasan los días”

Lupe Fiasco – “MS. MURAL”

Saba – “Survivor’s Guilt”https://www.allmusic.com/”Few Good Things”

Silvana Estrada – “Marchita”/”Casa”

LUCKI/F1LTHY – “U.G.K”

Alex G – “Ain’t It Easy”

JID – “2007”https://www.allmusic.com/”Raydar”

Nigo w/ Lil Uzi Vert – “Heavy”

Honeyglaze – “Female Lead”https://www.allmusic.com/”Creative Jealousy”

Marlowe – “Light Trip”

Karol G – “Provenza”

Mavi – “Spoiled Brat”

Kwon Eun Bi – “Glitch”

Ab-Soul – “Do Better”

DEKKO – “12×3”

Baby Money – “Get Dangerous”https://www.allmusic.com/”Blue Street”

Feid – “Castigo”

Taeyeon – “INVU”



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