Since 2022 is nearing its end, it's that time of the year to look back on the best things that happened in music over the past twelve months. It was legit a year full of good music. There were countless new songs that dominated radio airwaves, appeared on a bunch of playlists and soundtracked Tikok trends. It wasn’t just a great year for new songs, however. There were also many standout albums that had replay value. Some of the best albums of 2022 topped the charts, while also becoming cultural phenomena.
The year was off to an amazing start musically, with the January release of new albums from Gunna (free the Slatts!) and Weeknd. That momentum continued throughout the year. Long awaited projects from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé and others lived up to expectations and were definitely worth the wait. Bad Bunny simply dominated with his latest effort. Future reigned supreme with one of the biggest albums of his career. We even got two projects from Drake (even though many of us have still been riding out to last year’s Certified Lover Boy).
It felt like 2022 had something for every type of music fan. Contenders for best albums of 2022 came from every genre. Pop music-lovers were gifted with blockbuster projects from Taylor Swift and Harry Styles, while hardcore hip-hop head’s were treated to a variety of heat from the likes of Pusha T, JID, Benny The Butcher and others. Emerging artists from Destroy Lonely to Flo Milli also popped out with buzzworthy projects.
It's hard to believe that we're already at the end of the year, but at least that means we can reflect on the best albums of 2022. Without any further ado, here are 26 of the best albums of 2022. Remember, this list is in no particular order. Also, if an album or mixtape or project didn’t make this list, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t one of the best albums of 2022. That just means that so much quality music dropped this year.