Top Albums of 2022 – Contributors’ Lists

Before QRO drops its own list of the best albums of another strange year, here's what our contributors loved in 2022....
Top Albums of 2014 - Contributors' Lists
Top Albums of 2014 - Contributors' Lists

Before QRO drops its own list of the best albums of another strange year, here’s what our contributors loved in 2022:


The Kooks : 10 Tracks To Echo In the DarkJon Bauer
Bo Burnham, Inside
Death Cab for Cutie, Asphalt Meadows
Fantastic Negrito, White Jesus Black Problems
The Kooks, 10 Tracks To Echo In the Dark
ODESZA, The Last Goodbye
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Return of the Dream Canteen
RY X, Blood Moon
SAULT, Earth
SOHN, Trust
Regina Spector, Home, Before and AfterWidowspeak : The Jacket

Amghy Chacon
Courtnie Marie Andrews, Loose Future
Bruno Berle, No Reino Dos Afetos
Tim Bernardes, Mil Coisas Invisíveis
Rachael Dadd, Kaleidoscope
Cate Le Bon, Pompeii
Makaya McCraven, In These Times
Kevin Morby, This Is a Photograph
Kevin Morby : This Is a PhotographBobby Oroza, Get On the Otherside
Jo Schornikow, Altar
Sessa, Estrela Acesa
Surprise Chef, Education and Recreation
Twain, Noon
Twen, One Stop Shop
Widowspeak, The Jacket
Marlon Williams, My Boy

Wet Leg : Wet LegTed Chase
1 Wet Leg, Wet Leg
2 Spoon, Lucifer On the Sofa
3 Gang of Youth, angel in realtime.
4 Rubblebucket, Earth Worship
5 Death Cab for Cutie, Asphalt Meadows
6 Band of Horses, Things Are Great
7 Drive-By Truckers, Welcome To Club XIII
8 The Afghan Whigs, How Do You Burn?
9 Sylvan Esso, No Rules Sandy
10 Beach Bunny, Emotional Creature
Gang of Youths : angel in realtime.11 Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cool It Down
12 Sharon Van Etten, We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong
13 !!!, Let It Be Blue
14 Midnight Oil, Resist
15 Gogol Bordello, Solidaritine
16 Sea Power, Everything Was Forever
17 Pixies, Doggerel
18 Stars, From Capelton Hill
19 White Lies, As I Try Not To Fall Apart
20 Amanda Shires, Take It Like a Man

Broken Bells : INTO THE BLUEGeoffrey Clowes
1 Beyoncé, Renaissance
2 Special Interest, Endure
3 Perfume Genius, Ugly Season
4 Beth Orton, Weather Alive
5 Yaya Bey, Remember Your North Star

Will Fenwick
1 Rosario, Assemblage
2 White Wooly, Drop Dead Gorgeous
Alvvays : Blue Rev3 Bendigo Fletcher, Wingding
4 Glove, Boom Nights
5 Jack Harlow, Come Home the Kids Miss You
6 Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
7 Danger Mouse & Black Thought, Cheat Codes
8 Arctic Monkeys, The Car
9 Broken Bells, INTO THE BLUE
10 Alvvays, Blue Rev

Aldous Harding : Warm ChrisMike Gutierrez
1 Dear Nora, human futures
2 Iceblink, Carpet Cocoon
3 Makaya McCraven, In These Times
4 Aldous Harding, Warm Chris
5 NNAMDÏ, Please Have a Seat
6 Twen, One Stop Shop
7 Wilder Maker, Male Models
8 Living Hour, Someday Is Today
9 Kal Marks, My Name Is Hell
10 Mamalarky, Pocket Fantasy
Wilder Maker : Male Models11 Pet Fox, A Face In Your Life
12 Keeley Forsyth, Limbs
13 Kitner, Shake the Spirits
14 Beat Radio, Real Love
15 Maneka, Dark Matter
16 Best Nest, Sicko
17 Already Dead, My Collar Is Blue
18 Green/Blue, Offering
19 Claire Rousay and More Eaze, Never Stop Texting Me
20 Loz Goddard, Balloon Tree Road

The Smile : A Light For Attracting AttentionJessica Hayes
Animals as Leaders, Parrhesia
Big Thief, Dragon New Warm I Believe You
Björk, Fossora
Blackfox, Embers
David Bowie, Divine Symmetry
Destroyer, Labyrinthithis
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Laminated Denim
Russian Circles, Gnosis
Anoushka Shankar, Between Us
The Smile, A Light For Attracting Attention
Steve Vai, Inviolate
Jack White, Fear of the Dawn

Bad Omens : The Death of Peace of MindMikey Jablonski
1 Bad Omens, The Death of Peace of Mind
2 Dayseeker, Dark Sun
3 Maggie Lindemann, SUCKERPUNCH
4 True North, Out Loud
5 Thousand Below, Hell Finds You Everywhere
6 Novelists FR, Deja Vu
7 Villain of the Story, Divided
8 BASHA, Logan Ave
9 Northlane, Obsidian
10 Post Malone, Twelve Carat Toothache
11 Hollow Front, The Price of Dreaming
12 VRSTY, Welcome HomeMUNA : MUNA
13 Motionless In White, Scoring the End of the World
14 Nickelback, Get Rollin’
15 Fit for a King, The Hell We Create

Emily Korn
1 The Weeknd, Dawn FM
2 Orville Peck, Bronco
3 Noah Cyrus, The Hardest Part
4 MUNA, MUNA
5 Rosalía, Motomami

Angel Olsen : Big TimeBryce Lafoon
Tyler Childers, Can I Take My Hounds To Heaven?
Charlie Crockett, Jukebox Charlie
Charlie Crockett, The Man From Waco
Dry Cleaning, Stump Work
Fontaines D.C., Skinty Fia
Ghost, Impera
Angel Olsen, Big Time
Something Borrowed Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson
Sudan Archives, Natural Brown Prom Queen
Wet Leg, Wet Leg

Fontaines D.C. : Skinty FiaDana Miller
1 Jack White, Fear of the Dawn
2 The Smile, A Light For Attracting Attention
3 Jack White, Entering Heaven Alive
4 Fontaines D.C., Skinty Fia
5 Florence & The Machine, Dance Fever
6 King Princess, Hold On Baby
7 Julia Jacklin, Pre Pleasure
8 Maggie Rogers, Surrender
9 The Paranoyds, Talk Talk Talk
10 Broods, Space Island
Florence & The Machine : Dance Fever11 Colin Hay, Now & The Evermore
12 Larkin Poe, Blood Harmony
13 Band of Horses, Things Are Great
14 Marcus Mumford, (self-titled)
15 Lola Kirke, Lady For Sale
16 Sylvan Esso, No Rules Sandy
17 Wallis Bird, Hands
18 Gang of Youth, angel in realtime.
19 Maya Hawke, Moss
20 Melody’s Echo Chamber, Emotional Eternal

Spoon : Lucifer On the SofaConor Rooney
Alvvays, Blue Rev
Bartees Strange, Farm To Table
The Beths, Expert In a Dying World
Death Cab for Cutie, Asphalt Meadows
Fontaines D.C., Skinty Fia
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Omnium Gatherum
Mattiel, Georgia Gothic
Kevin Morby, This Is a Photograph
Death Cab for Cutie : Asphalt MeadowsAngel Olsen, Big Time
Pussy Riot, Matriarchy Now
Spoon, Lucifer On the Sofa
Sudan Archives, Natural Brown Prom Queen
Viagra Boys, Cave World
Weyes Blood, And In the Darkness, Hearts Aglow

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