Best of 2022: Music Critic Top Ten Lists

  • Publish Date: December 1, 2022
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Below, we collect the individual year-end top ten lists published by a variety of music sources, including critics, music magazines, music shops, and more. This page will be updated daily throughout December and January as new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best albums of 2022

Recent updates:
Added Jan. 12: Boston Herald, Chorus.fm, Crash Records, Echoes, Hip Hop Golden Age, The Irish Times, Magnetic Magazine, NCPR/Beat Authority, Nialler9, No Depression, Norman Records, Sputnikmusic
Added Jan. 2: Boomkat, The Bulwark, Genius, In Review Online, Metro Weekly, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Jose Mercury news
Added Dec. 29: ABC News, Boise Weekly, Complex UK, Gay City News, The Nation, Passion of the Weiss, Star Tribune, The Telegraph, WhyNow, XS Noize
Added Dec. 27: 25YL, Inverted Audio, Invisible Oranges, Prospect, The Salt Lake Tribune, Wired
Added Dec. 24: Bill's Indie Basement, The Guardian, HeadStuff, Houston Chronicle (Guerra), i, Range, Spectrum Culture, Under the Radar, USA Today
Added Dec. 22: The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone (Sheffield), Spin, Upset, Yahoo
Added Dec. 21: The Alternative, A Closer Listen, Folk Radio UK, Hot Press, Metro UK, musicOMH, No Ripcord, Okayplayer, WXPN
Added Dec. 19: The AU Review, Gigwise, Kerrang!, mxdwn
Added Dec. 18: Fast 'n' Bulbous, God Is in the TV, The Observer, Punktastic, The Sunday Times
Added Dec. 17: Dazed, Hypebeast, Washington Post
Added Dec. 15: 3voor12, The Atlantic, Beats Per Minute, Brooklyn Vegan, Cllash, Coup de Main, Dork, KCRW, Philadelphia Inquirer, Piccadilly Records, Resident, RTE (Carroll), SF Chronicle, Sister Ray Records
Added Dec. 13: Albumism, AP, Erie Reader, The Fader, Le Canal Auditif, Magnet
Added Dec. 12: A.V. Club, Classic Rock, DIY, Far Out, Flood, The Independent, NPR (consensus), NPR/World Cafe, People, Sound Opinions
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Added Dec. 7: Billboard, Consequence, Double J, NPR (Chinen), NYLON, OOR, Slant, Vulture
Added Dec. 6: NPR (Powers), Pitchfork, PopMatters, The Ringer, Stereogum, Treble, The Wire
Added Dec. 5: Independent.ie, The Line of Best Fit, Los Angeles Times, Northern Transmissions, RTE, Uproxx/Indie Mixtape
Added Dec. 2: Folk Alley, Louder Than War, MondoSonoro, Truck Music Store
Added Dec. 1 (afternoon): Complex, Crack, The Economist, The Forty-Five, Gorilla vs. Bear, Les Inrocks, Live4ever, The Quietus, Rolling Stone
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Best of 2022Below is our updated running tally of the albums most frequently mentioned by individual music publications in their year-end top ten lists.

Although many of the lists come from publications whose reviews are included on this site, we have also included extra lists from prominent music stores, websites, a few radio stations, and publications not normally found in Metacritic's music section.

Note that if a source ranks more than the standard 10 albums, we will not include titles ranked 11th or worse. (We do include unranked lists of 11-20 items, though each album gets just one-half of a point.) In case of a tie for first or second, each album will receive the full points for that position. If a publication has multiple lists for different genres, we attempt to choose the most general one.

Our points system works as follows:

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd - 10th, or for being included on an unranked list of 10 or fewer albums
  • 0.5 points for being included on an unranked list of 11-20 albums
Albums Mentioned on Most Top 10 Lists - 2022
Album / Artist # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 Renaissance by Beyonce251243142
2 Motomami by Rosalia7939.578.5
3 Wet Leg by Wet Leg564370
4 Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief6112565
5 Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar454062
6 Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.5327.548.5
7 Blue Rev by Alvvays722146
8 Un Verano Sin Ti by Bad Bunny2714.534.5
9 Midnights by Taylor Swift212533
A Light for Attracting Attention by The Smile361233
11 I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap4216.532.5
12 And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow by Weyes Blood261230
13 Big Time by Angel Olsen0123.525.5
Cheat Codes by Danger Mouse & Black Thought1316.525.5
15 Preacher's Daughter by Ethel Cain51724
Natural Brown Prom Queen by Sudan Archives131524
17 Harry's House by Harry Styles1118.523.5
18 God Save the Animals by Alex G131423
19 Ants From Up There by Black Country, New Road0216.520.5
20 The Overload by Yard Act211220
21 Aethiopes by Billy Woods23719
22 Dawn FM by The Weeknd101518
23 Being Funny in a Foreign Language by The 19750213.517.5
24 Lucifer on the Sofa by Spoon21917
25 Diaspora Problems by Soul Glo101316
26 It's Almost Dry by Pusha T209.515.5
27 The Car by Arctic Monkeys111015
Fossora by Bjork001515
29 Impera by Ghost312.513.5
30 Caprisongs by FKA twigs028.512.5

Individual top ten lists

Below are the 174 individual top ten lists used to calculate the standings above. Some publications may list albums without ranking them; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.

25YL View full list
  1. The Loneliest Time by Carly Rae Jepsen
  2. Caprisongs by FKA twigs
  3. Three Dimensions Deep by Amber Mark
  4. Renaissance by Beyonce
  5. Drill Music in Zion by Lupe Fiasco
  6. Bad Mode by Hikaru Utada
  7. The Forever Story by J.I.D.
  8. Hold the Girl by Rina Sawayama
  9. Dawn FM by The Weeknd
  10. Hellfire by Black Midi
3voor12The Netherlands View full list
  1. Dawn FM by The Weeknd
  2. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  3. Harry's House by Harry Styles
  4. Caprisongs by FKA twigs
  5. Topical Dancer by Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul
  6. Motomami by Rosalia
  7. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  8. A Light for Attracting Attention by The Smile
  9. Multitude by Stromae
  10. God Save the Animals by Alex G
ABC News/Good Morning America Allan Raible View full list
  1. Blue Rev by Alvvays
  2. Cheat Codes by Danger Mouse & Black Thought
  3. Surrender by Maggie Rogers
  4. Lucifer on the Sofa by Spoon
  5. King's Disease III by Nas
  6. Fossora by Bjork
  7. Expert in a Dying Field by The Beths
  8. Black Radio III by Robert Glasper
  9. Big Time by Angel Olsen
  10. S.O.S. by SZA
Albumism View full list
  1. Midnights by Taylor Swift
  2. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  3. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  4. Renaissance by Beyonce
  5. Harry's House by Harry Styles
  6. Preacher's Daughter by Ethel Cain
  7. Black Radio III by Robert Glasper
  8. Good Morning Gorgeous by Mary J. Blige
  9. A Light for Attracting Attention by The Smile
  10. Fossora by Bjork
The Alternative View full list
  1. Blue Rev by Alvvays
  2. Hallelujah Hell Yeah by String Machine
  3. Pool Kids by Pool Kids
  4. Boat Songs by MJ Lenderman
  5. Preacher's Daughter by Ethel Cain
  6. Cave World by Viagra Boys
  7. Ants From Up There by Black Country, New Road
  8. Muna by Muna
  9. The Hum Goes on Forever by The Wonder Years
  10. New Preoccupations by Caracara
AP View full list
  • American Heartbreak by Zach Bryan
  • Before You Go by Blxst
  • Dawn FM by The Weeknd
  • Magic Man by Jackson Wang
  • The Man From Waco by Charley Crockett
  • Motomami by Rosalia
  • Renaissance by Beyonce
  • Sometimes, Forever by Soccer Mommy
  • Spaceship on the Blade by Larry June
  • Un Verano Sin Ti by Bad Bunny
The Atlantic Spencer Kornhaber View full list
  1. Renaissance by Beyonce
  2. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  3. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  4. Cherry by Daphni
  5. Few Good Things by Saba
  6. Caprisongs by FKA twigs
  7. Gemini Rights by Steve Lacy
  8. Fossora by Bjork
  9. Sabiduria by El Alfa
  10. Dawn FM by The Weeknd
The AU Review View full list
  1. King Stingray by King Stingray
  2. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  3. Weirder & Weirder by Ball Park Music
  4. Ramona Park Broke My Heart by Vince Staples
  5. Running With the Hurricane by Camp Cope
  6. Experience Everything. Live and Die by The Comfort
  7. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  8. Pre Pleasure by Julia Jacklin
  9. Daisy Chain by Slowly Slowly
  10. Big Time by Angel Olsen
A.V. Club View full list
  1. Renaissance by Beyonce
  2. And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow by Weyes Blood
  3. Blue Rev by Alvvays
  4. Motomami by Rosalia
  5. Muna by Muna
  6. The Loneliest Time by Carly Rae Jepsen
  7. Janky Star by Grace Ives
  8. Big Time by Angel Olsen
  9. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  10. Preacher's Daughter by Ethel Cain
BBC Radio 6 View full list
  1. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  2. The Overload by Yard Act
  3. The Line Is a Curve by Kae Tempest
  4. Topical Dancer by Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul
  5. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  6. At the Hotspot by Warmduscher
  7. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  8. Cheat Codes by Danger Mouse & Black Thought
  9. The Car by Arctic Monkeys
  10. Tresor by Gwenno
Beats Per Minute View full list
  1. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  2. Aethiopes by Billy Woods
  3. Ants From Up There by Black Country, New Road
  4. Painless by Nilufer Yanya
  5. Topical Dancer by Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul
  6. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  7. I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap
  8. Renaissance by Beyonce
  9. Diaspora Problems by Soul Glo
  10. And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow by Weyes Blood
Bill's Indie Basement View full list
  1. Giant Palm by Naima Bock
  2. Once Twice Melody by Beach House
  3. I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap
  4. Everything Was Beautiful by Spiritualized
  5. Painless by Nilufer Yanya
  6. Topical Dancer by Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul
  7. I'm Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me by King Hannah
  8. Weather Alive by Beth Orton
  9. Blue Rev by Alvvays
  10. Ultra Truth by Daniel Avery
Billboard View full list
  1. Un Verano Sin Ti by Bad Bunny
  2. Renaissance by Beyonce
  3. Midnights by Taylor Swift
  4. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  5. Motomami by Rosalia
  6. Harry's House by Harry Styles
  7. Gemini Rights by Steve Lacy
  8. Dawn FM by The Weeknd
  9. Ivory by Omar Apollo
  10. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
Bleep View full list
  1. Whatever the Weather by Whatever the Weather
  2. Loggerhead by Wu-Lu
  3. Fossora by Bjork
  4. ITSAME by Brainwaltzera
  5. Paste by Moin
  6. Void by SCALPING
  7. Midnight Rocker by Horace Andy
  8. Bucked Up Space by Nik Colk Void
  9. ¡Ay! by Lucrecia Dalt
  10. Two Sisters by Sarah Davachi
Boise Weekly Alan Sculley View full list
  1. I Am the Moon by Tedeschi Trucks Band
  2. Resist by Midnight Oil
  3. Flavor of the Month by Lannie Flowers
  4. White Jesus Black Problems by Fantastic Negrito
  5. Blue Sky Sun by The Well Wishers
  6. Lucifer on the Sofa by Spoon
  7. Invisible Pictures by Jeremy Ivey
  8. Expert in a Dying Field by The Beths
  9. Big Time by Angel Olsen
  10. Two Piece Puzzle by Rosalie Cunningham
Boomkat View full list
  1. A Blues by Rat Heart Ensemble
  2. Sent From My Telephone by Voice Actor
  3. Hitech by HiTech
  4. Conduit by Coby Sey
  5. Metal Zone by KAKUHAN
  6. Once Upon a Time by Romance
  7. Cave in the Wind by Klein
  8. Sow Your Gold in the White Foliated Earth by Deathprod
  9. Nachthorn by Maxime Denuc
  10. Antiphony of the Trees by Laura Cannell
Boston Herald Jed Gottlieb View full list
  • Clouds by Ballroom Thieves
  • Expert in a Dying Field by The Beths
  • Renaissance by Beyonce
  • Denim & Diamonds by Nikki Lane
  • Special by Lizzo
Brooklyn Vegan View full list
  1. Diaspora Problems by Soul Glo
  2. Renaissance by Beyonce
  3. Painless by Nilufer Yanya
  4. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  5. Motomami by Rosalia
  6. Un Verano Sin Ti by Bad Bunny
  7. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  8. I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap
  9. Little Green House by Anxious
  10. Hygiene by Drug Church
The Bulwark Tim Miller View full list
  1. It's Almost Dry by Pusha T
  2. Natural Brown Prom Queen by Sudan Archives
  3. Renaissance by Beyonce
  4. Bronco by Orville Peck
  5. Michael Rault by Michael Rault
  6. 11 by Sault
  7. Cool It Down by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  8. Sick by Earl Sweatshirt
  9. Blue Skies by Dehd
  10. This Is a Photograph by Kevin Morby
Chorus.fm View full list
  1. The Hum Goes on Forever by The Wonder Years
  2. Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind by Coheed and Cambria
  3. Midnights by Taylor Swift
  4. Farm to Table by Bartees Strange
  5. All the Truth That I Can Tell by Dashboard Confessional
  6. Asphalt Meadows by Death Cab for Cutie
  7. 40oz. to Fresno by Joyce Manor
  8. The Loneliest Time by Carly Rae Jepsen
  9. Being Funny in a Foreign Language by The 1975
  10. Angel in Real Time by Gang of Youths
Clash View full list
  1. Renaissance by Beyonce
  2. Natural Brown Prom Queen by Sudan Archives
  3. I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap
  4. Preacher's Daughter by Ethel Cain
  5. Ramona Park Broke My Heart by Vince Staples
  6. Motomami by Rosalia
  7. Alpha Place by Knucks
  8. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  9. Surrender by Maggie Rogers
  10. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
Classic Rock View full list
  1. Def Leppard by Def Leppard
  2. Impera by Ghost
  3. Closure/Continuation by Porcupine Tree
  4. Sunrise on Slaughter Beach by Clutch
  5. Rock Believer by Scorpions
  6. An Hour Before It's Dark by Marillion
  7. Patient Number 9 by Ozzy Osbourne
  8. Pawns & Kings by Alter Bridge
  9. The Gang's All Here by Skid Row
  10. Raw: That Little Ol' Band From Texas OST by ZZ Top
A Closer Listen View full list
  1. Two Sisters by Sarah Davachi
  2. Tissues by Pan Daijing
  3. Xiuxiuejar by Hekla
  4. Spirit Exit by Caterina Barbieri
  5. Aura by Hatis Noit
  6. Limen by KMRU & Aho Ssan
  7. The Liquified Throne of Simplicity by Sirom
  8. Almanac Behind by Daniel Bachman
  9. Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive by Galya Bisengalieva
  10. Ravage by Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch
Complex View full list
  1. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Un Verano Sin Ti by Bad Bunny
  3. It's Almost Dry by Pusha T
  4. Renaissance by Beyonce
  5. Ramona Park Broke My Heart by Vince Staples
  6. Dawn FM by The Weeknd
  7. Gemini Rights by Steve Lacy
  8. Her Loss by Drake & 21 Savage
  9. The Forever Story by JID
  10. Melt My Eyez See Your Future by Denzel Curry
Complex UK View full list
  1. Alpha Place by Knucks
  2. Yesterday Is Heavy by Lil Silva
  3. Respect the Come Up by Meekz
  4. Love, Damini by Burna Boy
  5. Mr. Money With the Vibe by Asake
  6. Reason to Smile by Kojey Radical
  7. No Thank You by Little Simz
  8. Tales of a Miracle by Miraa May
  9. Cold Feet by Rimzee
  10. This Is What I Mean by Stormzy
Consequence View full list
  1. It's Almost Dry by Pusha T
  2. Un Verano Sin Ti by Bad Bunny
  3. Renaissance by Beyonce
  4. Cool It Down by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  5. American Heartbreak by Zach Bryan
  6. Diaspora Problems by Soul Glo
  7. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  8. Natural Brown Prom Queen by Sudan Archives
  9. Motomami by Rosalia
  10. Painless by Nilufer Yanya
Coup de Main New Zealand View full list
  1. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  2. Being Funny in a Foreign Language by The 1975
  3. Preacher's Daughter by Ethel Cain
  4. Dance Fever by Florence + The Machine
  5. Blue Rev by Alvvays
  6. Decide by DJO
  7. Beatopia by Beabadoobee
  8. Harry's House by Harry Styles
  9. Midnights by Taylor Swift
  10. S.O.S. by SZA
Crack Magazine View full list
  1. Preacher's Daughter by Ethel Cain
  2. Motomami by Rosalia
  3. Yesterday Is Heavy by Lil Silva
  4. Paste by Moin
  5. Cyclorama by Ariel Zetina
  6. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  7. Feeding the Machine by Binker and Moses
  8. ¡Ay! by Lucrecia Dalt
  9. Nymph by Shygirl
  10. Raw Space by Authentically Plastic
Crash Records Leeds, UK View full list
  1. Let the Festivities Begin! by Los Bitchos
  2. Hellfire by Black Midi
  3. The Overload by Yard Act
  4. Fear of the Dawn by Jack White
  5. Cheat Codes by Danger Mouse & Black Thought
  6. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  7. At the Hotspot by Warmduscher
  8. Stumpwork by Dry Cleaning
  9. Electrified Brain by Municipal Waste
  10. Diablo by Gabe Gurnsey
Dazed View full list
  1. Renaissance by Beyonce
  2. Preacher's Daughter by Ethel Cain
  3. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  4. Motomami by Rosalia
  5. Crash by Charli XCX
  6. God Save the Animals by Alex G
  7. I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap
  8. Cave World by Viagra Boys
  9. Crest by Bladee & Ecco2k
Decibel View full list
  1. It’s Time… to Rise from the Grave by Undeath
  2. Heavy Pendulum by Cave in
  3. Loud Arriver by Sonja
  4. Blackbraid I by Blackbraid
  5. Acts of God by Immolation
  6. Diaspora Problems by Soul Glo
  7. Kanawha Black by Nechochwen
  8. Hate Über Alles by Kreator
  9. Null by KEN mode
  10. Upon Desolation by Mortuous
DIY View full list
  1. I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap
  2. Ants From Up There by Black Country, New Road
  3. Crash by Charli XCX
  4. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  5. The Car by Arctic Monkeys
  6. Harry's House by Harry Styles
  7. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  8. Being Funny in a Foreign Language by The 1975
  9. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  10. Stumpwork by Dry Cleaning
Dork View full list
  1. Muna by Muna
  2. Being Funny in a Foreign Language by The 1975
  3. Renaissance by Beyonce
  4. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  5. Beatopia by Beabadoobee
  6. Surrender by Maggie Rogers
  7. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  8. Midnights by Taylor Swift
  9. The Overload by Yard Act
  10. If My Wife New I'd Be Dead by CMAT
Double J Australia View full list
  1. King Stingray by King Stingray
  2. Renaissance by Beyonce
  3. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  4. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  5. Angel in Realtime by Gang of Youths
  6. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  7. As Above, So Below by Sampa the Great
  8. Amateurs by Laura Jean
  9. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  10. Boy by Harvey Sutherland
Echoes View full list
  1. Arkhon by Zola Jesus
  2. Here and Why by Klangwelt
  3. All Around My head by Lumenette
  4. IN by David helpling
  5. Electra (In Search of the Golden Sound) by Bill Nelson
  6. Deus Arrakis by Klaus Schulze
  7. Coil by Ian Boddy
  8. Visitor by taiyo Rey
  9. Imaginary Trains by Michael Whalen
  10. Once Twice Melody by Beach House
The Economist View full list
  • Angels & Queens - Part 1 by Gabriels
  • Diaspora Problems by Soul Glo
  • Freakout/Release by Hot Chip
  • Lucifer on the Sofa by Spoon
  • Maliba by Fatoumata Diawara
  • Motomami by Rosalia
  • Remember Your North Star by Yaya Bey
  • Renaissance by Beyonce
  • (self-titled) by Marcus Mumford
  • Where I'm Meant to Be by Ezra Collective
EDMTunes View full list
  1. Reviver by Lane 8
  2. Actual Life 3 by Fred again
  3. The Last Goodbye by Odesza
  4. Paradise Again by Swedish House Mafia
  5. Sentio by Martin Garrix
  6. Beyond the Veil by Seven Lions
  7. Diplo by Diplo
  8. Electronic Generations by Carl Cox
  9. Thrive by Slander
  10. Duality 1/2 by Andrew Bayer
Entertainment Weekly View full list
  1. Renaissance by Beyonce
  2. Motomami by Rosalia
  3. Caprisongs by FKA twigs
  4. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  5. Big Time by Angel Olsen
  6. I Walked With You a Ways by Plains
  7. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  8. It's Almost Dry by Pusha T
  9. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  10. Being Funny in a Foreign Language by The 1975
Erie Reader Nick Warren, Aaron Mook View full list
  1. God Save the Animals by Alex G
  2. Blue Rev by Alvvays
  3. The Unraveling of PUPTHEBAND by PUP
  4. Being Funny in a Foreign Language by The 1975
  5. Ants From Up There by Black Country, New Road
  6. Sometimes, Forever by Soccer Mommy
  7. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  8. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven by Tyler Childlers
  9. The Family by Brockhampton
  10. Laminated Denim by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Exclaim! View full list
  1. Blue Rev by Alvvays
  2. Renaissance by Beyonce
  3. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  4. God Save the Animals by Alex G
  5. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  6. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  7. Colder Streams by The Sadies
  8. Diaspora Problems by Soul Glo
  9. Sewn Back Together by OMBIIGIZI
  10. Natural Brown Prom Queen by Sudan Archives
The Fader View full list
  1. Aethiopes by Billy Woods
  2. God Save the Animals by Alex G
  3. Motomami by Rosalia
  4. Natural Brown Prom Queen by Sudan Archives
  5. Renaissance by Beyonce
  6. Wasteland by Brent Faiyaz
  7. Un Verano Sin Ti by Bad Bunny
  8. Subaru Boys: Final Heaven by Cruel Santino
  9. Dawn FM by The Weeknd
  10. Extreme by Molly Nilsson
Far Out Magazine View full list
  1. The Overload by Yard Act
  2. At the Hotspot by Warmduscher
  3. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  4. The Car by Arctic Monkeys
  5. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  6. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  7. Big Time by Angel Olsen
  8. And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow by Weyes Blood
  9. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  10. Cool It Down by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Fast 'n' Bulbous View full list
  1. Innate Passage by Elder
  2. Wilderness of Mirrors by The Black Angels
  3. XI: Bleed Here Now by And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  4. Sacred by Colour Haze
  5. Two Piece Puzzle by Rosalie Cunningham
  6. Endless Rooms by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
  7. The Carrier by Large Plants
  8. The Bone Carver by And Also the Trees
  9. En Är För Mycket och Tusen Aldrig Nog by Dungen
  10. Phosphorus by Custard Flux
FLOOD Magazine View full list
  1. Blue Rev by Alvvays
  2. And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow by Weyes Blood
  3. Natural Brown Prom Queen by Sudan Archives
  4. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  5. God Save the Animals by Alex G
  6. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  7. Cheat Codes by Danger Mouse & Black Thought
  8. Reset by Panda Bear & Sonic Boom
  9. Renaissance by Beyonce
  10. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
Folk Alley View full list
  1. The New Faith by Jake Blount
  2. Rolling Golden Holy by Bonny Light Horseman
  3. Carry Me Home by Mavis Staples & Levon Helm
  4. Teeth Marks by S.G. Goodman
  5. Breaking the Thermometer by Leyla McCalla
  6. Dark Enough to See the Stars by Mary Gauthier
  7. Timbuktu by Oumou Sangare
  8. Tell 'Em You Were Gold by Pharis & Jason Romero
  9. Spellbound by Judy Collins
  10. Feel Like Going Home by Miko Marks
Folk Radio UK View full list
  1. The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs of Black British Experience by Angeline Morrison
  2. Good and Green Again by Jake Xerxes Fussell
  3. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  4. Ytilaer by Bill Callahan
  5. The New Faith by Jake Blount
  6. Rolling Golden Holy by Bonny Light Horseman
  7. Frost and Fire by The Watersons
  8. Fleeting Adventure by Andrew Tuttle
  9. The Spur by Joan Shelley
  10. This Is a Photograph by Kevin Morby
The Forty-Five View full list
  1. I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap
  2. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  3. Nymph by Shygirl
  4. Laurel Hell by Mitski
  5. Natural Brown Prom Queen by Sudan Archives
  6. Renaissance by Beyonce
  7. Motomami by Rosalia
  8. Midnights by Taylor Swift
  9. And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow by Weyes Blood
  10. As Above, So Below by Sampa the Great
Gay City News Steve Erickson View full list
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  6. Melt My Eyez See Your Future by Denzel Curry
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  6. Bob Vylan Presents the Price of Life by Bob Vylan
  7. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  8. Crash by Charli XCX
  9. Cool It Down by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
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  6. Lessons for Mutants by Johanna Warren
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  6. The Car by Arctic Monkeys
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  • Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
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  5. King's Disease III by Nas
  6. Cost of Living by Apollo Brown & Philmore Greene
  7. The Forever Story by JID
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  4. Heart on My Sleeve by Ella Mai
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  6. Caprisongs by FKA twigs
  7. It's Almost Dry by Pusha T
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  6. Still Kicking! by Santiago Jimenez
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  4. Traumazine by Megan Thee Stallion
  5. Tex Flex Folklorico by Last Bandoleros
  6. Motomami by Rosalia
  7. Ivory by Omar Apollo
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  9. Midnights by Taylor Swift
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  3. Gemini Rights by Steve Lacy
  4. Ivory by Omar Apollo
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  6. copingmechanism by Willow
  7. We've Been Going About This All Wrong by Sharon Van Etten
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  4. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  5. Being Funny in a Foreign Language by The 1975
  6. Midnights by Taylor Swift
  7. Crash by Charli XCX
  8. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  9. For All Our Days that Tear the Heart by Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler
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  • Heroes & Villains by Metro Boomin
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  3. We've Been Going About This All Wrong by Sharon Van Etten
  4. Renaissance by Beyonce
  5. I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap
  6. Being Funny in a Foreign Language by The 1975
  7. Anywhere But Here by Sorry
  8. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
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  5. Honestly, Nevermind by Drake
  6. Renaissance by Beyonce
  7. And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow by Weyes Blood
  8. Hypochondriac by Brakence
  9. The Loneliest Time by Carly Rae Jepsen
  10. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
The Independent Mark Beaumont and Helen Brown View full list
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  2. Renaissance by Beyonce
  3. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  4. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  5. Crash by Charli XCX
  6. The Overload by Yard Act
  7. Midnights by Taylor Swift
  8. Big Time by Angel Olsen
  9. The Theory of Whatever by Jamie T
  10. And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow by Weyes Blood
Inverted Audio View full list
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  5. Napping Under God by NUG
  6. MPU102 by MPU101
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  6. Song of Salvation by Dream Unending
  7. Friendship, Love & War by Gudsforladt
  8. Acts of God by Immolation
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Irish Independent (Independent.ie) View full list
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The Irish Times View full list
  1. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Renaissance by Beyonce
  3. Big Time by Angel Olsen
  4. A Light for Attracting Attention by The Smile
  5. Fossora by Bjork
  6. Autofiction by Suede
  7. Chloe and the Next 20th Century by Father John Misty
  8. Stumpwork by Dry Cleaning
  9. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  10. And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow by Weyes Blood
KCRW Los Angeles View full list
  1. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  3. Mahal by Toro y Moi
  4. Topical Dancer by Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul
  5. Excess by Automatic
  6. Some of Us Are Brave by Danielle Ponder
  7. Prism by Say She She
  8. Black Radio III by Robert Glasper
  9. Reset by Panda Bear & Sonic Boom
  10. Lucifer on the Sofa by Spoon
  11. Thee Sacred Souls by Thee Sacred Souls
KCRW Los Angeles View full list
  1. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  3. Mahal by Toro y Moi
  4. Topical Dancer by Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul
  5. Excess by Automatic
  6. Some of Us Are Brave by Danielle Ponder
  7. Prism by Say She She
  8. Black Radio III by Robert Glasper
  9. Reset by Panda Bear & Sonic Boom
  10. Lucifer on the Sofa by Spoon
  11. Thee Sacred Souls by Thee Sacred Souls
Kerrang! View full list
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  5. Impera by Ghost
  6. The End, So Far by Slipknot
  7. Zeit by Rammstein
  8. As the Moon Rests by A.A. Williams
  9. Malicious Intent by Malevolence
  10. Zeal & Ardor by Zeal & Ardor
Les Inrockuptibles (France) Issue #16 (monthly edition)
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  2. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  3. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  4. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  5. Loggerhead by Wu-Lu
  6. Alpha Zulu by Phoenix
  7. Versions of Modern Performance by Horsegirl
  8. Dancer by Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul
  9. Harlequin by Sofie Royer
  10. Nymph by Shygirl
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  3. Renaissance by Beyonce
  4. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  5. Fossora by Bjork
  6. I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap
  7. Cheat Codes by Danger Mouse & Black Thought
  8. Motomami by Rosalia
  9. Loggerhead by Wu-Lu
  10. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
Live4ever View full list
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  3. Weather Alive by Beth Orton
  4. Blue Rev by Alvvays
  5. The Overload by Yard Act
  6. Electricity by Ibibio Sound Machine
  7. Heart Under by Just Mustard
  8. The Ultra Truth by Daniel Avery
  9. Dear Scott by Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band
  10. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
Los Angeles Times Mikael Wood View full list
  1. Renaissance by Beyonce
  2. Motomami by Rosalia
  3. Un Verano Sin Ti by Bad Bunny
  4. Midnights by Taylor Swift
  5. Blue Rev by Alvvays
  6. Big Time by Angel Olsen
  7. Bell Bottom Country by Lainey Wilson
  8. Live at the Bon Soir by Barbra Streisand
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  10. More Love, Less Ego by Wizkid
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  3. Quiet as Kept, F.O.G. by Kai Whiston
  4. Crash by Charli XCX
  5. Caroline by Caroline
  6. Thoughtless Cruelty by Thank
  7. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  8. Barbarism by Katie Alice Greer
  9. Stumpwork by Dry Cleaning
  10. Finally, New by They Hate Change
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  3. All of Us Flames by Ezra Furman
  4. Personal Hell by Deja Vega
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  6. Side Effects of Reality by AlterModerns
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  8. A Foul Form by Osees
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  10. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
Magnet View full list
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  2. A Light for Attracting Attention by The Smile
  3. We've Been Going About This All Wrong by Sharon Van Etten
  4. Sometimes, Forever by Soccer Mommy
  5. Versions of Modern Performance by Horsegirl
  6. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  7. I Don't Know Who Needs to Hear This by Tomberlin
  8. Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky by Porridge Radio
  9. This Is a Photograph by Kevin Morby
  10. Crystal Nuns Cathedral by Guided by Voices
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Metal Hammer View full list
  1. Impera by Ghost
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  5. Zeit by Rammstein
  6. Erebos by Venom Prison
  7. As the Moon Rests by A.A. Williams
  8. Sunrise on Slaughter Beach by Clutch
  9. Diaspora Problems by Soul Glo
  10. Pathos by Conjurer
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  • The Classic Symptoms of a Broken Spirit by Architects
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  • Sunrise on Slaughter Beach by Clutch
  • Cancer Culture by Decapitated
  • Impera by Ghost
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  • Pain Remains by Lorna Shore
  • Immutable by Meshuggah
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  • It's Time... to Rise From the Grave by Undeath
  • Zeal & Ardor by Zeal & Ardor
Metro UK View full list
  1. All of Us Flames by Ezra Furman
  2. Renaissance by Beyonce
  3. And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow by Weyes Blood
  4. Everything Was Beautiful by Spiritualized
  5. Shame by Fable
  6. Cheat Codes by Danger Mouse & Black Thought
  7. Midnights by Taylor Swift
  8. N’Djila Wa Mudjimu by Lady Aicha & Pisco Crane’s Original Fulu Miziki Band Of Kinshasa
  9. Endure by Special Interest
  10. The Heart Is Strange by xPropaganda
Metro Weekly Sean Maunier View full list
  1. Bad Mode by Hikaru Utada
  2. Renaissance by Beyonce
  3. S.O.S. by SZA
  4. Muna by Muna
  5. Cool It Down by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  6. Fossora by Bjork
  7. Crybaby by Tegan and Sara
  8. The Loneliest Time by Carly Rae Jepsen
  9. Multitude by Stromae
  10. Gemini Rights by Steve Lacy
Mojo January 2023
  1. Dear Scott by Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band
  2. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  3. Cheat Codes by Danger Mouse & Black Thought
  4. Midnight Rocker by Horace Andy
  5. The Car by Arctic Monkeys
  6. Autofiction by Suede
  7. YTI⅃AƎЯ by Bill Callahan
  8. Fear of the Dawn by Jack White
  9. Stumpwork by Dry Cleaning
  10. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
MondoSonoro Spain View full list
  1. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  2. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  3. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  4. Ants From Up There by Black Country, New Road
  5. Being Funny in a Foreign Language by The 1975
  6. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  7. This Is a Photograph by Kevin Morby
  8. Multitude by Stromae
  9. Big Time by Angel Olsen
  10. Nymph by Shygirl
musicOMH View full list
  1. Autofiction by Suede
  2. I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap
  3. Vol 1 by Decius
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  5. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  6. Freakout/Release by Hot Chip
  7. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  8. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  9. Tresor by Gwenno
  10. Midnights by Taylor Swift
mxdwn View full list
  1. Impera by Ghost
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  4. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  5. Still Come the Night by Alison Sudol
  6. Blue Rev by Alvvays
  7. Take It Like a Man by Amanda Shires
  8. Cheat Codes by Danger Mouse & Black Thought
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The Nation David Hajdu View full list
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  • Electricity by Ibibio Sound Machine
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  • Motomami by Rosalia
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  • They Fear Us by Ithaca
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  6. In Paris by Star Feminine Band
  7. Marchita by Silvana Estrada
  8. Dina Ogon by Dina Ogon
  9. Chiac Disco by Lisa LeBlanc
  10. Gnawa Electric Laune II by Rabii Harnourne & V.B. Kühl
The New York Times Jon Caramanica View full list
  1. American Heartbreak by Zach Bryan
  2. Motomami by Rosalia
  3. Honestly, Nevermind by Drake
  4. Welcome to the Block Party by Priscilla Block
  5. Renaissance by Beyonce
  6. Farm to Table by Bartees Strange
  7. (concert) by Gulch’s final show, Sound & Fury Festival, July 31, 2022
  8. Last Ones Left by 42 Dugg & EST Gee
  9. Mr. Money With the Vibe by Asake
  10. Disrespectful by Bad Boy Chiller Crew
The New York Times Jon Pareles View full list
  1. Renaissance by Beyonce
  2. Motomami by Rosalia
  3. Weather Alive by Beth Orton
  4. Natural Brown Prom Queen by Sudan Archives
  5. Nacarile by iLe
  6. No Rules Sandy by Sylvan Esso
  7. Hellfire by black midi
  8. Fossora by Bjork
  9. Aethiopes by Billy Woods
  10. Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky by Porridge Radio
The New York Times Lindsay Zoladz View full list
  1. Janky Star by Grace Ives
  2. Renaissance by Beyonce
  3. Motomami by Rosalia
  4. God Save the Animals by Alex G
  5. Dance Fever by Florence + The Machine
  6. Painless by Nilufer Yanya
  7. Blue Rev by Alvvays
  8. Natural Brown Prom Queen by Sudan Archives
  9. Big Time by Angel Olsen
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Nialler9 Ireland View full list
  1. Motomami by Rosalia
  2. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  3. Pompeii by Cate Le Bon
  4. The Car by Arctic Monkeys
  5. Aethiopes by Billy Woods
  6. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  7. No Thank You by Little Simz
  8. Renaissance by Beyonce
  9. If My Wife New I'd Be Dead by CMAT
  10. Pre Pleasure by Julia Jacklin
NME View full list
  1. The Car by Arctic Monkeys
  2. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  3. Renaissance by Beyonce
  4. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
  5. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  6. Hold the Girl by Rina Sawayama
  7. Topical Dancer by Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul
  8. Supernova by Nova Twins
  9. Motomami by Rosalia
  10. Being Funny in a Foreign Language by The 1975
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  3. Anais Mitchell by Anais Mitchell
  4. Age of Apathy by Aoife O'Donovan
  5. Feel Like Going Home by Miko Marks
  6. Breaking the Thermometer by Leyla McCalla
  7. Crooked Tree by Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway
  8. Kingmaker by Tami Neilson
  9. Done Come Too Far by Shemekia Copeland
  10. Big Time by Angel Olsen
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  3. I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap
  4. Once Twice Melody by Beach House
  5. Painless by Nilufer Yanya
  6. Endure by Special Interest
  7. Ants From Up There by Black Country, New Road
  8. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  9. A Light for Attracting Attention by The Smile
  10. Natural Brown Prom Queen by Sudan Archives
Norman Records Leeds, UK View full list
  1. God's Country by Chat Pile
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  3. Limbs by Keeley Forsyth
  4. Once Twice Melody by Beach House
  5. Districts, Roads, Open Space by Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development
  6. Living Torch by Kali Malone
  7. Pompeii by Cate Le Bon
  8. Lee 'Scratch' Perry's Guide to the Universe by New Age Doom & Lee 'Scratch' Perry
  9. Thoughtless Cruelty by Thank
  10. Paste by Moin
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  1. Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C.
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Rolling Stone Rob Sheffield View full list
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  6. Ytilaer by Bill Callahan
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  5. God Save the Animals by Alex G
  6. Crash by Charli XCX
  7. I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap
  8. Topical Dancer by Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul
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  6. Motomami by Rosalia
  7. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  8. Big Love Blanket by Angel Olsen
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  • I Love You Jennifer B by Jockstrap
  • Gemini Rights by Steve Lacy
  • A Beautiful Time by Willie Nelson
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  8. Welcome 2 Club XIII by Drive-By Truckers
  9. Blue Rev by Alvvays
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  5. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  6. B Flat A by Trupa Trupa
  7. Spirituals by Santigold
  8. Stumpwork by Dry Cleaning
  9. Aethiopes by Billy Woods
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  11. Blue Rev by Alvvays
Spectrum Culture View full list
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  3. A Light for Attracting Attention by The Smile
  4. Blue Rev by Alvvays
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  6. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  7. Renaissance by Beyonce
  8. Once Twice Melody by Beach House
  9. Fossora by Bjork
  10. Ants From Up There by Black Country, New Road
Spin View full list
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  6. Queen of Sheba by Angelique Kidjo and Ibrahim Maalouf
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  6. The Hum Goes on Forever by The Wonder Years
  7. God's Country by Chat Pile
  8. Mystic Sisters by City of Caterpillar
  9. Glitch Princess by Yeule
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Star Tribune Jon Bream View full list
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  5. S.O.S. by SZA
  6. Big Time by Angel Olsen
  7. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  8. Blues in the Present Tense by Doug Wamble
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  3. I Walked With You a Ways by Plains
  4. Cheat Codes by Black Thought
  5. Big Time by Angel Olsen
  6. S.O.S. by SZA
  7. Once Twice Melody by Beach House
  8. Diaspora Problems by Soul Glo
  9. Midnights by Taylor Swift
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Stereogum View full list
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  4. Sometimes, Forever by Soccer Mommy
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  6. God Save the Animals by Alex G
  7. Expert in a Dying Field by The Beths
  8. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  9. Diaspora Problems by Soul Glo
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The Sunday Times Dan Cairns and Jonathan Dean View full list
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  2. Two Ribbons by Let's Eat Grandma
  3. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  4. A Light for Attracting Attention by The Smile
  5. The Car by Arctic Monkeys
  6. Loose Future by Courtney Marie Andres
  7. Ants From Up There by Black Country, New Road
  8. Marcus Mumford by Marcus Mumford
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  10. Midnights by Taylor Swift
The Telegraph Neil McCormick View full list
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  3. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
  4. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
  5. Harry's House by Harry Styles
  6. Dance Fever by Florence + The Machine
  7. Renaissance by Beyonce
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  9. Chloe and the Next 20th Century by Father John Misty
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  6. Electricity by Ibibio Sound Machine
  7. Big Time by Angel Olsen
  8. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
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  6. Renaissance by Beyonce
  7. Myopia by Mizmor & Thou
  8. Pigments by Dawn Richard & Spencer Zahn
  9. Big Time by Angel Olsen
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  6. In These Times by Makaya McCraven
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  7. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
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  6. Painless by Nilufer Yanya
  7. ILYSM by Wild Pink
  8. American Heartbreak by Zach Bryan
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Comments (24)

  • cytotropism  

    My top 15
    1. Big Thief-Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You
    2. Taylor Swift-Midnights
    3. Soccer Mommy-Sometimes, Forever
    4. Wet Leg-Wet Leg
    5. Utada Hikaru-BAD Mode
    6. The Paranoid Style-For Executive Meeting
    7. Sudan Archives-Natural Brown Prom Queen
    8. Florist-Florist
    9. Bad Bunny-Un Verano Sin Ti
    10. Lucrecia Dalt-iAy!
    11. ROSALÍA-MOTOMAMI
    12. Alvvays - Blue Rev
    13. Perfume Genius-Ugly Season
    14. Special Interest - Endure
    15. Beach House-Once Twice Melody

  • Cyrone  

    It's shocking to me that critics seem to have completely forgotten about the Beach House album, which was absolute perfection. As well as Spoon - Lucifer. They were raved about when they first came out, and wayyy better than Big Thief.

    Critics have full-blown amnesia these days.

  • markjamie20  

    Reuben - We have vastly different music taste. Of the list you provided, I only enjoyed 2 of those albums - Charli XCX and Vampire Weekend - and neither would have made my Top 10 of the year. In 2019 I rated Ghosteen by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Incidental Music by W. H. Lung, Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood, Ladytron, Magdalene by FKA Twigs and UFOF by Big Thief in particular.
    As for Beach House, I only got into them in 2018 when they released 7. I have retrospectively explored their catalogue and love Bloom, but for me, Once Twice Melody from this year is the greatest thing they have ever done.
    You do appear to favour the pop and hip-hop genres, I prefer indie, alternative, electronic, post-punk , experimental and folk. I don't mind pop, but rarely hear an album that I feel like coming back to again and again. This year only The Weeknd's album Dawn FM came close to my Top 25 of the year. The Beyoncé album was fun for a while, but I got sick of it. Bad Bunny did nothing for me.
    Each to their own. Keep enjoying music!

  • Reuben-Aust  

    Re: "2022 was a spectacular year - perhaps the strongest of any year I can recall - so many great albums, so many wonderful new artists."

    I just released you placed that comment in the TV List, and I replied in that list as well. So I am now copy and pasting mine into the correct list with the part of your comment to which I am responding quoted above. If Metacritic wish to delete one of these duplicated comments of mine, please delete the one in the TV list.

    Anyway, markjamie20, thankyou for referring to me by name, and I am now doing the same because I do agree it is respectful to do so. I am glad you feel that way as expressed above. I don't know how old you are. I am guessing old enough to like Beach House from when they were young, which would make you roughly 35 or something. But maybe I am wrong.

    Anyway, I am glad to hear that for you 2022 has been "perhaps the strongest of any year I can recall". Maybe you are correct at least insofar as it is not as bad as I imagine it to be.

    For me the strongest year for awhile is 2019: i.e. Ariana Grande's Thank U, Next; BLɅϽKPIИK's Kill This Love EP; BTS's Map of the Soul: Persona EP and BTS World Original Soundtrack; Camila Cabello's Romance; The Chainsmokers World War Joy; Charli XCX's S/T; Chris Brown's Indigo; Doja Cat's Hot Pink; Ed Sheeran's No.6 Collaborations Project; Harry Styles' Fine Line; J Balvin's Oasis; Julia Michaels Inner Monologue, Pt. 1 EP and collaborative single, "If the World Was Ending" featuring JP Saxe; Lana Del Rey's Norman F*****g Rockwell!; Lil Nas X's 7 EP which includes "Old Town Road" Remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus; Lizzo's Cuz I Love You; Maren Morris's Girl; Meduza & Goodboys "Piece Of Your Heart" and "Lose Control"; Megan Thee Stallion's Fever; Miley Cyrus's She Is Coming EP; Natti Natasha's IlumiNATTI; Normani's Motivation; Pop Smoke's Meet the Moo; Post Malone's Hollywood's Bleeding; Roddy Ricch's Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial; Summer Walker's Over It; Taylor Swift's Lover; Vampire Weekend's Father of the Bride; and Young Thug's So Much Fun.

    I honestly think that there is not a single album released in 2022 that can be compared as an equal to almost any of the above albums. Thus, 2022 is so bad a year from my perspective that the best album released this year, by Bad Bunny, would roughly be the 10th best album in 2019.

    To judge from my Apple Music library -- which it is ordered both chronologically and alphabetically as smart playlists -- after a very strong year in 2019, when popular music was arguably near or at its peak, there is a clear downward trend that begins in 2020. This is presumably related to the Covid-19 lockdown, though it is plausible that it is not caused by the economic lockdown per se, and rather is caused by the BLM protests, because the decline doesn't become clearly evident until the following year, and 2022 is clearly by far the worst year in the history of popular music since roughly the 1990s.

    If the decline was caused by the economic lockdown, then popular music should have recovered this year as it takes about a year to produce an album. But instead the charts seem so dominated by "gangsta" rap -- by which I mean rap artists who mostly have been in prison at some point in their lives, whose music has no "mainstream" appeal because of the use of expletives including the "N" word to describe themselves and the "B" and H" word to describe their partners -- that "mainstream" pop such as was clearly dominant in 2019 has to a large extent collapsed in a heap, and might not recover for several years or more, and might never recover.

  • markjamie20  

    Reuben - I placed Beach House on top of the list because they released the best album of the year in my opinion - no other reason. Music evolves, bands come and go, but 2022 was a spectacular year - perhaps the strongest of any year I can recall - so many great albums, so many wonderful new artists.

  • Reuben-Aust  

    Returning to the subject of the "inorganic" nature of K-Pop, and whether this is a "legitimate" argument to be made to explain why their music is not rated highly by music critics, I found an interesting relevant article via doing a Google Search:

    "Why East and West Don't See Eye-to-Eye

    Years of research (and culture clashes) have shown that East Asians are more collectivistic than their individualistic Western counterparts. Now, new research argues that this cultural gulf may stem from what those peoples' ancestors farmed."

    I found this article via Google because I had made the same point, that Asian people are less individualistic, and that was what I had in the search terms. The hypothesis is explained as follows:

    "Rice farming is labor-intensive and requires irrigation, which forces a community to work together, [Thomas] Talhelm said. Wheat farming, on the other hand, is a more individualistic pursuit. Thus, he wondered if the cultures that evolved out of these two methods of farming might still persist."

    An original aspect of his hypothesis is that he focuses on "the Yangtze River acting as a dividing line. The Yangtze... is... the point at which rice farming in the South transitions to wheat farming in the North."

    It occurred to me that Korea might be classified as being in the "wheat farming" region of "the North", so I did another Google search. I didn't find a clear answer to that question, but did find the following on Wikipedia: "Anjeunbaengi wheat, also known as Jinju native wheat, is a variety of wheat originating in southern South Korea. The wheat has been noted for its durability and relatively quick growing time."

    On this basis, it might be that Korean culture historically has been much more individualistic compared to the Chinese in the rice-growing region. Obviously, any such cultural difference has been exacerbated by communism, but the hypothesis is that there is an instinctive difference. That would be consistent with Koreans being very good at developing a style of pop music that is similar to music in the English-speaking world, but also being more collectivist when compared to those of European descent.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna55133152

  • Reuben-Aust  

    I like this album art for Beach House's Bloom LP, https://www.npr.org/2012/05/06/151227631/first-listen-beach-house-bloom
    Though it is NOT the abstract cover for that album. It might be a scene from a music video. But anyway, the version I had included the lights of the car, it was cropped by me to be a perfect square, and I spent several hours editing it in Photoshop to eliminate much of the distortion in the light. I was just learning Photoshop at the time, so it was simply some creative playing around. I imagine you might have included Beach House at the top of your list because that was when Metacritic Music was more "cool" than it is now? You can get a sense of that time from this playlist: https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/the-200-best-albums-of-the-2010s/
    Beach House's Teen Dream is at #21. It is mostly worthwhile to scroll up from that point. I certainly do miss artists like them, Vampire Weekend, #7, Grimes, #11, and Joanna Newsome at #16. Those are the sort of Indie artists that seem no longer around nowadays. Grimes has good music videos for her songs that are available on Apple Music. Joanna Newsome sadly only has one music video for "Sprout and the Bean". It certainly captures her well and so it would be great if there was more. I highly recommend the live music videos of The Gossip 2006 album, Standing in the Way of Control. I personally have only streamed two: "Standing In the Way of Control (Short Version)"; and "Yr Mangled Heart", which I recommend you listen to in that order. That live performance captures the Metacritic music community of the time coming together to see live the sort of artist that only they know about.

    But a good example of an artist that the Metacritic community at the time had missed is Paramore. In retrospect it seems amazing that they were not on the radar of Metacritic, at least not that I can recall.

  • markjamie20  

    My Top 25

    1 Once Twice Melody BEACH HOUSE
    2 Natural Born Prom Queen SUDAN ARCHIVES
    3 LP.8 KELLY LEE OWENS
    4 Preacher’s Daughter ETHEL CAIN
    5 Fossora BJÖRK
    6 Ugly Season PERFUME GENIUS
    7 In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow WEYES BLOOD
    8 Formentera METRIC
    9 Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You BIG THIEF
    10 ¡Ay! LUCRECIA DALT
    11 Wet Leg WET LEG
    12 Blue Rev ALVVAYS
    13 Autofiction SUEDE
    14 Labyrinthitis DESTROYER
    15 I Love You Jennifer B JOCKSTRAP
    16 Garden Gaia PANTHA DU PRINCE
    17 Edge Of Innocence ROZA TERENZI & D. TIFFANY
    18 Two DUBSTAR
    19 Glitch Princess YEULE
    20 KALAK SARATHY KORWAR
    21 Nymph SHYGIRL
    22 Two Ribbons LET'S EAT GRANDMA
    23 I Didn’t Mean to Haunt You QUADECA
    24 Never Let Me Go PLACEBO
    25 Fear Fear WORKING MEN'S CLUB

    Apologies to Sam Prekop & John McEntire, Dry Cleaning, Ariel Zetina, Belle & Sebastian, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Just Mustard, Djo, Rina Sawayama, The Weeknd, Sylvan Esso, Ravyn Lenae, HAAi and Tourist

  • Reuben-Aust  

    Thanks, hawkeye766.

    Re: "I like a lot of David Guetta's stuff." Yes, sorry if I was insensitive in my reply to you earlier. I do appreciate what you have written to me. I was interested to learn from this your latest comment that A.G. Cook came into the public eye as Charli XCX's creative director. I remember when I first heard her music, I borrowed her debut LP, True Romance (2013) from a public library as I was without the internet at the time. That is embarrassing to admit as it makes me seem like I must have been living in the dark age. But anyway, Icona Pop's "I Love It" featuring Charli XCX that was released in 2012 was also excellent, as was the Australian artist, Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX in 2014, and she was featured on another Australian artist, Troye Sivan's "1999" in 2018. But Charli XCX has lost her creative inspiration since then, and maybe that is because she and A.G. Cook had parted ways?

    It wouldn't surprise me, as that often happens with pop singers. Once a pop artist gains control of their own artistic direction they often lose the plot. I think that has clearly happened with Taylor Swift, though she has been very successful on the charts with her last few albums. Reputation in late 2017 was Swift's last album with Big Machine. In November 2018, she signed a new deal with the Universal Music Group and has since then released Lover, Folklore and Evermore. Lover was well produced, but displayed some early signs of self-indulgence, and that became much more apparent in the next two produced during the covid-19 lockdown and now Midnights. It was while promoting Lover that Swift became embroiled in a public dispute with talent manager Scooter Braun and Big Machine over the purchase of the masters of her back catalog. So that seems to be the beginning of the downward spiral. The blame is probably not so much with the producers, Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff, but rather that she no longer has someone like the talent manager Scooter Braun to organize the production process. Of course, most people won't agree with me and believe that there isn't any issue at all, Taylor Swift is simply doing her own thing and she is doing so successfully, from their viewpoint. But I am a contrarian at heart, and being a non-conformist and not someone employed in the music industry, I do believe that it would be much better if they could figure out a way to keep artists like Taylor Swift and Harry Styles on track. Artists like Taylor Swift build up a huge fan base when their music is being well-produced and their fans remain loyal to them when they lose their way, and that drags down the standard of pop music more generally. in my opinion it is an issue because Taylor Swift and Harry Styles are clearly the most popular solo artists at present, and so we need them being guided in the right direction. At present they are being self-indulgent, as was Taylor Swift interrupting the music video for her best song, "Anti-Hero".

    https://www.newsweek.com/some-taylor-swift-fans-really-hate-jack-antonoff-collaboration-1753997

    https://people.com/music/taylor-swift-and-jack-antonoff-friendship-timeline/

  • hawkeye766  

    To be clear I like a lot of david guetta's stuff. For whatever reason the latest just doesn't stick with me. Do you like A.G. Cooke? He wrote "All up in your mind" on Rennaissance. He also has written a TON for Charli XCX as well as doing a lot of solo electronic stuff. The label PC music is his creation. I like his music because it is experimental and rough around the edges but still extremely danceable and catchy

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