The 50 best albums of 2022: 50 – 26

XS Noize The 50 best albums of 2022

In 2022 we all got back to normal and enjoyed live music and the fantastic albums released this year. So it’s that time of year again when the XS Noize writers have sat down and thoughtfully compiled what they have enjoyed the most. Without further ado, here are our top 50 favourite albums of the year.

50. Ibaraki – Rashomon

49. Gogol Bordello – Solidaritine

48. Michael Timmins – The Lightness Of The Dread

47. Metric – Formentera

46. Stacks – Love And Language

45. Trentemøller – Memoria

44. Sofie Birch – Holotropica

43. Matisyahu – Matisyahu

Matisyahu has proven he is a truly creative and innovative chameleon from his continuous physical transformation and musical innovation. This ability has earned him over half a billion streams and five million physical sales.

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42. Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems

41. Bowling for Soup – Pop Drunk Snot Bread

While Bowling for Soup has not made a musical evolution throughout their 28 years as Radiohead has through their back catalogue, this has never been their plan or a promise to their fans. The band has promised to be fun and honest and help people get through life’s challenges. Bowling for Soup has fulfilled their commitments to fans and all people facing anxiety and mental health challenges through Pop Drunk Snot Bread.

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40. The Chats – Get Fucked

39. Everything Everything – Raw Data Feel

38. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love

The album starts on a high note with the single ‘Black Summer’, which immediately brings Frusciante’s signature guitar sound to the fore, along with his backing vocals, reminiscent of his work on 2006’s Stadium Arcadium. Singer Anthony Kiedis sings that he’s “been waitin’ on another black summer to end”, perhaps a nod to the again-returning guitarist. The strong start is maintained through ‘Here Ever After’, a feel-good song destined to be a hit during live performances, which sees Kiedis at his best with a strong vocal showing.

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37. Working Men’s Club – Fear Fear

36. Sports Team – Gulp!

For an album that is just over 33 minutes long, Sports Team packs in a lot of musical variety and bizarre subject matters, and Gulp! doesn’t lose momentum. The influences are many and easy to detect, but Gulp! belongs to Sports Team and Sports Team alone.

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35. Megan Thee Stallion – Traumazine

34. Rammstein – Zeit

33. Alvvays – Blue Rev

32. Thom Southern – Plaza

31. Beth Orton – Weather Alive

30. Half Man Half Biscuit – The Voltarol Years

29. Dry Cleaning – Stumpwork

28. African-American Sound Recording – Tamika’s Lodge

27. Hot Chip – Freakout/Release

26. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cool It Down

The 50 best albums of 2022: 25 – 1

XS Noize: Albums of the year 2022 compiled by Iam Burn from lists by Mark Millar, Michael Barron, Ben P Scott, Marija Buljeta, Lee Campbell, Lori Gava, Randall Radic, Stuart Evans, Alina Salihbekova, David McElroy, Rebecca Haslam, Imelda Hehir, Marc Leach, Julie Blore-Bizot, Ashley Kreutter.

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as conducting interviews for the XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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