Countdown: The Top 10 Rock Albums of 2022 : All Songs Considered All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen joins NPR Music's Hazel Cills and Marissa Lorusso to count down NPR Music's top 10 rock albums of 2022.

Featured songs and artists:

10. Kevin Morby: "This Is a Photograph," from This Is a Photograph
9. Soul Glo: "Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future))," from Diaspora Problems
8. Special Interest: "Foul," from Endure
7. caroline: "Dark blue," from caroline
6. Hurray for the Riff Raff: "PRECIOUS CARGO," from LIFE ON EARTH
5. Alvvays: "Pharmacist," from Blue Rev
4. Wet Leg: "Angelica," from Wet Leg
3. Nilüfer Yanya: "stabilise," from PAINLESS
2. Alex G: "No Bitterness," from God Save the Animals
1. Big Thief: "Spud Infinity," from Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

Read the ranked list the year's most essential rock music, along with a short list of personal favorites, by NPR Music staff and contributors.

Countdown: The Top 10 Rock Albums of 2022

Countdown: The Top 10 Rock Albums of 2022

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The artists who defined 2022 in rock came from a vast stretch of unexpected places. From the pastoral stretches of England's Isle of Wight, to Philadelphia's indie rock circles and the New Orleans punk scene, the bands and singular voices who captured this year did so with plenty of wit and verve.

It's hard to distill how much rock music this team loved this year into just a few albums, but our favorites reflect a year in which big, ambitious personalities and collectives reigned supreme. On this episode of All Songs Considered, host Bob Boilen joins NPR Music's Hazel Cills and Marissa Lorusso to count down the top 10 rock albums of 2022.


Featured songs and artists:

10. Kevin Morby: "This Is a Photograph," from This Is a Photograph

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9. Soul Glo: "Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future))," from Diaspora Problems

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8. Special Interest: "Foul," from Endure

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7. caroline: "Dark blue," from caroline

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6. Hurray for the Riff Raff: "PRECIOUS CARGO," from LIFE ON EARTH

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5. Alvvays: "Pharmacist," from Blue Rev

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4. Wet Leg: "Angelica," from Wet Leg

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3. Nilüfer Yanya: "stabilise," from PAINLESS

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2. Alex G: "No Bitterness," from God Save the Animals

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1. Big Thief: "Spud Infinity," from Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

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Honorable mentions:

Angel Olsen, Big Time

Florist, Florist

MJ Lenderman, Boat Songs

Tomberlin, I Don't Know Who Needs to Hear This...