Top 20 Rock Albums of 2022 (So Far)

During the first six months of 2022, there has been a steady stream of new music releases: pleasant surprises, anticipated projects and brand new sounds.

For some it was a long time coming: Tears of fear released their first studio LP in 18 years, Eddie Vedder unveiled his first solo record in over a decade and Jethro Tull released their first studio album since 2003. Others have been working feverishly: Jack White released the first of two albums this year and The black keys offered a new record almost exactly a year after their last.

Some artists explored different soundscapes: Wilco embraced their early days with an album of country songs, while Dave Grohl tried his hand at heavy metal and released an album just hours before his Foo Fighters band mate Taylor Hawkins was found death in his hotel room. Some decided to breathe new life into old songs: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave their bid for a collection of Bob Dylan numbers while artists like David ByrneYo La Tengo and Flaming lips recorded renditions of Yoko Ono songs for a collection.

A brand new band also came on the scene. That Smile – a trio with Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood with Sons of Kemet’s Tom Skinner – released their debut studio album.

All of these and more can be found in the list below of the 20 Best Rock Albums of 2022 (So Far.)

Top 20 Rock Albums of 2022 (So Far)

The soundtrack for the first half of 2022.

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