2022 didn’t have a breakout album like Olivia Rodrigo or Turnstile did last year, but it had plenty of memorable moments. Lurking in the corners of indie rock, metalcore, and hip-hop were some of the best records of the past 12 months.
Kendrick Lamar released his most personal album to date. The Devil Wears Prada and Underoath recaptured their 2000s metal energy. Young artists from Soul Glo to Static Dress suggest a promising future for heavy music. Then there’s the almighty Lorna Shore, whose greatness I struggle to put into words.
Between these releases and many more, check out the 40 albums I loved the most in 2022.