Breaking Through The Noise: The Music of 2022

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Breaking Through The Noise: The Music of 2022

2022 was an undeniably solid year for new music, with almost every week having a notable release! Looking back at the year, and all the exciting new music that came with it, we felt compelled to share a list of titles that broke through the noise of everyday life in 2022.

The albums included on this list are a reflection of the music that resonated with Nail City Record's customers and staff. We realize there were tons of great albums released in 2022, but after we started going through the hundreds of noteworthy releases that came out this year, we decided to limit our list to just 75 titles. We could have easily included 100+  more titles on this list, but we wanted to keep it short and interesting. 

This is our abridged list. We will be releasing a more comprehensive/ unabridged best of 2022 list in January of 2023. If we missed any of your favorite releases of 2022, let us know and we may include it on our unabridged best of 2022 list.

For a lot of pop music fans, 2022 was a great year to see well known artists deliver on long awaited albums.This year we saw new record breaking releases from familiar artists like Beyoncé, Kendrick LamarHarry Stylesand Taylor Swift. We even got to see the reuniting of the original Red Hot Chili Peppers lineup for two stellar new albums: Unlimited Love, and Return of the Dream Canteen.

Releasing multiple studio albums in a single year seemed to be a theme in 2022. Other than the Chili peppers, we saw two new studio albums from the eclectic Jack White (Fear of the Dawn and Entering Heaven Alive), and 5 new studio albums from Australian psych rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

As for new artists, we got killer debut albums from the likes of Wet Leg, Los Bitchos, and DOMi & JD BECK just to name a few. We also saw new studio material from legacy artists and icons like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Tears for Fears, and Neil Young.

We could write more, but we will let the music speak for itself.

The list below is organized by Artist / Album Title / Release Date / Genre / Youtube Album Playlist.
Dope Lemon Rose Pink Cadillac 1/7/2022 Alternative, Indie Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
The Weeknd Dawn FM 1/7/2022 Contemporary R&B, Spoken Word, Synthwave YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Earl Sweatshirt Sick! 1/14/2022 Jazzy Hip-Hop, Trap
Bad Suns Apocalypse Whenever 1/27/2022 Indie rock, Post-punk
desert sand feels warm at night 夢の砂漠 (Desert Dreams) 2/4/2022 Ambient, Vaporwave, Dreampunk YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Cate Le Bon Pompeii 2/4/2022 Indie Pop, Art Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Los Bitchos Let The Festivities Begin! 2/4/2022 Latin, Cumbia, Indie Pop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Black Country, New Road Ants from Up There 2/4/2022 Post-rock, Art rock, Chamber pop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Mitski Laurel Hell 2/4/2022 Synth-pop, Indie Rock
Beach House Once Twice Melody 2/18/2022 Indie Rock, Dream Pop
Oliver Tree Cowboy Tears 2/18/2022 Pop Rock, Alternative Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Tears for Fears The Tipping Point 2/25/2022 Electropop, Art Pop
EarthGang Ghetto Gods 2/25/2022 Hip Hop, Funk / Soul YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Dolly Parton Run, Rose, Run 3/4/2022 Country, Bluegrass YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Stromae Multitude 3/4/2022 Electronic, Pop
Nilüfer Yanya Painless 3/4/2022 Indie rock, Indie Pop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Charlotte Adigéry / Bolis Pupul Topical Dancer Topical Dancer Album 3/4/2022 Soul, Electro, Synth-pop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Ghost Impera 3/11/2022 Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Glam Metal YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Rosalía MOTOMAMI 3/18/2022 Alternative R&B, Latin Electronic, Flamenco Nuevo YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Dream Widow Dream Widow 3/25/2022 Death Metal, Thrash YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Denzel Curry Melt My Eyez See Your Future 3/25/2022 Hip Hop, Funk / Soul YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Latto 777 3/25/2022 Hip Hop, Pop, Contemporary R&B YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Red Hot Chili Peppers Unlimited Love 4/1/2022 Funk rock, Alternative Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Jack White Fear of the Dawn 4/8/2022 Blues Rock, Experimental Rock, Art Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Wet Leg Wet Leg 4/8/2022 Indie Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST 
The Babe Rainbow Levitation Sessions ‎ 4/15/2022 Psychedelic Rock, Pop, Folk Rock, Surf YOUTUBE PLAYLIST 
Spiritualized Everything Was Beautiful 4/22/2022 Dream Pop, Blues Rock, Symphonic Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Fontaines D.C. Skinty Fia 4/22/2022 Indie Rock, Shoegaze YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Omnium Gatherum 4/22/2022 Psychedelic Rock, Heavy Metal, Progressive Folk YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Sofi Tukker Wet Tennis 4/29/2022 Electronic, Dance Pop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Willie Nelson A Beautiful Time 4/29/2022 Folk, Country YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Beyoncé Renaissance 4/29/2022 House, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Toro Y Moi Mahal 4/29/2022 Rock, Indie Pop
death's dynamic shroud.wmv Transcendence Bot 5/1/2022 Vaporwave, Glitch Pop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Bad Bunny Un Verano Sin Ti 5/6/2022 Reggaeton, Trap, Synth-pop, House, Reggae, Mambo, Latin YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Ethel Cain Preacher's Daughter 5/12/2022 Ethereal Wave, Americana, Post-Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Kendrick Lamar Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers 5/13/2022 Conscious Hip Hop, West Coast Hip Hop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
The Smile A Light for Attracting Attention 5/13/2022 Post-Punk, Art Popk, Math Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Soccer Mommy Sometimes, Forever 6/24/2022 Indie Rock, Indie Pop
Moor Mother Jazz Codes 7/1/2022 Jazz Poetry, Neo-Soul, Avant-Garde Jazz YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Viagra Boys Caveworld 7/8/2022 Dance-Punk, Synth Punk, Industrial Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Black Midi Hellfire 7/15/2022 Art Rock, Experimental, Math Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
DOMi and JD BECK NOT TiGHT 7/15/2022 Contemporary Jazz YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Lizzo Special 7/15/2022 Contemporary R&B, Pop Rap, Disco YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Jack White Entering Heaven Alive 7/22/2022 Alternative Rock
Danger Mouse and Black Thought Cheat Codes 8/12/2022 Hip Hop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
The Mountain Goats Bleed Out 8/16/2022 Rock, Indie Rock, Folk rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Larry June Spaceships on the Blade 8/19/2022 Hip Hop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Marcus King Young Blood 8/26/2022 Blues Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Sudan Archive Natural Brown Prom Queen 9/9/2022 R&B/Soul, Alternative/Indie, Pop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
GA-20 Crackdown 9/9/2022 Rock, Funk / Soul, Blues YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
The Murlocs Rapscallion 9/16/2022 Alternative Rock, Garage Rock, Blues Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Makaya McCraven In These Times 9/19/2022 Contemporary Jazz, Post Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Alex G Save The Animals 9/23/2022 Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Folk Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
The Comet Is Coming Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam 9/23/2022 Nu Jazz, Jazz-Fusion, Neo-Psychedelia YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Khruangbin and Vieux Farka Touré Ali 9/23/2022 Surf, Psychedelic, Funk, African, Electric Blues YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Björk Fossora 9/30/2022 Avant-pop, techno YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Tyler Childers Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven? 9/30/2022 Country, Folk, Gospel YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Nicholas Craven & Boldy James Fair Exchange No Robbery 9/30/2022 Gangsta Rap, Jazz Rap YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Alvvays Blue Rev 10/7/2022 Indie Pop, Shoegaze, Noise, Pop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava 10/7/2022 Jam Band, Funk Rock, Progressive Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Open Mike Eagle A Tape Called Component System With the Auto Reverse 10/7/2022 Jazz Rap, Conscious Hip Hop, Abstract Hip Hop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Laminated Denim 10/12/2022 Psychedelic Rock, Progressive Rock, Krautrock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Bill Callahan YTI⅃AƎЯ 10/14/2022 Alt-Country, Folk Rock, Psychedelic Folk YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Red Hot Chili Peppers Return of the Dream Canteen 10/14/2022 Alternative Rock, Funk YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Arctic Monkeys The Car 10/21/2022 Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Baroque Pop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Simple Minds Direction of the Heart 10/21/2022 Electronic, Alternative Rock, Synth-Pop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Taylor Swift Midnights 10/21/2022 Synth-pop, Vocal, Indie Pop YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
Drugdealer Hiding in Plain Sight 10/28/2022 Alternative Rock, Indie Rock YOUTUBE PLAYLIST 
Fred Again... Actual Life 3 (January 1 - September 9 2022) 10/28/2022 House, Breakbeat, UK Garage
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Changes 10/28/2022 Psychedelic Rock, Alternative Rock, Jazz-Rock
Ezra Collective Where I'm Meant To Be 11/4/2022 Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin
Nas King's Disease III 11/11/2022 Hip Hop
Billy Strings Me/And/Dad 11/18/2022 Bluegrass
Nina Hagen Unity 12/9/2022 Vocal, Synth-pop, Pop Rock, Avantgarde

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