The 39 Best Albums of 2022: Our Favorite Music of the Year So Far

–Nina Corcoran

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Best Moment: When the bubbles start popping at the one-minute mark on “home”

Best Song:home

RIYL: SOPHIE, Bicep/Overmono, being the coolest and most euphoric bitch at the club

–Cat Zhang

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Best Moment: In “Defiled Again,” when vocalist Alexander Jones adds a grunt after the word ”away” to make it rhyme with “derma” and “edema,” backed by riffs being good enough to sell it

Best Song:Human Chandelier

RIYL: Death, metal, death metal

–Sam Sodomsky

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Best Moment: The epiphany that comes when you realize Vince is rapping the moody love song “When Sparks Fly” from the point of view of the world’s loneliest gun

Best Song:Magic

RIYL: West Coast gangsta rap that’s too weary to be purely nostalgic

–Ryan Dombal

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Best Moment: When the laconic vocals kick in on “Trance,” you can almost swear that you’re listening to a 2010 Hype Williams cut

Best Song:Blinded

RIYL: Post-punk and its 2000s revival, Yves Tumor, Dean Blunt

– Hubert Adjei-Kontoh

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Best Moment: The Weeknd dropping into “Gasoline” with his version of Ian Curtis voice, which was not on my 2022 bingo card

Best Song:Here We Go… Again” [ft. Tyler, the Creator]

RIYL: Semi-reformed bad boys, city-pop samples, albums that imitate the radio, Daft Punk’s “Giorgio by Moroder,” transcendental meditation led by Jim Carrey

–Jillian Mapes

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Best Moment: The end of “Ur Mum”: “OK, I’ve been practicing my longest and loudest scream/OK, here we go /1, 2, 3 [blood-curdling shriek]

Best Song:Chaise Longue

RIYL: Elastica, NME, the first Arctic Monkeys album, Fleabag, Franz Ferdinand, Meet Me in the Bathroom, when “hyped indie blog buzz bands” were a thing

–Amy Phillips

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Best Moment: The moment in the middle of “Bites on My Neck” when yeule’s gentle voice and piano melodies are amped up with 8-bit synths, pummeling drums, and screams

Best Song:Bites on My Neck

RIYL: Cyberpunk, Final Fantasy OSTs, Danny L Harle

–Eric Torres

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