It’s my favorite time of the year! Thanksgiving and Christmas yes, but also end-of-the-year list season. Whoop whoop! So in my annual attempt to be helpful to those out there who also like lists and may be looking for some suggestions, I present this post. Here are my Top 50+ Album Recommendations from 2022.

My list will lean toward faith-based music, with a heavy emphasis on the independent scene, but there should be some here for most music fans. Among these fifty recommendations I’ve chosen five genres and picked what I think are the best ten albums in Pop/Rock, Rock/Heavy, Worship, Folk/Singer Songwriter, and Hip-Hop. They are in alphabetical order and will be the list I will be choosing from for my annual Top 20 that I post around Christmas time.

We’ll get to the albums soon enough, but how about a warm up mention of ten EPs that I think we top-notch and worth your time. Plus, you may not have the silly “no EP” in the AOTY rule that I do. Although that’s a loose, rule and begs to be broken some day.

Top 10 EPs Recommendations:


Chase TremaineMy Heart Settled in the Middle (full album coming in Jan. 2023)

Darling We’re Dancing We’ve Been LiberatedDancing in the Moonlight

GFMFraming My Perception

HomeplateWelcome to Breitenstein

Jonah Project Night


PeabodGrowing Up Pt. 2

The New RespectsDon’t Panic

Tenielle Neda Love Cause We’re Loved

Top 50 Albums:

Top 10 Pop/Rock Album Recommendations:

Anne WilsonMy Jesus

Ben RectorJoy of Music

For King & CountryWhat Are We Waiting For?

Gable Price & FriendsThe Consequence of Being Alive

Half*AliveConditions of a Punk (Out Dec. 2)

John Van DeusenI Am Origami: Marathon Daze

John Van DeusenIn The Bleak Midwinter

Kings KaleidoscopeBaptized Imagination

TobymacLife After Death

Wild EarthWeary Hymns Along the Way

Bonus: Caedmon’s Call Self Titled (re-recording with a few minor re-imaginations of classic songs!)

Top 10 Rock Album Recommendations:

Becoming the ArchetypeChildren of the Great Extinction

Chagall GuervaraHalcyon Days

Light the WayLong Story Short

Norma JeanDeathrattle Sing for Me

Plead the Widows CausePain Split

Rusty ShippDark Side of the Ocean

Seventh Day SlumberDeath By Admiration


Terry Scott TaylorBeautiful Mystery

Wolves at the GateEulogies

Top 10 Worship Album Recommendations:

Brooke (Fraser) LigertwoodSeven (Live)


Elevation RhythmGrowing Pains

Keith & Kristin GettyChrist Our Hope in Life and Death

Kirk Franklin & Maverick CityKingdom Book 1

Kristene DiMarcoThe Field

Mission House Live From Raleigh

The Porters GateClimate Vigil Songs

TayaSelf Titled

Young OceansSubjects in Motion

Top 10 Folk/Singer Songwriter Album Recommendations:

Andy ZipfHow to Build a Paper Airplane

Drew & Ellie HolcombComing Home

Drew MillerThere Will Be Surprises

Jetty RaeTime Traveler

Joshua LeventhalAll Ye Lepers

Madison CunninghamRevealer

Sandra McCrackenLight in the Canyon

The Riverside Mythos and Petra

Tyson MostenbockerMilk Teeth

Various ArtistsBellsburg: The Songs of Rich Mullins

Top 10 Hip-Hop Album Recommendations:

1K Phew As I Am

Derek MinorNolan and Zane’s Lo-Fi Adventures

LecraeChurch Clothes 4

Miles MinnickHolographic

PeabodGrowing Up Pt 2. EP

Social Club MisfitsEveryone Loves a Comeback Story

TedashiiThis Time Around 2

Trip LeeThe End.

Various Artists116 Summer 2022 Mixtape

WHATUPRGNew Hollywood

Bonus: Nobigdyl – 5 singles in 2022

Extra Bonus Bonus:

Here are 10 mainstream albums I’ve either liked or Have been recommended to me. Im still sorting out my feelings on them currently.

Jack WhiteFear of the Dawn

No DevotionNo Oblivion

The Lone BellowLove Songs for Losers

Daisy the Great All You Need is Time

Beach HouseOnce Twice Melody

Tiny Moving PartsSelf Titled

S. CareyBreak Me Open

WeezerSZNZ Eps

Father John MistyChloe and the Next 20th Century

Arcade FireWE

What about you? Anything egregious that I missed and need to check out before I finalize my list? Hit me up in the comments!

Last years post if you’re REALLY behind: 2021 Music Recommedations