USA TODAY's Melissa Ruggieri and Patrick Ryan ranked the best albums of 2022, including releases from Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Harry Styles and more.
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Often, the best albums of the year come from lesser-known artists who haven’t burst into mainstream consciousness yet.
Last year, singers Remi Wolf and Lucy Dacus impressed us more than the spotlighted hype around new work from Adele and Drake (though we certainly found merits in both, so save your ire, fans).
But in 2022, superlative frequently meshed with popular: Taylor Swift’s top-selling “Midnights,” Harry Styles’ affecting “Harry’s House” and Beyoncé's potent “Renaissance” are clearly among the year’s most memorable musical contributions, while several indie acts and a respected ‘80s duo also crafted noteworthy offerings.
It was, as usual, a pleasant challenge to cull a Top 10 list. So after much contemplation, here are the albums we loved the most.
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