Best Rock Albums Of 2022

Best Rock Albums Of 2022

Feature Photo: Sterling Munksgard /

Our Best Rock Albums Of 2022 looks back at a year in which we saw some great cover albums by both old and new rock stars and some brilliant new rock records that crossed many genres. For the first time in his career, Bruce Springsteen delivered a brand new studio album that was based entirely on cover songs. Modern rocker and blues singer Beth Hart also presented rock fans with a spectacular cover album of Led Zeppelin Songs that stands as one of the best records ever made based on covering Led Zeppelin material.

For the second year in a row, Sammy Hagar ends up in the top 10 with his new album with Circle entitled Crazy Times. Well into his 70s, the man shows no sign of slowing down. One of the biggest classic rock surprises of the year was the return of Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull. Ian Anderson had been releasing solo albums for years. Yet there had not been a new Jethro Tull original music studio album released since 1999’s J-Tull Dot Com. 

Metal music forged ahead shining in popularity across all of its various genres. Metal bands from Europe continued to dominate the scene, although the U.S. still had its fair share of great Metal albums.

2022 was not a year in which the music scene saw any amazing rock and roll debut albums, but rather another year in a pandemic world that saw old-time rockers still working hard next to modern rock bands who had first come into the scene in the 2000s and 2010s instead of the 1970s and 80s.

# 100 – Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 – Johnny Marr

Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 - Johnny Marr Best Rock Albums of 2022

# 99 – Lucifer on the SofaSpoon

Lucifer on the Sofa - Spoon Best Rock Albums of 2022

# 98 – Changes –  King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Changes -  King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard Best Rock Albums of 2022

# 97 – The Car –  Arctic Monkeys

The Car -  Arctic Monkeys Best Rock Albums of 2022

# 96 – Flood – Stella Donnelly

Flood - Stella Donnelly Best Rock Albums of 2022

# 95 – The Hum Goes on Forever – The Wonder Years

The Hum Goes on Forever - The Wonder Years Best Rock Albums Of 2022

# 94 – King Stingray – King Stingray

King Stingray - King Stingray Best Rock Albums Of 2022

# 93 – The Long Road NorthCult Of Luna

The Long Road North - Cult Of Luna Best Rock Albums Of 2022

# 92 – Synchro AnarchyVoivod

 Best Rock Albums 2022 Best Rock Albums Of 2022

# 91 – Sloan

 Best Rock Albums 2022 Best Rock Albums Of 2022

# 90 – Color DecayThe Devil Wears Prada

 Best Rock Albums 2022 Color Decay - The Devil Wears Prada

# 89 – Weather AliveBeth Orton

 Best Rock Albums 2022 Weather Alive - Beth Orton

# 88 – Three Sides of One – Kings X

 Best Rock Albums 2022 Three Sides of One - Kings X

# 87 – Chloë and the Next 20th CenturyFather John Misty

 Best Rock Albums 2022 Chloë and the Next 20th Century - Father John Misty

# 86 – The Trouble with Fever Michelle Branch

 Best Rock Albums 2022 - The Trouble with Fever - Michelle Branch

# 85 – Chariot of the GodsHoodoo Gurus

 Best Rock Albums 2022 Chariot of the Gods - Hoodoo Gurus

# 84 – ObsidianNorthlane

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 83 – Rise –  The Rasmus

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 82 – ExplosionsThree Days Grace

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 81 – Harder Than It LooksSimple Plan

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 80 – Give Me the Future – Bastille

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 79 – Zero and Below – Crowbar

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 78 – The War to End All WarsSabaton

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 77 – The Blues Don’t LieBuddy Guy

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 76 – Ego Trip – Papa Roach

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 75 – Apocalypse Whenever – Bad Suns

# 74 – Immutable – Meshuggah

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 73 – Scoring the End of the World – Motionless in White

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 72 –FossoraBjork

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 71 – The Other Side of Make-BelieveInterpol

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 70 –  Hell Is in Your HeadSenses Fail

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 69 – Pawns & KingsAlter Bridge

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 68 – Diamond Star HalosDef Leppard

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 67 – Of Kingdom and CrownMachine Head

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 66 – Life Is Yours Foals

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 65 – Meet the MoonlightJack Johnson

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 64 – As I Try Not to Fall Apart – White Lies

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 63 – Radiate Like This – Warpaint

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 62 – Resist –  Midnight Oil

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 61 – Angel in Realtime – Gang of Youths

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 60 – By Royal Decree – The Flower Kings

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 59 – Being Funny in a Foreign LanguageThe 1975

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 58 – Fix Yourself, Not the World – The Wombats

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 57 –Viva Las VengeancePanic! at the Disco

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 56 – UnwantedPale Waves

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 55 –  Cool It DownYeah Yeah Yeahs

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 54 – FreedomJourney

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 53 – Carry Me HomeMavis Staples and Levon Helm

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 52 – Darker Still – Parkway Drive

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 51 – Happiness Not IncludedSoft Cell

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 50 – Butterfly 3001- King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard 

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 49 – RequiemKorn

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 48 – Home, Before and AfterRegina Spektor

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 47 – Time Skiffs Animal Collective

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 46 – 40 oz. to Fresno – Joyce Manor

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 45 – Freewheelin’ Woman – Jewel

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 44 – Ghosts on Tape – Blood Red Shoes

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 43 – Chaos in Bloom Goo Goo Dolls

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 42 – Anthem – Flogging Molly

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 41 – AM GoldTrain

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 40 – Halo – Amorphis

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 39 – The God MachineBlind Guardian

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 38 – TotemSoulfly

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 37 – Entering Heaven AliveJack White

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 36 – Mercury – Act 2Imagine Dragons

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 35 – A Bit of PreviousBelle and Sebastian

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 34 – DeceiversArch Enemy

 Best Rock Albums 2022

# 33 – Closure/Continuation – Porcupine Tree

Closure/Continuation - Porcupine Tree

# 32 – Rock Candy – Orianthi

Rock Candy - Orianthi

# 31 – The Sick, the Dying… and the Dead!Megadeth

The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead! - Megadeth

# 30 – BrightsideThe Lumineers

Brightside - The Lumineers

# 29 – 5SOS5Five Seconds Of Summer

5SOS5 - Five Seconds Of Summer

# 28 – 18 –  Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp

18 -  Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp

# 27 – Vaxis – Act II: A Window of the Waking MindCoheed and Cambria

Vaxis – Act II: A Window of the Waking Mind - Coheed and Cambria

# 26 – What’s It Gonna Take?Van Morrison

What's It Gonna Take? - Van Morrison

# 25 – Back From The Storm – Halestorm

Back From The Storm - Halestorm

# 24 – Detroit Muscle – Ted Nugent

Detroit Muscle - Ted Nugent

# 23 – The Tipping PointTears For Fears

The Tipping Point - Tears For Fears

The band’s first new studio album in eighteen years.

# 22 – So Happy It HurtsBryan Adams

So Happy It Hurts - Bryan Adams

# 21 – Love SuxAvril Lavigne

Love Sux - Avril Lavigne

She’s more rock than pop than you think she is. And don’t tick her off…..

# 20 – Earthling – Eddie Vedder

Earthling - Eddie Vedder

# 19 – Just Like That…Bonnie Raitt

Just Like That... - Bonnie Raitt

# 18 – Return of the Dream Canteen  – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Return of the Dream Canteen  - Red Hot Chili Peppers

# 17 – Afterlife – Five Finger Death Punch

Afterlife - Five Finger Death Punch

# 16 – Will of the PeopleMuse

Will of the People - Muse

# 15 – World RecordNeil Young & Crazy Horse

World Record - Neil Young & Crazy Horse

# 14 – Chicago XXXVIII: Born for This Moment – Chicago

Chicago XXXVIII: Born for This Moment - Chicago

# 13 – Fear of the DawnJack White

Fear of the Dawn - Jack White

# 12 -4 – Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators

Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators

# 11 – Unlimited LoveRed Hot Chili Peppers

Unlimited Love - Red Hot Chili Peppers

# 10 – The Boy Named IfElvis Costello & The Imposters

The Boy Named If - Elvis Costello & The Imposters

The man still continues to release music of substance and of course incredible fun.

# 9 – Strictly a One-Eyed Jack John Mellencamp

Strictly a One-Eyed Jack - John Mellencamp

While he might not be as fun as he used to be, his music has become darker, deeper, and much more compelling as we all age together.

# 8 – Rock BelieverScorpions

Rock Believer - Scorpions

The band’s ninetieth album finds them sounding as good as they have ever sounded.

# 7 – The Zealot GeneJethro Tull

The Zealot Gene - Jethro Tull

Yes, that’s right my classic rock friend, a new Jethro Tull album!

# 6 – No More Worlds to Conquer – Robin Trower

No More Worlds to Conquer - Robin Trower

One of the greatest guitarists of the classic rock era is also one of the greatest guitarists of the 21st century. This album is simply further proof that he remains of the best ever.

# 5 – Patient Number 9Ozzy Osbourne

Patient Number 9 - Ozzy Osbourne

Some people complained about the many guest appearances, but we thought it just added to all the fun.

# 4 – Only the Strong SurviveBruce Springsteen

Only the Strong Survive - Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen breaks our long-running rule of not putting cover albums on  “album of the year” list. We like to keep the list full of new material and put cover and live albums on separate lists. Nonetheless, this is Bruce Springsteen. His Only The Strong Survieb LP is a collection of soul music covers that focuses on Bruce Springsteen’s voice. If you’re a fan of Bruce, you are probably a fan of his very unique voice that sings with as much passion as anyone in rock has ever done. That’s what this album is all about and that’s why it’s at number four on this list.

# 3 – A Tribute to Led Zeppelin – Beth Hart

A Tribute to Led Zeppelin - Beth Hart

Like we mentioned with the Brice Springsteen LP, while we don’t usually put a covers album on best-of-the-year lists, once again and for the second album in a row on this list, we will make another exception for this one because this album is just so good.  Beth Heart brings her own rock and roll blues style of singing to this recording that works ever so perfectly on this iconic material.

# 2 – From The New World – Alan Parsons

From The New World - Alan Parsons

Another great album by Alan Parson and his second in the past three years after having been away for close to 15 years.

# 1 – Crazy Times – Sammy Hagar & Circle

Crazy Times - Sammy Hagar & Circle

Sammy Hagar returns with another kicking album with his hard-rocking band Circle. Joined by his Van Halen blood brother Michale Anthony along with Jason Bonham and Vic Johnsons, the band makes the argument for being the most enjoyable classic rock style band still performing and releasing great new music in today’s music scene. Sammy Hagar and Michale Anthony are classic rockers that play and sing like they are still 25. Jason Bonham’s father John would have been so proud to hear his son making music like this.


Best Rock Albums Of 2022 article published on Classic© 2022 claims ownership of all its original content and Intellectual property under United States Copyright laws and those of all other foreign countries. No one person, business, or organization is allowed to re-publish any of our original content anywhere on the web or in print without our permission. All photos used are either public domain creative commons photos or licensed officially from Shutterstock under license with

All photo credits have been placed at the end of the article. Album Cover Photos are affiliate links and the property of Amazon and are stored on the Amazon server. Any theft of our content will be met with swift legal action against the infringing websites. Protection Status


Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Classic Rock Christmas Songs
Our 10 Favorite Classic Rock Christmas Songs
A Thousand Horses Albums
Complete List Of A Thousand Horses Albums And Songs
Blackmore's Night Albums
Complete List Of Blackmore’s Night Albums And Discography
Jeff Buckley Songs
10 Essential Jeff Buckley Songs
Can Albums
Top 10 Can Albums
Kiss Bootlegs
KISSteria on Vinyl: Ten’ 70s-era Bootlegs for Records Collectors
10 Essential Metal Albums Released Between 1970 and 1995
10 Essential Metal Albums Released Between 1970 and 1995
The River Album Bruce Springsteen Should Have Released
The River Album Bruce Springsteen Should Have Released
Comic Con 2023
Comic Con 2023 Rocks New York City
The Misunderstanding Of The Way AI Was Used In Now And Then
The Misunderstanding Of The Way AI Was Used In Now And Then
Beatles Song Now And Then
Just Saying “New Beatles Song Released Today” Is Breathtaking
Pete Mancini and Rich Lanahan
Pete Mancini And Rich Lanahan Release Gene Clark’s Gypsy Rider
Liberty DeVitto: 10 Albums That Changed My Life
Liberty DeVitto: 10 Albums That Changed My Life
Rob De Luca of Spread Eagle, Sebastian Bach & UFO: 10 Albums That Changed My Life From humble East Coast origins to grandest stages worldwide, veteran bassist Rob De Luca has seen and done it all. De Luca first hit the local Boston rock and metal scene in the late 80s after meeting guitarist Paul DiBartolo, bonding over Van Halen before forming Bang. Regional success came quickly, but eventually, the members of Bang went their separate ways, with De Luca and drummer Tommi Gallo heading to NYC and hooking up with Ray West and, later, DiBartolo to form Spread Eagle. By 1990, Spread Eagle was on the fast track, with a contract through MCA Records and a self-titled debut album poised to crush skulls. But poor timing and MCA's sad indifference left Spead Eagle out in the cold despite being a hard-boiled answer to Guns N' Roses's West Coast sleaze. Spread Eagle's first chapter came to an end in '95. As for Rob De Luca, his nimble fingers and gift for melody and songwriting kept him moving forward. Soon, he found a gig with former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach and the legendary outfit UFO. And in 2010, after coupling up with Ray West and his cousin Rik De Luca, Spread Eagle retook flight. During a break from Spread Eagle's increasingly busy touring schedule, Rob De Luca dialed in with to run through the ten albums that changed his life. But only after adding, "I made a playlist of these songs, including some I've written or co-written. Do you hear any of these albums' influence on me?" Listen here: 10) Gentlemen by Afghan Whigs (1993) Here's an entry that was so important to me. This may be the darkest break-up album of all time. Greg Dulli has been in many projects, but I feel Gentlemen is his zenith. Somewhat undefinable at times but always profound and honest. Listen to "Gentlemen," "Fountain and Fairfax," and "What Jail Is Like." 9) In on the Kill Taker by Fugazi (1993) By this time, I had been sucked in and spit out by the major-label record industry. Glam came and went; grunge was history, too. I was searching for new sounds. When I heard Fugazi's twin guitar approach, I knew this was what was missing. Fugazi may be considered a less polished sound than the albums above; however, once you "get it," it hits you like a ton of bricks, and there's no going back. From the moment I heard Fugazi, I went to every NYC show after. It's easily some of the best concerts of my life, and possibly my favorite bassist in Joe Lally. And their DIY ethics refused to charge us more than $5 a show! In on the Kill Taker is a powerful album demonstrated in songs such as "Smallpox Champion," "Great Cop," and "Public Witness Program." 8) Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses (1987) I discovered many of these albums (sometimes long) after they were released. However, I was at the right place at the right time for this one. Steve Ostromogilsky had a Berklee College of Music lunch card and used to sneak out sandwiches for me. One day, he invited me to hang out at his place and listen to music. As we got off the train, he put Sony Walkman headphones on my ears and said, "Hey, check out this brand-new group." A song like "It's So Easy" was so different from the popular Sunset Strip sound at that time. Me and about 499 other informed rockers were lucky enough to see them on their first East Coast tour at the sold-out Paradise on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston (the same street Aerosmith started on). I saw Gn'R every tour after until I took a break when Buckethead joined. Gn'R is the band I've been lucky enough to see the most times live, almost 100! Everyone on this album is just stellar. Axl [Rose] had the tones, power, melodic sensibilities, and foresight to do what no other singer did then. Slash's playing was beyond memorable. Duff [McKagan] is one of the most underrated bassists in rock history, and learning his Appetite basslines is a masterclass. Steven [Adler] had the natural swing, and Izzy [Stradlin] was the secret weapon songwriter. Everything that's been heralded about this gem is deserved and true. Check out "It's So Easy," "Out Ta Get Me," and "Mr. Brownstone.' 7) Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd (1975) Another contender for my favorite album and band of all time. Using The Beatles machine (same recording studio, engineer, record label), Pink Floyd made what I feel is their strongest, most cohesive album (my second favorite of theirs would be Animals). This list mainly consists of bands with an instantly recognizable sound. Floyd is certainly no exception to that! This album included a solid handful of undeniable rock radio classics, bookended by two halves of the mind-blowing song "Shine on You Crazy Diamond.' That song was written about former band member and founder Syd Barrett. It would be hard to live in a world without this album. Check out "Welcome to The Machine," "Shine on You Crazy Diamond (parts 6-9),' or even better yet, listen to the whole thing in one sitting! 6) Decade by Neil Young (1977) About this time, I started playing guitar. As a beginner, it was comfortable jamming to this album because the chord changes were simple—a great "first ten years" retrospective of Neil's stunning, unique songwriting. Neil is a treasure who always writes from the heart and stands up for what's right. Check out "Southern Man," "A Man Needs a Maid," "Down by The River," and "After the Goldrush." 5) Highway to Hell by AC/DC (1979) When I heard this album, I was firmly "me." My life would be 100% focused on hard rock music forever. AC/DC are like air; they're ubiquitous. Everyone knows them and their incredible songs. However, as a young teen in Wilmington, Delaware, I only had WMMR 93.3 FM Philadelphia and a few friends to inform me about the world of Rock outside my bedroom. AC/DC had not gone mainstream, and their albums were available primarily in the USA as imports. To put things more in perspective, I only knew two people in the world who had heard of AC/DC. A friend had an import that we played in Steve Buckley's basement, which sounded ripping. When Highway to Hell was released, WMMR started spinning the title track, and I immediately bought the album, listening to it every single day after school. Then WMMR announced AC/DC was coming to the Spectrum in Philly, supporting Ted Nugent! I liked Ted but loved AC/DC, so my good friend Mick Cummins and I bought tickets, and he drove us up to the Spectrum (where we saw most of our concerts). Bon Scott was in fine form, and the band went over great. Although the crowd knew Ted better, Angus [Young] wouldn't let anyone upstage him. I'll never forget it! Unfortunately, Bon would be gone in 6 months. Check out "Walk All Over You," "Touch Too Much," "Shot Down in Flames," and "If You Want Blood (You Got It)." 4) Toys in the Attic by Aerosmith (1975) By the time I heard this, I was now in my teens. I had a childhood friend up the street, Jim Linberg (we're still good buddies). His older sister had a great album collection, including Toys in The Attic. Once I heard that groove, my taste changed. I lost interest in rock music that didn't have some sort of "swing" feel to it. I think Rocks is a slightly better Aerosmith album (and possibly my favorite album of all time), but both are perfect or very close. Check out "Uncle Salty," "Adam's Apple," "No More No More," "Round and Round," and "You See Me Crying." 3) Alive! by Kiss (1975) When I was still a little kid, I asked for Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke album for Christmas. The entire family came over for an enormous feast, and I dropped the needle. When my mother heard the content, she turned off the album and said I had to exchange it. My mom was cool, but I was young and knew much more about life than she suspected. Anyway, the next day, she drove me back to the store. In the music section, promoted on an "endcap" was a Kiss Alive! display. I had never heard of Kiss, but that cover picture told me I had to have it! My first foray into hard rock. Check out “Strutter.” I went through my Kiss phase very quickly, I believe in a matter of months because I discovered the previous entry, Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic. 2) Honky Chateau by Elton John (1972) When I was a wee lad, my parents bought a used Volkswagen camper van from my uncle Ozzie. My favorite Elton John album is Yellow Brick Road, but Honky Chateau is great and easily one of his best. It sent me down a lifelong rabbit hole of loving everything about the 1970s partnership between Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin. The simple beauty of voice, the master songwriting, the perfect backing band, the clear, unobtrusive recordings, and always Bernie's incredible lyrics. The day this album was released, Elton became an unstoppable force that conquered the music industry. Check out "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" and "Rocket Man." 1) Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles (1967) Another tape that was included in the VW Camper. The van had a bunch of music tapes, and one was Sgt Pepper. I was too young to understand the sophistication of the music, but that was one of the many skills of The Beatles. They attracted listeners at every level, even little kids. I still feel that immediate connection to Sgt Pepper; now, I hear so much more. It's an album that changed the world and the world of music. Check out "Lucy in The Sky with Diamonds," "A Day In The Life," and "Fixing a Hole."
Rob De Luca of Spread Eagle, Sebastian Bach & UFO: 10 Albums That Changed My Life
Jim Suhler Interview
Jim Suhler: The Interview
Bryan Bassett of Foghat: 10 Albums That Changed My Life
Bryan Bassett of Foghat: 10 Albums That Changed My Life
The Raspberries Albums
Complete List Of The Raspberries Albums And Discography
Pixie Lott Albums
Complete List Of Pixie Lott Albums And Discography
Mick Ronson Albums
Complete List Of Mick Ronson Albums And Discography
Graham Nash Albums
Complete List Of Graham Nash Albums And Discography
Classic Rock Bands Still Together But Overdue For A New Album
Classic Rock Bands Still Together But Overdue For A New Album
When Glam Bands Went Grunge In The 1990s
When Glam Bands Went Grunge In The 1990s
25 Most Famous Female American Singers Now!
25 Most Famous Female American Singers Now!
The Grateful Dead's Keyboard Players
A Look Back At The Grateful Dead’s Keyboard Players
The Chick Corea Elektric Band The Future Is Now' Album Review
The Chick Corea Elektric Band ‘The Future Is Now’ Album Review
In Harmony albums
A Look Back At Both ‘In Harmony’ Rock Star Children’s Albums
John Miles Rebel Albums Review
John Miles ‘Rebel’ Album Review
Aimee Mann’s Solo Debut Album "Whatever."
30 Year Look Back At Aimee Mann’s Solo Debut Album ‘Whatever’