The Best Alternative Albums Of 2022

What are this year's hottest alternative albums, you might ask? We've featured all of your favorite new alternative records for your eye and ear candy below. From Bastille's Give Me the Future to Oliver Tree's Cowboy Tears, 2022's top alternative albums feature diverse bands across multiple decades and countless subgenres, including indie rock, synth pop, new wave, pop punk, heavy metal, folk, alternative rock, CCM, art pop, disco, country, and Americana. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are back with their twelfth studio album Unlimited Love, and alt. pop crossover female artists Mitski and Avril Lavigne continue shattering glass ceilings with their latest full-length projects, Laurel Hell and Love Sux

Which 2022 alternative album will win a Grammy next year? Will any of these full-length projects surpass a billion streams across Spotify and Apple Music? Vote up your favorite new alternative albums, and feel free to check out these artists' discography lists afterwards if you'd like to discover more of their greatest studio LPs.

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    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Art rock, Post-punk
    A Light for Attracting Attention is the debut album by the English rock band the Smile. It was digitally released through XL Recordings on May 13, 2022, with a physical release set for June 17. The ...more
  • Once Twice Melody
    2
    51 votes
    • Genres (Music): Dream pop
    Once Twice Melody is the eighth studio album by the American dream pop duo Beach House, released on February 18, 2022. It is a double album of 18 songs, presented in four chapters.
  • Skinty Fia
    3
    Fontaines D.C.
    43 votes
    • Genres (Music): Post-punk
    Skinty Fia is the third studio album by Irish rock band Fontaines D.C. It was released on April 22, 2022 via Partisan Records. Like the band's two previous albums – 2019's Dogrel and 2020's A Hero's ...more
  • Surrender
    4
    Maggie Rogers
    21 votes
    • Genres (Music): Folk-pop, Alternative, Indie-pop
    Surrender is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers. It was released on July 29, 2022, through Debay Sounds and Capitol Records. It follows the release of her 2019 debut ...more
  • Angel in Realtime
    5
    Gang of Youths
    28 votes
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock
    Angel in Realtime (stylised angel in realtime.) is the third studio album by Australian alternative rock band Gang of Youths. It was released on February 25, 2022. The album will be supported by a ...more
  • As I Try Not to Fall Apart
    6
    33 votes
    • Genres (Music): Indie rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk revival, New wave
    As I Try Not to Fall Apart is the sixth studio album by British post-punk band White Lies. The album was released on February 18, 2022 through PIAS. The album had four singles released ahead of its ...more