The Best Folk Albums Of 2022

We're ranking the best folk albums of 2022 released by some of your favorite Americana, rock, country, indie, Christian, and bluegrass artists. From Father John Misty's Chloë and the Next 20th Century to Jewel's Freewheelin' Woman, this year's top folk albums feature diverse singers, songwriters, and music groups across multiple decades and countless subgenres. Indie rock bands The Lumineers and Band of Horses continue to melt fans' hearts with their latest full-length studio projects BRIGHTSIDE and Things Are Great, and multi-talented Americana folk rock musician Kurt Vile dropped one of his most vulnerable albums to date, titled (watch my moves)

Which 2022 folk album will win a Grammy next year? How many of these records will surpass a billion streams across Spotify and Apple Music? Vote below for the top new folk albums, and feel free to check out these artists' discography lists afterwards if you'd like to discover more of their greatest studio LPs.


  • A Beautiful Time
    1
    Willie Nelson
    6 votes
    • Genres (Music): Country
    A Beautiful Time is the seventy-second solo studio album by Willie Nelson, released on April 29, 2022 on his 89th birthday. Produced by Buddy Cannon, the album includes original songs by Nelson, as ...more
  • BRIGHTSIDE
    2
    The Lumineers
    21 votes
    • Genres (Music): Folk rock
    BRIGHTSIDE is the fourth studio album by American indie folk band the Lumineers, released on January 14, 2022, through Dualtone and Decca Records. It was primarily produced by Simone Felice and David ...more
  • Things Are Great
    3
    Band of Horses
    13 votes
    • Genres (Music): Indie rock
    Things Are Great is the sixth studio album by indie rock band Band of Horses, released on March 4, 2022 on BMG. The album was initially produced by Grandaddy's Jason Lytle, who produced the band's ...more
  • Chloë and the Next 20th Century
    4
    7 votes
    • Genres (Music): Indie rock, Indie folk, Folk rock, Chamber pop
    Chloë and the Next 20th Century is the fifth studio album by American musician Josh Tillman under the stage name Father John Misty, released through Sub Pop and Bella Union on April 8, 2022.
  • Anaïs Mitchell
    5
    Anaïs Mitchell
    16 votes
    • Genres (Music): Indie folk, Americana, Country folk
    Anaïs Mitchell is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, released on January 28, 2022, through BMG Rights Management, her first release on the label. It is her first ...more
    • Genres (Music): Folk rock
    Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You is the fifth studio album by the American band Big Thief, released as a double album through 4AD on February 11, 2022. Produced by drummer James Krivchenia, ...more