The Best Indie Albums Of 2022

We're ranking the best indie albums of 2022 by the industry's most-talented hipsters across diverse music genres. From The Black Keys' Dropout Boogie to Muna's eponymous third studio album, this year's greatest indie records feature incredibly written lyrics, unparalleled vocals, and brilliantly-produced tracks across diverse genres. Folk-pop singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers defies gravity with her sophomore LP Surrender, and indie rockers Band of Horses and Father John Misty continue to melt hearts with their latest albums Things Are Great and Chloë and the Next 20th Century. Electropop musician Lauv addresses mental health and addiction throughout his emotional record All 4 Nothing, and Gen Z songstress King Princess once again delivers a powerful performance across Hold On Baby's track list. 

Which 2022 indie 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 best new indie albums, and vote down the records that aren't worthy of this year's GOAT status. 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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  • In Our Own Sweet Time
    1
    6 votes
    • Genres (Music): Indie pop, Indie folk
    In Our Own Sweet Time is the third studio album by Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy. The album was released on June 10, 2022 through Liberation Music. The album was announced on April 7, 2022 ...more
  • Surrender
    2
    Maggie Rogers
    27 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
  • Dropout Boogie
    3
    The Black Keys
    20 votes
    • Genres (Music): Garage rock, Blues rock, Indie rock
    Dropout Boogie is the eleventh studio album by American rock duo the Black Keys. It was released on May 13, 2022, by Easy Eye Sound and Nonesuch Records. The album was preceded by the lead single ...more
  • Laurel Hell
    4
    19 votes
    • Genres (Music): Pop, Disco, Synth-pop, Indie pop
    Laurel Hell is the sixth studio album by Japanese-American indie rock musician Mitski, released on February 4, 2022, through Dead Oceans. It was produced by Patrick Hyland. Musically, Laurel Hell has ...more