The Best Rock Albums Of 2022

We're ranking the best rock albums of 2022 for your enjoyment (and also because it's our moral obligation as music junkies to provide you with this year's hottest rock records). From the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Unlimited Love to the Scorpions' Rock Believer, 2022's top rock albums feature diverse bands across six decades and countless subgenres, including alternative rock, heavy metal, indie rock, pop rock, new wave, punk rock, country, folk rock, CCM, blues rock, and Americana. Classic rock legends Eddie Vedder, John Mellencamp, Slash, Elvis Costello, Tears For Fears, and Bryan Adams released their umpteenth studio albums this year, and millennial punk royalty Avril Lavigne and Machine Gun Kelly dropped their latest records Love Sux and Mainstream Sellout while also collaborating on each other's albums. 

Which 2022 rock album will win a Grammy next year? Will any of these full-length projects surpass a billion streams across Spotify and Apple Music? Vote below for your favorite new rock 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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  • IMPERA
    1
    Ghost
    278 votes
    • Genres (Music): Hard rock, Arena rock, Glam metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock
    IMPERA is the fifth studio album by the Swedish rock band Ghost. It was released on March 11, 2022 and was produced by Klas Åhlund, who also produced the band's 2015 album, Meliora. It was preceded ...more
  • Unlimited Love
    2
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    223 votes
    • Genres (Music): Funk rock, Alternative rock
    Unlimited Love is the twelfth studio album by the American rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers, released through Warner Records on April 1, 2022. Produced by Rick Rubin, the album reunites the band ...more
  • Diamond Star Halos
    3
    122 votes
    • Genres (Music): Glam rock
    Diamond Star Halos is the twelfth studio album by the English rock band Def Leppard. It was released on May 27, 2022 through Bludgeon Riffola and Mercury Records. The album takes its name from the ...more
  • Rock Believer
    4
    Scorpions
    115 votes
    • Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock
    Rock Believer is the nineteenth studio album by German rock band Scorpions, released on February 25, 2022. This is the band's first studio album with drummer Mikkey Dee, who replaced James Kottak in ...more
  • Dropout Boogie
    5
    The Black Keys
    144 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
  • Fear of the Dawn
    6
    114 votes
    • Genres (Music): Blues rock, Experimental rock
    Fear of the Dawn is the fourth studio album by American rock musician Jack White, released on April 8, 2022, through Third Man Records. The album was written in Nashville and recorded throughout 2021 ...more