The Best New Rock Bands Of 2022

In a world where pop and hip-hop artists dominate the music industry, it's a struggle to discover the best new rock bands. That's why we've made it easy for you with our compilation of 2022's top new rock acts. From the electrifying Italian glam rock group Måneskin (who won 2021's Eurovision Song Contest and Sanremo Music Festival) to Los Angeles based teenage all-girl group The Linda Lindas, this year's hottest rockstars and musicians to watch are ready to take the world by storm, one head-banging hit single at a time. The 2022 roster of artists featured below spans all rock subgenres, including heavy metal, indie rock, punk rock, alternative, new wave, blues rock, ska, synth-pop, and progressive rock.

Which trending new rock groups are you most excited to see live, and whose records are you currently listening to? Vote below for the best new rock bands of 2022, and be sure to also check out this year's top new rock songs here.

  • Dirty Honey
    221 votes
    Dirty Honey are an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 2017. The band consists of singer Marc LaBelle, guitarist John Notto, bassist Justin Smolian, and drummer Corey Coverstone. Their self-titled extended play was self-released in March 2019. The single "When I'm Gone" topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart, making them the first unsigned band to ever do so. Dirty Honey were also named an iHeartRadio On The Verge Artist.
  • Inhaler


    113 votes
    Inhaler are an Irish rock band originating from Dublin. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Elijah Hewson, bassist Robert Keating, guitarist Josh Jenkinson and drummer Ryan McMahon. The band was tipped for success in 2020 when it ranked at number 5 in BBC's Sound of... music poll. Inhaler has released five singles, "I Want You", "It Won’t Always Be Like This", "My Honest Face", "Ice Cream Sundae", and most recently, “We Have To Move On”.
  • Ayron Jones

    Ayron Jones

    116 votes
    Ayron Jones (born August 23, 1986 in Seattle, Washington) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. His music blends elements of grunge, rock, hip-hop, soul and other genres. After years performing in local venues of his hometown Seattle with his trio Ayron Jones and the Way, he was noticed by producer Sir Mix-a-Lot and lead an independent career until he signed with John Varvatos/Big Machine. His first major album was released on May 21, 2021. As an opening act or fellow participant in festivals, he has shared the stage with names such as B.B. King, Guns N' Roses, the Zombies, Patti Smith, Living Colour, The Presidents of the United States of America, Janelle Monae, Public Enemy, Rakim, Robin Trower, Spearhead, Train, Jeff Beck, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Theory of a Deadman and Run-DMC. He has participated in festivals such as Bumbershoot, Mount Baker Rhythm and Blues Festival, SXSW, Sasquatch! Music Festival and Summer Meltdown.
  • Blacktop Mojo
    Blacktop Mojo are a rock band from Palestine, Texas. The band consists of vocalist Matt James, drummer Nathan Gillis, guitarist Chuck Wepfer, and bassist Matt Curtis. The band was founded by Matt James and Nathan Gillis in 2012.
  • The Cold Stares are an American rock band from Evansville, Indiana, formed in 2009. The duo has independently released four studio albums - A Cold Wet Night (2014), Head Bent (2017), Mountain (2018), and Ways (2019) - with their fifth release Heavy Shoes released via Mascot Records on August 13, 2021.
  • Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

    Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

    103 votes
    Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown are an American rock band. Founded in Nashville, Tennessee by guitarist Tyler Bryant, the group has since released four successful studio albums, and has toured with such groups as Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Guns N' Roses and Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as making appearances at several rock-themed music festivals. The group's current lineup consists of Tyler Bryant (lead guitar & vocals), Graham Whitford (rhythm guitar), Ryan Fitzgerald (bass), and Caleb Crosby (drums).