What are some of the most anticipated albums of 2022? Amidst recent surges in COVID cases and new variants, many popular music artists have postponed their studio LP releases and pushed recordings, while other musicians/singers have seized the opportunity during continuous concert tour cancellations to produce new content. From The Weeknd's chart-topping Dawn FM and Charli XCX's Crash to Jack White's Fear of the Dawn and SZA's mystery album, we've included 22 of the new year's hottest full-length records below.
Which 2022 albums are you looking forward to streaming the most? Vote now for your favorite highly-anticipated projects, aka the albums that you're most excited to listen to this year.
- 120 VOTES
Dropping on January 7, 2022, via XO and Republic Records, The Weeknd's latest studio album, Dawn FM, immediately debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The 2021 Super Bowl Halftime Show headliner and Grammy Award winning artist continues to defy industry stereotypes through his profoundly authentic songwriting and creative genius, while of course incorporating top-notch production alongside his unparalleled tenor vocals.
- Photo: Atlantic / Nice Life229 VOTES
Lizzo's New Album
I just took a D-N-A test...turns out, Lizzo is 100% releasing a new album this year! The voluptuous Grammy Award-winning pop/R&B queen is back in the studio and hot off the charts with her latest Cardi B. collaboration, "Rumors." Cuz I Love You may have set the bar pretty high, but Lizzo's upcoming project could be her greatest record yet.
- Photo: Top Dawg / RCA329 VOTES
SZA's Second Album
Who else can't wait for SZA to drop her highly-anticipated second studio album?! Ever since the R&B superstar debuted her dreamscape single "Good Days," fans have patiently waited since late 2020 for another LP in the making. Ctrl may have set the bar pretty high, but whatever she's been working on is bound to shatter more glass ceilings.
- 44 VOTES
The multi-talented frontman of trailblazing rock band Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder is coming out with his first solo studio album in over a decade (if you don't count the Flag Day soundtrack), titled Earthling. Featuring a lucky 13 tracks on the full-length project, the release will be followed by a national tour with newly formed star-studded backup band the Earthlings (Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and former guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, guitarist/vocalist Glen Hansard, and producer/guitarist Andrew Watt).
- Photo: Dreamville / Roc Nation / Interscope515 VOTES
The Fall Off / It’s a Boy
Following his #1 Billboard 200 and RIAA certified platinum studio album The Off-Season, J. Cole's seventh solo LP, The Fall Off, will be released through Dreamville, Roc Nation, and Interscope sometime this year. Furthermore, he plans on dropping a fourth mixtape titled It's a Boy, with details to be announced. Needless to say, J. Cole's ready to monopolize as much radio time and Spotify playlists as possible with new content.
- 615 VOTES
British electropop solo music project Years & Years' (aka singer-songwriter Olly Alexander) third studio album, Night Call, serves as his first full-length release via Polydor Records since band mates Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen left the group; and it includes collaborations with superstar DJ duo Galantis.