WVFS Tallahassee’s Top 50 Albums of 2022 (and more!)

As we look forward to 2023, WVFS would like to take a moment to look back at some of our favorite records of 2022! Here are our Top 50 favorite albums of 2022, as voted by our V89 DJs:

  1. Black Country, New Road – Ants From Up There (Ninja Tune)
  2. Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (4AD)
  3. Jockstrap – I Love You Jennifer B (Rough Trade)
  4. Horsegirl – Versions of Modern Performance (Matador)
  5. black midi – Hellfire (Rough Trade)
  6. Denzel Curry – Melt My Eyez See Your Future (Loma Vista)
  7. Weyes Blood – And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow (Sub Pop)
  8. Beach House – Once Twice Melody (Sub Pop)
  9. Rosalía – MOTOMAMI (Columbia)
  10. Steve Lacy – Gemini Rights (RCA)
  11. Ethel Cain – Preacher’s Daughter (Daughters of Cain)
  12. Alex G – God Save The Animals (Domino)
  13. Dry Cleaning – Stumpwork (4AD)
  14. Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems (Epitaph)
  15. Upchuck – Sense Yourself (Famous Class)
  16. Pool Kids – Pool Kids (Skeletal Lightning)
  17. FKA twigs – CAPRISONGS (Young/Atlantic)
  18. Alvvays – Blue Rev (Celsius Girls/Polyvinyl)
  19. Saâda Bonaire 1992 (Captured Tracks)
  20. The Smile – A Light For Attracting Attention (XL)
  21. Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia (Partisan)
  22. Björk – Fossora (One Little Independent)
  23. The Garden – Horseshit on Route 66 (self-released)
  24. Kenny Beats – Louie (XL)
  25. Melody’s Echo Chamber – Emotional Eternal (Domino)
  26. Viagra Boys – Cave World (Year 0001)
  27. They Are Gutting A Body Of Water – Lucky Styles (Smoking Room)
  28. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Emilie Mosseri – I Could Be Your Dog / I Could Be Your Moon (Ghostly International)
  29. Shygirl – Nymph (Because)
  30. Plains – I Walked With You A Ways (Anti-)
  31. Arctic Monkeys – The Car (Domino)
  32. billy woods – Aethiopes (Backwoodz Studioz)
  33. Pinkshift Love Me Forever (Hopeless)
  34. MJ Lenderman Boat Songs (Dear Life)
  35. PENDANT Harp (Saddle Creek)
  36. Cola Deep In View (Fire Talk)
  37. Animal Collective – Time Skiffs (Domino)
  38. Julian Lage View With A Room (Blue Note)
  39. Blood Orange – Four Songs (RCA)
  40. Jake Blount – The New Faith (Smithsonian Folkways)
  41. Teen Suicide – honeybee table at the butterfly feast (Run For Cover)
  42. The Sadies – Colder Streams (Yep Roc)
  43. Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers (Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope)
  44. Horse Jumper Of Love – Natural Part (Run For Cover)
  45. Combo Chimbita – IRE (Anti-)
  46. Sloan – Steady (Yep Roc) 
  47. Tallest Man On Earth – Too Late For Edelweiss (Anti-)
  48. Thee Sacred Souls – Thee Sacred Souls (Daptone)
  49. Duster – Together (Numero)
  50. HAAi – Baby, We’re Ascending (Mute)

Our DJs were also tasked with voting for album superlatives, including best picks for each genre, favorite events from throughout the year, and our coveted “DJ of the Year” award! Check them out below:

Best 7-inch: Horsegirl – Billy (Matador)

Best Blues: Jake Blount – The New Faith (Smithsonian Folkways)

Best Compilation: Saâda Bonaire – 1992 (Captured Tracks)

Best Debut: Jockstrap I Love You Jennifer B (Rough Trade)

Best Club Convergence (Electronica): Shygirl – Nymph (Because)

Best EP: Blood Orange – Four Songs (RCA)

Best Experimental: Gilla Band – Most Normal (Rough Trade)

Best Folk: Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (4AD)

Best Hip-Hop: Denzel Curry – Melt My Eyez See Your Future (Loma Vista)

Best Jazz: Makaya McCraven – In These Times (International Anthem/Nonesuch)

Best Latin: Rosalía – MOTOMAMI (Columbia)

Best Local: Pool Kids – Pool Kids (Skeletal Lightning)

Best Metal: Russian Circles – Gnosis (Sargent House)

Best Punk: Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems (Epitaph)

Best Reggae: Hollie Cook – Happy Hour (Merge)

Best Reissue: Melody’s Echo Chamber – Unfold (Fat Possum)

Best Sonic Safari: Molly Lewis – Mirage (Jagjaguwar)

Best Soul/Funk/RnB: Thee Sacred Souls – Thee Sacred Souls (Daptone)

Best World: Khruangbin & Vieux Farka Touré – Ali (Dead Oceans)

Most Annoying: Charlie Hickey – Nervous At Night (Saddest Factory)

Most Disappointing: Pixies – Doggerel (BMG)

Best Comeback: Alice Glass – PREY//IV (Eating Glass)

Best Album Art: black midi – Hellfire (Rough Trade)

Worst Band Name: VR Sex

Best Label: Sub Pop

Best Specialty Show: Club Convergence

Best Region For Music: Northeastern US (Especially Philadelphia/NYC)

Best Local Show: V89’s 35th Birthday Bash: Pool Kids, Bobby Kid, Not Milk, and Artisan P @ 926 Bar (9/19/22)

Best WVFS In-Studio Session: Langtry (12/5/22)

DJ of the Year: Robert Kirk