Metacritic Aggregate: 2022 New Music: Country/Americana/Folk

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Sub-Lists

Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. Miranda Lambert: Palomino (Vanner/RCA Nashville) {36}: Al:*, AM:*, BB:+, HV:+, P:*, PM:+*, PO:*, RS:+*, Sg:+, TL:+, V:+*, YF:*; js:+, scw:*, ti:+, vce:*+, xci:*, xgh:+, xhs:+, xjdc:+, xsp:+, xwb:+, ysp:* -- A:(80/8), RC:A, TH:A-
  2. Willie Nelson: A Beautiful Time (Legacy) {26}: AD:*, AM:*, HV:+, IT:*, Mj:*, PO:*, T:*, TL:+, U:*; js:+, scw:*, vce:+, xci:*, xhs:+, xjdc:+, xsp:+, ysp:* -- A:(76/8), RC:A, TH:A-
  3. Ray Wylie Hubbard: Co-Starring Too (Big Machine) {17}: AS:*, PM:*, PO:*; js:+, scm:*, scw:*, xjdc:+, xsp:+, ysp:* -- A:(80/1), RC:A-, TH:A-
  4. Amanda Shires: Take It Like a Man (ATO) {13}: Al:*, AM:*, G:*, Gl:*, Mj:*, PM:*, U:*; js:+, xcw:*, xjdc:+, ysp:* -- A:(81/10), TH:**
  5. Mary Gauthier: Dark Enough to See the Stars (Thirty Tigers) {12}: AD:*, AS:*, Mj:*, PO:*, TL:+, U:*; ysp:* -- A:(78/5), RC:**, TH:***
  6. SG Goodman: Teeth Marks (Verve Forecast) {12}: HV:+, ND:+, NPR:+, Pf:*, PM:*, TL:+; scw:*, xci:*, xhs:+ -- A:(79/3), TH:***
  7. Maren Morris: Humble Quest (Columbia Nashville) {12}: Al:*, AM:*, BB:+, Esq:+, EW:*, Pf:*, YF:*; mc:+, xci:* -- A:(82/7), TH:***
  8. Orville Peck: Bronco (Columbia) {12}: AM:*, BB:+, D:*, DIY:*, LBF:*, MO:*, NME:*, Spk:*, TL:+, UR:*; ysp:* -- A:(80/10), TH:*
  9. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway: Crooked Tree (Nonesuch) {12}: AS:*, Mj:*, ND:+, O:*, TL:+, U:*; scm:*, xci:*, ysp:* -- A:(78/6), TH:***
  10. Dolly Parton: Run Rose Run (Butterfly) {11}: Cl:*, Ev:*, I:*, SMH:*, T:*; ysp:* -- A:(72/11), RC:***, TH:**
  11. Terry Klein: Good Luck Take Care (self-released) {10}: AS:*; scw:* -- A:(80/1), RC:A-, TH:A-
  12. Ian Noe: River Fools & Mountain Saints (Thirty Tigers) {10}: BV:*, ND:+, O:*, TL:+; scm:*, xcw:* -- A:(75/2), TH:A-
  13. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: Nightroamer (Abeyance) {10}: AM:*, Gl:*, LW:*, NN:*, PM:+*, SC:*; scm:* -- A:(82/6), TH:**
  14. Steve Earle & the Dukes: Jerry Jeff (New West) {7}: AS:*, Mj:*, RC:*; scw:*, ysp:* -- A:(76/5), TH:**
  15. Tami Neilson: Kingmaker (Outside Music) {7}: AS:*, AD:*, Mj:*, O:* -- A:(85/4), TH:***
  16. The Sadies: Colder Streams (Yep Roc) {7}: AS:*, Du:*, Ex:*, Gl:*, Mj:*, P:*, U:* -- A:(85/5), TH:B
  17. The Whitmore Sisters: Ghost Stories (Red House) {7}: Gl:*, Mj:*, PM:*, RC:*; scm:* -- A:(77/3), TH:**
  18. Hailey Whitters: Raised (Big Loud/Pigasus) {7}: TL:+; js:+, xci:* -- TH:A-
  19. Joshua Hedley: Neon Blue (New West) {6}: AM:*, ND:+, Pf:+; scm:* -- A:(72/3), TH:**
  20. Nikki Lane: Denim & Diamonds (New West) {6}: AM:*, ClR:*, LBF:*, Mj:* -- A:(79/6), TH:**
  21. Lyle Lovett: 12th of June (Verve) {6}: AM:*, TL:+; xhs:+, ysp:* -- A:(80/1), TH:**
  22. Carson McHone: Still Life (Merge) {6}: AM:*, Du:*, Gl:*, Mj:*, NT:*, U:* -- A:(81/4)
  23. Old Crow Medicine Show: Paint This Town (ATO) {6}: AM:*, AS:*, ClR:*, Gl:*, GTV:*, U:* -- A:(80/55), TH:B
  24. Corb Lund: Songs My Friends Wrote (New West) {5}: xci:* -- A:(60/2), TH:A-
  25. Sunny Sweeney: Married Alone (Aunt Daddy) {5}: AS:*; scm:* -- A:(80/1), TH:***
  26. Kelsey Waldon: No Regular Dog (Oh Boy) {5}: AS:*; scm:* -- A:(80/1), TH:***
  27. Priscilla Block: Welcome to the Block Party (InDent/Mercury Nashville) {4}: PO:*; vce:*+ -- TH:*
  28. Brent Cobb: And Now, Let's Turn to Page . . . (Ol' Buddy) {4}: AM:*, Gl:*, Mj:*, U:* -- A:(74/5)
  29. Charley Crockett: Lil GL Presents: Jukebox Charley (Son of Davy) {4}: scm:*, ysp:* -- TH:**
  30. Randall King: Shot Glass () {4}: BB:+; scm:* -- TH:**
  31. Brennen Leigh: Obsessed With the West (Signature Sounds) {4}: scm:*, vce:+ -- TH:**
  32. Pinegrove: 11:11 (Rough Trade) {4}: AM:*, Gl:*, NT:*; mc:+ -- A:(71/11)
  33. Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson (Easy Eye Sound) {4}: scw:*, ysp:* -- TH:**
  34. The Broken Spokes: Where I Went Wrong (Broken Spokes Music) {3}: scm:* -- TH:**
  35. Lavender Country: Blackberry Rose and Other Songs & Sorrows From Lavender Country (Don Giovanni) {3}: PO:* -- TH:**
  36. Ashley McBryde: Presents: Lindeville (Warner Music Nashville) {3}: -- TH:***
  37. John Moreland: Birds in the Ceiling (Thirty Tigers) {3}: PM:*, U:* -- A:(80/2), TH:*
  38. Punch Brothers: Hell on Church Street (Nonesuch) {3}: Mj:*, PM:*; ysp:* -- A:(75/5)
  39. Alma Russ: Fool's Gold (self-released) {3}: scm:* -- TH:**
  40. Caroline Spence: True North (Rounder) {3}: scm:* -- TH:**
  41. 49 Winchester: Fortune Favors the Bold (New West) {2}: scm:*, ysp:* -- TH:B
  42. Ingrid Andress: Good Person (Warner Music Nashville/Atlantic) {2}: vce:+ -- TH:*
  43. Stacy Antonel: Always the Outsider (self-released) {2}: scm:* -- TH:*
  44. Kaitlin Butts: What Else Can She Do (self-released) {2}: scm:* -- TH:*
  45. Chicago Farmer & the Fieldnotes: Fore!!!! (Chicago Farmer -EP) {2}: scw:* -- TH:*
  46. Charley Crockett: The Man From Waco (Son of Davy) {2}: -- TH:**
  47. Arlo McKinley: This Mess We're In (Oh Boy) {2}: scm:* -- TH:*
  48. Rusty: The Resurrection of Rust (Capitol -EP) {2}: ysp:* -- A:(69/6)
  49. Charlie Sutton: Trout Takes (Chuckwagon -EP) {2}: scm:* -- TH:*
  50. Dallas Wayne: Coldwater, Tennessee (Audium/BFD) {2}: ysp:* -- TH:*
  51. Deborah Allen: The Art of Dreaming (BFD) {1}: ysp:* -- TH:B
  52. American Aquarium: Chicamacomico (self-released) {1}: scm:*
  53. Breland: Cross Country (Atlantic) {1}: vce:+
  54. Zach Bryan: American Heartbreak () {1}: scm:*
  55. Matt Castillo: How the River Flows (Texace) {1}: scm:*
  56. Luke Combs: Growin' Up (River House Artists) {1}: scw:* -- A:(70/2)
  57. Matt Daniel: All I'll Ever Need (self-released) {1}: scm:*
  58. Walker Hayes: Country Stuff: The Album (Monument) {1}: AM:* -- A:(80/1), TH:B
  59. IV and the Strange Band: Southern Circus (Black Country Rock) {1}: scm:*
  60. The Ben Jarrell Band: Up and Headed West () {1}: scm:*
  61. Kimberly Kelly: I'll Tell You What's Gonna Happen (Show Dog Nashville) {1}: scm:*
  62. Mike Kuster: Better Late Than Never (self-released) {1}: scm:*
  63. Little Big Town: Mr Sun (Capitol Nashville) {1}: AM:* -- A:(80/1)
  64. The Local Honeys: The Local Honeys (La Honda) {1}: scm:*
  65. Tony Logue: Jericho () {1}: scm:*
  66. Matt Maverick: American Dream () {1}: scm:*
  67. The Del McCoury Band: Almost Proud () {1}: ysp:*
  68. Aaron McDonnell: Too Many Days Like Saturday Night () {1}: scm:*
  69. Muscadine Bloodline: Dispatch to 16th Ave (Stancaster Music) {1}: scm:*
  70. Jon Pardi: Mr Saturday Night (Capitol Nashville) {1}: AM:* -- A:(80/1)
  71. David Quinn: Country Flesh () {1}: scm:*
  72. Aaron Raitiere: Single Wide Dreamer (Dinner Time) {1}: scm:*
  73. The Red Clay Strays: Moment of Truth (self-released) {1}: scm:*
  74. Teddy & the Rough Riders: Teddy & the Rough Riders (self-released -EP) {1}: ysp:* -- TH:B
  75. Jenny Tolman: Married in a Honky Tonk (Old Sol) {1}: scm:*
  76. Carrie Underwood: Denim & Rhinestones (Capitol Nashville) {1}: AM:* -- A:(80/1)
  77. Whiskey Myers: Tornillo (Wiggy Thump) {1}: scm:*
  78. The Wilder Blue: The Wilder Blue () {1}: scm:*
  79. Hank Williams Jr: Rich White Honky Blues (Easy Eye Sound) {1}: AM:* -- A:(80/2)
  80. The Wooks: Flyin' High (Gnar Vector) {1}: scm:*