Metacritic Aggregate: 2022 New Music: World

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Sub-Lists

Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. Rosalia: Motomami (Columbia) {48}: AM:*, AV:+, BB:+, BPM:*, BV:*, Cl:*, Cmp:+, CS:+*, DW:+, Ev:*, EW:+, G:+, GTV:*, I:*, LAT:*, LBF:*, NME:+*, O:*, OC:+, Pf:+*, PM:+, PO:*, Qt:+, RS:+*, S:*, SC:*, Sg:+, Sl:+*, T:*, V:+*, YF:*; mc:+, scw:*, ti:+, vu:+, xci:*, xsp:+, ysp:* -- A:(87/14), TH:A-
  2. Oumou Sangare: Timbuktu (World Circuit) {20}: DB:*, CM:+, HV:+, Mj:*, O:*, PM:+*, PO:*, U:*; js:+, scw:*, xci:*, xjdc:+ -- A:(78/5), RC:A-, TH:***
  3. Ibibio Sound Machine: Electricity (Merge) {19}: AD:*, AM:*, Cl:*, DIY:*, Ex:*, GTV:*, Gw:*, LW:*, NPR:+, O:*, PM:*, PO:*, RC:*, Tr:+, U:*; vce:*+ -- A:(80/13), TH:**
  4. Bad Bunny: Un Verano Sin Ti (Rimas Entertainment) {17}: AM:*, BB:+, Cmp:+, CS:+*, G:+*, NME:*, NPR:+, Pf:+*, RS:+, Sl:+; mc:+, vu:+ -- A:(85/5), TH:**
  5. Rokia Kone & Jacknife Lee: Bamanan (Real World) {17}: AD:*, DB:*, Mj:*, PM:+*, PO:*; js:+, scw:*, xjdc:+, xsp:+ -- A:(85/4), RC:A-, TH:***
  6. Koffee: Gifted (RCA) {14}: BPM:*, Cl:*, Cmp:+, Ev:*, G:*, NME:*, Pf:+*, RS:+*, T:*; vu:+ -- A:(78/10), TH:**
  7. Phelimuncasi: Ama Gogela (Nyege Nyege Tapes) {14}: BA:+, PO:*; vce:*+, xci:*, ysp:* -- RC:A-, TH:A-
  8. Etran de L'Air: Agadez (Sahel Sounds) {13}: Mj:*, PO:*; scw:*, xci:*, ysp:* -- A:(80/1), RC:A-, TH:A-
  9. Tom Ze: Lingua Brasileira (Sesc) {12}: PO:*; js:+, ysp:* -- RC:A, TH:A-
  10. Horace Andy: Midnight Rocker (On-U Sound) {11}: AM:*, BA:+, G:+*, Mj:*, MO:*, Qt:*, W:*; xci:*, ysp:* -- A:(84/5), TH:*
  11. Camila Cabello: Familia (Epic) {11}: AM:*, G:*, NME:*, RS:+*; xci:*, ysp:* -- A:(72/8), TH:A-
  12. Congotronics International: Where's the One (Crammed Discs -2CD) {11}: AD:*, AM:*, Mj:*, PM:+*, Qt:*, W:*; scw:*, ysp:* -- A:(83/6), TH:**
  13. Gonora Sounds: Hard Times Never Kill (The Vital Record) {11}: PO:*, Qt:*; xci:* -- RC:***, TH:A
  14. Stromae: Multitude (Mosaert) {10}: Cl:*, Ev:*, G:+, LBF:*, NME:*, Pf:*, Qt:*, RC:* -- A:(82/5), TH:**
  15. Vieux Farka Toure: Les Racines (World Circuit) {10}: Gl:*, Mj:*, MO:*, PM:*, Sk:*, U:*, W:* -- A:(80/5), TH:***
  16. Imarhan: Aboogi (City Slang) {9}: LQ:*, Mj:*, PM:+*, U:*; xci:*, ysp:* -- A:(82/5), TH:**
  17. Selo I Ludy Performance Band: Bunch One (2019, self-released) {9}: scw:*, xci:* -- RC:A, TH:**
  18. Anitta: Versions of Me (Warner) {8}: NME:*, PO:*, RS:+*; scw:* -- A:(77/3), TH:***
  19. Black Flower: Magma (Sdban Ultra) {8}: AM:*, LW:*, Mj:*, U:*; sg_j:* -- A:(80/4), TH:***
  20. Silvana Estrada: Marchita (Glassnote) {8}: AM:*, G:+, Ne:+*, NPR:+, RS:*, S:+ -- A:(83/3), TH:*
  21. Kokoroko: Could We Be More (Brownswood) {8}: Al:*, AM:*, C:*, DB:*, Gw:*, Sk:*, T:*; bc_j:* -- A:(74/9), TH:B
  22. Fulu Miziki: Ngbaka EP (Moshi Moshi -EP) {7}: PO:*; vce:*+ -- TH:A-
  23. Kady Diarra: Burkina Hakili (Lamastrock -21) {6}: scw:*, xci:* -- TH:A-
  24. Fanfare Ciocarlia: It Wasn't Hard to Love You (Asphalt Tango -21) {6}: scw:*, ysp:* -- TH:A-
  25. Becky G: Esquemas (Kemosabe/RCA) {6}: BB:+, RS:+* -- A:(80/1), TH:***
  26. Lalalar: Bi Cinnete Bakar (Bongo Joe) {6}: scw:*, xci:* -- TH:A-
  27. Meridian Brothers/El Grupo Renascimento: Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimento (Ansonia) {6}: AM:*, G:*, Ne:*, PO:* -- A:(85/2), TH:**
  28. Elza Soares: Elza Ao Vivo No Municipal (Deck) {6}: PO:*; scw:* -- TH:A-
  29. Burna Boy: Love, Damini (Atlantic) {5}: Cl:*, CS:*, T:* -- A:(73/6), TH:**
  30. KOG: Zone 6, Agege (Pura Vida Sounds) {5}: vce:*+, xci:* -- TH:**
  31. David Krakauer & Kathleen Tagg: Mazel Tov Cocktail Party! (Table Pounding) {5}: AAJ:*; vce:*+ -- TH:**
  32. Mista Savona: Havana Meets Kingston Part 2 (Cumbancha) {5}: -- RC:***, TH:**
  33. Flora Purim: If You Will (Strut) {5}: AM:*, DB:*, Du:*, O:*; sg_j:* -- A:(80/2)
  34. Teno Afrika: Where You Are (Awesome Tapes From Africa) {4}: AM:* -- A:(76/2), TH:***
  35. Auntie Flo & Sarathy Korwar: Shruti Dances (Make Music) {4}: Cl:*, G:* -- A:(80/2), TH:**
  36. Avalanche Kaito: Avalanche Kaito (Glitterbeat) {4}: vce:*+, ysp:* -- TH:*
  37. Linda Ayupuka: God Created Everything (Mais Um Discos) {4}: vce:*+ -- TH:**
  38. Babes Wodumo: Crown (West Ink -21) {4}: vce:+ -- TH:***
  39. Cathe: Chill Out Punk (Traum Weiter!) {4}: vce:+ -- TH:***
  40. Edoheart: Pandemonium (Edoheart) {4}: vce:*+ -- TH:**
  41. J-Hope: Jack in the Box (HYBE) {4}: NME:*, RS:*, YF:* -- A:(78/5), TH:*
  42. Mdou Moctar: Niger EP Vol 1 (Matador -EP) {4}: PO:* -- TH:***
  43. Oriental Brothers International Band: Oku Ngwo Di Ochi (Palenque) {4}: -- TH:A-
  44. Sean Paul: Scorcha (Island) {4}: NME:*, T:* -- A:(80/2), TH:**
  45. Shenseea: Alpha (Rich Immigrants/Interscope) {4}: xci:* -- TH:***
  46. Stray Kids: Oddinary (JYP -EP) {3}: AM:*, BB:+, NME:* -- A:(80/2)
  47. Blackpink: Born Pink (YG Entertainment) {2}: AM:*, T:* -- A:(63/11)
  48. Combo Chimbita: Ire (Anti-) {2}: -- AM:*, U:*
  49. Daddy Yankee: Legendaddy (El Cartel/Republic) {2}: RS:+* -- A:(75/2)
  50. Fatoumata Diawara: Maliba (-EP) {2}: Mj:*, T:* -- A:(77/3)
  51. El Khat: Albat Alawi Op 99 (Glitterbeat) {2}: vce:*+ -- TH:*
  52. Angelique Kidjo/Ibrahim Maalouf: Queen of Sheba () {2}: PM:*; xci:* -- A:(90/1)
  53. Nayeon: Im Nayeon (JYP -EP) {2}: NME:*, Spk:* -- A:(81/2)
  54. Haru Nemuri: Shunka Ryougen (TO3S) {2}: Pf:*, SC:* -- A:(80/2)
  55. The Ano Nobo Quartet: The Strings of Sao Domingos (Ostinato) {2}: xci:* -- TH:*
  56. Onew: Dice (SM Entertainment -EP) {2}: LBF:*, NME:* -- A:(90/2)
  57. Rema: Rave & Roses (Marvin/Jonzing) {2}: Cl:*; ti:+ -- A:(74/3)
  58. Tomorrow X Together: Minisode 2: Thursday's Child (Bit Hit -EP) {2}: BB:+, NME:* -- A:(100/1)
  59. Aespa: Girls (SM Entertainment -EP) {1}: RS:* -- A:(75/4)
  60. Horace Andy: Midnight Scorchers (On-U Sound) {1}: Mj:* -- A:(73/3)
  61. Apink: Horn (IST) {1}: NME:* -- A:(80/1)
  62. Chouk Bwa & the Angstromers: Ayiti Kongo Dub #1 (Bongo Joe -EP) {1}: -- TH:*
  63. DJ Black Low: Monate WA Piano EP (self-released) {1}: ysp:*
  64. Enhypen: Manifesto: Day 1 (Be:LIFT/HYBE -EP) {1}: NME:* -- A:(80/1)
  65. Fireboy DML: Playboy (YBNL Nation/Empire) {1}: NME:* -- A:(79/4)
  66. (G)I-Dle: I Never Die (Cube Entertainment) {1}: NME:* -- A:(80/1)
  67. Girls' Generation: Forever 1 (SM Entertainment) {1}: NME:* -- A:(76/2)
  68. Guitarricadelafuente: La Cantera () {1}: NPR:+
  69. Miyeon: My (Cube Entertainment -EP) {1}: NME:* -- A:(80/1)
  70. Nancy Mounir: Nozhet El Nofous (Simsara) {1}: PO:* -- TH:B
  71. NCT Dream: Glitch Mode (SM Entertainment) {1}: NME:* -- A:(80/1)
  72. Abiodun Oyewole: Gratitude (AFAR) {1}: xci:*
  73. Pongo: Sakidila () {1}: -- RC:*
  74. Sonny Singh: Chardi Kala (self-released) {1}: ysp:* -- TH:B
  75. Solar: Face (RBW -EP) {1}: NME:* -- A:(80/1)
  76. Stayc: Young-Luv.Com (High Up Entertainment -EP) {1}: NME:* -- A:(80/1)
  77. Charu Suri: Ragas & Waltzes (Amala) {1}: AAJ:*
  78. Taeyeon: Invu (SM Entertainment) {1}: NME:* -- A:(100/1)
  79. Tarta Relena: Fiat Lux (Le Castanya/The Indian Runners -21) {1}: Pf:* -- A:(80/1)
  80. Viviz: Beam of Prism (Big Planet Made -EP) {1}: NME:* -- A:(80/1)
  81. Whee In: Whee (The L1ve -EP) {1}: NME:* -- A:(80/1)