Synthentral Top 100 Albums of 2022

Incredible amount of new music released in 2022! In previous years, I’ve had to start with 500+ albums and go through them all at the end of the year. This year I did it different: I only added albums to my “to be rated list” if I thought it had a chance to at least get in the Top 100. This narrowed my starting off point to just above 250 albums. Still a lot, but half the time to do the rating.

First step is to get down to 100 for the Top 100 (here we are). Then I go down to 50 for the Top 50, and finally remove an additional 20 for the Top 30. The Top 30 will have a corresponding show with one song from each album. Once I start removing albums from the 50 to the 30 that’s when it gets painful for me as an album I really loved gets removed because it had a rating of 8.62 and the album above it had an 8.63. Yes, it’s often that tight.

Here are the rules and guidelines I work with:

  • I only rate albums. There are tons of “best of” lists out there for singles and EPs.
    • An album consists of at least 7 original songs. Remixes, intro/outro, instrumentals, versions, compilations, etc. do not count toward the “at least 7.” Covers do count as long as it’s not an album of all covers.
  • I must have the album in my collection to rate it. If a band or label didn’t get it to me, I didn’t buy it, or get it from a DJ resource, then it’s not on my list to rate.
  • Song are rated individually and the album is rated overall for listenability, danceability, whether I wanted to skip any tracks, was I engaged from start to finish, etc.
  • Rating is weighted so an album with 7 songs does not have an edge (or handicap) to an album with 17 songs.
  • I post the Top 100 and Top 50 lists alphabetically and not in “countdown” style. The Top 30 will be in countdown style.
  • I post my list after the year is over so any album released late in December 2022 still gets a chance at making it on the list.

I expect people to disagree with my list because it’s subjective. In fact, I hope you disagree with my list and post some of your favorites that I didn’t include or I may have missed during the year. I hope your list is different and you are passionate about your favorite bands and albums from 2022!

Most importantly, I hope you discover new bands from my lists.

I have “LISTEN HERE” links below each album cover, so go and listen and give each band and album a chance, and support the bands you like!

The Synthentral Top 100 for 2022 (in alphabetical order):

1984 – Sharp Dressed Men (LISTEN HERE)
Alex Sindrome – Eject (LISTEN HERE)
Am Tierpark – Forevermore (LISTEN HERE)
Angry Pete – Misanthrope (LISTEN HERE)
Any Second – Enemies (LISTEN HERE)
Avarice In Audio – Our Idols Are Filth (LISTEN HERE)
Ayria – This Is My Battle Cry (LISTEN HERE)
Blackbook – Confessions Of The Innocent (LISTEN HERE)
Blaqk Audio – Trop D’amour (LISTEN HERE)
Blind Passenger – Teamwork (LISTEN HERE)
Blood Handsome – A New Calm (LISTEN HERE)
Buzz Kull – Fascination (LISTEN HERE)
C-Lekktor – New World Disorder (LISTEN HERE)
Causeway – We Were Never Lost (LISTEN HERE)
Chinese Theatre – Unfinished Business (LISTEN HERE)
Claustraphobia – Vita Et Mors (LISTEN HERE)
Code 64 – Broken Rhythm (LISTEN HERE)
Corlyx – Blood In The Disco (LISTEN HERE)
Current One – Praeludium (LISTEN HERE)
Curse Mackey – Immoral Emporium (LISTEN HERE)
Dagon – Owen Sebastian (LISTEN HERE)
Das Leiden – Chapter I, Dies Irae (LISTEN HERE)
Deep Down Wise – Deep Down Wise (LISTEN HERE)
Die Robo Sapiens – Robo Sapien Race (LISTEN HERE)
Dina Summer – Rimini (LISTEN HERE)
Dreamkid – Dreamkid (LISTEN HERE)
e:lect – Disoriented Illusion (LISTEN HERE)
Eisfabrik – Life Below Zero (LISTEN HERE)
Electro Spectre – Stereo Dreams PT1 (LISTEN HERE)
Electronic Frequency – CON:TRAST (LISTEN HERE)
ElektroTerapi – Diagnose: Liebe (LISTEN HERE)
ELM – Penetrator (LISTEN HERE)
Encephalon – Surfacer (LISTEN HERE)
Exsect – Opéra Mécanique (LISTEN HERE)
Fractal Age – Another Way (LISTEN HERE)
Francesca e Luigi – Dirty Disco – The Ultimate Album (LISTEN HERE)
Ginger Snap5 – Make Me Bad (LISTEN HERE)
Give My Remains To Broadway – My Will Is Not My Own (LISTEN HERE)
Harsh Symmetry – Display Model (LISTEN HERE)
Headless Mannequins – Shadowland (LISTEN HERE)
Hidden Souls – All That We Destroy (LISTEN HERE)
Humans Can’t Reboot – No Tomorrow (LISTEN HERE)
IDEON – Forever Can Wait (LISTEN HERE)
Ill Humans – New Light (LISTEN HERE)
In My Despair – Last Mirage On The Earth (LISTEN HERE)
Incirrina – Lip Led Scream (LISTEN HERE)
Jason Alacrity – The Criminal Class (LISTEN HERE)
Kim Lunner – From Dusk To Dawn (LISTEN HERE)
The Kolour Kult – Reception (LISTEN HERE)
Kondratie – Москва (LISTEN HERE)
LAU – Circumstance (LISTEN HERE)
Liquid Modern – Circle & Light (LISTEN HERE)
LMX – Habits & Addictions (LISTEN HERE)
Lucca Leeloo – Prosperous (LISTEN HERE)
Martiné – My Mind – The Hand Grenade (LISTEN HERE)
Matthias & Marss – Plus One (LISTEN HERE)
Mental Discipline – Nothing To Die For (LISTEN HERE)
The Midnight Computers – Romantic Disaster (LISTEN HERE)
Miseria Ultima – In Colors Of Void (LISTEN HERE)
Movie Camera – Memory / Display (LISTEN HERE)
My Own Burial – Breathing Sorrow (LISTEN HERE)
No – Domestic Pulse (LISTEN HERE)
Noise Resistance – Stripped (LISTEN HERE)
Panic Priest – Psychogoria (LISTEN HERE)
Peppy Pep Pepper – Decline (LISTEN HERE)
Perel – Jesus Was An Alien (LISTEN HERE)
Poison Point – Poisoned Gloves (LISTEN HERE)
Prager Handgriff – Das Letzte Gefecht (LISTEN HERE)
Priest – Body Machine (LISTEN HERE)
A Projection – In A Different Light (LISTEN HERE)
Propter Hoc – History The Operator (LISTEN HERE)
Pure Obsessions & Red Nights – Let Your Obsessions Run Wild (LISTEN HERE)
Rebel Empire – Street Art (LISTEN HERE)
Reflection – Anima (LISTEN HERE)
Reichsfeind – Darken (LISTEN HERE)
Risk Risk – Blue Science (LISTEN HERE)
Rue Oberkampf – Liebe (LISTEN HERE)
Sacred Skin – The Decline Of Pleasure (LISTEN HERE)
Saft – Dansar Med Satan (LISTEN HERE)
She Hates Emotions – Happy Pop Music (LISTEN HERE)
Solitary Experiments – Transcendent (LISTEN HERE)
Stereoskop – Silk (LISTEN HERE)
Sweet Tempest – Going Down Dancing (LISTEN HERE)
Sydney Valette – Home Alone (LISTEN HERE)
Tempers – New Meaning (LISTEN HERE)
Tragic Impulse – Distant Worlds (LISTEN HERE)
Undine – Ether (LISTEN HERE)
Unidad Obscura – Entre La Agonia (LISTEN HERE)
Unify Separate – Music Since Tomorrow (LISTEN HERE)
Vandal Moon – Queen Of The Night (LISTEN HERE)
Vanguard – Spectrum (LISTEN HERE)
Voicecoil – Strange Days (LISTEN HERE)
VVMPYRE – Neon Night Fright (LISTEN HERE)
X Marks The Pedwalk – New/End (LISTEN HERE)
Xenturion Prime – Prisma (LISTEN HERE)
Zynic – Best Before End (LISTEN HERE)

2 comments on “Synthentral Top 100 Albums of 2022

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