The Big Read

The 50 best albums of 2022

The year was filled with superb albums, and these 50 were NME’s favourites

Confidence Man: “Our live shows? It’s all the fun without any faff”

Light-up bras, champagne popping and heart-racing dance moves: the Aussie band’s gloriously fun live show makes for an unmissable night out. NME heads backstage on the year’s wildest tour

TWICE: “Through honesty, we can protect ourselves”

The K-pop group are ready for the next chapter of their illustrious career, but some things won’t change: their commitment to honesty and thirst for creativity

Rex Orange County: “I want the music to sound and feel free – because I feel free”

With fourth album ‘Who Cares?’, Alex O’Connor shakes off the shackles of self-doubt

Beabadoobee: “I wear my heart on my sleeve with this album”

She might be obsessed with ’90s grunge, but Bea Kristi is a very modern rock star determined to usher in a new generation of guitar heroes