The Best Canadian Albums of 2022

Drake and The Weeknd continued their streaks, but Canada had a busy year beyond OVO and XO. Here are Complex Canada’s selections for the 20 best albums of 2022.

Best Canadian Albums of 2022
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Best Canadian Albums of 2022

Best Canadian Albums of 2022

The friendly competition between former pals Drake and The Weeknd was as hot as ever in 2022. Both had busy years, with three major releases between the two of them. More than a decade into their respective careers they’ve never been bigger, but Canadian music had many more artists to celebrate in 2022. Canadian music captured hearts at home and gained fans abroad.

Here are Complex Canada’s selections for the 20 best albums of 2022.

20. Dylan Sinclair, ‘No Longer In The Suburbs’

Dylan Sinclair no longer in the suburbs cover

19. Chung, ‘See You When I C U’

chung i see you when i c u cover

18. Raccoon, ‘C00N: la prophétie’

Raccoon Coon La Prophecie cover

17. Thelonious, ‘Albion Road Demos.’

thelonious albion road demos cover

16. Pierre Kwenders, ‘José Louis and The Paradox of Love’

pierre kwenders Jose Louis and the Paradox of Love Cover Artwork

15. Mike Shabb, 'Sewaside II'

Mike Shabb Sewaside 2 cover

14. Nate Husser, 'All Time High'

Nate Husser All Time High

13. DJ Charlie B, 'Across the Board'

DJ Charlie B's Album Cover for "Across The Board"

12. Dvsn, 'Working On My Karma'

Cover art for dvsn new album Working on My Karma

11. Tanika Charles, 'Papillon de Nuit: The Night Butterfly'

Tanika Charles

10. Savannah Ré, 'No Weapons'

Savannah re no weapons album

9. Nav, 'Demons Protected By Angels'

Nav's new album cover for news

8. Snotty Nose Rez Kids, 'I'm Good, HBU?'

Snotty Nose Rez Kids I'm Good, HBU

7. Drake & 21 Savage, 'Her Loss'

Drake and 21 Savage 'Her Loss' album cover

6. Adria Kain, 'When Flowers Bloom'

A beige background with strokes of green paint and foliage in the middle. Black text reads "Adria Kain", then "When Flowers Bloom"

5. Nicholas Craven & Boldy James, 'Fair Exchange No Robbery'

Boldy James and Nicholas Craven 'Fair Exchange No Robbery'

4. Backxwash, ‘His Happiness Shall Come First Even Though We Are Suffering'


3. Jessie Reyez, 'Yessie'

New Jessie Reyez album Yessie

2. Drake, 'Honestly, Nevermind'

Drake 'Honestly, Nevermind' cover art

1. The Weeknd, 'Dawn FM'

Dawn FM The Weeknd cover

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