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This was originally published as free content, in Robert Christgau's And It Don't Stop newsletter. You can have Christgau's posts delivered to your mailbox if you subscribe.

Dean's List: 2022

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  1. Selo i Ludy Performance Band: Bunch One (self-released '19)
  2. Beyoncé: Renaissance (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia)
  3. Big Thief: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You (4AD)
  4. Willie Nelson: A Beautiful Time (Legacy)
  5. Plains: I Walked With You a Ways (Anti-)
  6. Ashley McBryde: Lindeville (Warner Music Nashville)
  7. Buck 65: King of Drums (Handsmade)
  8. DJ Maphorisa X Kabza de Small: Scorpion Kings (BlaqBoy '19)
  9. Stro Elliot & James Brown: Black & Loud: James Brown as Reimagined by Stro Elliot (Polydor)
  10. Todd Snider: Live: Return of the Storyteller (Thirty Tigers/Aimless)
  11. DJ Black Low: Uwami (Awesome Tapes From Africa '21)
  12. Harry Styles: Harry's House (Columbia)
  13. Montparnasse Musique: Archeology (RealWorld)
  14. Tommy Womack: I Thought I Was Fine (Schoolkids)
  15. Homeboy Sandman: I Can't Sell These (self-released)
  16. The Paranoid Style: For Executive Meeting (Bar/None)
  17. Miranda Lambert: Palomino (Vanner/RCA)
  18. Amanda Shires: Take It Like a Man (ATO)
  19. Slum of Legs: Slum of Legs (Splurge '20)
  20. Gogol Bordello: Solidaritine (Cooking Vinyl/Casa Bordello)
  21. Sowal Diabi: De Kaboul à Bamako (Accords Croisé)
  22. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Love for Sale (Columbia/Interscope '21)
  23. PinkPantheress: To Hell With It (Parlophone '21)
  24. Tom Zé: Lìngua Brasileira (Selo Sesc)
  25. Amyl and the Sniffers: Comfort to Me (ATO '21)
  26. Folk and Great Tunes From Siberia and Far East (CPL Music)
  27. The Mountain Goats: Bleed Out (Merge)
  28. My Idea: That's My Idea (Hardly Art '21)
  29. Mama's Broke: Narrow Line (Free Dirt)
  30. Drive-By Truckers: Welcome 2 Club XIII (ATO)
  31. Terry Klein: Good Luck Take Care (Terry Klein Music)
  32. Jeffrey Lewis: When That Really Old Cat Dies (Spotify/Amazon/Apple)
  33. Emperor X: The Lakes of Zones B and C (Dreams of Field)
  34. The Casual Dots: Sanguine Truth (Ixor Stix)
  35. Danger Mouse & Black Thought: Cheat Codes (BMG)
  36. Wet Leg: Wet Leg (Domino)
  37. Homeboy Sandman: Don't Feed the Monster (Mello Music Group)
  38. M.I.A.: Mata (Island)
  39. Bonnie Raitt: Just Like That . . . (Redwing)
  40. Craig Finn: A Legacy of Rentals (Positive Jams/Thirty Tigers)
  41. Pony: TV Baby (Take This to Heart '21)
  42. Phelimuncasi: Ama Gogela (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
  43. Jon Batiste: We Are (Verve '21)
  44. Little Simz: No Thank You (Forever Living Originals/AWAL)
  45. Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee: Bamanan (RealWorld)
  46. Fanfare Ciocarlia: It Wasn't Hard to Love You (Asphalt Tango '21)
  47. The Beths: Expert in a Dying Field (Carpark)
  48. Oumou Sangaré: Timbuktu (World Circuit)
  49. Lizzo: Special (Nice Life)
  50. Kady Diarra: Burkina Hakili (Lamastrock '21)
  51. Santigold: Spirituals (Little Jerk)
  52. Kendrick Lamar: Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers (PGLand/Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope)
  53. My Idea: Cry MFer (Hardly Art)
  54. Hata Unacheza: Sub-Saharan Acoustic Guitar & String Music, ca. 1960s (Canary '13)
  55. Leyla McCalla: Breaking the Thermometer (Anti-)
  56. Ray Wylie Hubbard: Co-Starring Too (Big Machine)
  57. Derek Senn: The Big Five-0 (self-released)
  58. Willi Carlisle: Peculiar, Missouri (Free Dirt)
  59. Lady Aicha & Pisco Crane's Original Fulu Miziki of Kinshasa: N'djila Wa Mudjimo (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
  60. Mach-Hommy: Dollar Menu 4 (Mach-Hommy)
  61. Superchunk: Wild Loneliness (Merge)
  62. Dan Ex Machina: All Is Ours, Nothing Is Theirs (self-released)
  63. Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine Vol. 2 (Oh Boy)
  64. Etran de l'Air: Agadez (Sahel Sounds)
  65. Dr. John: Things Happen That Way (Rounder)
  66. Sudan Archives: Natural Brown Prom Queen (Stones Throw)
  67. Mammoth Penguins: There's No Fight We Can't Both Win (Fika '19)
  68. Apollo Brown & Che Noir: . . . As God Intended (Mello Music)
  69. Stella Donnelly: Flood (Secretly Canadian)
  70. Yard Act: The Overload (Island)
  71. Loudon Wainwright III: Lifetime Achievement (Storysound)
  72. Pongo: Sakidila (Virgin)
  73. A Gift to Pops: The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars (Verve '21)
  74. Kassmasse: Bahil Weg (Meedo)
  75. Wiki: Half God (Wikset Enterprises '21)
  76. Regina Spektor: Home, Before and After (Sire)
  77. Vince Staples: Ramona Park Broke My Heart (Motown)
  78. Fox Green: Holy Souls (self-released)
  79. Homeboy Sandman: There in Spirit (Mello Music Group)
  80. Nas: King's Disease II (Mass Appeal '21)
  81. Iamdoechii: Oh the Places You'll Go (Five 5 '20)
  82. $ilkmoney: I Don't Give a Fuck About This Rap Shit, Imma Just Drop Until I Don't Feel Like It Anymore (DB$B)
  83. Mary J. Blige: Good Morning Gorgeous (Mary Jane Productions/300 '21)
  84. PinkPantheress: Take Me Home (Parlophone)
  85. Fimber Bravo: Lunar Tredd (Moshi Moshi '21)
  86. Iamdoechii: Bra-Less (Iamdoechii '21)

And It Don't Stop, Jan. 25, 2023

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