Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ Is The No. 1 Album Of 2022 Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” album tops NPR’s Best of 2022 list. Music critics such as Ann Powers, Daphne A. Brooks, and Danyel Smith break down their favorite moments of the album and focus on the intention Beyoncé brings to each song. “Migration, (anti)racism and resistance” themes are all over RENAISSANCE, like strong, rippling undercurrents that burst to the surface in some of my favorite moments on the record,” says Brooks. “The whole world is a Soul Train line. The club is in your apartment’s foyer, on the gravel of your driveway, on the escalator at the mall,” says Smith recalling some of the viral moments of the “Cuff It” challenge. What is your favorite part about what “Renaissance” has provided for the culture? Do you think “Renaissance” is the best album of 2022?