Best of 2018: Music Critic Top Ten Lists

  • Publish Date: November 26, 2018
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Below, we collect the individual year-end top ten lists published by a variety of music sources, including critics, music magazines, music shops, and more. This page will be updated at least once a day throughout December and January as new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best albums of 2018

Recent updates:
Added 12/10: AllHipHop, Billboard, Crack Magazine, Crash Records, Double J, God Is in the TV, Houston Chronicle, NOW, PopCrush, PopMatters
Added 12/9: Drowned in Sound, Sonic, Soundblab, The Sunday Times
Added 12/7: EDMTunes, Flavorwire, Loud and Quiet, Nothing but Hope and Passion, People, WBEZ/Sound Opinions
Added 12/6: American Songwriter, Complex, Dazed, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Newsweek, Treble, The Vinyl Factory
Added 12/5: Exclaim!, musicOMH, Noisey, Rock Sound
Added 12/4: Capital XTRA, MondoSonoro, OOR, PopBuzz, The Quietus, The Ringer, Stereogum, Vulture, Wire, WXPN
Added 12/3: Albumism, Consequence of Sound, Gorilla vs Bear, The Independent, The Line of Best Fit, Uproxx, Upset
Added 12/1: Bleep, KCRW, Truck
Added 11/30: Gaffa, Hot Press
Added 11/29: Jumbo Records, Sister Ray Records, The Skinny
Added 11/26: Scorecard launched with 13 sources

Best of 2018Below is our updated running tally of the albums most frequently mentioned by individual music publications in their year-end top ten lists.

Although many of the lists come from publications whose reviews are included on this site, we have also included extra lists from prominent music stores, websites, and publications not normally found in Metacritic's music section.

Note that if a source ranks more than the standard 10 albums, we will not include titles ranked 11th or worse. (We do include unranked lists of 11-20 items, though each album gets just one-half of a point.) In case of a tie for first or second, each album will receive the full points for that position.

Our points system works as follows:

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd - 10th, or for being included on an unranked list of 10 or fewer albums
  • 0.5 points for being included on an unranked list of 11-20 albums
Albums Mentioned on Most Top 10 Lists - 2018
Album / Artist # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe3519.538.5
2 Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles541437
Double Negative by Low631337
4 Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves466.530.5
5 Be the Cowboy by Mitski411327
6 Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B428.524.5
7 Daytona by Pusha T33823
8 Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts324.517.5
9 Devotion by Tirzah32417
10 Chris by Christine and the Queens101316
Honey by Robyn04816
Heaven and Earth by Kamasi Washington30716
13 Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys03915
14 Sweetener by Ariana Grande1011.514.5
15 Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides by Sophie11712
Your Queen Is a Reptile by Sons of Kemet12512
17 Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett108.511.5
18 Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers20511
Astroworld by Travis Scott12411
20 Singularity by Jon Hopkins11510
Hope Downs by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever01810

Individual top ten lists

Below are the 74 individual top ten lists used to calculate the standings above. Some publications may list albums without ranking them; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.

Albumism View full list
  1. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  2. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  3. No News Is Good News by Phonte
  4. Be the Cowboy by Mitski
  5. Wax by KT Tunstall
  6. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett
  7. God's Favorite Customer by Father John Misty
  8. Record by Tracey Thorn
  9. Please Don't Be Dead by Fantastic Negrito
  10. Clean by Soccer Mommy
AllHipHop View full list
  1. Daytona by Pusha T
  2. Victory Lap by Nipsey Hussle
  3. Book of Ryan by Royce Da 5'9"
  4. KOD by J Cole
  5. Astroworld by Travis Scott
  6. G-Host by Styles P
  7. Drogas Wave by Lupe Fiasco
  8. Streams of Thought Vol. 1 & 2 by Black Thought, 9th Wonder and Salaam Remi
  9. Tha Carter V by Lil Wayne
  10. Kids See Ghosts by Kids See Ghosts
American Songwriter View full list
  1. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  2. Interstate Gospel by Pistol Annies
  3. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  4. To the Sunset by Amanda Shires
  5. The Tree of Forgiveness by John Prine
  6. Warm by Jeff Tweedy
  7. Desperate Man by Eric Church
  8. Black Velvet by Charles Bradley
  9. Things Change by American Aquarium
  10. Mr. Jukebox by Joshua Hedley
BBC Radio 6 (DJ consensus) View full list
  1. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  2. Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin
  3. Heaven and Earth by Kamasi Washington
  4. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys
  5. Double Negative by Low
  6. Physical by Gabe Gurnsey
  7. >>> by Beak>
  8. Your Queen Is a Reptile by Sons of Kemet
  9. Silver Dollar Moment by The Orielles
  10. Revolution of the Mind by She Drew the Gun
Billboard View full list
  1. Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  2. Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  3. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  4. Daytona by Pusha T
  5. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  6. Black Panther: The Album by Various artists
  7. Astroworld by Travis Scott
  8. Camila by Camila Cabello
  9. Vibras by J Balvin
  10. Everything Is Love by The Carters
Bleep View full list
  1. Devotion by Tirzah
  2. Compro by Skee Mask
  3. Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides by Sophie
  4. Safe in the Hands of Love by Yves Tumor
  5. Chemistry Lessons Volume 1 by Chris Carter
  6. The Return by Kamaal Williams
  7. The Sky Looks Different Here by Paper Dollhouse
  8. Working Class Woman by Marie Davidson
  9. Here From Where We Are by Pariah
  10. Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin
Capital XTRA UK View full list
  1. Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  2. Scorpion by Drake
  3. Astroworld by Travis Scott
  4. Beerbongs & Bentleys by Post Malone
  5. KOD by J Cole
  6. Culture II by Migos
  7. Oxnard by Anderson .Paak
  8. ? by XXXTentacion
  9. East Atlanta Love Letter by 6LACK
  10. Ella Mai by Ella Mai
Complex View full list
  1. Daytona by Pusha T
  2. Astroworld by Travis Scott
  3. KOD by J Cole
  4. Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  5. Redemption by Jay Rock
  6. Victory Lap by Nipsey Hussle
  7. Everything Is Love by The Carters
  8. Black Panther: The Album by Various artists
  9. Negro Swan by Blood Orange
  10. Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
Consequence of Sound View full list
  1. Be the Cowboy by Mitski
  2. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  3. Care for Me by SABA
  4. Heaven and Earth by Kamasi Washington
  5. Daytona by Pusha T
  6. Chris by Christine and the Queens
  7. Boygenius by Boygenius
  8. Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  9. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  10. And Nothing Hurt by Spiritualized
Crack Magazine UK View full list
  1. Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides by Sophie
  2. Devotion by Tirzah
  3. Your Queen Is a Reptile by Sons of Kemet
  4. Safe in the Hands of Love by Yves Tumor
  5. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  6. Die Lit by Playboi Carti
  7. Be the Cowboy by Mitski
  8. Crop Circle by Nines
  9. Whack World by Tierra Whack
  10. Compro by Skee Mask
Crash Records Leeds, UK View full list
  1. Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts
  2. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  3. The Sciences by Sleep
  4. Psychic Data by TVAM
  5. Songs of Praise by Shame
  6. Silver Dollar Moment by Orielles
  7. Deportation Blues by B.C. Camplight
  8. Goat Girl by Goat Girl
  9. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys
  10. All Melody by Nils Frahm
Dazed View full list
  1. Whack World by Tierra Whack
  2. Honey by Robyn
  3. Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides by Sophie
  4. Be the Cowboy by Mitski
  5. I'm All Ears by Let's Eat Grandma
  6. Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  7. El Mal Querer by Rosalía
  8. Chris by Christine and the Queens
  9. Safe in the Hands of Love by Yves Tumor
  10. Devotion by Tirzah
Decibel View full list
  1. Our Raw Heart by YOB
  2. Down Below by Tribulation
  3. Cult of a Dying Sun by UADA
  4. Hypnagogia by Evoken
  5. Firepower by Judas Priest
  6. Devouring Radiant Light by Skeletonwitch
  7. Wasteland by Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats
  8. Northern Chaos Gods by Immortal
  9. Desolation by Khemmis
  10. Head Cage by Pig Destroyer
Deluxe / The Drift Record Shop Devon, UK View full list
  1. Lamp Lit Prose by Dirty Projectors
  2. Your Queen Is a Reptile by Sons of Kemet
  3. I'm Bad Now by Nap Eyes
  4. Endless Scroll by Bodega
  5. Lump by Lump
  6. Performance by White Denim
  7. A Broke Moon Rises by Papa M
  8. Heaven and Earth by Kamasi Washington
  9. Double Negative by Low
  10. Hope Downs by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Double J Australia View full list
  1. Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts
  2. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  3. Djarimirri by Gurrumul
  4. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  5. Native Tongue by Mojo Juju
  6. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett
  7. Hope Downs by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
  8. Honey by Robyn
  9. Modern Convenience by MOD CON
  10. Chris by Christine and the Queens
Drowned in Sound View full list
  1. Double Negative by Low
  2. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  3. Chris by Christine and the Queens
  4. Pastoral by Gazelle Twin
  5. Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides by Sophie
  6. Hunter by Anna Calvi
  7. Reiði by Black Foxxes
  8. Love Is Dead by CHVRCHES
  9. Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers
  10. Fixed Ideals by Muncie Girls
EDMTunes View full list
  1. Solace by Rufus Du Sol
  2. Common Ground by Above & Beyond
  3. Hyperfall by Yotto
  4. Certain Kind of Magic by Rezz
  5. album1 by San Holo
  6. Where's the Drop by deadmau5
  7. Illusion of Perfection by Spencer Brown
  8. Human by Steve Angello
  9. Little by Little by Lane 8
  10. WUT WUT by Dillon Francis
Entertainment Weekly View full list
  1. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  2. Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  3. Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  4. Be the Cowboy by Mitski
  5. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys
  6. Interstate Gospel by Pistol Annies
  7. Black Panther: The Album by Various artists
  8. Desperate Man by Eric Church
  9. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  10. Camila by Camila Cabello
Exclaim! (Pop & Rock list) View full list
  1. In a Poem Unlimited by U.S. Girls
  2. Honey by Robyn
  3. Be the Cowboy by Mitski
  4. 7 by Beach House
  5. Dose Your Dreams by Fucked Up
  6. I'm All Ears by Let's Eat Grandma
  7. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  8. Negro Swan by Blood Orange
  9. Safe in the Hands of Love by Yves Tumor
  10. Double Negative by Low
Flavorwire Shane Barnes View full list
  1. Isolation by Kali Uchis
  2. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  3. In a Poem Unlimited by U.S. Girls
  4. Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  5. Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts
  6. Virtue by The Voidz
  7. Honey by Robyn
  8. Beyondless by Iceage
  9. 7 by Beach House
  10. Chris by Christine and the Queens
Fopp UK View full list
  1. Heaven and Earth by Kamasi Washington
  2. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  3. Double Negative by Low
  4. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett
  5. Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers
  6. Chris by Christine and the Queens
  7. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  8. Ruins by First Aid Kit
  9. Singularity by Jon Hopkins
  10. All Melody by Nils Frahm
Gaffa Denmark View full list
  1. God's Favorite Customer by Father John Misty
  2. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  3. Little Dark Age by MGMT
  4. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys
  5. Ruins by First Aid Kit
  6. Wanderer by Cat Power
  7. High as Hope by Florence + The Machine
  8. Double Negative by Low
  9. Chris by Christine and the Queens
  10. The Now Now by Gorillaz
Gaffa Sweden View full list
  1. Singularity by Jon Hopkins
  2. Double Negative by Low
  3. Eat the Elephant by A Perfect Circle
  4. Honey by Robyn
  5. I Loved You at Your Darkest by Behemoth
  6. Ruins by First Aid Kit
  7. You Won't Get What You Want by Daughters
  8. Down Below by Tribulation
  9. Hive Mind by The Internet
  10. 7 by Beach House
Glide Magazine View full list
  • Undesirable by Becky Warren
  • Loner by Caroline Rose
  • Songs of the Plains by Colter Wall
  • May Your Kindness Remian by Courtney Marie Andrew
  • Sweet Unknown by Erika Wennerstrom
  • Be More Kind by Frank Turner
  • Prequelle by Ghost
  • Glorietta by Glorietta
  • Lifted by Israel Nash
  • Whatever It Takes by The James Hunter Six
  • Rare Birds by Jonathan Wilson
  • The Other by King Tuff
  • Carolina Confessions by Marcus King Band
  • Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts
  • How to: Friend, Love, Freefall by Rainbow Kitten Surprise
  • Collagically Speaking by R+R=NOW
  • Onion by Shannon and the Clams
  • Life Is Good on the Open Road by Trampled by Turtles
  • Emanon by Wayne Shorter
  • One Drop of Truth by The Wood Brothers
God Is in the TV View full list
  1. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  2. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  3. Double Negative by Low
  4. In a Poem Unlimited by U.S. Girls
  5. Bon Voyage by Melody's Echo Chamber
  6. Future Me Hates Me by The Beths
  7. Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers
  8. There Is No Elsewhere by Haiku Salut
  9. Hell-On by Neko Case
  10. Endless Scroll by Bodega
Gorilla vs Bear View full list
  1. Devotion by Tirzah
  2. From the Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol. I – IV by Helena Deland
  3. El Mal Querer by Rosalía
  4. Freedom by Amen Dunes
  5. Honey by Robyn
  6. Some Rap Songs by Earl Sweatshirt
  7. Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  8. Grid of Points by Grouper
  9. Fire by Bella Boo
  10. No Fool Like an Old Fool by Caroline Says
Hot New Hip Hop View full list
  1. KOD by J Cole
  2. Astroworld by Travis Scott
  3. TA1300 by Denzel Curry
  4. Daytona by Pusha T
  5. Swimming by Mac Miller
  6. Edgewood by Trouble
  7. DiCaprio 2 by JID
  8. Book of Ryan by Royce Da 5'9"
  9. Harder Than Ever by Lil Baby
  10. Redemption by Jay Rock
Hot Press Ireland View full list
  1. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  2. The Art of Pretending to Swim by Villagers
  3. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  4. Dear Annie by Rejjie Snow
  5. Black Panther: The Album by Various artists
  6. The Now Now by Gorillaz
  7. Between Two Shores by Glen Hansard
  8. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys
  9. Wyvern Lingo by Wyvern Lingo
  10. Tales From the Backseat by The Academic
Houston Chronicle/Miked Mike Damante View full list
  1. Love Monster by Amy Shark
  2. Sleepwalkers by Brian Fallon
  3. If There's a Light It Will Find You by Senses Fail
  4. Fight the Good Fight by The Interrupters
  5. Is This Thing Cursed? by Alkaline Trio
  6. 10,000 Hours by Fat Tony
  7. MxPx by MxPx
  8. Love in the Time of E-mail by Antarctigo Vespucci
  9. Past Lives by Against the Current
  10. Crown of Nothing by Direct Hit
The Independent UK View full list
  1. Chris by Christine and the Queens
  2. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys
  3. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  4. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  5. Black Panther: The Album by Various artists
  6. Song of the Plains by Colter Wall
  7. Swimming by Mac Miller
  8. Amir by Tamino
  9. Basic Volume by Gaika
  10. Songs of Praise by Shame
Jumbo Records Leeds, UK View full list
  1. Felt by Suuns
  2. Lower East Suite Part Three by Onyx Collective
  3. Crack Cloud by Crack Cloud
  4. Lump by Lump
  5. You Were Never Really Here OST by Jonny Greenwood
  6. All Melody by Nils Frahm
  7. Eghass Malan by Les Filles de Illighadad
  8. It's a New Day Tonight by Michael Rault
  9. Family Portrait by Ross From Friends
  10. Big Red Machine by Big Red Machine
KCRW Los Angeles (DJ consensus) View full list
  1. Heaven and Earth by Kamasi Washington
  2. Good Thing by Leon Bridges
  3. Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin
  4. For Ever by Jungle
  5. God's Favorite Customer by Father John Misty
  6. El Mal Querer by Rosalía
  7. Sex & Food by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  8. Oxnard by Anderson .Paak
  9. Geography by Tom Misch
  10. Blood by Rhye
The Line of Best Fit View full list
  1. Be the Cowboy by Mitski
  2. Devotion by Tirzah
  3. Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides by Sophie
  4. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  5. Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers
  6. Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  7. El Mal Querer by Rosalía
  8. A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships by The 1975
  9. I'm All Ears by Let's Eat Grandma
  10. There's Always Glimmer by Gia Margaret
Loud and Quiet View full list
  1. Ecstatic Arrow by Virginia Wing
  2. Daytona by Pusha T
  3. Double Negative by Low
  4. Devotion by Tirzah
  5. Lump by Lump
  6. Pure Beauty by Shirt
  7. Now! (In a Minute) by Audiobooks
  8. Physical by Gabe Guernsey
  9. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  10. Shelly's on Zenn-La by Oliver Coates
Mojo
  1. Heaven and Earth by Kamasi Washington
  2. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys
  3. Hope Downs by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
  4. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  5. Chris by Christine and the Queens
  6. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  7. Deafman Glance by Ryley Walker
  8. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett
  9. And Nothing Hurt by Spiritualized
  10. All Nerve by Breeders
MondoSonoro Spain View full list
  1. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  2. All Melody by Nils Frahm
  3. Vibras by J Balvin
  4. Singularity by Jon Hopkins
  5. Little Dark Age by MGMT
  6. A Poem Unlimited by U.S. Girls
  7. Twin Fantasy by Car Seat Headrest
  8. Double Negative by Low
  9. Dancehall by The Blaze
  10. Devotion by Tirzah
musicOMH View full list
  1. Double Negative by Low
  2. Honey by Robyn
  3. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  4. Chris by Christine and the Queens
  5. The Blue Hour by Suede
  6. Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides by Sophie
  7. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  8. Be the Cowboy by Mitski
  9. Pastoral by Gazelle Twin
  10. Transangelic Exodus by Ezra Furman
The New York Times Jon Caramanica View full list
  1. Clean by Soccer Mommy
  2. Voicenotes by Charlie Puth
  3. Goodbye & Good Riddance by Juice WRLD
  4. Scorpion by Drake
  5. Drip Season 3 by Gunna -AND- Harder Than Ever by Lil Baby -AND- Drip Harder by Lil Baby and Gunna
  6. Girl Going Nowhere by Ashley McBryde
  7. Kids See Ghosts by Kids See Ghosts -AND- Ye by Kanye West
  8. Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  9. My Dear Melancholy by The Weeknd
  10. Experiment by Kane Brown
The New York Times Jon Pareles View full list
  1. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  2. Be the Cowboy by Mitski
  3. Soil by serpentwithfeet
  4. 12 Little Spells by Esperanza Spalding
  5. Broken Politics by Neneh Cherry
  6. El Mal Querer by Rosalía
  7. Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  8. Clean by Soccer Mommy
  9. Kin Sonic by Jupiter & Okwess
  10. NTS Sessions 1-4 by Autechre
Newsweek Zach Schonfeld View full list
  1. Moon 2 by Ava Luna
  2. Mith by Lonnie Holley
  3. Kids See Ghosts by Kids See Ghosts
  4. Little Dark Age by MGMT
  5. Piano & A Microphone 1983 by Prince
  6. Daytona by Pusha T
  7. Clean by Soccer Mommy
  8. Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides by Sophie
  9. In a Poem Unlimited by U.S. Girls
  10. The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs by Wye Oak
Noisey View full list
  1. Whack World by Tierra Whack
  2. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  3. Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  4. Lush by Snail Mail
  5. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  6. Honey by Robyn
  7. Astroworld by Travis Scott
  8. Only Love by The Armed
  9. Knock Knock by DJ Koze
  10. A Whole Fucking Lifetime of This by American Pleasure Club
Nothing but Hope and Passion [NBHAP] Germany View full list
  1. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  2. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys
  3. I'm All Ears by Let's Eat Grandma
  4. Songs of Praise by Shame
  5. Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers
  6. Hunter by Anna Calvi
  7. Negro Swan by Blood Orange
  8. Singularity by Jon Hopkins
  9. Honey by Robyn
  10. Freedom by Amen Dunes
NOW Toronto View full list
  1. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett
  2. Honey by Robyn
  3. Working Class Woman by Marie Davidson
  4. Daytona by Pusha T
  5. Be the Cowboy by Mitski
  6. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  7. Room 25 by Noname
  8. Negro Swan by Blood Orange
  9. Caution by Mariah Carey
  10. Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides by Sophie
OOR The Netherlands View full list
  1. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  2. Double Negative by Low
  3. Isolation by Kali Uchis
  4. Chris by Christine and the Queens
  5. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys
  6. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  7. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  8. Heaven and Earth by Kamasi Washington
  9. 27 Passports by The Ex
  10. Singularity by Jon Hopkins
Paste View full list
  1. Historian by Lucy Dacus
  2. Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts
  3. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett
  4. Clean by Soccer Mommy
  5. Lush by Snail Mail
  6. Be the Cowboy by Mitski
  7. Daytona by Pusha T
  8. Hope Downs by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
  9. Double Negative by Low
  10. Bark Your Head Off, Dog by Hop Along
People Jeff Nelson View full list
  1. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  2. Shake the Spirit by Elle King
  3. Scorpion by Drake
  4. Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  5. Culture II by Migos
  6. Everything Is Love by The Carters
  7. Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  8. Shawn Mendes by Shawn Mendes
  9. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  10. Cry Pretty by Carrie Underwood
Piccadilly Records Manchester View full list
  1. Childqueen by Kadhja Bonet
  2. Lump by Lump
  3. >>> by Beak>
  4. Hope Downs by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
  5. Psychic Data by TVAM
  6. Je Suis Une Île by Halo Maud
  7. Ways of Seeing by The Advisory Circle
  8. Circle by Phil France
  9. Juan Pablo: The Philosopher by Ezra Collective
  10. Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin
PopBuzz UK View full list
  1. Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  2. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  3. Pray for the Wicked by Panic! At the Disco
  4. A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships by The 1975
  5. Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  6. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  7. Black Panther: The Album by Various artists
  8. Camila by Camila Cabello
  9. Language by MNEK
  10. Trench by Twenty One Pilots
PopCrush View full list
  • Liberation by Christina Aguilera
  • Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett
  • Electric Light by James Bay
  • Church of Scars by Bishop Briggs
  • Love Yourself: Tear by BTS
  • Camila by Camila Cabello
  • The Pains of Growing by Alessia Cara
  • Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  • Caution by Mariah Carey
  • Singular: Act I by Sabrina Carpenter
  • Always In Between by Jess Glynne
  • Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  • Poet | Artist by Jonghyun
  • Shawn Mendes by Shawn Mendes
  • Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  • Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  • Yesterday Was Forever by Kate Nash
  • Saved by Now Now
  • Bloom by Troye Sivan
  • Palo Santo by Years & Years
PopMatters View full list
  1. Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers
  2. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  3. Joy as an Act of Resistance by Idles
  4. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  5. Soil by serpentwithfeet
  6. All That Must Be by George FitzGerald
  7. Ordinary Corrupt Human Love by Deafheaven
  8. Power by Lotic
  9. Room 25 by Noname
  10. Kingdoms in Colour by Maribou State
The Quietus View full list
  1. Pastoral by Gazelle Twin
  2. An Angel Fell by Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids
  3. Insecure Men by Insecure Men
  4. The Blue Hour by Suede
  5. Cocoon Crush by Objekt
  6. We Are ILL by ILL
  7. Your Queen Is a Reptile by Sons of Kemet
  8. Double Negative by Low
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Comments (13)

  • libr  

    You put Exclaim!, but only for pop & rock genre only. Idk if it would be fair for any albums with different genres which placed in top 10 of any Exclaim's best of lists.

  • Shiira  

    Nobody ever says that Kacey Musgraves is overrated and I am not going to start a backlash for backlash’s sake. I really thought “High Horse” would be her crossover hit that would turn her into a household name like Adele. I’m betting on “Happy and Sad”, which made me re-examine Sheryl Crow’s catalogue. “Happy and Sad” is six degrees of “If it Makes You Happy”. Musgraves actually came to Hawaii. She played a small club. Musgraves is the new Aimee Mann(from ‘Til Tuesday’s third album and on). She is close to stealing her crown.

  • JasonDietz  

    @bcf1291: For NPR, we typically post their individual top 10 lists, which should arrive next week. (We'll add the combined list if they don't wind up posting individual lists this year.)

  • bcf1291  

    Please post the top 10 lists from NPR!

    I hope Kacey Musgraves ranks higher.

  • israeldorneles  

    Cardi B in 5th, Nicki Minaj in not even a single list. Irony.

  • jvivas  

    Invasion of Privacy and Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino aren't bad albums, but they're overrated.
    Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour should be on a higher level. Rolo Tomassi's Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It, Robyn's Honey and Shame's Songs of Praise deserved to be on many top 10 lists.

  • redaktor  

    Helloooo, Kacey Musgraves? C'mon!

  • PlanetRJ  

    Where is noname, pusha t, dj koze & mac miller?

  • eli_fjr  

    I ended my HBONOW and Funimation subscription. More time for movies? ha.

  • eli_fjr  

    Hmmmmm. Ok.

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