Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

PopMatters: 70 Best Albums of 2018

15 December 2018

PopMatters: 70 Best Albums of 2018

[see also 2017, 2012, 2011]

  1. Young FathersCocoa Sugar
  2. Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour
  3. IdlesJoy as an Act of Resistance
  4. Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
  5. serpentwithfeetsoil
  6. George FitzGeraldAll That Must Be
  7. DeafheavenOrdinary Corrupt Human Love
  8. LoticPower
  9. NonameRoom 25
  10. Maribou StateKingdoms In Colour
  11. RobynHoney
  12. Yves TumorSafe in the Hands of Love
  13. SophieOil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
  14. Ray BLKEmpress
  15. SabaCare for Me
  16. Julia HolterAviary
  17. Christine and the QueensChris
  18. Rival ConsolesPersona
  19. St. Paul & The Broken BonesYoung Sick Camellia
  20. TangentsNew Bodies
  21. VesselQueen of Golden Dogs
  22. LowDouble Negative
  23. Lonnie HolleyMITH
  24. Kamasi WashingtonHeaven and Earth
  25. Neko CaseHell-On
  26. DaughtersYou Won't Get What You Want
  27. boygeniusboygenius
  28. Tim HeckerKonoyo
  29. SpiritualizedAnd Nothing Hurt
  30. Benin CityLast Night
  31. Blood OrangeNegro Swan
  32. Sarah Shook & the DisarmersYears
  33. I’m With HerSee You Around
  34. Beach House7
  35. Ital TekBodied
  36. EartheaterIRISIRI
  37. Pistol AnniesInterstate Gospel
  38. MitskiBe the Cowboy
  39. BROCKHAMPTONiridescence
  40. Jorja SmithLost & Found
  41. Kelly MoranUltraviolet
  42. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
  43. St. LenoxTen Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love
  44. Elysia CramptonElysia Crampton
  45. ChvrchesLove Is Dead
  46. Ariana GrandeSweetener
  47. Jon HopkinsSingularity
  48. Okzharp & Manthe RibaneCloser Apart
  49. Fatoumata DiawaraFenfo
  50. Jeff RosenstockPost-
  51. DJ KozeKnock Knock
  52. Field MusicOpen Here
  53. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  54. Lucy DacusHistorian
  55. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80Black Times
  56. Laurie Anderson & Kronos QuartetLandfall
  57. Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
  58. Old Crow Medicine ShowVolunteer
  59. Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past
  60. David ByrneAmerican Utopia
  61. GwennoLe Kov
  62. Pusha TDaytona
  63. Brandi CarlileBy The Way, I Forgive You
  64. Florence + The MachineHigh As Hope
  65. Armand HammerParaffin
  66. Dilly DallyHeaven
  67. Tracey ThornRecord
  68. Kyle CraftFull Circle Nightmare
  69. GhostPrequelle
  70. Gregory Alan IsakovEvening Machines