Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2018

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2018

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50. cupcakKe - Ephorize

January 5, 2018
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

48. The Carters - Everything Is Love

June 16, 2018
Critic Score
76
23 reviews
While the album doesn’t muster the ambitious and intense highs of its two predecessors, it is one of the most satisfying event-albums in some time, and it feels like a labor of love.

47. Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer

June 1, 2018
Critic Score
80
30 reviews

What lifts God's Favorite Customer beyond homage is Tillman's slicing, free-associative candor as he examines the cost in sanity and constancy of his craft and touring life.

46. Sleep - The Sciences

April 20, 2018
Critic Score
85
10 reviews
With freight-train heavy riffs so indebted to Sabbath's Tony Iommi that he should get royalties, trippy lyrics about diverse subjects such as weed, ganja and pot, and endless groove for days on each of their songs, they've made an album that sounds exactly how Sleep should sound in 2018.

45. Robyn - Honey

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
On her first album in eight years, taking a more active hand on the production side after what seems to have been a period of painful personal change, Robyn relaxes the tempos and lets the healing ecstasy of club grooves take over.

44. Jeff Tweedy - WARM

November 30, 2018
Critic Score
81
21 reviews
With his veteran band currently on hiatus, this is convincing proof that Jeff Tweedy’s non-Wilco detours have become more than mere side projects to fill gaps between albums but rather, precious, intimate portraits of a songwriter who’s willing to openly display more of his scars than ever before.

43. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter V

September 28, 2018
Critic Score
71
16 reviews

It’s an album full of fire and passion from an artist who doesn’t have anything left to prove.

42. Ashley McBryde - Girl Going Nowhere

March 30, 2018
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

McBryde’s got a big, vibrato-tinged alto, biker-chick style, and she wrote or co-wrote everything here, including “Dahlonega,” with a sharp eye for piercing detail. She has a serious gift.

41. Amanda Shires - To The Sunset

August 3, 2018
Critic Score
83
10 reviews

The rising Americana singer-songwriter flips the script on her ambitious seventh LP, with help from husband Jason Isbell.

40. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
85
27 reviews

Wide Awake! is the sort of reality-reckoning many of us have been having on a daily basis lately. In place of the usual Parquet Courts concerns – oblique self-analysis, post-graduate existential ennui, meta-rock references, girl problems – are big-picture anxieties and flabbergasted outrage.

38. Eric Church - Desperate Man

October 5, 2018
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

36. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Sparkle Hard

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

It's not quite as good as his Beck-produced 2011 album Mirror Traffic but it's a more immediate than his last LP, 2014's Wig Out at Jagbags.

35. Elvis Costello & The Imposters - Look Now

October 12, 2018
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

Costello’s his first new album in five years finds him squaring his restless artistic impulses with his storied past.

34. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
80
30 reviews

Tell Me How You Really Feel is noisy and way more pissed off than her 2015 debut, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, unsheathing sharp new earnestness alongside her trademark sabers of sarcasm and penetrating observation.

33. Neko Case - Hell-On

June 1, 2018
Critic Score
82
22 reviews
Neko Case's clarion pipes remain the calling card, but on her 8th studio LP, between lyrics and vocal arrangements, they've never channeled more imagination or sense of purpose.

32. David Byrne - American Utopia

March 9, 2018
Critic Score
70
29 reviews

When it does, rhythms and racket ratcheting up accordingly, American Utopia ... boasts some of the most exciting music Byrne has made in years.

31. Rosalía - El Mal Querer

November 2, 2018
Critic Score
86
5 reviews

Rosalía’s new album, El Mal Querer, is less rigorous than its predecessor, though even easier to like.

30. Free Cake For Every Creature - The Bluest Star

Free Cake For Every Creature - The Bluest Star
August 3, 2018
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

Katie Bennett writes quiet little tunes stocked with great one-liners, deep emotions and vivid imagery on the band’s excellent fourth LP.

29. Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive

February 16, 2018
Critic Score
76
19 reviews
He may be a disgraceful garbage-fire of a president but Trump has accomplished one good thing so far: He's inspired the best Superchunk album in recent memory.

28. Florence + The Machine - High as Hope

June 29, 2018
Critic Score
75
29 reviews
Her confidences may be performative, but they’re palpable.

27. Noname - Room 25

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

26. Snail Mail - Lush

June 8, 2018
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

With Snail Mail's Lush, indie rock has officially entered its "Black Crowes era," where young artists refigure music from the decade they were born. But that's not a bad thing here.

25. Rae Sremmurd - SR3MM

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

Where recent marathons like Migos' gratuitous Culture II felt more about streaming algorithms than art, Sr3mm rarely wears out its welcome.

24. Kali Uchis - Isolation

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
85
20 reviews
Like Beck or Outkast, she's a pop weirdo who works grooves that seem vintage and futuristic at the same moment. She grabs splashes of funk, bossa, reggaeton and soul and blankets them with a sunbaked, psychedelic wooziness

21. Beach House - 7

May 11, 2018
Critic Score
81
31 reviews
These are big songs, full of wonder, and Beach House know it. Seven albums in, they're at the start of something new.

20. The Beths - Future Me Hates Me

August 10, 2018
Critic Score
81
10 reviews
A wonderful little record that never lets up, piling on unassumingly buzzy fun until you start realizing you might be in the presence of a true power-pop monument.

18. Vince Staples - FM!

November 2, 2018
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

17. Lucy Dacus - Historian

March 2, 2018
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

For all its keen lyricism, Historian ultimately floats on a sea of fuzz, rich with small melodic details and the sort of glorious guitar heroics that indie rock is often much too modest for.

16. Soccer Mommy - Clean

March 2, 2018
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

15. J Balvin - Vibras

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

Vibras, Balvin's fifth studio LP, happens to be a pan-Latin masterstroke of its own, a set of primo Spanish-language pop with vibe deep enough to make it universal.

14. Mitski - Be the Cowboy

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
84
32 reviews
As her third LP proves, making complex feelings of powerlessness loom as large as movie kaijus isn’t just a signature talent — it can seem like the main point and power of what Miyawaki does.

13. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

April 27, 2018
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

In its own way, its as artful, ambitious, determined, joyous and inspiring, as Lemonade or To Pimp a Butterfly. It's a sexy MF-ing masterpiece.

12. Brandi Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You

February 16, 2018
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
Cozy up to the year's early standout: On her sixth LP, veteran songwriter Brandi Carlile teams up with co-producers Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb for a moving and righteous piece of Americana-infused pop.

11. Paul McCartney - Egypt Station

September 7, 2018
Critic Score
70
22 reviews

His first LP in five years is structured like a ride on the cosmic train, complete with silly sex songs and a plea for peace. The result is classic Paul.

10. Drake - Scorpion

June 29, 2018
Critic Score
65
27 reviews

There isn’t an incompetent song to be found here – it’s more consistent than the genre-hopping More Life – and every last one has its moments. This is a masterclass in pop-focused execution and an exercise in inoffensive ambition swirling into itself.

9. Kurt Vile - Bottle It In

October 12, 2018
Critic Score
74
28 reviews

Vile’s latest LP has his tastiest playing and his deepest writing. It follows his fantastic 2017 collaboration with singer-songwriter wiz Courtney Barnett, Lotta Sea Lice, and suggests he’s in the midst of a real artistic roll.

8. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - A Star Is Born

October 5, 2018
Critic Score
73
8 reviews

Its most powerful moments are among the best of Gaga’s career.

7. Pusha T - Daytona

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

In many ways, Daytona replicates Jay-Z and No I.D.'s 2017 rap highlight 4:44: two older men who simply practice their craft, their legacies already secure.

6. Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD

August 3, 2018
Critic Score
82
19 reviews

In the sixth year of his career, Astroworld marks the first time that his music has actually matched the aspirations of his art-crunk bluster, rock-star stage dives and aisle-crossing fashions.

5. Ariana Grande - Sweetener

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

Finding light is often much harder than drowning in darkness, but on Sweetener Grande makes moving forward from pain feel easy and, most importantly, possible. That light Grande promised has helped lead her down the path toward her best album yet, and one of 2018’s strongest pop releases to date.

4. Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel

November 2, 2018
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

The 14 songs on Interstate Gospel tell a tightly-woven story about adult restlessness, bittersweet farewells and hard-won independence. Several albums into their own individual and collective career, the Pistol Annies are less interested in singing about burning down their ex-husbands’ houses than in burning up their own dull lives in order to start anew.

3. Camila Cabello - Camila

January 12, 2018
Critic Score
70
11 reviews
Cabello's long-awaited solo debut is a personal statement, low-key and mellow even when it's infused with the rhythms of her Cuban-Mexican heritage.

2. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

Though Golden Hour might take time to relax into, the set is a fine lava-lamp soundtrack, and if "country" suggests engaging American musical traditions with respect and pioneer spirit, then this album is as country as it comes.

1. Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

Invasion of Privacy flaunts so many different aspects of Cardi's game, it comes on like a greatest hits album, as undeniable as the excellent New Wave suit she rocks in the cover art. It's already tough to remember what it was like not having Cardi B around. Invasion proves she's here to stay.

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1mo
this list has me speechless.
1mo
I don't hate the Rolling Stone list every year because I disagree with them. I disagree with the Pitchfork lists every year and I don't hate their lists. I hate this list because it's not about choosing the best music, it's about choosing the safest possible pick that they think will please everyone (Which is bs by the way, because I don't know a single person who would call Invasion of Privacy their #1 Album of 2018).
1mo
Such an... odd... list. Stay shitty Rolling Stone.
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