Rolling Stone's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2018

Rolling Stone's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2018

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20. The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
November 30, 2018
Critic Score
82
32 reviews
A sprawling, thoughtful LP that grapples with the big issues of our time in cheeky and mournful ways, it’s a poison-pen love letter to the interiority forced upon its audience by social media, piercing through the flatly punctuation-mark-free affect that dominates online chatter with brute-force musical curiosity and a well-placed gospel choir or two.

19. Barbra Streisand - Walls

Barbra Streisand - Walls
November 2, 2018
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

18. Anne-Marie - Speak Your Mind

Anne-Marie - Speak Your Mind
April 27, 2018
Critic Score
59
8 reviews

17. Christina Aguilera - Liberation

Christina Aguilera - Liberation
June 15, 2018
Critic Score
66
14 reviews

On Liberation, she gets closer than ever to zeroing in on the right path for her immense skills: her eighth album is a healthy mix of hit-chasing, theatrics and soon-to-be classic power ballads that emphasize her immense skills over half-baked conceptual themes.

16. Alessia Cara - The Pains of Growing

Alessia Cara - The Pains of Growing
November 30, 2018
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

All over The Pains of Growing, she’s got a style that’s all her own.

15. Charlie Puth - Voicenotes

Charlie Puth - Voicenotes
May 11, 2018
Critic Score
68
5 reviews

While his efforts on Voicenotes are valiant, he still has a bit more work to prove he can cut his teeth with the Justin Timberlakes and the Nick Jonases of that over-saturated world.

14. Rita Ora - Phoenix

Rita Ora - Phoenix
November 23, 2018
Critic Score
75
6 reviews

13. BTS - Love Yourself 轉 Tear

BTS - Love Yourself 轉 Tear
May 18, 2018
Critic Score
69
6 reviews

Crossing the ocean hasn't altered BTS' DNA. The boys still genre-hop with panache.

12. Tove Styrke - Sway

Tove Styrke - Sway
May 4, 2018
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

11. Kylie Minogue - Golden

Kylie Minogue - Golden
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
62
13 reviews

10. King Princess - Make My Bed

King Princess - Make My Bed
June 15, 2018
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

9. Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes
May 25, 2018
Critic Score
72
6 reviews

Mendes' strength is in romance, and more than ever before, this teenager seems like he not only believes the words he is singing, but he's actually lived through the emotions behind them.

8. Mariah Carey - Caution

Mariah Carey - Caution
November 16, 2018
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

Caution is pure hip-hop-leaning pop bliss, on par with post-Glitter and Charmbracelet comeback tour-de-force Emancipation of Mimi in how it both sublimely nods to current trends while reaffirming the singer-songwriter as a formidable pop presence.

7. Troye Sivan - Bloom

Troye Sivan - Bloom
August 31, 2018
Critic Score
83
15 reviews

On Bloom, Sivan’s sophomore album, he adds a touch more vigor and nuance to the loveliest qualities of his debut album Blue Neighbourhood.

6. Hayley Kiyoko - Expectations

Hayley Kiyoko - Expectations
March 30, 2018
Critic Score
73
5 reviews

5. Cher - Dancing Queen

Cher - Dancing Queen
September 28, 2018
Critic Score
75
9 reviews

The pop icon turns Seventies classics into modern club bangers and brings out the dark burden of their late-career divorce songs.

4. Robyn - Honey

Robyn - Honey
October 26, 2018
Critic Score
87
24 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.

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

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.

2. Ariana Grande - Sweetener

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.

1. Camila Cabello - Camila

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.
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