2018 Music Year End List Aggregate

These numbers are obtained from the 133 lists found at the end of this page.

Honorable Mention:
Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want (50), Skee Mask - Compro (50), The Beths - Future Me Hates Me (49), Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album (49), Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love (47), Mariah Carey - Caution (46), The Carters - EVERYTHING IS LOVE (46), Kurt Vile - Bottle It In (45), Nils Frahm - All Melody (44), JPEGMAFIA - Veteran (41), Iceage - Beyondless (41), Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy (Face to Face) (39), Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel (38), Neko Case - Hell-On (38), Troye Sivan - Bloom (38), Playboi Carti - Die Lit (38), Against All Logic - 2012 - 2017 (37), Camila Cabello - Camila (37), BROCKHAMPTON - iridescence (37), Ghost - Prequelle (34), Gazelle Twin - Pastoral (34), Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman (34), Florence + The Machine - High as Hope (34), Teyana Taylor - K.T.S.E. (33), Nao - Saturn (33), Anna Calvi - Hunter (33), YOB - Our Raw Heart (32), Drake - Scorpion (32), Suede - The Blue Hour (32), A Perfect Circle - Eat the Elephant (31), Camp Cope - How to Socialise & Make Friends (31), Beak> - >>> (31), MGMT - Little Dark Age (30), Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus (30), The Breeders - All Nerve (30), Caroline Rose - Loner (29), Cat Power - Wanderer (29), Mount Eerie - Now Only (29), Turnstile - Time & Space (28), Lotic - Power (28), Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of (28), LUMP - LUMP (27), J Balvin - Vibras (27), Yo La Tengo - There's a Riot Going On (27), Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Sparkle Hard (26), Rico Nasty - Nasty (26), First Aid Kit - Ruins (25), Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin (25), Kamaal Williams - The Return (25), Grouper - Grid of Points (25)
How Points are Measured

Ranked Lists
1st Place:
10 points
2nd Place:
8 points
3rd place:
6 points
Top 10:
5 points
Top 25:
3 points
1 point
Unranked Lists
10 Albums or Less:
5 points
25 Albums or Less:
3 points
More than 25 Albums:
1 point
Recent Additions
Jan 10
Pretty Much Amazing
Jan 08
New York Post
Jan 04
Magnetic, Upset, The Interns
Jan 02
Refinery29, Metal Injection, The Daily Beast
Jan 01
The Observer: Kitty Empire
Dec 31
Far Out Magazine, Idolator, Under the Radar
Dec 28
Norman Records
Dec 27
Dec 26
Kerrang!, OOR, Yahoo Music
Dec 24
Passion of the Weiss, DJ Mag, ABC News
Dec 23
Dec 22
Sputnikmusic, The Needle Drop, Vinyl Me, Please, Time Out New York, Okayplayer
Dec 21
BrooklynVegan, The Guardian
Dec 20
Esquire (US), The Sydney Morning Herald, Hypebeast, Complex UK, XLR8R, The 405
Dec 19
Classic Rock Magazine, Dummy, Alternative Press, BLARE, Clash, The Wild Honey Pie, Earbuddy, Highsnobiety, No Ripcord, The Alternative
Dec 18
Vibe, Q Magazine, The A.V. Club
Dec 17
PAPER, Tiny Mix Tapes, USA Today, Mixmag, Gigwise, Us Weekly, The Music, Northern Transmissions
Dec 16
NZ Herald
Dec 14
Bandcamp Daily, Spectrum Culture, GQ
Dec 13
FACT, Digital Trends, Rolling Stone, NME
Dec 12
SPIN, Radio X, AXS, Slate, Junkee
Dec 11
Associated Press, The Atlantic , DJBooth (Hip Hop / R&B), Slant Magazine, Resident Advisor, The New Yorker: Amanda Petrusich, Pitchfork
Dec 10
FLOOD, NOW Magazine, Double J, Crack Magazine, Billboard, God Is In The TV, PopMatters
Dec 09
Louder Than War, Esquire (UK)
Dec 08
Drowned in Sound, The Times, People
Dec 07
Flavorwire, Loud and Quiet
Dec 06
Newsweek, The Vinyl Factory, AllMusic, American Songwriter, Treble, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times: Jon Caramanica, The New York Times: Jon Pareles
Dec 05
Rock Sound, Dazed, MondoSonoro, The Key, Complex, musicOMH, Noisey
Dec 04
The Wire, Stereogum, The Quietus, The Ringer, NPR Music
Dec 03
Vulture, Uproxx, The Independent, The Line of Best Fit, Gorilla vs. Bear, Consequence of Sound
Dec 02
Albumism, Gaffa (Denmark)
Nov 30
KCRW, Gaffa (Sweden), Bleep
Nov 29
The Skinny
Nov 26
Paste, Glide, Revolver, BBC Radio 6 Music
Nov 25
Nov 23
Nov 22
Piccadilly Records
Nov 19
Nov 16
Nov 15
Nov 14
Nov 13
Rough Trade
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My Top 50 Albums of 2018

50. Natalie Prass – The Future and the Past (ATO Records)
49. Shinichi Atobe – Heat (DDS)
48. Mary Gauthier – Rifles & Rosary Beads (Thirty Tigers)
47. Vessel – Queen of the Golden Dogs (Tri Angle)
46. Armand Hammer – Paraffin (Backwoodz Studioz)
45. Caroline Rose – Loner (New West)
44. Dream Wife – Dream Wife (Lucky Number)
43. Confidence Man – Confident Music for Confident People (Heavenly)
42. Amanda Shires – To the Sunset (Silver Knife Records)
41. Thou – Magus (Sacred Bones)
40. Yves Tumor – Safe in the Hands of Love (Warp Records)
39. Camp Cope – How to Socialise & Make Friends (Run for Cover)
38. Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts (G.O.O.D. Music)

Soyuz Music - popular russian website about music & cinema
Top 25 best albums of the year
I don't know will you update list or no, but there is GQ Russia's Top 20 albums of the year. It's different from international GQ list & they do rankings.

1. Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts
2. Rosalía – El Mal Querer
3. Anderson.Paak – Oxnard
4. Kanye West – Ye
5. Travis Scott – Astroworld
6. Noname – Room 25
7. Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
8. The Internet – Hive Mind
9. Ariana Grande – Sweetener
10. Kali Uchis – Isolation
11. Big Baby Tape – Dragonborn
12. Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
13. Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
14. Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, SZA – Black Panther: The Album
15. Монеточка – Раскраски для взрослых
Top 20: Best albums I’ve heard in 2018*

20# Confidence Man - Confident Music For Confident People

19# Blood Orange - Negro Swan

18# Drake - Scorpion

17# Mitski - Be the Cowboy

16# The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships

15# Anderson .Paak - Oxnard

14# BROCKHAMPTON - Iridescenc

13# Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

12# DJ Koze - Knock Knock

11# Lily Allen - No Shame

10# Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino


8# Christine and the Queens - Chris

7# Kali Uchis - Isolation

6# Robyn - Honey

5# Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS

4# Empress Of - Us

3# Beach House - 7

2# Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

1# Leon Bridges - Good Thing

1. Jonny Greenwood – The Phantom Thread (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Nonesuch Records]
2. JPEGMAFIA – Veteran [Deathbomb Arc]
3. Sigh – Heir To Despair [Universal Music Operations Limited]
4. Any Other – Two Geography [42 Records]
5. Rose Droll – Your Dog [Father/Daughter Records]
6. Royce da 5’9″ – Book of Ryan [Heaven Studios, Inc. & Entertainment One U.S., LP]
7. Anenon – Tongue [Friends of Friends Music]
8. Juliana Daugherty – Light [Western Vinyl]
9. Haley Heynderickx – I Need to Start a Garden [Mama Bird Recording Co.]
10. Caroline Rose – Loner [New West Records]
11. Eliza Shaddad – Future [Beatnik Creative]
12. Fenne Lily – On Hold [Fenne Lily]
13. Okay Kaya
The Observer (respected UK Sunday broadsheet newspaper) Top 10 Albums of 2018
After checking this list, I have to admit comparing with last year, there are not too many great albums released in 2018 tbh.
Actually, Ye was an afwul album, Kanye´s worst album and Kids See Ghosts was a very good album, I think it atleast deserves to be on the top 20.
Since this is where the discussion on end of year lists is I thought I'd post mine here.
50. BODEGA - Endless Scroll
49. Kero Kero Bonito - Time 'n' Place
48. Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage
47. Colter Wall - Songs of the Plains
46. Ben Howard - Noonday Dream
45. Playboi Carti - Die Lit
44. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
42. Lil Yachty - Lil Boat 2
41. No Age - Snares Like a Haircut
40. Anderson.Paak - Oxnard
39. Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar
38. Josh T. Pearson - The Straight Hits!
37. Beach House - 7
36. Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears
35. Behemoth - I Loved You at Your Darkest
34. Tribulation - Down Below
33. Jeff Rosenstock - POST-
32. Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog
And I would like to help admins to update the previous aggregate lists especially all those years before 2016 since the lacking of year-end lists makes the aggregates of those respective years less comprehensive.
Anyway I think admins should consider to include lists from few respected publications and critics such as Boston Globe, Lost Angeles Times, Evening Standard etc. Maybe I can give some helps to provide the sources
I've submitted a few links including Vinyl Me, Please, Variety, Genius, Vulture Hound, ABC News, Okay Player etc. yet got ignored by admins. Any explanation for this?
wow mitski is starting to close the gap between her and janelle. Will BTC take the crown??
Kind of glad there's no consensus #1 this year. It makes following the list much more interesting.
Damn where Kids See Ghosts, You Won't Get What You Want and TA13OO in that top 10. Hopefully Mitski can overtake Dirty Computer.
4 of my top 5 are on this list.
I’m surprised amen dunes and US girls aren’t higher. Also FJM keeping a low profile in regards to doing interviews probably worked against him. I’m actually also surprised to see pusha so high up there... not that his album isn’t great, but I think his absolute savaging of drake won him favor since many critics seem to have drake fatigue.
Just want to give a shoutout to the AOTY staff. The list aggregation is phenomenal this year. I've been following since 16 and this site gets better and better every year. Thank you for all the hard work!!
Looks to me like a good number of these publications were put off Kanye once they realised his slavery comments and support for Trump etc were genuine and not another meaningless controversy he created to put himself in the spotlight. Seen a few publications tweet positively about him and get completely ratio'd so its not a surprise. There's albums high on this list that got nowhere near the critical acclaim that KSG got when it was released. KSG has one of the highest critic scores of the year and its creators are relevant hip hop giants so I really cant see another reason for the absence.
The only album from that string of releases which arguably isn't getting the placement on lists that it should (based off of reviews upon release) is Kids See Ghosts. Ye had tepid reception at best, and the Pusha T album is still on a ton of lists. Not sure what the issue is with Kids See Ghosts.
Very much doubt Kanye's Trump support had much of an impact on his placement (or lack thereof) on lists. It's seriously just another way to imagine right-wing persecution. For one, he tweeted his support for Trump months before any of the summer albums dropped, meaning his Trump support should've already been factored into the album review scores IF it was going to have any effect (I personally doubt it did). The only argument I can see in favor of it effecting lists is that the Trump-Kanye meeting was so repulsive that publications didn't want to place his albums on lists, though I think the consensus was that the meeting demonstrated Kanye clearly isn't totally there (and he eventually walked back some of his support for republicans).
Seems pretty clear that Kanye's shunning comes from the Trump support, he'll be fine though. It also seems these major publications have forgotten that metal exists, metal will be fine though.
Mitski deserves every bit of praise here. One of the most phenomenal records I've heard in years. Every listen gets better and better (and there have been quite a few listens this year).
It's honestly just a blessing that so many lists included IDLES. I would have never expected them to have the year that they did in terms of critic fanfare. A lot of the top albums here otherwise I'm really not too surprised by.
Virtually none of the User chosen best albums of the year are in the top 50, which is interesting to see
Esquire's list is incorrectly added as a ranked list - it's actually just in order of release date
The individual year end lists often don't tie in with their own critics'scores. Looks like they reserve the right to re-evaluate later on in the year. Take US Girls and the Skinny: scored 100/100 but changed their mind and put it 45th. Dicks.
It will be a terrible shame if US Girls and Amen Dunes don’t make it to this list.
I actually dont understand some of these, where is Ta13oo, drogas wave, hell even kids see ghosts. And why is Invasion of Privacy even top 10.
Hell of a top 5 this year
Twin Fantasy is a big miss here, but maybe it was mostly excluded from lists because it is a re-release/retread?

Other misses:
- John Prine: The Tree of Forgiveness
- Against All Logic (A.A.L.): 2012 - 2017 (best electronic/dance album of the year)
- Eric Church: Desperate Man (don't @ me)
- Shopping: The Official Body
- Skee Mask: Compro (in the Honorables, but better than Jon Hopkins)
- Amanda Shires: To the Sunset
- Tomberlin: At Weddings
- mewithoutYou: [unititled]
- Ashley Monroe: Sparrow
- Kelly Moran: Ultraviolet
- Kadhja Bonet: Childqueen (in the Honorables, but better than Janelle Monáe)
A lot of albums who crítics loved have low points: Amen Dunes, Kali Uchis, Twin Fantasy, Daughters,Yves Tumor, The 1975, etc.
did critics just forget about twin fantasy? it's not even in the honorable mentions, wtf
So far not so good....
This is the first year in a while where I have absolutley no idea what's gonna win or even top 5. No Kendrick album, nothing from the classic indie rock bands, lotta split opinion about the prog and hard rock albums, no consensus best rap album, kanye mighta shot himself in the foot with his trump stuff... I guess Beach House is maybe a good guess? Mitski, Car Seat, Janelle, Noname, Travis Scott, Robyn, Rosalia, Christine, Sophie would be my guess at top 10.
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