AOTY 2018

2018 Music Year End List Aggregate

These numbers are obtained from the 90 lists found at the end of this page.

Honorable Mention:
Vince Staples - FM! (36), Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel (35), The Carters - Everything Is Love (35), Gazelle Twin - Pastoral (34), Neko Case - Hell-On (34), Camila Cabello - Camila (32), Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog (31), Skee Mask - Compro (31), Suede - The Blue Hour (31), Brockhampton - iridescence (31), Mariah Carey - Caution (30), The Beths - Future Me Hates Me (30), Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman (29), Playboi Carti - Die Lit (28), J Balvin - Vibras (27), Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus (27), Anna Calvi - Hunter (27), Troye Sivan - Bloom (27), Iceage - Beyondless (27), Beak> - >>> (26), Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love (26), A Perfect Circle - Eat the Elephant (25), Lotic - Power (25), The Breeders - All Nerve (25), YOB - Our Raw Heart (24), LUMP - LUMP (24), boygenius - boygenius EP (24), Drake - Scorpion (23), Cat Power - Wanderer (23), Florence + The Machine - High as Hope (22), Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy (22), Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin (21), Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Sparkle Hard (21), Sleep - The Sciences (21), Grouper - Grid of Points (21), JPEGMAFIA - Veteran (21), MGMT - Little Dark Age (20), Nao - Saturn (20), Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow (19), Tracey Thorn - Record (19), Elvis Costello & The Imposters - Look Now (19), Caroline Rose - Loner (18), Yo La Tengo - There's a Riot Going On (18), Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of (18), Teyana Taylor - K.T.S.E. (18), Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything's Fine (17), Tribulation - Down Below (17), Charlie Puth - Voicenotes (17), Lonnie Holley - MITH (17), First Aid Kit - Ruins (17)
How Points are Measured

1st Place:
10 points
2nd Place:
8 points
3rd place:
6 points
Top 10:
5 points
Top 25:
3 points
1 point
Recent Additions
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, Billboard (Dance & Electronic)
Dec 13
FACT, Digital Trends, Rolling Stone, NME
Dec 12
SPIN, Radio X, AXS, Slate, Junkee
Dec 11
The 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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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.
It starts tomorrow...
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