Well – a few days into 2019 and I am still signing the date with the wrong year. (I expect this habit to continue well into August.) Now that 2018 is objectively entirely behind us, I thought it best for me to look back and do some good old fashioned list point-format things about the music that sprung forth from the year. I SHALL BEGIN – having been asked this once or twice – with every YouTube reviewer/newspaper music columnist’s favourite title: “THE TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2018”.

NOTE: THIS IS MY OPINION. Please don’t get too upset about it – it’s/I’m really not that important. A big thing I try to do is look at both the ‘absolute’ quality of the album (nigh on impossible) and also look at it within the context of the market it was trying to capture and its target audience. Of course, I can’t include albums that I haven’t listened to all the way through, so that is probably the explanation for some high-profile omissions.

Want to know a little more on my thoughts about the albums, as well as my favourite tracks from each one? Click here to read the full version. 🙂


HONOURABLE MENTION: A Perfect Pain, Merzbow and Genesis P-Orridge (a 2018 reissue of a 1999 album)

50: Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B

49: Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes

48: The Now Now, Gorillaz

47: Route One, Sigur Rós

46: Goat Girl, Goat Girl

45: 21st Century Liability, YUNGBLUD

44: A Star Is Born (soundtrack), Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

43: Language, MNEK

42: YSIV, Logic

41: Honey, Robyn

40: Pray for the Wicked, Panic! at the Disco

39: 1981 Extended Play, I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME

38: You Won’t Get What You Want, Daughters


36: Infections of a Different Kind – Step 1, AURORA

35: Black Panther: The Album, Kendrick Lamar and various

34: Voicenotes, Charlie Puth

33: God’s Favorite Customer, Father John Misty

32: Sweetener, Ariana Grande

31: In a Poem Unlimited, U.S. Girls

30: glisten, Jeremy Zucker


28: beerbongs and bentleys, Post Malone

27: Broken Politics, Neneh Cherry

26: Palo Santo, Years & Years

25: And Nothing Hurt, Spiritualized

24: Bloom, Troye Sivan

23: Egypt Station, Paul McCartney

22: Jubilee Road, Tom Odell

21: isola†ion, Kali Uchis

20: The King, CHAINES

19: Expectations, Hayley Kiyoko

18: Chris, Christine and the Queens

17: El Mal Querer, Rosalía

16: Heaven and Earth, Kamasi Washington

15: Aviary, Julia Holter

14: Lush, Snail Mail

13: Swimming, Mac Miller

12: Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves

11: hej!, felicita

10: Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, Arctic Monkeys

9: Hereditary (Official Sound Track), Colin Stetson

8: Someone Out There, Rae Morris

7: High as Hope, Florence + the Machine

6: Bark Your Head Off, Dog, Hop Along

5: DJESSE (Vol. 1), Jacob Collier

4: Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe

3: A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, the 1975

2: Age of, Oneohtrix Point Never

1: Trench, twenty øne piløts

Well, there we have it.

You have any thoughts? Let me know! 🙂


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