MUSIC ARCHIVES

Pazz & Jop: The Top 100 Albums of 2018

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For the 45th (or 46th) time since 1971, America’s critical establishment has spoken, with Kacey Musgraves’s Golden Hour narrowly beating out Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer for the number one spotAll told, this year’s Pazz & Jop Music Critics Poll featured nearly 400 voters and over 1,200 albums, with all five top spots taken by female artists for the first time ever. Check out the year’s top 50 singles HERE.

Rank Album Artist Points
1 Golden Hour Kacey Musgraves 1155
2 Dirty Computer Janelle Monáe 1046
3 (tie) Invasion of Privacy Cardi B 654
3 (tie) Be the Cowboy Mitski 654
5 Honey Robyn 537
6 Daytona Pusha T 533
7 Room 25 Noname 487
8 Double Negative Low 481
9 Wide Awaaaaaake! Parquet Courts 452
10 Historian Lucy Dacus 438
11 What a Time to Be Alive Superchunk 353
12 Hell-On Neko Case 330
13 Clean Soccer Mommy 320
14 A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships The 1975 313
15 Interstate Gospel Pistol Annies 312
16 Tell Me How You Really Feel Courtney Barnett 298
17 El Mal Querer Rosalía 297
18 The Tree of Forgiveness John Prine 295
19 (tie) Chris Christine and the Queens 269
19 (tie) Lush Snail Mail 269
21 Heaven and Earth Kamasi Washington 264
22 Universal Beings Makaya McCraven 262
23 (tie) Future Me Hates Me The Beths 258
23 (tie) Isolation Kali Uchis 258
25 In a Poem Unlimited U.S. Girls 245
26 Boygenius Boygenius 243
27 Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By Various Artists 240
28 7 Beach House 239
29 Whack World Tierra Whack 237
30 Record Tracey Thorn 233
31 Sweetener Ariana Grande 228
32 Some Rap Songs Earl Sweatshirt 226
33 (tie) By the Way, I Forgive You Brandi Carlile 222
33 (tie) Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides Sophie 222
35 Joy as an Act of Resistance Idles 196
36 Your Queen Is a Reptile Sons of Kemet 179
37 Ventriloquism Meshell Ndegeocello 174
38 Knock Knock DJ Koze 173
39 Con Todo El Mundo Khruangbin 164
40 God’s Favorite Customer Father John Misty 160
41 Astroworld Travis Scott 155
42 The Sciences Sleep 152
43 Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino Arctic Monkeys 141
44 Hope Downs Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever 140
45 Look Now Elvis Costello & the Imposters 136
46 Freedom Amen Dunes 134
47 Bottle It In Kurt Vile 129
48 Aviary Julia Holter 125
49 Safe in the Hands of Love Yves Tumor 122
50 (tie) Negro Swan Blood Orange 121
50 (tie) Ephorize CupcakKe 121
50 (tie) Things Have Changed Bettye LaVette 121
53 (tie) 2012–2017 A.A.L. (Against All Logic) 118
53 (tie) There’s a Riot Going On Yo La Tengo 118
55 Care for Me Saba 116
56 Bark Your Head Off, Dog Hop Along 115
57 (tie) Sparkle Hard Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks 114
57 (tie) Loner Caroline Rose 114
59 Ordinary Corrupt Human Love Deafheaven 113
60 Hive Mind The Internet 112
61 The Terror End of Beauty Harriet Tubman 110
62 (tie) Girl Going Nowhere Ashley McBryde 107
62 (tie) Superorganism Superorganism 107
64 Nearer My God Foxing 103
65 And Nothing Hurt Spiritualized 100
66 (tie) Singularity Jon Hopkins 98
66 (tie) Cocoa Sugar Young Fathers 98
68 Age Of Oneohtrix Point Never 95
69 (tie) American Utopia David Byrne 92
69 (tie) Constant Image Flasher 92
71 Broken Politics Neneh Cherry 91
72 (tie) May Your Kindness Remain Courtney Marie Andrews 90
72 (tie) Love Is Dead Chvrches 90
72 (tie) Kids See Ghosts Kids See Ghosts 90
75 (tie) Twin Fantasy Car Seat Headrest 89
75 (tie) Negative Capability Marianne Faithfull 89
75 (tie) The Future and the Past Natalie Prass 89
75 (tie) Songs of Praise Shame 89
79 The Old Guys Amy Rigby 88
80 Post- Jeff Rosenstock 87
81 The Horizon Just Laughed Damien Jurado 86
82 Scorpion Drake 85
83 Now Only Mount Eerie 84
84 Warm Jeff Tweedy 83
85 Caution Mariah Carey 81
86 I’m All Ears Let’s Eat Grandma 80
87 (tie) Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa Jeremy Dutcher 78
87 (tie) Emanon Wayne Shorter 78
89 (tie) To the Sunset Amanda Shires 77
89 (tie) FM! Vince Staples 77
91 (tie) Love Yourself: Tear BTS 75
91 (tie) Wanderer Cat Power 75
91 (tie) Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album John Coltrane 75
91 (tie) Rebound Eleanor Friedberger 75
95 (tie) Rifles & Rosary Beads Mary Gauthier 74
95 (tie) Soil serpentwithfeet 74
95 (tie) Boarding House Reach Jack White 74
98 Lost & Found Jorja Smith 73
99 (tie) How to Socialise & Make Friends Camp Cope 70
99 (tie) Prequelle Ghost 70
99 (tie) I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life Tune-Yards 70

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