Best Albums of 2018

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The Top Ten

1 Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts

I don't understand why everyone likes this album. It's full of filler and its just not that interesting

Trash written all over it. - XxembermasterxX

Classic - KylePeake2

This sucked honestly - LilPumpTheGod

You people need to stop whining this album was absolute garbage. I like Lil Pump but I don't expect lyrical genius from him like I do from Kanye and Cudi. But instead they brought lazy, fake deep lyrics, trash vocals, and a generally boring sound with decent production the only thing that made it worth listening to. - LilPumpTheGod

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2 You Won't Get What You Want - Daughters

This album is BRUTAL. This album is NOISY. This album is HEAVY. This is what people listen to when they wanna tear down the drywall in their bedroom. This is what it sounds like in the mind of a psychopathic madman chasing after you in a dark swamp with a rusty meat cleaver. This is the album that we definitely needed this year, maybe the whole decade! This dropped at the perfect time in the mood for the Halloween spirit; everyone on this site should be listening to this. - HawkWithAnOpinion

I wouldn't say brutal or heavy rather than this album is like the soundtrack to an apocalyptic nightmare. The Daughters album that would fit the heavy brutal noise description better would be their self-titled record. - cjWriter1997

So, how many extra snob points do I get for listening to this before Fantano reviewed it? - The_Crimson_King

Shoutout to Earl for Some Rap Songs - but this was just...

Listening to this is like watching a serial killer slowly dismember his latest victim. - BlarchBlaces

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3 Firepower - Judas Priest Firepower - Judas Priest

WHAT Lightning Strike is #1 song while THIS HERE at NUMBER THREE? Don't be kidding it's JUDAS PRIEST modern music sucks these legends keep rocking upvote them please

Being sarcastic of course, there is no reason a rehash of a 40-year old hard rock (! ) band's old work should be considered the best album of a year in the 21st century or even one of the best - Alkadikce

It should honestly be number 1.

Best album to come out in YEARS! Fantastic odyssey from the pioneers of metal!

Long live rock and metal, even if it's not in the mainstream. (Popularly =/= Rate) - LightningStrike

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4 Ta13oo - Denzel Curry

How the hell did this get so high on the list lol? This album could've been so much better but yet again Denzel let me down, I guess he's just not my kind of artist. The first few tracks were good, but then after that the quality of the songs went down more and more. Denzel just isn't that lyrical like everybody says, he's like the new Kendrick Lamar (a rapper with overhyped lyricism). Listen to Locksmith and he makes this guy sound basic. - DaWyteNight

Such a great album. Probably one of the best rap albums of the 2010's. - Smashball23

By far the best album of this year

This is Denzel at his best. His executions are amazing here. Not really a fan of dark music but this is a helluva good listen. 10/10 - AlphaQ

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5 Vector - Haken

I’m really surprised to see this here definitely the best of 2018

The only problem with this album is it’s to short well at lest for Haken. Other then that it’s easily the best album of the year. - Ninjaturtlesforpresident

6 Trench - Twenty One Pilots

After getting a record player for my birthday, I would just like to say that this album is the first album I've bought a vinyl copy of. I know I've said it before, but I love it. - Atham

It gives very unique and very good modern day feel to it. It's good. - LightningStrike

This album was absolutely amazing, they worked so long and hard on it.. I think it deserves more recognition.

The more Iisten to Trench, the more I love it. I worry it might surpass Vessel as my 2nd favorite top album. - thunderstar1124

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7 Kamikaze - Eminem

As a die hard Lil Pump fan, this is hard for me to admit but this album is amazing - LilPumpTheGod

This should go diamond

Saved a genre

cool

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8 Wide Awake! - Parquet Courts

Everyone can stand this, everyone.
It's not metal, it's rock. And it's rock that's a lot more appropriatley appealing. - LightningStrike

9 Twin Fantasy - Car Seat Headrest

Gotta love it when an album makes you want to smile, cry, jump, and embarrass yourself by singing along, and often all at the same time. In all honesty, few albums have made me feel as deeply as Twin Fantasy. The bitterness and hurt on the original is replaced with newfound wisdom and perspective, replacing heartbreak and spite, with reflection and forgiveness. It's beautiful to see an aspiring musician's vision fully realized, especially when we get to go along that journey with him, at least in a musical sense, and that's what makes Twin Fantasy such an experience. - HawkWithAnOpinion

DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING AGAINST DOGS?!?

10 Daytona - Pusha T Daytona - Pusha T

I've been waiting for another Pusha T album for a while since his release of Darkest Before Dawn, and unfortunately it didn't turn out to be the sequel like we were promised, but I am completely satisfied with the fact that Pusha still brings his snarling vibe and Kanye brings his flawless production. - Mcgillacuddy

GOAT! - THICCBOI

Zzzz...boring - DaWyteNight

The Contenders

11 Liberation - Christina Aguilera

It just have to be the 1

This should have been the follow up to "Back to Basics", then her discography would have been perfect. - Martin_Canine

The intro is like you're borning

I don't need you little money aahhh this is so adcting ahhh

12 Beerbongs & Bentleys - Post Malone

Best trap album by miles. 8/10 - ZeroBlaster

I give it a 4/5, Post Malone is pretty good in my opinion. - StarlightSpanks

A little bit better than his last album Stoney. 7/10 - MemeTheKeem

Pretty generic - DaWyteNight

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13 Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino - Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys have always changed for each album, but I wasn't expecting this. They toned way down on the guitars and instead mostly relied on pianos and synthesizers to create this glam/lounge-like sound. This album can basically be described as David Bowie meets Elton John.

It's a hard album to get into. I never could imagine Arctic Monkeys going in this direction. Either way fantastic album. - Slipperyjack40

One of the only albums this year I actually liked. Looking further into AM.

I get why people might not like it but just remember, AM have always been experimental and in my opinion this album is brilliant.

14 My Dear Melancholy, - The Weeknd

This album is underrated. This is a masterpiece. - ShrekTheGoat

The Weeknd went back to his R&B roots and it sounds amazing. His voice on Call Out My Name sounds so perfect. In this autotune world, The Weeknd is one of the only ones who does not need it and has talent. - THICCBOI

Usually not a fan of the weeknd or his voice or his kind of r&b but this was actually good. - DaWyteNight

15 Safe in the Hands of Love - Yves Tumor
16 Black Panther: The Album - Various Artists
17 Year of the Snitch - Death Grips Year of the Snitch - Death Grips

MELON - THICCBOI

18 Little Dark Age - MGMT

Honestly, this equals MGMT’s best works. It’s at the level of Congratulations. The difference between the two albums is that you could do acid and listen to congratulations and zone out with surreal feelings. But with this album, while you’re on acid, there’s a flurry of real life emotions going on through your head. From suicidal thoughts to relationships that didn't work out to does to friendship. This album has a great amount of emotional content in it. Definitely my favourite of 2018.

19 Astroworld - Travis Scott

No it contains a trashy song called sucko mode. - XxembermasterxX

Only Travis Scott can take a genre like trap rap and make it actually good. - Atham

Awesome productions and it was super enjoyable, his flows and vocals are quite enjoyable. 9/10 - AlphaQ

Awesome productions. Travis best work. 9/10

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20 ? - Xxxtentacion ? - Xxxtentacion

Get this off the list. I'm glad he's dead.

Nope, stop it. Stop it right now. 1/10 - DCfnaf

Not good. Had some production occasionally but manipulative lyrics. 3/10 - AlphaQ

Honestly this should be at least in the top 15 since it combines a lot of genres

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21 Die Lit - Playboi Carti Die Lit - Playboi Carti

Carti continues to do what he does best - hypnotically ad-lib over spacy beats - so don't expect anything mindblowing here. Backpackers will hate it because he's not saying anything, and it's repetitive, and yadda yadda yadda, but to be honest, sometimes all you need is a good beat and to sound dope over it. - BlarchBlaces

Bleh, playboi doesn’t have much lyrical content but his productions are solid - AlphaQ

22 Loved - Ken Mode

If anything, this is heading to be my metal album of the year - cjWriter1997

23 Ye - Kanye West Ye - Kanye West

KANYE THE GOAT IS BACK WITH ANOTHER CLASSIC! - THICCBOI

I have a question: how did it become a thing since last year that American hip hop or hip hop crossover albums are that short? XXXTentacion, Lil Peep, Kanye West, Pusha T,... they all released studio albums lasting for just over 20 minutes. For mixtapes or EPs that's an okay length, but from full studio albums I'd expect at least something around 40 minutes (35-45 minutes) on average, and everything that's longer is just awesome - I wanna get something for my money. I also dislike the lack of physical releases from many US hip hop artists. - Martin_Canine

Also don't get me wrong, I rated "ye" 4 and a half stars out of five. I just wished it would have been a bit longer, it could have at least included the singles. - Martin_Canine

THE GOAT - THICCBOI

Amazing

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24 Always Ascending - Franz Ferdinand
25 Isolation - Kali Uchis
26 Prequelle - Ghost

This deserves to be a lot higher. One of the most versatile albums of the year by the most theatrical band around. Ghost was originally a metal band, but with this they've become their own genre.

Loved this album. Not quite their best but still amazing. Should‘ve won the grammy - Okk

27 Joy as an Act of Resistance - Idles
28 Cocoa Sugar - Young Fathers
29 Diluvium - Obscura

"It is ironic that a band named OBSCURA has made everything so clear." (YouTube comment).
I couldn't agree more. Incredible album. Another masterpiece by the masters of prog/tech death metal. - Metal_Treasure

30 Idol - Horrendous

Amazing album. This thing is just intense. I mean, they punish their instruments and it is glorious. Amazing metal album, one of my favorites of this decade - Okk

31 Thunderbolt - Saxon
32 Virtue - The Voidz
33 A Drop of Light - All Traps on Earth
34 Eat the Elephant - A Perfect Circle

Why is this not higher? - FLIPMODE

35 Swimming - Mac Miller
36 The Prime Parable - Christian Guillen
37 Music for Cars - The 1975
38 The Sciences - Sleep

Very interesting and extraordinary. Must listen if you like hard music with unique feel. - LightningStrike

39 Errorzone - Vein
40 Lil Wyte - Lil Wyte

Imagine voting for Kanye West over this. - DaWyteNight

41 Rainier Fog - Alice in Chains
42 Noise Floor - Spock’s Beard

And epic album that fuses the symphonic sounds of 70's prog legends like Genesis along with some more modern sounds. It comes together so well and is an absolute delight from start to finish. Overall, 9.8/10

43 Dead Magic - Anna Von Hausswolff
44 Post Traumatic - Mike Shinoda

I fall in love this album.

45 Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

Eww...this is TRASH. Queen is better

Holy crap! This is a borderline masterpiece over here. Sure, it's no "To Pimp a Butterfly" or "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" but that's something few artists can achieve. So an 84/100 will do for this album on Metacritic.

Cardi is one of the best rappers of this year. Stop hating on her when you listen to 6ix9ine, Lil Pump, Lil Xan and Lil Yachty. - THICCBOI

This album is trash.
Cardi has no skills as an mc

Just because the beats are good and the hooks are memorable, that does not make it a good hip hop album. - DaWyteNight

46 What Happens Next - Joe Satriani
47 Automata II - Between the Buried and Me
48 Bloom - Troye Sivan
49 Pestilence - Hadeon
50 Veteran - Jpegmafia

Should be higher to be honest. - RighteousMalevolent

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