100 Greatest Albums of 2018

Criteria: These music albums from the year 2018 were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

  1. Dirty Computer
Janelle Monáe
  2. Sweetener
Ariana Grande
  3. Golden Hour
Kacey Musgraves
  4. Invasion of Privacy
Cardi B
  5. Black Panther soundtrack
Kendrick Lamar & various artists
  6. A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
The 1975
  7. Be the Cowboy
  8. Astroworld
Travis Scott
  9. Daytona
Pusha T
10. A Star is Born soundtrack
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
11. Room 25
12. Joy as an Act of Resistance
13. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Arctic Monkeys
14. Lush
Snail Mail
15. Everything is Love
The Carters
16. Wide Awake!
Parquet Courts
17. Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
18. FM!
Vince Staples
19. Historian
Lucy Dacus
20. Love Yourself: Tear
21. By the Way, I Forgive You
Brandi Carlile
22. God's Favorite Customer
Father John Misty
23. Interstate Gospel
Pistol Annies
24. Culture II
25. Chris
Christine and the Queens
26. Bark Your Head Off, Dog
Hop Along
27. Pray for the Wicked
Panic! at the Disco
28. Some Rap Songs
Earl Sweatshirt
29. Boygenius
30. KOD
J. Cole
31. American Utopia
David Byrne
32. Negro Swan
Blood Orange
33. The Tree of Forgiveness
John Prine
34. Kids See Ghosts
Kids See Ghosts
35. Little Dark Age
36. Trench
Twenty One Pilots
37. Queen
Nicki Minaj
38. Tell Me How You Really Feel
Courtney Barnett
39. Twin Fantasy
Car Seat Headrest
40. I Need to Start a Garden
Haley Heynderickx
41. In a Poem Unlimited
U.S. Girls
42. Iridescence
43. Swimming
Mac Miller
44. The Sciences
45. Clean
Soccer Mommy
46. Ephorize
47. H.E.R
48. 7
Beach House
49. Hell-On
Neko Case
50. Now Only
Mount Eerie

51. Hive Mind
The Internet
52. To the Sunset
Amanda Shires
53. Safe in the Hands of Love
Yves Tumor
54. Bloom
Troye Sivan
55. Isolation
Kali Uchis
56. Scorpion
57. Double Negative
58. Sparkle Hard
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
59. Please Don't Be Dead
Fantastic Negrito
60. There's a Riot Going On
Yo La Tengo
61. Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
62. Songs of Praise
63. Come Tomorrow
Dave Matthews Band
64. Boarding House Reach
Jack White
65. The Future and the Past
Natalie Prass
66. Love is Dead
67. You Won't Get What You Want
68. Egypt Station
Paul McCartney
69. Knock Knock
DJ Koze
70. Future Me Hates Me
The Beths
71. Dose Your Dreams
Fucked Up
72. Voicenotes
Charlie Puth
73. Time & Space
74. Warm
Jeff Tweedy
75. Caution
Mariah Carey
76. Hope Downs
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
77. Delta
Mumford & Sons
78. What a Time to Be Alive
79. Electric Messiah
High on Fire
80. I'll Be Your Girl
The Decemberists
81. I'm All Ears
Let's Eat Grandma
82. My Dear Melancholy
The Weeknd
83. I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life
84. Nearer My God
85. Look Now
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
86. Be More Kind
Frank Turner
87. And Nothing Hurt
88. Prequelle
89. Post
Jeff Rosenstock
90. Ventriloquism
Meshell Ndegeocello
91. Ye
Kanye West
92. High as Hope
Florence + The Machine
93. Cocoa Sugar
Young Fathers
94. Care for Me
95. Age Of
Oneohtrix Point Never
96. Whistle Down the Wind
Joan Baez
97. Beyondless
98. Good Thing
Leon Bridges
99. Dove
100. The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
Wye Oak
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2018
Ryan's choice - An unheralded great album from 2018

Lew's choice:
Vide Noir
Lord Huron
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