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Top 100 Music Albums of 2018 by travelful (2019)

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2018 snapshot

Every album I listen to will be included on here, even if I hated it. You may also notice some higher rated albums in the comments, while some albums I hated are still featured in the chart. This is because I create my yearly charts as "snapshots" of the music scene from that year. From these I create my decade charts, where you will find no filler. Basically anything rated 60% or higher I recommend depending on your tastes.

Enjoy! 2018 has been an amazing year for music.

Other albums heard in 2018:

- Aminé's 'ONEPOINTFIVE' - 5/10
- Animal Collective's 'Tangerine Reef' - 3/10
- Black Milk's 'Fever' - 7.5/10
- Black Moth Super Rainbow's 'Panic Blooms' - 5/10
- Børns' 'Blue Madonna' - 4/10
- Clarence Clarity's 'Think:Peace' - 6.5/10
- Earthgang's Royalty EP - 5/10
- Future's 'BEASTMODE2' - 3/10
- Freddie Gibbs''Freddie' - 4/10
- Grouper's 'Grid Of Points' - 4/10
- Gucci Mane's 'Evil Genius' 6-6.5/10
- Iceage's 'Beyondless' - 5/10
- Interpol's 'Marauder' - 4/10
- Iron & Wine's 'Weed Garden' - 7.5/10
- Jeff Rosenstock's 'Post-' - 6.5/10
- Justin Timberlake's 'Man Of The Woods' 4/10
- Khruangbin's 'Con Todo El Mundo' - 5.5-6/10
- Logic's Bobby Tarentino 2 mixtape - 3/10
- Lori Mckenna's 'The Tree' - 7/10
- Milo's 'Budding Ornithologists Are Weary of Tired Analogies' - 5.5-6/10
- of Montreal's 'White Is Relic / Irrealis Mood' - light 7
- Pinegrove's 'Skylight' - 6.5/10
- Rae Sremmurd's 'Sr3MM' - 4/10
- Rezzett self titled LP - 5.5/10
- Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever's 'Hope Downs' - 6/10
- SiR's 'November' - 4/10
- SOB x RBE's 'Gangin' - 6.5/10
- SOB x RBE's 'Gangin II' - 6.5/10
- Spiritualized's 'And Nothing Hurt' - 4/10
- Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks' "Sparkle Hard" - 5/10
- The 1975's 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships' - 6.5/10
- The Carters' 'Everything Is Love' - 5.5/10
- The Field's 'Infinite Moment' - 5/10
- The Internet's 'Hive Mind' - 3/10
- Tirzah's 'Devotion' - 6/10
- Tom Misch's 'Geography' - 6 - 6.5/10
- Trippie Red's "Life's a Trip" - 3/10
- Twenty One Pilots' 'Trench' - 5/10
- Unknown Mortal Orchestra's 'Sex & Food' - 5.5 - 6/10
- US Girls "In A Poem Unlimited" - 6/10
- Wanderwelle's 'Gathering Of The Ancient Spirits' - 6.5-7/10
- WeedPecker's 'III' - 5.5-6/10
- Wiz Khalifa's 'Rolling Papers 2' - 5.5/10
- YG's 'Stay Dangerous' - 5/10
- Young Fathers' 'Cocoa Sugar' - 5/10
- Young Thug's 'Slime Language' - 5/10

Chart updated: 02/18/2019 22:15 (Created: 02/09/2018 00:13). Chart size: 100 albums.

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RankAlbumArtist
1. (=)

TA13OOUnited States Denzel Curry
Southern trap rap

Denzel Curry has done it again and there should be little doubt now that he is one of the top (if not the top) in the trap game today. If you like this album, check out his prior material especially his previous album Imperial, which rivals this as his best work to date.

Favorite tracks: ZUMO, 13LACK 13ALLOONZ, Zuper Za1yan Zuperman, Zwitch 1T Up, Mad 1 Got 1T, Percz, VENGEANCE

light-decent 9
(First added to chart: 07/27/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:122 charts
Rank in 2018:15Rank Score:1,064
Rank in 2010s253Overall Rank:2,070
Average Rating:  81/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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2. (=)

7United States Beach House
Dream Pop, Neo-psychedelia, shoegaze, ambient pop

If you know me, you know I am a huge Beach House fan and consider them one of my all-time favorite bands. Beach house has been one of the most consistent bands of my generation, so I had my hopes high when they announced a new album on the way in 2018. Depression Cherry is probably my favorite album by them followed closely by Teen Dream and then Bloom, but all seven of their records are gorgeous works of art that I will own on vinyl one day. Honestly their second 2015 album was insanely underrated and if you like '7' I would ask you to go back to 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' because many songs on that album would fit snugly on this one. As a matter of a fact my favorite Beach House song of all time, "All Your Yeahs" is on that criminally underrated album. I just am so in love with that drugged out, nocturnal, romantic, & ethereal atmosphere they have mastered so beautifully.

Anyways, after hearing all the singles they released before the official release of this album, I knew that Beach House had done it again. As it turns out they just released what could be their best album yet. I'll need more time with it before I can say I like it better than their masterpieces Teen Dream & Depression Cherry but '7' has already made a strong case.

Favorite tracks: Black Car, Pay No Mind, Lose Your Smile, Woo

Those are my favorites, but keep in mind this is Beach House we're talking about...they are insanely consistent and don't have many bad songs, certainly not any on this album.

light-decent 9
(First added to chart: 04/24/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:304 charts
Rank in 2018:3Rank Score:2,440
Rank in 2010s112Overall Rank:1,024
Average Rating:  80/100 (512 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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3. (=)

Mulberry ViolenceUnited States Trevor Powers
Glitch Pop, Art Pop, Post-Industrial

Trevor Powers (fka Youth Lagoon) is finally back! I have been following his career since his groundbreaking and classic lo-fi dream pop record 'The Year Of Hibernation' which has been in my top 10 albums of all time for a while now. His final two releases as Youth Lagoon I enjoyed, but it seemed as though he was losing his focus. When he retired Youth Lagoon I questioned if we would ever see another album from Trevor Powers, so when he dropped the 'Playwright'single earlier in the year I was ecstatic. This album is like nothing he ever did as Youth Lagoon, as he takes a much more glitch pop route with this album. The maximalistic production is some of the best of the year, and although the lyrics are hard to understand I can see the art and emotion in the vocals. Overall this is the best project from him since his debut and I predict coming back to this for years to come, and it will likely grow on me more and more over time.

Favorite tracks: XTQ Idol, Dicegame, Clad In Skin, Playwright, Film It All, Ache

light-decent 9
(First added to chart: 08/27/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 2018:240Rank Score:60
Rank in 2010s4,088Overall Rank:19,998
Average Rating:  73/100 (5 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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4. (=)

Kids See GhostsUnited States Kids See Ghosts
Pop rap, alternative R&B, experimental hip-hop

Kanye West is one of my favorite hip-hop artists of all time. Kid Cudi's Man On The Moon is one of my favorite hip-hop albums of all time. I had high hopes for this, but didn't want to get my expectations up too much especially with Cudi being so inconsistent and Kanye working on so many other projects simultaneously with this one. With that said, this did not disappoint, and is more than I ever wanted this to be. Cudi is better than ever when working with Kanye, and Kanye's passionate, lush, and spiritual production is some of my favorite I've heard out of him. It's short just as all Ye related albums have been this year, but it feels like a full experience nonetheless. This album is just gorgeous all the way around. Thanks Cudi and Kanye.

Favorite tracks: Reborn, Kids See Ghosts, 4th Dimension, Cudi Montage

light-decent 9
(First added to chart: 06/08/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:316 charts
Rank in 2018:1Rank Score:3,670
Rank in 2010s69Overall Rank:697
Average Rating:  82/100 (572 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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5. (=)

2012 - 2017Mixed Nationality Against All Logic
Deep House

Incredible deep house album by Nicolas Jaar, released under A.A.L. My roommates are DJ's so I end up hearing a lot of house music. This album was love after first listen and is one of the best I've heard in the genre yet. Will certainly be one of the most memorable albums of the year, and something I will come back to often

Favorite songs: I Never Dream, Some Kind of Game, Know You, You Are Going To Love Me And Scream

light 9
(First added to chart: 03/02/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:162 charts
Rank in 2018:21Rank Score:715
Rank in 2010s377Overall Rank:2,813
Average Rating:  80/100 (297 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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6. (=)

DaytonaUnited States Pusha T
Hardcore hip-hop, southern hip-hop

No dull moments on the project. Kanye's production is top-notch, as per usual. Pusha's rapping skills are better than ever, with his nasty flow. Features from Ye and Rick Ross were excellent as well. Honestly I don't see any flaws in this project except it left me wanting more. With that said, I'd rather it be short and stunning like what we got than bloated with filler tracks. This is the solo Pusha T that I was waiting for, it just took a little more Kanye to bring it out of him.

This album also signifies the beginning of Drake taking the biggest L of his career with the Pusha/Drake beef. Thanks Pusha!

strong 8-light 9
(First added to chart: 05/26/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:231 charts
Rank in 2018:11Rank Score:1,251
Rank in 2010s207Overall Rank:1,807
Average Rating:  79/100 (404 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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7. (=)

IridescenceUnited States Brockhampton
Experimental pop rap/r&b, art pop

The greatest boy band in the world has done it again, and without one of their best members, Ameer Vann. This album is much more experimental than their Saturation trilogy last year and was heavily influenced by Radiohead's Kid A. The lyrics and much more thought-provoking and emotional than previous albums, and the production is the best its ever been. I can't wait to see whats next for the group.

strong 8-light 9
(First added to chart: 09/25/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 2018:42Rank Score:369
Rank in 2010s704Overall Rank:4,701
Average Rating:  77/100 (204 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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8. (=)

Avantdale Bowling ClubNew Zealand Avantdale Bowling Club
Jazz rap, conscious hip-hop

strong 8 - light 9
(First added to chart: 01/04/2019)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 2018:202Rank Score:76
Rank in 2010s3,386Overall Rank:17,125
Average Rating:  75/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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9. (=)

Twin Fantasy (Face To Face)United States Car Seat Headrest
Indie rock

Better than the 2011 version, in my opinion.

strong 8
(First added to chart: 03/01/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:332 charts
Rank in 2018:2Rank Score:3,592
Rank in 2010s71Overall Rank:717
Average Rating:  81/100 (579 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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10. (=)

YeUnited States Kanye West
Pop Rap, Neo Soul, Contemporary R&B

It's like he beat the game and started NG+. A collection of everything he has learned, revisiting sounds of the past and creating a capstone of his career thus far; presenting levels of introspection he's ever reached before. This is the art of a man at peace with himself. This album to me signifies the end of something, not sure where ye will go next but this album seems like a closer of an era or something. The album is a bit too short, and is easily his least groundbreaking and eventful release.

strong 8
(First added to chart: 06/01/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:166 charts
Rank in 2018:20Rank Score:725
Rank in 2010s374Overall Rank:2,789
Average Rating:  74/100 (455 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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Top 100 Music Albums of 2018 composition

Artist Albums %


JPEGMAFIA 1 1%
Against All Logic 1 1%
Hermit And The Recluse 1 1%
Czarface & MF Doom 1 1%
The Fernweh 1 1%
Aphex Twin 1 1%
Gas 1 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 66 66%
United Kingdom 13 13%
Mixed Nationality 6 6%
Germany 4 4%
Canada 2 2%
New Zealand 1 1%
Colombia 1 1%
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Top 100 Music Albums of 2018 chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 11 from 39th to 28th
Whack World
by Tierra Whack
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 2 from 29th to 31st
Negro Swan
by Blood Orange
fallers Down 1 from 28th to 29th
This Is My Dinner
by Sun Kil Moon
fallers Down 1 from 31st to 32nd
Return Of The Trill
by Bun B

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Cheers for the rating pal. Just picked up your no.1 LP for cheap from Urban Outfitters to try it out to celebrate!
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The fact that we only have 5 albums in common only proves that this was a great year in music: there was plenty of choice in good quality music for every taste
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