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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
91. (=)

Dirty ComputerUnited States Janelle Monáe
Art pop, Contemporary R&B

I went into this with pretty high expectations, considering all the positive reviews. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. This album comes across to me as another manufactured generic pop album. Sure it might be slightly better than some contemporaries (not that impressive), but no more creative than a typical Lady Gaga record. The lyrics although have okay subject matter occasionally, are delivered in a such unsatisfying and commercial way its painful. Honestly certain tracks like 'Take a Byte' and 'Screwed' just come across as corny as hell to me. Production wise, it has some highlights here and there but for the most part we're looking at the typical "top 40" uninteresting radio-esque production and her copying the sounds of Prince, neither of which appeal much to me. The opener has such promise too, I was strapped in for a beautiful art pop / R&B record, but instead got a generic, half-assed, uninspired commercialized pop album that doesn't stand out much at all from her contemporaries. I know for a fact she can do MUCH better than this.

strong 4 - light 5
(First added to chart: 05/12/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:243 charts
Rank in 2018:9Rank Score:1,536
Rank in 2010s169Overall Rank:1,526
Average Rating:  77/100 (345 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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92. (=)

RedemptionUnited States Jay Rock
West coast pop rap

I loved 90059, it has remained one of my favorite hip-hop records in recent years. I was really looking forward to where Jay Rock would go next, hopefully to the next level. Unfortunately it seems TDE has pushed Rock into the pop rap lane, and it's an awkward fit. I expect gritty, nasty, street rap from Jay Rock. He has always seemed the most aggressive and "gangsta" of the TDE crew. What we got here is a couple bangers mixed awkwardly with pop rap tracks of Rock singing. It's just so many steps backwards from 90059. I hope Jay Rock can eventually release his 'Good Kid MAAD City'.

light - decent 4
(First added to chart: 06/22/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 2018:416Rank Score:31
Rank in 2010s6,041Overall Rank:27,148
Average Rating:  67/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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93. (=)

KamikazeUnited States Eminem
Trap rap

This album comes off as pretty pathetic in a lot of areas. Basically it's Eminem blaming everyone but himself that his last album was trash. The first few tracks were pretty dope so I thought Eminem was gonna surprise me with a pretty decent album. However once the first skit hits the album quality goes to shit. The lyrics are typical toilet bowl humor Eminem is famous for, with some tasteless and completely assinine lyrics. He praises rappers like Logic, J Cole and even Hopsin while disses Tyler The Creator for saying he thought his last album was garbage and even calls Tyler a faggot lol...how out of touch and tasteless can you be. Anyways, he also tries to mimic numerous popular songs including Bad and Boujee and Humble, which I thought was pretty corny. The production ranges from decent to absolute garbage.

light 4
(First added to chart: 09/03/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 2018:254Rank Score:68
Rank in 2010s3,766Overall Rank:18,557
Average Rating:  59/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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94. (=)

KODUnited States J. Cole
East coast, conscious hip-hop, pop rap

Another snoozefest from J. Cole...and of course he has no features so he tries to do everything again by himself. The results are corny hooks with his subpar attempt at singing. Basically just more watered down "conscious" rap over some decent but unmemorable jazzy & trap beats. His flow and voice is so monotone and boring on most tracks. If you wanna listen to a hip-hop record talk about drug usage in a creative and meaningful way try Danny Brown's Atrocity Exhibition. If you want you some conscious rap with a pop appeal, there's much better guys out there... I would start with Kendrick Lamar or Joey Bada$$. Honestly you could probably just pick any random conscious hip-hop album from any given year and it would likely be on par or better than this, so I'm not sure the hype surrounding Cole. I saw a guy on RYM call this "D.A.R.E - The Album", its actually sadly accurate. Still, its not godawful or anything, its just very generic and boring.

light 4
(First added to chart: 04/21/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 2018:250Rank Score:69
Rank in 2010s3,713Overall Rank:18,361
Average Rating:  65/100 (100 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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95. (=)

My Dear Melancholy,Canada The Weeknd
Alternative R&B, future garage

Another lazy release by The Weeknd, its just rinse and repeat for him at this point. Boring and monotone vocals over some decent hazy and nocturnal production. It's essentially just background music, no reason to ever listen to it.

light 4
(First added to chart: 03/30/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 2018:305Rank Score:52
Rank in 2010s4,553Overall Rank:21,803
Average Rating:  65/100 (86 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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96. (=)

Die LitUnited States Playboi Carti
Trap rap, cloud rap

I wasn't going to listen to this, but decided to give it a shot when Pitchfork gave it BNM and Fantano gave it a 7. Both praised it for its lo-fi production which interested me. I am a fan of trap rap, and especially cloud rap. I will admit that the production on this thing is actually really good, and on nearly every track. It's lo-fi, airy, urban, and atmospheric. My problem with it is Carti's performance, which is undeniably bad. He sounds like all those other shitty soundcloud rappers that refuse to find their own personality. He's whiny, repetitive, boring, inessential, and frankly ruins the interesting minimalistic beats. It is surprising he is apart of a A$ap Mob considering he sounds nothing like their style which is actually fairly unique, or at least used to be. Oh, and it's super inflated of course with a bunch of garbage tracks that should have been scrapped if he cared about the quality of his debut album. But instead he just follows suit with all the rest of his new-age trap contemporaries and slaps all the filler B-side tracks in here too so he can milk as much money from streams as he can.

strong 3
(First added to chart: 05/16/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:47 charts
Rank in 2018:71Rank Score:227
Rank in 2010s1,152Overall Rank:6,962
Average Rating:  71/100 (67 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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97. (=)

Beerbongs & BentleysUnited States Post Malone
Pop rap, trap rap, Alt R&B

A little confused why this was delayed for so long since its original release. It's pretty bad. For starters, I don't listen to lyrics when it comes to this kind of music, its feel good music for college parties / get togethers. I understand that. However, with that said there are wayyyy more artistic ways to go about this type of music. Just look at Travi$ Scott's "Rodeo" as an example. This thing just lacks creativity. Most of the songs suck outside of the ones he released already as singles, and its super inflated for no apparent reason outside of trying to get more money through streams. I love plenty of trap and pop rappers, but I prefer Post more as an internet personality than I do a musician. I would have given it a 4/10 because I do like some songs, but since he made fans wait a year longer than the original release date and yet still inflated this thing with a bunch of boring filler tracks...

light 3
(First added to chart: 04/27/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 2018:375Rank Score:36
Rank in 2010s5,555Overall Rank:25,568
Average Rating:  65/100 (67 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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98. (=)

ScorpionCanada Drake
Pop rap, r&b

nobody even needs to diss drake at this point, he disses himself every time he releases another insanely bloated, half-assed album. you can tell when people make music for the art, and when music is made for profit & with no regard to quality control on your own albums. drake is so lazy with his own discogrophy at this point that he doesn't even make an attempt at creating cohesive front-to-back albums. just slaps a bunch of b-side quality tracks in a random assortment and releases it as an album. Overall, Side 1 was a step up from More Life and Views, however considering how awful those projects we're that's not much of a compliment. Side B is probably the worst thing I've heard in a long time.

Side 1: 4.5/10 -- best track: God's plan
Side 2: 1/10 -- best track: nice for what

strong 2 - light 3
(First added to chart: 07/01/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 2018:126Rank Score:118
Rank in 2010s2,089Overall Rank:11,461
Average Rating:  53/100 (103 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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99. (=)

Culture IIUnited States Migos
Trap rap

What did they do correctly on this project?

light 2
(First added to chart: 02/08/2018)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 2018:976Rank Score:10
Rank in 2010s11,357Overall Rank:43,819
Average Rating:  56/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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100. (=)

Anthem Of The Peaceful ArmyUnited States Greta Van Fleet
Led Zeppelin

no.
(First added to chart: 01/10/2019)
Year of Release:2018Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 2018:93Rank Score:172
Rank in 2010s1,474Overall Rank:8,562
Average Rating:  64/100 (69 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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Top 100 Music Albums of 2018 composition

Artist Albums %


Nicki Minaj 1 1%
공중도둑 [Mid-Air Thief] 1 1%
Pink Siifu 1 1%
Beach House 1 1%
Drake 1 1%
Skee Mask 1 1%
SOPHIE 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%
Mexico 1 1%
New Zealand 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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