The Nilsen Report’s 50 Best Albums of 2018

2018 was a year filled with ups-and-downs, a year many are eager to turn the page on. Despite this, the music that came with this year is undeniable. Filled with heavyweights and newcomers, living legends and overnight sensations, the past 12 months have produced distinct albums from all genres.

Here are the very best.

50. Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer
Alternative

49. BROCKHAMPTON – IRRIDESCENCE
Hip-hop/Rap

48. MGMT – Little Dark Age
Alternative

47. J.I.D. – DiCaprio 2
Hip-hop/Rap

46. Jay Rock – Redemption
Hip-hop/Rap

45. JPEGMAFIA – Veteran
Hip-hop/Rap

44. Lil Wayne – The Carter V
Hip-hop/Rap

43. twenty one pilots – Trench
Alternative

42. Jack White – Boarding House Ranch
Alternative

41. Mac Miller – Swimming
Hip-hop/Rap

40. Robyn – Honey
Pop

39. Amen Dunes – Freedom
Indie Rock

38. Charlotte Day Wilson – Stone Woman
R&B/Soul

37. Leon Bridges – Good Thing
R&B/Soul

36. Jon Hopkins – Singularity
Electronic

35. Drake – Scorpion
Hip-hop/Rap

34. Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy
Alternative

33. Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
R&B/Soul

32. Kendrick Lamar & Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album
Hip-hop/Rap

31. Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar
Alternative

30. A.A.L. (Against All Logic) – 2012 – 2017
Electronic

29. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
Country

28. Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
Hip-hop/Rap

27. Denzel Curry – TA13OO
Hip-hop/Rap

26. Tierra Whack – Whack World
Hip-hop/Rap

25. Playboi Carti – Die Lit
Hip-hop/Rap

24. DJ Koze – Knock Knock
Electronic

23. Snail Mail – Lush
Alternative

22. Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears
Alternative

21. The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
Alternative

20. Ariana Grande – Sweetener
Pop

19. boygenius – boygenius EP
Alternative

18. Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth
Jazz

17. The Internet – Hive Mind
R&B/Soul

16. Kanye West – Ye
Hip-hop/Rap

15. Soccer Mommy – Clean
Alternative

14. Vince Staples – FM!
Hip-hop/Rap

13. Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs
Hip-hop/Rap

12. Noname – Room 25
Hip-hop/Rap

11. The Voidz – Virtue
Alternative

10. Travis Scott – Astroworld
Hip-hop/Rap

9. Beach House – 7
Alternative

8. Kali Uchis – Isolation
R&B/Soul

7. Anderson .Paak – Oxnard
Hip-hop/Rap

6. Saba – Care For Me
Hip-hop/Rap

5. Mitski – Be The Cowboy
Indie Rock

4. Blood Orange – Negro Swan
Alternative

3. Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
R&B/Soul

2. Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts
Hip-hop/Rap

1. Pusha T – Daytona
Hip-hop/Rap