AllMusic Loves 2018

AllMusic Loves 2018

By AllMusic Staff

Dec. 14, 2018

It's already something of a cliché to claim that it's difficult to find common ground in 2018. Perhaps these divisions are a struggle to navigate politically, but as far as music goes, this lack of consensus points out how much good stuff came out within the course of 2018. Scanning through these lists of favorite albums from the TiVo/AllMusic staff, one thing becomes clear: the variety of great music in 2018 was staggering. No single genre dominated. Spearheaded by saxophonist Kamasi Washington, who released the monumental Heaven & Earth, and the joyously provocative Sons of Kemet, jazz had an exceptional year, but so did pop music: Ariana Grande soared with Sweetener, Robyn returned with the sensuous Honey, and Christine and the Queens explored gender identity in such a savvy, subversive way, they wound up with a Radio Disney hit.

American indie veterans Superchunk ran head-on into the societal tumult of 2018 with the bracing What a Time to Be Alive, while their peers Low chose to turn inward and electronic, creating computerized music that was a far cry from the bustling, futuristic R&B of Janelle Monáe's Dirty Computer. Monáe's ambitious album conveyed how 2018 felt, but so did Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves' masterwork which existed in the netherworld separating country and pop. Like so many of 2018's albums, Golden Hour didn't recognize boundaries separating styles, and the results of so many musicians embracing that spirit of adventure gave us many reasons to love 2018.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel
Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive
Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
Low Cut Connie - Dirty Pictures, Pt. 2
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Sparkle Hard
Ashley Monroe - Sparrow
The Good, the Bad & the Queen - Merrie Land
Brothers Osborne - Port Saint Joe
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
Eric Church - Desperate Man
Christine and the Queens - Chris
Robyn - Honey
The Breeders - All Nerve
Billy F. Gibbons - The Big Bad Blues
Charley Crockett - Lil G.L.'s Blue Bonanza
Wreckless Eric - Construction Time & Demolition
Old Crow Medicine Show - Volunteer
Brent Cobb - Providence Canyon
Ariana Grande - Sweetener
Sons of Kemet - Your Queen Is a Reptile

Heather Phares
Adult. - This Behavior
Beach House - 7
Beak> - >>>
The Breeders - All Nerve
Cat Power - Wanderer
Christine and the Queens - Chris
John Grant - Love Is Magic
Julia Holter - Aviary
Mount Eerie - Now Only
Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of
Pram - Across the Meridian
Robyn - Honey
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
Shopping - The Official Body
SOPHIE - Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
Serpentwithfeet - Soil
Teleman - Family of Aliens
Tirzah - Devotion
Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow
Warm Drag - Warm Drag

Jaye Jayle - "No Trail"
Preoccupations - "Disarray"
Deaf Wish - "FFS"
Planningtorock - "Beulah Loves Dancing"

Tim Sendra
Chai - Pink
Daphne & Celeste - Daphne & Celeste Save the World
The Ethers - Ethers
The Fernweh - The Fernweh
The Goon Sax - We're Not Talking
Hinds - I Don't Run
Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage
No Age - Snares Like a Haircut
The Orielles - Silver Dollar Moment
Ovlov - Tru
Papercuts - Parallel Universe Blues
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
Say Sue Me - Where We Were Together
Stove - 's Favorite Friend
Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive
Superorganism - Superorganism
Fred Thomas - Aftering
Tracyanne & Danny - Tracyanne & Danny
Warm Drag - Warm Drag
Whyte Horses - Empty Words

The Beths - "Future Me Hates Me"
Bodega - "Can't Knock the Hustle"
Boys - "That Weekend"
Comet Gain - "If Not Tomorrow"
Drake - "In My Feelings"
The Essex Green - "Sloane Ranger"
The Fernweh - "Next Time Around"
Martha Ffion - "Record Sleeves"
The Glands - "Pleaser"
Go Kart Mozart - "When You're Depressed"
Kikagaku Moyo - "Fluffy Kosmisch"
The Last Detail - "Lazy"
The Orielles - "Let Your Dog Tooth Grow"
Ovlov - "Baby Alligator"
Sunflower Bean - "Crisis Fest"
Fred Thomas - "Good Times Are Gone Again"
Tanukichan - "Lazy Love"
Television Personalities - "Love Is a Four Letter Word"
Tracyanne & Danny - "Alabama"
Value Void - "Teen for Him"

John Bush
Arp - Zebra
Bat Fangs - Bat Fangs
Batu - Rebuilt
Beta Librae - Sanguine Bond
Caroline Rose - Loner
E Ruscha V - Who Are You
Jon Hopkins - Singularity
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!
Snail Mail - Lush
Tune-Yards - i can feel you creep into my private life
Whyte Horses - Empty Words

Peggy Gou - "Han Jan"
Batu - "Flash React"
John Tejada - "Reminisce"
Answer Code Request - "Knbn2"
Tirzah - "Gladly"
E Ruscha V - "Who Are You"
Jim James - "Throwback"
Caroline Rose - "More of the Same"
Róisín Murphy - "Innocence"
Benoit B - "Vague à l'Âme"
Earth Boys - "Roll It Back"
Rezzett - "Worst Ever Contender"
Thomas Fehlmann- "Window"
Ross from Friends - "John Cage"
Wajatta - "Slippin'"
Refreshers - "How Bout U?"
Lone - "Pulsar"
Sieren - "Move On"
Rival Consoles - "Unfolding"
Beta Librae - "Just Drift"

Matt Collar
Samuel Blaser - Early in the Mornin'
Jakob Bro - Returnings
Günter Baby Sommer/Till Brönner - Baby's Party
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra - The Jazz Age
Fickle Friends - You Are Someone Else
Field Music - Open Here
Florence + the Machine - High as Hope
Miles Kane - Coup de Grace
JD McPherson - Socks
Ashley Monroe - Sparrow
The Night Game - The Night Game
Joshua Redman - Still Dreaming
Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog - YRU Still Here?
Robyn - Honey
Ruen Brothers - All My Shades of Blue
Cécile McLorin Salvant - The Window
Wayne Shorter - Emanon
Dean Wareham/Cheval Sombre - Dean Wareham vs. Cheval Sombre
Kamasi Washington - Heaven & Earth
Kamaal Williams - The Return

Mark Deming
Alejandro Escovedo - The Crossing
Marc Ribot - Songs of Resistance 1942-2018
Alice Bag - Blueprint
Poster Children - Grand Bargain!
The Messthetics - The Messthetics
Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive
Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams
Jeff Tweedy - Warm
Neko Case - Hell-On
Yo La Tengo - There's a Riot Going On
Wussy - What Heaven Is Like
Sleep - The Sciences
Thalia Zedek Band - Fighting Season
Richard Thompson - 13 Rivers
Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin

The Coup - "OYAHYTT"
Protomartyr - "Wheel of Fortune"
Alice Bag - "77"
Childish Gambino - "This Is America"
Local H - "Innocents"
Superchunk - "What a Time to Be Alive"
Fucked Up - "Dose Your Dreams"
Jeff Tweedy - "Let's Go Rain"
Alejandro Escovedo - "Sonica USA"
Mudhoney - "Paranoid Core"

Marcy Donelson [Spotify albums/singles]
Fred Thomas - Aftering
Damien Jurado - The Horizon Just Laughed
Jonny Greenwood - Phantom Thread
Mitski - Be the Cowboy
Haley Heynderickx - I Need to Start a Garden
Superorganism - Superorganism
The Beths - Future Me Hates Me
Soccer Mommy - Clean
John Prine - The Tree of Forgiveness
Mount Eerie - Now Only
Ari Roar - Calm Down
Tim Hecker - Konoyo
Kiran Leonard - Western Culture
In Tall Buildings - Akinetic
Tony Molina - Kill the Lights
Frankie Cosmos - Vessel
Très Oui - Poised to Flourish
Public Access T.V. - Street Safari
Foxwarren - Foxwarren
Pearl & the Oysters - Canned Music

Fred Thomas - "Altar"
The Beths - "You Wouldn't Like Me"
Frankie Cosmos - "Being Alive"
Olden Yolk - "Vital Sign"
Hana Vu f/ Satchy - "Cool"
Superorganism - "Everybody Wants to Be Famous"
Anna Burch - "Tea-Soaked Letter"
Justus Proffit & Jay Som - "Nothing's Changed"
Grapetooth - "Violent"
Yellow Days - "How Can I Love You?"
Public Access T.V. - "Lost in the Game"
Boy Pablo - "Losing You"
High Sunn - "Dedication"
CHAPPO - "White Noise"
Fred Thomas - "Good Times Are Gone Again"
Chorusgirl - "In Dreams"
Porches - "Goodbye"
Fancy Colors - "Nighttimes"
Shy Boys - "Champion"
Gabriel Kahane - "Little Love"

Andy Kellman [Spotify]
Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings
Blood Orange - Negro Swan
Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen
Kali Uchis - Isolation
The Midnight Hour - The Midnight Hour
Kamasi Washington - Heaven & Earth
Sons of Kemet - Your Queen Is a Reptile
Chris Dave and the Drumhedz - Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
Mansur Brown - Shiroi
Marcus Strickland Twi-Life - People of the Sun
Armand Hammer - Paraffin
Phonte - No News Is Good News
Georgia Anne Muldrow - Overload
Black Milk - Fever
Hprizm - Catching a Body
Kamaal Williams - The Return
Starchild & the New Romantic - Language
Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics
Pusha T - Daytona
Brandon Coleman - Resistance

Fabiana Palladino - "Shimmer"
Toshio Matsuura Group - "I Am the Black Gold of the Sun"
Ravyn Lenae - "Sticky"
Khalid - "OTW [Trackademicks' Quiet Storm Remix]"
Christine and the Queens - "Girlfriend"
Anderson Paak - "Tints"
Yazmin Lacey - "90 Degrees"
Kadhja Bonet - "Mother Maybe"
Starchild & the New Romantic - "Language"
Waajeed - "Strength [Jon Dixon Remix]"
The Internet - "Roll (Burbank Funk)"
Black Thought - "Conception"
Jean Grae x Quelle Chris - "Gold Purple Orange"
Kali Uchis - "After the Storm"
Payroll & Cardo - "Stack It, Stash It"
Sy Smith - "Perspective"
Mereba - "Black Truck"
79.5 - "Terrorize My Heart [Disco Dub]"
Nick Hakim - "Vincent Tyler"
Meernaa - "Wildest Eyes"

James Christopher Monger [Spotify]
Kurt Vile - Bottle It In
Zeal & Ardor - Stranger Fruit
Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen
Nathan Salsburg - Third
Ghost - Prequelle
Teleman - Family of Aliens
Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
Field Music - Open Here
Emma Louise - Lilac Everything
High on Fire - Electric Messiah
Dead Can Dance - Dionysus
Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar
The Joy Formidable - AAARTH
U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited
Saintseneca - Pillar of Na
Luluc - Sculptor
Architects - Holy Hell
Jon Hopkins - Singularity
Laura Veirs - The Lookout
Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

Everything Everything - "Breadwinner"
Oh Pep! - "Your Nail and Your Hammer"
Fucked Up - "Dose Your Dreams"
The Cars - "Drive [Symphonic Version]"
ASG - "Florida Sleep On"
Daniel Romano - "Husk"
Bokante' - "Fanm"
Muse - "The Dark Side"
I'm with Her - "I-89"
Frøkedal - "Believe"
Y La Bamba - "Mujeres"
John Mulhearn - "The Apologists: A Ripple of Report/The Apologists"
Okkervil River - "Pulled Up the Ribbon"
Karine Polwart - "Laws of Motion"
Guided by Voices - "Space Gun"
Daughters - "Satan in the Wait"
Father John Misty - "Mr. Tilmann"
Darlingside - "Futures"
Totally Mild - "Today Tonight"
Marianne Faithfull - "The Gypsy Faerie Queen"

Timothy Monger
Nathan Salsburg - Third
Totally Mild - Her
Shy Layers - Midnight Marker
Modern Studies - Welcome Strangers
Rae Morris - Someone Out There
Neko Case - Hell-On
Teleman - Family of Aliens
St. Lenox - Ten Fables of Young Ambition and Passionate Love
Gilbert O'Sullivan - Gilbert O'Sullivan
Christine and the Queens - Chris
Mary Lattimore - Hundreds of Days
Julian Lage - Modern Lore
Field Music - Open Here
Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & David McGuinness - What News
Norma Waterson & Eliza Carthy With the Gift Band - Anchor
Red River Dialect - Broken Stay Open Sky
Serpentwithfeet - Soil
Django Django - Marble Skies
Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen
Mitski - Be the Cowboy

Luluc - "Spring"
BC Camplight - "When I Think of My Dog"
Stew & the Negro Problem - "Baldwin Country"
Flyte - "Victory Girls"
Guided by Voices - "See My Field"
Brazilian Girls - "Pirates"
Priest Potion - "Carol"
Hayley Sabella - "Forgive the Birds"
Daniel Romano - "Empty Husk"
Nap Eyes - "Every Time the Feeling"
Kurt Vile - "Rollin with the Flow"
Stick in the Wheel - "Lemady Arise"
Adrianne Lenker - "Out of My Mind"
Virginia Wing - "The Female Genius"
Frøkedal - "I Don't Care"
Y La Bamba - "Mujeres"
boygenius - "Me & My Dog"
Superorganism - "Everybody Wants to Be Famous"
Janelle Monáe - "Make Me Feel"
Sidney Gish - "Sin Triangle"

Paul Simpson [Spotify]
Autechre - NTS Sessions
Mount Eerie - Now Only
Lotic - Power
Anna Burch - Quit the Curse
Jlin - Autobiography
Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen
DJ Taye - Still Trippin'
Low - Double Negative
Blawan - Wet Will Always Dry
Profligate - Somewhere Else
Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois - Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois
Noname - Room 25
Adult. - This Behavior
Mint Field - Pasar de las Luces
X-Altera - X-Altera
RP Boo - I'll Tell You What!
Tal National - Tantabara
Miss Red - K.O.
Hollie Cook - Vessel of Love
Matchess - Sacracorpa

Mount Eerie - "Distortion"
Aphex Twin - "T69 Collapse"
NO EYES - "They Still Hating"
Peggy Gou - "It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)"
Jlin - "The Abyss of Doubt"
Waajeed f/ Steffanie Christi'an - "Mother"
Flora FM - "Elm Bully"
DJ Koze - "Pick Up"
object blue - "Act Like It Then"
Shadowax - "I Want to Be a Stewardess"
Demdike Stare - "At It Again"
Djrum - "Showreel, Pt. 3"
Dopplereffekt - "Hayflick Limit"
Expletive - "Static"
Ross from Friends - "Wear Me Down"
True Blue - "Look What You've Done"
River Spirit - "Dime"
Marie Davidson - "So Right"
Homeboy Sandman & Edan - "#NeverUseTheInternetAgain"
Brak - "Institutionalized"

Neil Z. Yeung [Spotify]
Ghost - Prequelle
Muse - Simulation Theory
Twenty One Pilots - Trench
Jonathan Davis - Black Labyrinth
KT Tunstall - WAX
Kendrick Lamar - Black Panther: The Album
Editors - Violence
Kasey Musgraves - Godlen Hour
Clean Bandit - What Is Love?
Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch
Ledger - Ledger EP
Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts
Dreams - No One Defeats Us
Confidence Man - Confident Music for Confident People
Vince Staples - FM!
Ariana Grande - Sweetener
Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper - A Star Is Born
Chris Cornell - Chris Cornell
Rita Ora - Phoenix
Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

Kendrick Lamar/SZA - "All the Stars"
Ghost - "Miasma"
Clean Bandit f/ Demi Lovato - "Solo"
Western Education - "Coat of Arms"
BTS - "Idol"
Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper - "Shallow"
G-Eazy f/ A$AP Rocky and Cardi B - "No Limit"
Celine Dion - "Ashes"
Bazzi - "Mine"
Bruno Mars f/ Cardi B - "Finesse [Remix]"
Migos - "Stir Fry"
Calvin Harris f/ Sam Smith - "Promises"
5 Seconds of Summer - "Youngblood"
Glades - "Do Right"
Young the Giant - "Superposition"
Tyga f/ Offset - "Taste"
Childish Gambino - "This Is America"
Weezer - "Africa"
Imagine Dragons - "Whatever It Takes"
A Perfect Circle - "Disillusioned"

James Wilkinson
Beautify Junkyards - The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards
Michael Rault - It's a New Day Tonight
The Fernweh - The Fernweh
Hampshire & Foat - Nightshade
Davey Woodward and the Winter Orphans - Davey Woodward and the Winter Orphans
The Good, the Bad & the Queen - Merrie Land
Retep Folo - Galactic Sounds
Fenne Lilly - On Hold
Bonny Doon - Longwave
Bill Ryder-Jones - Yawn
Pram - Across the Meridian
Whyte Horses - Empty Words
Ryley Walker - Deafman Glance
Emma Tricca - St. Peter
Kamasi Washington - Heaven & Earth
Jim Ghedi - A Hymn for Ancient Land
Grouper - Grid of Points
Paul Weller - True Meanings
Kurt Vile - Bottle It In
Cavern of Anti-Matter - Hormone Lemonade

Rich Wilson [Spotify]
Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore - Ghost Forests
Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam - Blackout Cowboy
Gazelle Twin - Pastoral
Value Void - Sentimental
Young Jesus - The Whole Thing Is Just There
Bliss Signal - Bliss Signal
Luca Brasi - Stay
Inigo Kennedy - Strata
Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace
Rival Consoles - Persona
Mastersystem - Dance Music
Spanish Love Songs - Schmaltz
Vanessa Amara - Manos
Buffalo Tom - Quiet and Peace
Hurry - Every Little Thought
Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive
Seazoo - Trunks
Hovvdy - Cranberry
Jeff Rosenstock - Post-
Surgeon - Luminosity Device

Bekki Bemrose [Spotify]
Gazelle Twin - Pastoral
Low - Double Negative
Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want
The Breeders - All Nerve
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - King of Cowards
Sons of Kemet - Your Queen Is a Reptile
ILL - We Are Ill
Kristin Hersh - Possible Dust Clouds
Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel
Screaming Females - All at Once
Mélissa Laveaux - Radyo Siwèl
Eric Chenaux - Slowly Paradise
Kamasi Washington - Heaven & Earth
Gnod - Chapel Perilous
Kurt Vile - Bottle It In
Big Joanie - Sistahs
Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar
Laibach - The Sound of Music
Say Sue Me - Where We Were Together
Big Lad - Pro Rock

Laibach - "Favourite Things"
Gazelle Twin - "Better in My Day"
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs - "GNT"
The Breeders - "All Nerve"
Black Belt Eagle Scout - "Soft Stud"
Say Sue Me - "Old Town"
Courtney Barnett - "Sunday Roast"
Ought - "Desire"
Melissa Laveaux - "Lè Ma Monte Chwal Mwen"
Janelle Monáe - "Make Me Feel"
Shannon & the Clams - "The Boy"
The Lovely Eggs - "I'm With You"
IDLES - "Samaritans"
Otoboke Beaver - "Anata Watashi Daita Ato Yome No Meshi"
Marie Davidson - "Work It"
Josh T. Pearson - "Loved Straight to Hell"
Daughters - "Ocean Song"
Low - "Rome (Always in the Dark)"
Marianne Faithfull - "The Gypsy Faerie Queen"
Eric Chenaux - "An Abandoned Rose"

Liam Martin [Spotify]
Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance
Iceage - Beyondless
Skee Mask - Compro
Against All Logic - 2012/2017
Pusha T - Daytona
Various Artists - Patina Echoes
Bruce - Sonder Somatic
Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want
HDSN - To Create Is to Destroy
Hollie Cook - Vessel of Love
The Ophelias - Almost
Anna Von Hausswolff - Dead Magic
Tom VR - Films
!!! - Megam!!!x, Vol. 1: Shake Shake Shake
Selling - On Reflection
Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar
Daniel Avery - Song for Alpha
Sons of Kemet - Your Queen Is a Reptile
Virginia Wing - Ecstatic Arrow
Ed Schrader's Music Beat - Riddles

Idles - "Danny Nedelko"
Iceage - "Painkiller"
Empath - "The Eye"
Unloved - "Heartbreak"
Beach House - "Lemon Glow"
Pusha T - "If You Know You Know"
Young Fathers - "In My View"
Gorillaz - "Humility"
The Go! Team - "If There's One Thing You Should Know"
Hollie Cook - "Stay Alive"
Shame - "One Rizla"
BC Camplight - "I'm Desperate"
Tirzah - "Gladly"
Basa Basa - "African Soul Power"
Drake - "Nice for What"
Cherry Glazerr - "Juicy Socks"
Pangaea - "Bone Sucka"
Ryan James Ford - "Pegl Shant"
Joy O/Ben Vince - "Transition 2"
Skee Mask - "Rev8617"

Rob Wacey [Spotify]
Sons of Kemet - Your Queen Is a Reptile
Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance
Thought Gang - Thought Gang
Blanket - How to Let Go
This Will Destroy You - New Others, Vol. 1
Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch
Johann Johannsson - Mandy
Lorn - Remnant
Interpol - Marauder
Mass Gothic - I've Tortured You Long Enough
Sonoio - Fine
Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
Jon Hopkins - Singularity
Jeff Rosenstock - Post-
Failure - In the Future Your Body Will Be the Furthest Thing from Your Mind
Death Grips - Year of the Snitch
Rival Consoles - Persona
Ayia - Ayia
Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar
Andrew W.K. - You're Not Alone

Mastersystem - "Old Team"
Karen O/Michael Kiwanuka - "YO! MY SAINT [Film Version]"
Rival Consoles - "Hidden"
Kids See Ghosts - "Feel the Love"
Mass Gothic - "How I Love You"
Thom Yorke - "Suspirium"
Childish Gambino - "This Is America"
Aisha Badru - "Fossil Fuels"
This Will Destroy You - "Like This"
aYia - "Slow"
Art School Girlfriend - "Distance (Blank)"
Metz - "Escalator Teeth/On and On"
The Black Queen - "One Edge of Two"
Johann Johannsson - "Memories"
Failure - "Distorted Fields"
Nine Inch Nails - "God Break Down the Door"
Grimes/HANNA - "We Appreciate Power"
Lorn - "L'appel Du Vide"
A Perfect Circle - "The Contrarian"