In December, we asked music critics from across the industry to participate in a new music critics survey, in the hope of bridging together the community to see how our tastes overlap and differ. The response we received was staggering, with nearly 200 critics participating and selecting more than 600 different albums. The expected choices were there, but also so much more, reflecting the writers’ interests in hip-hop, electronic, metal, pop, rock, and country. It revealed musical interests as idiosyncratic as the personalities that participated, where massive commercial successes from Cardi B and Ariana Grande can live comfortably next to ascending critical darlings like Mitski and Saba as well as still emerging artists like The Beths and Tierra Whack. But mostly it affirmed the vitality present in the current music world, both in the artists that create it and the people who’ve dedicated their lives to discussing it.

Uproxx Music Critics Poll 2018: Albums

Albums with additional votes

11
Astroworld 137 pts
12
Lush 119 pts
14
Honey (Album) 110 pts
15
7 102 pts
16
Nearer My God 102 pts
17
18
19
20
Clean 94 pts
21
22
Isolation 83 pts
23
Care For Me 79 pts
24
25
27
Knock Knock 73 pts
29
Hell-On 69 pts
35
37
2012-2017 57 pts
39
Whack World 48 pts
42
Soil 46 pts
43
Chris 45 pts
44
Age Of 45 pts
45
To The Sunset 44 pts
48
Post 41 pts
49
50
Our Raw Heart 36 pts
51
FM! 36 pts
52
Iridescence 36 pts
53
Hive Mind 35 pts
54
Redemption 35 pts
56
57
Singularity 34 pts
59
Swimming 33 pts
60
Record 33 pts
62
Mudboy 32 pts
63
Ephorize 32 pts
64
Ventriloquism 32 pts
66
Bottle It In 29 pts
67
Dying Star 29 pts
68
Devotion 28 pts
69
Cocoa Sugar 28 pts
71
Beyondless 27 pts
72
Magus 27 pts
73
The Sciences 25 pts
74
Twin Fantasy 25 pts
75
Sparkle Hard 25 pts
76
Loner 25 pts
77
Us 25 pts
78
Im All Ears 25 pts
79
TA13OO 25 pts
80
Freedom 25 pts
81
Negro Swan 24 pts
82
Heaven 24 pts
83
LP5000 24 pts
84
Lavender 24 pts
86
El Mal Querer 23 pts
88
89
90
Wanderer 22 pts
91
MITH 22 pts
92
Only Love 22 pts
93
Errorzone 22 pts
94
Love Is Dead 21 pts
97
98
Voicenotes 21 pts
99
Scorpion 21 pts
100
Starfire 21 pts
103
104
Time & Space 19 pts
105
Blood 19 pts
106
Victory Lap 18 pts
108
Konoyo 18 pts
109
112
All At Once 18 pts
113
114
Good Thing 17 pts
116
117
Cheer 17 pts
118
Sparrow 17 pts
119
Hippo Lite 17 pts
120
777 17 pts
121
The Wake 17 pts
122
125
Noir 16 pts
126
Wasteland 16 pts
129
Ye (Album) 16 pts
130
131
KOD 15 pts
132
134
Veteran 15 pts
135
All Nerve 15 pts
137
Youngblood 15 pts
138
Superorganism 15 pts
139
Sex & Food 14 pts
140
No Shame 14 pts
141
WARM 14 pts
142
God Level 14 pts
143
Ultraviolet 14 pts
144
Twerp Verse 14 pts
145
Landfall 13 pts
146
148
149
150
Le Kov 13 pts
151
Die Lit 12 pts
152
Vessel 12 pts
154
Caution 12 pts
155
156
Drank 12 pts
157
Firepower 12 pts
158
High As Hope 12 pts
159
On Watch 12 pts
161
162
Paraffin 11 pts
164
K.T.S.E. 11 pts
165
166
168
Colt 11 pts
169
170
Shawn Mendes 11 pts
171
Tha Carter V 11 pts
172
Pillars 11 pts
173
Arbiter 10 pts
174
Never Stop II 10 pts
176
177
I’ll Sing 10 pts
179
Quiet & Peace 10 pts
180
Prequelle 10 pts
181
183
184
Riddles 10 pts
185
Still Trippin 10 pts
186
187
188
Negro Swan 10 pts
189
190
191
Sister Cities 10 pts
192
Book Of Ryan 10 pts
193
Hypnic Jerks 10 pts
194
Aviary 10 pts
195
Ouch 10 pts
196
Look Now 10 pts
198
Automata II 10 pts
199
Mutual Horse 10 pts
200
Slide 10 pts
201
Abysskiss 10 pts
202
Split 10 pts
203
Be More Kind 10 pts
204
Bellowing Sun 10 pts
205
207
Longwave 9 pts
210
The Crossing 9 pts
213
The Drought 9 pts
214
215
4275 9 pts
216
218
DiCaprio 2 9 pts
219
Sweet Bunch 9 pts
220
Left Hand 9 pts
221
Pirouette EP 9 pts
224
225
226
227
The Now Now 9 pts
229
Merrie Land 9 pts
230
Code Girl 9 pts
231
232
233
Omid 9 pts
234
Onion 9 pts
235
236
Tantabara 9 pts
237
Suspiria 9 pts
238
239
240
Goat Girl 9 pts
241
Indigo 9 pts
242
245
Radio Siwèl 9 pts
246
248
Fury 9 pts
249
250
Hope Dawns 9 pts
253
Childqueen 8 pts
254
255
In Rounds 8 pts
256
257
259
BbyShoe (EP) 8 pts
260
261
263
Look 8 pts
264
265
Megative 8 pts
266
267
Nasty 8 pts
268
269
270
271
Infernal 8 pts
274
Poschiavo 8 pts
276
Nudes 8 pts
278
279
280
Magic Ship 8 pts
281
282
Warrior 8 pts
283
284
The Weeknd 7 pts
285
286
Hɪðəˈtu 7 pts
288
Tina Snow 7 pts
289
290
291
Hex 7 pts
292
293
296
Pinned 7 pts
298
The Pact 7 pts
299
300
301
re: member 7 pts
303
304
305
306
Burnt Sugar 7 pts
307
Starebaby 7 pts
311
313
Forever 7 pts
314
Parts 7 pts
315
Aura 7 pts
316
QUARTERTHING 7 pts
317
Morose 7 pts
318
319
320
321
323
Premonitions 7 pts
324
325
3X4 6 pts
327
Darlène 6 pts
330
Focus 6 pts
331
Leikeli 47 6 pts
334
336
Rare Birds 6 pts
337
338
Dime Bag 6 pts
341
Fully Loaded 6 pts
342
Yene Alem 6 pts
343
Arthur Buck 6 pts
344
Care 6 pts
345
346
Cosmic Crypt 6 pts
347
Awaken 6 pts
348
349
The Tree 6 pts
350
Grapetooth 6 pts
352
I Like Fun 6 pts
354
355
Rausch 6 pts
357
Compro 6 pts
359
360
361
Pastoral 6 pts
362
Untitled 6 pts
364
Lush Life 6 pts
365
366
370
372
Hovvdy 5 pts
373
376
377
Willow 5 pts
379
Death Lust 5 pts
380
Sleepwalkers 5 pts
381
The Switch 5 pts
382
Hollie Cook 5 pts
384
Lost & Found 5 pts
385
386
Loma 5 pts
387
388
390
391
Sissel 5 pts
392
November 5 pts
393
AFTER BACH 5 pts
394
Ex:Re 5 pts
395
Bimini Twist 5 pts
397
398
399
Old Ghost 5 pts
401
402
Rhododendron 5 pts
403
Emanon 5 pts
404
Blue Motel 5 pts
405
406
Dove 5 pts
407
Kin Sonic 5 pts
408
Mania 5 pts
409
410
411
Saved 5 pts
412
Moon 2 5 pts
413
Dog Bless 5 pts
414
415
416
417
Freddie 5 pts
418
419
Black Ego 5 pts
421
Thrice (EP) 5 pts
422
Friendship 5 pts
423
Captured 5 pts
424
Skinless X-1 4 pts
425
428
Obey 4 pts
429
Path 4 pts
430
Luca Brasi 3 4 pts
432
Eve 4 pts
434
Cumbia City 4 pts
435
Years 4 pts
436
Outside 4 pts
440
442
moon 4 pts
444
Temet 4 pts
445
446
447
448
Art of Doubt 4 pts
450
452
453
455
456
The Optimist 4 pts
458
460
Skylight 4 pts
462
463
464
465
468
469
Ethereality 4 pts
470
Trench 4 pts
471
472
Lost Friends 4 pts
473
Exorcism 4 pts
474
Bunny 4 pts
475
In Heaven 4 pts
476
Civilisation 4 pts
477
Quite A Life 4 pts
481
New Pocket 3 pts
482
Drip Harder 3 pts
483
Collapse EP 3 pts
484
485
Bad Witch 3 pts
487
ION 3 pts
488
Eli Keszler 3 pts
489
Cry No More 3 pts
490
Soyuz 3 pts
491
492
Go To School 3 pts
493
Destellos 3 pts
495
Period 3 pts
496
499
Panic Blooms 3 pts
500
OnePointFive 3 pts
501
503
504
Sixth House 3 pts
505
Soft Hell 3 pts
506
Beast Mode 2 3 pts
508
200% Galcher 3 pts
509
H.E.R. 3 pts
510
Camila 3 pts
512
All Melody 3 pts
513
514
Fetti 3 pts
515
Oil Change 3 pts
516
Cruel Magic 3 pts
517
518
519
520
521
522
523
Goners 3 pts
524
Starcrawler 3 pts
525
Euringer 3 pts
526
15 3 pts
527
Lionheart 3 pts
528
Stone Woman 3 pts
532
533
Shiroi 2 pts
536
537
DROGAS Wave 2 pts
540
Do Or Die 2 pts
543
High on Fire 2 pts
544
AMR 2 pts
545
Black Light 2 pts
546
547
PRhyme 2 2 pts
548
MihTy 2 pts
549
Vide Noir 2 pts
550
Pink Eye 2 pts
551
552
Green Ways 2 pts
553
Rock Island 2 pts
555
Warm Drag 2 pts
557
Volume 2 2 pts
558
559
560
TESTING 2 pts
561
Orients 2 pts
562
Down Below 2 pts
563
564
Mr. Jukebox 2 pts
565
Blueprint 2 pts
566
567
Tell No One 2 pts
568
2042 2 pts
570
571
Siblings 2 pts
572
TrapStar 2 pts
573
575
Super Silver 1 pts
577
Healing Tide 1 pts
580
Phoenix 1 pts
582
Shooter 1 pts
583
Magic Gone 1 pts
587
Silk Canvas 1 pts
588
Schmaltz 1 pts
589
Dear Annie 1 pts
590
AmeriKKKant 1 pts
592
2 Heartless 1 pts
593
Find a Light 1 pts
595
Once 1 pts
597
598
Galapagos 1 pts
599
Halloween 1 pts
601
602
604
605
606
608
Sensitive G 1 pts
609
BloodCrush 1 pts
610
Nyctophilia 1 pts
612
Oxnard 1 pts
613
614
Chime 1 pts
615
616
Body Of Work 1 pts
618
619
The Return 1 pts
620
Nice Try 1 pts
623
Vector 1 pts
624
625
626
The Fuzz EP 1 pts
627
Girl Code 1 pts

Critic List

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