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
24
Care For Me 79 pts
25
27
Knock Knock 73 pts
28
Hell-On 69 pts
35
37
2012-2017 57 pts
40
Whack World 48 pts
41
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
Iridescence 36 pts
52
FM! 36 pts
54
Redemption 35 pts
55
Hive Mind 35 pts
56
57
Singularity 34 pts
58
Swimming 33 pts
61
Record 33 pts
62
Ephorize 32 pts
63
Mudboy 32 pts
64
Ventriloquism 32 pts
66
Dying Star 29 pts
67
Bottle It In 29 pts
68
Cocoa Sugar 28 pts
69
Devotion 28 pts
71
Magus 27 pts
72
Beyondless 27 pts
73
Sparkle Hard 25 pts
74
The Sciences 25 pts
75
Loner 25 pts
76
TA13OO 25 pts
77
Twin Fantasy 25 pts
78
Us 25 pts
79
Freedom 25 pts
80
Im All Ears 25 pts
81
Lavender 24 pts
82
LP5000 24 pts
83
Negro Swan 24 pts
84
Heaven 24 pts
86
88
El Mal Querer 23 pts
89
MITH 22 pts
90
Wanderer 22 pts
91
92
Only Love 22 pts
93
Errorzone 22 pts
95
96
Scorpion 21 pts
98
Voicenotes 21 pts
100
Love Is Dead 21 pts
101
Starfire 21 pts
102
104
Blood 19 pts
105
Time & Space 19 pts
108
110
Victory Lap 18 pts
111
All At Once 18 pts
112
Konoyo 18 pts
113
Cheer 17 pts
115
Hippo Lite 17 pts
117
118
Good Thing 17 pts
119
777 17 pts
120
122
The Wake 17 pts
123
Sparrow 17 pts
124
125
Noir 16 pts
128
Ye (Album) 16 pts
129
Wasteland 16 pts
130
132
Youngblood 15 pts
133
Veteran 15 pts
134
Superorganism 15 pts
135
KOD 15 pts
136
All Nerve 15 pts
137
139
Sex & Food 14 pts
140
WARM 14 pts
141
Ultraviolet 14 pts
142
God Level 14 pts
143
No Shame 14 pts
144
Twerp Verse 14 pts
145
Le Kov 13 pts
146
Landfall 13 pts
147
148
149
152
Vessel 12 pts
153
154
Drank 12 pts
155
On Watch 12 pts
156
High As Hope 12 pts
157
Die Lit 12 pts
158
Caution 12 pts
159
Firepower 12 pts
161
162
Paraffin 11 pts
164
K.T.S.E. 11 pts
165
Shawn Mendes 11 pts
166
Colt 11 pts
167
168
170
Tha Carter V 11 pts
171
Pillars 11 pts
172
173
Arbiter 10 pts
174
175
Book Of Ryan 10 pts
176
Automata II 10 pts
178
Quiet & Peace 10 pts
179
180
Abysskiss 10 pts
181
Riddles 10 pts
182
I’ll Sing 10 pts
183
184
Sister Cities 10 pts
185
188
Split 10 pts
189
Be More Kind 10 pts
190
191
193
Still Trippin 10 pts
194
Negro Swan 10 pts
195
Never Stop II 10 pts
196
197
Ouch 10 pts
198
Prequelle 10 pts
199
Hypnic Jerks 10 pts
201
202
Mutual Horse 10 pts
203
Bellowing Sun 10 pts
204
Aviary 10 pts
205
Slide 10 pts
206
Look Now 10 pts
207
The Drought 9 pts
209
Code Girl 9 pts
210
Merrie Land 9 pts
215
217
4275 9 pts
218
219
The Now Now 9 pts
220
221
224
226
The Crossing 9 pts
227
229
Omid 9 pts
230
Sweet Bunch 9 pts
231
232
Left Hand 9 pts
233
DiCaprio 2 9 pts
234
235
Suspiria 9 pts
236
237
Pirouette EP 9 pts
238
Tantabara 9 pts
239
240
Goat Girl 9 pts
241
Indigo 9 pts
242
243
Onion 9 pts
244
Fury 9 pts
245
Longwave 9 pts
246
Radio Siwèl 9 pts
248
249
250
Hope Dawns 9 pts
251
BbyShoe (EP) 8 pts
252
Poschiavo 8 pts
253
254
255
256
Warrior 8 pts
257
258
259
260
263
264
Megative 8 pts
267
Infernal 8 pts
268
269
Childqueen 8 pts
270
Look 8 pts
272
273
Nudes 8 pts
274
275
276
277
278
Nasty 8 pts
279
Magic Ship 8 pts
280
In Rounds 8 pts
284
286
287
288
The Weeknd 7 pts
289
Tina Snow 7 pts
291
Morose 7 pts
292
Forever 7 pts
293
re: member 7 pts
294
Premonitions 7 pts
295
QUARTERTHING 7 pts
296
297
The Pact 7 pts
298
Parts 7 pts
299
300
302
Starebaby 7 pts
306
307
Aura 7 pts
309
311
Pinned 7 pts
312
314
315
316
Hex 7 pts
317
318
Burnt Sugar 7 pts
320
321
322
Hɪðəˈtu 7 pts
323
324
Focus 6 pts
325
Grapetooth 6 pts
328
Fully Loaded 6 pts
329
Compro 6 pts
330
Care 6 pts
331
I Like Fun 6 pts
333
334
335
Dime Bag 6 pts
336
Pastoral 6 pts
337
338
Lush Life 6 pts
341
3X4 6 pts
343
Rausch 6 pts
344
Untitled 6 pts
345
Leikeli 47 6 pts
346
347
Darlène 6 pts
348
The Tree 6 pts
350
351
353
Cosmic Crypt 6 pts
354
355
Rare Birds 6 pts
357
Yene Alem 6 pts
361
362
Awaken 6 pts
364
Arthur Buck 6 pts
366
367
369
Old Ghost 5 pts
371
Loma 5 pts
372
374
Emanon 5 pts
375
376
November 5 pts
377
379
AFTER BACH 5 pts
381
382
Ex:Re 5 pts
384
387
Blue Motel 5 pts
388
Hovvdy 5 pts
389
Death Lust 5 pts
390
391
Hollie Cook 5 pts
393
Bimini Twist 5 pts
394
395
The Switch 5 pts
396
397
Sleepwalkers 5 pts
398
399
Thrice (EP) 5 pts
400
Rhododendron 5 pts
401
Saved 5 pts
402
Lost & Found 5 pts
403
Friendship 5 pts
404
Sissel 5 pts
405
Captured 5 pts
406
409
Dove 5 pts
410
411
Black Ego 5 pts
412
Willow 5 pts
413
Mania 5 pts
414
Freddie 5 pts
415
Dog Bless 5 pts
416
Kin Sonic 5 pts
417
418
419
420
421
422
Moon 2 5 pts
423
424
425
Obey 4 pts
429
In Heaven 4 pts
431
The Optimist 4 pts
432
433
434
435
436
Cumbia City 4 pts
437
Eve 4 pts
438
Exorcism 4 pts
440
442
444
Art of Doubt 4 pts
445
Outside 4 pts
446
Temet 4 pts
447
449
452
453
Years 4 pts
455
Ethereality 4 pts
456
Skinless X-1 4 pts
457
Trench 4 pts
459
moon 4 pts
461
462
Luca Brasi 3 4 pts
463
Lost Friends 4 pts
464
Bunny 4 pts
466
Quite A Life 4 pts
467
Civilisation 4 pts
468
469
470
471
473
Path 4 pts
474
475
Skylight 4 pts
478
ION 3 pts
479
200% Galcher 3 pts
481
Bad Witch 3 pts
482
Collapse EP 3 pts
484
Drip Harder 3 pts
486
487
15 3 pts
488
Soft Hell 3 pts
489
Panic Blooms 3 pts
490
New Pocket 3 pts
492
Goners 3 pts
493
H.E.R. 3 pts
495
Go To School 3 pts
497
Fetti 3 pts
498
Beast Mode 2 3 pts
499
Sixth House 3 pts
501
502
All Melody 3 pts
503
Euringer 3 pts
504
505
506
507
Period 3 pts
508
Stone Woman 3 pts
509
Destellos 3 pts
510
Oil Change 3 pts
511
512
513
Camila 3 pts
514
Eli Keszler 3 pts
515
516
517
518
Soyuz 3 pts
519
521
Cruel Magic 3 pts
522
OnePointFive 3 pts
523
Starcrawler 3 pts
526
527
Lionheart 3 pts
528
Cry No More 3 pts
529
530
Green Ways 2 pts
531
532
Volume 2 2 pts
533
MihTy 2 pts
534
AMR 2 pts
535
2042 2 pts
537
538
High on Fire 2 pts
539
PRhyme 2 2 pts
540
DROGAS Wave 2 pts
544
545
TrapStar 2 pts
546
Siblings 2 pts
547
Vide Noir 2 pts
549
550
Tell No One 2 pts
552
Shiroi 2 pts
553
Rock Island 2 pts
556
557
558
Orients 2 pts
559
Down Below 2 pts
560
562
Pink Eye 2 pts
563
564
Warm Drag 2 pts
566
Blueprint 2 pts
567
Mr. Jukebox 2 pts
568
TESTING 2 pts
569
571
Do Or Die 2 pts
574
Black Light 2 pts
579
Nyctophilia 1 pts
580
Nice Try 1 pts
581
582
583
586
Shooter 1 pts
587
Chime 1 pts
588
Dear Annie 1 pts
589
590
The Fuzz EP 1 pts
591
Magic Gone 1 pts
592
Halloween 1 pts
594
595
Girl Code 1 pts
597
Vector 1 pts
599
Super Silver 1 pts
600
601
Phoenix 1 pts
605
Schmaltz 1 pts
606
Healing Tide 1 pts
607
The Return 1 pts
608
Once 1 pts
609
2 Heartless 1 pts
610
AmeriKKKant 1 pts
611
BloodCrush 1 pts
613
615
Find a Light 1 pts
617
Sensitive G 1 pts
619
620
622
623
Oxnard 1 pts
624
Body Of Work 1 pts
625
Galapagos 1 pts
627
Silk Canvas 1 pts
628

Critic List

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