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
Nearer My God 102 pts
16
7 102 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
FM! 36 pts
51
Iridescence 36 pts
52
Our Raw Heart 36 pts
53
Hive Mind 35 pts
54
Redemption 35 pts
56
57
Singularity 34 pts
58
Record 33 pts
61
Swimming 33 pts
62
Mudboy 32 pts
63
Ventriloquism 32 pts
64
Ephorize 32 pts
66
Dying Star 29 pts
67
Bottle It In 29 pts
68
Devotion 28 pts
70
Cocoa Sugar 28 pts
71
Beyondless 27 pts
72
Magus 27 pts
73
Twin Fantasy 25 pts
74
The Sciences 25 pts
75
TA13OO 25 pts
76
Freedom 25 pts
77
Sparkle Hard 25 pts
78
Im All Ears 25 pts
79
Us 25 pts
80
Loner 25 pts
81
Lavender 24 pts
82
Heaven 24 pts
83
Negro Swan 24 pts
84
LP5000 24 pts
86
El Mal Querer 23 pts
88
89
MITH 22 pts
90
Wanderer 22 pts
91
Only Love 22 pts
92
93
Errorzone 22 pts
94
Starfire 21 pts
96
Scorpion 21 pts
97
Voicenotes 21 pts
99
101
Love Is Dead 21 pts
103
104
Time & Space 19 pts
105
Blood 19 pts
106
Konoyo 18 pts
109
All At Once 18 pts
110
Victory Lap 18 pts
111
114
116
Hippo Lite 17 pts
117
Sparrow 17 pts
118
119
777 17 pts
120
The Wake 17 pts
121
Good Thing 17 pts
122
123
Cheer 17 pts
125
126
Ye (Album) 16 pts
128
Wasteland 16 pts
130
Noir 16 pts
131
133
Veteran 15 pts
134
Superorganism 15 pts
135
All Nerve 15 pts
136
KOD 15 pts
138
Youngblood 15 pts
139
Twerp Verse 14 pts
140
No Shame 14 pts
141
God Level 14 pts
142
Ultraviolet 14 pts
143
Sex & Food 14 pts
144
WARM 14 pts
145
146
Le Kov 13 pts
147
Landfall 13 pts
148
149
151
Die Lit 12 pts
152
High As Hope 12 pts
153
154
Firepower 12 pts
155
Drank 12 pts
157
158
On Watch 12 pts
159
Caution 12 pts
160
Vessel 12 pts
162
Colt 11 pts
163
164
K.T.S.E. 11 pts
165
166
Tha Carter V 11 pts
167
168
Paraffin 11 pts
169
Shawn Mendes 11 pts
171
Pillars 11 pts
173
174
Be More Kind 10 pts
176
Abysskiss 10 pts
177
Book Of Ryan 10 pts
179
180
Quiet & Peace 10 pts
181
Automata II 10 pts
184
Hypnic Jerks 10 pts
185
Bellowing Sun 10 pts
186
Aviary 10 pts
187
Slide 10 pts
188
Look Now 10 pts
190
Arbiter 10 pts
191
192
193
Ouch 10 pts
194
Mutual Horse 10 pts
195
196
Split 10 pts
197
Sister Cities 10 pts
198
Never Stop II 10 pts
199
200
I’ll Sing 10 pts
201
Prequelle 10 pts
202
203
Riddles 10 pts
204
Still Trippin 10 pts
205
Negro Swan 10 pts
206
207
208
Radio Siwèl 9 pts
210
212
Indigo 9 pts
213
214
Suspiria 9 pts
215
Tantabara 9 pts
216
Onion 9 pts
217
Goat Girl 9 pts
218
220
Fury 9 pts
221
222
Hope Dawns 9 pts
223
224
225
4275 9 pts
226
227
230
Code Girl 9 pts
232
Left Hand 9 pts
233
Merrie Land 9 pts
234
The Drought 9 pts
235
237
DiCaprio 2 9 pts
238
239
The Now Now 9 pts
242
Sweet Bunch 9 pts
243
The Crossing 9 pts
244
Pirouette EP 9 pts
245
246
Longwave 9 pts
248
Omid 9 pts
249
254
Nasty 8 pts
255
Magic Ship 8 pts
256
Nudes 8 pts
257
258
259
Infernal 8 pts
260
263
Childqueen 8 pts
264
In Rounds 8 pts
265
266
Look 8 pts
267
BbyShoe (EP) 8 pts
269
270
271
Megative 8 pts
272
273
Poschiavo 8 pts
274
275
276
277
279
280
281
283
Warrior 8 pts
284
285
287
Pinned 7 pts
288
289
Forever 7 pts
290
The Weeknd 7 pts
291
293
294
Burnt Sugar 7 pts
297
298
299
Aura 7 pts
300
301
Premonitions 7 pts
302
303
305
Morose 7 pts
306
307
308
The Pact 7 pts
309
311
Tina Snow 7 pts
313
314
Hɪðəˈtu 7 pts
315
Hex 7 pts
316
QUARTERTHING 7 pts
318
Starebaby 7 pts
319
321
re: member 7 pts
322
Parts 7 pts
326
Untitled 6 pts
327
Grapetooth 6 pts
328
Compro 6 pts
329
330
Lush Life 6 pts
331
334
Arthur Buck 6 pts
335
336
Awaken 6 pts
337
Care 6 pts
341
345
Leikeli 47 6 pts
346
Focus 6 pts
347
3X4 6 pts
348
350
Fully Loaded 6 pts
353
Rare Birds 6 pts
354
356
Darlène 6 pts
357
358
Yene Alem 6 pts
359
I Like Fun 6 pts
360
Dime Bag 6 pts
361
362
Cosmic Crypt 6 pts
363
The Tree 6 pts
364
365
Rausch 6 pts
367
368
Pastoral 6 pts
369
370
371
Lost & Found 5 pts
372
Sissel 5 pts
373
375
Rhododendron 5 pts
376
Willow 5 pts
377
378
379
Friendship 5 pts
380
381
382
Kin Sonic 5 pts
383
Dog Bless 5 pts
384
Mania 5 pts
385
386
Dove 5 pts
387
Moon 2 5 pts
389
Captured 5 pts
390
Saved 5 pts
391
Black Ego 5 pts
392
Freddie 5 pts
393
394
Thrice (EP) 5 pts
395
396
Hollie Cook 5 pts
399
400
Ex:Re 5 pts
401
403
Blue Motel 5 pts
404
Bimini Twist 5 pts
405
Emanon 5 pts
406
408
409
410
Old Ghost 5 pts
412
Hovvdy 5 pts
413
415
Death Lust 5 pts
416
418
Sleepwalkers 5 pts
419
The Switch 5 pts
420
November 5 pts
422
Loma 5 pts
423
AFTER BACH 5 pts
424
427
moon 4 pts
428
429
The Optimist 4 pts
434
Outside 4 pts
436
Civilisation 4 pts
437
Ethereality 4 pts
438
439
Obey 4 pts
440
441
443
444
Path 4 pts
445
Luca Brasi 3 4 pts
446
Exorcism 4 pts
447
448
449
450
451
Lost Friends 4 pts
452
Bunny 4 pts
453
Quite A Life 4 pts
454
455
457
Eve 4 pts
458
Cumbia City 4 pts
462
Trench 4 pts
464
Years 4 pts
465
466
467
468
Art of Doubt 4 pts
470
Temet 4 pts
472
Skinless X-1 4 pts
475
476
477
Skylight 4 pts
478
479
Eli Keszler 3 pts
482
Drip Harder 3 pts
483
484
Lionheart 3 pts
485
Oil Change 3 pts
486
Bad Witch 3 pts
487
All Melody 3 pts
488
H.E.R. 3 pts
489
Beast Mode 2 3 pts
490
Collapse EP 3 pts
491
Go To School 3 pts
493
New Pocket 3 pts
494
Soft Hell 3 pts
496
497
200% Galcher 3 pts
498
Panic Blooms 3 pts
499
500
501
Cruel Magic 3 pts
503
504
Goners 3 pts
505
506
Soyuz 3 pts
507
Euringer 3 pts
508
Fetti 3 pts
510
15 3 pts
511
Starcrawler 3 pts
512
513
514
Cry No More 3 pts
515
Stone Woman 3 pts
516
Camila 3 pts
517
518
Sixth House 3 pts
521
523
Destellos 3 pts
524
Period 3 pts
525
OnePointFive 3 pts
526
ION 3 pts
527
530
531
Green Ways 2 pts
532
533
PRhyme 2 2 pts
534
DROGAS Wave 2 pts
535
Volume 2 2 pts
536
Blueprint 2 pts
537
538
TESTING 2 pts
540
Vide Noir 2 pts
542
Siblings 2 pts
543
544
Orients 2 pts
545
Down Below 2 pts
546
TrapStar 2 pts
547
548
549
Shiroi 2 pts
551
554
Warm Drag 2 pts
555
Do Or Die 2 pts
556
Black Light 2 pts
557
Pink Eye 2 pts
558
559
Rock Island 2 pts
561
Tell No One 2 pts
562
565
Mr. Jukebox 2 pts
568
569
MihTy 2 pts
570
2042 2 pts
572
AMR 2 pts
573
High on Fire 2 pts
576
Dear Annie 1 pts
577
580
Once 1 pts
581
AmeriKKKant 1 pts
582
The Return 1 pts
584
Super Silver 1 pts
588
2 Heartless 1 pts
590
Sensitive G 1 pts
591
592
Oxnard 1 pts
593
Girl Code 1 pts
594
Galapagos 1 pts
595
Silk Canvas 1 pts
597
Nyctophilia 1 pts
598
599
600
601
Halloween 1 pts
602
Vector 1 pts
603
The Fuzz EP 1 pts
604
Chime 1 pts
609
Nice Try 1 pts
610
611
613
Find a Light 1 pts
614
Healing Tide 1 pts
615
Schmaltz 1 pts
616
Phoenix 1 pts
617
Body Of Work 1 pts
618
619
621
BloodCrush 1 pts
623
626
Shooter 1 pts
627
Magic Gone 1 pts
628

Critic List

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