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
28
Hell-On 69 pts
35
37
2012-2017 57 pts
40
Whack World 48 pts
42
Soil 46 pts
43
Age Of 45 pts
44
Chris 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
Singularity 34 pts
57
58
Record 33 pts
60
Swimming 33 pts
62
Ventriloquism 32 pts
63
Ephorize 32 pts
64
Mudboy 32 pts
66
Bottle It In 29 pts
67
Dying Star 29 pts
68
Cocoa Sugar 28 pts
69
Devotion 28 pts
71
Beyondless 27 pts
72
Magus 27 pts
73
Im All Ears 25 pts
74
Us 25 pts
75
Freedom 25 pts
76
Loner 25 pts
77
TA13OO 25 pts
78
Twin Fantasy 25 pts
79
Sparkle Hard 25 pts
80
The Sciences 25 pts
81
Lavender 24 pts
82
Negro Swan 24 pts
83
Heaven 24 pts
84
LP5000 24 pts
85
El Mal Querer 23 pts
87
89
90
Errorzone 22 pts
91
MITH 22 pts
92
Wanderer 22 pts
93
Only Love 22 pts
94
Starfire 21 pts
95
Love Is Dead 21 pts
97
Scorpion 21 pts
98
101
Voicenotes 21 pts
103
104
Time & Space 19 pts
105
Blood 19 pts
106
Konoyo 18 pts
108
All At Once 18 pts
109
Victory Lap 18 pts
112
113
114
The Wake 17 pts
117
Cheer 17 pts
118
Sparrow 17 pts
119
120
777 17 pts
122
123
Hippo Lite 17 pts
124
Good Thing 17 pts
125
126
Ye (Album) 16 pts
127
Wasteland 16 pts
128
Noir 16 pts
131
Veteran 15 pts
132
All Nerve 15 pts
133
Superorganism 15 pts
136
KOD 15 pts
137
138
Youngblood 15 pts
139
Ultraviolet 14 pts
140
WARM 14 pts
141
God Level 14 pts
142
No Shame 14 pts
143
Twerp Verse 14 pts
144
Sex & Food 14 pts
145
Landfall 13 pts
146
147
Le Kov 13 pts
148
150
151
Firepower 12 pts
152
Vessel 12 pts
154
Drank 12 pts
155
Caution 12 pts
157
158
Die Lit 12 pts
159
High As Hope 12 pts
160
On Watch 12 pts
161
162
Paraffin 11 pts
163
164
Colt 11 pts
165
Pillars 11 pts
166
Tha Carter V 11 pts
167
K.T.S.E. 11 pts
168
169
Shawn Mendes 11 pts
170
173
Negro Swan 10 pts
174
I’ll Sing 10 pts
175
Split 10 pts
177
Be More Kind 10 pts
178
Sister Cities 10 pts
179
Hypnic Jerks 10 pts
180
Ouch 10 pts
182
Mutual Horse 10 pts
183
Arbiter 10 pts
184
Book Of Ryan 10 pts
185
Never Stop II 10 pts
186
Automata II 10 pts
187
188
189
Quiet & Peace 10 pts
192
193
194
195
Still Trippin 10 pts
196
197
198
Slide 10 pts
199
Prequelle 10 pts
200
202
Riddles 10 pts
203
Abysskiss 10 pts
204
Bellowing Sun 10 pts
205
Look Now 10 pts
206
Aviary 10 pts
207
Onion 9 pts
208
209
211
212
Goat Girl 9 pts
214
Left Hand 9 pts
217
Merrie Land 9 pts
218
Suspiria 9 pts
219
220
The Crossing 9 pts
221
Radio Siwèl 9 pts
223
224
4275 9 pts
225
Sweet Bunch 9 pts
226
Tantabara 9 pts
227
229
Hope Dawns 9 pts
231
Code Girl 9 pts
232
The Now Now 9 pts
234
The Drought 9 pts
236
238
Omid 9 pts
239
Fury 9 pts
240
241
242
243
Longwave 9 pts
244
Pirouette EP 9 pts
245
247
248
249
DiCaprio 2 9 pts
250
Indigo 9 pts
251
BbyShoe (EP) 8 pts
254
Nasty 8 pts
255
Look 8 pts
256
Childqueen 8 pts
257
258
259
Poschiavo 8 pts
261
262
In Rounds 8 pts
263
264
Magic Ship 8 pts
265
266
268
Warrior 8 pts
269
271
272
Infernal 8 pts
274
275
276
277
Megative 8 pts
279
Nudes 8 pts
280
281
283
284
Tina Snow 7 pts
285
287
288
The Pact 7 pts
289
290
291
Morose 7 pts
292
293
294
Premonitions 7 pts
295
Aura 7 pts
297
298
299
300
301
QUARTERTHING 7 pts
304
The Weeknd 7 pts
306
Starebaby 7 pts
307
Pinned 7 pts
308
309
311
313
Forever 7 pts
314
re: member 7 pts
315
Parts 7 pts
317
Hɪðəˈtu 7 pts
318
Hex 7 pts
320
Burnt Sugar 7 pts
322
323
324
Fully Loaded 6 pts
326
Rausch 6 pts
327
Dime Bag 6 pts
328
Rare Birds 6 pts
330
Darlène 6 pts
333
3X4 6 pts
335
336
339
Untitled 6 pts
340
341
343
Care 6 pts
344
Awaken 6 pts
345
346
Yene Alem 6 pts
347
Compro 6 pts
348
352
I Like Fun 6 pts
353
Focus 6 pts
354
355
Pastoral 6 pts
357
Arthur Buck 6 pts
360
Grapetooth 6 pts
362
Leikeli 47 6 pts
363
364
365
366
Cosmic Crypt 6 pts
367
The Tree 6 pts
368
Lush Life 6 pts
369
November 5 pts
370
Loma 5 pts
371
372
AFTER BACH 5 pts
373
Ex:Re 5 pts
374
Bimini Twist 5 pts
375
The Switch 5 pts
376
377
Blue Motel 5 pts
378
Emanon 5 pts
379
380
383
386
Old Ghost 5 pts
387
Hollie Cook 5 pts
390
Hovvdy 5 pts
391
393
Death Lust 5 pts
395
396
Sleepwalkers 5 pts
397
398
400
401
402
Lost & Found 5 pts
403
Friendship 5 pts
404
Sissel 5 pts
405
Captured 5 pts
406
408
Moon 2 5 pts
409
Dove 5 pts
410
Willow 5 pts
411
Black Ego 5 pts
412
Mania 5 pts
413
Freddie 5 pts
414
Dog Bless 5 pts
415
Kin Sonic 5 pts
416
417
418
Thrice (EP) 5 pts
419
420
421
Saved 5 pts
422
Rhododendron 5 pts
423
424
427
431
In Heaven 4 pts
432
The Optimist 4 pts
434
435
436
437
Cumbia City 4 pts
438
Eve 4 pts
439
Exorcism 4 pts
440
442
443
445
Art of Doubt 4 pts
446
Outside 4 pts
447
Temet 4 pts
449
451
Trench 4 pts
454
455
Years 4 pts
457
Ethereality 4 pts
458
Skinless X-1 4 pts
459
moon 4 pts
460
Obey 4 pts
461
Luca Brasi 3 4 pts
462
463
Bunny 4 pts
464
466
467
468
469
Path 4 pts
471
Quite A Life 4 pts
472
Lost Friends 4 pts
473
Civilisation 4 pts
475
Skylight 4 pts
476
478
200% Galcher 3 pts
479
New Pocket 3 pts
480
483
Soft Hell 3 pts
484
Fetti 3 pts
486
Bad Witch 3 pts
487
488
489
Drip Harder 3 pts
490
H.E.R. 3 pts
492
Go To School 3 pts
494
Beast Mode 2 3 pts
495
Sixth House 3 pts
496
497
ION 3 pts
498
Goners 3 pts
501
Collapse EP 3 pts
503
504
All Melody 3 pts
505
506
507
Panic Blooms 3 pts
508
509
Starcrawler 3 pts
510
Period 3 pts
511
Destellos 3 pts
512
Cry No More 3 pts
513
Stone Woman 3 pts
514
Oil Change 3 pts
515
516
Euringer 3 pts
517
Camila 3 pts
518
Eli Keszler 3 pts
519
15 3 pts
521
522
523
Soyuz 3 pts
524
Lionheart 3 pts
525
OnePointFive 3 pts
527
528
Cruel Magic 3 pts
529
Volume 2 2 pts
530
531
Green Ways 2 pts
532
AMR 2 pts
533
534
DROGAS Wave 2 pts
536
2042 2 pts
537
High on Fire 2 pts
538
MihTy 2 pts
540
PRhyme 2 2 pts
543
544
545
TrapStar 2 pts
546
Siblings 2 pts
547
Vide Noir 2 pts
549
550
Tell No One 2 pts
551
Shiroi 2 pts
553
556
557
Rock Island 2 pts
558
Orients 2 pts
559
560
Down Below 2 pts
562
Pink Eye 2 pts
563
Black Light 2 pts
564
Warm Drag 2 pts
568
570
Do Or Die 2 pts
571
Blueprint 2 pts
572
573
Mr. Jukebox 2 pts
574
TESTING 2 pts
576
Nyctophilia 1 pts
579
Nice Try 1 pts
581
582
583
585
Shooter 1 pts
586
Dear Annie 1 pts
587
Chime 1 pts
588
589
The Fuzz EP 1 pts
590
Magic Gone 1 pts
591
Halloween 1 pts
594
595
Girl Code 1 pts
597
Vector 1 pts
598
Super Silver 1 pts
599
Body Of Work 1 pts
600
602
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
612
Find a Light 1 pts
613
Silk Canvas 1 pts
617
Sensitive G 1 pts
619
620
622
623
Oxnard 1 pts
625
Galapagos 1 pts
627
628

Critic List

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