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
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
53
Redemption 35 pts
55
Hive Mind 35 pts
56
57
Singularity 34 pts
58
Record 33 pts
59
Swimming 33 pts
62
Ventriloquism 32 pts
63
Mudboy 32 pts
64
Ephorize 32 pts
66
Bottle It In 29 pts
67
Dying Star 29 pts
68
Cocoa Sugar 28 pts
69
Devotion 28 pts
71
Magus 27 pts
72
Beyondless 27 pts
73
Us 25 pts
74
Twin Fantasy 25 pts
75
Im All Ears 25 pts
76
The Sciences 25 pts
77
TA13OO 25 pts
78
Freedom 25 pts
79
Loner 25 pts
80
Sparkle Hard 25 pts
81
Heaven 24 pts
82
LP5000 24 pts
83
Lavender 24 pts
84
Negro Swan 24 pts
85
88
El Mal Querer 23 pts
89
90
Errorzone 22 pts
91
MITH 22 pts
92
Wanderer 22 pts
93
Only Love 22 pts
94
Scorpion 21 pts
96
97
Starfire 21 pts
98
Voicenotes 21 pts
100
Love Is Dead 21 pts
102
104
Blood 19 pts
105
Time & Space 19 pts
106
All At Once 18 pts
108
110
Victory Lap 18 pts
112
Konoyo 18 pts
113
Good Thing 17 pts
114
Cheer 17 pts
115
116
777 17 pts
117
119
The Wake 17 pts
121
Sparrow 17 pts
122
Hippo Lite 17 pts
123
125
128
Wasteland 16 pts
129
Ye (Album) 16 pts
130
Noir 16 pts
131
All Nerve 15 pts
132
KOD 15 pts
133
Veteran 15 pts
134
Youngblood 15 pts
135
136
Superorganism 15 pts
139
God Level 14 pts
140
No Shame 14 pts
141
WARM 14 pts
142
Twerp Verse 14 pts
143
Sex & Food 14 pts
144
Ultraviolet 14 pts
145
146
147
148
Le Kov 13 pts
150
Landfall 13 pts
152
Caution 12 pts
153
Die Lit 12 pts
154
155
Firepower 12 pts
156
High As Hope 12 pts
157
On Watch 12 pts
158
159
Vessel 12 pts
160
Drank 12 pts
163
Paraffin 11 pts
164
K.T.S.E. 11 pts
166
Pillars 11 pts
167
168
Colt 11 pts
169
170
Shawn Mendes 11 pts
171
172
Tha Carter V 11 pts
174
Mutual Horse 10 pts
175
Automata II 10 pts
176
177
Quiet & Peace 10 pts
178
Never Stop II 10 pts
179
180
Split 10 pts
181
Hypnic Jerks 10 pts
182
Bellowing Sun 10 pts
183
I’ll Sing 10 pts
184
Ouch 10 pts
185
Sister Cities 10 pts
187
189
Riddles 10 pts
190
Abysskiss 10 pts
191
192
Still Trippin 10 pts
193
Look Now 10 pts
195
Aviary 10 pts
196
197
Book Of Ryan 10 pts
198
199
Arbiter 10 pts
201
Be More Kind 10 pts
202
203
Negro Swan 10 pts
204
Slide 10 pts
205
Prequelle 10 pts
206
207
Indigo 9 pts
208
209
Suspiria 9 pts
210
212
Longwave 9 pts
214
216
Tantabara 9 pts
217
Left Hand 9 pts
220
222
223
4275 9 pts
224
The Crossing 9 pts
226
Omid 9 pts
227
229
Onion 9 pts
230
Hope Dawns 9 pts
231
Fury 9 pts
232
The Drought 9 pts
233
Pirouette EP 9 pts
234
The Now Now 9 pts
235
236
Code Girl 9 pts
237
238
Goat Girl 9 pts
239
240
243
Sweet Bunch 9 pts
244
245
Radio Siwèl 9 pts
246
DiCaprio 2 9 pts
247
248
Merrie Land 9 pts
250
251
Warrior 8 pts
254
In Rounds 8 pts
255
257
BbyShoe (EP) 8 pts
259
260
Poschiavo 8 pts
261
Look 8 pts
262
263
264
266
267
268
269
Nudes 8 pts
270
271
Childqueen 8 pts
272
Nasty 8 pts
274
275
276
Magic Ship 8 pts
278
Megative 8 pts
280
Infernal 8 pts
281
282
283
284
285
Aura 7 pts
286
287
The Pact 7 pts
288
290
Tina Snow 7 pts
291
Premonitions 7 pts
292
293
295
Morose 7 pts
297
298
299
301
Hex 7 pts
303
The Weeknd 7 pts
304
Forever 7 pts
305
Starebaby 7 pts
306
308
309
Pinned 7 pts
310
311
Hɪðəˈtu 7 pts
313
Burnt Sugar 7 pts
314
315
316
QUARTERTHING 7 pts
318
321
re: member 7 pts
322
323
Parts 7 pts
324
Awaken 6 pts
325
327
328
Fully Loaded 6 pts
329
Rausch 6 pts
332
Untitled 6 pts
333
Focus 6 pts
334
Pastoral 6 pts
335
336
Compro 6 pts
337
338
Grapetooth 6 pts
343
3X4 6 pts
345
Lush Life 6 pts
346
The Tree 6 pts
347
Arthur Buck 6 pts
349
Cosmic Crypt 6 pts
352
354
Yene Alem 6 pts
355
Care 6 pts
357
I Like Fun 6 pts
358
Darlène 6 pts
361
362
Leikeli 47 6 pts
363
364
365
366
367
Dime Bag 6 pts
368
Rare Birds 6 pts
369
AFTER BACH 5 pts
370
373
Loma 5 pts
374
Ex:Re 5 pts
375
November 5 pts
376
377
Emanon 5 pts
378
Blue Motel 5 pts
381
382
384
Hovvdy 5 pts
385
386
387
Death Lust 5 pts
388
The Switch 5 pts
390
393
394
Sleepwalkers 5 pts
395
Bimini Twist 5 pts
396
Hollie Cook 5 pts
397
Old Ghost 5 pts
398
399
Thrice (EP) 5 pts
400
401
Lost & Found 5 pts
402
Sissel 5 pts
403
Saved 5 pts
404
Captured 5 pts
405
407
Rhododendron 5 pts
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
Friendship 5 pts
419
420
421
423
424
425
Obey 4 pts
429
In Heaven 4 pts
432
The Optimist 4 pts
433
434
435
436
437
Cumbia City 4 pts
438
Eve 4 pts
440
442
moon 4 pts
444
Art of Doubt 4 pts
445
Outside 4 pts
446
Temet 4 pts
447
450
451
452
Skinless X-1 4 pts
453
Years 4 pts
455
Civilisation 4 pts
457
Ethereality 4 pts
459
Trench 4 pts
460
462
Lost Friends 4 pts
463
Path 4 pts
465
466
467
468
Exorcism 4 pts
469
Skylight 4 pts
470
Quite A Life 4 pts
471
472
Luca Brasi 3 4 pts
473
Bunny 4 pts
474
477
478
OnePointFive 3 pts
479
Soft Hell 3 pts
483
15 3 pts
484
All Melody 3 pts
485
New Pocket 3 pts
487
489
Drip Harder 3 pts
490
H.E.R. 3 pts
491
Bad Witch 3 pts
492
Go To School 3 pts
493
Sixth House 3 pts
494
Beast Mode 2 3 pts
495
Goners 3 pts
496
497
ION 3 pts
500
Panic Blooms 3 pts
502
503
Euringer 3 pts
504
Starcrawler 3 pts
505
Period 3 pts
506
Soyuz 3 pts
507
Collapse EP 3 pts
508
Cry No More 3 pts
509
Destellos 3 pts
510
Stone Woman 3 pts
511
Oil Change 3 pts
512
513
Camila 3 pts
514
515
516
Lionheart 3 pts
517
518
519
Eli Keszler 3 pts
521
Cruel Magic 3 pts
522
524
525
526
200% Galcher 3 pts
527
Fetti 3 pts
528
529
2042 2 pts
530
Volume 2 2 pts
531
532
Green Ways 2 pts
533
535
536
MihTy 2 pts
538
High on Fire 2 pts
540
DROGAS Wave 2 pts
541
PRhyme 2 2 pts
543
AMR 2 pts
544
545
Blueprint 2 pts
546
Shiroi 2 pts
547
548
550
Tell No One 2 pts
552
553
Siblings 2 pts
555
556
Rock Island 2 pts
557
Orients 2 pts
558
Down Below 2 pts
559
560
TrapStar 2 pts
561
Vide Noir 2 pts
562
Pink Eye 2 pts
564
Mr. Jukebox 2 pts
568
TESTING 2 pts
569
Warm Drag 2 pts
570
571
Do Or Die 2 pts
573
Black Light 2 pts
576
578
Nice Try 1 pts
580
581
Nyctophilia 1 pts
586
Shooter 1 pts
587
588
Chime 1 pts
589
Dear Annie 1 pts
590
The Fuzz EP 1 pts
591
Vector 1 pts
592
Magic Gone 1 pts
593
Halloween 1 pts
594
595
Galapagos 1 pts
597
Once 1 pts
599
Body Of Work 1 pts
600
Super Silver 1 pts
601
604
Phoenix 1 pts
606
Schmaltz 1 pts
607
The Return 1 pts
608
Healing Tide 1 pts
609
AmeriKKKant 1 pts
610
2 Heartless 1 pts
611
BloodCrush 1 pts
613
615
Find a Light 1 pts
617
Sensitive G 1 pts
618
620
622
623
Oxnard 1 pts
624
Girl Code 1 pts
625
626
Silk Canvas 1 pts
628

Critic List

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