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
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
54
Redemption 35 pts
55
Hive Mind 35 pts
56
Singularity 34 pts
57
58
Swimming 33 pts
60
Record 33 pts
62
Ephorize 32 pts
63
Mudboy 32 pts
64
Ventriloquism 32 pts
66
Bottle It In 29 pts
67
Dying Star 29 pts
68
Devotion 28 pts
70
Cocoa Sugar 28 pts
71
Beyondless 27 pts
72
Magus 27 pts
73
Loner 25 pts
74
Im All Ears 25 pts
75
Us 25 pts
76
Sparkle Hard 25 pts
77
The Sciences 25 pts
78
Freedom 25 pts
79
Twin Fantasy 25 pts
80
TA13OO 25 pts
81
Heaven 24 pts
82
Negro Swan 24 pts
83
LP5000 24 pts
84
Lavender 24 pts
85
88
El Mal Querer 23 pts
89
MITH 22 pts
90
Errorzone 22 pts
91
Wanderer 22 pts
92
93
Only Love 22 pts
94
96
Love Is Dead 21 pts
97
Starfire 21 pts
99
Scorpion 21 pts
101
Voicenotes 21 pts
103
104
Blood 19 pts
105
Time & Space 19 pts
107
All At Once 18 pts
108
Konoyo 18 pts
111
Victory Lap 18 pts
112
113
Hippo Lite 17 pts
114
The Wake 17 pts
115
Good Thing 17 pts
116
117
118
Sparrow 17 pts
122
777 17 pts
123
Cheer 17 pts
124
125
Ye (Album) 16 pts
126
Noir 16 pts
127
129
Wasteland 16 pts
131
Veteran 15 pts
132
Superorganism 15 pts
133
All Nerve 15 pts
136
KOD 15 pts
137
Youngblood 15 pts
138
139
Twerp Verse 14 pts
140
Sex & Food 14 pts
141
Ultraviolet 14 pts
142
God Level 14 pts
143
WARM 14 pts
144
No Shame 14 pts
145
146
147
148
Landfall 13 pts
150
Le Kov 13 pts
152
On Watch 12 pts
153
Drank 12 pts
154
155
Firepower 12 pts
156
Die Lit 12 pts
157
Vessel 12 pts
159
Caution 12 pts
160
High As Hope 12 pts
161
162
Pillars 11 pts
163
Paraffin 11 pts
166
Shawn Mendes 11 pts
167
K.T.S.E. 11 pts
168
Tha Carter V 11 pts
169
170
171
Colt 11 pts
172
173
Bellowing Sun 10 pts
174
Ouch 10 pts
175
Negro Swan 10 pts
176
Abysskiss 10 pts
178
Arbiter 10 pts
179
I’ll Sing 10 pts
180
181
Split 10 pts
182
183
Look Now 10 pts
184
Sister Cities 10 pts
185
Slide 10 pts
187
188
189
190
Book Of Ryan 10 pts
191
Still Trippin 10 pts
192
Riddles 10 pts
194
Mutual Horse 10 pts
195
Automata II 10 pts
196
197
198
Quiet & Peace 10 pts
199
Be More Kind 10 pts
200
Aviary 10 pts
202
Prequelle 10 pts
204
205
Hypnic Jerks 10 pts
206
Never Stop II 10 pts
207
208
4275 9 pts
209
Hope Dawns 9 pts
210
Left Hand 9 pts
213
DiCaprio 2 9 pts
214
215
Omid 9 pts
216
Sweet Bunch 9 pts
217
218
220
222
225
The Crossing 9 pts
226
The Now Now 9 pts
227
230
231
232
Code Girl 9 pts
233
235
Suspiria 9 pts
236
Goat Girl 9 pts
237
238
239
Tantabara 9 pts
240
The Drought 9 pts
241
Onion 9 pts
242
Pirouette EP 9 pts
243
Indigo 9 pts
244
Longwave 9 pts
245
Merrie Land 9 pts
247
248
Fury 9 pts
249
Radio Siwèl 9 pts
251
252
Nasty 8 pts
254
Poschiavo 8 pts
256
In Rounds 8 pts
257
258
259
260
262
Look 8 pts
263
264
266
Childqueen 8 pts
267
269
BbyShoe (EP) 8 pts
270
271
Nudes 8 pts
272
Infernal 8 pts
274
276
Megative 8 pts
278
279
280
Warrior 8 pts
281
282
283
Magic Ship 8 pts
284
Morose 7 pts
287
288
Tina Snow 7 pts
289
290
291
292
293
Premonitions 7 pts
294
295
296
The Pact 7 pts
297
299
300
Pinned 7 pts
301
303
305
Hɪðəˈtu 7 pts
306
QUARTERTHING 7 pts
307
Starebaby 7 pts
308
310
The Weeknd 7 pts
311
312
Burnt Sugar 7 pts
313
Aura 7 pts
314
Forever 7 pts
315
Hex 7 pts
316
319
re: member 7 pts
322
Parts 7 pts
323
324
Rausch 6 pts
326
328
Dime Bag 6 pts
329
331
Awaken 6 pts
332
Lush Life 6 pts
333
Untitled 6 pts
334
3X4 6 pts
338
Compro 6 pts
339
Cosmic Crypt 6 pts
340
Focus 6 pts
341
Pastoral 6 pts
344
345
346
347
The Tree 6 pts
348
349
Arthur Buck 6 pts
351
352
Darlène 6 pts
353
Care 6 pts
354
Rare Birds 6 pts
355
356
Yene Alem 6 pts
360
361
I Like Fun 6 pts
364
Fully Loaded 6 pts
365
366
Leikeli 47 6 pts
368
Grapetooth 6 pts
371
372
373
Ex:Re 5 pts
376
377
Old Ghost 5 pts
378
Loma 5 pts
379
382
Death Lust 5 pts
383
384
Sleepwalkers 5 pts
385
386
Hollie Cook 5 pts
388
The Switch 5 pts
389
Blue Motel 5 pts
390
November 5 pts
391
392
Emanon 5 pts
393
394
Hovvdy 5 pts
395
Bimini Twist 5 pts
397
398
AFTER BACH 5 pts
399
Saved 5 pts
401
402
403
Sissel 5 pts
404
405
Mania 5 pts
406
Black Ego 5 pts
408
Lost & Found 5 pts
409
410
Freddie 5 pts
411
Willow 5 pts
412
Dove 5 pts
413
Moon 2 5 pts
414
Rhododendron 5 pts
415
416
Friendship 5 pts
417
Thrice (EP) 5 pts
418
Dog Bless 5 pts
419
Captured 5 pts
420
421
422
Kin Sonic 5 pts
423
424
Skinless X-1 4 pts
426
428
Outside 4 pts
429
430
432
Temet 4 pts
433
Art of Doubt 4 pts
434
Eve 4 pts
435
Cumbia City 4 pts
436
Obey 4 pts
438
439
440
441
443
Years 4 pts
446
Civilisation 4 pts
448
Ethereality 4 pts
449
452
moon 4 pts
454
455
Skylight 4 pts
456
457
Exorcism 4 pts
458
460
462
Luca Brasi 3 4 pts
463
Path 4 pts
464
465
Quite A Life 4 pts
467
468
Trench 4 pts
471
472
Bunny 4 pts
473
Lost Friends 4 pts
474
In Heaven 4 pts
476
The Optimist 4 pts
477
479
ION 3 pts
480
Soft Hell 3 pts
482
New Pocket 3 pts
483
All Melody 3 pts
484
485
487
Oil Change 3 pts
488
Eli Keszler 3 pts
492
Go To School 3 pts
493
Panic Blooms 3 pts
494
OnePointFive 3 pts
495
200% Galcher 3 pts
496
H.E.R. 3 pts
497
Beast Mode 2 3 pts
498
Period 3 pts
499
Sixth House 3 pts
500
Collapse EP 3 pts
501
Lionheart 3 pts
502
Drip Harder 3 pts
503
504
506
Destellos 3 pts
507
15 3 pts
508
509
510
Goners 3 pts
511
512
Cry No More 3 pts
513
Camila 3 pts
514
Soyuz 3 pts
516
Cruel Magic 3 pts
517
518
519
Euringer 3 pts
520
Starcrawler 3 pts
521
522
Bad Witch 3 pts
525
526
Fetti 3 pts
527
528
Stone Woman 3 pts
529
531
532
DROGAS Wave 2 pts
533
PRhyme 2 2 pts
534
535
Rock Island 2 pts
536
537
538
Green Ways 2 pts
542
High on Fire 2 pts
543
AMR 2 pts
544
Warm Drag 2 pts
546
Do Or Die 2 pts
547
548
549
MihTy 2 pts
551
Black Light 2 pts
552
Down Below 2 pts
553
554
Shiroi 2 pts
555
Pink Eye 2 pts
556
TrapStar 2 pts
557
Orients 2 pts
560
Vide Noir 2 pts
561
Tell No One 2 pts
562
TESTING 2 pts
563
564
Blueprint 2 pts
565
2042 2 pts
567
Mr. Jukebox 2 pts
571
Siblings 2 pts
572
573
Volume 2 2 pts
575
576
Phoenix 1 pts
577
Halloween 1 pts
579
Shooter 1 pts
580
The Return 1 pts
581
Dear Annie 1 pts
582
Vector 1 pts
584
Magic Gone 1 pts
586
The Fuzz EP 1 pts
588
Chime 1 pts
590
Schmaltz 1 pts
592
595
AmeriKKKant 1 pts
596
Silk Canvas 1 pts
597
2 Heartless 1 pts
598
Healing Tide 1 pts
599
Girl Code 1 pts
602
Super Silver 1 pts
606
Nice Try 1 pts
608
610
611
612
Sensitive G 1 pts
613
Nyctophilia 1 pts
614
Body Of Work 1 pts
616
617
618
619
BloodCrush 1 pts
621
Find a Light 1 pts
622
Galapagos 1 pts
623
624
625
Oxnard 1 pts
626
628
Once 1 pts

Critic List

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