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
42
Soil 46 pts
43
Chris 45 pts
44
Age Of 45 pts
45
To The Sunset 44 pts
48
Post 41 pts
49
50
Iridescence 36 pts
51
Our Raw Heart 36 pts
52
FM! 36 pts
53
Redemption 35 pts
55
Hive Mind 35 pts
56
57
Singularity 34 pts
60
Record 33 pts
61
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
The Sciences 25 pts
75
TA13OO 25 pts
76
Freedom 25 pts
77
Twin Fantasy 25 pts
78
Im All Ears 25 pts
79
Sparkle Hard 25 pts
80
Loner 25 pts
81
LP5000 24 pts
82
Lavender 24 pts
83
Heaven 24 pts
84
Negro Swan 24 pts
86
El Mal Querer 23 pts
87
89
90
Only Love 22 pts
91
Wanderer 22 pts
92
Errorzone 22 pts
93
MITH 22 pts
94
Voicenotes 21 pts
96
Love Is Dead 21 pts
98
Scorpion 21 pts
100
Starfire 21 pts
101
103
104
Blood 19 pts
105
Time & Space 19 pts
108
Victory Lap 18 pts
109
All At Once 18 pts
110
112
Konoyo 18 pts
113
Cheer 17 pts
115
777 17 pts
117
Good Thing 17 pts
118
Sparrow 17 pts
119
120
121
123
Hippo Lite 17 pts
124
The Wake 17 pts
125
Ye (Album) 16 pts
127
128
Wasteland 16 pts
129
Noir 16 pts
132
Veteran 15 pts
133
Youngblood 15 pts
134
KOD 15 pts
135
All Nerve 15 pts
137
Superorganism 15 pts
138
139
Sex & Food 14 pts
140
Ultraviolet 14 pts
141
God Level 14 pts
142
WARM 14 pts
143
Twerp Verse 14 pts
144
No Shame 14 pts
145
146
Le Kov 13 pts
148
149
150
Landfall 13 pts
152
On Watch 12 pts
153
Caution 12 pts
154
Firepower 12 pts
155
156
Vessel 12 pts
158
Drank 12 pts
159
Die Lit 12 pts
160
High As Hope 12 pts
161
162
Tha Carter V 11 pts
164
165
166
Shawn Mendes 11 pts
167
Colt 11 pts
169
Pillars 11 pts
170
Paraffin 11 pts
171
K.T.S.E. 11 pts
172
173
Abysskiss 10 pts
174
Slide 10 pts
175
176
Aviary 10 pts
177
I’ll Sing 10 pts
178
Never Stop II 10 pts
179
Sister Cities 10 pts
180
181
182
Negro Swan 10 pts
183
Bellowing Sun 10 pts
184
Ouch 10 pts
185
Look Now 10 pts
187
Be More Kind 10 pts
188
189
Quiet & Peace 10 pts
190
Automata II 10 pts
191
Mutual Horse 10 pts
192
Hypnic Jerks 10 pts
196
Split 10 pts
197
198
199
Book Of Ryan 10 pts
200
Riddles 10 pts
201
Still Trippin 10 pts
202
Arbiter 10 pts
204
205
206
Prequelle 10 pts
208
210
Pirouette EP 9 pts
212
4275 9 pts
213
214
The Drought 9 pts
215
Sweet Bunch 9 pts
216
Left Hand 9 pts
217
Longwave 9 pts
218
The Crossing 9 pts
219
222
224
225
Omid 9 pts
226
Radio Siwèl 9 pts
227
228
229
231
The Now Now 9 pts
233
235
Code Girl 9 pts
236
Goat Girl 9 pts
237
238
239
241
242
Merrie Land 9 pts
243
DiCaprio 2 9 pts
244
Hope Dawns 9 pts
245
Suspiria 9 pts
246
Fury 9 pts
247
Tantabara 9 pts
248
Indigo 9 pts
249
Onion 9 pts
251
Nasty 8 pts
252
253
255
Childqueen 8 pts
258
260
263
264
265
266
BbyShoe (EP) 8 pts
267
Warrior 8 pts
269
Poschiavo 8 pts
270
Nudes 8 pts
271
272
In Rounds 8 pts
273
274
275
276
277
Look 8 pts
278
279
280
Magic Ship 8 pts
281
Infernal 8 pts
282
Megative 8 pts
284
Premonitions 7 pts
285
286
287
288
Forever 7 pts
289
291
Parts 7 pts
292
re: member 7 pts
293
296
Tina Snow 7 pts
297
298
299
Morose 7 pts
300
The Pact 7 pts
301
303
304
Burnt Sugar 7 pts
305
306
Pinned 7 pts
308
309
311
QUARTERTHING 7 pts
312
The Weeknd 7 pts
313
Starebaby 7 pts
314
Hex 7 pts
317
318
Hɪðəˈtu 7 pts
321
322
Aura 7 pts
323
324
I Like Fun 6 pts
325
326
Compro 6 pts
327
328
Grapetooth 6 pts
330
3X4 6 pts
331
Leikeli 47 6 pts
332
Pastoral 6 pts
333
334
Cosmic Crypt 6 pts
335
The Tree 6 pts
337
339
340
Rausch 6 pts
341
Focus 6 pts
345
347
Dime Bag 6 pts
348
Yene Alem 6 pts
352
Lush Life 6 pts
357
Untitled 6 pts
358
359
Arthur Buck 6 pts
361
Darlène 6 pts
362
Awaken 6 pts
363
Rare Birds 6 pts
364
365
Care 6 pts
366
Fully Loaded 6 pts
367
368
369
Old Ghost 5 pts
371
372
Ex:Re 5 pts
373
375
376
377
378
Emanon 5 pts
379
Sleepwalkers 5 pts
380
Bimini Twist 5 pts
381
The Switch 5 pts
382
383
Death Lust 5 pts
386
Loma 5 pts
388
November 5 pts
389
390
Hovvdy 5 pts
391
Hollie Cook 5 pts
392
Blue Motel 5 pts
395
397
398
AFTER BACH 5 pts
399
Saved 5 pts
401
402
403
Sissel 5 pts
404
Lost & Found 5 pts
405
406
Dove 5 pts
407
Black Ego 5 pts
408
Willow 5 pts
409
Mania 5 pts
410
411
Moon 2 5 pts
412
Freddie 5 pts
414
Friendship 5 pts
415
Kin Sonic 5 pts
416
Captured 5 pts
417
Thrice (EP) 5 pts
418
419
420
421
422
Dog Bless 5 pts
423
Rhododendron 5 pts
425
Temet 4 pts
426
429
430
433
Outside 4 pts
435
Ethereality 4 pts
437
Civilisation 4 pts
440
Years 4 pts
441
442
Eve 4 pts
443
444
445
446
Art of Doubt 4 pts
447
Obey 4 pts
448
Cumbia City 4 pts
449
451
Quite A Life 4 pts
452
moon 4 pts
454
455
Skylight 4 pts
456
457
Exorcism 4 pts
458
460
462
Luca Brasi 3 4 pts
463
Skinless X-1 4 pts
464
465
467
Path 4 pts
468
470
471
Bunny 4 pts
474
Lost Friends 4 pts
475
Trench 4 pts
476
The Optimist 4 pts
477
In Heaven 4 pts
478
Go To School 3 pts
479
Soft Hell 3 pts
480
New Pocket 3 pts
483
484
485
487
Eli Keszler 3 pts
489
Destellos 3 pts
490
ION 3 pts
491
All Melody 3 pts
494
200% Galcher 3 pts
495
Period 3 pts
496
H.E.R. 3 pts
497
Oil Change 3 pts
498
Collapse EP 3 pts
499
Beast Mode 2 3 pts
500
Drip Harder 3 pts
501
Lionheart 3 pts
502
OnePointFive 3 pts
503
Panic Blooms 3 pts
505
506
Sixth House 3 pts
507
15 3 pts
508
509
Soyuz 3 pts
510
511
Starcrawler 3 pts
512
Cruel Magic 3 pts
514
515
Cry No More 3 pts
516
Stone Woman 3 pts
517
Goners 3 pts
518
519
Camila 3 pts
520
521
522
523
Euringer 3 pts
525
527
Fetti 3 pts
528
Bad Witch 3 pts
529
TrapStar 2 pts
532
PRhyme 2 2 pts
533
534
DROGAS Wave 2 pts
536
538
Rock Island 2 pts
539
540
2042 2 pts
541
Shiroi 2 pts
542
Green Ways 2 pts
543
High on Fire 2 pts
544
545
546
AMR 2 pts
547
Pink Eye 2 pts
548
Black Light 2 pts
550
Warm Drag 2 pts
551
MihTy 2 pts
553
555
Do Or Die 2 pts
556
557
558
Down Below 2 pts
559
Tell No One 2 pts
560
TESTING 2 pts
561
Siblings 2 pts
564
Blueprint 2 pts
565
566
Volume 2 2 pts
567
569
Vide Noir 2 pts
570
Orients 2 pts
572
Mr. Jukebox 2 pts
575
Dear Annie 1 pts
576
578
579
Halloween 1 pts
581
Shooter 1 pts
582
Phoenix 1 pts
583
Magic Gone 1 pts
585
The Fuzz EP 1 pts
586
Chime 1 pts
589
Schmaltz 1 pts
590
Vector 1 pts
591
594
2 Heartless 1 pts
595
Healing Tide 1 pts
597
600
The Return 1 pts
601
Silk Canvas 1 pts
602
Galapagos 1 pts
603
AmeriKKKant 1 pts
604
605
BloodCrush 1 pts
606
Girl Code 1 pts
609
Oxnard 1 pts
610
Nice Try 1 pts
611
Super Silver 1 pts
613
Nyctophilia 1 pts
615
617
618
619
621
623
624
Body Of Work 1 pts
625
Find a Light 1 pts
627
Sensitive G 1 pts
628
Once 1 pts

Critic List

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