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
Care For Me 79 pts
24
25
27
Knock Knock 73 pts
29
Hell-On 69 pts
35
37
2012-2017 57 pts
39
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
Our Raw Heart 36 pts
51
Iridescence 36 pts
52
FM! 36 pts
53
Hive Mind 35 pts
55
Redemption 35 pts
56
Singularity 34 pts
57
59
Swimming 33 pts
60
Record 33 pts
62
Ephorize 32 pts
63
Ventriloquism 32 pts
64
Mudboy 32 pts
66
Dying Star 29 pts
67
Bottle It In 29 pts
68
Devotion 28 pts
69
Cocoa Sugar 28 pts
71
Magus 27 pts
72
Beyondless 27 pts
73
Im All Ears 25 pts
74
The Sciences 25 pts
75
Twin Fantasy 25 pts
76
Loner 25 pts
77
Us 25 pts
78
Freedom 25 pts
79
TA13OO 25 pts
80
Sparkle Hard 25 pts
81
Heaven 24 pts
82
Negro Swan 24 pts
83
LP5000 24 pts
84
Lavender 24 pts
85
El Mal Querer 23 pts
87
89
Wanderer 22 pts
90
91
MITH 22 pts
92
Only Love 22 pts
93
Errorzone 22 pts
95
Scorpion 21 pts
96
97
Voicenotes 21 pts
99
Starfire 21 pts
100
Love Is Dead 21 pts
103
104
Time & Space 19 pts
105
Blood 19 pts
108
Konoyo 18 pts
109
Victory Lap 18 pts
110
All At Once 18 pts
112
113
Cheer 17 pts
114
Hippo Lite 17 pts
117
118
119
121
777 17 pts
122
Sparrow 17 pts
123
Good Thing 17 pts
124
The Wake 17 pts
125
Ye (Album) 16 pts
126
Wasteland 16 pts
128
130
Noir 16 pts
132
KOD 15 pts
133
Veteran 15 pts
134
Superorganism 15 pts
135
All Nerve 15 pts
136
138
Youngblood 15 pts
139
Ultraviolet 14 pts
140
God Level 14 pts
141
Twerp Verse 14 pts
142
WARM 14 pts
143
No Shame 14 pts
144
Sex & Food 14 pts
145
146
Le Kov 13 pts
147
148
Landfall 13 pts
149
151
Firepower 12 pts
152
Vessel 12 pts
153
154
Caution 12 pts
155
157
Drank 12 pts
158
On Watch 12 pts
160
Die Lit 12 pts
161
High As Hope 12 pts
163
Paraffin 11 pts
165
166
167
Pillars 11 pts
168
Colt 11 pts
169
K.T.S.E. 11 pts
170
Shawn Mendes 11 pts
171
Tha Carter V 11 pts
172
173
Quiet & Peace 10 pts
175
Aviary 10 pts
176
Look Now 10 pts
177
Ouch 10 pts
178
Automata II 10 pts
179
Arbiter 10 pts
180
Bellowing Sun 10 pts
181
182
Slide 10 pts
183
185
186
Hypnic Jerks 10 pts
188
189
Be More Kind 10 pts
190
Prequelle 10 pts
191
Book Of Ryan 10 pts
192
Riddles 10 pts
193
194
Still Trippin 10 pts
196
Never Stop II 10 pts
197
198
Abysskiss 10 pts
200
I’ll Sing 10 pts
201
202
203
Negro Swan 10 pts
204
Split 10 pts
205
Mutual Horse 10 pts
206
Sister Cities 10 pts
207
Suspiria 9 pts
208
209
4275 9 pts
210
211
DiCaprio 2 9 pts
212
Pirouette EP 9 pts
213
214
Indigo 9 pts
216
219
220
221
Longwave 9 pts
223
Radio Siwèl 9 pts
225
Code Girl 9 pts
226
227
228
232
Left Hand 9 pts
233
Omid 9 pts
234
Tantabara 9 pts
235
236
237
238
The Now Now 9 pts
240
241
Goat Girl 9 pts
242
The Drought 9 pts
244
Fury 9 pts
246
The Crossing 9 pts
247
Sweet Bunch 9 pts
248
Onion 9 pts
249
Merrie Land 9 pts
250
Hope Dawns 9 pts
251
Nudes 8 pts
252
Poschiavo 8 pts
253
255
Childqueen 8 pts
256
Magic Ship 8 pts
257
259
260
261
262
Warrior 8 pts
263
Megative 8 pts
265
Infernal 8 pts
269
BbyShoe (EP) 8 pts
270
271
272
273
274
275
In Rounds 8 pts
277
Nasty 8 pts
278
280
281
Look 8 pts
282
283
284
Tina Snow 7 pts
285
re: member 7 pts
286
Parts 7 pts
287
291
292
Premonitions 7 pts
294
296
297
Morose 7 pts
298
Hex 7 pts
299
300
Hɪðəˈtu 7 pts
301
303
304
QUARTERTHING 7 pts
305
The Pact 7 pts
306
307
Starebaby 7 pts
308
309
310
311
Forever 7 pts
312
The Weeknd 7 pts
313
Pinned 7 pts
314
315
Burnt Sugar 7 pts
316
317
Aura 7 pts
318
319
325
327
Lush Life 6 pts
328
Dime Bag 6 pts
330
Rausch 6 pts
331
I Like Fun 6 pts
332
333
Grapetooth 6 pts
334
The Tree 6 pts
335
Cosmic Crypt 6 pts
336
3X4 6 pts
337
339
Focus 6 pts
340
Leikeli 47 6 pts
343
Fully Loaded 6 pts
344
345
346
347
Compro 6 pts
348
Yene Alem 6 pts
349
350
351
354
Untitled 6 pts
356
Awaken 6 pts
359
Arthur Buck 6 pts
360
Rare Birds 6 pts
361
Care 6 pts
363
365
Pastoral 6 pts
367
Darlène 6 pts
369
November 5 pts
370
Rhododendron 5 pts
371
Mania 5 pts
372
373
374
Ex:Re 5 pts
376
377
378
Hollie Cook 5 pts
379
Willow 5 pts
383
385
386
Emanon 5 pts
387
Bimini Twist 5 pts
388
389
Blue Motel 5 pts
390
391
Friendship 5 pts
392
393
Thrice (EP) 5 pts
394
395
Lost & Found 5 pts
396
397
Hovvdy 5 pts
398
400
Death Lust 5 pts
401
Dove 5 pts
402
Moon 2 5 pts
403
Sleepwalkers 5 pts
406
Saved 5 pts
407
The Switch 5 pts
408
Captured 5 pts
410
Loma 5 pts
411
412
AFTER BACH 5 pts
413
Sissel 5 pts
414
Black Ego 5 pts
415
Dog Bless 5 pts
416
417
418
Kin Sonic 5 pts
419
Freddie 5 pts
420
421
Old Ghost 5 pts
422
424
Years 4 pts
425
Skylight 4 pts
426
428
429
Art of Doubt 4 pts
431
433
Eve 4 pts
434
435
Outside 4 pts
436
Cumbia City 4 pts
437
The Optimist 4 pts
439
441
Trench 4 pts
444
In Heaven 4 pts
447
Skinless X-1 4 pts
449
moon 4 pts
451
453
Temet 4 pts
456
457
Obey 4 pts
458
Exorcism 4 pts
459
460
Luca Brasi 3 4 pts
461
Path 4 pts
462
463
464
465
466
Civilisation 4 pts
467
Lost Friends 4 pts
468
Bunny 4 pts
469
Ethereality 4 pts
470
471
473
Quite A Life 4 pts
475
476
479
480
Sixth House 3 pts
481
15 3 pts
483
Soyuz 3 pts
486
487
488
200% Galcher 3 pts
489
490
491
Euringer 3 pts
494
495
Eli Keszler 3 pts
496
Starcrawler 3 pts
497
ION 3 pts
499
501
Cruel Magic 3 pts
502
OnePointFive 3 pts
503
504
505
Drip Harder 3 pts
506
Period 3 pts
507
Destellos 3 pts
508
Panic Blooms 3 pts
509
Goners 3 pts
511
Soft Hell 3 pts
512
Lionheart 3 pts
513
Oil Change 3 pts
514
Fetti 3 pts
515
516
New Pocket 3 pts
517
518
Bad Witch 3 pts
519
Camila 3 pts
520
H.E.R. 3 pts
521
Stone Woman 3 pts
522
Beast Mode 2 3 pts
523
Cry No More 3 pts
524
Go To School 3 pts
526
All Melody 3 pts
527
Collapse EP 3 pts
528
529
Orients 2 pts
531
Siblings 2 pts
532
Rock Island 2 pts
533
536
DROGAS Wave 2 pts
537
High on Fire 2 pts
538
AMR 2 pts
539
Shiroi 2 pts
540
TrapStar 2 pts
541
542
Volume 2 2 pts
543
544
545
546
547
549
550
Blueprint 2 pts
551
MihTy 2 pts
553
Down Below 2 pts
554
TESTING 2 pts
555
Do Or Die 2 pts
557
Green Ways 2 pts
558
Warm Drag 2 pts
561
562
Black Light 2 pts
563
Vide Noir 2 pts
564
2042 2 pts
566
Mr. Jukebox 2 pts
569
PRhyme 2 2 pts
570
Pink Eye 2 pts
571
574
Tell No One 2 pts
575
577
578
Girl Code 1 pts
580
Shooter 1 pts
582
Healing Tide 1 pts
583
Phoenix 1 pts
584
AmeriKKKant 1 pts
586
Magic Gone 1 pts
589
Super Silver 1 pts
590
Vector 1 pts
592
Galapagos 1 pts
595
Schmaltz 1 pts
596
Silk Canvas 1 pts
599
Sensitive G 1 pts
600
2 Heartless 1 pts
601
Halloween 1 pts
602
Find a Light 1 pts
603
604
The Return 1 pts
605
Chime 1 pts
607
608
Once 1 pts
609
610
The Fuzz EP 1 pts
611
612
BloodCrush 1 pts
613
614
617
Dear Annie 1 pts
618
Nyctophilia 1 pts
619
622
Body Of Work 1 pts
623
Oxnard 1 pts
624
Nice Try 1 pts
625
626

Critic List

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