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
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
Age Of 45 pts
44
Chris 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
Hive Mind 35 pts
55
Redemption 35 pts
56
57
Singularity 34 pts
59
Record 33 pts
60
Swimming 33 pts
62
Mudboy 32 pts
63
Ephorize 32 pts
64
Ventriloquism 32 pts
66
Dying Star 29 pts
67
Bottle It In 29 pts
69
Cocoa Sugar 28 pts
70
Devotion 28 pts
71
Magus 27 pts
72
Beyondless 27 pts
73
Sparkle Hard 25 pts
74
Us 25 pts
75
TA13OO 25 pts
76
Im All Ears 25 pts
77
Freedom 25 pts
78
Twin Fantasy 25 pts
79
The Sciences 25 pts
80
Loner 25 pts
81
Heaven 24 pts
82
LP5000 24 pts
83
Negro Swan 24 pts
84
Lavender 24 pts
87
El Mal Querer 23 pts
88
89
Errorzone 22 pts
90
91
Wanderer 22 pts
92
Only Love 22 pts
93
MITH 22 pts
94
Scorpion 21 pts
96
97
Starfire 21 pts
98
Voicenotes 21 pts
101
Love Is Dead 21 pts
103
104
Blood 19 pts
105
Time & Space 19 pts
106
Victory Lap 18 pts
108
All At Once 18 pts
109
Konoyo 18 pts
112
113
The Wake 17 pts
114
115
Sparrow 17 pts
116
117
Good Thing 17 pts
118
Cheer 17 pts
120
Hippo Lite 17 pts
121
777 17 pts
122
125
126
Wasteland 16 pts
127
Ye (Album) 16 pts
130
Noir 16 pts
131
Youngblood 15 pts
134
Veteran 15 pts
135
KOD 15 pts
136
Superorganism 15 pts
137
138
All Nerve 15 pts
139
No Shame 14 pts
140
Sex & Food 14 pts
141
Ultraviolet 14 pts
142
WARM 14 pts
143
God Level 14 pts
144
Twerp Verse 14 pts
145
146
148
Le Kov 13 pts
149
150
Landfall 13 pts
151
Die Lit 12 pts
153
High As Hope 12 pts
155
156
On Watch 12 pts
157
Firepower 12 pts
158
Drank 12 pts
159
Vessel 12 pts
160
161
Caution 12 pts
162
K.T.S.E. 11 pts
163
164
Paraffin 11 pts
165
Pillars 11 pts
166
Colt 11 pts
168
170
Shawn Mendes 11 pts
171
Tha Carter V 11 pts
172
174
175
I’ll Sing 10 pts
176
Never Stop II 10 pts
177
178
Arbiter 10 pts
179
Be More Kind 10 pts
180
181
Split 10 pts
183
184
Bellowing Sun 10 pts
185
186
Negro Swan 10 pts
187
Sister Cities 10 pts
188
Ouch 10 pts
189
190
Quiet & Peace 10 pts
191
Look Now 10 pts
192
Automata II 10 pts
193
Abysskiss 10 pts
194
Mutual Horse 10 pts
196
Hypnic Jerks 10 pts
197
Slide 10 pts
198
Aviary 10 pts
199
201
Still Trippin 10 pts
202
Prequelle 10 pts
203
Riddles 10 pts
204
Book Of Ryan 10 pts
206
207
Radio Siwèl 9 pts
208
Sweet Bunch 9 pts
209
Code Girl 9 pts
210
The Drought 9 pts
212
213
Suspiria 9 pts
214
4275 9 pts
215
216
217
218
The Crossing 9 pts
219
Omid 9 pts
220
221
Tantabara 9 pts
222
Pirouette EP 9 pts
224
DiCaprio 2 9 pts
225
226
The Now Now 9 pts
228
Goat Girl 9 pts
229
230
231
Onion 9 pts
232
235
237
238
Merrie Land 9 pts
241
Left Hand 9 pts
243
Hope Dawns 9 pts
244
Longwave 9 pts
247
Fury 9 pts
248
249
250
Indigo 9 pts
251
252
253
254
255
Poschiavo 8 pts
257
Nudes 8 pts
260
261
Megative 8 pts
263
Magic Ship 8 pts
264
265
266
267
Warrior 8 pts
268
269
Infernal 8 pts
270
271
Childqueen 8 pts
272
BbyShoe (EP) 8 pts
276
277
Nasty 8 pts
278
280
281
282
In Rounds 8 pts
283
Look 8 pts
284
285
287
Morose 7 pts
288
290
291
292
Parts 7 pts
293
re: member 7 pts
295
The Pact 7 pts
296
Starebaby 7 pts
297
The Weeknd 7 pts
298
299
Forever 7 pts
301
Premonitions 7 pts
303
Tina Snow 7 pts
304
Pinned 7 pts
305
Aura 7 pts
306
309
310
311
Hex 7 pts
312
313
314
QUARTERTHING 7 pts
317
318
Burnt Sugar 7 pts
319
321
Hɪðəˈtu 7 pts
322
323
324
Darlène 6 pts
325
The Tree 6 pts
326
Arthur Buck 6 pts
327
Pastoral 6 pts
328
329
330
I Like Fun 6 pts
331
332
Lush Life 6 pts
334
335
Awaken 6 pts
336
337
Grapetooth 6 pts
338
339
Cosmic Crypt 6 pts
340
3X4 6 pts
342
343
Leikeli 47 6 pts
345
Rausch 6 pts
346
Untitled 6 pts
347
Focus 6 pts
350
Dime Bag 6 pts
352
Care 6 pts
353
Compro 6 pts
355
356
363
Yene Alem 6 pts
364
Rare Birds 6 pts
367
Fully Loaded 6 pts
368
370
371
372
373
374
November 5 pts
375
Old Ghost 5 pts
376
The Switch 5 pts
378
AFTER BACH 5 pts
379
Hollie Cook 5 pts
381
Bimini Twist 5 pts
382
Emanon 5 pts
383
384
385
Hovvdy 5 pts
387
Loma 5 pts
389
Death Lust 5 pts
390
Sleepwalkers 5 pts
391
Blue Motel 5 pts
394
395
397
Ex:Re 5 pts
398
399
Thrice (EP) 5 pts
400
Mania 5 pts
401
Moon 2 5 pts
402
Black Ego 5 pts
403
Dove 5 pts
404
406
407
Willow 5 pts
408
409
Saved 5 pts
410
Sissel 5 pts
411
Lost & Found 5 pts
412
413
Rhododendron 5 pts
415
416
Captured 5 pts
417
418
419
Friendship 5 pts
420
Kin Sonic 5 pts
421
Dog Bless 5 pts
422
423
Freddie 5 pts
424
425
426
Outside 4 pts
429
431
Temet 4 pts
433
434
Eve 4 pts
437
439
Ethereality 4 pts
441
Civilisation 4 pts
443
Cumbia City 4 pts
444
Years 4 pts
445
446
Obey 4 pts
447
448
449
Art of Doubt 4 pts
451
453
Skinless X-1 4 pts
454
Exorcism 4 pts
455
Path 4 pts
456
Luca Brasi 3 4 pts
457
Quite A Life 4 pts
458
459
462
463
464
465
466
Skylight 4 pts
467
469
moon 4 pts
470
Trench 4 pts
473
The Optimist 4 pts
474
In Heaven 4 pts
476
Lost Friends 4 pts
477
Bunny 4 pts
478
H.E.R. 3 pts
479
ION 3 pts
481
Bad Witch 3 pts
484
15 3 pts
485
Eli Keszler 3 pts
486
488
All Melody 3 pts
489
Soft Hell 3 pts
490
Beast Mode 2 3 pts
491
Period 3 pts
492
Drip Harder 3 pts
494
Go To School 3 pts
495
Sixth House 3 pts
496
OnePointFive 3 pts
498
499
500
502
Collapse EP 3 pts
503
Destellos 3 pts
504
Oil Change 3 pts
505
Lionheart 3 pts
506
New Pocket 3 pts
507
Goners 3 pts
508
509
511
Fetti 3 pts
512
Cruel Magic 3 pts
514
Camila 3 pts
515
Stone Woman 3 pts
516
517
518
Panic Blooms 3 pts
519
520
Starcrawler 3 pts
521
Soyuz 3 pts
522
Cry No More 3 pts
523
524
200% Galcher 3 pts
526
527
Euringer 3 pts
528
529
MihTy 2 pts
530
TrapStar 2 pts
532
DROGAS Wave 2 pts
533
Down Below 2 pts
535
Black Light 2 pts
536
537
538
PRhyme 2 2 pts
539
540
541
Pink Eye 2 pts
543
544
Rock Island 2 pts
545
Shiroi 2 pts
546
547
549
Green Ways 2 pts
550
Orients 2 pts
551
Siblings 2 pts
553
Vide Noir 2 pts
554
556
Tell No One 2 pts
558
High on Fire 2 pts
561
AMR 2 pts
565
Warm Drag 2 pts
566
TESTING 2 pts
567
Do Or Die 2 pts
569
Volume 2 2 pts
570
571
Blueprint 2 pts
572
573
Mr. Jukebox 2 pts
574
2042 2 pts
576
The Fuzz EP 1 pts
578
Dear Annie 1 pts
580
Halloween 1 pts
581
Vector 1 pts
584
Chime 1 pts
587
Shooter 1 pts
588
Magic Gone 1 pts
589
590
BloodCrush 1 pts
591
592
594
595
Body Of Work 1 pts
596
599
Phoenix 1 pts
600
Girl Code 1 pts
601
Sensitive G 1 pts
603
Schmaltz 1 pts
605
Find a Light 1 pts
606
Healing Tide 1 pts
607
2 Heartless 1 pts
608
Oxnard 1 pts
609
Super Silver 1 pts
610
612
613
616
Nice Try 1 pts
617
Nyctophilia 1 pts
618
Once 1 pts
621
AmeriKKKant 1 pts
622
The Return 1 pts
624
625
626
Silk Canvas 1 pts
627
Galapagos 1 pts
628

Critic List

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