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
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
Iridescence 36 pts
51
FM! 36 pts
52
Our Raw Heart 36 pts
53
Redemption 35 pts
54
Hive Mind 35 pts
56
Singularity 34 pts
57
58
Record 33 pts
59
Swimming 33 pts
62
Ventriloquism 32 pts
63
Mudboy 32 pts
64
Ephorize 32 pts
66
Dying Star 29 pts
67
Bottle It In 29 pts
68
Cocoa Sugar 28 pts
70
Devotion 28 pts
71
Beyondless 27 pts
72
Magus 27 pts
73
Us 25 pts
74
Freedom 25 pts
75
Sparkle Hard 25 pts
76
TA13OO 25 pts
77
Twin Fantasy 25 pts
78
The Sciences 25 pts
79
Im All Ears 25 pts
80
Loner 25 pts
81
Negro Swan 24 pts
82
LP5000 24 pts
83
Heaven 24 pts
84
Lavender 24 pts
86
88
El Mal Querer 23 pts
89
Only Love 22 pts
90
91
Errorzone 22 pts
92
Wanderer 22 pts
93
MITH 22 pts
94
Love Is Dead 21 pts
95
Starfire 21 pts
96
Scorpion 21 pts
99
101
Voicenotes 21 pts
103
104
Time & Space 19 pts
105
Blood 19 pts
106
Konoyo 18 pts
107
All At Once 18 pts
109
Victory Lap 18 pts
112
113
The Wake 17 pts
114
115
Hippo Lite 17 pts
117
118
Cheer 17 pts
120
777 17 pts
121
Good Thing 17 pts
122
123
Sparrow 17 pts
125
126
Wasteland 16 pts
128
Ye (Album) 16 pts
130
Noir 16 pts
133
Veteran 15 pts
134
135
KOD 15 pts
136
All Nerve 15 pts
137
Superorganism 15 pts
138
Youngblood 15 pts
139
Sex & Food 14 pts
140
Twerp Verse 14 pts
141
WARM 14 pts
142
No Shame 14 pts
143
Ultraviolet 14 pts
144
God Level 14 pts
145
Le Kov 13 pts
146
147
149
Landfall 13 pts
150
151
Vessel 12 pts
152
Die Lit 12 pts
153
Caution 12 pts
154
Drank 12 pts
155
On Watch 12 pts
156
157
High As Hope 12 pts
158
Firepower 12 pts
161
162
Shawn Mendes 11 pts
163
Paraffin 11 pts
164
165
Pillars 11 pts
168
Tha Carter V 11 pts
169
170
171
K.T.S.E. 11 pts
172
Colt 11 pts
173
Never Stop II 10 pts
174
Slide 10 pts
175
176
179
180
Look Now 10 pts
181
Bellowing Sun 10 pts
182
Ouch 10 pts
183
Sister Cities 10 pts
184
I’ll Sing 10 pts
185
186
Aviary 10 pts
187
188
Abysskiss 10 pts
190
191
Be More Kind 10 pts
192
Book Of Ryan 10 pts
193
194
Quiet & Peace 10 pts
196
Mutual Horse 10 pts
197
Arbiter 10 pts
199
Prequelle 10 pts
200
201
Hypnic Jerks 10 pts
202
Split 10 pts
203
Automata II 10 pts
204
Still Trippin 10 pts
205
Negro Swan 10 pts
206
Riddles 10 pts
207
Omid 9 pts
208
211
The Drought 9 pts
212
Longwave 9 pts
213
214
Code Girl 9 pts
215
DiCaprio 2 9 pts
216
The Crossing 9 pts
217
The Now Now 9 pts
219
220
221
222
4275 9 pts
224
Sweet Bunch 9 pts
226
229
Radio Siwèl 9 pts
231
232
233
235
236
Onion 9 pts
237
Fury 9 pts
238
Tantabara 9 pts
239
Suspiria 9 pts
240
241
Pirouette EP 9 pts
243
245
Left Hand 9 pts
246
Merrie Land 9 pts
247
Goat Girl 9 pts
248
249
Hope Dawns 9 pts
250
Indigo 9 pts
251
253
Nasty 8 pts
255
256
Poschiavo 8 pts
257
In Rounds 8 pts
258
259
260
BbyShoe (EP) 8 pts
261
Look 8 pts
262
Warrior 8 pts
263
Magic Ship 8 pts
264
265
267
Nudes 8 pts
269
272
273
274
275
277
278
279
Infernal 8 pts
280
Megative 8 pts
281
Childqueen 8 pts
283
284
Forever 7 pts
286
The Pact 7 pts
287
288
re: member 7 pts
289
Morose 7 pts
290
292
293
Premonitions 7 pts
294
Parts 7 pts
296
Tina Snow 7 pts
297
299
300
302
303
304
Burnt Sugar 7 pts
307
309
QUARTERTHING 7 pts
310
311
Starebaby 7 pts
312
Hex 7 pts
313
314
316
The Weeknd 7 pts
318
319
320
Hɪðəˈtu 7 pts
321
322
Pinned 7 pts
323
Aura 7 pts
325
326
I Like Fun 6 pts
327
Dime Bag 6 pts
328
Grapetooth 6 pts
329
330
Leikeli 47 6 pts
331
332
Pastoral 6 pts
333
Compro 6 pts
334
335
Cosmic Crypt 6 pts
336
The Tree 6 pts
337
3X4 6 pts
339
Lush Life 6 pts
340
341
Focus 6 pts
342
343
Rausch 6 pts
346
Fully Loaded 6 pts
349
Rare Birds 6 pts
351
352
Arthur Buck 6 pts
355
Untitled 6 pts
356
Yene Alem 6 pts
359
Darlène 6 pts
361
Care 6 pts
363
365
366
Awaken 6 pts
367
370
November 5 pts
372
Ex:Re 5 pts
373
374
AFTER BACH 5 pts
376
377
Old Ghost 5 pts
378
Hovvdy 5 pts
379
380
Emanon 5 pts
381
The Switch 5 pts
383
Bimini Twist 5 pts
384
385
Sleepwalkers 5 pts
386
Blue Motel 5 pts
387
Death Lust 5 pts
388
389
390
392
Loma 5 pts
394
395
Hollie Cook 5 pts
398
399
Thrice (EP) 5 pts
400
Dove 5 pts
401
Lost & Found 5 pts
402
Sissel 5 pts
403
Saved 5 pts
404
405
Captured 5 pts
407
Rhododendron 5 pts
408
Moon 2 5 pts
409
Willow 5 pts
410
Black Ego 5 pts
411
412
Dog Bless 5 pts
413
Kin Sonic 5 pts
414
415
416
Friendship 5 pts
417
418
419
Mania 5 pts
420
422
Freddie 5 pts
423
424
Cumbia City 4 pts
425
426
Civilisation 4 pts
427
429
430
moon 4 pts
432
Ethereality 4 pts
434
436
Eve 4 pts
437
The Optimist 4 pts
439
Trench 4 pts
440
Skinless X-1 4 pts
441
442
445
Obey 4 pts
448
In Heaven 4 pts
450
452
454
455
456
Art of Doubt 4 pts
457
Temet 4 pts
458
Skylight 4 pts
460
Path 4 pts
461
462
Outside 4 pts
463
Exorcism 4 pts
466
Luca Brasi 3 4 pts
467
468
Lost Friends 4 pts
469
471
472
Bunny 4 pts
474
Quite A Life 4 pts
475
476
Years 4 pts
477
480
200% Galcher 3 pts
481
482
Fetti 3 pts
484
Beast Mode 2 3 pts
485
Bad Witch 3 pts
487
488
Soft Hell 3 pts
489
H.E.R. 3 pts
490
491
15 3 pts
492
New Pocket 3 pts
493
Sixth House 3 pts
495
Go To School 3 pts
497
ION 3 pts
498
500
Starcrawler 3 pts
501
502
503
504
505
Cruel Magic 3 pts
506
Lionheart 3 pts
507
508
509
510
OnePointFive 3 pts
513
Drip Harder 3 pts
514
Goners 3 pts
515
All Melody 3 pts
516
Collapse EP 3 pts
517
Camila 3 pts
518
Eli Keszler 3 pts
519
Oil Change 3 pts
520
Period 3 pts
521
Euringer 3 pts
522
Cry No More 3 pts
523
Destellos 3 pts
524
525
Stone Woman 3 pts
526
Panic Blooms 3 pts
527
Soyuz 3 pts
529
PRhyme 2 2 pts
531
MihTy 2 pts
532
2042 2 pts
533
536
Volume 2 2 pts
537
Green Ways 2 pts
538
DROGAS Wave 2 pts
539
AMR 2 pts
540
High on Fire 2 pts
542
544
Blueprint 2 pts
545
Rock Island 2 pts
547
Siblings 2 pts
548
549
550
Down Below 2 pts
551
TrapStar 2 pts
553
554
555
Shiroi 2 pts
556
Vide Noir 2 pts
557
559
Pink Eye 2 pts
560
561
Black Light 2 pts
562
Do Or Die 2 pts
563
Warm Drag 2 pts
566
Tell No One 2 pts
567
Orients 2 pts
570
571
TESTING 2 pts
573
Mr. Jukebox 2 pts
574
575
AmeriKKKant 1 pts
576
577
578
580
Shooter 1 pts
581
582
Dear Annie 1 pts
583
Body Of Work 1 pts
584
Magic Gone 1 pts
585
Halloween 1 pts
586
Nice Try 1 pts
590
Vector 1 pts
591
The Fuzz EP 1 pts
592
Super Silver 1 pts
593
Chime 1 pts
597
599
601
602
Find a Light 1 pts
603
2 Heartless 1 pts
606
Once 1 pts
608
Sensitive G 1 pts
609
610
612
The Return 1 pts
613
Healing Tide 1 pts
614
Oxnard 1 pts
615
BloodCrush 1 pts
616
Girl Code 1 pts
617
Galapagos 1 pts
618
Silk Canvas 1 pts
619
Schmaltz 1 pts
620
621
Phoenix 1 pts
626
Nyctophilia 1 pts
628

Critic List

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