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
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
Redemption 35 pts
54
Hive Mind 35 pts
56
57
Singularity 34 pts
58
Swimming 33 pts
59
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
Cocoa Sugar 28 pts
70
Devotion 28 pts
71
Magus 27 pts
72
Beyondless 27 pts
73
Loner 25 pts
74
The Sciences 25 pts
75
Sparkle Hard 25 pts
76
Freedom 25 pts
77
Us 25 pts
78
Twin Fantasy 25 pts
79
TA13OO 25 pts
80
Im All Ears 25 pts
81
LP5000 24 pts
82
Negro Swan 24 pts
83
Heaven 24 pts
84
Lavender 24 pts
85
El Mal Querer 23 pts
87
89
90
Wanderer 22 pts
91
Errorzone 22 pts
92
MITH 22 pts
93
Only Love 22 pts
94
Voicenotes 21 pts
95
Starfire 21 pts
96
100
Scorpion 21 pts
101
Love Is Dead 21 pts
102
104
Blood 19 pts
105
Time & Space 19 pts
106
Victory Lap 18 pts
107
109
All At Once 18 pts
111
Konoyo 18 pts
113
Hippo Lite 17 pts
115
Sparrow 17 pts
116
118
Good Thing 17 pts
119
120
Cheer 17 pts
121
The Wake 17 pts
122
777 17 pts
123
125
Wasteland 16 pts
126
Ye (Album) 16 pts
128
129
Noir 16 pts
131
Youngblood 15 pts
132
Veteran 15 pts
133
All Nerve 15 pts
136
Superorganism 15 pts
137
138
KOD 15 pts
139
Twerp Verse 14 pts
140
Sex & Food 14 pts
141
No Shame 14 pts
142
God Level 14 pts
143
Ultraviolet 14 pts
144
WARM 14 pts
145
146
147
Le Kov 13 pts
149
150
Landfall 13 pts
151
High As Hope 12 pts
153
154
155
Caution 12 pts
156
Die Lit 12 pts
157
On Watch 12 pts
158
Drank 12 pts
159
Vessel 12 pts
160
Firepower 12 pts
163
Paraffin 11 pts
164
K.T.S.E. 11 pts
165
Tha Carter V 11 pts
166
167
Shawn Mendes 11 pts
168
170
Pillars 11 pts
171
Colt 11 pts
172
173
I’ll Sing 10 pts
174
Mutual Horse 10 pts
175
Sister Cities 10 pts
176
Split 10 pts
177
179
Automata II 10 pts
180
Quiet & Peace 10 pts
182
Bellowing Sun 10 pts
183
Ouch 10 pts
184
185
Hypnic Jerks 10 pts
186
187
Never Stop II 10 pts
188
190
191
192
Abysskiss 10 pts
195
Be More Kind 10 pts
196
Book Of Ryan 10 pts
197
Aviary 10 pts
198
Still Trippin 10 pts
199
Slide 10 pts
200
Negro Swan 10 pts
201
Riddles 10 pts
202
Look Now 10 pts
203
204
Arbiter 10 pts
205
Prequelle 10 pts
206
207
208
The Now Now 9 pts
209
210
Longwave 9 pts
212
Left Hand 9 pts
214
216
The Crossing 9 pts
217
221
222
Radio Siwèl 9 pts
224
4275 9 pts
225
Omid 9 pts
226
DiCaprio 2 9 pts
227
Sweet Bunch 9 pts
228
230
232
233
235
Indigo 9 pts
236
237
The Drought 9 pts
238
Pirouette EP 9 pts
239
Code Girl 9 pts
240
241
Goat Girl 9 pts
242
243
Fury 9 pts
244
245
Merrie Land 9 pts
246
Onion 9 pts
248
Tantabara 9 pts
249
Hope Dawns 9 pts
250
Suspiria 9 pts
251
253
Poschiavo 8 pts
254
In Rounds 8 pts
256
257
258
259
Magic Ship 8 pts
260
Look 8 pts
261
Megative 8 pts
264
BbyShoe (EP) 8 pts
266
267
Infernal 8 pts
268
Nudes 8 pts
269
270
271
Childqueen 8 pts
272
274
276
Nasty 8 pts
278
279
280
281
282
Warrior 8 pts
283
285
Aura 7 pts
286
287
288
289
290
291
Tina Snow 7 pts
293
Morose 7 pts
295
The Pact 7 pts
296
Premonitions 7 pts
297
298
299
300
Starebaby 7 pts
301
Hɪðəˈtu 7 pts
303
304
QUARTERTHING 7 pts
306
The Weeknd 7 pts
307
Forever 7 pts
308
309
Burnt Sugar 7 pts
310
Pinned 7 pts
311
313
315
re: member 7 pts
316
Parts 7 pts
318
319
Hex 7 pts
321
323
324
Lush Life 6 pts
325
326
327
Fully Loaded 6 pts
328
Rausch 6 pts
329
335
Arthur Buck 6 pts
337
Compro 6 pts
338
3X4 6 pts
339
Untitled 6 pts
340
341
342
Grapetooth 6 pts
343
Yene Alem 6 pts
344
Care 6 pts
345
Awaken 6 pts
350
Rare Birds 6 pts
355
356
I Like Fun 6 pts
357
The Tree 6 pts
358
Focus 6 pts
360
361
Dime Bag 6 pts
362
Pastoral 6 pts
363
364
365
Leikeli 47 6 pts
366
367
Cosmic Crypt 6 pts
368
Darlène 6 pts
370
AFTER BACH 5 pts
371
November 5 pts
372
373
Loma 5 pts
374
Ex:Re 5 pts
375
Blue Motel 5 pts
376
The Switch 5 pts
377
Old Ghost 5 pts
378
Emanon 5 pts
379
381
383
384
386
387
Hollie Cook 5 pts
389
Bimini Twist 5 pts
390
392
Death Lust 5 pts
393
396
Sleepwalkers 5 pts
397
Hovvdy 5 pts
398
399
Thrice (EP) 5 pts
400
401
Lost & Found 5 pts
402
Sissel 5 pts
403
Saved 5 pts
404
Captured 5 pts
405
407
Rhododendron 5 pts
408
Moon 2 5 pts
409
Dove 5 pts
410
Willow 5 pts
411
Black Ego 5 pts
412
Mania 5 pts
413
Freddie 5 pts
414
Dog Bless 5 pts
415
Kin Sonic 5 pts
416
417
418
Friendship 5 pts
419
420
421
423
424
425
The Optimist 4 pts
426
429
In Heaven 4 pts
432
Obey 4 pts
434
435
436
437
Cumbia City 4 pts
438
Eve 4 pts
440
442
moon 4 pts
444
Art of Doubt 4 pts
445
Outside 4 pts
446
Temet 4 pts
447
450
451
452
Trench 4 pts
453
Years 4 pts
456
Civilisation 4 pts
458
Ethereality 4 pts
459
Skinless X-1 4 pts
460
462
Skylight 4 pts
463
464
Path 4 pts
465
466
Luca Brasi 3 4 pts
468
469
Exorcism 4 pts
470
Lost Friends 4 pts
472
Quite A Life 4 pts
473
474
Bunny 4 pts
476
477
478
479
481
Bad Witch 3 pts
482
OnePointFive 3 pts
483
Soft Hell 3 pts
485
New Pocket 3 pts
486
487
15 3 pts
489
Drip Harder 3 pts
492
Oil Change 3 pts
495
496
Go To School 3 pts
497
H.E.R. 3 pts
498
Collapse EP 3 pts
499
Sixth House 3 pts
500
Beast Mode 2 3 pts
501
All Melody 3 pts
502
503
Period 3 pts
504
Soyuz 3 pts
505
Cry No More 3 pts
506
Destellos 3 pts
507
Stone Woman 3 pts
509
Euringer 3 pts
510
Starcrawler 3 pts
511
512
Camila 3 pts
513
514
515
Eli Keszler 3 pts
516
Lionheart 3 pts
517
519
520
Cruel Magic 3 pts
521
ION 3 pts
523
Goners 3 pts
524
525
Panic Blooms 3 pts
526
200% Galcher 3 pts
527
Fetti 3 pts
528
529
Volume 2 2 pts
530
2042 2 pts
531
High on Fire 2 pts
533
534
MihTy 2 pts
535
DROGAS Wave 2 pts
538
539
PRhyme 2 2 pts
541
542
Green Ways 2 pts
543
AMR 2 pts
544
546
Siblings 2 pts
547
548
Pink Eye 2 pts
550
Tell No One 2 pts
551
553
555
Shiroi 2 pts
556
Rock Island 2 pts
557
Orients 2 pts
558
Down Below 2 pts
559
TrapStar 2 pts
560
561
Vide Noir 2 pts
562
565
Blueprint 2 pts
566
Mr. Jukebox 2 pts
568
569
TESTING 2 pts
570
Warm Drag 2 pts
572
Do Or Die 2 pts
573
Black Light 2 pts
578
580
581
Nice Try 1 pts
583
585
Shooter 1 pts
586
587
Dear Annie 1 pts
588
Chime 1 pts
589
The Fuzz EP 1 pts
590
Vector 1 pts
591
Magic Gone 1 pts
592
Halloween 1 pts
595
Galapagos 1 pts
596
Nyctophilia 1 pts
597
Find a Light 1 pts
598
Body Of Work 1 pts
599
Super Silver 1 pts
601
603
Phoenix 1 pts
606
The Return 1 pts
607
Schmaltz 1 pts
608
AmeriKKKant 1 pts
609
Healing Tide 1 pts
610
2 Heartless 1 pts
611
BloodCrush 1 pts
614
Once 1 pts
617
Sensitive G 1 pts
619
620
621
622
Oxnard 1 pts
623
Girl Code 1 pts
624
625
Silk Canvas 1 pts
627
628

Critic List

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