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
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
Our Raw Heart 36 pts
51
FM! 36 pts
52
Iridescence 36 pts
53
Redemption 35 pts
55
Hive Mind 35 pts
56
57
Singularity 34 pts
58
Swimming 33 pts
61
Record 33 pts
62
Ephorize 32 pts
63
Mudboy 32 pts
64
Ventriloquism 32 pts
66
Dying Star 29 pts
67
Bottle It In 29 pts
68
Devotion 28 pts
70
Cocoa Sugar 28 pts
71
Beyondless 27 pts
72
Magus 27 pts
73
Twin Fantasy 25 pts
74
Sparkle Hard 25 pts
75
The Sciences 25 pts
76
Us 25 pts
77
Loner 25 pts
78
Freedom 25 pts
79
TA13OO 25 pts
80
Im All Ears 25 pts
81
LP5000 24 pts
82
Heaven 24 pts
83
Negro Swan 24 pts
84
Lavender 24 pts
86
El Mal Querer 23 pts
88
89
MITH 22 pts
90
Wanderer 22 pts
91
92
Only Love 22 pts
93
Errorzone 22 pts
95
96
Love Is Dead 21 pts
98
Starfire 21 pts
99
Voicenotes 21 pts
100
Scorpion 21 pts
102
104
Blood 19 pts
105
Time & Space 19 pts
108
Konoyo 18 pts
109
Victory Lap 18 pts
110
111
All At Once 18 pts
113
Good Thing 17 pts
114
The Wake 17 pts
116
117
Hippo Lite 17 pts
118
Cheer 17 pts
119
120
Sparrow 17 pts
123
777 17 pts
124
126
Noir 16 pts
128
129
Ye (Album) 16 pts
130
Wasteland 16 pts
131
Veteran 15 pts
132
All Nerve 15 pts
133
Superorganism 15 pts
136
KOD 15 pts
137
Youngblood 15 pts
138
139
God Level 14 pts
140
Sex & Food 14 pts
141
No Shame 14 pts
142
Ultraviolet 14 pts
143
WARM 14 pts
144
Twerp Verse 14 pts
145
146
Landfall 13 pts
147
148
149
Le Kov 13 pts
151
Vessel 12 pts
153
On Watch 12 pts
154
Caution 12 pts
155
Drank 12 pts
156
Firepower 12 pts
157
159
Die Lit 12 pts
160
161
High As Hope 12 pts
162
164
Pillars 11 pts
165
Colt 11 pts
166
K.T.S.E. 11 pts
168
Shawn Mendes 11 pts
169
170
Tha Carter V 11 pts
171
172
Paraffin 11 pts
173
Negro Swan 10 pts
174
Sister Cities 10 pts
175
Ouch 10 pts
176
Look Now 10 pts
177
Split 10 pts
178
179
Bellowing Sun 10 pts
180
181
Abysskiss 10 pts
182
I’ll Sing 10 pts
183
186
Slide 10 pts
187
Be More Kind 10 pts
188
Never Stop II 10 pts
189
190
Book Of Ryan 10 pts
191
192
Aviary 10 pts
193
Arbiter 10 pts
194
Still Trippin 10 pts
196
Riddles 10 pts
197
Mutual Horse 10 pts
198
Automata II 10 pts
199
Quiet & Peace 10 pts
201
202
204
Prequelle 10 pts
205
Hypnic Jerks 10 pts
206
209
4275 9 pts
210
Hope Dawns 9 pts
212
213
DiCaprio 2 9 pts
214
215
217
218
221
222
Omid 9 pts
223
Sweet Bunch 9 pts
225
The Crossing 9 pts
226
The Now Now 9 pts
227
228
231
232
Onion 9 pts
234
The Drought 9 pts
235
Suspiria 9 pts
236
237
Code Girl 9 pts
238
239
Indigo 9 pts
240
241
Fury 9 pts
242
Pirouette EP 9 pts
243
244
Longwave 9 pts
246
Radio Siwèl 9 pts
247
Tantabara 9 pts
248
Left Hand 9 pts
249
Merrie Land 9 pts
250
Goat Girl 9 pts
251
252
254
Look 8 pts
257
Warrior 8 pts
258
259
In Rounds 8 pts
261
262
263
264
Childqueen 8 pts
265
Poschiavo 8 pts
266
Nasty 8 pts
267
268
Infernal 8 pts
269
BbyShoe (EP) 8 pts
270
271
Nudes 8 pts
272
273
274
277
Megative 8 pts
278
279
281
283
Magic Ship 8 pts
286
Morose 7 pts
287
288
289
Premonitions 7 pts
290
Tina Snow 7 pts
291
292
293
294
295
The Pact 7 pts
296
298
300
301
302
304
Hɪðəˈtu 7 pts
305
QUARTERTHING 7 pts
307
308
Starebaby 7 pts
309
310
The Weeknd 7 pts
311
Burnt Sugar 7 pts
312
Forever 7 pts
313
re: member 7 pts
315
316
318
Aura 7 pts
320
Hex 7 pts
322
Parts 7 pts
323
Pinned 7 pts
325
327
Rausch 6 pts
328
Dime Bag 6 pts
330
Untitled 6 pts
331
Lush Life 6 pts
332
334
3X4 6 pts
337
Compro 6 pts
338
Cosmic Crypt 6 pts
339
Pastoral 6 pts
340
Focus 6 pts
343
344
Awaken 6 pts
345
346
348
Arthur Buck 6 pts
349
Darlène 6 pts
351
352
353
Care 6 pts
354
Rare Birds 6 pts
355
Yene Alem 6 pts
358
I Like Fun 6 pts
359
The Tree 6 pts
360
363
Fully Loaded 6 pts
364
365
Grapetooth 6 pts
366
367
Leikeli 47 6 pts
370
372
Ex:Re 5 pts
373
Loma 5 pts
374
376
Old Ghost 5 pts
380
381
Death Lust 5 pts
382
383
Sleepwalkers 5 pts
385
November 5 pts
386
Hollie Cook 5 pts
387
The Switch 5 pts
388
Blue Motel 5 pts
389
391
Hovvdy 5 pts
392
393
394
Emanon 5 pts
395
Bimini Twist 5 pts
396
397
AFTER BACH 5 pts
398
399
Rhododendron 5 pts
400
Sissel 5 pts
401
Black Ego 5 pts
402
403
Mania 5 pts
406
Saved 5 pts
407
408
Willow 5 pts
409
410
Dove 5 pts
411
Moon 2 5 pts
412
413
414
Captured 5 pts
415
Lost & Found 5 pts
416
Freddie 5 pts
417
418
419
420
Kin Sonic 5 pts
421
Thrice (EP) 5 pts
422
Friendship 5 pts
423
Dog Bless 5 pts
424
425
426
Ethereality 4 pts
430
431
Temet 4 pts
433
Civilisation 4 pts
434
Outside 4 pts
435
436
438
440
Eve 4 pts
441
Cumbia City 4 pts
442
Obey 4 pts
444
Years 4 pts
445
446
Art of Doubt 4 pts
448
moon 4 pts
449
450
452
Quite A Life 4 pts
453
The Optimist 4 pts
455
456
Skylight 4 pts
457
458
459
Exorcism 4 pts
462
463
Luca Brasi 3 4 pts
464
Path 4 pts
465
466
467
471
472
Bunny 4 pts
473
Skinless X-1 4 pts
475
Lost Friends 4 pts
476
Trench 4 pts
478
479
H.E.R. 3 pts
481
New Pocket 3 pts
482
Destellos 3 pts
483
484
Eli Keszler 3 pts
489
Period 3 pts
490
ION 3 pts
491
Go To School 3 pts
492
Beast Mode 2 3 pts
493
Collapse EP 3 pts
494
Oil Change 3 pts
495
Lionheart 3 pts
496
Panic Blooms 3 pts
497
Sixth House 3 pts
498
Drip Harder 3 pts
499
500
502
Cry No More 3 pts
504
OnePointFive 3 pts
505
200% Galcher 3 pts
506
All Melody 3 pts
507
15 3 pts
508
Soft Hell 3 pts
509
510
511
512
513
Starcrawler 3 pts
514
515
Cruel Magic 3 pts
517
Stone Woman 3 pts
518
519
Camila 3 pts
520
Goners 3 pts
521
522
Soyuz 3 pts
523
Euringer 3 pts
525
Bad Witch 3 pts
527
528
Fetti 3 pts
531
DROGAS Wave 2 pts
532
TrapStar 2 pts
534
High on Fire 2 pts
535
AMR 2 pts
536
PRhyme 2 2 pts
537
538
Rock Island 2 pts
539
540
Do Or Die 2 pts
541
Shiroi 2 pts
542
Green Ways 2 pts
543
544
545
Mr. Jukebox 2 pts
546
Pink Eye 2 pts
547
Volume 2 2 pts
548
Black Light 2 pts
550
Warm Drag 2 pts
551
552
MihTy 2 pts
554
Down Below 2 pts
555
556
557
Vide Noir 2 pts
559
Blueprint 2 pts
560
561
TESTING 2 pts
563
567
Tell No One 2 pts
568
2042 2 pts
569
571
Siblings 2 pts
573
Orients 2 pts
577
Healing Tide 1 pts
578
579
Phoenix 1 pts
580
Halloween 1 pts
581
2 Heartless 1 pts
583
Shooter 1 pts
584
AmeriKKKant 1 pts
586
Vector 1 pts
587
Dear Annie 1 pts
589
The Fuzz EP 1 pts
590
Magic Gone 1 pts
594
Schmaltz 1 pts
595
596
Chime 1 pts
599
600
Silk Canvas 1 pts
601
Super Silver 1 pts
602
Girl Code 1 pts
603
604
Oxnard 1 pts
605
The Return 1 pts
606
BloodCrush 1 pts
607
Once 1 pts
611
Nice Try 1 pts
614
615
Sensitive G 1 pts
617
618
619
Nyctophilia 1 pts
620
621
622
623
624
Body Of Work 1 pts
626
Galapagos 1 pts
628
Find a Light 1 pts

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