The Celebration Rock Podcast

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UPROXX Music expert Steven Hyden talks with rock stars and the country’s biggest music writers about what’s happening in rock.

Our favorite albums of 2018

Every year of my professional life as a music critic, I’ve made year-end lists. Sometimes it was because I simply had to do it, but more often (especially when I was younger) I did it because I thought it was fun. Making a year-end list was like saying, “Here I am, this is what I think, and here’s why I believe you should actually care.” But now that I’m a little older and wiser, list-making feels more like work. In 2018, it was practically a job. 

I don’t know if that has to do with my age or the fact that, to me, 2018 felt like a “good, not great” year for music. As always, there were scores of albums that I really enjoyed. But in terms of records that felt like instant classics, or at least inspired me to get obsessed for a good week or two, 2018 seemed a little fallow. 

Nevertheless, the 10 albums on my year-end list did manage to strike a chord with me, and I was excited to talk about them with my friend Ian Cohen, who shared his own top 10 list. Surprisingly, there’s not a ton of overlap on our lists –- listen to us debate the merits of the 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Boygenius, Father John Misty, and Kacey Musgraves in this special “best of 2018” episode. 

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