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The Top 100 Albums Of 2018: Genre-by-Genre Guide

December 26, 2018 | Posted by David Hayter
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At long last the album of the year has been revealed and congratulations are in order: Mitski’s Be The Cowboy was one hell of a record, but not everyone cares for indie rock and singer-songwriter angsts. So with the more selective listener in mind, here is 411’s genre-by-genre guide to the Top 100 albums of 2018.

Remember: the genre tags are just rough guides.


1. Be The Cowboy by Mitski

2. God’s Favorite Customer by Father John Misty

3. Double Negative by Low

4. 7 by Beach House

5. Boygenius by Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus & Phoebe Bridgers

6. A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships by The 1975

7. Clean by Soccer Mommy

8. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett

9. Lush by Snail Mail

10. Loner by Caroline Rose

11. Transangelic Exodus by Ezra Furman

12. Hunter by Anna Calvi

13. Hell-On by Neko Case

14. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys

15. Now Only by Mount Eerie

16. Black Cocoa by Young Fathers

17. Freedom by Amen Dunes

18. Hope by Florence & The Machine


Art Pop:

1. I’m All Ears by Let’s Eat Grandma

2. In A Poem Unlimited by U.S. Girls

3. Aviary by Julia Holter

4. Devotion by Tirzah

5. Have Fun by Smerz



1. Kids See Ghost by Kid Cudi & Kanye West

2. Daytona by Pusha-T

3. Whack World by Tierra Whack

4. Orpheus by Hermit and The Recluse

5. No News Is Good News by Phone

6. TA13OO by Denzel Curry

7. Ye by Kanye West

8. Some Rap Songs by Earl Sweatshirt

9. FM! by Vince Staples

10. Room 25 by Noname

11. Astroworld by Travis Scott

12. The Black Panther Soundtrack

13. Care For Me by Saba

14. Invasion Of Privacy by Cardi B

15. Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers

16. Everything Is Love by The Carters

17. Swimming by Mac Miller

18. Everything’s Fine by Jean Grae & Quelle Chris

19. Ephorize by Cupcakke

20. Tha Carter V by Lil Wayne



1. Working Class Woman by Marie Davidson

2. Missing U by Robyn

3. Basic Volume by Gaika

4. Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides by Sophie

5. Love Is Magic by John Grant

6. Have Fun by Smerz

7. Confident Music For Confident People by Confidence Man

8. Eartheater by IRISIRI

9. Konoyo by Tim Hecker



1. Isolation by Kali Uchis

2. Sweetener by Ariana Grande

3. Piano & A Microphone 1983 by Prince

4. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae

5. Negro Swan by Blood Orange

6. Broken Politics by Neneh Cherry

7. Hive Mind by The Internet

8. The Black Panther Soundtrack

9. K.T.S.E. by Teyana Taylor

10. Caution by Mariah Carey

11. Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers


1. Sweetener by Ariana Grande

2. Chris by Christine & The Queens

3. Piano & A Microphone 1983 by Prince

4. Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae

5. El Mar Querer by Rosalia

6. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves

7. Palo Santo by Years & Years

8. Love Is Magic by John Grant

9. Broken Politics by Neneh Cherry

10. Someone Out There by Rae Morris

11. Pop2 by Charli XCX

12. No Shame by Lily Allen

13. Sway by Tove Strike

14. A Star Is Born Soundtrack

15. Phoenix by Rita Ora

16. Infections Of A Different Kind – Part I by Aurora

17. Egypt Station by Paul McCartney

18. Camila by Camila Cabello


Metal/Hard Rock:

1. Prequelle by Ghost

2. Ordinary Corrupt Human Love by Deafheaven

3. Joy As An Act Of Resistance by IDLES

4. You Won’t Get What You Want by Daughters

5. Firepower by Judas Priest

6. The Sciences by Sleep

7. Our Raw Heart by YOB

8. Holy Hell by Architects

9. Down Below by Tribulation

10. I Love You At Your Darkest by Behemoth

11. The Wake by Voivod

12. Magus by Thou

13. Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It by Rollo Tomassi



1. Joy As An Act Of Resistance by IDLES

2. Beyondless by Iceage

3. Post- by Jeff Rosenstock

4. Transangelic Exodus by Ezra Furman

5. Bad Witch by Nine Inch Nails

6. Trench by TwentyOnePilots

7. American Utopia by David Byrne

8. Songs Of Praise by Shame

9. Black Coffee by Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa

10. Egypt Station by Paul McCartney



1. Jumping Over Rocks by Jamie Lin Wilson

2. Years by Sarah Shook & The Disarmers

3. Interstate Gospel by Pistol Annies

4. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves

5. May Your Kindness Remain by Courtney Marie Andrews

6. Songs Of The Plains by Colter Wall

7. Liberty by Lindi Ortega

8. Sparrow by Ashley Monroe

9. Ruins by First Aid Kit

10. To The Sunset by Amanda Shires

11. Southern Ambrosia by Kristina Murray