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Published on December 26th, 2018 | by Mathew Kahansky

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A Totally Scientific View on 2018’s Best Albums (Part 1)

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If you’re like me, you love this time of year. Endless best-of lists make for great listening/reading/watching, but keeping track of who recommended what can be tough. This year, I made it easy for myself – I compiled a big ole Google Doc containing every Best Albums of 2018 list from my favourite publications, averaged out all the scores, and slapped some numerical sorting on them.

Did I basically just waste my time creating a manual, watered-down Metacritic? Yes.
Do my rankings make any sense? Well, they hardly account for ties and I wasn’t sure how to quantify a publication not including an album on their list, so hardly.
Do I plan on listening to every single one of these records? You betcha.

So, if you’re curious to see the best albums of the year according to Noisey, Pitchfork, NPR, NME, Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound, KEXP Seattle, and Anthony Fantano, this monster list is a rough aggregate of each of those fine outlets’ top 50. I guess.

It’s all for the love of music – and only the music, because adding blurbs/photos/extra links for over 200 albums is way too much effort! OK, let’s get on with it!

(Tie) 211. The Light Is Leaving Us All by Current 93

(Tie) 211. Now Only by Mount Eerie

(Tie) 211. Gangin by SOB X RBE

(Tie) 208. 12 Little Spells by Esperanza Spalding

(Tie) 208. Dear Annie by Rejjie Snow

(Tie) 208. Overload by Georgia Anne Muldrow

(Tie) 203. A Laughing Death in Meatspace by Tropical Fuck Storm

(Tie) 203. Love Is Dead by CVRCHES

(Tie) 203. So Sad So Sexy by Lykke Li

(Tie) 203. No Tourists by The Prodigy

(Tie) 203. Freddie by Freddie Gibbs

(Tie) 199. Twisted Crystal by Guerilla Toss

(Tie) 199. Everything Is Love by The Carters

(Tie) 199. Compro by Skee Mask

(Tie) 199. Spa 700 by 700 Bliss

198. Prisma Tropical by Balún

(Tie) 194. All at Once by Screaming Females

(Tie) 194. Wrong Creatures by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

(Tie) 194. Proper Dose by The Story So Far

(Tie) 194. Johann Sebastian Bach by Vikingur Ólafsson

(Tie) 191. Beastmode 2 by Future

(Tie) 191.How to Socialise & Make Friends by Camp Cope

(Tie) 191. Blueprint by Alice Bag

(Tie) 188. Vile Luxury by Imperial Triumphant

(Tie) 188. Marauder by Interpol

(Tie) 188. Tha Carter V by Lil Wayne

(Tie) 181. Stranger Fruit by Zeal & Ardor

(Tie) 181. Sex & Food by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

(Tie) 181. Girl Going Nowhere by Ashley McBryde

(Tie) 181. Geography by Tom Misch

(Tie) 181. Vessel by Frankie Cosmos

(Tie) 181. abysskiss by Adrianne Lenker

(Tie) 181. The Other Side Of Air by Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret

(Tie) 178. QUARTERTHING by Joey Purp

(Tie) 178. To the Sunset by Amanda Shires

(Tie) 178. MIH-TY by Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih

(Tie) 176. The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs by Wye Oak

(Tie) 176. It’s Hard to Have Hope by Svalbard

(Tie) 173. Age Of by Oneohtrix Point Never

(Tie) 173. Bad Witch by Nine Inch Nails

(Tie) 173. Maghreb United by Ammar 808

(Tie) 166. Orpheus vs. the Sirens by Hermit and the Recluse

(Tie) 166. DiCaprio 2 by JID

(Tie) 166. It Will Come To You by ACTORS

(Tie) 166. No Shame by Lily Allen

(Tie) 166. Desperate Man by Eric Church

(Tie) 166. Nothing 2 Loose by DJ Healer

(Tie) 166. Origami Harvest by Ambrose Akinmusire

(Tie) 163. Good Thing by Leon Bridges

(Tie) 163. Parcels by Parcels

(Tie) 163. Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11 by Dmitri Shostakovich, Boston Symphony Orchestra & Andris Nelsons

(Tie) 161. I’ll Be Your Girl by The Decemberists

(Tie) 161. Bay Dream by Culture Abuse

(Tie) 157. Dead Magic by Anna von Hausswolff

(Tie) 157. Hereditary OST by Colin Stetson

(Tie) 157. Time and Space by Turnstile

(Tie) 157. Cast of Static and Smoke by Vile Creature

(Tie) 154. New Levels New Devils by Polyphia

(Tie) 154. POST- by Jeff Rosenstock

(Tie) 154. Broken Politics by Neneh Cherry

(Tie) 148. Trench by Twenty One Pilots

(Tie) 148. Flow State by Tash Sultana

(Tie) 148. Warm by Jeff Tweedy

(Tie) 148. Palo Santo by Years & Years

(Tie) 148. MUDBOY by Sheck Wes

(Tie) 148. Siblings by Colin Self

(Tie) 144. KOD by J. Cole

(Tie) 144. Dance on the Blacktop by Nothing

(Tie) 144. I’m All Ears by Let’s Eat Grandma

(Tie) 144. re:member by Ólafur Arnalds

(Tie) 141. You’re Not Alone by Andrew W.K.

(Tie) 141. Collapse by Aphex Twin

(Tie) 141. Orquesta Akokán by Orquesta Akokán

(Tie) 137. Everything’s Fine by Jean Grae & Quelle Chris

(Tie) 137. Gumboot Soup by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

(Tie) 137. The Bluest Star by Free Cake for Every Creature

(Tie) 137. Universal Beings by Makaya McCraven

(Tie) 131. Virtue by The Voidz

(Tie) 131. Paranoia 2 by Dave East

(Tie) 131. Sparkle Hard by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

(Tie) 131. What a Time to Be Alive by Superchunk

(Tie) 131. SPACEMAN by Octavian

(Tie) 131. Acrylic by Leikeli47

(Tie) 127. C’est La Vie by Phosphorescent

(Tie) 127. I Loved You At Your Darkest by Behemoth

(Tie) 127. Transangelic Exodus by Ezra Furman

(Tie) 127. PERIOD by City Girls

(Tie) 123. Oxnard by Anderson .Paak

(Tie) 123. Look Now by Elvis Costello & The Imposters

(Tie) 123. Cosmic Crypt by Mammoth Grinder

(Tie) 123. Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 by Christian Tetzlaff & Béla Bartók

(Tie) 121. Wanderer by Cat Power

(Tie) 121. Bad Contestant by Matt Maltese

(Tie) 116. Ion by Portal

(Tie) 116. Freedom’s Goblin by Ty Segall

(Tie) 116. SR3MM by Rae Sremmurd

(Tie) 116. YES by Tommy Cash

(Tie) 116. Let Pain Be Your Guide by Portrayal of Guilt

(Tie) 113. Paraffin by Armand Hammer

(Tie) 113. Testing by A$AP Rocky

(Tie) 113. soil by serpentwithfeet

(Tie) 110. Firepower by Judas Priest

(Tie) 110. The Horizon Just Laughed by Damien Jurado

(Tie) 110. Rifles & Rosary Beads by Mary Gauthier

(Tie) 106. Time ‘n’ Place by Kero Kero Bonito

(Tie) 106. Mother Of My Children by Black Belt Eagle Scout

(Tie) 106. Nasty by Rico Nasty

(Tie) 106. Friends. Lovers. Favorites. by The HIRS Collective

End of Part 1! More to come!




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About the Author

Once upon a time, Mat studied journalism. That's how he became Alan's one-time intern and current-time contributor, and the rest is ongoing history - get it? Mat also studied biology and music, so he has a strangely specific knowledge set that doesn't really apply anywhere other than useless fun facts. He currently works for a music tech start-up in Halifax, and is a big fan of the em dash.


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2 Responses to A Totally Scientific View on 2018’s Best Albums (Part 1)

  1. markosaar says:

    How the fuck did I miss a new BRMC album!? Thanks for the heads up!!

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