It’s here! We’ve fought! We’ve argued! We’ve made personal and painful compromises!
Taking in an expansive view of genres, this is possibly the best Albums of the Year list of them all. In an Albums of the Year list list, we’d put this one first. Baroque pop, Australian hyper-dance, British grime, jazz, dance, Danish wonk-punk, and everything in between all make an appearance on the list, showcasing just how unique 2018 has been for music. There are legends returning for another bout, eye-opening debuts and superstars in the making, all jostling to be our number one.
With all that said, enjoy TMB’s Top 100(!) Albums of the Year and find us on Twitter for any arguments afterwards – we’ll fight to the death if needs be. Read 50-1 here.
100. Candy – Good to Feel
99. Satanic Ritual Abuse – Hurting by Jake Crossland
A writhing beast, Satanic Ritual Abuse’s debut Hurting struggles with big themes over a gorgeous patchwork of distortion and home recordings. Tactile and carnal, the album finally surfaced four years after completion – and thank god it did.
98. Field Music – Open Here
97. Audiobooks – now! (in a minute)
96. Albert Hammond Jr. – Francis Trouble
95. Sam Evian – You, Forever
94. Daniel Avery – Song For Alpha
93. Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs
92. Anderson .Paak – Oxnard
91. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs
90. Halo Maud – Je Suis Un Île
89. The Internet – Hive Mind
88. Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer
87. Hovvdy – Cranberry
86. Kero Kero Bonito – Time ‘n’ Place
85. Tune-Yards – I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life
84. itoldyouiwouldeatyou – oh dearism by Joe Emmett
To be honest, 2018 has been a bit of a shit show. Even if you ignore the raging inferno of careerism and privilege that characterises current politics across the globe, the atmosphere of hate against marginalised communities is sure to have your head in your hands. In this climate itoldyouiwouldeatyou, and their debut LP Ohdearism are beacons of hope. Musically ambitious (see the wonderful acapella ending to ‘Greek Fire’) and hellbent on changing things for the better, the band have crafted an album that feels as much as a community touchstone as it does one of the best emo-math rock LPs of 2018. It might all be fucked, we might not feel safe, but Ohdearism and what it represents offers some hope to cling on to, and that’s something to cherish.
83. Pill – Soft Hell
82. Okay Kaya – Both
81. Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
80. 88rising – Head in the Clouds
79. Pusha T – Daytona
78. Gwenno – Le Kov
77. Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel by Jake Crossland
The follow up to the widely successful Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, the equally wordy Tell Me How You Really Feel tapped into a vein of anxiety absent from the slacker deadpan debut from Barnett. Equal parts patient and tense, the album looks deeper into its creator and ponders on the ability (and inability) of words atop scuzzy instrumentals.
76. Matt Maltese – Bad Contestant
75. Leon Bridges – Good Thing
74. Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
73. Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman
72. Santii – S01
71. 6LACK – East Atlanta Love Letter
70. Boy Azooga – 1, 2, Kung Fu!
69. Safe Jazz – Joy, Etc.
68. Jamie Isaac – (04:30) Idler
67. ODIE – Analogue
66. Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar
65. Big Joanie – Sistahs by Jake Crossland
The London trio finally released their debut album in 2018 and its killer collection of sparse, barebones punk speaks directly to the community it grew from. From killer lead single ‘Fall Asleep’ to experimental ‘Down Down’, Sistahs is the sound of a band starting out with more accomplished than most. Casting their unique experience as women of colour against their inspired instrumentals, the future is theirs for the taking. Watch out.
64. Bakar – Bad Kid
63. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
62. Khrungabin – Como todo el Mundo
61. Low – Double Negative
60. Brockhampton – Iridescence
59. Oh Sees – Smote Reverser
58. LUMP – LUMP
57. Princess Nokia – A Girl Cried Red by Elli Brazzill
Princess Nokia’s 2017 debut album 1992 Deluxe rightfully turned heads in the hip-hop community and the music industry as a whole. She didn’t shy away from her distinctions as an outcast, connecting with many of her fans on a new level on ‘Goth Kid’ and ‘Different’. 2018’s A Girl Cried Red comes from a similar place in Nokia’s psyche, an 8-track expression of recent heartbreak and delivering influences from her emo roots. ‘Your Eyes Are Bleeding’ is the ultimate of the many melancholic anthems on this project, as ‘Destiny’ yearns for long lost love: “everyone I love leaves me when I need them most, my little heart is broken and the world will pay the cost”.
56. Laurel – Dogviolet
55. Goat Girl – Goat Girl
54. Christine and the Queens – Chris
53. Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy
52. Travis Scott – ASTROWORLD
51. Breathe Panel – Breathe Panel
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