Top Music of 2018

Here’s my list of best music for 2018. I begin with the top 30 albums of 2018, then the top 10 hip-hop albums, followed by the top 10 jazz albums. Please enjoy! 

Top 30 Albums of 2018:

  1. Blood Orange • Negro Swan (Domino)
  2. Sons of Kemet • Your Queen is a Reptile (Impulse)
  3. Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band • The Serpents Mouth (Big Crown)
  4. Unknown Mortal Orchestra • Sex & Food (Jajjaguwar)
  5. Kamasi Washington • Heaven and Earth  (Young Turks)
  6. Wooden Shjips • V. (Thrill Jockey)
  7. Low • Double Negative (Sub Pop)
  8. Tangents • New Bodies (Temporary Residence)
  9. Ty Segall • Freedom’s Goblin  (Drag City)
  10. Glenn Jones • The Giant Who Ate Himself… (Thrill Jockey)
  11. Santigold • I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions (Downtown)
  12. Spiritualized • And Nothing Hurt (Fat Possum)
  13. Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood • With Animals (Heavenly)
  14. Agnarkea • Black Helicopters (Natural Sciences)
  15. Wolfgang Muthspiel • Where the River Goes (ECM)
  16. Preoccupations • New Material (Jagjaguwar)
  17. Courtney Marie Andrews • May Your Kindness Remain (Fat Possum)
  18. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks • Sparkle Hard  (Matador)
  19. Parquet Courts • Wide Awake (Rough Trade)
  20. The Eastern Sleds • There’s No Place Left To Go  (Burst & Bloom)
  21. Makaya McCraven • Universal Beings (International Anthem)
  22. Sarah Louise • Deeper Woods (Thrill Jockey)
  23. Hilary Woods • Colt  (Sacred Bones)
  24. Cat Power • Wanderer (Domino)
  25. Khruangbin • Con Todo El Mundo (Dead Oceans)
  26. The Messthetics • The Messthetics (Dischord)
  27. The Sea and Cake • Any Day (Thrill Jockey)
  28. Sandro Perri • In Another Life (Constellation)
  29. The Molochs • Flowers in the Spring (Innovative Leisure)
  30. Marissa Nadler • For My Crimes (Sacred Bones)

Top 10 Hip Hop Albums of 2018:

  1. Agnarkea • Black Helicopters (Natural Sciences)
  2. Vince Staples • FM! (Def Jam)
  3. Earl Sweatshirt • Some Rap Songs (Columbia)
  4. Rejjie Snow • Dear Annie (Honeymoon)
  5. Noname • Room 25 (self released)
  6. Evidence • Weather or Not (Rhymesayers)
  7. Anderson Paak • Oxnard (Aftermath)
  8. Joey Purp • Quarterthing (self released)
  9. Saba • Care For Me (Saba Pivot)
  10. Phonte • No News Is Good News (Foreign Exchange)

Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2018:

  1. ​Sons of Kemet • Your Queen is a Reptile (Impulse)
  2. Kamasi Washington • Heaven and Earth  (Young Turks)
  3. Wolfgang Muthspiel • Where the River Goes (ECM)
  4. Makaya McCraven • Universal Beings (International Anthem)
  5. The Bad Plus • Never Stop II (Legbreaker)
  6. Joshua Redman, Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Brian Blade • Still Dreaming (Nonesuch)
  7. Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Joey Baron a.k.a. “Sound Prints” • Scandal (Greenleaf)
  8. Various Artists • We Out Here (Brownswood)
  9. Andrew Cyrille, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Frisell • Lebroba (ECM)
  10. Peter Brötzmann and Heather Leigh • Sparrow Nights (Trost)