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The Best Albums of 2018 by Genre

Hip-hop, metal, pop, and more picks from our critics

By Doug Freeman, Christina Garcia, Dan Gentile, Raoul Hernandez, Alejandra Ramirez, Kahron Spearman, Jeremy Steinberger, and Libby Webster, December 28, 2018, Music

Doug Freeman (Country)

1) Brandi Carlile, By the Way, I Forgive You (Low Country Sound/Elektra)

2) Malcolm Holcombe, Come Hell or High Water (Gypsy Eyes)

3) Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour (MCA)

4) Brent Cobb, Providence Canyon (Low Country Sound/Elektra)

5) Courtney Marie Andrews, May Your Kindness Remain (Fat Possum)

6) I'm With Her, See You Around (Rounder)

7) Jeffrey Foucault, Blood Brothers

8) Charley Crockett, Lonesome as a Shadow (Son of Davy)

9) Cody Jinks, Lifers (Rounder)

10) Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis, Wild! Wild! Wild! (Bloodshot)

Christina Garcia (Latin)

1) Chancha Vía Circuito, Bienaventuranza (Wonderwheel)

2) J Balvin, Vibras (Universal Music Latino)

3) Rosalía, El Mal Querer (Sony)

4) Natalia Lafourcade with Los Macorinos, Musas, Vol. 2 (Sony)

5) Dos Santos, Logos (International Anthem)

6) Mon Laferte, Norma (Universal Music Mexico)

7) Eddie Palmieri, Mi Luz Mayor (Ropeadope)

8) Alex Anwandter, Latinoamericana (Nacional)

9) Mint Field, Pasar de las Luces (Innovative Leisure)

10) Aterciopelados, Claroscura (Sony)

Dan Gentile (Electronic)

1) DJ Koze, Knock Knock (Pampa)

2) Oneohtrix Point Never, Age Of (Warp)

3) Brian Eno, Music for Installations (Astralwerks/Opal/Universal)

4) Nu Guinea, Nuova Napoli (NG)

5) Ross From Friends, Family Portrait (Brainfeeder)

6) Robyn, Honey (Konichiwa/Interscope/Island)

7) Holodeck Vision One (Holodeck)

8) Hunee, Hunchin' All Night (Rush Hour)

9) Dallas Acid, Laraaji, Arji OceAnanda, Arrive Without Leaving (Flying Moonlight)

10) Leon Vynehall, Nothing Is Still (Ninja Tune)

Raoul Hernandez (Metal)

1) Portal, Ion (Profound Lore)

2) Judas Priest, Firepower (Columbia)

3) Immortal, Northern Chaos Gods (Nuclear Blast)

4) At the Gates, To Drink From the Night Itself (Century Media)

5) Rebel Wizard, Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response (Prosthetic)

6) Mournful Congregation, The Incubus of Karma (Osmose Productions)

7) Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Wasteland (Rise Above)

8) Skull, The Endless Road Turns Dark (Tee Pee)

9) High on Fire, Electric Messiah (eOne)

10) Evoken, Hypnagogia (Profound Lore)

Alejandra Ramirez (Pop)

1) Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour (MCA)

2) Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer (Bad Boy)

3) Ariana Grande, Sweetener (Republic)

4) Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy (Atlantic/KSR)

5) Robyn, Honey (Konichiwa/Interscope/Island)

6) Internet, Hive Mind (Columbia)

7) Kali Uchis, Isolation (Virgin EMI)

8) Carters (Beyoncé with Jay-Z), Everything Is Love (Parkwood/Roc Nation/Sony)

9) 1975, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (Dirty Hit/Polydor)

10) Lady Gaga with Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born (Interscope)

Kahron Spearman (Hip-Hop)

1) Noname, Room 25

2) J.I.D, DiCaprio 2 (Dreamville/Interscope/J. Cole)

3) Saba, Care for Me (Saba Pivot)

4) Earl Sweatshirt, Some Rap Songs (Tan Cressida/Columbia)

5) Young Fathers, Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune)

6) Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy (Atlantic/KSR)

7) Pusha T, Daytona (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam)

8) Nipsey Hussle, Victory Lap (Atlantic)

9) Royce da 5'9", Book of Ryan (eOne)

10) 03 Greedo, God Level (Alamo)

Jeremy Steinberger (Jazz)

1) Sons of Kemet, Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!/Verve)

2) Joe Armon-Jones, Starting Today (Brownswood)

3) Brad Mehldau Trio, Seymour Reads the Constitution! (Nonesuch)

4) We Out Here (Brownswood)

5) Makaya McCraven, Universal Beings (International Anthem)

6) Kamasi Washington, Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)

7) Kamaal Williams, The Return (Black Focus)

8) Cécile McLorin Salvant, The Window (Mack Avenue)

9) Peter Gall (ft. Wanja Slavin, Rainer Böhm, Matthias Pichler), Paradox Dreambox (Traumton)

10) R+R=Now, Collagically Speaking (Capitol)

Libby Webster (Indie Rock)

1) Haley Heynderickx, I Need to Start a Garden (Mama Bird)

2) Gia Margaret, There's Always Glimmer (Orindal)

3) Snail Mail, Lush (Matador)

4) Black Belt Eagle Scout, Mother of My Children (Saddle Creek)

5) Mal Devisa, Shade and the Little Creature

6) Soccer Mommy, Clean (Fat Possum)

7) Beach House, 7 (Sub Pop)

8) Tasha, Alone at Last (Father/Daughter)

9) U.S. Girls, In a Poem Unlimited (4AD)

10) Parquet Courts, Wide Awake! (Rough Trade)

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