Whether you got down to Travis Scott’s hip-hop psych of Astroworld, basked in indie-rock supergroup boygenius’ explosive self-titled EP, or channeled the ghosts of The Clash through Parquet Courts’ politically-driven Wide Awake! one thing is for sure—2018 was a great year for music. Below, check out a few of our top picks.
Top Picks in Pop
Arctic Monkeys' lunar opera, The 1975's not very brief inquiry into digital culture, and Ariana Grande's return to pop music were all extremely welcomed.
Top Electronic Picks
Did anyone anticipate new Aphex Twin music in 2018? We didn't, but the Collapse EP was a welcome surprise.
Top Soundtrack Picks
Let's be honest—Suspiria's soundtrack was all but a Radiohead album in name. We know A Star Is Born's "Shallow" was an unexpected banger, but can we discuss how Kendrick's Black Panther album was an unexpected who's-who of hip-hop Avengers? May 2019's soundtracks continue to be so great.
Top Picks in Hip-Hop
Repeat after us, "I will not discuss Drake and Pusha-T's beef in 2019"—unless one of them drops another amazing diss track.