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The Best Albums of 2018
These six albums stood out in a year full of exciting new music

Many of the world’s most popular artists dropped new albums in 2018. The result was a music scene overflowing with new singles and playlists, along with a whole host of concept albums. If you’re still trying to catch up on all of the new music from 2018, it can be a little overwhelming. You can’t go wrong by starting with these six albums, though.

“Black Panther: The Soundtrack” by Kendrick Lamar/Various Artists

“Black Panther” was one of the biggest movies of 2018, reigning supreme at the box office. The accompanying soundtrack for the film was arguably just as successful. The soundtrack for “Black Panther” was the brainchild of artist Kendrick Lamar. Lamar worked with artists like SZA and The Weeknd to create hit tracks like “All the Stars” and “Pray for Me,” which appeared frequently throughout the film and on top of the charts.

“Invasion of Privacy” by Cardi B

At the moment, Cardi B is ruling the airwaves. Many of her most popular hits originate from her 2018 album “Invasion of Privacy.” Cardi B demonstrates her rapid rapping skills in singles like “Bodak Yellow.” If “Invasion of Privacy” is anything to go by, then she will continue topping the charts for the foreseeable future.

“Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” by Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys has come a long way since the band’s debut album “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.” Through the years, their sound has evolved in many ways. Yet, even with their newfound success, Arctic Monkeys has kept true to what made them an indie favorite with “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.” There’s enough familiar material to keep old fans coming back, balanced with enough new offerings to attract first-time listeners.

“High as Hope” by Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine is not an act that rests on their laurels. So, when 2015’s “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” was a critical hit for the band, they quickly went to work on their next album, “High as Hope.” The songs on the album are once again fuelled by Florence Welch’s dynamic vocals. This time around, Welch also served as an executive producer for the album, alongside Emile Haynie.

“KOD” by J. Cole

Some of the very best rap albums are the ones that deal with issues facing the country today. J. Cole’s latest album, “KOD,” explores addiction and drug abuse. With many parts of the country affected by the opiod crisis, now is the perfect time for an album like “KOD” to address these complicated topics. Indeed, the lyrics of the featured tracks are defined with haunting, potent imagery.

“God’s Favorite Customer” by Father John Misty

Father John Misty, the stage name of musician Josh Tillman, is likely unknown to many contemporary music listeners. Still, he’s something of a favorite among music critics, which is why it comes as no surprise that his latest album, “God’s Favorite Customer,” has received universal acclaim. In previous albums, Father John Misty used the medium of song to make statements about society. Yet, in “God’s Favorite Customer,” the artist has a more introspective focus, crafting lyrics about his own vices and struggles.

With the best albums of 2018 added to your playlist, you’ll have many memorable songs in your head as you enter 2019.

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