2018 was an interesting year in music. Everyone likes to complain about the new generation of music; how the music they listened to growing up was better, but I think it’s safe to say some of the rainbow-haired rookies these days are taking popular music in a different direction. I realized while working on this that I don’t listen to enough newer music, but a few albums did stand out to me for a top five spot.
The Honorable Mentions:
Ye – Kanye West
Ye was not the best work by Kanye West. Not by a long shot. But after all the controversial statements and the “poopity woopity” song, I’d say it was still a good year for Yeezy.
Vacation In Hell – Flatbush Zombies
This is a group I’ve been following for a while now, and I’ve got to say I wish their newest album, Vacation in Hell, was a bit stronger. Not to say it wasn’t good, but it was a bit of a sophomore slump from the NYC rap group.
The Number Five Spot:
Culture II – Migos
Culture II was another crowd pleaser from the hottest rap group out there right now. Cool beats paired with the three coolest voices in rap music. You can’t call the group’s second culture album a sophomore slump.
The Number Four Spot:
Tha Carter V – Lil Wayne
It was so cool to receive another album in Tha Carter series this year. It wasn’t his best work in my opinion, but it was still a very solid offering from a Hall of Famer. Plus “Uproar” slaps. Hard.
The Number Three Spot:
beerbongs & bentleys – Post Malone
In my opinion, Post is one of the only real innovators left in popular music as of right now. He cultivated a very unique sound that has spawned countless copycats since he first dropped “White Iverson” in 2015. beerbongs and bentleys is just as strong, if not stronger, than his first studio album Stoney. Just about any song on this record could get stuck in your head, which earns it the number 3 spot for me.
The Number Two Spot:
Anthem of the Peaceful Army – Greta Van Fleet
Let it be no secret, I enjoy rock-n-roll over any music that has been coming out this year. That’s why I had to include Greta Van Fleet’s second album in my top five. The only critical thing I have to say about this group and this album is that their sound is very similar to Led Zeppelin. Which is nice.
The Best Album of 2018:
ASTROWORLD – Travis Scott
Travis Scott is on his way to a long and prosperous career if he keeps releasing albums like this one. ASTROWORLD is the third studio album by the young artist and, in my opinion, his most compelling work. Like any good theme park, there’s so much to look at on this 17 track offering, and there’s a lot going on. The most notable example of this is the third track “SICKO MODE”, which features a bunch of crazy beat changes that give it a funhouse feel. It wasn’t a tough decision on this one.