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QWEERIST’s top thirty albums of the year featuring Janelle Monae, Robyn and Kacey Musgraves

It’s great news when a pop star releases a truly epic single, but when they release a full body of work that stands out – it’s even better. We’ve been umm’ing and aar’ing for a while about which album of 2018 was our favourite, but we think we’ve finally come to a consensus.

Without further ado, here are our top thirty albums of the year.

1. JANELLE MONAE – DIRTY COMPUTER


Janelle Monae is a visionary. As if the well-thought-out and creative music videos for lead single ‘Make Me Feel’ and ‘PYNK’ wasn’t good enough, she dropped ‘Dirty Computer’ and it was THE BEST. It’s soulful, energetic, multi-layered, and we find something new to enjoy with each listen.

2. ROBYN – HONEY


We’re not gonna lie, this very nearly came in first. Having teased and teased for eight whole years, Robyn’s comeback was worth the wait. ‘Honey’ featured everything we loved about the Swedish singer, showing no signs of losing the spark. It’s neatly-compiled together with catchy lyrics and a glistening production, we just can’t get enough.

3. LYKKE LI – SO SAD SO SEXY


Lykke Li is one of those artists who can come back with a whole new sound and still make it their own. ‘So Sad So Sexy’ saw a more sensual and R&B-tinged sound to an artist who has previously dabbled in indie, dream pop, and electronica. Teaming up with Malay, the album blends together pop, trap, R&B, and addictive bops to create something special.

4. THE ACES – WHEN MY HEART FELT VOLCANIC


School friends Katie Henderson, McKenna Petty, Alisa Ramirez and Cristal Ramirez drew comparisons to HAIM when they first emerged. While understandable, The Aces stand on their own merits for their spectacular debut ‘When My Heart Felt Volcanic’. It’s an addictively catchy and strong vibe of indie pop and sun-scorched vocals.

5. KACEY MUSGRAVES – GOLDEN HOUR


The aptly-titled ‘Golden Hour’ has been the most successful album for country pop singer Kacey Musgraves so far in her career, but it’s also her best. Finding international success, the collection of songs are catchy and radio-friendly. Well-written, inspirational, and beautiful at times, it’s country music for the modern day, and it’s damn good.

Check out the rest of our top thirty below featuring the likes of The 1975, Tove Stryke, and Years & Years.

Be sure to also check out our top fifty singles of 2018 too.

  1. Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
  2. Robyn – Honey
  3. Lykke Li – So Sad So Sexy
  4. The Aces – When My Heart Felt Volcanic
  5. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
  6. The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships
  7. Alma – Heavy Rules Mixtape
  8. Lily Allen – No Shame
  9. Kylie Minogue – Golden
  10. Tove Styrke – Sway
  11. Hayley Kiyoko – Expectations
  12. Santigold – I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions
  13. MNEK – Language
  14. Years & Years – Palo Santo
  15. Christine and the Queens – Chris
  16. NAO – Saturn
  17. Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noises
  18. Ariana Grande – sweetener
  19. Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes
  20. Sabrina Carpenter – Singular: Act I
  21. SOPHIE – OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES
  22. ionnalee – Everyone Afraid to Be Forgotten
  23. Allie X – Super Sunset
  24. Troye Sivan – Bloom
  25. Nicki Minaj – Queen
  26. Poppy – Am I A Girl?
  27. Cher – Dancing Queen
  28. MØ – Forever Wonderland
  29. HONNE – Love Me / Love Me Not
  30. Chvrches – Love Is Dead

Agree? Disagree? Let us know your faves of the year in the comments below.

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