Aswin Sivaraman

Favorite Music of 2018

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2019 4 min read
Tags: list music


This was genuinely, across the board, a phenomenal year for music. I was compelled to put together another end-of-the-year list in December, but so many releases were happening in the last two months of 2018 that I need some time to let my opinions accumulate and solidify. Unlike my list for last year, I will be loosely ranking the albums (based on how much I loved them as well as how much I listened to them). But remember, as Noname so eloquently put it:

These end of the year lists are so silly lol. Ranking art is weird. To all the artist who dropped some shit this year...Thank you!

— Noname (@noname) December 15, 2018

I don't possess the fruit-shaped cranium to staunchly defend my tastes, but that's not what these lists are about. I mainly do this to immortalize all the listening data I captured this year (thanks to Last.FM) and to share the things that I loved most to friends. If you spot any major albums that aren't on this list, do message me and let me know! I'm always looking to expand my taste. So without further ado...


Favorite Albums

Kids See Ghosts
Kids See Ghosts
Janelle Monáe
Dirty Computer
SOPHIE
OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES
Death Grips
Year of the Snitch
Mitski
Be The Cowboy
Against All Logic
2012 - 2017
Pusha T
DAYTONA
MGMT
Little Dark Age
BROCKHAMPTON
iridescence
Rosalía
El Mal Querer
Muse
Simulation Theory
JPEGMAFIA
Veteran
Blood Orange
Negro Swan
Parquet Courts
Wide Awake!
Snail Mail
Lush
No Mana
Assorted Repetitions


Honorable Mentions:

Kanye West
ye

Teyana Taylor
K.T.S.E.

Marc Rebillet
Marc Rebillet

Julia Holter
Aviary

Nine Inch Nails
Bad Witch

Rico Nasty
Nasty

Oneohtrix Point Never
Age Of

Noname
Room 25

Playboi Carti
Die Lit

Fatoumata Diawara
Fenfo (Something To Say)

Father John Misty
God's Favorite Customer

Adrianne Lenker
abysskiss

Anderson .Paak
Oxnard

Fishdoll
Noonsense

George Clanton
Slide

Kamasi Washington
Heaven and Earth

Saba
Care for Me

Royce da 5'9"
Book of Ryan


Favorite Singles

Father John Misty
Mr. Tillman
Janelle Monáe
Make Me Feel
MGMT
Little Dark Age
SOPHIE
Ponyboy
Childish Gambino
This Is America
Mitski
Nobody
Nine Inch Nails
God Break Down the Door
Death Grips
Black Paint
Thom Yorke
Suspirium
Grimes
We Appreciate Power
Ariana Grande
God Is A Woman
Rosalía
MALAMENTE - Cap.1: Augurio
RÜFÜS DU SOL
Underwater
Ciara
Level Up
Anderson .Paak
Bubblin
Ariana Grande
Thank U, Next


Honorable Mentions:

Janelle Monáe
Django Jane

boygenius
Bite The Hand

No Mana
Bad Things

Carly Rae Jepsen
Party For One

T-E-E-D
Leave A Light On

Tyler, the Creator
OKRA

Lizzo
Boys

Travis Scott
SICKO MODE

Maya Jane Coles
Don't Leave

Muse
Presure

Snail Mail
Pristine

i_o
On Acid

Oneohtrix Point Never
The Station

JPEGMAFIA
Baby I'm Bleeding

Kanye West
Yikes

FISHER
Losing It

Chance The Rapper
I Might Need Security

Rich Brian
watch out!


Favorite EPs

Boygenius
Boygenius
Maya Jane Coles
Waves & Whirlwinds
Aphex Twin
Collapse
James Ferraro
Four Pieces For Mirai
Iglooghost
Clear Tamei / Steel Mogu
No Mana
Melted Candy
Tierra Whack
Whack World
Black Thought
Streams of Thought Vol. 1 / 2


I really didn't listen to too many EPs this year, so not much to say about Honorable Mentions.


Anywho, that's the end of that! I was maintaining a "favorite songs in dance music" playlist back in 2017 (called Was Good?), but I haven't updated it all 2018. Expect that to change this year—I'll be adding songs to it on a one-by-one basis instead of in weekly waves. The name's not as catchy as I thought it was then either, so maybe you'll see the playlist renamed!