At HighClouds, we are aware of the issues of ranking, reviewing and grading artists.

First, no one can be objective, there’s no truth in music. Then, it can be mentally difficult for artists to accept these insights. We are music fans above all and we never want to hurt anyone. Our goal is only to discover new talents and to bring them to our readers’ ears. We know they don’t always have the time to listen to everything we scan and write about during the year so these lists are just recommendations of what they should first focus on. Nothing more.

We know it’s a shared subjective feeling: 2018 has been another great year for music. We got introduced to fascinating newcomers with strong concepts that prove that albums are certainly not dead yet. Some rising singer-songwriters confirmed their defining style while a few established artists successfully re-recorded their masterpiece or explored challenging new soundscapes. You can find below the 30 albums that made 2018 according to our staff and stay tuned for our usual 100 Tracks of the year list next week.

30) Amen Dunes – Freedom

Kadhja Bonet Childqueen album

29) Kadhja Bonet – Childqueen

Yves Tumor Safe in the hands of love

28) Yves Tumor – Safe in the Hands of Love

Whitney Ballen Shooting Star Sinking Ship review

27) Whitney Ballen – You’re A Shooting Star, I’m A Sinking Ship


26) Tirzah – Devotion

CupcakKe Eden review

25) CupcakKe – Eden

Rosalia El Mal Querer

24) Rosalía – El Mal Querer

Tomberlin At Weddings

23) Tomberlin – At Weddings

Sidney Gish No Dogs Allowed

22) Sidney Gish – No Dogs Allowed

ezra furman transangelic exodus review

21) Ezra Furman – Transangelic Exodus

Kali Uchis Isolation

20) Kali Uchis – Isolation

Janelle-Monae-Dirty Computer

19) Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

Frankie Cosmos Vessel

18) Frankie Cosmos – Vessel

17) U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited

16) Ariana Grande – Sweetener

Ex:Re Romance

15) Ex:Re – Ex:Re

Car Seat Headrest Twin Fantasy

14) Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy

Tierra Whack World

13) Tierra Whack – Whack World


12) IDLES – Joy As An Act of Resistance.

illuminati hotties kiss yr frenemies

11) illuminaties hoties – Kiss Yr Frenemies

Mr Twin Sister Salt Review

10) Mr Twin Sister – Salt


9) SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Sides

LOW Double Negative

8) Low – Double Negative

Noname Room 25 review

7) noname – Room 25

Soccer Mommy Clean

6) Soccer Mommy – Clean

Beach House 7 review

5) Beach House – 7

Robyn Honey review

4) Robyn – Honey

Lucy Dacus Historian

3) Lucy Dacus – Historian

Snail Mail Lush

2) Snail Mail – Lush

Mitski Be The Cowboy Review

1) Mitski – Be The Cowboy

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