The Best Al­bums and Artists of 2018; Plus, the Year in Ye

The best pop, rock and rap al­bums of the year share one theme: In 2018, there was no pre­dict­ing any­thing

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A band of Led Zep­pelin–lov­ing broth­ers, Greta Van Fleet, sold 80,000 al­bums in a sin­gle week. Su­per­star Tay­lor Swift—after years of not pick­ing a side—got po­lit­i­cal. A Bronxbred rap­per named Cardi B took over the world. Sev­eral young stars died with shock­ing pre­ma­tu­rity, in­clud­ing the DJ Avicii and the rap­per Mac Miller. And a su­per­star who died in 2016 left be­hind a mi­nor master­piece.

Vet­er­ans like Paul Mccart­ney and Elvis Costello of­fered ex­cel­lent new work (and oth­ers, like Paul Si­mon, took a fi­nal bow), but the most re­ward­ing mu­sic of the year came cour­tesy of rel­a­tive new­com­ers, like the avant-pop pro­ducer So­phie and the in­die-rock su­per­group boy­ge­nius. Our picks, in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der:

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