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