What a year it’s been for great albums! Admittedly that’s a sentence that might make more sense in December and, yes, some would say February is approximately ten months too early to be naming your album of the year. On the other hand, have you bloody heard it?
1. Rae Morris — Someone Out There
Raemo’s stylish, charismatic and unselfconsciously inventive second album includes the best single of 2017 and ten other instantly loveable pop belters.
It’s an instant modern pop classic that creates its own space and works on its own terms, but deserves a huge audience.
Albums with a cast of thousands can often be brilliant, but the intimacy of the songwriting in Someone Out There has thrived in the context of Rae’s creative collaboration with Fryars. It’s a collaboration that seems both focused and totally unrestrained.
We reckon Troye Sivan could take this spot.
This place is tentatively reserved for CHVRCHES.
Realistically the Selena Gomez album is going to be totally incredible. Mind you: Janelle.
Probably the Years & Years one?
High hopes for The 1975’s Music For Cars.
Likely some sort of Charli XCX album/mixtape/multi-track sonic ‘event’.
8. Tracey Thorn — Record
A proper album-album. Listen on Spotify.
How about a nice bit of Grimes? Kylie, perhaps?
Keen to see Madonna crowbarring her way into the Top 10. Carlos Raymond Jepsen may also end up here though.
11. Thea & The Wild — Ikaros
Cardi B? Yes. Cardi B seems like a good bet to make the twelfth best album of 2018.
Two words: 1) Ora, 2) Rita.
14. Andrew WK — You’re Not Alone
Self help and bangers. Listen on Spotify.
Cometh the Ariana, cometh the Grande. Or could this position go to Sigrid? Stefflon Don could pull it out of the bag, right? OR EVEN TOVE STYRKE?
If what we’re hearing is true Ella Henderson could have a decent place on this list come December.
Nicki Minaj’s album will probably be quite good, given that she’s one of the planet’s best popstars.
18. MGMT — Little Dark Age
Nobody really wanted a new MGMT album but — Christ alive — there are some extraordinary electronic pop moments on Little Dark Age. Fancy that!
19. Camila Cabello — Camila
Number 19 is what happens when you decide not to include most of your best songs on your album tracklist.
Bastille are probably going to do something really inventive with their third album.
It’ll be interesting to hear what Zayn’s been up to in the studio but if Ellie Goulding puts Lost & Found on her second album in a row, and releases it as that album’s lead single, she might also find herself here.
Look don’t shoot the messenger but we’ve heard positive things from two independent sources regarding… Matt Cardle. (???)
Do you think Clean Bandit will ever release an album? If not, Number 23 goes to Foxes.
Superorganism could take this place. More likely Florence though.
We’re keeping the Number 25 spot open for Sophie’s Whole New World, but Lily Allen’s album could also appear here.
26. cupcakKe — Ephorize
What a woman, what an album.
It’s quite likely that the 27th best album of 2018 will be by an artist none of us have even heard of yet.
There’s a 7% chance Christina Aguilera will end up here but realistically this’ll be FKA Twigs.
Is there a slim chance that Owl City’s new album is actually really good? He seems like the sort of person who could pivot into unexpected amazingness.
30. Tune-Yards — I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life
To be frank this one will probably have disappeared from the Top 33 by the time December rolls around but it’s fairly decent to listen to for the time being.
Ray BLK’s probably going to do something decent in the albums ‘sphere’.
Reserving this spot for another ‘hitherto’ unknown recording artiste.
33. Justin Timberlake — Man Of The Woods
Terms & Conditions
- This list is subject to extreme change.
- Interest in Zayn can go up as well as down.
- Positions on the chart will change as more information comes to light.
- Rihanna’s not included for the sake of our sanity.
- Robyn has not been mentioned because we’re starting to think that every time someone asks her about the album she delays its release by one day, and there’s a chance it could be out by now if we’d all just kept our mouths shut.
- Do you think Lady Gaga might release an album as her character from A Star Is Born? That would be interesting.
- Something you reckon should be on the list? Tweet us @Popjustice.