Best of 2021: Music Critic Top Ten Lists

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Below, we collect the individual year-end top ten lists published by a variety of music sources, including critics, music magazines, music shops, and more. This page will be updated at least once a day throughout December and January as new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best albums of 2021

Recent updates:
Added Jan. 11: Hot Press, Metro Weekly, Under the Radar
Added Jan. 7, 2022: Bill's Indie Basement, The Bulwark, Chorus.fm, In Review Online, New Noise, Vogue
Added Dec. 31: Boston Herald, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dork, EDMTunes, Hip Hop Golden Age, No Depression, Norman Records, Passion of the Weiss, Sound Opinions, Vibe, XS Noize
Added Dec. 30: 25YL, ABC/Good Morning America, Brooklyn Vegan, Genius, Houston Chronicle, i, Joe, Magnetic, MondoSonoro, Record Collector, The Young Folks
Added Dec. 26: 3voor12, A Closer Listen, Banquet Records, Crash Records, Dummy, Echoes, The Forty-Five, Gay City News, Invisible Oranges, Le Canal Auditif, Les Inrocks, The Music, The Nation, Nialler9, No Ripcord, The Nocturnal Times, NPR/All Songs Considered, The Observer, Piccadilly Records, Punktastic, Resident, Sister Ray Records, Sputnikmusic, The Wild Honey Pie
Added Dec. 23: A.V. Club, Hypebeast, Spokesman-Review, Star Tribune, Wired
Added Dec. 22: Boomkat, Dancing Astronaut, KCRW, Okayplayer
Added Dec. 21: The Alternative, Columbus Alive, Complex UK, Evening Standard, The Independent, Inverted Audio, Metal Injection, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rolling Stone (Sheffield), Slate, Ultimate Classic Rock
Added Dec. 20: Beats Per Minute, Capital XTRA, mxdwn, Spectrum Culture
Added Dec. 17: AP, The AU Review, Clash, Dazed, DIY, Fast 'n' Bulbous, The Guardian, musicOMH, PopBuzz, San Diego Union-Tribune, The Telegraph
Added Dec. 15: HuffPost, Live4ever, Los Angeles Times, Magnet, The Times
Added Dec. 14: Arizona Republic, The Atlantic, BBC Culture, Fader, Flood, The Line of Best Fit, Loudwire, People, San Jose Mercury-News
Added Dec. 13: Gaffa (Sweden), Spin, The Undefeated, USA Today, Vulture
Added Dec. 12: Far Out, Northern Transmissions, Our Culture Mag, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Sunday Times
Added Dec. 11: Irish Independent, Irish Times, NCPR, Radio New Zealand, RTE
Added Dec. 10: Albumism, Classic Rock, Kerrang!, NME, RIFF, Vinyl Factory, Wall Street Journal
Added Dec. 9: Double J, Gaffa (Denmark), NZ Herald, Sonic Magazine, Variety
Added Dec. 8: Entertainment Weekly, God Is in the TV, Loud and Quiet, PopMatters, Slant, Washington Post
Added Dec. 7: Billboard, Consequence, Pitchfork, The Ringer, Treble, The Wire
Added Dec. 6: Crack, The Economist, Stereogum, Time
Added Dec. 3: NBHAP, Rolling Stone
Added Dec. 2: Complex, The New York Times, Uproxx/Indie Mixtape
Added Dec. 1: Scorecard launched with 21 sources

Best of 2021Below is our updated running tally of the albums most frequently mentioned by individual music publications in their year-end top ten lists.

Although many of the lists come from publications whose reviews are included on this site, we have also included extra lists from prominent music stores, websites, a few radio stations, and publications not normally found in Metacritic's music section.

Note that if a source ranks more than the standard 10 albums, we will not include titles ranked 11th or worse. (We do include unranked lists of 11-20 items, though each album gets just one-half of a point.) In case of a tie for first or second, each album will receive the full points for that position. If a publication has multiple lists for different genres, we attempt to choose the most general one.

Our points system works as follows:

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd - 10th, or for being included on an unranked list of 10 or fewer albums
  • 0.5 points for being included on an unranked list of 11-20 albums
Albums Mentioned on Most Top 10 Lists - 2021
Album / Artist # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz171048.5119.5
2 Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator654169
3 Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra9531.568.5
4 Sour by Olivia Rodrigo823866
5 Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast7721.556.5
6 New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning633054
Hey What by Low562754
8 Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks1536.549.5
9 Glow On by Turnstile8220.548.5
10 Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan642248
11 Blue Weekend by Wolf Alice3620.541.5
12 Prioritise Pleasure by Self Esteem541639
13 Ignorance by The Weather Station3123.534.5
14 Montero by Lil Nas X212028
15 Home Video by Lucy Dacus122027
16 30 by Adele121926
17 Daddy's Home by St. Vincent141324
18 Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish2114.522.5
Carnage by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis2016.522.5
20 Outside Child by Allison Russell42521
21 We're All Alone in This Together by Dave2112.520.5
22 Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar011820
23 Bright Green Field by Squid1310.519.5
24 I Don't Live Here Anymore by The War on Drugs211119
25 For the First Time by Black Country, New Road111318
26 If I Can't Have Love I Want Power by Halsey1210.517.5
Valentine by Snail Mail0115.517.5
28 to hell with it by PinkPantheress021216
Planet Her by Doja Cat011416
30 For Those I Love by For Those I Love128.515.5

Individual top ten lists

Below are the 182 individual top ten lists used to calculate the standings above. Some publications may list albums without ranking them; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.

25YL View full list
  1. Forever in Your Heart by Black Dresses
  2. The Turning Wheel by Spellling
  3. Sinner Get Ready by Lingua Ignota
  4. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  5. Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine by Brockhampton
  6. Carnage by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
  7. Tyron by Slowthai
  8. By the Time I Get to Phoenix by Injury Reserve
  9. Stand for Myself by Yola
  10. LP! (Offline) by JPEGMAFIA
3voor12 Netherlands View full list
  1. A Way Forward by Nation of Language
  2. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  3. Ignorance by The Weather Station
  4. To Hell With It by PinkPantheress
  5. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  6. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  7. Betaalbare Romantiek by Goldband
  8. Montero by Lil Nas X
  9. New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning
  10. Pray for Haiti by Mach-Hommy
ABC News/Good Morning America View full list
  1. Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish
  2. Four by Three by Supermilk
  3. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  4. Death of a Cheerleader by Pom Pom Squad
  5. Blue Weekend by Wolf Alice
  6. An Evening With Silk Sonic by Silk Sonic
  7. A Beautiful Revolution (Pt. 2) by Common
  8. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  9. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  10. Gold-Diggers Sound by Leon Bridges
Albumism View full list
  1. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  2. Immigrants by Nitin Sawhney
  3. Blue Weekend by Wolf Alice
  4. Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
  5. No Gods No Masters by Garbage
  6. Black to the Future by Sons of Kemet
  7. Mother by Cleo Sol
  8. Ocean to Ocean by Tori Amos
  9. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  10. Mood Valiant by Hiatus Kaiyote
The Alternative View full list
  1. Glow On by Turnstile
  2. Little Oblivions by Julien Baker
  3. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
  4. A Billion Little Lights by Wild Pink
  5. Blood Bunny by Chloe Moriondo
  6. Between the Richness by Fiddlehead
  7. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  8. Any Shape You Take by Indigo De Souza
  9. I Became Birds by Home Is Where
  10. Draw Down the Moon by Foxing
AP View full list
  • Home Video by Lucy Dacus
  • Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish
  • Back of My Mind by H.E.R.
  • Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  • Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  • Valentine by Snail Mail
  • Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan
  • Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  • Donda by Kanye West
  • Stand for Myself by Yola
Arizona Republic Ed Masley View full list
  1. Daddy's Home by St. Vincent
  2. Smiling With No Teeth by Genesis Owusu
  3. Nine by Sault
  4. Pray for Haiti by Mach-Hommy
  5. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  6. By the Time I Get to Phoenix by Injury Reserve
  7. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  8. Sound Ancestors by Madlib/Four Tet
  9. Little Oblivions by Julien Baker
  10. Things Take Time, Take Time by Courtney Barnett
The Atlantic Spencer Kornhaber View full list
  1. New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning
  2. Kick iii by Arca
  3. Outside Child by Allison Russell
  4. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  5. Fishmonger by Underscores
  6. Solar Power by Lorde
  7. SoulFly by Rod Wave
  8. True North by Ninajirachi and Kota Banks
  9. Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan
  10. My Parade by iLoveMakonnen
The AU Review View full list
  1. Smiling With No Teeth by Genesis Owusu
  2. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  3. Blue Weekend by Wolf Alice
  4. 3 by Ngaiire
  5. Today We're the Greatest by Middle Kids
  6. No One Left to Blame by EJ Worland
  7. Drunk Tank Pink by Shame
  8. Seventeen Going Under by Sam Fender
  9. Daddy's Home by St. Vincent
  10. Home Video by Lucy Dacus
A.V. Club View full list
  1. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
  2. Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan
  3. Valentine by Snail Mail
  4. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  5. Any Shape You Take by Indigo De Souza
  6. Ultrapop by The Armed
  7. Glow On by Turnstile
  8. The House Is Burning by Isaiah Rashad
  9. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  10. Ignorance by The Weather Station
Banquet Records Surrey, UK View full list
  1. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  2. Seventeen Going Under by Sam Fender
  3. For Those That Wish to Exist by Architects
  4. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  5. Nine by Sault
  6. Back in Love City by The Vaccines
  7. You Signed Up for This by Maisie Peters
  8. Red (Taylor's Version) by Taylor Swift
  9. Fearless (Taylor's Version) by Taylor Swift
  10. Prioritise Pleasure by Self Esteem
  11. Isles by Bicep
BBC Culture View full list
  • 30 by Adele
  • Skin by Joy Crookes
  • Planet Her by Doja Cat
  • Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
  • If I Can't Have Love I Want Power by Halsey
  • Montero by Lil Nas X
  • Pink Noise by Laura Mvula
  • Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  • Prioritise Pleasure by Self Esteem
  • Glow On by Turnstile
BBC Radio 6 View full list
  1. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  2. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  3. Flat White Moon by Field Music
  4. Homecoming by Du Blonde
  5. Crawler by Idles
  6. Flock by Jane Weaver
  7. Prioritise Pleasure by Self Esteem
  8. Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
  9. Source ⧺ We Move by Nubya Garcia
  10. Colourgrade by Tirzah
Beats Per Minute View full list
  1. Hey What by Low
  2. Cavalcade by Black Midi
  3. Sinner Get Ready by Lingua Ignota
  4. Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
  5. Jade by Pan Daijing
  6. For the First Time by Black Country, New Road
  7. Entertainment, Death by Spirit of the Beehive
  8. Haram by Armand Hammer & The Alchemist
  9. Prioritise Pleasure by Self Esteem
  10. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
Billboard View full list
  1. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  2. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  3. Montero by Lil Nas X
  4. 30 by Adele
  5. Planet Her by Doja Cat
  6. If I Can't Have Love I Want Power by Halsey
  7. An Evening With Silk Sonic by Silk Sonic
  8. Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish
  9. Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan
  10. El Madrileno by C. Tangana
Bill's Indie Basement View full list
  1. Astro Tough by audiobooks
  2. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  3. Seeking New Gods by Gruff Rhys
  4. I've Been Trying to Tell You by Saint Etienne
  5. Ignorance by The Weather Station
  6. The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings by The Besnard Lakes
  7. Hey What by Low
  8. Silver Synthetic by Silver Synthetic
  9. Animal by LUMP
  10. Harmonizer by Ty Segall
Bleep View full list
  1. Agor by Koreless
  2. Bright Green Field by Squid
  3. SHILOH: Lost for Words by Jon Glacier
  4. Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
  5. Icons by Eli Keszler
  6. Scurlage by µ-Ziq
  7. Turn of Phrase by Maxwell Sterling
  8. Mood Valiant by Hiatus Kaiyote
  9. Quivering in Time by Eris Drew
  10. Believer by Smerz
Boomkat View full list
  1. Rhinestones by HTRK
  2. Harmattan by Klein
  3. Ballads by Time Is Away
  4. CXXI by Richard Youngs
  5. Black Metal 2 by Dean Blunt
  6. Rat Heart by Rat Heart
  7. Under the Conditions by Leron Carson
  8. Lucy & Aaron by Aaron Dilloway & Lucrecia Dalt
  9. Colourgrade by Tirzah
  10. Princess Diana of Wales by Princess Diana of Wales
Boston Herald Jed Gottlieb View full list
  • 30 by Adele
  • In These Silent Days by Brandi Carlile
  • Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women by Melanie Charles
  • DL/UX by Gene Dante
  • Hard Feelings by Hard Feelings
  • Open Door Policy by The Hold Steady
  • Honest Mechanik by Honest Mechanik
  • Montero by Lil Nas X
  • There's a Riot Goin On [re-release] by Sly & The Family Stone
  • Daddy's Home by St. Vincent
Brooklyn Vegan View full list
  1. Glow On by Turnstile
  2. Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan
  3. Hey What by Low
  4. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  5. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  6. Ignorance by The Weather Station
  7. An Overview on Phenomenal Nature by Cassandra Jenkins
  8. Radical by Every Time I Die
  9. Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish
  10. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
The Bulwark Tim Miller View full list
  1. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  2. Nine by Sault
  3. Planet Her by Doja Cat
  4. Introducing by Aaron Frazer
  5. Private Space by Durand Jones & The Indications
  6. Outlaw R&B by Night Beats
  7. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  8. In Standard Definition by Art D'Ecco
  9. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  10. Arboretum by Acid Tongue
  11. A Comedy of Errors by Lo Talker
Capital XTRA View full list
  1. We're All Alone in This Together by Dave
  2. Planet Her by Doja Cat
  3. Still Over It by Summer Walker
  4. Back of My Mind by H.E.R.
  5. Conflict of Interest by Ghetts
  6. Certified Lover Boy by Drake
  7. Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies by Snoh Aalegra
  8. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  9. The Off-Season by J. Cole
  10. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
Chorus.fm View full list
  1. Glow On by Turnstile
  2. The Million Masks of God by Manchester Orchestra
  3. Radical by Every Time I Die
  4. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  5. Draw Down the Moon by Foxing
  6. Pressure Machine by The Killers
  7. Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish
  8. Screen Violence by CHVRCHES
  9. XOXO: From Love and Anxiety in Real Time by The Maine
  10. I Don't Live Here Anymore by The War on Drugs
Clash View full list
  1. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  2. We're All Alone in This Together by Dave
  3. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  4. Sensational by Erika de Casier
  5. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  6. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
  7. For Those I Love by For Those I Love
  8. Sling by Clairo
  9. The House Is Burning by Isaiah Rashad
  10. Still Slipping Vol. 1 by Joy Orbison
Classic Rock Magazine Issue 296
  1. Senjutsu by Iron Maiden
  2. Mammoth WVH by Mammoth WVH
  3. 21st Century Love Songs by The Wildhearts
  4. Time Clocks by Joe Bonamassa
  5. Hardware by Billy F. Gibbons
  6. The Future Bites by Steve Wilson
  7. Typhoons by Royal Blood
  8. The Ultra Vivid Lament by Manic Street Preachers
  9. Lindsey Buckingham by Lindsey Buckingham
  10. Medicine at Midnight by Foo Fighters
Cleveland Plain Dealer Troy L. Smith View full list
  1. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  2. Eternal Blue by Spiritbox
  3. In These Silent Days by Brandi Carlile
  4. 30 by Adele
  5. Pray for Haiti by Mach-Hommy
  6. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  7. Year of the Horse by Fucked Up
  8. Donda by Kanye West
  9. Star-Crossed by Kacy Musgraves
  10. Pressure Machine by The Killers
A Closer Listen View full list
  1. A Visible Length of Light by Lea Bertucci
  2. The Quiet Drift by Hollie Kenniff
  3. Timekeeper by Celia Hollander
  4. Detritus by Sarah Neufeld
  5. Big Bend by Explosions in the Sky
  6. Speechless by Resina
  7. Lost Futures by Marisa Anderson/William Tyler
  8. Hidemi by Patrick Shiroishi
  9. Impermanence / Disintegration by Bryce Dessner, Australian String Quartet, Sydney Dance Company
  10. House Music by Bell Orchestre
Columbus Alive Andy Downing View full list
  1. Hey What by Low
  2. Home Video by Lucy Dacus
  3. We're All Alone in This Together by Dave
  4. New Long Leg by Dave
  5. A Southern Gothic by Adia Victoria
  6. Superwolves by Matt Sweeney and Bonnie "Prince" Billy
  7. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  8. Outside Child by Allison Russell
  9. On All Fours by Goat Girl
  10. Carnage by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Columbus Alive Joel Oliphint View full list
  1. An Overview on Phenomenal Nature by Cassandra Jenkins
  2. Superwolves by Matt Sweeney and Bonnie "Prince" Billy
  3. Arlene by Rodeola
  4. I Don't Live Here Anymore by The War on Drugs
  5. Home Video by Lucy Dacus
  6. Head of Roses by Flock of Dimes
  7. Gold-Diggers Sound by Leon Bridges
  8. A Beginner's Mind by Sufjan Stevens and Angelo de Augustine
  9. Little Oblivions by Julien Baker
  10. Laura Stevenson by Laura Stevenson
Complex View full list
  1. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  2. The Off-Season by J. Cole
  3. 30 by Adele
  4. Planet Her by Doja Cat
  5. Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan
  6. Donda by Kanye West
  7. Still Over It by Summer Walker
  8. Pray for Haiti by Mach-Hommy
  9. Life of a Don by Don Toliver
  10. Shelley FKA DRAM by Shelley FKA DRAM
Complex UK View full list
  1. We're All Alone in This Together by Dave
  2. 30 by Adele
  3. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  4. Conflict of Interest by Ghetts
  5. To Hell With It by PinkPantheress
  6. Wild West by Central Cee
  7. Made in the Pyrex by Digga D
  8. Balance by Children of Zeus
  9. Mother by Cleo Sol
  10. Tyron by Slowthai
Consequence View full list
  1. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  2. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
  3. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  4. Glow On by Turnstile
  5. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  6. Home Video by Lucy Dacus
  7. Screen Violence by CHVRCHES
  8. Montero by Lil Nas X
  9. Haram by Armand Hammer, The Alchemist
  10. Let Me Do One More by Illuminati Hotties
Crack Magazine View full list
  1. SHILOH: Lost for Words by John Glacier
  2. im hole by aya
  3. Honest Labour by Space Afrika
  4. Conflict of Interest by Ghetts
  5. The Melodic Blue by Baby Keem
  6. Tear Tracks by Banoffee
  7. A Softer Focus by Claire Rousay
  8. Weight of the World by Maxo Kream
  9. Bright Green Field by Squid
  10. Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
Crash Records Leeds, UK View full list
  1. New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning
  2. Drunk Tank Pink by Shame
  3. Lustful Sacraments by Perturbator
  4. Isles by Bicep
  5. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  6. For the First Time by Black Country, New Road
  7. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  8. Bright Green Field by Squid
  9. Comfort to Me by Amyl & The Sniffers
  10. Crawler by Idles
Dancing Astronaut View full list
  1. times by SG Lewis
  • all others in alphabetical order:
  • Pieces by William Black
  • +/- by Boys Noize
  • Actual Life (April 14 – December 17 2020) by Fred again..
  • Olympia by Gorgon City
  • Fallen Embers by ILLENIUM
  • Harmonica Andromeda by KSHMR
  • Lost by MitiS
  • Nurture by Porter Robinson
  • Surrender by Rufus Du Sol
  • Something, Everything by Sultan + Shepard
Dazed View full list
  1. Montero by Lil Nas X
  2. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  3. Im Hole by Aya
  4. Planet Her by Doja Cat
  5. Still Over It by Summer Walker
  6. When Smoke Rises by Mustafa
  7. Harlecore by Danny L Harle
  8. Quivering in Time by Eris Drew
  9. Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan
  10. Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar
Decibel January 2022 View full list
  1. Torn Arteries by Carcass
  2. Deceiver by Khemmis
  3. Where the Gloom Becomes Sound by Tribulation
  4. Feel by Apparition
  5. And Again Into the Light by Panopticon
  6. The Tritonus Bell by Hooded Menace
  7. Bloodmoon: I by Converge
  8. Submission and Slavery by Lamp of Murmuur
  9. Senjutsu by Iron Maiden
  10. Primordial Arcana by Wolves in the Throne Room
DIY View full list
  1. Blue Weekend by Wolf Alice
  2. Prioritise Pleasure by Self Esteem
  3. New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning
  4. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  5. For the First Time by Black Country, New Road
  6. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  7. Glow On by Turnstile
  8. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  9. For Those I Love by For Those I Love
  10. Bright Green Field by Squid
Dork View full list
  1. Blue Weekend by Wolf Alice
  2. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  3. Juno by Remi Wolf
  4. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  5. Seventeen Going Under by Sam Fender
  6. Prioritise Pleasure by Self Esteem
  7. Super Monster by Claud
  8. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  9. Drunk Tank Pink by Shame
  10. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
Double J Australia View full list
  1. We Will Always Love You by The Avalanches
  2. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  3. Mood Valiant by Hiatus Kaiyote
  4. Comfort to Me by Amyl and the Sniffers
  5. 3 by Ngaiire
  6. Gela by Baker Boy
  7. Actual Life (April 14 – December 17 2020) by Fred again..
  8. Today We're the Greatest by Middle Kids
  9. Fried by REMI
  10. New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning
Dummy View full list
  1. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  2. To Hell With It by PinkPantheress
  3. Still Slipping Vol. 1 by Joy Orbison
  4. Conflict of Interest by Ghetts
  5. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  6. We're All Alone in This Together by Dave
  7. Man Made by Greentea Peng
  8. Thanks for Waiting by Potter Payper
  9. The New World by Swindle
  10. SHILOH: Lost for Words by John Glacier
Echoes View full list
  1. Black Halo by Hybrid
  2. Californian Soil by London Grammar
  3. Dazzlebox by Bill Nelson
  4. Ember Days by Carl Weingarten
  5. Blackest Blue by Morcheeba
  6. Surrender by Rufus Du Sol
  7. Eight Fragments of an Illusion by Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk
  8. Psychosis of Dreams by Leandrul
  9. Signals by Marconi Union
  10. The Path of the Clouds by Marissa Nadler
The Economist View full list
  • Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar
  • Coral Island by The Coral
  • Crawler by Idles
  • Glow On by Turnstile
  • Ignorance by The Weather Station
  • Infinite Granite by Deafheaven
  • Isles by Bicep
  • Magic Mirror by Pearl Charles
  • New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning
  • Prioritise Pleasure by Self Esteem
  • Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  • Stand for Myself by Yola
  • Surrounded by Time by Tom Jones
  • They're Calling Me Home by Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi
EDMTunes View full list
  1. Surrender by Rufus Du Sol
  2. Nurture by Porter Robinson
  3. Olympia by Gorgon City
  4. Dreamland 2021 by ZHU
  5. Spiral by Rezz
  6. A State of Trance Forever by Armin van Buuren
  7. Fallen Embers by ILLENIUM
  8. Between Broken by Dabin
  9. Nobody Is Not Loved by Solomun
  10. Impulse by Ilan Bluestone
Entertainment Weekly View full list
  1. Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan
  2. I Don't Live Here Anymore by The War on Drugs
  3. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
  4. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  5. 30 by Adele
  6. Valentine by Snail Mail
  7. Lindsey Buckingham by Lindsey Buckingham
  8. Montero by Lil Nas X
  9. Weight of the World by Maxo Kream
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Mojo January 2022
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  6. Glow On by Turnstile
  7. Ignorance by The Weather Station
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  6. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
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  6. Planet Her by Doja Cat
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  5. Second Line by Dawn Richard
  6. Spare Ribs by Sleaford Mods
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  6. New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning
  7. An Evening With Silk Sonic by Silk Sonic
  8. Time Flies by Ladyhawke
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  10. Preservation of Scenery by Rob Ruha - Ka Hao
Record Collector Issue 526
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  2. Blue Weekend by Wolf Alice
  3. The Ultra Vivid Lament by Manic Street Preachers
  4. Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
  5. Daddy's Home by St. Vincent
  6. The Apple Drop by Liars
  7. Prioritise Pleasure by Self Esteem
  8. As the Love Continues by Mogwai
  9. Sound Ancestors by Madlib/Four Tet
  10. New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning
Resident Brighton, UK View full list
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  3. Hey What by Low
  4. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  5. Carnage by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
  6. Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
  7. For Those I Love by For Those I Love
  8. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  9. Crawler by Idles
  10. An Overview on Phenomenal Nature by Cassandra Jenkins
Revolver View full list
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  6. Bloodmoon: I by Converge
  7. Senjutsu by Iron Maiden
  8. A Tear in the Fabric of Life by Knocked Loose
  9. EAT (NXT Soundtrack) EP by Poppy
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RIFF Magazine View full list
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  4. In These Silent Days by Brandi Carlile
  5. Long Lost by Lord Huron
  6. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  7. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  8. Blue Weekend by Wolf Alice
  9. Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish
  10. Fortitude by Gojira
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  3. Glow On by Turnstile
  4. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  5. Weight of the World by Maxo Kream
  6. Donda by Kanye West
  7. Mood Valiant by Hiatus Kaiyote
  8. New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning
  9. Pray for Haiti by Mach-Hommy
  10. to hell with it by PinkPantheress
Rolling Stone View full list
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  3. Vice Versa by Rauw Alejandro
  4. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  5. Home Video by Lucy Dacus
  6. Montero by Lil Nas X
  7. Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan
  8. Glow On by Turnstile
  9. El Madrileno by C. Tangana
  10. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
Rolling Stone Rob Sheffield View full list
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  2. Red (Taylor's Version) by Taylor Swift
  3. Home Video by Lucy Dacus
  4. 30 by Adele
  5. To Hell With It by PinkPantheress
  6. Doomin' Sun by Bachelor
  7. Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan
  8. Drive by Adult Mom
  9. Open Door Policy by The Hold Steady
  10. Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar
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  4. For the First Time by Black Country, New Road
  5. Crawler by Idles
  6. Bright Green Field by Squid
  7. Flock by Jane Weaver
  8. Blue Weekend by Wolf Alice
  9. An Overview on Phenomenal Nature by Cassandra Jenkins
  10. Sound Ancestors by Madlib/Four Tet
Rough Trade Shops USA View full list
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  3. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  4. Isles by Bicep
  5. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
  6. Before I Die by Park Hye Jin
  7. Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar
  8. Cavalcade by Black Midi
  9. Fatigue by L'Rain
  10. Ignorance by Weather Station
RTE (Ireland) Jim Carroll View full list
  1. Yellow by Emma-Jean Thackray
  2. Sympathy for Life by Parquet Courts
  3. For Those I Love by For Those I Love
  4. Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
  5. Y'all Don't (Really) Care About Black Women by Melanie Charles
  6. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  7. Sound Ancestors by Madlib/Four Tet
  8. Colourgrade by Tirzah
  9. A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle by John Coltrane
  10. Deacon by Serpentwithfeet
RTE (Ireland) John Kelly View full list
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  • She Walks in Beauty by Marianne Faithfull with Warren Ellis
  • Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
  • The Solution Is Restless by Joan as Police Woman, Dave Okumu and Tony Allen
  • Tone Poem by Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
  • Hey What by Low
  • Sound Ancestors by Madlib/Four Tet
  • Deciphering the Message by Makaya McCraven
  • Achtung Baby [30th Anniversary Ed.] by U2
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The San Diego Union-Tribune George Varga View full list
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  • Long Time Coming by Sierra Ferrell
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  • Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  • Nine by Sault
  • Black to the Future by Sons of Kemet
  • Ignorance by The Weather Station
  • Punk by Young Thug
San Jose Mercury-News Jim Harrington View full list
  1. Outside Child by Allison Russell
  2. Fortitude by Gojira
  3. Reckless by Morgan Wade
  4. Hall of Fame by Polo G
  5. Solar Power by Lorde
  6. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  7. When You Speak by Jeremy Camp
  8. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  9. I Don't Live Here Anymore by The War on Drugs
  10. Senjutsu by Iron Maiden
Sister Ray Records London, UK View full list
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  2. New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning
  3. Hey What by Low
  4. The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings by The Besnard Lakes
  5. As the Love Continues by Mogwai
  6. Coral Island by The Coral
  7. Fir Wave by Hannah Peel
  8. G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  9. Sound Ancestors by Madlib/Four Tet
  10. Intruder by Gary Numan
The Skinny View full list
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  2. Prioritise Pleasure by Self Esteem
  3. Hey What by Low
  4. New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning
  5. Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
  6. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
  7. Blue Weekend by Wolf Alice
  8. Bright Green Field by Squid
  9. For the First Time by Black Country, New Road
  10. Montero by Lil Nas X
Slant View full list
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  2. Daddy's Home by St. Vincent
  3. Blue Banisters by Lana Del Rey
  4. Chemtrails Over the Country Club by Lana Del Rey
  5. Hey What by Low
  6. Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish
  7. Carnage by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
  8. Deacon by serpentwithfeet
  9. to hell with it by PinkPantheress
  10. Things Take Time, Take Time by Courtney Barnett
Slate Carl Wilson View full list
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  • Cavalcade by Black Midi
  • Searching for the Disappeared Hour by Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson
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  • Ma délire: Songs of Love, Lost & Found by Myriam Gendron
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  • Smoke Rises by Mustafa
  • Soberish by Liz Phair
  • Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
Sonic Magazine Sweden View full list
  1. Black to the Future by Sons of Kemet
  2. Nine by Sault
  3. Blåbärskungen by David Ritschard
  4. Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
  5. Vulture Prince by Arooj Aftab
  6. Conflict of Interest by Ghetts
  7. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  8. We're All Alone in This Together by Dave
  9. Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan
  10. Yellow by Emma-Jean Thackray
Sound Opinions Jim DeRogatis View full list
  1. Comfort to Me by Amyl & The Sniffers
  2. New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning
  3. Welfare Jazz by Viagra Boys
  4. All Bets Are Off by Tamar Aphek
  5. Paradigmes by La Femme
  6. Crawler by Idles
  7. On All Fours by Goat Girl
  8. Cyclorama by Polo & Pan
  9. Drunk Tank Pink by Shame
  10. Things Take Time, Take Time by Courtney Barnett
Sound Opinions Greg Kot View full list
  1. On All Fours by Goat Girl
  2. Crawler by Idles
  3. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  4. There Is No End by Tony Allen
  5. New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning
  6. Sharecropper's Son by Robert Finley
  7. Always Something by UV-TV
  8. All Bets Are Off by Tamar Aphek
  9. Wary & Strange by Amythyst Kiah
  10. Since Grazed by Eleventh Dream Day
Spectrum Culture View full list
  1. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
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  4. Promises by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra
  5. Home Video by Lucy Dacus
  6. Carnage by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
  7. G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  8. A Beginner's Mind by Sufjan Stevens and Angelo de Augustine
  9. Little Oblivions by Julien Baker
  10. 30 by Adele
Spin View full list
  1. Glow On by Turnstile
  2. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
  3. Sound Ancestors by Madlib/Four Tet
  4. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  5. Home Video by Lucy Dacus
  6. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  7. New Long Leg by Dry Cleaning
  8. In These Silent Days by Brandi Carlile
  9. 333 by Tinashe
  10. Valentine by Snail Mail
The Spokesman-Review [Spokane, Wash.] Ed Condran View full list
  1. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
  2. Call Me If You Get Lost by Tyler, The Creator
  3. Home Video by Lucy Dacus
  4. Daddy's Home by St. Vincent
  5. Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan
  6. Whole Lotta Red by Playboi Carti
  7. Hey What by Low
  8. Reckless by Morgan Wade
  9. Valentine by Snail Mail
  10. 29 by Carly Pearce
Sputnikmusic View full list
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  2. Illusory Walls by The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die
  3. Radical by Every Time I Die
  4. By the Time I Get to Phoenix by Injury Reserve
  5. Bloodmoon: I by Converge
  6. Inheritance by Musk Ox
  7. IRA by Iosonouncane
  8. A Tiny House, In Secret Speeches, Polar Equals by Sweet Trip
  9. Little Oblivions by Julien Baker
  10. Pressure Machine by The Killers
Star Tribune [Minneapolis, Minn.] Jon Bream View full list
  1. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  2. Outside Child by Allison Russell
  3. Sankofa by Stokley
  4. Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar
  5. Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan
  6. Still Over It by Summer Walker
  7. Reckless by Morgan Wade
  8. The Marfa Tapes by Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall
  9. Remember Her Name by Mickey Guyton
  10. 29 by Carly Pearce
Star Tribune [Minneapolis, Minn.] Chris Riemenschneider View full list
  1. Sour by Olivia Rodrigo
  2. Raise the Roof by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
  3. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz
  4. The Horses & The Hounds by James McMurtry
  5. Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks
  6. Bloodstains & Teardrops by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
  7. Home Video by Lucy Dacus
  8. Jubilee by Japanese Breakfast
  9. Planet Her by Doja Cat
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Comments (21)

  • markjamie20  

    Reuben - this is where we differ. Why is "something SERIOUSLY wrong" if the music critics don't acknowledge very many mainstream albums in their best of the year? Why can't you accept that while they may appreciate popular music, (as I do), there is just so much out there that is of much higher quality that the mainstream is not exposed to as it is not commercial enough to be marketed and promoted in the mainstream media? The critics select what they think are the best albums. What is wrong with that? Again - popular does not necessarily equate to quality. Why not? Because the mainstream is not exposed to alternative music.
    And I couldn't disagree more about the critics not appreciating African-American rap/hip-hop. Possible the most praised artists of the last 10 years have been Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West, and artists like Vince Staples, Tyler the Creator, Nas, etc.are routinely recognised.

  • Reuben-Aust  

    Thanks for your reply markjamie20

    My criticism is not directed toward users of this website. There was once a time, albeit long ago, when I was likewise a part of this community. Rather, my criticism -- as I do admit that is what it is -- is directed at the music critics; that is, because I do believe you are correct when you conclude your reply to me: "the vast majority of those who are" here on this website "simply don't find mainstream pop to be satisfying. We need more."

    My basic point is that I don't consider it legitimate for music critics to be uniformly against mainstream pop music. From my point of view, there is something SERIOUSLY wrong, if almost all music critics without exception are only willing to acknowledge one or two mainstream albums in their top ten for the year: that is, (7) Sour by Olivia Rodrigo; (12) Montero by Lil Nas X; (13) 30 by Adele; and (23) Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish.

    However, it is fair enough for a demographic: such as those who have outgrown popular music targeted at adolescents and young adults, since settling down, getting married and having children; and more generally, it is perfectly acceptable that there should be popular music targeted at an older demographic. Likewise for those who have higher standards in some respects, at least when it come to things like the language and values that are being expressed: i.e. middle-aged white people generally do not want to listen to African-American gangsta rap; this being I think a true enough observation, though it might be somewhat politically incorrect to acknowledge this is the case.

  • markjamie20  

    Reuben, I would argue that those who predominantly listen to mainstream music are those that are "trapped" in a "bubble". It is the mainstream that decides what to play and what the masses are exposed to. Alternative music, or music that is not featured in the charts gets far less exposure - the masses are not aware of what quality is out there. I used to be like you, bu then I discovered that there is far more fulfilling and interesting music to be found if you look outside the mainstream. I still enjoy pop, but it is a fleeting enjoyment - like a sugar fix - the passion and connection I have with music now has only come after I broadened my horizons. Again, I think you have chosen the wrong music forum for your tastes. Maybe you should look at Pop Justice - a quality site for those who prefer pop. I'm not saying you shouldn't be here, but the vast majority of those who are simply don't find mainstream pop to be satisfying. We need more.

  • Reuben-Aust  

    I recommend music critics and website users should read the following New York Times opinion article by Jane Coaston, 'Why Do We Ignore How the Other Half Lives?'

    This relates directly to end of year lists such as can be found here: Music Critics Pick their Top 10 Best Albums of 2021.

    As Jane Coaston emphasizes from the outset:

    "Let me be clear: It is absolutely fine to enjoy fancy television shows on fancy networks that get a small fraction of the viewers", when compared to the mainstream.

    "But the attention both prestige television and our most prestigious universities receive from people like me... seems to outstrip their actual, real-deal importance in the lives of most people in America."

    Ditto for popular music, with respect for the stark contrast between mainstream taste and the music that is ranked to be "prestige" by music critics.

    "I’ve written before in this newsletter about the definition of 'elites' and how we’ve permitted wealthy people, generally on the political right, who compose the so-called American gentry to deny their status because they lack cultural cachet."

    That is obviously not the case with respect for music critics, as they do have "cultural cachet" and are generally inclined to the political left. However, the latter who do have "cultural cachet" can also be defined as 'elite', which logically leads to Coaston's main point:

    "My urban, elite milieu has far too much reverence for itself. We pay too much attention to the interests and actions and political demands of people who occupy the top percentiles of American life and far too little to the people who, well, don’t. And I say this as a member of the cultural elite myself."

    "...our fixation on reading about the shows we already like and the schools we went to and the people we already kind of know may be trapping us in our own bubbles. This can leave us less informed about people who may live a few miles away but lead entirely different cultural, social and political lives."

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/11/opinion/urban-cultural-elites.html

  • entitet  

    Honestly, putting grades on albums/artist and making these lists kinda says nothing. Music isn't like movies. A good movie, no matter genre, can be appreciated by pretty much anyone. Music is more of a biological taste, in a sense. As someone who listens to metal and hates rap and pop music, it doesn't matter how good an album is. It would still hate it. As a musician, i can appreciate the production and the skill, but never the music. So making a list like this, doesn't help people in general. It only caters to the people who already like the artists and the genre and maybe not even the genre since genres are so wide. And i guess that's why the scores in the music category are so high compared to games, movies and tv. It's so individual. It's not like it's a metal head writing reviews on Little Simz. The reviewers already like the artist (or similar artists in the genre), so they're probably gonna rate it high. And what i'm i suppose to do with this list? It doesn't help me in any way, like movie reviews can.

  • artbarbarian  

    Always a fun read. Surprised to see LS coming out on top, though I'm not sure what I really expected #1 to be. I wasn't as into that one as her previous LP, Grey Area. AOTY for me would be Iceage's Seek Shelter, or the Dry Cleaning LP New Long Leg. My picks for stuff most overlooked in these critic tops:

    Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - Theory of Ice
    Shame - Drunk Tank Pink
    Chai - Wink
    Ben Lamar Gay - Open Arms to Open Us
    Water from Your Eyes - Structure

  • ticks  

    Like wine, great music is done with skill and fine music is done with art. Timeless sound improves with age.
    Best of 2021
    35 Selected Essential Polaroids

    01.22 - Rhye «Home»
    01.29 - Steven Wilson «The Future Bites»
    02.05 - Cult Of Luna «The Raging River»
    02.26 - Lost Horizons «In Quiet Moments»
    02.26 - Nick Cave & Warren Ellis «Carnage»
    02.26 - Richard Barbieri «Under A Spell»
    03.19 - Lana Del Rey «Chemtrails Over The Country Club»
    03.26 - Tomahawk «Tonic Immobility»
    03.26 - Tune-Yards «Sketchy»
    04.02 - Dry Cleaning «New Long Leg»
    04.16 - London Grammar «Californian Soil»
    04.30 - Gojira «Fortitude»
    05.14 - St. Vincent «Daddy's Home»
    05.21 - Erika De Casier «Sensational»
    05.21 - Facs «Present Tense»
    06.11 - Alessandro Cortini «Scuro Chiaro»
    06.11 - Marina «Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land»
    06.18 - Kings Of Convenience «Peace Or Love»
    07.16 - Place To Bury Strangers «Hologram»
    07.23 - Anika «Change»
    07.23 - Darkside «Spiral»
    07.30 - Lump «Animal»
    08.27 - Big Red Machine «How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last»
    08.27 - Halsey «If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power»
    09.03 - Suuns «The Witness»
    09.10 - Low «Hey What»
    10.01 - Katatonia «Mnemosynean»
    10.08 - James Blake «Friends That Break Your Heart»
    10.15 - Hayden Thorpe «Moondust For My Diamond»
    10.22 - Circuit Des Yeux «-IO»
    10.22 - Helado Negro «Far In»
    10.22 - Lana Del Rey «Blue Banisters»
    10.29 - Marissa Nadler «The Path Of The Clouds»
    10.29 - War On Drugs «I Don't Live Here Anymore»
    11.12 - Damon Albarn «The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows»

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  • dmuzik  

    Yeah, to be fair I'm not sure I understand the argument that the user score doesn't reflect the critics' list. It's fairly easy to sort albums by user score all time and look at what the list would be sorted by user score.
    On a brief check you would have:
    1. Lana Del Rey - Blue Bannisters
    2. Arca - KicK iii
    3. Taylor Swift - Red (Taylor's Version)
    4. James - All the Colours of You
    5. Halsey - If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power
    6. MARINA - Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land
    7. Taylor Swift - Fearless (Taylor's Version)
    Tied for 8/9/10: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - Love For Sale, Sufjan Stevens - A Beginner's Mind, Poppy - Flux, Saint Etienne - I've Been Trying to Tell You, Big Red Machine -
    How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?, Orla Gartland -
    Woman on the Internet, Nas -
    King's Disease II, Spellling - The Turning Wheel, Demi Lovato -
    Dancing with the Devil... The Art of Starting Over

    Some of those albums are featured in critic's lists, some aren't. Overall though, save for the Swift albums, you're talking about a collection of music, voted best of the year by users, most of which is not getting high radio/streaming play and not charting. Think it goes back to the crux of the argument that generally the amount of listens a song/album gets is not entirely indicative of the quality of that song/album. Popular music is created to be popular, some of those albums like Justice are crafted in ways to get the most listeners possible and therefore the most profit, not that there's anything wrong with that.

    Is nice to see SIMBI getting a lot of positive buzz, definitely deserves to be in the AOTY discussion. Wish the For Those I Love self-titled was on more lists

  • markjamie20  

    Reuben-Aust:

    User reviews are MUCH more closely aligned to the Metacritic list than yours. And Metacritic is just an aggregator anyway. You may take issue with the publications they choose to include and the weightings they assign different publications, but they don't actually contribute the reviews that form the rankings.
    And I have seen zero difference over the past 20+ years in Metacritic; pop albums rarely are amongst the highest rated of the year. Why? Well, in my opinion it is because they are rarely worthy, but each to their own.
    I think you are definitely in the wrong place if you genuinely believe Justice or = are worthy of high placings - the community here does not share your enjoyment of these albums as much as you.

  • Reuben-Aust  

    Thanks markjamie20 for your reply, as a fellow Australian. I grew up in Victoria, though now live in the Northern Rivers.

    You obviously have much more faith in the expertise of music critics than I do. I once thought like you. For example, back in the days of file-sharing the old-fashioned way, I developed my music library using music criticism as a guide, especially Allmusic for the older stuff, but Metacritic for that which was post-2000s. I remember the community feeling of those times, like we were all part of a subculture that valued "alternative" music.

    But as I have already explained, I lost faith. An example of why can be inferred from when Album Releases are sorted by User Score with the Filter of the Last 90 days on Metacritic Music. Only two albums from the music critic's top ten appear:

    24. Hey What by Low
    50. Prioritise Pleasure by Self Esteem

    What that strongly suggests to my mind is that the music critic top ten is mostly unknown even to regular Metacritic Music website users. In your own words: 'I haven't heard many of them.'

    Of course, the filter being limited to the Last 90 days might explain why many of the other music critic top ten don't appear when filtered by User Score: that is, because they were released earlier than the Last 90 days?

    But that is actually one of the key changes that were made back around 2006 or so, when I stopped using Metacritic Music. Prior to that change, music was organized by year, and users could scroll back through earlier years. The switch to there being only two choices, all-time or Last 90 days was one of the things that alienated many of the website users, and led to most leaving. It was part of a broader change that was observed at the time, in which re-releases of old albums also began to dominate the Metacritic score, such as by Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, and the like, always getting mid-80s or higher, while the recently released stuff that the then website users preferred was relegated to less than mid-80s, and disappeared after 90 days.

    It was clear to us site users at the time that Metacritic Music had a business plan, in which they wanted site users to be focused on either the music released in the past 90 days, or else classics such as Bob Dylan. This was presumably why they made it almost impossible to scroll back in time, and this was because that was how they got their advertising revenue, either from recently released music, or appealing to the "Baby Boomers".

    Anyway, it will be interesting to see what the website users vote to be their top ten. Hopefully, Metacritic doesn't behave like Allmusic, as the latter limits what website users can nominate or vote for to those which have been selected by the music critics. By this means, Allmusic prevents website users from expressing a preference for something else. I don't know what the system is on Metacritic Music, but hopefully they do allow freedom of choice.

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