The Best Albums of 2018

“Best album” has been decided by Emacs which keeps track of what albums I’ve listened to most, so this is a totally objective list that objectively literally lists the best music this year.

Except for the bits where I just edited by hand, because I’ve been listening more to old music than new music this year. There hasn’t been a single new “wow, this is the best album ever” in 2018, I think, but just a huge quantity of really kinda good stuff. I think 2018 has been a stronger year than what we’ve seen recently. Music goes in waves…

Anyway, here’s the best song of the year, which is John Brown by Marc Ribot (feat. Fay Victor):

And here’s the list:

Marc Ribot

Songs of Resistance 1942-2018

Tracey Thorn



This Behavior

John T. Gast

BTEC Version #2

B. Fleischmann

Stop Making Fans

The Breeders

All Nerve

Lost Girls


Laura Jean


Peter Zummo

Frame Loop



Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra


Oneohtrix Point Never

Age Of


Be the Cowboy

Yves Tumor

Serpent Music

Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois

Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois

And here’s the best new old music I’ve bought this year, and it’s really this stuff I’ve been listening to. The Bookends album by Simon & Garfunkel is just so weird, and nobody mentions how weird it is. The Wild if the Wind album by Nina Simone is absolutely fantastic, from start to finish, and is so much better than any of those “greatest hits” things I’ve been listening to all these years. And Bobbie Gentry! Oh man. Geez. And that Westbrook Blake album… Wow…

Old music roolz this year.

Simon & Garfunkel


Nina Simone

Wild is the Wind

Bobbie Gentry

Ode to Billie Joe

Joe Jackson Band


The B-52’s

Wild Planet

David Allred


The Westbrook Blake

Bright as Fire

David Allred


Simon & Garfunkel

Sounds of Silence

The Beatles




Grace Jones

Warm Leatherette

Richard and Linda Thompson

Hokey Pokey

John Martyn

Inside Out

New Musik


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