Our favorite albums of 2018.

1. As It Is, The Great Depression

Brighton, UK pop-punks As It Is significantly changed their style in their third full-length album, The Great Depression. The band takes on a concept record in extraordinary fashion. The album follows the story of The Poet and his confrontation with Death. The album makes for a very big listen and a very big album for this once small alternative rock act that is seamlessly making waves in a scene that it’s hard to do that in.

Listen to: “The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry)”

2. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Upside Down Flowers

Andrew McMahon has always told stories of his past, but never this outwardly. In Upside Down Flowers, the singer narrates nearly all of his life, counting days that he spent with Leukemia, his “glory days” in Something Corporate, and even moving to California (from Ohio) with his family. Regardless of the moment, McMahon’s nearly flawless in his third solo album.

Listen to: “House In The Trees”

3. The 1975, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Matty Healy writes songs that are instant classics. A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is no different. The 1975 really hone in on that infectious 1980s style they manufactured in I like it when you sleep. Only on this 2018 release, Healy offers some of the best tracks for this generation in the most confusing of times.

Listen to: “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)”

4. Panic! At the Disco, Pray For the Wicked

Panic! At the Disco (or should I say, Brendon Urie) have had a wild career ride. 2005’s A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, onward to 2008’s Pretty. Odd. and 2011’s Vices & Virtues were always inclusive on the genre’s most inclusive pop-punk hits. But since 2013’s Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die, Urie has taken a new perspective: nostalgic pop-punk infused with near-mainstream pop; the result has rarely been this effective. Pray For the Wicked is designed to split your heart in half.

Listen to: “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”

5. Hot Mulligan, Pilot

Pilot is an incredible debut for a band already making waves. Lansing, Michigan’s finest pop-punk boys have really outdone themselves. Hot Mulligan’s debut combines the best of the genre in “All You Wanted” and “Soundtrack” while also showing off a very impressive hooking emo-rap tune “How Do You Know It’s Not Armadillo Shells?” Even after listening to the deep cuts, you’ll see that Hot Mulligan are the genre’s next big thing.

Listen to: “How Do You Know It’s Not Armadillo Shells?”

Here’s the full list.

  1. As It Is, The Great Depression
  2. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Upside Down Flowers
  3. The 1975, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  4. Panic! At the Disco, Pray For the Wicked
  5. Hot Mulligan, Pilot
  6. Troye Sivan, Bloom
  7. With Confidence, Love and Loathing
  8. Bearings, Blue In the Dark
  9. Ariana Grande, Sweetener
  10. 5 Seconds of Summer, Youngblood
  11. bea miller, aurora
  12. The Wonder Years, Sister Cities
  13. twenty one pilots, Trench
  14. Fredo Disco, Very Cool Music for Very Cool People
  15. Boston Manor, Welcome to the Neighbourhood
  16. Senses Fail, If There Is Light, It Will Find You
  17. Waterparks, Entertainment
  18. State Champs, Living Proof
  19. Real Friends, Composure
  20. Against the Current, Past Lives

Honorable Mentions:

  • Tiny Moving Parts, Swell
  • Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers, Bought to Rot
  • Belmont, Belmont
  • Various Artists, Love, Simon (Soundtrack)
  • Boys of Fall, Better Moments
  • YUNGBLUD, 21st Century Liability
  • The Longshot, Love Is For Losers
  • Hawthorne Heights, Bad Frequencies