Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B! PEOPLE Picks the Top 10 Albums of 2018
KACEY MUSGRAVES, GOLDEN HOUR
The Nashville disrupter blended traditional country twang with psychedelic synth-pop and sassy storytelling.
ELLE KING, SHAKE THE SPIRIT
Battles with depression, divorce and drugs fueled the rocker’s raw second album, a personal and artistic triumph.
Drake’s fifth LP offered a smash song of the summer (“God’s Plan”) and revealed a secret bombshell — he’s a dad!
ARIANA GRANDE, SWEETENER
Grande contemplated love, loss and anxiety on this sugary-sweet collection of pop bops.
MIGOS, CULTURE II
The Atlanta trio remained hip-hop’s buzziest act, this time with support from powerhouses like Post Malone and Nicki Minaj.
THE CARTERS, EVERYTHING IS LOVE
Jay and Bey got political and personal, addressing the state of the union and their marriage on their first joint album.
CARDI B, INVASION OF PRIVACY
The rapper unleashed a stellar debut, exuding humor, vulnerability and her badass attitude.
SHAWN MENDES, SHAWN MENDES
Mendes graduated from teen idol to arena-packing alt rocker with his third LP, about growing pains and fame.
JANELLE MONÁE, DIRTY COMPUTER
Channeling her mentor Prince, Monáe explored identity, sexuality and politics on this soulful pop-funk record.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD, CRY PRETTY
After a year out of the spotlight, the country queen delivered her most personal, soulful set yet.