NPR Listeners Pick The Best Albums Of 2019 : All Songs Considered All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton count down the top 20 albums of the year as selected by NPR listeners in our annual poll. The clear message in 2019? Love rules.

Poll Results: NPR Listeners Pick The Top Albums Of 2019

Poll Results: NPR Listeners Pick The Top Albums Of 2019

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Clockwise from upper left: Lana Del Rey, Lizzo, Carly Rae Jepsen, FKA Twigs, The National, Brittany Howard Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Thousands of votes poured in from our listeners in our annual year-end poll to find the year's 20 most-loved albums. After the smoke cleared, the ones that rose to the top sent a clear message: Love, in all its various forms, rules. From Lizzo's Cuz I Love You and Ariana Grande's Thank U, Next to Brittany Howard's Jaime and Carly Rae Jepsen's Dedicated, much of the music that resonated most with listeners celebrated defiant joy in the face of adversity, healing, pride and empowerment.

Listeners also embraced artists who completely changed their sound, like Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, with steadfast support for veteran bands like Vampire Weekend, The National and Bon Iver.

You can hear us count down the top 20 albums with the blue "listen" button at the top of the page. You can also view the list below and hear full songs representing each album with our Apple and Spotify playlists.

The Top 20 Albums, Selected By Listeners:

  1. Lana Del Rey — Norman F****** Rockwell
  2. Lizzo — Cuz I Love You
  3. Vampire Weekend — Father of the Bride
  4. Tyler, The Creator — IGOR
  5. Bon Iver — i,i
  6. Billie Eilish — When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  7. Sharon Van Etten — Remind Me Tomorrow
  8. Maggie Rogers — Heard it in a Past Life
  9. Better Oblivion Community Center — Better Oblivion Community Center
  10. Big Thief — Two Hands
  11. Angel Olsen — All Mirrors
  12. The National — I Am Easy to Find
  13. FKA Twigs — Magdalene
  14. Weyes Blood — Titanic Rising
  15. The Highwomen — The Highwomen
  16. Taylor Swift — Lover
  17. Brittany Howard — Jaime
  18. Ariana Grande — Thank U, Next
  19. Carly Rae Jepsen — Dedicated
  20. Big Thief — U.F.O.F.