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Bob Boilen's Top Albums And Songs Of 2018

Lucy Dacus' sophomore album, Historian, tops the list of Bob Boilen's favorite albums in 2018. Dustin Condren/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The music I loved most in 2018 was often filled with more graceful and subtle tones, like the works of Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds, German composer Niklas Paschburg and the mysteriously soulful serpentwithfeet. I loved songs with introspective stories. Lucy Dacus, Adrianne Lenker and John Prine were a few favorites in that department. As always, I also looked for some humor, and for that, no one made a record like Superorganism. David Byrne's album American Utopia, his best in decades, had all of these elements, being thoughtful, funny and, at times, subtle.

I will say that 2018 felt like the least exciting year in my recent musical memory. That's not to take away from the excitement I felt for the records I loved. But given the quantity of music in 2018 (it felt like I got a new song in my inbox every minute), there was less music that spoke to my soul than usual. Maybe if I were a big fan of R&B and hip-hop I'd feel differently, but that music rarely speaks to me.

Others music I loved in 2018 include albums by the River Whyless, Mitski, Saint Sister, boygenius, Courtney Barnett, Kamasi Washington, The Decemberists, Khruangbin, Cautious Clay, Haley Heynderickx and Tierra Whack.

My Top Ten albums are listed below followed by a playlist with my 100 favorite songs. Hit random and hopefully you'll find something new.

Bob Boilen's Top 10 Albums Of 2018

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1. Lucy Dacus, 'Historian'

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Historian
Album
Historian
Artist
Lucy Dacus
Label
Matador Records

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2. Superorganism, 'Superorganism'

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Superorganism
Album
Superorganism
Artist
Superorganism
Label
Domino
Released
2018

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3. Ólafur Arnalds, 're:member'

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re:member
Album
re:member
Artist
Olafur Arnalds
Label
Mercury KX
Released
2018

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4. Darlingside, 'Extralife'

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Extralife
Album
Extralife
Artist
Darlingside
Label
Thirty Tigers
Released
2018

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5. Adrianne Lenker, 'abysskiss'

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abysskiss
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abysskiss
Artist
Adrianne Lenker
Label
Saddle Creek
Released
2018

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6. David Byrne, 'American Utopia'

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American Utopia
Album
American Utopia
Artist
David Byrne
Label
Nonesuch
Released
2018

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7. Niklas Paschburg, 'Oceanic'

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Oceanic
Album
Oceanic
Artist
Niklas Paschburg
Label
7K!
Released
2018

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8. John Prine, 'The Tree Of Forgiveness'

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The Tree Of Forgiveness
Album
The Tree Of Forgiveness
Artist
John Prine
Label
Oh Boy
Released
2018

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9. serpentwithfeet, 'soil'

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Album
soil
Artist
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Label
Secretly Canadian
Released
2018

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