We asked the opbmusic staff to each name their top five albums of the year. As always, it was a pretty tortured process. We laughed. We cried. But when the dust settled, we were left with this impressive and incredibly eclectic list of music.

Here are just some of the albums we loved in 2018, along with Spotify listening links and a selection of videos for songs from albums listed in bold.


Chance Solem-Pfeifer, opbmusic DJ

Mitski - “Be The Cowboy” (Listen)
Lucy Dacus - “Historian” (Listen)
Father John Misty - “God’s Favorite Customer” (Listen)
Hop Along - “Bark Your Head Off, Dog” (Listen)
Haley Heynderickx - “I Need To Start A Garden” (Listen)


Matt Casebeer, opbmusic DJ

Lucy Dacus - “Historian” (Listen)
Rayland Baxter - “Wide Awake” (Listen)
Post Animal - “When I Think of You in a Castle” (Listen)
Van William - “Countries” (Listen)
First Aid Kit - “Ruins” (Listen


Isabel Lyndon, opbmusic DJ

The Internet - “Hive Mind” (Listen)
Parquet Courts - “Wide Awake!” (Listen)
Rosalía - “El Mal Querer” (Listen)
Kacey Musgraves - “Golden Hour” (Listen)
Kali Uchis - “Isolation” (Listen)


Max Robinson, opbmusic DJ

Courtney Barnett - “Tell Me How You Really Feel” (Listen)
Jon Hopkins - “Singularity” (Listen)
Boreen - “Lovely” (Listen)
Kurt Vile - “Bottle It In” (Listen)
Lord Huron - “Vide Noir” (Listen)


Michael Cavazos, opbmusic DJ

Robyn - “Honey” (Listen)
Christine and the Queens - “Chris” (Listen)
Young Fathers - “Cocoa Sugar” (Listen)
Neneh Cherry - “Broken Politics” (Listen)
Mitski - “Be the Cowboy” (Listen)


Jerad Walker, opbmusic music director

Flasher - “Constant Image” (Listen)
Beach House - “7” (Listen)
Haley Heynderickx - “I Need To Start A Garden” (Listen)
Lucy Dacus - “Historian” (Listen)
Parquet Courts - “Wide Awake!” (Listen)


Emily Reiling, opbmusic contributor

Big Red Machine - Big Red Machine (Listen)
Mitski - Be The Cowboy (Listen)
boygenius - boygenius (Listen)
Rosalía - El Mal Querer (Listen)
Beach House - 7 (Listen)


Francis Storr, opbmusic DJ

Idles - “Joy As An Act Of Resistance” (Listen)
Emma Ruth Rundle - “On Dark Horses” (Listen)
First Aid Kit - “Ruins” (Listen)
Alela Diane - “Cusp” (Listen)
Therapy? - “Cleave” (Listen)


Per Ramfjord, opbmusic DJ

Flasher - “Constant Image” (Listen)
Courtney Barnett - “Tell Me How You Really Feel” (Listen)
Lucy Dacus - “Historian” (Listen)
boygenius - “boygenius” (Listen)
Anna Burch - “Quit the Curse” (Listen)


David Christensen, opbmusic program director

Big Red Machine - “Big Red Machine” (Listen)
Young Fathers - “Cocoa Sugar” (Listen)
Wye Oak - “The Louder I Call, The Faster it Runs” (Listen)
Valley Queen - “Supergiant” (Listen)
Dr. Dog - “Critical Equation” (Listen)


Sarah Donofrio, opbmusic DJ

Parquet Courts - “Wide Awake!” (Listen)
MIEN - “MIEN” (Listen)
Lily Allen - “No Shame” (Listen)
Mitski - “Be The Cowboy” (Listen)
Eleanor Friedberger - “Rebound” (Listen)


Steven Williams, opbmusic DJ

Maisha - “There Is A Place” (Listen)
Dj Koze - “Knock Knock” (Listen)
Nils Frahm ‎- “All Melody” (Listen)
Janelle Monáe ‎- “Dirty Computer” (Listen)
Djrum - “Portrait With Firewood” (Listen)


Doug Lloyd, opbmusic DJ

Young Fathers - “Cocoa Sugar” (Listen)
David Byrne - “American Utopia” (Listen)
Dr. Dog - “Critical Equation” (Listen)
The Go! Team - “SEMICIRCLE” (Listen)
Parquet Courts - “Wide Awake!” (Listen)


Arthur Lee, opbmusic DJ

The Sea and Cake - “Any Day” (Listen)
Khruangbin - “Con Todo El Mundo” (Listen)
Mount Eerie - “Now Only” (Listen)
Jim James - “Uniform Distortion” (Listen)
Courtney Barnett - “Tell Me How You Really Feel” (Listen)


Morgan McDonald, opbmusic DJ

Khruangbin - “Con Todo El Mundo” (Listen)
Amen Dunes - “Freedom” (Listen)
Blood Orange - “Negro Swan” (Listen)
Shannon Shaw - “Shannon In Nashville” (Listen)
Beach House - “7” (Listen)


Gerard O’Sullivan, opbmusic contributor

Kikagaku Moyo - “Masana Temples” (Listen)
Sávila - “Sávila” (Listen)
Jonathan Wilson - “Rare Birds” (Listen)
Khruangbin - “Con Todo El Mundo” (Listen)
Matt Dorrien - “In the Key of Grey” (Listen)


Jonny Polivka, opbmusic DJ

The Go! Team - “SEMICIRCLE” (Listen)
Courtney Barnett - “Tell Me How You Really Feel” (Listen)
Parquet Courts - “Wide Awake!” (Listen)
Dr. Dog - “Critical Equation” (Listen)
Snail Mail - “Lush” (Listen)


Michael Baden, opbmusic DJ

Mac Miller - “Swimming” (Listen)
Kacey Musgraves - “Golden Hour” (Listen)
Leon Bridges - “Good Thing” (Listen)
Robyn - “Honey” (Listen)
Parquet Courts - “Wide Awake!” (Listen)


Tasha Hewitt, opbmusic DJ

House Of Feelings - “New Lows” (Listen)
Migos - “Culture II” (Listen)
Cardi B - “Invasion Of Privacy” (Listen)
La Luz - “Floating Features” (Listen)
Nils Frahm - “All Melody” (Listen)


Kelsey Greco, opbmusic contributor

Leon Bridges - “Good Thing” (Listen)
Janelle Monáe ‎- “Dirty Computer” (Listen)
Frankie Simone - “Love//Warrior” (Listen)
boygenius - “boygenius” (Listen)
Wye Oak - “The Louder I Call, The Faster it Runs” (Listen)


Ray Gill, opbmusic contributor

Ty Segall - “Freedom’s Goblin” (Listen)
Phosphorescent - “C’est La Vie” (Listen)
The Breeders - “All Nerve” (Listen)
Young Fathers - “Cocoa Sugar” (Listen)
Janelle Monáe ‎- “Dirty Computer” (Listen)