Play the best albums of the year
on music critics' year-end lists.
In 2019, the musical landscape was as fractured and multifarious as the world around it.
Our critics chose the best albums of the year — a format that is in an increasingly fragile state in pop music.
This year was highlighted by projects from artists like Young Thug, DaBaby, and Billie Eilish.
Almost all of them deal, in one way or another, with the current moment of global anxiety.
Will the 2020s face the same ongoing discussions about the Death of the Album that the 2010s did?
This list was made by writers, editors and producers at NPR Music operating under two rules…