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NPR Music's 25 Best Albums of 2019

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This list was made by writers, editors and producers at NPR Music operating under two rules: Albums had to be released during 2019 and no lead artist was allowed to appear on both this list and our list of the 25 Best Songs of 2019.


Remind Me Tomorrow

A headlong dive into spooky maximalism.

Sharon Van Etten

Alternative ·


Caroline Shaw: Orange

Music that strides inventively forward with a glance at the past.

Attacca Quartet

Classical ·


The Livelong Day

“We mean what we say and we mean what we’re doing.”


Singer/Songwriter ·


Hiding Places

A child’s game: funny and cruel, as brutal as a fairy tale.

Billy Woods

Hip-Hop/Rap ·


The Practice of Love

Philosophical meditations set to shimmering dream pop.

Jenny Hval

Alternative ·