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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.


John Luther Adams: Become Desert

The Pulitzer winner’s absorbing evocation of Earth’s arid landscapes.

Seattle Symphony

Classical ·



Escape with the surprise album from the superstar odd couple of urbano.

J Balvin

Latino ·


Diatom Ribbons

Bold sonic detours from the fine pianist and sundry collaborators.

Kris Davis

Jazz ·


While I'm Livin'

The legend’s first studio album in 10 years magnifies her persona.

Tanya Tucker

Country ·



The onetime hip-hop firebrand finds love worth singing about.

Tyler, The Creator

Hip-Hop/Rap ·