Beyonce once said “who run the world? Girls!” and in the music industry, that statement rings true this year.
NPR loved the music that female artists like Janelle Monae and Cardi B churned out in 2018.
The outlet released its list of the top 50 albums of the year and the top 10 spots are all occupied by female artists, but that doesn’t mean the list lacks diversity.
Women from various ethnic backgrounds and genres, from Japanese-Americans and black artists to country and hip-hop are celebrated in the ranks.
Singer-actress extraordinaire Janelle Monae topped the list with Dirty Computer, an album that was equal parts funky and powerful.
“Two Slow Dancers” singer Mitski’s fifth album finally caught the world’s attention, landing her at number two. Country darling Kacey Musgraves impressed at number three with her fourth major release.
NPR’s full top 10 best albums of 2018 are as follows:
- Dirty Computer, Janelle Monae
- Be the Cowboy, Mitski
- Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
- Historian, Lucy Dacus
- Room 25, Noname
- Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B
- Honey, Robyn
- El Mal Querer, Rosalia
- Isolation, Kali Uchis
- Whack World, Tierra Whack