The Beths

Shervin Lainez

Better late than never, right? Here are my favorite 20 songs released in 2018:

20. Caroline Rose - Bikini

19. Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless

Art is identity, scream these best albums of 2018. Even when it's pure invention. The most striking things we heard this year mined personal experiences that could feel intimate as whispers or bold and overstuffed as superhero science fiction. Even in an era where listeners have been primed for the unexpected, genuine surprises arrived steadily across the last 12 months – a cascade of introductions, breakthroughs, revelations and rebirths to reward whatever precious attention you could give.