Anna's Top 10 Albums of 2018

At Distinction Music Management we realize that not everyone's music taste is 100% the same. Even with this realization you will probably notice that pretty much 99% of all end of year lists are pretty much identical. That's why we wanted to change it up and showcase what we consider each of our top albums of the year. We're not saying they're the best albums, but that they are our favorites and meant the most to us this past year, because who are we to judge one persons art over another's.

This is always one of my favorite posts of the year, I get to look back at all the great music that came out the previous year. It makes me think of all the memories that came from my favorite albums, where I was when things were released and a whoooole lot of feelings. I hope you all enjoy and get as nostalgic as I do with this post! Now, in no particular order, my favorite albums of 2018!

10. Doja Cat - Amala

I've been a fan of Doja Cat ever since I saw her open Theophilus London back in 2015. She's always been on my radar and when she dropped Amala, I was all ears. I know she made waves with "Moo" but if you haven't listened to Amala all the way through, you're sleeping.

9. Sango - In the Comfort Of

One of the highlights of my year was the B Strong Puetro Rico Benefit Distinction threw in August. We had the pleasure of having Sango Headline the evening. In the Comfort Of is a sultry and sweet R&b album, I think it's perfect for any date night.

8. Lykke Li - so sad so sexy

This album was a summer anthem for me, the title really says it all. With summer romances coming and going, I was provided with a soundtrack, plus it was a hit at Madison Beach.

7. Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

This might have been my favorite experiences with an album this year. I booked myself a birthday trip to New York right as this album dropped. I spent my entire weekend listening to Cardi being played throughout her city. It was such a beautiful experience.

6. Black Panther Soundtrack

There are few movies that have soundtracks as great as the movies they accompany and even fewer with all original songs. With Kendrick Lamar at the helm, there's no way this was going to be no less than spectacular.

5. Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer

I know this has to make everyone's top 10 (DMM and elsewhere.) There's no denying the femme power and ever growing body of work of Janelle's.

4. Drake - Scorpion

What does one say about an album that broke every streaming record? Drake does it again, with bangers like Nice For What, In My Feelings and God's Plan. Christmas came in June for me this year.

3. Ariana Grande - Sweetener

Ariana Grande has been through arguably hardest couple of years of anyone. A terrorist attack, the loss of a loved one and publicized engagement/breakup. Sweetener is a message of positivity, love and taking care of yourself.


I'm not sure if this is cheating or not...but this is likely one of my most listened to albums of the year. Kelela draws from so many international DJs with varying followings. With once fast paced bangers turned down tempo chill tracks, these remixes will keep your interest.

1. A$AP Rocky - Testing

It's hard to imagine A$AP getting more experimental, but this was his most experimental yet. More personal than he's been in the past, perhaps having to do with the loss of a close friend/business partner. And with my favorite track of 2018 Praise The Lord (Da Shine) Testing, goes down as an instant classic.