Even as our definition of what exactly makes a “record” expands and mutates, the album remains a form beloved by fans, artists, and the larger record industry. 2017 made listeners ask tough questions about whether playlists were albums — the answer is “sure, I guess” — so there’s no way of knowing what new challenges 2018 could bring.
Here’s what we do know: Throughout the year we’ll maintaining and updating this list with the best full-length projects from the artists we think matter. (Sorry, Justin Timberlake.) Whether you’re streaming new records on Spotify or shopping for LP’s at your favorite local record store, this is where you’ll find what you need to hear. And if you need even more new-ish music in your life, check out Best Albums of 2017, the Best Songs of 2017, or our frequently updated list of the best new songs of the month.