Best Albums of the Year

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10. Fever
> Artist: Megan Thee Stallion
> Metascore: 81/100
> Billboard 200 Year End ranking: 163/200

Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion broke into the Billboard 200 top 10 with her debut studio album, “Fever,” just a week after her mixtape “Tina Snow” reached its peak on the chart at No. 166. The raw and ribald raps help establish Megan Thee Stallion as a leading figure in Southern hip hop.

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9. Fear Inoculum
> Artist: Tool
> Metascore: 81/100
> Billboard 200 Year End ranking: 114/200

Proggressive metal band Tool released “Fear Inoculum” more than 13 years after its previous album, “10,000 Days.” The seven-track, near-80 minute release may not appeal to all listeners, but fans sent it to the top of the Billboard 200. Music magazine Kerrang! described it as “the most intricate and densely-layered album Tool have yet made.”

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8. IGOR
> Artist: Tyler, The Creator
> Metascore: 81/100
> Billboard 200 Year End ranking: 71/200

Impish rapper Tyler, The Creator won over critics and fans with his self-produced “IGOR.” The album, which trades in some of the anger of past releases for soulful emotion, topped the Billboard 200 in June.

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7. Father Of The Bride
> Artist: Vampire Weekend
> Metascore: 82/100
> Billboard 200 Year End ranking: 200/200

In the six years following the release of their critically acclaimed 2013 album “Modern Vampires of the City” — during which founding member Rostam Batmanglij left the band — Vampire Weekend crafted another upbeat and catchy album, though this time it was peppered with somewhat darker lyrical content. The album peaked at the top of the Billboard 200 in May and was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys.

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6. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
> Artist: Billie Eilish
> Metascore: 82/100
> Billboard 200 Year End ranking: 1/200

Gen Z superstar, teenager Billie Eilish’s major label debut “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” hit No. 1 in April 2019 and spawned the No. 1 single “Bad Guy.” The album, which blends pop, indie, hip-hop, and electronic influences, has been nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.