Top 10 Contemporary Albums of 2023

Sufjan Stevens, 'Javelin'

A baroque-pop masterpiece, 'Javelin' is a haunting exploration of grief and love, showcasing Stevens' signature symphonic and electronic styles.

Jessie Ware, 'That! Feels Good!'

This album revives the soul and innovation of 1970s disco with Ware's blissful vocals and romantic lyrics, offering a vibrant dance floor experience.

Boygenius, 'The Record'

A triumphant return for the indie supergroup, 'The Record' blends a cappella love letters and full-throttle rock, showcasing the unique talents of Bridgers, Baker, and Dacus.

Olivia Rodrigo, 'Guts'

Rodrigo's sophomore album is a bold mix of pop punk and introspective lyrics, reaffirming her status as pop punk’s new princess.

Jamila Woods, 'Water Made Us'

An intimate journey through the life cycle of a relationship, this album blends hip-hop, funk, and soul with Woods' poetic songwriting.

Lana Del Rey, 'Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd'

Del Rey's ninth LP is a genre-spanning journey, combining gospel, soul, and trap with her iconic somber pop.

Victoria Monét, 'Jaguar II'

A smooth collection of R&B tracks, 'Jaguar II' showcases Monét's timeless style and earned her a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.

Janelle Monáe, 'The Age of Pleasure'

Monáe's fourth LP is a celebration of lust, excess, and gratification, featuring a diverse mix of reggae, amapiano, and early rock rhythms.

Amaarae, 'Fountain Baby'

This album is a genre-transcending journey with Amaarae's unique soprano, blending disco, pop, and a flamboyant depiction of personal breaking points.

Mitski, 'This Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We'

Mitski's "most American album" is a poetic exploration of belonging and regret, featuring Western stylings and a 17-person choir.