musicOMH’s Top 50 Albums Of 2023

Listageddon time is nigh, and these are albums that have stuck with us this year. How many have you heard, and what have we missed? 

Jessie Ware - That! Feels Good!

Jessie Ware – That! Feels Good!

It’s that time when albums get listed in big lists of albums.

Thus, here is a list of albums.

It’s made up of submissions by our writers, and editorialised just a little. It doesn’t contain all the amazing albums released this year because there have been more than 50. Apologies to creators of fine albums not reviewed at all, let alone those not included. (We need more writers. Are you a writer? Write to us about writing.)

Compilations, EPs, reissues, covers, records not released in 2023 and anything else that’s not an original artist album are not included, because that’s how we roll.

We think this has been a fine year for new music. 

Thanks to all our readers for sticking with us through 2023. In 2024, we’ll be 25. How’d that happen.


1 Jessie Ware – That! Feels Good!
2 Lankum – False Lankum
3 Young Fathers – Heavy Heavy
4 Sufjan Stevens – Javelin
5 boygenius – The Record
6 Grian Chatten – Chaos For The Fly
7 Romy – Mid Air
8 Brìghde Chaimbeul – Carry Them With Us
9 Mitski – The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We
10 Lana Del Rey – Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd

11 Gaz Coombes – Turn The Car Around
12 Everything But The Girl – Fuse
13 Corinne Bailey Rae – Black Rainbows
14 CMAT – Crazymad, For Me
15 Shirley Collins – Archangel Hill
16 Blur – The Ballad Of Darren
17 Sofia Kourtesis – Madres
18 Yves Tumor – Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)
19 L’Rain – I Killed Your Dog
20 PJ Harvey – I Inside The Old Year Dying

21 Hifi Sean & David McAlmont – Happy Ending
22 Fever Ray – Radical Romantics
23 King Creosote – I DES
24 Julie Byrne – The Greater Wings
25 Teeth Of The Sea – Hive
26 Yo La Tengo – This Stupid World
27 Penguin Café – Rain Before Seven
28 ANOHNI and the Johnsons – My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross
29 Caroline Polachek – Desire, I Want To Turn Into You
30 Mandy, Indiana – I’ve Seen A Way

31 Sigur Rós – Átta
32 Steve Mason – Brothers And Sisters
33 Sampha – Lahai
34 Sleaford Mods – UK Grim
35 Olivia Rodrigo – Guts
36 Say She She – Silver
37 Kvelertak – Ending
38 Jake Shears – Last Man Dancing
39 The National – Laugh Track
40 Róisín Murphy – Hit Parade

41 The Chemical Brothers – For That Beautiful Feeling
42 Gazelle Twin – Black Dog
43 Slowdive – Everything Is Alive
44 Tirzah – TRIP9LOVE…???
45 The Clientele – I Am Not There Any More
46 Teenage Fanclub – Nothing Lasts Forever
47 Baaba Maal – Being
48 The Coral – Sea Of Mirrors
49 Beirut – Hadsel
50 Gabriels – Angels & Queens

Compiled by Michael Hubbard with contributions from Steven Johnson, John Murphy, Ben Hogwood, Ben Devlin, David Murphy, Ross Horton, Ian Wade, Graeme Marsh, Andy Jex, Nicoletta Wylde

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