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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Albums of 2018

On top of our favorite songs and favorite MV's of 2018, the staff members at allkpop went on to choose the best albums of the year. Check out which ones were deemed the best by the allkpop staff below! 

KayRosa's Pick:


Song Min Ho 'XX'

Cool and honest at the same time, Mino's first solo album defines everything about Song Min Ho from his WINNER debut days to debuting as a solo. A listener can tell that every song on the album has been carefully selected and structured, creating an even balance of his own dilemma as a celebrity and an ordinary human being. As Song Min Ho himself has stated, the genre of the title song "Fiance" is also a bit undetermined, which is why the song has become such a unique entity on its own. A good balance of the risque and the elegant exists in the album, switching back and forth from playfulness to sorrow. While "Wish" featuring Yoo Byung Jae has the YG entertainer hilariously repeat the words "My wish is to sleep with you once" as the chorus, the very last track "Alarm" tells a sincere story of Song Min Ho losing sleep over anxiety that comes from overworking in his studio that has ultimately "become a hospital bedroom". I have a soft spot for the latter track, especially, as the lyrics looks back on the rapper's younger days, followed by the reality that hit him as he grew older: "The feeling of anticipation and passion that I felt when I was twenty is starting to clear up like fog / The reality that is becoming more and more visible is monotone / My playlist has less hip-hop now." Song Min Ho was not afraid to show his fear even while standing up as a solo with confidence. Overall, the album is classy and distinctive with a mixture of traditional trot beats, old school hip-hop, trap, and more, topped with a classic YG label production that often never fails to produce a catchy and polished sound. 


jennywill's Pick:


BTOB 'Hour Moment'
As is usual, BTOB is back with another carefully curated masterpiece, with their forte as their title: a melancholy autumn song. This is their first release without the leader and main vocal Eunkwang, but BTOB shows just why they're called the 'group with 7 main vocals.' Changsub, Hyunsik, and Sungjae effortlessly cover their missing main vocal, and new listeners will have no idea that someone is even missing. 'Hour Moment' may be just a mini-album, but it's packed with amazing songs such as the title song "Beautiful Pain" (composed by Hyunsik), pre-release "Friend" (composed by Ilhoon), as well as fan-favorite "Please" (composed by Minhyuk).


daniurst's Pick:

Wanna One '1÷x=1 (Undivided)'

While "Light" is not my all-time favorite single from Wanna One, '1÷x=1 (Undivided)' is easily my favorite album they came out with, as it is one of the more unique K-pop albums I have listened to. Running with the 'division' theme, the members of Wanna One were divided into sub-units and paired with a celebrity producer (Heize, Nell, Zico, and Dynamic Duo) that was able to give each unit a song that truly complements their personal strengths. As I'm a huge fan of both Wanna One and the producers who worked on the songs for this album, each track is a special treat in and of itself, and when listened to in full, '1÷x=1 (Undivided)' is a fun ride through a number of genres and a testament to the group's versatility.


beansss' Pick:

Shinhwa 'Heart'

People still act like it's a mystery how Shinhwa managed to achieve everything they've achieved in their 20-year careers. We can talk for hours about their great teamwork and how the members are great people and all, but there's another obvious factor you can't miss, unless you've had your ears covered the whole time. They make effing good music. And it's not like you have to consistently do it every single song and every single album. Shinhwa doesn't do that either. With Shinhwa, you don't have to feel pressured to love every one of their songs, because every few years, a song or two from one of their albums will pull you in, on its own. As of now, my personal fave from this album is 'L.U.V', but 'Level' and 'In The Air' are pulling my legs... Also, another glaring sign that an album is pure gold - the title track is fairly good, but compared to the b-sides, it's the least interesting. 


LeJulie's Pick:

Seungri 'The Great Seungri'
The maknae of Big Bang is the only one left that has yet to enlist in the military. For his final hurrah before enlisting, Seungri gifted VIPs an album that is fully him. From the exciting and fun title song to great collaborations, Seungri really put all of his personality into each and every song. 

eric_r_wirsing's Pick:


Drunken Tiger 'Drunken Tiger X: Rebirth of Tiger JK
Doing double-duty as a 20th-anniversary celebration and a requiem, this album is a bittersweet offering for fans. The album is a two-CD affair, a cornucopia of Drunken Tiger on one disc, and other FeelGhood Music artists on the other. It serves as a bridge between Tiger JK's past and present. The tracks range from refreshing to rocking and is a fitting retirement party for the name Drunken Tiger. Complete with art from the illustrious Kim Jung Gi on both the cover and the MV for "Faded" -- how cool is that?


LorraineYe's Pick:


RM 'mono'

I've been an RM fan since pre-debut, and his music always happens to supersede my expectations. RM managed to reach out beyond his previous mixtape and albums with BTS to create a sound uniquely his own on this year's drop, mono. Namjoon, who is by far my favorite person in K-Pop, continues to hold the heavy burden of being BTS' English translator and devoted leader, while maintaining and growing as his alter ego, RM. It's hard for me to find time to work and have a social life, let alone hold responsibilities to two enormous music projects at once. "mono" is this year's underrated album of the year. From rhythmic styling to incredible features, RM's mixtape was refined and poignant. 

yckim124's Pick:

Sam Kim 'Sun and Moon'

Sam Kim is so underrated! He is truly a talented artist with beautiful vocals. I first heard the song "It's You" then discovered rest of the album, and fell in love with each and every song. The tracks are so soothing, and the lyrics are very relatable. Also, the various featured artists such as Zico and Crush are the ideal addition that made the album even better. For me, Sam Kim wins 'Best Album.' 

exocomebaek's Pick:

EXO 'Don't Mess Up My Tempo'

My favorite Album of the year would be EXO's 'Don't Mess Up My Tempo.' It showcases all the amazing vocals of each member and each song has a unique vibe to it that brings out the mood of each piece well. It was an album that was well worth the wait!

Paul's Pick:

(G)-IDLE 'I AM'

This was a debut? This album seemed like it was from a veteran group and that's what's so impressive about it. I want an album where you never have to press the skip next track button and this one delivers. Every single song was a bop and this was one of the most impressive debuts for a K-pop group in a very long time.

hannahleex's Pick:

Song Min Ho 'XX'

Song Min Ho (Mino) wrapped up 2018 well with his extremely long-awaited album. Even though his title track, "Fiance," is the most popular, the other songs in his album are just as good. Every track is a musical masterpiece. "Fiance" successfully mashes trot from the 70s and 80s with modern hip-hop to create a truly unique catchy melody. Mino's artistry shows through his powerful and one-of-a-kind songs, including his collaborations with Yoo Byung Jae, Blue.D, and YDG. The album showcases the story of Mino’s life and his hard work and effort are evident throughout the album.

elliefilet's Pick:

Sunmi 'Warning'

Sunmi's 'Warning' tells a full story from the perspective of a young woman experiencing love. It's very upbeat overall, but there are also dark overtones in each track. I enjoyed the album as a complete story, and I loved the transitions from electropop to mild R&B.

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HeyHoonie 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Yes Mino's album is a masterpiece!! he may look like a fool on tv but he is a genius when writing music, his lyrics contain with double meanings that hard to be interpreted, it took many references to understand his literal meanings. He also explained why his album named XX because people could freely interpret what the songs are about, like an open ending story. This man is a real artist. He literally created his own music, album package, and properties for MV and his stage.

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mentalxfiction 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Ummm what about Poet | Artist?

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h_e_o_t_a 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

BTOB Hour Moment!! Definitely the best for me. You can't help but love all tracks.

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Mhizdarhmey 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Lol I'm surprised no one is picking tear... Well it's their opinion... Tear is my favorite album.... It's too good to ignore

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Army_of_Inspirit 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

After I read the article I knew this comment section would be filled with people surprised that LY: Tear wasn't listed and picked

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darkangel452 20 days ago 9
20 days ago

I'm actually surprised that Love Yourself: Tear wasn't picked, BTS is amongst the strongest for their B side tracks. Tear was an all rounder for me, it has Outro:Tear (My fav rap line song), Fake Love (a beautiful lyrical anthem), Anpanman (so hype!), Singularity (V's voice was like butter, a total sexy night track), Paradise (perfect for driving) and MY PERSONAL all time fav in the series, The Truth Untold. The Truth Untold is so beautiful, it made my eyes water, the lyrics were beautiful and Steve Aoki outdid himself with the soft ballad-like beat.

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Ricu 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Couldn't agree more, LY:Tear is their best album in my opinion and it has so many different styles.

Can't blame anyone for their own opinion though - they all could pick only one album and if this was not their favorite one, then it's not their favorite one.

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love_isplus21 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I prefer answe

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Mhizdarhmey 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Exactly my thoughts.... How can no one see tear? That album is the best.... A very good album packed with great songs and emotions

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KYAAAAAAAA 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Sumni's Warning was hands down the best for me. Every track I could listen to on repeat...I loved it

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Uibyong 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Sunmi definitely belongs on any list of the best of 2018. It is a very strong album.

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SongKaixi 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

But where's Shinee?

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caribbeangal 20 days ago 8
20 days ago

BTS' Answer and/or Tear, in my opinion should have been listed, the albums have an amazing line up. Pitchfork, one of the toughest music reviewers gave Tear great reviews and called it the most underrated album the year and I concur. Answer also had all of the tracks, and the added Epiphany by Jin was just so heartfelt.

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Sera_L 20 days ago 2
20 days ago

Since each staff picks one, this list is bound to be subjective and nothing's wrong with that :)


They never claim it's an unbiased, professional opinion anyway. I'm Army but let's respect people's personal taste. It would be different however, if you wrote "for me personally, the best album is LY Tear / Answer" instead of "should have been listed" because you're entitled to your opinion -- and the staffs are entitled to theirs.


As for me, mono is the best thing that happened in 2018 albumwise, while all songs in Tear are my personal favorites :'D so I definitely love this list for mentioning mono at least ^^

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caribbeangal 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

That is why I said "in my opinion" because I respect their choices.

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Sera_L 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

Oh, I know it's your opinion and I respect that :) Perhaps it's just a matter of linguistics but "should've been listed" comes across a little wrong (if that makes sense?) But I do understand what you mean and I'm sorry if I offended you.


Purple you, fam 💜

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Cash 20 days ago 2
20 days ago

well the staff prefer different albums so shut up with your opinion its not needed here dirty army always butting in

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Stopudelulu 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

What the staff like doesn't mean it is a good high quality album u dumb. They are not experts. For example that delulu eggshit exocomebaek preference is a trash album so....


Even if you give that eggshit delulu staff exo's shit, she will still say it's good. So stop being dumb



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Sera_L 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I agree that what the staff like is subjective and it is by no means experts' opinion, and they never say so. But pls leave out the insult and end the fanwars, it's 2019 already, let's start anew.


I don't know how old you are (maybe 10?) But lil bro/sis, hiding behind a keyboard doesn't make you powerful :)


Sometimes life is frustrating and you find satisfaction in insulting other people (a coping mechanism if I may say?) but you shouldn't stop believing in yourself that you can pull through it.


Let's protect BTS by not making unnecessary fight. Let's respect other people's opinion. Let's grow to be a better person :)

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thealigirl8 18 days ago 0
18 days ago

XX is a work of art

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multistansrule 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I think stray kids I am who should be there because that album has songs which have really meaningful lyrics e.g M.I.A.

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ambersky11 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

I personally like One & Six (Apink) and Treasure (Ateez) a lot. I listen to all the songs on both albums - that is very very rare

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Fantastic99 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

My two favorite albums were Mino's XX and iKON's Return because those two really struck a chord within in me. I'm glad people are appreciating at least one of my favorite albums

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Nicobrav 20 days ago 1
20 days ago

If I need to pick ONE album... I will pick Mino XX too... All the songs are good... People(ARMY) will be trigerred for no even one person picking BTS... But(in my case) I pick my favorite album by the numbers of songs that I loved on the album and the albums of BTS just have like 4-5 songs that I like for album (and sometimes are repeated... Fake Love, DNA, mic drop)... But I'm pretty sure that the repackage version will be my album of the year 2019... Or the one from ikon... Who know.

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HSK 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

No need to start fanwars by bringing ARMYs into this 🙄

Plus, RM has been named (by LorraineYe) and his 'mono' mixtape is indeed good.


This list doesn't say much, anyway. It's not a list made by any music professionals.

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hiroonakamura 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

whoever chose Wannaone's album as the BEST album of the year needs to fire themselves from allkpop.

Also, most of these picks arent really albums. They're mini-album, AKA not real album but more like extended single releases...

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ase 20 days ago 3
20 days ago

no BTS? y'all have no taste.

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LadyLuna22 16 days ago 2
16 days ago

You know some people can lika an artist more than BTS. I know shocking right

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ase 16 days ago 1
16 days ago

whoever they like doesnt change the face that 'Fake love' is far superior than all the album in this list esp exo's tempo. the whole album just sounds like a bunch of noise. i'm glad fans have more choices now, than to be forced to like the mediocre songs released by the bigger companies.

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LadyLuna22 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

But that's your opinion, you could have just have said that you thought Fake love was better without being an ass over it. I don't mind the choices they picked and in my opinion as an ARMY I have liked other albums more than it.


The Tempo album wasn't that bad and not every song released by big companies we're mediocre, some we're pretty damn good. You forget that what is superior and what isn't is very biased as people have different tastes in music.

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