The Best Albums Of 2023 (So Far)

From smooth R&B projects to hard-hitting rap albums and a deluxe project that made its way to the top—these are Complex’s picks for the best albums of 2023 so far.

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The top half of the year calls for reflective projects that get us scheming, blockbusters that inspire us and fill us with a tinge of envy (as intended), and some that make us feel like it’s summer and 5 p.m. somewhere because, well, it is. It’s anyone’s game when it comes to best albums of the year in June. From smooth R&B projects we can’t help but keep coming back to from the likes of Don Toliver or Daniel Caesar to hard-hitting rap albums like Conway the Machine’s Won’t He Do It or the fresh-off-the-stove UK stunner Split Decision, to a deluxe album that made its way to the top—these are Complex’s picks for the best albums of 2023 so far.

30. DD Osama, Here 2 Stay

29. Lil Keed, Keed Talk to 'Em 2

28. Rae Sremmurd, Sremm 4 Life

27. Eladio Carrión, 3MEN2 KBRN

26. JPEGMAFIA and Danny Brown, Scaring the Hoes

25. Lil Durk, Almost Healed

24. Q, Soul, PRESENT

23. Luh Tyler, My Vision

22. YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Richest Opp

21. 6LACK, Since I Have a Lover

20. Jack Harlow, Jackman.

19. Metro Boomin, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

18. Central Cee and Dave, Split Decision

17. Billy Woods & Kenny Segal, Maps

16. Yeat, AftërLyfe

15. Kelela, Raven

14. Summer Walker, CLEAR 2: SOFT LIFE EP

13. Conway the Machine, Won't He Do It

12. Kali Uchis, Red Moon in Venus

11. Daniel Caesar, Never Enough

10. Don Toliver, Love Sick

9. Young Nudy, Gumbo


7. Baby Rose, Through and Through

6. Larry June & The Alchemist, The Great Escape

5. Karol G, Mañana Será Bonito

4. Key Glock, Glockoma 2

3. Lil Yachty, Let's Start Here

2. Ice Spice, Like..?

1. Tyler, The Creator, The Estate Sale

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