The Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

From Cardi B to Future to Frank Ocean to Beyoncé, these are (hopefully) the new albums coming out we're most excited to hear in 2018.

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Another year, another packed slate of expected albums coming down the pipeline. If last year served as any kind of indication, it's going to be a ceaseless onslaught. The good news, though, is that the quality is going to be high, and there's more than enough to be excited about. 

Artists like Cardi B are in a position to seize the moments they've created for themselves. The wait for a new project from ASAP Rocky and Pusha T, among others, grows longer. Some stars, if they stick to the schedule, are due for a new blockbuster of a project (ahem, Bey and Rih). No one knows what to expect from proven geniuses like Kanye West and Frank Ocean. All of which means there's going to be a lot to pay attention to as the year progresses. 

As always, this list comes with some caveats. Most of these albums don't have release dates, or titles. Some might never happen. These are the ones we expect, are excited about, or are just interesting to speculate about. 

These are Complex's Most Anticipated Albums of 2018.

50. Lil Pump/Lil Yachty

lil pump lil yachty

49. Post Malone

post malone

48. Playboi Carti

playboi carti

47. Ski Mask The Slump God

ski mask the slump god

46. Royce Da 5'9"/DJ Premier (PRhyme)

royce da 5 9

45. The Internet

the internet

44. G.O.O.D. Music

good music

43. Sky Ferreira, 'Masochism'

sky ferreira

42. Childish Gambino/Chance The Rapper

Chance the Rapper and Childish Gambino

41. Rich Brian, 'Amen'


40. Lil Wayne

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39. Zayn Malik

zayn malik

38. Major Lazer, 'Music Is The Weapon'

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37. Partynextdoor


36. Carly Rae Jepsen

carly rae jepsen

35. Janelle Monáe

janelle monae

34. Desiigner


33. Anderson .Paak

anderson paak

32. 6LACK


31. Jorja Smith

jorja smith

30. Blood Orange

blood orange

29. Childish Gambino

childish gambino

28. Charli XCX

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27. Young Thug

young thug

26. Bryson Tiller

bryson tiller

25. MadGibbs, 'Bandanna'

Freddie Gibbs



23. Kanye West/Kid Cudi

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22. The Weeknd

the weeknd

21. Justin Timberlake

justin timberlake

20. Ariana Grande

ariana grande

19. Vampire Weekend, 'Mitsubishi Macchiato'

vampire weekend

18. Justin Bieber

justin bieber

17. Earl Sweatshirt

earl sweatshirt

16. Beyoncé/Jay-Z

beyonce jay z

15. Schoolboy Q

schoolboy q

14. Future


13. Rae Sremmurd, 'SremmLife 3'

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12. Pusha T, 'King Push'

pusha t

11. Migos, 'Culture II'


10. A$AP Rocky

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9. Drake


8. Nicki Minaj

nicki minaj

7. Frank Ocean

frank ocean

6. Rihanna


5. Cardi B

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4. Travis Scott, 'Astroworld'

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3. Chance The Rapper

chance the rapper

2. Beyoncé


1. Kanye West

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