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Best of 2018

As the year starts to close, we’ve started to think about some of our favourite albums of the year, the ones we used to soundtrack 2018 in many different ways.

We're excited to present our staff and extended family's list of favourite records - featuring several Laneway ‘18 artists within the lists as well as previous Laneway alumni!

Let's kick things off with details of the prize you can win just by getting involved…


To celebrate the release of Laneway's Best Of 2018, name your favourite album of 2018 then tell us in 25 words or less why it blew your mind.

Prize details: up for grabs are FIVE double pass to Laneway Festival 2019 (in the city nominated by the winner, Australian dates only).

Comment on the original Facebook or Instagram post before 5:00pm AEDT 4 January to go in the running.

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Rough Trade

Mitski- Be The Cowboy (#23), Parquet Courts- Wide Awake (#39), Rex Orange County- Apricot Princess (#49)

Paste Magazine

Parquet Courts- Wide Awake (#2), Courtney Barnett- Tell Me How You Really Feel (#3), Mitski- Be The Cowboy (#6), Camp Cope- How To Socialise and Make Friends (#28)


Smino- Noir (#22), Denzel Curry- Ta13oo (#29)


Mitski- Be The Cowboy (#1)

The Line Of Best Fit

Mitski- Be The Cowboy (#1), Jorja Smith- Lost and Found (#19), Courtney Barnett- Tell Me How You Really Feel (#44)

Consequence of Sound

Mitski, Be The Cowboy (#1), Courtney Barnett- Tell Me How You Really Feel (#27), Denzel Curry- Ta1300 (#45)


Mitski- Be The Cowboy (#10), Camp Cope- How To Socialise and Make Friends (#41), Denzel Curry- Ta13oo (#44), Jon Hopkins- Singularity (#46)


Smino- Noir (#81), Mitski- Be The Cowboy (#34) 

Double J

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake (#1), Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel (#6), Jon Hopkins - Singularity (#11), Mitski - Be The Cowboy (#16), Middle Kids - Lost Friends (#21)


Danny Rogers, Laneway Festival Founder

1. Mitski - Be The Cowboy
2. Middle Kids - Lost Friends
3. Skegss - My Own Mess
4. Blood Orange -Negro Swan
5. Jon Hopkins - Singularity

Travis Banko, Laneway Festival Australia

1. Mitski - Be the Cowboy
2. Christine & the Queens - Chris
3. Kanye West - Ye
4. Robyn - Honey
5. Camp Cope - How To Socialise & Make Friends

*Special mention to Saba - Care For Me, Denzel Curry - TABOO, Kali Uchis - Isolation, Pusha T - Daytona, Jorja Smith - Lost & Found, Tom Misch - Geography, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs, Anderson Paak - Oxnard, The Internet - Hive Mind, Phantastic Ferniture - Phantastic Ferniture, Blood Orange - Negro Swan

Dom O’Connor, Laneway Festival Australia

1. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake
2. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs
3. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
4. Tony Molina - Hit The Lights
5. Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

*Special mention to Amen Dunes - Freedom, Vince Staples - FM, MGMT - Little Dark Age, Pusha T - Daytona, Kali Uchis - Isolation

Chris Zajko, Laneway Festival Australia

1. Amen Dunes - Freedom
2. Kurt Vile - Bottle It In
3. Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
4. Middle Kids - Lost Friends
5. Jon Hopkins - Singularity

*Special mention to Sleep - The Sciences, Toe - That’s Another Story, Sun Kil Moon - This Is My Dinner, Parquet Courts - Wide Awake, Junglepussy - JP3

Johann Ponniah, I Oh You

I’ve purposefully not included records that we worked on this year because that feels a bit much….so here are my favourite non-I OH YOU related records of the year:

1. Flasher – Constant Image
2. Bodega – Endless Scroll
3. Forth Wanderers – Forth Wanderers
4. Tirzah – Devotion
5. Shame - Shame

Mark Dodds, Handsome Tours

1. Nicki Minaj - Queen
2. Phantastic Ferniture - Phantastic Ferniture
3. Eminem - Kamikaze
4. Snail Mail - Lush
5. Deafheaven- Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

Vic Edrisinghe, Astral People

1. Jorja Smith - Lost & Found
2. Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo
3. Retiree - House Or Home
4. Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD
5. Ross From Friends - Family Portrait

Melody Forghani, Twnty Three

1. Bodega - Endless Scroll
2. Nao - Saturn
3. Noname - Room25
4. DJ Koze - Knock Knock
5. Mac Miller - Swimming



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