Top 10 Albums of 2023 – Sandman’s Picks

Another great year for new music, always a big challenge to pick the cream of the crop. While I feel less strongly about the 1-10 order this year than most (there wasn’t a clear favorite that stands out above the rest) it feels like I’ll be returning to all these records often. Apologies to those albums I didn’t hear yet, or that crossed my path too late in the year to fully absorb and consider (looking at you Peter Gabriel). Excited to see what everyone else chose to spotlight, as I anticipate looking back in dismay in a couple years and thinking, “How’d I leave THAT off my list?”

Artist Album Label
1 Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit Weathervanes Southeastern
2 Black Pumas Chronicles of a Diamond ATO
3 Queens of the Stone Age In Times New Roman Matador
4 Janellle Monae The Age of Pleasure Atlantic
5 Frankie & the Witch Fingers Data Doom Greenway
6 Huw Marc Bennett Days Like New
Albert’s Favourites
7 Charif Megarbane Marzipan Habibi Funk
8 Bobby West Big Trippin’ Soulville Sound
9 Kate Davis Fish Bowl ANTI-
10 Leroy from the North Toughen Up From The North
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