We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2018 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2019 so far and what’s to come. Florence and The Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Lady Gaga’s Joanne, Lorde’s Melodrama and Saara Aalto’s Wild, Wild Wonderland are previous winners in this category.
- Read on for our top 5 best albums of 2019 so far and our hopes for the next three months
We said: ‘We think XCX’s one of pop’s finest writers at the moment but, while Charli has its highs, it’s not the creative explosion its originator seems destined to spark at some point soon.’
We said: ‘If anything Madame X is further proof that the Queen Of Pop continues to successfully plough her own furrow and her audience is the richer for it. Those Palladium tickets early next year will be ones to prize.’
We said: ‘There’s nothing on Love + Fear to trouble the pop perfection she’s already penned including How To Be A Heartbreaker, Starring Role and Shampain but this album feels like it has enough confidence in its own skin to not too try hard to go quite there.’
We said: ‘The new songs prove both just how much we’ve missed them and that their new material promises to hit further heights.’
We said: ‘A strong debut then and the platform on which to build something both instantly enjoyable but also lastingly memorable.’