The Highest Rated Releases of 2019

2019 is almost over. There are still a few days left for new albums to emerge, and though it might take a few weeks for all the new music to make its way into people’s collections, we thought it was high time we shared the Discogs Community’s favorite music of the year based on user rankings.


There’s a caveat here: When trying to use the ‘Average Rating’ to compare releases on Discogs there is the problem of trying to balance the average against the number of ratings cast. Is a Release with a single rating of 5/5 (i.e an Average Rating of 5/5) really better than the Release with 99 Ratings of 5/5 and one 4/5 (i.e an Average Rating of 4.99?) Of course not. New releases also tend to exhibit higher average ratings shortly after publication.


So, we’ve tried to refine these ratings by using an algorithm to weigh ratings based on how recent the release is and the total number of ratings per release.


That’s a bit in the weeds for most of you, but we’re pleased with many of the releases that were uncovered using this weighted rank sort. Unlike looking at the most collected releases of 2019, this sort gives us a more niche look at some of the most highly-regarded pressings of 2019. A quick jump into the comments of most of these will uncover comments on why these are rated so highly; whether it be superb audiophile qualities, excellent new sounds or an appreciation that a rare album finally received a well-deserved repress.


Have fun exploring, give some of these a listen and wrap up 2019 with some solid new music.


The Discogs Community’s Highest Rated 2019 Releases

  1. Phineus II - Meridian Response album cover

    Phineus II – Meridian Response

    4.959 / 5

    • Format: 3×12″, Album
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Green Bay Wax
    • Minimum Price: $55.87
  2. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas Flood album cover

    Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Texas Flood

    4.941 / 5

    • Format: 2×12″, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, 180 + Box
    • Genre: Blues
    • Labels: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Epic Records, Sony Music Commercial Music Group
    • Minimum Price: $79.00
  3. Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks album cover

    Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks

    4.938 / 5

    • Format: 2×12″, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, 180 + Box
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Columbia, Sony Music Commercial Music Group
    • Minimum Price: $113.87
  4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love album cover

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love

    4.935 / 5

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, 200
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Analogue Productions, Legacy, Experience Hendrix, Sony Music Commercial Music Group
    • Minimum Price: $165.00
  5. Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You album cover

    Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You

    4.934 / 5

    • Format: 12″, S/Sided, Etch, Ltd, RE, RM
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Because Music
    • Minimum Price: $13.25
  6. The Bill Evans Trio - Portrait In Jazz album cover

    The Bill Evans Trio – Portrait In Jazz

    4.934 / 5

    • Format: 2×12″, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, 180 + Box
    • Genre: Jazz
    • Labels: Riverside Records, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
    • Minimum Price: $55.50
  7. The Beatles - Abbey Road album cover

    The Beatles – Abbey Road

    4.932 / 5

    • Format: Box, RM, Ann + CD, Album, RE, Rem + 2xCD + Blu-ray
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Apple Records, Universal Music Group International
    • Minimum Price: $70.50
  8. Ed Longo & The Applied Arts Ensemble - The Other Fantasy album cover

    Ed Longo & The Applied Arts Ensemble – The Other Fantasy

    4.928 / 5

    • Format: 12″, MiniAlbum
    • Genre: Jazz
    • Labels: Early Sounds Recordings
    • Minimum Price: $17.75
  9. John Frusciante - The Empyrean album cover

    John Frusciante – The Empyrean

    4.927 / 5

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, RE
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Record Collection
    • Minimum Price: $35.00
  10. Various - Dream Dance Vol. 86 album cover

    Various – Dream Dance Vol. 86

    4.925 / 5

    • Format: 2xCD, Comp + CD, Mixed
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Sony Music
    • Minimum Price: $24.38
  11. Various - Electro Music Union, Sinoesin & Xonox Works 1993 - 1994 album cover

    Various – Electro Music Union, Sinoesin & Xonox Works 1993 – 1994

    4.924 / 5

    • Format: 2xLP, Comp
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: ava., Cold Blow
    • Minimum Price: $25.50
  12. Frank Zappa - Zappa In New York (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) album cover

    Frank Zappa – Zappa In New York (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

    4.924 / 5

    • Format: 5xCD, Album, Dlx, Ltd, RM + Box
    • Genre: Jazz
    • Labels: Zappa Records
    • Minimum Price: $105.25
  13. Type O Negative - None More Negative album cover

    Type O Negative – None More Negative

    4.922 / 5

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Gre + 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Gr
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Run Out Groove, Roadrunner Records
    • Minimum Price: $177.37
  14. cv313 - Glass City Sessions album cover

    cv313 – Glass City Sessions

    4.921 / 5

    • Format: 2×12″, Album, Tra
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: minimood
    • Minimum Price: $18.87
  15. D.I.E. Featuring The Men You

    D.I.E. Featuring The Men You’ll Never See – The Unseen

    4.921 / 5

    • Format: 12″
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Clone West Coast Series
    • Minimum Price: $11.00
  16. Gene On Earth - Local Fuzz album cover

    Gene On Earth – Local Fuzz

    4.92 / 5

    • Format: 2xLP, Ltd
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Limousine Dream
    • Minimum Price: $25.87
  17. Venom  - In Nomine Satanas album cover

    Venom – In Nomine Satanas

    4.918 / 5

    • Format: Box, Comp, Dlx, Ltd + LP, Album, RE, RM, Gol + LP,
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: BMG
    • Minimum Price: $137.37
  18. Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf album cover

    Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf

    4.916 / 5

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, RE, 180
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Interscope Records
    • Minimum Price: $27.50
  19. Shpongle - Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost album cover

    Shpongle – Nothing Lasts… But Nothing Is Lost

    4.913 / 5

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Twisted Records
    • Minimum Price: $185.00
  20. De Ambassade - Duistre Kamers album cover

    De Ambassade – Duistre Kamers

    4.91 / 5

    • Format: LP, Album
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Knekelhuis
    • Minimum Price: $19.00
  21. Róisín Murphy - Overpowered album cover

    Róisín Murphy – Overpowered

    4.909 / 5

    • Format: LP, Ora + LP, Pin + Album, RE, RM
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Be With Records
    • Minimum Price: $8.12
  22. Various - Dream Dance Vol. 87 album cover

    Various – Dream Dance Vol. 87

    4.902 / 5

    • Format: 2xCD, Comp + CD, Mixed
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Sony Music
    • Minimum Price: $24.38
  23. Koga  - Hive Mind EP album cover

    Koga – Hive Mind EP

    4.9 / 5

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: OCP
    • Minimum Price: $23.25
  24. Death Grips - Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix) album cover

    Death Grips – Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix)

    4.899 / 5

    • Format: 12″, Ltd, Whi
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Third Worlds, Harvest
    • Minimum Price: $75.00
  25. Jamiroquai - Cosmic Girl (Dimitri From Paris Remixes) album cover

    Jamiroquai – Cosmic Girl (Dimitri From Paris Remixes)

    4.899 / 5

    • Format: 12″
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Le-Edits Records
    • Minimum Price: $33.25
  26. S.O.N.S - Lost Tales Volume 1 album cover

    S.O.N.S – Lost Tales Volume 1

    4.895 / 5

    • Format: 12″
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: S.O.N.S
    • Minimum Price: $20.50
  27. Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka album cover

    Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka

    4.894 / 5

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Yel
    • Genre: Jazz
    • Labels: Polydor
    • Minimum Price: $27.75
  28. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - The Best of Everything album cover

    Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – The Best of Everything

    4.894 / 5

    • Format: 4xLP, Comp, RM
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Geffen Records, UMe
    • Minimum Price: $60.00
  29. Lhasa - The Attic / Sexxor album cover

    Lhasa – The Attic / Sexxor

    4.893 / 5

    • Format: 12″
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: STROOM 〰
    • Minimum Price: $13.75
  30. Madonna - La Isla Bonita (Super Mix) album cover

    Madonna – La Isla Bonita (Super Mix)

    4.893 / 5

    • Format: 12″, EP, Ltd, RE, Gre
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Sire, Sire
    • Minimum Price: $13.12
  31. Derek Carr - A Future-Retrospective Of Art album cover

    Derek Carr – A Future-Retrospective Of Art

    4.89 / 5

    • Format: 4×12″, Album, Comp
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: For Those That Knoe
    • Minimum Price: $34.75
  32. Nirvana - Live At The Paramount album cover

    Nirvana – Live At The Paramount

    4.89 / 5

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, 180
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Geffen Records
    • Minimum Price: $27.00
  33. David Bowie - David Bowie album cover

    David Bowie – David Bowie

    4.89 / 5

    • Format: LP, Ltd, RE, S/Edition, Mul
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Parlophone
    • Minimum Price: $148.13
  34. Madonna = Madonna - True Blue (Super Club Mix) = スーパー・クラブ・ミックス album cover

    Madonna = Madonna – True Blue (Super Club Mix) = スーパー・クラブ・ミックス

    4.886 / 5

    • Format: 12″, MiniAlbum, EP, Ltd, Blu
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Sire, Sire
    • Minimum Price: $11.25
  35. Nebula  - Dance Musik album cover

    Nebula – Dance Musik

    4.885 / 5

    • Format: 12″, Red
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Scientific Wax Retro
    • Minimum Price: $32.50
  36. Blu Mar Ten / PFM - DE:10.04 album cover

    Blu Mar Ten / PFM – DE:10.04

    4.879 / 5

    • Format: 12″, 180
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: De:tuned
    • Minimum Price: $55.87
  37. Crustation - Flame album cover

    Crustation – Flame

    4.878 / 5

    • Format: 12″
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Melodies International
    • Minimum Price: $13.00
  38. Marvin Gaye - What

    Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

    4.878 / 5

    • Format: 2×12″, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, 180 + Box
    • Genre: Funk / Soul
    • Labels: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Motown, Universal Music Special Markets
    • Minimum Price: $30.00
  39. Frank Harris & Maria Marquez - Echoes album cover

    Frank Harris & Maria Marquez – Echoes

    4.876 / 5

    • Format: LP, Comp
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Strangelove Music
    • Minimum Price: $23.87
  40. King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson) album cover

    King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson)

    4.876 / 5

    • Format: 2xLP, RE, S/Edition, 200
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Panegyric, Discipline Global Mobile, Inner Knot, Wowow Entertainment, Inc.
    • Minimum Price: $31.62
  41. Evans Pyramid - Never Gonna Leave You (Joakim And Max Pask Remixes) album cover

    Evans Pyramid – Never Gonna Leave You (Joakim And Max Pask Remixes)

    4.873 / 5

    • Format: 12″
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Crowdspacer
    • Minimum Price: $10.00
  42. John Lennon - Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes) album cover

    John Lennon – Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes)

    4.87 / 5

    • Format: LP, Ltd
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Apple Records, Universal Music Group International
    • Minimum Price: $24.12
  43. New World Science - Osmos (Movements) album cover

    New World Science – Osmos (Movements)

    4.868 / 5

    • Format: LP, Album
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Temple (8)
    • Minimum Price: $13.12
  44. T.N. - FXWL 18B album cover

    T.N. – FXWL 18B

    4.868 / 5

    • Format: 12″, EP, W/Lbl
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Flux White
    • Minimum Price: $6.13
  45. David Sylvian - Secrets Of The Beehive album cover

    David Sylvian – Secrets Of The Beehive

    4.868 / 5

    • Format: LP, Album, RE, 180
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Virgin EMI Records, UMC
    • Minimum Price: $19.50
  46. Ludwig A.F. Röhrscheid - Oxygen album cover

    Ludwig A.F. Röhrscheid – Oxygen

    4.868 / 5

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Exo Recordings International
    • Minimum Price: $22.25
  47. Queen - Greatest Hits album cover

    Queen – Greatest Hits

    4.868 / 5

    • Format: 2xLP, Comp, RE, RM, Red
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Virgin EMI Records
    • Minimum Price: $39.38
  48. Various - 環境音楽 = Kankyō Ongaku (Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980 - 1990) album cover

    Various – 環境音楽 = Kankyō Ongaku (Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980 – 1990)

    4.867 / 5

    • Format: 3xLP, Comp, RM + Box
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Light In The Attic
    • Minimum Price: $64.00
  49. Konami Digital Entertainment - Silent Hill 2 - Original Video Game Soundtrack album cover

    Konami Digital Entertainment – Silent Hill 2 – Original Video Game Soundtrack

    4.867 / 5

    • Format: LP, Whi + LP, Red + Album, Ltd, RE, RM
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Mondo (3)
    • Minimum Price: $37.00
  50. DJ Ruffneck - Napalm (Burn!) album cover

    DJ Ruffneck – Napalm (Burn!)

    4.866 / 5

    • Format: 12″, Ltd
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Ruffneck Records
    • Minimum Price: $31.13
  51. Stereolab - Mars Audiac Quintet album cover

    Stereolab – Mars Audiac Quintet

    4.866 / 5

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, RE, RM + LP
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks, Warp Records
    • Minimum Price: $20.00
  52. Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain album cover

    Viktor Vaughn – Vaudeville Villain

    4.866 / 5

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Sil
    • Genre: Hip Hop
    • Labels: Sound-Ink, Fat Beats, The Orchard
    • Minimum Price: $50.00
  53. The Miles Davis Quintet - Miles Smiles album cover

    The Miles Davis Quintet – Miles Smiles

    4.864 / 5

    • Format: 2×12″, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Gat
    • Genre: Jazz
    • Labels: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Columbia, Sony Music Commercial Music Group
    • Minimum Price: $20.00
  54. DJ Freshtrax & DJ H.M.S. / DJ Freshtrax - 2 Go Mad In Boscaland / A Man Called Doom album cover

    DJ Freshtrax & DJ H.M.S. / DJ Freshtrax – 2 Go Mad In Boscaland / A Man Called Doom

    4.863 / 5

    • Format: 12″
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Parallax Recordings, Keeping Vinyl Alive
    • Minimum Price: $20.75
  55. The Cardigans - Long Gone Before Daylight album cover

    The Cardigans – Long Gone Before Daylight

    4.862 / 5

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Universal Music, Stockholm Records
    • Minimum Price: $25.00
  56. Grauzone - Eisbær album cover

    Grauzone – Eisbær

    4.86 / 5

    • Format: 12″, RE
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records
    • Minimum Price: $11.63
  57. J. Cole - KOD album cover

    J. Cole – KOD

    4.86 / 5

    • Format: LP, Album, Ltd, Red
    • Genre: Hip Hop
    • Labels: Dreamville, Inc.
    • Minimum Price: $55.00
  58. Rupa - Disco Jazz album cover

    Rupa – Disco Jazz

    4.86 / 5

    • Format: LP, RE
    • Genre: Jazz
    • Labels: Numero Group
    • Minimum Price: $17.75
  59. Kenny Burrell - Introducing Kenny Burrell album cover

    Kenny Burrell – Introducing Kenny Burrell

    4.859 / 5

    • Format: LP, Album, Mono, RE, 180
    • Genre: Jazz
    • Labels: Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note
    • Minimum Price: $23.00
  60. Various - The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album cover

    Various – The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    4.858 / 5

    • Format: LP, Whi + LP, S/Sided, Etch + Album, Ltd, RE
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Atlantic, Atlantic
    • Minimum Price: $116.62
  61. Sweely - Beauty Is Random EP album cover

    Sweely – Beauty Is Random EP

    4.857 / 5

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Automatic Writing
    • Minimum Price: $15.00
  62. Donato Dozzy - Variations album cover

    Donato Dozzy – Variations

    4.857 / 5

    • Format: 12″, EP
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Spazio Disponibile, Spazio Disponibile
    • Minimum Price: $11.12
  63. Doves - Lost Souls album cover

    Doves – Lost Souls

    4.857 / 5

    • Format: 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Gre
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Heavenly
    • Minimum Price: $27.38
  64. Curtis Mayfield - Super Fly album cover

    Curtis Mayfield – Super Fly

    4.857 / 5

    • Format: 2×12″, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, 180
    • Genre: Funk / Soul
    • Labels: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Rhino Records (2)
    • Minimum Price: $48.50
  65. Pearl Jam - MTV Unplugged album cover

    Pearl Jam – MTV Unplugged

    4.856 / 5

    • Format: LP, Ltd
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Sony Music, Epic, Legacy
    • Minimum Price: $55.50
  66. New Order - Ceremony album cover

    New Order – Ceremony

    4.855 / 5

    • Format: 12″, Single, RE, RM, 180
    • Genre: Rock
    • Labels: Factory, Factory
    • Minimum Price: $11.12
  67. Archive - 25 album cover

    Archive – 25

    4.854 / 5

    • Format: Box, Dlx + 6xLP, Comp, Whi + 10″, EP, Whi + 7″, Si
    • Genre: Electronic
    • Labels: Dangervisit
    • Minimum Price: $396.00
  68. Grant Green - Born To Be Blue album cover

    Grant Green – Born To Be Blue

    4.854 / 5

    • Format: LP, Album, RE, 180
    • Genre: Jazz
    • Labels: Blue Note, Blue Note, Blue Note
    • Minimum Price: $22.50

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