Lana Del Rey’s complex and beguiling fifth album, Norman Rockwell, was music critics’ favourite record of 2019.
Full of luscious soft-rock ballads that peer uneasily at the demise of the American Dream, the album has topped a “poll of polls” compiled by BBC News.
The BBC’s chart was compiled from 30 end-of-year lists published by the world’s most influential music magazines, blogs, newspapers and broadcasters.
Records were assigned points based on their position in each list – with the number one album getting 20 points, the number two album receiving 19 points, and so on.
Female artists dominated the list, accounting for eight of the top 10 albums.