Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Drowned in Sound: 100 Favourite Albums of 2017

Drowned in Sound: 100 Favourite Albums of 2017

  1. Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life
  2. Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
  3. EMA – Exile In the Outer Ring
  4. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  5. Noveller – A Pink Sunset for No One
  6. Austra – Future Politics
  7. Feist – Pleasure
  8. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
  9. Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  10. Juana Molina – Halo
  11. Soulwax – FROM DEEWEE
  12. Thundercat – Drunk
  13. Paramore – After Laughter
  14. Jean-Michel Blais & CFCF – Cascades
  15. Björk – Utopia
  16. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
  17. Zola Jesus – Okovi
  18. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  19. Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
  20. Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
  21. Hannah Peel – Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia
  22. Slowdive – Slowdive
  23. Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
  24. Eyre Llew – Atelo
  25. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  26. Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination
  27. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  28. Lorde – Melodrama
  29. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  30. The Big Moon – Love In the 4th Dimension
  31. Princess Nokia – 1992
  32. Colin Stetson – All This I Do For Glory
  33. The Horrors – V
  34. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
  35. Ride – Weather Diaries
  36. Sylvan Esso – What Now
  37. Idles – Brutalism
  38. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Gustavo Santaolalla, Mogwai – Before the Flood
  39. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
  40. Girl Ray – Earl Grey
  41. The Mynabirds – BE HERE NOW
  42. SZA – Ctrl
  43. Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton – Fatal Gift
  44. Johnny Jewel – Windswept
  45. Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now
  46. Katy Perry – Witness
  47. Clark – Death Peak
  48. Grandaddy – Last Place
  49. Tired Lion – Dumb Days
  50. William Basinski – A Shadow in Time
  51. Four Tet – New Energy
  52. Sløtface – Try Not to Freak Out
  53. Beck – Colors
  54. Bicep – Bicep
  55. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  56. Juanita Stein – America
  57. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
  58. Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder
  59. Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
  60. Liars – TFCF
  61. Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference
  62. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  63. Ghostpoet – Dark Days + Canapés
  64. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
  65. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  66. Jen Cloher – Jen Cloher
  67. Do Make Say Think – Stubborn Persistent Illusions
  68. Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives
  69. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  70. Wiley – Godfather
  71. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  72. Max Richter – Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works
  73. Molly Burch – Please Be Mine
  74. Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
  75. Big Thief – Capacity
  76. Casey Dienel – Imitation of a Woman To Love
  77. The Shins – Heartworms
  78. Destroyer – ken
  79. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  80. Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick
  81. Mura Masa – Mura Masa
  82. Fever Ray – Plunge
  83. Ryan Adams – Prisoner
  84. Depeche Mode – Spirit
  85. Laurel Halo – Dust
  86. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  87. King Krule – The OOZ
  88. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  89. This Is the Kit – Moonshine Freeze
  90. Sampha – Process
  91. Lapalux – Ruinism
  92. The Afghan Whigs – In Spades
  93. Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound
  94. Circuit Des Yeux – Reaching For Indigo
  95. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
  96. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  97. Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley
  98. Future Islands – The Far Field
  99. Blanck Mass – World Eater
  100. Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Q: Top 50 Albums of 2017

Q Magazine: Top 50 Albums of 2017

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  3. Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life
  4. Lorde – Melodrama
  5. Gorillaz – Humanz
  6. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  7. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  8. Baxter Dury – Prince of Tears
  9. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
  10. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  11. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  12. Sleaford Mods – English Tapas
  13. The Horrors – V
  14. Sampha – Process
  15. Liam Gallagher – As You Were
  16. Girl Ray – Earl Grey
  17. The xx – I See You
  18. Four Tet – New Energy
  19. Dizzee Rascal – Raskit
  20. Forest Swords – Compassion
  21. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
  22. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
  23. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  24. Paul Weller – A Kind Revolution
  25. Thundercat – Drunk
  26. Sparks – Hippopotamus
  27. SZA – Ctrl
  28. MUNA – About U
  29. Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
  30. Beck – Colors
  31. Brian Eno – Reflection
  32. Nadia Reid – Preservation
  33. Joan Shelley – Joan Shelley
  34. Susanne Sundfør – Music For People In Trouble
  35. Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud
  36. Elbow – Little Fictions
  37. J Hus – Common Sense
  38. Phoenix – Ti Amo
  39. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  40. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  41. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  42. Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  43. Squeeze – The Knowledge
  44. Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band – Adiós Señor Pussycat
  45. alt-J – RELAXER
  46. JAY-Z – 4:44
  47. Ghostpoet – Dark Days + Canapés
  48. Kevin Morby – City Music
  49. Depeche Mode – Spirit
  50. Pumarosa – The Witch

Washington Post: 10 Best Books of 2017

Washington Post: 10 Best Books of 2017

  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst – Robert M. Sapolsky
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  • I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street – Matt Taibbi
  • I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad – Souad Mekhennet
  • Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • The Power – Naomi Alderman
  • Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama – David Garrow
  • Saints for All Occasions – J. Courtney Sullivan
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward

NME: 50 Best Albums of 2017

NME: 50 Best Albums of 2017

  1. Lorde – Melodrama
  2. Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life
  3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  4. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  5. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  6. J Hus – Common Sense
  7. SZA – Ctrl
  8. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  9. Wiley – Godfather
  10. Liam Gallagher – As You Were
  11. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  12. Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
  13. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  14. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  15. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  16. King Krule – The OOZ
  17. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  18. Gorillaz – Humanz
  19. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  20. Paramore – After Laughter
  21. Sheer Mag – Need to Feel Your Love
  22. Kevin Morby – City Music
  23. Sampha – Process
  24. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  25. Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
  26. Bleachers – Gone Now
  27. Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold
  28. Methyl Ethel – Everything Is Forgotten
  29. Arcade Fire – Everything Now
  30. Beck – Colors
  31. Taylor Swift – reputation
  32. Princess Nokia – 1992
  33. Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud
  34. Mura Masa – Mura Masa
  35. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
  36. Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms
  37. JAY-Z – 4:44
  38. alt-J – RELAXER
  39. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  40. (Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
  41. Fever Ray – Plunge
  42. Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
  43. Phoenix – Ti Amo
  44. The Big Moon – Love In the 4th Dimension
  45. The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classics
  46. The xx – I See You
  47. Kiran Leonard – Derevaun Seraun
  48. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  49. Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  50. Thundercat – Drunk

Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2017

LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

Uncut Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2017

  1. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  2. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  4. The Weather Station – The Weather Station
  5. Joan Shelley – Joan Shelley
  6. Richard Dawson – Peasant
  7. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  8. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  9. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  10. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  11. Slowdive – Slowdive
  12. Peter Perrett – How the West Was Won
  13. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  14. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
  15. Joshua Abrams – Simultonality
  16. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
  17. Juana Molina – Halo
  18. Lorde – Melodrama
  19. The Clientele – Music for the Age of Miracles
  20. Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
  21. Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  22. Ty Segall – Ty Segall
  23. Chuck Johnson – Balsams
  24. Margo Price – All American Made
  25. Robert Plant – Carry Fire
  26. Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
  27. Hiss Golden Messenger – Hallelujah Anyhow
  28. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  29. Michael Chapman – 50
  30. Susanne Sundfør – Music For People In Trouble
  31. Gas – Narkopop
  32. Sleaford Mods – English Tapas
  33. Oh Sees – Orc
  34. Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  35. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana
  36. Four Tet – New Energy
  37. Ride – Weather Diaries
  38. Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock
  39. Arca – Arca
  40. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  41. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  42. Thundercat – Drunk
  43. Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan
  44. Jake Xerxes Fussell – What in the Natural World
  45. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  46. Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder
  47. Pond – The Weather
  48. Lindstrøm – It’s Alright Between Us as It Is
  49. Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band – Adiós Señor Pussycat
  50. The xx – I See You
  51. Randy Newman – Dark Matter
  52. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Dreaming in the Non-Dream
  53. SZA – Ctrl
  54. Tinariwen – Elwan
  55. The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classics
  56. House and Land – House and Land
  57. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – The French Press
  58. Wand – Plum
  59. John Maus – Screen Memories
  60. Bitchin Bajas – Bajas Fresh
  61. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  62. Mark Eitzel – Hey Mr Ferryman
  63. Kevin Morby – City Music
  64. Blanck Mass – World Eater
  65. Real Estate – In Mind
  66. Crescent – Resin Pockets
  67. The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir
  68. Floating Points – Reflections – Mojave Desert
  69. Sparks – Hippopotamus
  70. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  71. David Rawlings – Poor David’s Almanack
  72. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  73. Aldous Harding – Party
  74. Feist – Pleasure
  75. Ryan Adams – Prisoner

Elizabeth Lund: 5 Best Poetry Collections of 2017

Elizabeth Lund: 5 Best Poetry Collections of 2017 (as published by The Washington Post)

  • Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver – Mary Oliver
  • Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  • Good Bones – Maggie Smith
  • Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 – Frank Bidart
  • Whereas – Layli Long Soldier

Mojo: 50 Best Albums of 2017

LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

Mojo Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2017

  1. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  2. Nadia Reid – Preservation
  3. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
  4. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
  5. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
  6. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  7. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  8. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  9. Sleaford Mods – English Tapas
  10. Aldous Harding – Party
  11. The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classics
  12. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  13. Ghostpoet – Dark Days + Canapés
  14. This Is the Kit – Moonshine Freeze
  15. Sparks – Hippopotamus
  16. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  17. Binker and Moses – Journey to the Mountain of Forever
  18. Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle
  19. Aimee Mann – Mental Illness
  20. Richard Dawson – Peasant
  21. Thundercat – Drunk
  22. Peter Perrett – How the West Was Won
  23. Songhoy Blues – Résistance
  24. Oh Sees – Orc
  25. Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  26. Tony Allen – The Source
  27. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  28. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
  29. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  30. The Bug & Earth – Concrete Desert
  31. Susanne Sundfør – Music For People In Trouble
  32. Tamikrest – Kidal
  33. Randy Newman – Dark Matter
  34. The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir
  35. Sampha – Process
  36. Wire – Silver / Lead
  37. Paul Weller – A Kind Revolution
  38. Oumou Sangaré – Mogoya
  39. Kelley Stoltz – Que Aura
  40. Beck – Colors
  41. Endless Boogie – Vibe Killer
  42. Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold
  43. Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines
  44. Kate Bush – Before the Dawn
  45. Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life
  46. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
  47. Roger Waters – Is This the Life We Really Want?
  48. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  49. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  50. Wrongtom & The Ragga Twins – In Time

Chicago Review of Books: 12 Best Poetry Books of 2016

Thief in the Interior - Phillip B. Williams

Chicago Review of Books: 12 Best Poetry Books of 2016

  1. Thief in the Interior – Phillip B. Williams
  2. Poems: New and Selected – Ron Rash
  3. Ghost County – John McCarthy
  4. Popular Music – Kelly Schirmann
  5. Night-Sky Checkerboard – Oh Sae-young
  6. The Black Maria – Aracelis Girmay
  7. 1989, The Number – Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall
  8. The Secret Birds – Tony Fitzpatrick
  9. child in a winter house brightening – Abigail Zimmer
  10. Unbearable Splendor – Sun Yung Shin
  11. Meditations of a Beast – Kristine Ong Muslim
  12. Cattle of the Lord – Rosa Alice Branco

Keith Uhlich: 10 Best TV Shows of 2016

Keith Uhlich: 10 Best TV Shows of 2016, as posted by the BBC

  1. The Girlfriend Experience
  2. The X-Files
  3. O.J.: Made in America
  4. Black Mirror
  5. BoJack Horseman
  6. The Fall
  7. Better Call Saul
  8. Game of Thrones
  9. And Then There Were None
  10. The Americans

San Francisco Chronicle: 100 Recommended Books of 2016

San Francisco Chronicle: 100 Recommended Books of 2016

Fiction and Poetry

  • Alice & Oliver – Charles Bock
  • All That Man Is – David Szalay
  • Another Brooklyn – Jacqueline Woodson
  • Behold the Dreamers – Imbolo Mbue
  • Carousel Court – Joe McGinniss Jr.
  • Commonwealth – Ann Patchett
  • Daredevils – Shawn Vestal
  • Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine – Diane Williams
  • For a Little While: New and Selected Stories – Rick Bass
  • The Fortunes – Peter Ho Davies
  • A Gambler’s Anatomy – Jonathan Lethem
  • A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
  • Gesell Dome – Guillermo Saccomanno
  • The Girls – Emma Cline
  • Here Comes the Sun – Nicole Dennis-Benn
  • Here I Am – Jonathan Safran Foer
  • High Dive – Jonathan Lee
  • Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
  • Hystopia – David Means
  • Innocents and Others – Dana Spiotta
  • The Jungle Around Us – Anne Raeff
  • The Kindness of Enemies – Leila Aboulela
  • LaRose – Louise Erdrich
  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos – Dominic Smith
  • The Last Shift: Poems – Philip Levine
  • The Little Red Chairs – Edna O’Brien
  • Look – Solmaz Sharif
  • Losing It – Emma Rathbone
  • Mister Monkey – Francine Prose
  • Monterey Bay – Lindsay Hatton
  • Moonglow – Michael Chabon
  • Mortal Trash – Kim Addonizio
  • My Name Is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout
  • My Struggle: Book Five – Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds – Ocean Vuong
  • Ninety-Nine Stories of God – Joy Williams
  • The Noise of Time – Julian Barnes
  • Nutshell – Ian McEwan
  • Pond – Claire-Louise Bennett
  • The Portable Veblen – Elizabeth Mckenzie
  • The Queen of the Night – Alexander Chee
  • The Red Car – Marcy Dermansky
  • Reputations – Juan Gabriel Vásquez
  • The Revolutionaries Try Again – Mauro Javier Cardenas
  • Serious Sweet – A.L. Kennedy
  • Shelter in Place – Alexander Maksik
  • Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty – Ramona Ausubel
  • Sudden Death – Álvaro Enrigue. Translated by Natasha Wimmer
  • Sweet Lamb of Heaven – Lydia Millet
  • Sweetbitter – Stephanie Danler
  • Swing Time – Zadie Smith
  • The Terranauts – T.C. Boyle
  • The Vegetarian – Han Kang. Translated by Deborah Smith
  • The Veins of the Ocean – Patricia Engel
  • Version Control – Dexter Palmer
  • What Belongs to You – Garth Greenwell
  • What Lies Between Us – Nayomi Munaweera
  • You Should Pity Us Instead – Amy Gustine
  • Zero K – Don DeLillo

Nonfiction

  • Against Everything: Essays – Mark Greif
  • America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century – Gabriel Thompson
  • Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live – Peter Orner
  • At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails – Sarah Bakewell
  • The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads – Tim Wu
  • Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
  • Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran – Laura Secor
  • Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction – Mary Ellen Hannibal
  • The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West – Peter Cozzens
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years And After, 1939-1962 – Blanche Wiesen Cook
  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race – Jesmyn Ward
  • The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice – Patricia Bell-Scott
  • The Gene: An Intimate History – Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape – Peggy Orenstein
  • The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture – Pamela Haag
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis – J.D. Vance
  • How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon – Rosa Brooks
  • Joe Gould’s Teeth – Jill Lepore
  • Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul – James McBride
  • Known and Strange Things: Essays – Teju Cole
  • The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict – Austin Reed
  • Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams – Louisa Thomas
  • “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination – Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf
  • Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas – Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
  • The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America – Andrés Reséndez
  • Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon – Bronwen Dickey
  • The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial – Maggie Nelson
  • Shame and Wonder: Essays – David Searcy
  • Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life – Ruth Franklin
  • Soul at the White Heat: Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life – Joyce Carol Oates
  • Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939 – Adam Hochschild
  • Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War – Mark Danner
  • Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right – Arlie Russell Hochschild
  • Time Travel: A History – James Gleick
  • The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine – Ben Ehrenreich
  • We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time – Kara Platoni
  • When We Are No More: How Digital Memory Is Shaping Our Future – Abby Smith Rumsey
  • White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World – Geoff Dyer
  • White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America – Nancy Isenberg
  • Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File – John Edgar Wideman