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.

PopMatters: 60 Best Albums of 2017

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

PopMatters: 60 Best Albums of 2017

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. Lorde – Melodrama
  3. Fever Ray – Plunge
  4. Zola Jesus – Okovi
  5. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  6. Sampha – Process
  7. The xx – I See You
  8. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  9. Four Tet – New Energy
  10. Jlin – Black Origami
  11. Algiers – The Underside of Power
  12. Slowdive – Slowdive
  13. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  14. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  15. Iglooghost – Neō Wax Bloom
  16. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  17. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  18. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  19. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  20. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  21. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  22. Arca – Arca
  23. Margo Price – All American Made
  24. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  25. Idles – Brutalism
  26. Blanck Mass – World Eater
  27. King Krule – The OOZ
  28. Valerie June – The Order of Time
  29. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  30. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  31. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  32. Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear
  33. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  34. Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
  35. SZA – Ctrl
  36. Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle
  37. Thundercat – Drunk
  38. Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives
  39. Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
  40. Chicano Batman – Freedom Is Free
  41. Syd – Fin
  42. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
  43. Big Thief – Capacity
  44. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  45. Foxygen – Hang
  46. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  47. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
  48. Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai
  49. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – Sidelong
  50. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  51. (Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
  52. Paramore – After Laughter
  53. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  54. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  55. Charly Bliss – Guppy
  56. Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  57. The Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here?
  58. Do Make Say Think – Stubborn Persistent Illusions
  59. Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
  60. White Hills – Stop Mute Defeat

Paste: 45 Best Books of 2017

Priestdaddy - Patricia Lockwood

Paste Magazine: 45 Best Books of 2017, listed as novels and nonfiction

Novels

  1. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  2. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley – Hannah Tinti
  3. The Leavers – Lisa Ko
  4. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  5. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  6. Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
  7. The Lucky Ones – Julianne Pachico
  8. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  9. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  10. Oathbringer – Brandon Sanderson
  11. Class – Francesco Pacifico
  12. The Destroyers – Christopher Bollen
  13. The Power – Naomi Alderman
  14. Borne – Jeff VanderMeer
  15. The River of Kings – Taylor Brown
  16. The Golden Legend – Nadeem Aslam
  17. The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin
  18. The Thirst – Jo Nesbo
  19. American War – Omar El Akkad
  20. Ill Will – Dan Chaon
  21. The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
  22. Waking Gods – Sylvain Neuvel
  23. What We Lose – Zinzi Clemmons
  24. Universal Harvester – John Darnielle
  25. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Nonfiction

  1. Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  2. The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South – Michael Twitty
  3. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  4. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  5. A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War – Deborah Campbell
  6. How to Murder Your Life – Cat Marnell
  7. Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913 – Daniel Wolff
  8. The Blood of Emmett Till – Timothy B. Tyson
  9. Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 – Lizzy Goodman
  10. They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us – Hanif Abdurraqib
  11. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  12. Sunshine State – Sarah Gerard
  13. The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between – Abigail Marsh
  14. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  15. One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter – Scaachi Koul
  16. The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South – John T. Edge
  17. Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life – Jonathan Gould
  18. Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America – Edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding
  19. The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 – 1992 – Tina Brown
  20. Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate – Zoe Quinn

Willa Paskin: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

Willa Paskin: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by Slate)

  1. The Leftovers
  2. I Love Dick
  3. The Deuce
  4. Better Things
  5. Halt and Catch Fire
  6. The Handmaid’s Tale
  7. Insecure
  8. Big Little Lies
  9. Catastrophe
  10. GLOW

Sonia Saraiya: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017

Sonia Saraiya: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by Variety)

  1. The Leftovers
  2. The Crown
  3. Halt and Catch Fire
  4. Twin Peaks: The Return
  5. Big Little Lies
  6. Rick and Morty
  7. Alias Grace
  8. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  9. Better Things
  10. BoJack Horseman
  11. Planet Earth II
  12. American Vandal
  13. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  14. Star Trek: Discovery
  15. The Keepers
  16. Broad City
  17. Dear White People
  18. The Handmaid’s Tale
  19. The Deuce
  20. GLOW
  21. The Good Place
  22. Better Call Saul
  23. Insecure
  24. One Day at a Time
  25. Marvel’s The Punisher

Dennis Cooper: 14 Favorite Films of 2017

Dennis Cooper: 14 Favorite Films of 2017 (in no order)

  • Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  • All These Sleepless Nights – Michal Marczak
  • Unrest – Philippe Grandrieux
  • Apparitions – Alex MacKenzie
  • Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  • Spectral Ascension – Paul Clipson
  • In Transit – David Usui, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu, and Albert Maysles
  • The Ornithologist – João Pedro Rodrigues
  • Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  • Your Name – Makoto Shinkai
  • NOW – Chantal Akerman
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 – Chad Stahelski
  • Ulysses in the Subway – Ken and Flo Jacobs
  • Éditeur – Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens

Consequence of Sound: Top 25 Movies of 2017

Blade Runner 2049 - Denis Villeneuve

Consequence of Sound: Top 25 Movies of 2017

  1. Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
  2. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  3. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  4. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  5. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  6. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  7. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  8. Baby Driver – Edgar Wright
  9. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  10. Logan – James Mangold
  11. Jane – Brett Morgen
  12. The Big Sick – Michael Showalter
  13. I, Tonya – Craig Gillespie
  14. Raw – Julia Ducournau
  15. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  16. The Disaster Artist – James Franco
  17. The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  18. Columbus – Kogonada
  19. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  20. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  21. The Square – Ruben Östlund
  22. Whose Streets? – Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis
  23. Wonder Woman – Patty Jenkins
  24. Lucky – John Carroll Lynch
  25. It – Andy Muschietti

Little White Lies: 30 Best Films of 2017

Little White Lies: 30 Best Films of 2017

  1. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  2. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  3. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  4. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  5. The Levelling – Hope Dickson Leach
  6. Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh
  7. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  8. Paddington 2 – Paul King
  9. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  10. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  11. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  12. The Work – Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  13. Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  14. My Life as a Courgette – Claude Barras
  15. The Beguiled – Sofia Coppola
  16. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rian Johnson
  17. The Post – Steven Spielberg
  18. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  19. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  20. God’s Own Country – Francis Lee
  21. Baby Driver – Edgar Wright
  22. The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  23. Raw – Julia Ducournau
  24. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
  25. Wonder Woman – Patty Jenkins
  26. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  27. Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  28. Girls Trip – Malcolm D. Lee
  29. I Called Him Morgan – Kasper Collin
  30. Logan – James Mangold

Katy Waldman: 10 Favorite Books of 2017

Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan

Katy Waldman: 10 Favorite Books of 2017 (as published by Slate)

  • Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
  • Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney
  • What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Volume 1) – Philip Pullman
  • Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography – Edmund Gordon
  • The Odyssey – Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
  • The Idiot – Elif Batuman

Billboard: 50 Best Albums of 2017

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Billboard: 50 Best Albums of 2017

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. SZA – Ctrl
  3. Lorde – Melodrama
  4. JAY-Z – 4:44
  5. Khalid – American Teen
  6. Taylor Swift – reputation
  7. Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  8. Migos – Culture
  9. Sampha – Process
  10. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
  11. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  12. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  13. Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2
  14. The xx – I See You
  15. Paramore – After Laughter
  16. Kesha – Rainbow
  17. Future – HNDRXX
  18. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  19. Residente – Residente
  20. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  21. Drake – More Life
  22. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
  23. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  24. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
  25. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  26. Ed Sheeran – ÷
  27. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  28. Halsey – hopeless fountain kingdom
  29. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  30. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma
  31. Daniel Caesar – Freudian
  32. Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
  33. Syd – Fin
  34. Mura Masa – Mura Masa
  35. Julia Michaels – Nervous System
  36. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
  37. Thomas Rhett – Life Changes
  38. Charly Bliss – Guppy
  39. Romeo Santos – Golden
  40. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
  41. MUNA – About U
  42. Cashmere Cat – 9
  43. Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
  44. Thundercat – Drunk
  45. King Krule – The OOZ
  46. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  47. Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
  48. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  49. 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin – Without Warning
  50. Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life

Maureen Corrigan: 10 Best Books of 2017

Maureen Corrigan: 10 Best Books of 2017 (as aired on NPR’s Fresh Air)

  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • The Ninth Hour – Alice McDermott
  • Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
  • Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York – Francis Spufford
  • Between Them: Remembering My Parents – Richard Ford
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  • What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories – Laura Shapiro
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter – Erika L. Sánchez
  • The Big Book of the Continental Op – Dashiell Hammett