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.

Month: November, 2017

New York Times: 10 Best Books of 2017

New York Times Book Review: 10 Best Books of 2017

Fiction

  • Autumn – Ali Smith
  • Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  • Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  • The Power – Naomi Alderman
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward

Nonfiction

  • The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World – and Us – Richard O. Prum
  • Grant – Ron Chernow
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America – James Forman Jr.
  • Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder – Caroline Fraser
  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood

Highlark: 31 Best TV Shows of 2017

Highlark: 31 Best TV Shows of 2017

  1. Better Things
  2. The Leftovers
  3. Catastrophe
  4. Insecure
  5. Master of None
  6. The Americans
  7. Better Call Saul
  8. Veep
  9. Dear White People
  10. Fargo
  11. The Good Place
  12. The Deuce
  13. Mr. Robot
  14. Twin Peaks
  15. Game of Thrones

Runner Ups

  • Mindhunter
  • Silicon Valley
  • Broad City
  • Big Little Lies
  • BoJack Horseman
  • Shameless

Paste: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017

Paste Magazine: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017

  1. The Leftovers
  2. The Good Place
  3. The Americans
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale
  5. Twin Peaks: The Return
  6. Insecure
  7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  8. The Deuce
  9. Halt and Catch Fire
  10. Better Things
  11. Jane the Virgin
  12. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  13. BoJack Horseman
  14. Big Little Lies
  15. black-ish
  16. The Vietnam War
  17. Game of Thrones
  18. Catastrophe
  19. Master of None
  20. Legion
  21. One Day at a Time
  22. Sweet/Vicious
  23. The Crown
  24. American Gods
  25. Search Party

Rolling Stone: 51 Best Albums of 2017

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Rolling Stone: 51 Best Albums of 2017

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. Lorde – Melodrama
  3. U2 – Songs of Experience
  4. Kesha – Rainbow
  5. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  6. Khalid – American Teen
  7. Taylor Swift – reputation
  8. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
  9. Migos – Culture
  10. Sam Smith – The Thrill of It All
  11. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  12. JAY-Z – 4:44
  13. Randy Newman – Dark Matter
  14. Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
  15. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  16. Margo Price – All American Made
  17. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
  18. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  19. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  20. SZA – Ctrl
  21. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  22. Sheer Mag – Need to Feel Your Love
  23. Jlin – Black Origami
  24. Valerie June – The Order of Time
  25. Paramore – After Laughter
  26. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  27. Drake – More Life
  28. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  29. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  30. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
  31. Songhoy Blues – Résistance
  32. Robert Plant – Carry Fire
  33. Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far from Over
  34. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
  35. Bob Dylan – Triplicate
  36. Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie – Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie
  37. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon?
  38. [tie] Liam Gallagher – As You Were
  39. Residente – Residente
  40. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  41. Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
  42. Gregg Allman – Southern Blood
  43. Beck – Colors
  44. Ornette Coleman – Celebrate Ornette
  45. The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
  46. Tracy Bonham – Modern Burdens
  47. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman
  48. Low Cut Connie – Dirty Pictures, Pt. 1
  49. Chronixx – Chronology
  50. Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold
  51. Code Orange – Forever

Paste: 50 Best Albums of 2017

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2017

  1. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  3. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  4. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  5. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  6. Sheer Mag – Need to Feel Your Love
  7. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  8. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  9. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  10. Sampha – Process
  11. The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
  12. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  13. King Krule – The OOZ
  14. White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band
  15. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Sketches of Brunswick East (feat. Mild High Club)
  16. Slowdive – Slowdive
  17. Aimee Mann – Mental Illness
  18. Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
  19. Sylvan Esso – What Now
  20. Kevin Morby – City Music
  21. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  22. Oh Sees – Orc
  23. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  24. Benjamin Booker – Witness
  25. SZA – Ctrl
  26. This Is the Kit – Moonshine Freeze
  27. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
  28. The xx – I See You
  29. Nai Palm – Needle Paw
  30. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  31. Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  32. Ty Segall – Ty Segall
  33. Penguin Cafe – The Imperfect Sea
  34. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  35. Diet Cig – Swear I’m Good At This
  36. Melkbelly – Nothing Valley
  37. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  38. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  39. Bedouine – Bedouine
  40. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  41. Omni – Multi-Task
  42. Molly Burch – Please Be Mine
  43. David Bazan – Care
  44. Sallie Ford – Soul Sick
  45. Wand – Plum
  46. Weaves – Wide Open
  47. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  48. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman
  49. Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer – Not Dark Yet
  50. JD McPherson – UNDIVIDED HEART & SOUL

Consequence of Sound: Top 50 Albums of 2017

Melodrama - Lorde

Consequence of Sound: Top 50 Albums of 2017

  1. Lorde – Melodrama
  2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  3. Ryan Adams – Prisoner
  4. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  5. Slowdive – Slowdive
  6. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  7. SZA – Ctrl
  8. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  9. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  10. Smino – blkswn
  11. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  12. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  13. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  14. Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound
  15. Future – HNDRXX
  16. Arca – Arca
  17. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  18. Pallbearer – Heartless
  19. Aimee Mann – Mental Illness
  20. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  21. Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference
  22. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
  23. Jlin – Black Origami
  24. Hans Zimmer – Dunkirk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  25. JAY-Z – 4:44
  26. (Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
  27. Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  28. The Kickback – Weddings & Funerals
  29. Kweku Collins – grey
  30. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  31. King Krule – The OOZ
  32. Tori Amos – Native Invader
  33. Thundercat – Drunk
  34. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
  35. Sampha – Process
  36. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  37. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
  38. Vic Mensa – The Autobiography
  39. Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
  40. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  41. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things 2 (Original Series Soundtrack)
  42. Migos – Culture
  43. Phoenix – Ti Amo
  44. Khalid – American Teen
  45. Paramore – After Laughter
  46. Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch – Blade Runner 2049 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  47. The JuJu – Exchange
  48. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  49. Oneohtrix Point Never – Good Time (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  50. Johnny Jewel – Windswept

Drowned in Sound: 100 Favourite Albums of 2017

Drowned in Sound: 100 Favourite Albums of 2017. See also this year’s staff poll.

  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