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.

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 [see also 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  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