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.

Alison Herman: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017

Alison Herman: 10 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by The Ringer)

  1. The Young Pope
  2. Twin Peaks: The Return
  3. The Leftovers
  4. The Keepers
  5. Big Little Lies
  6. Riverdale
  7. Halt and Catch Fire
  8. BoJack Horseman
  9. The Good Place
  10. Rick and Morty

New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2017

New York Times Book Review: 100 Notable Books of 2017

Fiction & Poetry

  • American War – Omar El Akkad
  • Anything Is Possible – Elizabeth Strout
  • Autumn – Ali Smith
  • Bad Dreams and Other Stories – Tessa Hadley
  • Beautiful Animals – Lawrence Osborne
  • The Book of Joan – Lidia Yuknavitch
  • A Boy in Winter – Rachel Seiffert
  • The Changeling – Victor LaValle
  • Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days – Jeanette Winterson
  • Dance of the Jakaranda – Peter Kimani
  • The Dark Flood Rises – Margaret Drabble
  • The Dinner Party: Stories – Joshua Ferris
  • The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
  • Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  • Fast – Jorie Graham
  • Five-Carat Soul – James McBride
  • Forest Dark – Nicole Krauss
  • 4 3 2 1 – Paul Auster
  • Fresh Complaint – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Future Home of the Living God – Louise Erdrich
  • Giving Godhead – Dylan Krieger
  • History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund
  • Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
  • Homesick for Another World – Ottessa Moshfegh
  • A Horse Walks into a Bar – David Grossman
  • The Idiot – Elif Batuman
  • Ill Will – Dan Chaon
  • A Kind of Freedom – Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
  • Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
  • Mrs. Osmond – John Banville
  • My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent
  • New People – Danzy Senna
  • The Ninth Hour – Alice McDermott
  • Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  • The Power – Naomi Alderman
  • The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Selection Day – Aravind Adiga
  • A Separation – Katie Kitamura
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  • Six Four – Hideo Yokoyama
  • Stay with Me – Ayobami Adebayo
  • The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin
  • Ties – Domenico Starnone
  • Transit – Rachel Cusk
  • Waking Lions – Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
  • WHEREAS – Layli Long Soldier
  • White Tears – Hari Kunzru
  • Who Is Rich? – Matthew Klam

Nonfiction

  • Age of Anger: A History of the Present – Pankaj Mishra
  • American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land – Monica Hesse
  • Animals Strike Curious Poses – Elena Passarello
  • The Blood of Emmett Till – Timothy B. Tyson
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood – Trevor Noah
  • Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News – Kevin Young
  • Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom – Thomas E. Ricks
  • The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick – Elizabeth Hardwick
  • A Colony in a Nation – Chris Hayes
  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America – Richard Rothstein
  • The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic – Ganesh Sitaraman
  • The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World – Maya Jasanoff
  • The Death and Life of the Great Lakes – Dan Egan
  • Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? – Graham Allison
  • Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency – Joshua Green
  • The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America – Frances FitzGerald
  • The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World – and Us – Richard O. Prum
  • Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray – Adam Federman
  • Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London – Lauren Elkin
  • Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson – Gordon S. Wood
  • The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  • Generation Revolution: On the Front Line Between Tradition and Change in the Middle East – Rachel Aspden
  • The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars – Dava Sobel
  • Grant – Ron Chernow
  • Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 – Mike Wallace
  • The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea – Jack E. Davis
  • Hamlet Globe to Globe: Two Years, 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play – Dominic Dromgoole
  • Henry David Thoreau: A Life – Laura Dassow Walls
  • The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution – Yuri Slezkine
  • The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography – Edmund Gordon
  • Janesville: An American Story – Amy Goldstein
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  • Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White – Michael Tisserand
  • Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror – Victor Sebestyen
  • Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night – Jason Zinoman
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America – James Forman Jr.
  • Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic – Alice Kaplan
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story – Douglas Preston
  • Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century – Jessica Bruder
  • Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World – Suzy Hansen
  • Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder – Caroline Fraser
  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life – Karin Roffman
  • Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City – Julia Wertz
  • To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines – Judith Newman
  • The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds – Michael Lewis
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech – Franklin Foer
  • You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn – Wendy Lesser

Quietus: Top 100 Albums of 2017

The Quietus: Top 100 Albums of 2017

  1. Richard Dawson – Peasant
  2. Zimpel/Ziołek – Zimpel/Ziołek
  3. Fever Ray – Plunge
  4. The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classics
  5. Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination
  6. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  7. James Holden & The Animal Spirits – The Animal Spirits
  8. Princess Nokia – 1992
  9. Lone Taxidermist – Trifle
  10. Oxbow – Thin Black Duke
  11. Liars – TFCF
  12. Lotto – VV
  13. Call Super – Arpo
  14. Snapped Ankles – Come Play the Trees
  15. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Feed the Rats
  16. Laura Cannell – Hunter Huntress Hawker
  17. Gnod – Just Say No to the Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
  18. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
  19. Circle – Terminal
  20. Ifriqiyya Electrique – Rûwâhîne
  21. Man Forever – Play What They Want
  22. Madonnatron – Madonnatron
  23. ENDON – Through the Mirror
  24. Algiers – The Underside of Power
  25. Justin Walter – Unseen Forces
  26. BNNT – Multiverse
  27. Shit and Shine – Total S**t!
  28. Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds
  29. Vanishing – Vanishing
  30. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  31. Björk – Utopia
  32. Arca – Arca
  33. Thurston Moore – Rock N Roll Consciousness
  34. Re-TROS – Before the Applause
  35. Jlin – Black Origami
  36. Kemper Norton – Hungan
  37. Chloe x Halle – The Two of Us
  38. The Granite Shore – Suspended Second
  39. The Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time – Stage 3
  40. Teleplasmiste – Frequency is the New Ecstasy
  41. Botanist – Collective: The Shape of He to Come
  42. British Sea Power – Let the Dancers Inherit the Party
  43. Al-Namrood – Enkar
  44. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  45. Visible Cloaks – Reassemblage
  46. Perc – Bitter Music
  47. Gazelle Twin – Kingdom Come
  48. Gary Numan – Savage (Songs from a Broken World)
  49. Errorsmith – Superlative Fatigue
  50. Alan Vega – It
  51. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  52. Deaf Kids – Configuração do Lamento
  53. The Inward Circles – And Right Lines Limit and Close All Bodies
  54. I, Ludicrous – Songs from the Sides of Lorries
  55. Japan Blues – Sells His Record Collection
  56. Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
  57. Riddlore – Afro Mutations
  58. Chastity Belt – I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
  59. Godflesh – Post Self
  60. Davy Kehoe – Short Passing Game
  61. Total Leatherette – For the Climax of the Night
  62. Electric Wizard – Wizard Bloody Wizard
  63. Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement – Ambient Black Magic
  64. Colleen – A flame my love, a frequency
  65. J Hus – Common Sense
  66. Unsane – Sterilize
  67. Ryuichi Sakamoto – async
  68. SZA – Ctrl
  69. Lee Gamble – Mnestic Pressure
  70. MXLX – Kicking Away At The Decrepit Walls Til The Beautiful Sunshine Blisters Thru The Cracks
  71. Siavash Amini – Tar
  72. The Yossarians – Fabric of Time
  73. UUUU – UUUU
  74. Hey Colossus – The Guillotine
  75. Sleaford Mods – English Tapas
  76. Sote – Sacred Horror in Design
  77. Laraaji – Bring On the Sun
  78. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  79. Laibach – Also sprach Zarathustra
  80. Still – I
  81. Bargou 08 – Targ
  82. Aquaserge – Laisse ça être
  83. MESH – Hesaitix
  84. Part Chimp – IV
  85. Daniel O’Sullivan – Veld
  86. Mario Batkovic – Mario Batkovic
  87. Wire – Silver / Lead
  88. Laurel Halo – Dust
  89. Mhysa – Fantasii
  90. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Murder Of The Universe
  91. Hannah Peel – Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia
  92. Here Lies Man – Here Lies Man
  93. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
  94. Actress – AZD
  95. Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
  96. Simon Fisher Turner – Giraffe
  97. Cardi B – Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2
  98. Akatombo – Short Fuse
  99. The Bug & Earth – Concrete Desert
  100. Tetragrammacide – Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix

Megan O’Grady: 10 Best Books of 2017

Megan O’Grady: 10 Best Books of 2017 (as published by Vogue)

  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  • What We Lose – Zinzi Clemmons
  • Go, Went, Gone – Jenny Erpenbeck
  • The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World – Maya Jasanoff
  • The Burning Girl – Claire Messud
  • The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy
  • The Idiot – Elif Batuman
  • Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney
  • The Answers – Catherine Lacey

Slant: 25 Best Albums of 2017

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

Slant Magazine: 25 Best Albums of 2017

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  3. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  4. HAIM – Something To Tell You
  5. JAY-Z – 4:44
  6. Sheer Mag – Need to Feel Your Love
  7. Lorde – Melodrama
  8. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  9. The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir
  10. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  11. Björk – Utopia
  12. Fever Ray – Plunge
  13. Joe Henry – Thrum
  14. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  15. SZA – Ctrl
  16. Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference
  17. Taylor Swift – reputation
  18. Thundercat – Drunk
  19. Valerie June – The Order of Time
  20. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  21. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  22. Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock
  23. Higher Brothers – Black Cab
  24. Harriet Brown – Contact
  25. Nelly Furtado – The Ride

Guardian: 31 Best Fiction Books of 2017

The Guardian: 31 Best Fiction Books of 2017

  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  • Reservoir 13 – Jon McGregor
  • H(A)PPY – Nicola Barker
  • House of Names – Colm Toibin
  • Mrs. Osmond – John Banville
  • The Golden House – Salman Rushdie
  • The Sparsholt Affair – Alan Hollinghurst
  • Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy
  • Birdcage Walk – Helen Dunmore
  • Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
  • Dunbar – Edward St. Aubyn
  • We That Are Young – Preti Taneja
  • When I Hit You or a Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife – Meena Kandasamy
  • The End of Eddy – Édouard Louis
  • First Love – Gwendoline Riley
  • Fever Dream – Samanta Schweblin
  • Such Small Hands – Andrés Barba
  • Flights – Olga Tokarczuk
  • The Lie of the Land – Amanda Craig
  • Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
  • My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent
  • Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney
  • Spoils – Brian Van Reet
  • The President’s Gardens – Muhsin Al-Ramli
  • Madame Zero: 9 Stories – Sarah Hall
  • Room Little Darker – June Caldwell
  • Attrib. and other stories – Eley Williams
  • Midwinter Break – Bernard MacLaverty
  • Winter – Ali Smith

Lara Zarum: 16 Best TV Shows of 2017

Lara Zarum: 16 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by The Village Voice)

  1. Big Little Lies
  2. The Leftovers
  3. Better Things
  4. Alias Grace
  5. Broad City
  6. The Good Place
  7. Search Party
  8. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  9. One Day at a Time
  10. The Vietnam War

Honorable mentions

  • Superstore
  • GLOW
  • Younger
  • American Vandal
  • The Deuce
  • Girls

A.O. Scott: 21 Best Movies of 2017

The Florida Project - Sean Baker

A.O. Scott: 21 Best Movies of 2017 (as published by The New York Times)

  1. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  2. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  3. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  4. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  5. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  6. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  7. A Fantastic Woman – Sebastián Lelio
  8. Graduation – Cristian Mungiu
  9. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  10. War for the Planet of the Apes – Matt Reeves

And Also

  • The Bad Batch – Ana Lily Amirpour
  • BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  • Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  • Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  • I Called Him Morgan – Kasper Collin
  • Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  • Mudbound – Dee Rees
  • Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  • The Post – Steven Spielberg
  • The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro

Manohla Dargis: 40 Best Movies of 2017

Dunkirk - Christopher Nolan

Manohla Dargis: 40 Best Movies of 2017 (as published by The New York Times)

  1. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  2. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  3. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  4. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  5. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  6. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  7. Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  8. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  9. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  10. Wonder Woman – Patty Jenkins

Other Favorites

  • After the Storm – Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • The Big Sick – Michael Showalter
  • Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story – Alexandra Dean
  • Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  • The Challenge – Yuri Ancarani
  • Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  • The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  • Escapes – Michael Almereyda
  • Girls Trip – Malcolm D. Lee
  • Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  • The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki – Juho Kuosmanen
  • I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton – Chris Smith
  • Kedi – Ceyda Torun
  • The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  • mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  • Mudbound – Dee Rees
  • My Journey Through French Cinema – Bertrand Tavernier
  • Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer – Joseph Cedar
  • The Ornithologist – João Pedro Rodrigues
  • Patti Cake$ – Geremy Jasper
  • Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  • The Post – Steven Spielberg
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women – Angela Robinson
  • Quest – Jonathan Olshefski
  • Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  • Tonsler Park – Kevin Jerome Everson
  • Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  • The Woman Who Left – Lav Diaz
  • Wonderstruck – Todd Haynes

Stereogum: 50 Best Albums of 2017

Melodrama - Lorde

Stereogum: 50 Best Albums of 2017

  1. Lorde – Melodrama
  2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  3. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  4. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  5. SZA – Ctrl
  6. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  7. Charly Bliss – Guppy
  8. Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
  9. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  10. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  11. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
  12. Fever Ray – Plunge
  13. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  14. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  15. Slowdive – Slowdive
  16. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
  17. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  18. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  19. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  20. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
  21. (Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
  22. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  23. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  24. Elder – Reflections of a Floating World
  25. Pallbearer – Heartless
  26. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  27. Allison Crutchfield – Tourist in This Town
  28. Björk – Utopia
  29. Counterparts – You’re Not You Anymore
  30. Converge – The Dusk In Us
  31. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  32. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  33. Migos – Culture
  34. Incendiary – Thousand Mile Stare
  35. Lomelda – Thx
  36. girlpool – Powerplant
  37. Paramore – After Laughter
  38. The Weather Station – The Weather Station
  39. Heaven In Her Arms – White Halo
  40. Feist – Pleasure
  41. Oddisee – The Iceberg
  42. Hundredth – RARE
  43. Zola Jesus – Okovi
  44. Jlin – Black Origami
  45. Guerilla Toss – GT Ultra
  46. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Hanged Man
  47. Thundercat – Drunk
  48. Roc Marciano – Rosebudd’s Revenge
  49. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  50. JAY-Z – 4:44