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.

Jon Caramanica: 25 Best Albums of 2017

nothing,nowhere. - Reaper

Jon Caramanica: 25 Best Albums of 2017 (as published by The New York Times)

  1. nothing,nowhere. – Reaper
  2. SZA – Ctrl
  3. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  4. Hey Violet – From the Outside
  5. Taylor Swift – reputation
  6. Niia – I
  7. Ozuna – Odisea
  8. J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only
  9. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  10. Lorde – Melodrama
  11. Aminé – Good For You
  12. 21 Savage – Issa Album
  13. Drake – More Life
  14. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  15. J Hus – Common Sense
  16. Jidenna – The Chief
  17. SOB X RBE – SOB X RBE
  18. Kelsea Ballerini – Unapologetically
  19. YoungBoy Never Broke Again – AI YoungBoy
  20. Future – FUTURE
  21. JAY-Z – 4:44
  22. Samantha Fish – Chills & Fever
  23. Downtown Boys – Cost of Living
  24. Fifth Harmony – Fifth Harmony
  25. Chief Keef – Thot Breaker

Jon Pareles: 10 Best Albums of 2017

MASSEDUCTION - St. Vincent

Jon Pareles: 10 Best Albums of 2017 (as published by The New York Times)

  1. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  2. Residente – Residente
  3. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  4. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  5. Björk – Utopia
  6. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  7. Lorde – Melodrama
  8. SZA – Ctrl
  9. Valerie June – The Order of Time
  10. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

Graham Fuller: 20 Best Movies of 2017

Phantom Thread - Paul Thomas Anderson

Graham Fuller: 20 Best Movies of 2017 (as published by The Culture Trip)

  1. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  3. Lady Macbeth – William Oldroyd
  4. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  5. The Square – Ruben Östlund
  6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  7. Happy End – Michael Haneke
  8. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  9. Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  10. The Unknown Girl – Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  11. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  12. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  13. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  14. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  15. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  16. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  17. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  18. Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe – Maria Schrader
  19. Foxtrot – Samuel Maoz
  20. Slack Bay – Bruno Dumont

Hank Stuever: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

Hank Stuever: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by The Washington Post)

  1. Twin Peaks: The Return
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale
  3. The Vietnam War
  4. Big Little Lies
  5. Feud: Bette and Joan
  6. Insecure
  7. Better Things
  8. GLOW
  9. The Young Pope
  10. Godless

Close to making the list

  • Big Mouth
  • The Crown
  • The Deuce
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Fight
  • Loudermilk
  • One Day at a Time
  • Patriot
  • Stranger Things
  • This Is Us

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2017

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2017 [see also 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. JAY-Z – 4:44
  3. SZA – Ctrl
  4. Future – HNDRXX
  5. Sampha – Process
  6. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  7. Migos – Culture
  8. Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2
  9. Daniel Caesar – Freudian
  10. Drake – More Life
  11. Syd – Fin
  12. Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel
  13. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
  14. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  15. Future – FUTURE
  16. A Boogie wit da Hoodie – The Bigger Artist
  17. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  18. Joey Bada$$ – ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
  19. Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  20. Rick Ross – Rather You Than Me
  21. Kesha – Rainbow
  22. Kodak Black – Painting Pictures
  23. Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live 2wice
  24. Gucci Mane – Droptopwop
  25. 2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
  26. Taylor Swift – reputation
  27. G Perico – All Blue
  28. GoldLink – At What Cost
  29. Roc Marciano – Rosebudd’s Revenge
  30. Thundercat – Drunk
  31. Sonder – Into
  32. A$AP Twelvyy – 12
  33. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
  34. Meek Mill – Wins & Losses
  35. Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
  36. Aminé – Good For You
  37. 21 Savage – Issa Album
  38. John Mayer – The Search for Everything
  39. Young Dolph – Thinking Out Loud
  40. 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin – Without Warning
  41. Smino – blkswn
  42. Miguel – War & Leisure
  43. JID – The Never Story
  44. Lorde – Melodrama
  45. Cyhi The Prynce – No Dope on Sundays
  46. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  47. Khalid – American Teen
  48. HAIM – Something To Tell You
  49. Lil Pump – Lil Pump
  50. Lil B – Black Ken

Richard Brody: 35 Best Movies of 2017

Richard Brody: 35 Best Movies of 2017 (as published by The New Yorker)

  1. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  2. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  3. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  4. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  5. Slack Bay – Bruno Dumont
  6. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  7. Beach Rats – Eliza Hittman
  8. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  9. Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  10. Silvio – Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley
  11. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  12. Columbus – Kogonada
  13. Hermia & Helena – Matías Piñeiro
  14. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  15. Rat Film – Theo Anthony
  16. Strong Island – Yance Ford
  17. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  18. Son of Joseph – Eugène Green
  19. Hissein Habre, a Chadian Tragedy – Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  20. The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography – Errol Morris
  21. Félicité – Alain Gomis
  22. Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  23. Colossal – Nacho Vigalondo
  24. I Called Him Morgan – Kasper Collin
  25. The Unknown Girl – Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  26. Actor Martinez – Mike Ott and Nathan Silver
  27. Whose Streets? – Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis
  28. Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh
  29. Planetarium – Rebecca Zlotowski
  30. Marshall – Reginald Hudlin
  31. The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  32. Icaros: A Vision – Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi
  33. Mimosas – Oliver Laxe
  34. Wait for Your Laugh – Jason Wise
  35. The Rape of Recy Taylor – Nancy Buirski

Christian Lorentzen: 10 Best Books of 2017

Christian Lorentzen: 10 Best Books of 2017 (as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture)

  1. So Much Blue – Percival Everett
  2. Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  3. The Idiot – Elif Batuman
  4. The Schooldays of Jesus – J.M. Coetzee
  5. Sour Heart – Jenny Zhang
  6. The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick – Elizabeth Hardwick
  7. Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine – Joe Hagan
  8. Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World – Suzy Hansen
  9. Moving Kings – Joshua Cohen
  10. The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography – Edmund Gordon

Slant: 50 Best Films of 2017

Phantom Thread - Paul Thomas Anderson

Slant Magazine: 50 Best Films of 2017

  1. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  3. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  4. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  5. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  6. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  7. The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  8. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  9. Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  10. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  11. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  12. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  13. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  14. The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  15. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  16. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  17. Tempestad – Tatiana Huezo
  18. Starless Dreams – Mehrdad Oskouei
  19. The Salesman – Asghar Farhadi
  20. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  21. Behemoth – Zhao Liang
  22. Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  23. The Ornithologist – João Pedro Rodrigues
  24. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  25. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  26. The Square – Ruben Östlund
  27. Slack Bay – Bruno Dumont
  28. In Transit – David Usui, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu, and Albert Maysles
  29. Columbus – Kogonada
  30. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  31. Rat Film – Theo Anthony
  32. God’s Own Country – Francis Lee
  33. Graduation – Cristian Mungiu
  34. 4 Days in France – Jérôme Reybaud
  35. Hermia & Helena – Matías Piñeiro
  36. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
  37. Son of Joseph – Eugène Green
  38. The Work – Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  39. Paraguay Remembered – Dominique Dubosc
  40. Person to Person – Dustin Guy Defa
  41. I Called Him Morgan – Kasper Collin
  42. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki – Juho Kuosmanen
  43. Mister Universo – Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
  44. The Human Surge – Eduardo Williams
  45. The Red Turtle – Michael Dudok de Wit
  46. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  47. Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo – Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau
  48. Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
  49. Wet Woman in the Wind – Akihiko Shiota
  50. Harmonium – Kôji Fukada

AllMusic: 70 Best Albums of 2017

The Navigator - Hurray for the Riff Raff

AllMusic: 70 Best Albums of 2017

  • Aimee Mann – Mental Illness
  • Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin – Telemann: Concerti per molti stromenti
  • Algiers – The Underside of Power
  • Alvvays – Antisocialites
  • Angaleena Presley – Wrangled
  • Ann Hallenberg, il pomo d’oro & Stefano Montanari – Carnevale 1729
  • Arca – Arca
  • Katy Perry – Witness
  • Björk – Utopia
  • Bunbury – Expectativas
  • La Compagnia del Madrigale, Cantica Symphonia, La Pifarescha & Giuseppe Maletto – Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine
  • Circuit Des Yeux – Reaching For Indigo
  • Colleen – A flame my love, a frequency
  • Converge – The Dusk In Us
  • Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant – Dreams and Daggers
  • Depeche Mode – Spirit
  • Downtown Boys – Cost of Living
  • EMA – Exile In the Outer Ring
  • Ex Eye – Ex Eye
  • Fever Ray – Plunge
  • Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  • François-Xavier Roth / Les Siècles – Maurice Ravel: Daphnis & Chloé, Complete Ballet
  • Fred Thomas – Changer
  • Gas – Narkopop
  • Girl Ray – Earl Grey
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  • Idles – Brutalism
  • Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
  • JD McPherson – UNDIVIDED HEART & SOUL
  • Jlin – Black Origami
  • Juana Molina – Halo
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  • Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
  • Kelela – Take Me Apart
  • Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  • King Krule – The OOZ
  • Kip Moore – Slowheart
  • La Santa Cecilia – Amar Y Vivir (En Vivo Desde La Ciudad De México, 2017)
  • Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  • LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  • Lorde – Melodrama
  • Lost Horizons – Ojalá
  • Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog
  • Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
  • Max Richter – Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works
  • Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  • Nicole Atkins – Goodnight Rhonda Lee
  • Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds
  • Omni – Multi-Task
  • Paramore – After Laughter
  • Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
  • Randy Newman – Dark Matter
  • Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Bruckner: Symphony No. 9, WAB 109 (Original 1894 Version)
  • Robert Plant – Carry Fire
  • Roscoe Mitchell – Bells For the South Side
  • SACRED PAWS – Strike a Match
  • Sampha – Process
  • Sheer Mag – Need to Feel Your Love
  • Sherwood & Pinch – Man vs. Sofa
  • St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  • Susanne Sundfør – Music For People In Trouble
  • SZA – Ctrl
  • The Clientele – Music for the Age of Miracles
  • The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classics
  • Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  • Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far from Over
  • Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  • Whitney Rose – Rule 62
  • Zara McFarlane – Arise

Slant: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017

Slant Magazine: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017

  1. The Leftovers
  2. Dear White People
  3. Twin Peaks: The Return
  4. Better Things
  5. The Deuce
  6. BoJack Horseman
  7. GLOW
  8. The Girlfriend Experience
  9. American Gods
  10. Mindhunter
  11. Big Little Lies
  12. The Good Place
  13. Master of None
  14. The Handmaid’s Tale
  15. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  16. The Americans
  17. Rick and Morty
  18. Better Call Saul
  19. One Mississippi
  20. Silicon Valley
  21. Stranger Things
  22. Broad City
  23. Insecure
  24. Black Mirror
  25. She’s Gotta Have It