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.

Albumism: 50 Best Albums of 2017

Home Counties - Saint Etienne

Albumism: 50 Best Albums of 2017

  1. Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  2. Lucy Rose – Something’s Changing
  3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  4. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  5. Jordan Rake – Wallflower
  6. Alison Moyet – Other
  7. Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
  8. Björk – Utopia
  9. Van Hunt – Popular
  10. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  11. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
  12. Beck – Colors
  13. The Corrs – Jupiter Calling
  14. London Grammar – Truth Is a Beautiful Thing
  15. Jessie Ware – Glasshouse
  16. Elbow – Little Fictions
  17. Gorillaz – Humanz
  18. Valerie June – The Order of Time
  19. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
  20. VÉRITÉ – Somewhere in Between
  21. Slowdive – Slowdive
  22. Tori Amos – Native Invader
  23. Jamiroquai – Automaton
  24. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  25. JAY-Z – 4:44
  26. Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life
  27. Blondie – Pollinator
  28. Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black
  29. Sean Price – Imperius Rex
  30. Gregory Porter – Nat King Cole & Me
  31. !!! – Shake the Shudder
  32. Lecrae – All Things Work Together
  33. Grace VanderWaal – Just the Beginning
  34. Yumi Zouma – Willowbank
  35. Aimee Mann – Mental Illness
  36. Talib Kweli – Radio Silence
  37. Omar – Love in Beats
  38. Chastity Belt – I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
  39. Tanika Charles – Soul Run
  40. Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
  41. Izzi Dunn – Recycle Love
  42. Lorde – Melodrama
  43. Tanya Morgan – YGWY$4
  44. Washed Out – Mister Mellow
  45. J-Zone and Pablo Martin Are the Du-Rites – Greasy Listening
  46. Sadat X – The Sum of a Man
  47. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman
  48. Tift Merritt – Stitch of the World
  49. Fever Ray – Plunge
  50. Texas – Jump on Board

Time Out New York: 29 Best Albums of 2017

Time Out New York: 29 Best Albums of 2017

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  3. Slowdive – Slowdive
  4. Fatima Al Qadiri – Shaneera
  5. (Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
  6. Lorde – Melodrama
  7. SZA – Ctrl
  8. Paramore – After Laughter
  9. Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder
  10. Arca – Arca
  11. Bibio – Phantom Brickworks
  12. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  13. Jlin – Black Origami
  14. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  15. Gas – Narkopop
  16. Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference
  17. Ty Segall – Ty Segall
  18. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  19. Wiki – No Mountains In Manhattan
  20. Ryuichi Sakamoto – async
  21. Alex Cameron – Forced Witness
  22. Andrew Bird – Echolocations: River
  23. Wand – Plum
  24. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
  25. Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
  26. Bedouine – Bedouine
  27. Oh Sees – Orc
  28. Gallops – Bronze Mystic
  29. Shugo Tokumaru – Toss

Film Comment: 20 Best Films of 2017

Good Time - Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie

Film Comment: 20 Best Films of 2017 (as selected by contributors)

  1. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  2. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  3. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  4. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  5. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  6. Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  7. The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra
  8. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  9. The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  10. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  11. The Human Surge – Eduardo Williams
  12. The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismäki
  13. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  14. Dawson City: Frozen Time – Bill Morrison
  15. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  16. On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  17. Wonderstruck – Todd Haynes
  18. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  19. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  20. The Square – Ruben Östlund

Todd McCarthy: 20 Best Films of 2017

Todd McCarthy: 20 Best Films of 2017, as published by The Hollywood Reporter

  1. Downsizing – Alexander Payne
  2. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  3. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  4. My Journey Through French Cinema – Bertrand Tavernier
  5. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  6. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  7. Graduation – Cristian Mungiu
  8. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  9. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  10. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan

And ten honorable mentions

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  • The Post – Steven Spielberg
  • War for the Planet of the Apes – Matt Reeves
  • Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh
  • T2 Trainspotting – Danny Boyle
  • Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer – Joseph Cedar
  • Columbus – Kogonada
  • Foxtrot – Samuel Maoz
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  • The Disaster Artist – James Franco

NPR: Best 50 Albums of 2017

NPR Music: Best 50 Albums of 2017

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. SZA – Ctrl
  3. Big Thief – Capacity
  4. Sampha – Process
  5. Lorde – Melodrama
  6. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  7. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  8. Kesha – Rainbow
  9. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  10. Aldous Harding – Party
  11. JAY-Z – 4:44
  12. Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far from Over
  13. Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
  14. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  15. Danish String Quartet – Last Leaf
  16. Jlin – Black Origami
  17. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  18. ÌFÉ – IIII+IIII
  19. Ifriqiyya Electrique – Rûwâhîne
  20. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  21. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  22. Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2
  23. Sylvan Esso – What Now
  24. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  25. La Santa Cecilia – Amar Y Vivir (En Vivo Desde La Ciudad De México, 2017)
  26. Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  27. Fever Ray – Plunge
  28. TORRES – Three Futures
  29. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
  30. Ron Miles – I Am a Man
  31. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  32. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  33. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra & Risto Joost – Kõrvits: Moorland Elegies
  34. Joan Shelley – Joan Shelley
  35. Thundercat – Drunk
  36. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
  37. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  38. Migos – Culture
  39. Tyler Childers – Purgatory
  40. Midland – On the Rocks
  41. Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
  42. Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan
  43. Danay Suárez – Palabras Manuales
  44. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  45. Oumou Sangaré – Mogoya
  46. Mr. Mitch – Devout
  47. Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die
  48. Miguel Zenón – Tipico
  49. Marc-André Hamelin – Feldman: For Bunita Marcus
  50. Paramore – After Laughter

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2017

The Complete Poems of A.R. Ammons

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2017

  • The Complete Poems of A.R. Ammons – A.R. Ammons
  • Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  • The Happy End / All Welcome – Monica de la Torre
  • In the Still of the Night – Dara Wier
  • We’re On: A June Jordan Reader – June Jordan

Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums of 2017

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums of 2017 (see also 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. SZA – Ctrl
  3. King Krule – The OOZ
  4. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  5. Lorde – Melodrama
  6. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  7. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  8. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  9. Fever Ray – Plunge
  10. Jlin – Black Origami
  11. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  12. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  13. JAY-Z – 4:44
  14. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  15. Sampha – Process
  16. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  17. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
  18. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  19. Migos – Culture
  20. Björk – Utopia
  21. Arca – Arca
  22. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  23. Big Thief – Capacity
  24. Thundercat – Drunk
  25. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  26. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  27. Future – HNDRXX
  28. Ibeyi – Ash
  29. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  30. Slowdive – Slowdive
  31. Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference
  32. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  33. Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
  34. Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives
  35. Playboi Carti – Playboi Carti
  36. Syd – Fin
  37. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
  38. Drake – More Life
  39. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  40. The xx – I See You
  41. Zola Jesus – Okovi
  42. Vagabon – Infinite Worlds
  43. Lil B – Black Ken
  44. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  45. girlpool – Powerplant
  46. Laurel Halo – Dust
  47. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
  48. (Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
  49. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
  50. yaeji – Yaeji
  51. [tie] yaeji – EP2