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.

David Orr: The Best Poetry of 2017

David Orr: The Best Poetry of 2017 (as published by The New York Times)

  • The Complete Poems of A.R. Ammons – A.R. Ammons
  • The Essential W.S. Merwin – W.S. Merwin
  • I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014 – Bill Knott
  • So Where Are We? – Lawrence Joseph
  • Before Dawn on Bluff Road / Hollyhocks in the Fog: Selected New Jersey Poems / Selected San Francisco Poems – August Kleinzahler
  • Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment – Alessandra Lynch
  • Sun in Days – Meghan O’Rourke
  • Witch Wife – Kiki Petrosino
  • Fiends Fell – Tom Pickard
  • The Trembling Answers – Craig Morgan Teicher
  • Phrasis – Wendy Xu

Noel Murray: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017

Noel Murray: 20 Best TV Shows of 2017 (as published by The Verge)

  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • The Leftovers
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Mindhunter
  • Black-ish
  • Better Call Saul
  • Fargo
  • The Good Place
  • One Day at a Time
  • Brockmire
  • Feud
  • Great News
  • The Vietnam War
  • Outlander
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • The Deuce
  • Rick and Morty
  • Stranger Things
  • Survivor’s Remorse

Tasha Robinson: 15 Best Movies of 2017

Get Out - Jordan Peele

Tasha Robinson: 15 Best Movies of 2017 (as published by The Verge)

  • Get Out – Jordan Peele
  • Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  • Brigsby Bear – Dave McCary
  • I, Tonya – Craig Gillespie
  • mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  • Mary and the Witch’s Flower – Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • The Breadwinner – Nora Twomey
  • Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women – Angela Robinson
  • Wonder Woman – Patty Jenkins
  • The Disaster Artist – James Franco
  • BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  • Baby Driver – Edgar Wright
  • The Red Turtle – Michael Dudok de Wit

Steve Erickson: Top 26 Films of 2017

Get Out - Jordan Peele

Steve Erickson: Top 26 Films of 2017 (as published by Gay City News)

  1. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  2. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  3. Wormwood – Errol Morris
  4. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  5. Starless Dreams – Mehrdad Oskouei
  6. Raw – Julia Ducournau
  7. i hate myself :) – Joanna Arnow
  8. The Other Side of Hope – Aki Kaurismäki
  9. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  10. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda

Runners-up

  • Beach Rats – Eliza Hittman
  • Behemoth – Zhao Liang
  • City of Ghosts – Matthew Heineman
  • Colossal – Nacho Vigalondo
  • Columbus – Kogonada
  • Endless Poetry – Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library – Frederick Wiseman
  • The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  • mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  • Mudbound – Dee Rees
  • My Friend Dahmer – Marc Meyers
  • On the Beach at Night Alone – Hong Sang-soo
  • Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  • The Untamed – Amat Escalante
  • The Woman Who Left – Lav Diaz

David Bianculli: Best TV of 2017

David Bianculli: Best TV of 2017 (as aired on NPR’s Fresh Air)

  1. Better Call Saul
  2. Godless
  3. Curb Your Enthusiasm
  4. Fargo
  5. Legion
  6. Mindhunter
  7. Black Mirror
  8. The Americans
  9. The Good Place
  10. Big Little Lies
  11. [tie] The Deuce
  12. [tie] The Handmaid’s Tale

Sputnikmusic: Top 50 Albums of 2017

Sleep Well Beast - The National

Sputnikmusic: Top 50 Albums of 2017

  1. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  2. Ulver – The Assassination of Julius Caesar
  3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  4. Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To The Surface
  5. The Menzingers – After the Party
  6. Blood Cultures – Happy Birthday
  7. Lorde – Melodrama
  8. Gang of Youths – Go Farther in Lightness
  9. Pain of Salvation – In the Passing Light of Day
  10. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  11. Brand New – Science Fiction
  12. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  13. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
  14. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  15. Paramore – After Laughter
  16. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  17. Glassjaw – Material Control
  18. Arca – Arca
  19. Sampha – Process
  20. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  21. Falls of Rauros – Vigilance Perennial
  22. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  23. [tie] Jürg Frey – Ephemeral Constructions
  24. Fever Ray – Plunge
  25. Fen – Winter
  26. Artificial Brain – Infrared Horizon
  27. DispersE – Foreword
  28. Iglooghost – Neō Wax Bloom
  29. Slowdive – Slowdive
  30. Propagandhi – Victory Lap
  31. Steven Wilson – To the Bone
  32. Bedwetter – Vol. 1: Flick Your Tongue Against Your Teeth and Describe the Present
  33. Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice Woven
  34. Krallice – Go Be Forgotten
  35. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
  36. Cradle of Filth – Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay
  37. Do Make Say Think – Stubborn Persistent Illusions
  38. PVRIS – All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell
  39. Blanck Mass – World Eater
  40. King Krule – The OOZ
  41. And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering
  42. Lykantropi – Lykantropi
  43. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  44. The Smith Street Band – More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
  45. Dad Thighs – The Ghosts That I Fear
  46. death’s dynamic shroud – Heavy Black Heart
  47. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Always Foreign
  48. 1800HaightStreet – Endless
  49. Benjamin Clementine – I Tell A Fly
  50. Sorcerer – The Crowning of the Fire King

Adrian Martin: Top Ten Films of 2017

Sweet Dreams - Marco Bellocchio

Adrian Martin: Top Ten Films of 2017

  1. Sweet Dreams – Marco Bellocchio
  2. Twin Peaks: The Return – David Lynch
  3. Lover for a Day – Philippe Garrel
  4. Detroit – Kathryn Bigelow
  5. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  6. Hermia & Helena – Matías Piñeiro
  7. The Unknown Girl – Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
  8. Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  9. The Assignment – Walter Hill
  10. Creepy – Kiyoshi Kurosawa

A special word for two Australian films

  • Strange Colours – Alena Lodkina
  • Songs of Revolution – Bill Mousoulis

Pigeons & Planes: Best Albums of 2017

Pigeons & Planes: Best Albums of 2017

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. SZA – Ctrl
  3. Lorde – Melodrama
  4. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION III
  5. JAY-Z – 4:44
  6. Smino – blkswn
  7. Daniel Caesar – Freudian
  8. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  9. Future – FUTURE
  10. Ty Dolla $ign – Beach House 3
  11. JID – The Never Story
  12. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  13. King Krule – The OOZ
  14. Sampha – Process
  15. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
  16. J Hus – Common Sense
  17. 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin – Without Warning
  18. Syd – Fin
  19. Kodak Black – Painting Pictures
  20. Migos – Culture
  21. Yung Lean – Stranger
  22. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  23. GoldLink – At What Cost
  24. Rex Orange County – Apricot Princess
  25. Toro y Moi – Boo Boo
  26. Playboi Carti – Playboi Carti
  27. Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog
  28. Jaden Smith – SYRE
  29. Giggs – Wamp 2 Dem
  30. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  31. 21 Savage – Issa
  32. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  33. Gucci Mane – Droptopwop
  34. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  35. Thundercat – Drunk
  36. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  37. Young Thug – BEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS
  38. Corbin – Mourn
  39. Wiki – No Mountains In Manhattan
  40. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  41. Miguel – War & Leisure
  42. Aminé – Good For You
  43. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  44. IDK – IWASVERYBAD
  45. Drake – More Life
  46. Choker – Peak
  47. Lil Pump – Lil Pump
  48. Khalid – American Teen
  49. Cyhi The Prynce – No Dope on Sundays
  50. Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel

Guardian: 50 Top Films of 2017

Call Me by Your Name - Luca Guadagnino

The Guardian: 50 Top Films of 2017 (of US releases)

  1. Call Me by Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  2. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  3. Get Out – Jordan Peele
  4. Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
  5. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  6. The Post – Steven Spielberg
  7. The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
  8. Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
  9. A Ghost Story – David Lowery
  10. Lady Macbeth – William Oldroyd
  11. mother! – Darren Aronofsky
  12. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  13. God’s Own Country – Francis Lee
  14. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  15. Raw – Julia Ducournau
  16. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  17. Heal the Living – Katell Quillévéré
  18. Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  19. I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck
  20. The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
  21. Graduation – Cristian Mungiu
  22. The Lost City of Z – James Gray
  23. BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo
  24. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  25. I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach
  26. War for the Planet of the Apes – Matt Reeves
  27. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh
  28. Detroit – Kathryn Bigelow
  29. T2 Trainspotting – Danny Boyle
  30. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  31. The Beguiled – Sofia Coppola
  32. The Square – Ruben Östlund
  33. Logan – James Mangold
  34. Girls Trip – Malcolm D. Lee
  35. Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh
  36. Baby Driver – Edgar Wright
  37. Strong Island – Yance Ford
  38. Colossal – Nacho Vigalondo
  39. The Big Sick – Michael Showalter
  40. The Disaster Artist – James Franco
  41. Beatriz at Dinner – Miguel Arteta
  42. The Work – Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous
  43. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  44. My Cousin Rachel – Roger Michell
  45. Menashe – Joshua Z Weinstein
  46. The Salesman – Asghar Farhadi
  47. Ingrid Goes West – Matt Spicer
  48. Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  49. Stronger – David Gordon Green
  50. Molly’s Game – Aaron Sorkin

Guardian: Best Albums of 2017

MASSEDUCTION - St. Vincent

The Guardian: Best Albums of 2017

  1. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  3. SZA – Ctrl
  4. Lorde – Melodrama
  5. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  6. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  7. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  8. Thundercat – Drunk
  9. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  10. Richard Dawson – Peasant
  11. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
  12. Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life
  13. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  14. J Hus – Common Sense
  15. The Horrors – V
  16. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  17. Drake – More Life
  18. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  19. Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  20. Sampha – Process
  21. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
  22. King Krule – The OOZ
  23. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  24. Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
  25. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  26. Paramore – After Laughter
  27. Marika Hackman – I’m Not Your Man
  28. Slowdive – Slowdive
  29. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  30. Girl Ray – Earl Grey
  31. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
  32. Four Tet – New Energy
  33. Miguel – War & Leisure
  34. Juana Molina – Halo
  35. Nick Hakim – Green Twins
  36. Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
  37. Sparks – Hippopotamus
  38. Baxter Dury – Prince of Tears
  39. Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound
  40. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  41. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  42. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
  43. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  44. The xx – I See You
  45. Powerdance – The Lost Art of Getting Down
  46. Les Amazones d’Afrique – République Amazone
  47. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  48. Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far from Over
  49. Lisa Knapp – Till April Is Dead – A Garland of May
  50. Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan