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. We note, of course, that it's not even December, yet. People. People! Lists are crashing down upon us unusually early. But here we go…

The Week: Best Books of 2017

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann

The Week: Best Books of 2017, divided into novels and nonfiction

Novels

  1. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  2. Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  3. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  4. White Tears – Hari Kunzru
  5. Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan

Nonfiction

  1. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
  2. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia – Masha Gessen
  3. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. Grant – Ron Chernow
  5. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay

Vibe: 25 Best Albums of 2017

Vibe Magazine: 25 Best Albums of 2017 (“in nonsequential order”)

  • Rick Ross – Rather You Than Me
  • Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  • Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  • GoldLink – At What Cost
  • Smino – blkswn
  • Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  • Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2
  • JAY-Z – 4:44
  • JID – The Never Story
  • Kelela – Take Me Apart
  • Migos – Culture
  • French Montana – Jungle Rules
  • Drake – More Life
  • Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
  • Daniel Caesar – Freudian
  • Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
  • Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  • Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  • Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  • Sampha – Process
  • J Balvin – Energía Lado B
  • 2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
  • SZA – Ctrl
  • Brent Faiyaz – Sonder Son
  • A$AP Ferg – Still Striving