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.

The Stranger: Top Ten Albums of 2017

The Stranger: Top Ten Albums of 2017, plus a list of “besties.” See also their list of albums by local Seattle bands on the same page.

  • Björk – Utopia
  • Benjamin Booker – Witness
  • Thundercat – Drunk
  • Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  • Porter Ricks – Anguilla Electrica
  • Kelela – Take Me Apart
  • Sarah Davachi – All My Circles Run
  • Lorde – Melodrama
  • Natalia Lafourcade – Musas
  • Fever Ray – Plunge

Besties

  • Baxter Dury – Prince of Tears
  • SZA – Ctrl
  • The Heliocentrics – A World of Masks
  • Bully – Losing
  • TORRES – Three Futures
  • Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock
  • Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
  • Temples – Volcano
  • Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
  • Allison Crutchfield – Tourist in This Town
  • Beach Fossils – Somersault
  • BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
  • Deer Tick – Deer Tick, Vol. 1
  • Deer Tick – Deer Tick, Vol. 2
  • Big Thief – Capacity
  • Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
  • Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Hanged Man
  • Mark Eitzel – Hey Mr Ferryman
  • St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  • The National – Sleep Well Beast
  • Kevin Morby – City Music
  • Angelo De Augustine – Swim Inside the Moon
  • The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir
  • Sampha – Process
  • Eyelids – Or
  • Sleaford Mods – English Tapas

Book Riot: Best Books of 2017

Don’t Call Us Dead - Danez Smith

Book Riot: Best Books of 2017

  • A Conjuring of Light – V.E. Schwab
  • All Grown Up – Jami Attenberg
  • An Extraordinary Union – Alyssa Cole
  • Bluebird, Bluebird – Attica Locke
  • Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  • Exit West – Mohsin Hamid
  • Hate to Want You – Alisha Rai
  • Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
  • Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  • Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Emil Ferris
  • One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter – Scaachi Koul
  • Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
  • Priestdaddy – Patricia Lockwood
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
  • The Changeling – Victor LaValle
  • The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir – Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  • The Gauntlet – Karuna Riazi
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee
  • The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  • The Prey of Gods – Nicky Drayden
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Wanderers – Meg Howrey
  • We Are Okay – Nina LaCour
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
  • White Tears – Hari Kunzru
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Sherman Alexie

In Review Online: Best Albums of 2017

In Review Online: Best Albums of 2017

  1. HAIM – Something To Tell You
  2. Lorde – Melodrama
  3. Lil Peep – Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1
  4. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  5. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  6. Fever Ray – Plunge
  7. Four Tet – New Energy
  8. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  9. JAY-Z – 4:44
  10. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  11. The xx – I See You
  12. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  13. Higher Brothers – Black Cab
  14. Ryuichi Sakamoto – async
  15. Perfume Genius – No Shape

Ryland Walker Knight: Favorite Feature Films of 2017

Nocturama - Bertrand Bonello

Ryland Walker Knight: Favorite Feature Films of 2017

  • Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  • Hermia & Helena – Matías Piñeiro
  • Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  • Marjorie Prime – Michael Almereyda
  • Get Out – Jordan Peele
  • Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas
  • Okja – Bong Joon-ho
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos
  • A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  • Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  • Logan Lucky – Steven Soderbergh
  • The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  • Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) – Noah Baumbach
  • Person to Person – Dustin Guy Defa
  • Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  • A Ghost Story – David Lowery