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 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