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.

Category: 2017 Albums

PopMatters: 60 Best Albums of 2017

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

PopMatters: 60 Best Albums of 2017

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. Lorde – Melodrama
  3. Fever Ray – Plunge
  4. Zola Jesus – Okovi
  5. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  6. Sampha – Process
  7. The xx – I See You
  8. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  9. Four Tet – New Energy
  10. Jlin – Black Origami
  11. Algiers – The Underside of Power
  12. Slowdive – Slowdive
  13. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  14. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  15. Iglooghost – Neō Wax Bloom
  16. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  17. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  18. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  19. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  20. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  21. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  22. Arca – Arca
  23. Margo Price – All American Made
  24. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  25. Idles – Brutalism
  26. Blanck Mass – World Eater
  27. King Krule – The OOZ
  28. Valerie June – The Order of Time
  29. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  30. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  31. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  32. Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear
  33. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  34. Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
  35. SZA – Ctrl
  36. Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle
  37. Thundercat – Drunk
  38. Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives
  39. Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
  40. Chicano Batman – Freedom Is Free
  41. Syd – Fin
  42. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
  43. Big Thief – Capacity
  44. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  45. Foxygen – Hang
  46. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  47. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
  48. Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai
  49. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – Sidelong
  50. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  51. (Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
  52. Paramore – After Laughter
  53. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  54. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  55. Charly Bliss – Guppy
  56. Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  57. The Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here?
  58. Do Make Say Think – Stubborn Persistent Illusions
  59. Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
  60. White Hills – Stop Mute Defeat

Billboard: 50 Best Albums of 2017

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Billboard: 50 Best Albums of 2017

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. SZA – Ctrl
  3. Lorde – Melodrama
  4. JAY-Z – 4:44
  5. Khalid – American Teen
  6. Taylor Swift – reputation
  7. Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  8. Migos – Culture
  9. Sampha – Process
  10. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
  11. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  12. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  13. Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2
  14. The xx – I See You
  15. Paramore – After Laughter
  16. Kesha – Rainbow
  17. Future – HNDRXX
  18. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  19. Residente – Residente
  20. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  21. Drake – More Life
  22. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
  23. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  24. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
  25. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  26. Ed Sheeran – ÷
  27. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  28. Halsey – hopeless fountain kingdom
  29. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  30. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma
  31. Daniel Caesar – Freudian
  32. Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
  33. Syd – Fin
  34. Mura Masa – Mura Masa
  35. Julia Michaels – Nervous System
  36. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
  37. Thomas Rhett – Life Changes
  38. Charly Bliss – Guppy
  39. Romeo Santos – Golden
  40. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
  41. MUNA – About U
  42. Cashmere Cat – 9
  43. Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
  44. Thundercat – Drunk
  45. King Krule – The OOZ
  46. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  47. Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
  48. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  49. 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin – Without Warning
  50. Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life

Spencer Kornhaber: 10 Best Albums of 2017

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Spencer Kornhaber: 10 Best Albums of 2017 (as published by The Atlantic)

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  3. The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir
  4. Migos – Culture
  5. Margo Price – All American Made
  6. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  7. SZA – Ctrl
  8. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  9. Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
  10. JAY-Z – 4:44

Amanda Petrusich: 10 Best Albums of 2017

Amanda Petrusich: 10 Best Albums of 2017, in no particular order, as published by The New Yorker

  • Big Thief – Capacity
  • Jake Xerxes Fussell – What in the Natural World
  • Mdou Moctar – Sousoume Tamachek
  • SZA – Ctrl
  • Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  • The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  • Björk – Utopia
  • The Weather Station – The Weather Station
  • Migos – Culture
  • John Moreland – Big Bad Luv

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

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

Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums of 2017

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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

Chris Richards: 14 Best Albums of 2017

Chris Richards: 14 Best Albums of 2017 (as published by The Washington Post)

  1. Midland – On the Rocks
  2. Migos – Culture
  3. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  4. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – Ruler Rebel
  5. [tie] Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – Diaspora
  6. [tie] Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – The Emancipation Procrastination
  7. Institute – Subordination
  8. Hieroglyphic Being, Sarathy Korwar & Shabaka Hutchings – A.R.E. Project
  9. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  10. Exit Order – Seed of Hysteria
  11. Kamaiyah – Before I Wake
  12. Young Dolph – Gelato
  13. [tie] Young Dolph – Bulletproof
  14. [tie] Young Dolph – Thinking Out Loud

Uproxx: 50 Best Albums of 2017

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Uproxx: 50 Best Albums of 2017

  1. Lorde – Melodrama
  2. SZA – Ctrl
  3. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  4. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  5. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  6. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  7. JAY-Z – 4:44
  8. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  9. Big Thief – Capacity
  10. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  11. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  12. Rostam – Half-Light
  13. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  14. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  15. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  16. Gang of Youths – Go Farther in Lightness
  17. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
  18. Milo – Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!?!
  19. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  20. Hiss Golden Messenger – Hallelujah Anyhow
  21. Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
  22. Gorillaz – Humanz
  23. Charly Bliss – Guppy
  24. Carly Pearce – Every Little Thing
  25. Drake – More Life
  26. Feist – Pleasure
  27. Sampha – Process
  28. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  29. Sheer Mag – Need to Feel Your Love
  30. Joey Bada$$ – ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
  31. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  32. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  33. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
  34. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  35. Land of Talk – Life After Youth
  36. Strand of Oaks – Hard Love
  37. The xx – I See You
  38. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  39. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 2
  40. Delicate Steve – This Is Steve
  41. Travis Meadows – First Cigarette
  42. Phoenix – Ti Amo
  43. The Weather Station – The Weather Station
  44. Kevin Morby – City Music
  45. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
  46. (Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
  47. Vagabon – Infinite Worlds
  48. Blis – No One Loves You
  49. DJ Quik & Problem – Rosecrans
  50. Bonobo – Migration