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

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2017

DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2017 (an annual poll of more than 400 critics, published by The Village Voice) [see also: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. SZA – Ctrl
  3. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  4. Lorde – Melodrama
  5. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  6. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  7. Slowdive – Slowdive
  8. JAY-Z – 4:44
  9. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  10. Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
  11. Jlin – Black Origami
  12. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  13. Thundercat – Drunk
  14. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  15. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  16. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  17. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  18. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  19. Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
  20. [tie] Migos – Culture
  21. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  22. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  23. King Krule – The OOZ
  24. Sampha – Process
  25. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  26. Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
  27. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  28. The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir
  29. Algiers – The Underside of Power
  30. [tie] Randy Newman – Dark Matter
  31. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  32. Kesha – Rainbow
  33. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  34. Björk – Utopia
  35. Margo Price – All American Made
  36. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  37. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  38. The xx – I See You
  39. Big Thief – Capacity
  40. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  41. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  42. Charly Bliss – Guppy
  43. Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  44. Paramore – After Laughter
  45. Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
  46. Daniel Caesar – Freudian
  47. [tie] Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
  48. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman
  49. Syd – Fin
  50. The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
  51. Miguel – War & Leisure
  52. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  53. [tie] Harry Styles – Harry Styles
  54. Drake – More Life
  55. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
  56. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  57. [tie] Alex Lahey – I Love You Like a Brother
  58. Khalid – American Teen
  59. Sheer Mag – Need to Feel Your Love
  60. Aimee Mann – Mental Illness
  61. [tie] Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
  62. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Hanged Man
  63. [tie] Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference
  64. The Clientele – Music for the Age of Miracles
  65. Fever Ray – Plunge
  66. [tie] Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
  67. [tie] Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
  68. Roscoe Mitchell – Bells For the South Side
  69. [tie] Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  70. Ryan Adams – Prisoner
  71. Taylor Swift – reputation
  72. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
  73. Alice Coltrane – World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane
  74. [tie] Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
  75. Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die
  76. The Replacements – For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986
  77. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  78. [tie] Future – HNDRXX
  79. The Regrettes – Feel Your Feelings Fool!
  80. [tie] Sparks – Hippopotamus
  81. [tie] Sylvan Esso – What Now
  82. Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock
  83. Elder – Reflections of a Floating World
  84. The Feelies – In Between
  85. The Courtneys – The Courtneys II
  86. [tie] Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
  87. Ibeyi – Ash
  88. [tie] Ty Dolla $ign – Beach House 3
  89. Valerie June – The Order of Time
  90. [tie] Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  91. Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel
  92. [tie] Converge – The Dusk In Us
  93. [tie] Zola Jesus – Okovi
  94. Ariel Pink – Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
  95. Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
  96. [tie] Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng
  97. Juana Molina – Halo
  98. Joshua Abrams – Simultonality
  99. [tie] EMA – Exile In the Outer Ring
  100. [tie] Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
  101. [tie] U2 – Songs of Experience

Raisa Bruner: Top 10 Albums of 2017

Ctrl - SZA

Raisa Bruner: Top 10 Albums of 2017 (as published by Time)

  1. SZA – Ctrl
  2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  3. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  4. Khalid – American Teen
  5. Lorde – Melodrama
  6. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
  7. Kesha – Rainbow
  8. The xx – I See You
  9. Taylor Swift – reputation
  10. LCD Soundsystem – american dream

Honorable Mentions

  • JAY-Z – 4:44
  • Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life
  • Ed Sheeran – ÷
  • Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
  • Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me

Jim Fusilli: Best Albums of 2017

Hot Thoughts - Spoon

Jim Fusilli: Best Albums of 2017 (as published by The Wall Street Journal)

  • Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  • Ryan Adams – Prisoner
  • Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  • Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
  • Thievery Corporation – The Temple of I & I
  • Oddisee – The Iceberg
  • Jlin – Black Origami
  • Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  • The xx – I See You
  • Slowdive – Slowdive
  • Beth Ditto – Fake Sugar
  • Elder – Reflections of a Floating World

Listening Through The Lens: 20 Favorite Albums of 2017

Listening Through The Lens: 20 Favorite Albums of 2017

  1. Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
  2. Billy Strings – Turmoil & Tinfoil
  3. David Luning – Restless
  4. John Moreland – Big Bad Luv
  5. Margo Price – All American Made
  6. Valerie June – The Order of Time
  7. David Rawlings – Poor David’s Almanack
  8. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  9. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives – Way Out West
  10. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
  11. Dori Freeman – Letters Never Read
  12. Jason Eady – Jason Eady
  13. Old 97’s – Graveyard Whistling
  14. Rodney Crowell – Close Ties
  15. The Ahern Brothers – The Ahern Brothers
  16. Rose Cousins – Natural Conclusion
  17. Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins
  18. Tyler Childers – Purgatory
  19. Ray Wylie Hubbard – Tell the Devil I’m Gettin’ There as Fast as I Can
  20. Gregg Allman – Southern Blood

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

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

The Alternative: Top 50 Releases of 2017

The Alternative: Top 50 Releases of 2017

  1. Oso Oso – The Yunahon Mixtape
  2. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  4. Charly Bliss – Guppy
  5. Great Grandpa – Plastic Cough
  6. Rozwell Kid – Precious Art
  7. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
  8. Strange Ranger – Daymoon
  9. Hodera – First Things First
  10. Big Thief – Capacity
  11. Citizen – As You Please
  12. Remo Drive – Greatest Hits
  13. The Spirit Of The Beehive – Pleasure Suck
  14. Meat Wave – The Incessant
  15. Pile – A Hairshirt of Purpose
  16. (Sandy) Alex G – Rocket
  17. Slaughter Beach, Dog – Birdie
  18. SZA – Ctrl
  19. A Will Away – Here Again
  20. Bully – Losing
  21. Blis – No One Loves You
  22. Converge – The Dusk In Us
  23. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  24. Greet Death – Dixieland
  25. Cool American – Infinite Hiatus
  26. Ratboys – GN
  27. Wild Pink – Wild Pink
  28. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  29. Fire is Motion – Still, I Try
  30. 2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
  31. The Obsessives – The Obsessives
  32. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  33. Smidley – Smidley
  34. Perspective, a Lovely Hand to Hold – What Not to Do
  35. Harmony Woods – Nothing Special
  36. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
  37. Washer – All Aboard
  38. Walter Etc. – Gloom Cruise
  39. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION
  40. [tie] BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
  41. [tie] BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION III
  42. Mo Troper – Exposure & Response
  43. Wiki – No Mountains In Manhattan
  44. Lorde – Melodrama
  45. Diet Cig – Swear I’m Good At This
  46. Sinai Vessel – Brokenlegged
  47. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Always Foreign
  48. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  49. Jelani Sei – Lvndr Twn
  50. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
  51. Heart Attack Man – The Manson Family
  52. Caracara – Summer Megalith

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

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2017

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2017

  1. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  2. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  3. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  4. Slowdive – Slowdive
  5. Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life
  6. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  7. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  8. Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
  9. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  10. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  11. Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder
  12. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  13. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  14. The Horrors – V
  15. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
  16. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  17. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  18. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  19. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  20. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  21. Big Thief – Capacity
  22. Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
  23. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister – Planetarium
  24. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  25. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  26. Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry
  27. Foxygen – Hang
  28. King Krule – The OOZ
  29. Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
  30. Feist – Pleasure
  31. Björk – Utopia
  32. Fever Ray – Plunge
  33. Future Islands – The Far Field
  34. Elbow – Little Fictions
  35. Yumi Zouma – Willowbank
  36. Algiers – The Underside of Power
  37. Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
  38. Girl Ray – Earl Grey
  39. The xx – I See You
  40. Midnight Sister – Saturn Over Sunset
  41. The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
  42. Marika Hackman – I’m Not Your Man
  43. Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
  44. Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives
  45. Bedouine – Bedouine
  46. Alex Lahey – I Love You Like a Brother
  47. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
  48. Chilly Gonzales & Jarvis Cocker – Room 29
  49. Baxter Dury – Prince of Tears
  50. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  51. SZA – Ctrl
  52. Kevin Morby – City Music
  53. Temples – Volcano
  54. Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
  55. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  56. Lorde – Melodrama
  57. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers
  58. Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  59. Ride – Weather Diaries
  60. Kirin J Callinan – Bravado
  61. alt-J – RELAXER
  62. Thundercat – Drunk
  63. Zola Jesus – Okovi
  64. Sampha – Process
  65. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Hanged Man
  66. Dirty Projectors – Dirty Projectors
  67. Nick Hakim – Green Twins
  68. Grandaddy – Last Place
  69. Phoenix – Ti Amo
  70. The Afghan Whigs – In Spades
  71. Jessie Ware – Glasshouse
  72. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
  73. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
  74. Madeline Kenney – Night Night At the First Landing
  75. Destroyer – ken
  76. Deerhoof – Mountain Moves
  77. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman
  78. Tricky – Ununiform
  79. The Weather Station – The Weather Station
  80. British Sea Power – Let the Dancers Inherit the Party
  81. girlpool – Powerplant
  82. Saint Etienne – Home Counties
  83. Austra – Future Politics
  84. The Mountain Goats – Goths
  85. Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination
  86. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  87. Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
  88. Beach Fossils – Somersault
  89. The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody
  90. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  91. Blanck Mass – World Eater
  92. Pond – The Weather
  93. Little Dragon – Season High
  94. Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference
  95. Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog
  96. Cut Copy – Haiku From Zero
  97. Sondre Lerche – Pleasure
  98. Fazerdaze – Morningside
  99. EMA – Exile In the Outer Ring
  100. This Is the Kit – Moonshine Freeze

Vinyl Me, Please: Best Albums of 2017

Vinyl Me, Please: Best Albums of 2017

  1. SZA – Ctrl
  2. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  4. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  5. Lorde – Melodrama
  6. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  7. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  8. Big Thief – Capacity
  9. Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
  10. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  11. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  12. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  13. Kevin Morby – City Music
  14. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  15. Sampha – Process
  16. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  17. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  18. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  19. Thundercat – Drunk
  20. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  21. Björk – Utopia
  22. Aldous Harding – Party
  23. Rostam – Half-Light
  24. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
  25. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION
  26. [tie] BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
  27. Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  28. JAY-Z – 4:44
  29. Ibeyi – Ash
  30. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
  31. [tie] Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 2
  32. Tennis – Yours Conditionally