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

Jim Harrington: Best Albums of 2017

Jim Harrington: Best Albums of 2017 (as published by The San Jose Mercury News)

  1. Lorde – Melodrama
  2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  3. Khalid – American Teen
  4. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  5. Taylor Swift – reputation
  6. Hollyn – One-Way Conversations
  7. Diet Cig – Swear I’m Good At This
  8. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  9. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  10. Valerie June – The Order of Time

Honorable Mention

  • JAY-Z – 4:44
  • Kari Jobe – The Garden
  • The Odd Numbers – The Oddyssey
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  • Margo Price – All American Made
  • Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
  • Future – FUTURE
  • Future – HNDRXX
  • Björk – Utopia
  • Lecrae – All Things Work Together
  • Niall Horan – Flicker

No Depression: Best Albums of 2017

No Depression: Best Albums of 2017

  • Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears
  • Darin & Brooke Aldridge – Faster & Farther
  • Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  • Hiss Golden Messenger – Hallelujah Anyhow
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  • Iron & Wine – Beast Epic
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  • Joan Shelley – Joan Shelley
  • Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – Contraband Love
  • Lizz Wright – Grace
  • Margo Price – All American Made
  • Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black
  • Nora Jane Struthers – Champion
  • Rayna Gellert – Workin’s Too Hard
  • Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
  • Rodney Crowell – Close Ties
  • Ruthie Foster – Joy Comes Back
  • Sam Amidon – The Following Mountain
  • The Secret Sisters – You Don’t Own Me Anymore
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman
  • The Barr Brothers – Queens of the Breakers
  • The Mastersons – Transient Lullaby
  • Valerie June – The Order of Time

Daily Beast: 10 Best Albums of 2017

The Daily Beast: 10 Best Albums of 2017

  1. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  2. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  3. Valerie June – The Order of Time
  4. SZA – Ctrl
  5. Lorde – Melodrama
  6. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  7. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  8. Brand New – Science Fiction
  9. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  10. Gucci Mane – Droptopwop

Tony Fantano: Top 50 Albums of 2017

Pure Comedy - Father John Misty

Tony Fantano: Top 50 Albums of 2017 (as aired on his vlog, The Needle Drop)

  1. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  2. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
  3. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  4. Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
  5. Sun Kil Moon – Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
  6. Neil Cicierega – Mouth Moods
  7. Kirin J Callinan – Bravado
  8. Rosalía – Los Ángeles
  9. Algiers – The Underside of Power
  10. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  11. Oxbow – Thin Black Duke
  12. Alex Cameron – Forced Witness
  13. Xiu Xiu – Forget
  14. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  15. Iglooghost – Neō Wax Bloom
  16. SZA – Ctrl
  17. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
  18. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul of a Woman
  19. Richard Dawson – Peasant
  20. Oh Sees – Orc
  21. The Mountain Goats – Goths
  22. JAY-Z – 4:44
  23. Billy Woods – Known Unknowns
  24. Uncommon Nasa – Written at Night
  25. Primitive Man – Caustic
  26. Quelle Chris – Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often
  27. Guerilla Toss – GT Ultra
  28. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana
  29. Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai
  30. Princess Nokia – 1992
  31. Idles – Brutalism
  32. Ariel Pink – Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
  33. Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
  34. Wiley – Godfather
  35. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  36. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  37. Joey Bada$$ – ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
  38. Code Orange – Forever
  39. Feist – Pleasure
  40. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
  41. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  42. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  43. Elder – Reflections of a Floating World
  44. Converge – The Dusk In Us
  45. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  46. Sampha – Process
  47. Pallbearer – Heartless
  48. Dying Fetus – Wrong One to F**k With
  49. Death from Above 1979 – Outrage! Is Now
  50. Sinjin Hawke – First Opus

Sputnikmusic: Top 50 Albums of 2017

Sleep Well Beast - The National

Sputnikmusic: Top 50 Albums of 2017

  1. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  2. Ulver – The Assassination of Julius Caesar
  3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  4. Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To The Surface
  5. The Menzingers – After the Party
  6. Blood Cultures – Happy Birthday
  7. Lorde – Melodrama
  8. Gang of Youths – Go Farther in Lightness
  9. Pain of Salvation – In the Passing Light of Day
  10. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  11. Brand New – Science Fiction
  12. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  13. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
  14. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  15. Paramore – After Laughter
  16. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  17. Glassjaw – Material Control
  18. Arca – Arca
  19. Sampha – Process
  20. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  21. Falls of Rauros – Vigilance Perennial
  22. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  23. [tie] Jürg Frey – Ephemeral Constructions
  24. Fever Ray – Plunge
  25. Fen – Winter
  26. Artificial Brain – Infrared Horizon
  27. DispersE – Foreword
  28. Iglooghost – Neō Wax Bloom
  29. Slowdive – Slowdive
  30. Propagandhi – Victory Lap
  31. Steven Wilson – To the Bone
  32. Bedwetter – Vol. 1: Flick Your Tongue Against Your Teeth and Describe the Present
  33. Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice Woven
  34. Krallice – Go Be Forgotten
  35. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
  36. Cradle of Filth – Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay
  37. Do Make Say Think – Stubborn Persistent Illusions
  38. PVRIS – All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell
  39. Blanck Mass – World Eater
  40. King Krule – The OOZ
  41. And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering
  42. Lykantropi – Lykantropi
  43. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  44. The Smith Street Band – More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
  45. Dad Thighs – The Ghosts That I Fear
  46. death’s dynamic shroud – Heavy Black Heart
  47. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Always Foreign
  48. 1800HaightStreet – Endless
  49. Benjamin Clementine – I Tell A Fly
  50. Sorcerer – The Crowning of the Fire King

Pigeons & Planes: Best Albums of 2017

Pigeons & Planes: Best Albums of 2017

  1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  2. SZA – Ctrl
  3. Lorde – Melodrama
  4. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION III
  5. JAY-Z – 4:44
  6. Smino – blkswn
  7. Daniel Caesar – Freudian
  8. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  9. Future – FUTURE
  10. Ty Dolla $ign – Beach House 3
  11. JID – The Never Story
  12. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  13. King Krule – The OOZ
  14. Sampha – Process
  15. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
  16. J Hus – Common Sense
  17. 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin – Without Warning
  18. Syd – Fin
  19. Kodak Black – Painting Pictures
  20. Migos – Culture
  21. Yung Lean – Stranger
  22. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  23. GoldLink – At What Cost
  24. Rex Orange County – Apricot Princess
  25. Toro y Moi – Boo Boo
  26. Playboi Carti – Playboi Carti
  27. Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog
  28. Jaden Smith – SYRE
  29. Giggs – Wamp 2 Dem
  30. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  31. 21 Savage – Issa
  32. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  33. Gucci Mane – Droptopwop
  34. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  35. Thundercat – Drunk
  36. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  37. Young Thug – BEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS
  38. Corbin – Mourn
  39. Wiki – No Mountains In Manhattan
  40. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  41. Miguel – War & Leisure
  42. Aminé – Good For You
  43. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
  44. IDK – IWASVERYBAD
  45. Drake – More Life
  46. Choker – Peak
  47. Lil Pump – Lil Pump
  48. Khalid – American Teen
  49. Cyhi The Prynce – No Dope on Sundays
  50. Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel

Guardian: Best Albums of 2017

MASSEDUCTION - St. Vincent

The Guardian: Best Albums of 2017

  1. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  3. SZA – Ctrl
  4. Lorde – Melodrama
  5. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  6. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  7. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  8. Thundercat – Drunk
  9. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  10. Richard Dawson – Peasant
  11. Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology
  12. Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life
  13. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
  14. J Hus – Common Sense
  15. The Horrors – V
  16. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  17. Drake – More Life
  18. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  19. Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  20. Sampha – Process
  21. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
  22. King Krule – The OOZ
  23. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  24. Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent
  25. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  26. Paramore – After Laughter
  27. Marika Hackman – I’m Not Your Man
  28. Slowdive – Slowdive
  29. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  30. Girl Ray – Earl Grey
  31. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
  32. Four Tet – New Energy
  33. Miguel – War & Leisure
  34. Juana Molina – Halo
  35. Nick Hakim – Green Twins
  36. Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
  37. Sparks – Hippopotamus
  38. Baxter Dury – Prince of Tears
  39. Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound
  40. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  41. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
  42. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
  43. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  44. The xx – I See You
  45. Powerdance – The Lost Art of Getting Down
  46. Les Amazones d’Afrique – République Amazone
  47. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  48. Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far from Over
  49. Lisa Knapp – Till April Is Dead – A Garland of May
  50. Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan

Magnet: Top 25 Albums of 2017

Magnet Magazine: Top 25 Albums of 2017

  1. Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
  2. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  3. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  4. Chastity Belt – I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
  5. Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To The Surface
  6. Sampha – Process
  7. Future Islands – The Far Field
  8. Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
  9. Sylvan Esso – What Now
  10. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
  11. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  12. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  13. Laura Marling – Semper Femina
  14. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  15. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  16. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  17. Peter Perrett – How the West Was Won
  18. Valerie June – The Order of Time
  19. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  20. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  21. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  22. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  23. Bash & Pop – Anything Could Happen
  24. Algiers – The Underside of Power
  25. House and Land – House and Land

Sasha Frere-Jones: Favorite Albums of 2017

Alveare - Andrea Belfi

Sasha Frere-Jones: Favorite Albums of 2017. Albums are organized into two tiers and listed chronologically within each.

exceptional

  • Lawrence English – Cruel Optimism
  • Andrea Belfi – Alveare
  • Gerard Herman – Die paste, die wrong
  • Bargou 08 – Targ
  • Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel
  • Arca – Arca
  • Actress – AZD
  • Ellen Arkbro – For Organ and Brass
  • Jaap Vink – Jaap Vink
  • Kara-Lis Coverdale – Grafts
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto – async
  • Perfume Genius – No Shape
  • Road Hog – Haul Ass
  • Ex Continent – La Perspectiva Racional
  • Pancrace – Pancrace
  • Chuck Johnson – Balsams
  • Konrad Sprenger – Stack Music
  • SZA – Ctrl
  • Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  • Kassel Jaeger – Aster
  • Lee Gamble – Mnestic Pressure
  • Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  • Bons – Gras H’utsi
  • Jay Glass Dubs – Dubs
  • Equiknoxx – Colón Man

also good

  • Anthony Pasquarosa with John Moloney – My Pharaoh, My King
  • Migos – Culture
  • The Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time – Stage 3
  • Syd – Fin
  • Simon Fisher Turner – Giraffe
  • Stromboli – Volume Uno
  • No UFO’s – NU LP For RS
  • Blanck Mass – World Eater
  • D. Glare – 4 Oscillators & 130 Samples at 130 BPM
  • Sarah Davachi – All My Circles Run
  • The Inward Circles – And Right Lines Limit and Close All Bodies
  • Kelly Moran – Bloodroot
  • WaqWaq Kingdom – Shinsekai
  • Basic Rhythm – The Basics
  • Overlook – Smoke Signals
  • Vieux Farka Touré – Samba
  • Teleplasmiste – Frequency is the New Ecstasy
  • Cloudface – Variations
  • Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  • Joshua Abrams – Simultonality
  • Justin Walter – Unseen Forces
  • Harriet Brown – Contact
  • Colin Stetson – All This I Do For Glory
  • Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson – Crop Circles
  • Japan Blues – Sells His Record Collection
  • Gosheven – Leaper
  • Ricardo Villalobos – Empirical House
  • Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds
  • Andrea Belfi – Ore
  • Gravetemple – Impassable Fears
  • Roscoe Mitchell – Bells For the South Side
  • Bill Converse – The Shape of Things to Come
  • Mike Cooper – Raft
  • Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
  • Sote – Sacred Horror in Design
  • Pan Daijing – Lack
  • Jim O’Rourke – The Creeping Garden
  • NYZ – FLD RCDR
  • Maalem Mahmoud Gania – Colours of the Night
  • crys cole & Oren Ambarchi – Hotel Record
  • Áine O’Dwyer – Gallarais
  • Dj Python – Dulce Compañia
  • Philip Jeck – Live at Iklectik
  • Klein – Tommy
  • SAICOBAB – Sab Se Purani Bab
  • Sudan Archives – Sudan Archives
  • abu AMA – Naserii
  • Roland Kayn – A Little Electronic Milky Way of Sound
  • Nadah El Shazly – Ahwar
  • Tove Lo – BLUE LIPS (Lady Wood Phase II)
  • Black Zone Myth Chant – Feng Shen
  • Masaya Ozaki & Kaito Nakahori – Mythologies
  • Ceramic TL & Ipek Gorgun – Perfect Lung
  • Ahnnu – Special Forces
  • Lukid – Twisted Blood
  • Shinichi Atobe – From the Heart, It’s a Start, a Work of Art
  • N.E.R.D – NO ONE EVER REALLY DIES
  • Felicia Atkinson – Hand In Hand
  • Emily A. Sprague – Water Memory

Fact: 50 Best Albums of 2017

Fact Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2017

  1. Ryuichi Sakamoto – async
  2. Colleen – A flame my love, a frequency
  3. SZA – Ctrl
  4. Dj Python – Dulce Compañia
  5. Future – HNDRXX
  6. Laurel Halo – Dust
  7. J Hus – Common Sense
  8. Kamaiyah – Before I Wake
  9. Errorsmith – Superlative Fatigue
  10. TQD – UKG
  11. Jlin – Black Origami
  12. Visible Cloaks – Reassemblage
  13. Sudan Archives – Sudan Archives
  14. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  15. Equiknoxx – Colón Man
  16. Fever Ray – Plunge
  17. MESH – Hesaitix
  18. JAY-Z – 4:44
  19. Karen Gwyer – Rembo
  20. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
  21. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
  22. Differ-Ent – It’s Good to Be Differ-Ent
  23. Migos – Culture
  24. Mhysa – Fantasii
  25. Playboi Carti – Playboi Carti
  26. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  27. Nidia Minaj – Nídia É Má, Nídia É Fudida
  28. Sampha – Process
  29. Nabihah Iqbal – Weighing of the Heart
  30. Actress – AZD
  31. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
  32. Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement – Ambient Black Magic
  33. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  34. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  35. Caterina Barbieri – Patterns of Consciousness
  36. Ariel Pink – Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
  37. UMFANG – Symbolic Use of Light
  38. Yves Tumor – Experiencing the Deposit of Faith
  39. Lil B – Black Ken
  40. Björk – Utopia
  41. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  42. Lee Gamble – Mnestic Pressure
  43. Otim Alpha – Gulu City Anthems
  44. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet
  45. G Perico – All Blue
  46. Aaron Dilloway – The Gag File
  47. LCD Soundsystem – american dream
  48. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
  49. John Maus – Screen Memories
  50. Nathan Fake – Providence