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.

Another Gaze: Top Ten Narrative Feature Films by Women in 2017

I Am Not a Witch - Rungano Nyoni

Another Gaze: Top Ten Narrative Feature Films by Women in 2017 (as posted to Twitter). See also their list of the year’s top five documentaries “directed by women and NB people”.

  1. I Am Not a Witch – Rungano Nyoni
  2. Montparnasse Bienvenue – Léonor Serraille
  3. Beauty and the Dogs – Kaouther Ben Hania
  4. Angels Wear White – Vivian Qu
  5. Ava – Léa Mysius
  6. The Party – Sally Potter
  7. The Levelling – Hope Dickson Leach
  8. Maudie – Aisling Walsh
  9. By the Time It Gets Dark – Anocha Suwichakornpong
  10. Western – Valeska Grisebach
  11. [tie] Heal the Living – Katell Quillévéré

Honourable Mentions

  • You Were Never Really Here – Lynne Ramsay
  • Zama – Lucrecia Martel
  • In Between – Maysaloun Hamoud
  • The Rider – Chloé Zhao
  • On Body and Soul – Ildikó Enyedi

Girish Shambu: 3 Favorite New Films of 2017

Western - Valeska Grisebach

Girish Shambu: 3 Favorite New Films of 2017. See his personal round-up for a wealth of other favorites: older films seen for the first time, books, essays, critics, websites, concerts, and so on.

  • Western – Valeska Grisebach
  • Strong Island – Yance Ford
  • The Future Perfect – Nele Wohlatz

John Rangel: Favorite Films of 2017

Faces Places - Agnès Varda and JR

John Rangel: Favorite Films of 2017 (as posted to Twitter)

  1. Faces Places – Agnès Varda and JR
  2. My Happy Family – Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß
  3. A Quiet Passion – Terence Davies
  4. Song to Song – Terrence Malick
  5. Nocturama – Bertrand Bonello
  6. The Florida Project – Sean Baker
  7. Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
  8. Mudbound – Dee Rees
  9. Good Time – Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie
  10. The Lost City of Z – James Gray

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

Michigan Daily: Top 10 Books of 2017

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy - Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Michigan Daily: Top 10 Books of 2017

  1. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – Roxane Gay
  3. Gather the Daughters – Jennie Melamed
  4. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  5. They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us – Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
  6. A Column of Fire – Ken Follett
  7. Ill Will – Dan Chaon
  8. The Idiot – Elif Batuman
  9. Goodbye, Vitamin – Rachel Khong
  10. Mean – Myriam Gurba

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

Lit Hub: Favorite Poetry Collections of 2017

Crawlspace - Nikki Wallschlaeger

Literary Hub: Favorite Poetry Collections of 2017

  • MyOTHER TONGUE – Rosa Alcalá
  • Across the Vapour Gulf – Will Alexander
  • Adrenalin – Ghayath Almadhoun
  • The Codex Mojaodicus – Steven Alvarez
  • John Ashbery: Collected Poems 1991-2000 – John Ashbery
  • Field Theories – Samiya Bashir
  • My Lai – Carmen Berenguer
  • Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 – Frank Bidart
  • Of Mongrelitude – Julian Talamantez Brolaski
  • You Envelop Me – Laynie Browne
  • Advice from the Lights – Stephen Burt
  • Rocket Fantastic – Gabrielle Calvocoressi
  • Mock Trough Rasping Crow – Billy Cancel
  • Deuda & Literatura – Omar Chauvié
  • recombinant – Ching-In Chen
  • Death by Sex Machine – Franny Choi
  • Perverse, All Monstrous – Cody-Rose Clevidence
  • Tantrum – Stella Corso
  • The Collected Poems of Fay Zwicky – Fay Zwicky
  • Le Jardin de M. – Marcella Durand
  • Synæsthesium – Moira Egan
  • Calligraphy Typewriters: The Selected Poems of Larry Eigner – Larry Eigner
  • Gates & Fields – Jennifer Firestone
  • how to get over – t’ai freedom ford
  • At the Burning Abyss: Experiencing the Georg Trakl Poem – Franz Fühmann
  • The End of Something – Kate Greenstreet
  • Blue Pearl – Lesley Harrison
  • Velvet – Tom Healy
  • Debths – Susan Howe
  • Motherwort – Lyric Hunter
  • The End: Part One – MC Hyland
  • In Full Velvet – Jenny Johnson
  • My Ida – Simone Kearney
  • Tony Greene Era – Kevin Killian
  • I Am Flying into Myself: Selected Poems, 1960-2014 – Bill Knott
  • Lounge Act – Wayne Koestenbaum
  • The Swimmer – John Koethe
  • Whereas – Layli Long Soldier
  • Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment – Alessandra Lynch
  • Good Stock Strange Blood – Dawn Lundy Martin
  • The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters – Bernadette Mayer
  • blud – Rachel McKibbens
  • Subject to Change: Trans Poetry & Conversation – Edited by H Melt
  • Wild Geese Returning: Chinese Reversible Poems – Michèle Métail
  • In Darkest Capital: Collected Poems – Drew Milne
  • Zippers & Jeans – J. Peter Moore
  • Afterglow (a dog memoir) – Eileen Myles
  • Descent & Other Poems – Timothy Ogene
  • Augury – Eric Pankey
  • Thousand Star Hotel – Bao Phi
  • Fiends Fell – Tom Pickard
  • I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On – Khadijah Queen
  • Matria – Alexandra Regalado
  • Invocation to Daughters – Barbara Jane Reyes
  • Shadowboxing: poems & impersonations – Joseph Rios
  • Anemal Uter Meck – Mg Roberts
  • Quickening Fields – Pattiann Rogers
  • A TransPacific Poetics – Edited by Lisa Samuels & Sawako Nakayasu
  • Ordinary Beast – Nicole Sealey
  • There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera – Joanne Kyger
  • Royals – Cedar Sigo
  • Fort Not – Emily Skillings
  • Don’t Call Us Dead – Danez Smith
  • The New York Editions – Michael D. Snediker
  • Poems (2012-2017) – Oki Sogumi
  • Gatherest – Sasha Steensen
  • Gondwana – Nathaniel Tarn
  • Afterland – Mai Der Vang
  • Beast Meridian – Vanessa Angélica Villarreal
  • Crawlspace – Nikki Wallschlaeger
  • Out of the Question: Selected Poems (1963-2003) – Lewis Warsh
  • Sonnets from Elizabeth’s – Rosanne Wasserman
  • In the Still of the Night – Dara Wier
  • The Silence That Remains: Selected Poems – Ghassan Zaqtan
  • Songs for Schizoid Siblings – Lionel Ziprin