Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

New York Times: 10 Best Books of 2017

30 November 2017

The New York Times: 10 Best Books of 2017

[see also 10 Best Books of 2018, 100 Notable Books of 2018, 100 Notable Books of 2017, 10 Best Books of 2016, 10 Best Books of 2015, 10 Best Books of 2012]

Highlark: 31 Best TV Shows of 2017

28 November 2017

Highlark: 31 Best TV Shows of 2017

  1. Better Things
  2. The Leftovers
  3. Catastrophe
  4. Insecure
  5. Master of None
  6. The Americans
  7. Better Call Saul
  8. Veep
  9. Dear White People
  10. Fargo
  11. The Good Place
  12. The Deuce
  13. Mr. Robot
  14. Twin Peaks: The Return
  15. Game of Thrones

Paste: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017

28 November 2017

Paste Magazine: 25 Best TV Shows of 2017

[see also 2018, 2016]

  1. The Leftovers
  2. The Good Place
  3. The Americans
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale
  5. Twin Peaks: The Return
  6. Insecure
  7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  8. The Deuce
  9. Halt and Catch Fire
  10. Better Things
  11. Jane the Virgin
  12. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  13. BoJack Horseman
  14. Big Little Lies
  15. Black-ish
  16. The Vietnam War
  17. Game of Thrones
  18. Catastrophe
  19. Master of None
  20. Legion
  21. One Day at a Time
  22. Sweet/Vicious
  23. The Crown
  24. American Gods
  25. Search Party

Rolling Stone: 51 Best Albums of 2017

27 November 2017

Rolling Stone: 51 Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. LordeMelodrama
  3. U2Songs of Experience
  4. Ke$haRainbow
  5. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  6. KhalidAmerican Teen
  7. Taylor Swiftreputation
  8. Queens of the Stone AgeVillains
  9. MigosCulture
  10. Sam SmithThe Thrill of It All
  11. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  12. JAY-Z4:44
  13. Randy NewmanDark Matter
  14. WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
  15. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  16. Margo PriceAll American Made
  17. Harry StylesHarry Styles
  18. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  19. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  20. SZACtrl
  21. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  22. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  23. JlinBlack Origami
  24. Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
  25. ParamoreAfter Laughter
  26. Lana Del ReyLust for Life
  27. DrakeMore Life
  28. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  29. Jay SomEverybody Works
  30. Chris StapletonFrom A Room: Volume 1
  31. Songhoy BluesRésistance
  32. Robert PlantCarry Fire
  33. Vijay Iyer SextetFar from Over
  34. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream
  35. Bob DylanTriplicate
  36. Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVieLindsey Buckingham Christine McVie
  37. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsWho Built the Moon?
  38. Liam GallagherAs You Were
  39. ResidenteResidente
  40. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  41. Grizzly BearPainted Ruins
  42. Gregg AllmanSouthern Blood
  43. BeckColors
  44. Ornette ColemanCelebrate Ornette
  45. The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
  46. Tracy BonhamModern Burdens
  47. Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsSoul of a Woman
  48. Low Cut ConnieDirty Pictures, Pt. 1
  49. ChronixxChronology
  50. Foo FightersConcrete and Gold
  51. Code OrangeForever

Paste: 50 Best Albums of 2017

27 November 2017

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Jay SomEverybody Works
  2. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  3. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  4. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
  5. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  6. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  7. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  8. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  9. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  10. SamphaProcess
  11. The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
  12. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  13. King KruleThe OOZ
  14. White ReaperThe World’s Best American Band
  15. King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardSketches of Brunswick East (feat. Mild High Club)
  16. SlowdiveSlowdive
  17. Aimee MannMental Illness
  18. WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
  19. Sylvan EssoWhat Now
  20. Kevin MorbyCity Music
  21. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  22. Oh SeesOrc
  23. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  24. Benjamin BookerWitness
  25. SZACtrl
  26. This Is the KitMoonshine Freeze
  27. Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness
  28. The xxI See You
  29. Nai PalmNeedle Paw
  30. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  31. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  32. Ty SegallTy Segall
  33. Penguin CafeThe Imperfect Sea
  34. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  35. Diet CigSwear I’m Good At This
  36. MelkbellyNothing Valley
  37. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  38. SpoonHot Thoughts
  39. BedouineBedouine
  40. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  41. OmniMulti-Task
  42. Molly BurchPlease Be Mine
  43. David BazanCare
  44. Sallie FordSoul Sick
  45. WandPlum
  46. WeavesWide Open
  47. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  48. Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsSoul of a Woman
  49. Shelby Lynne & Allison MoorerNot Dark Yet
  50. J.D. McPhersonUNDIVIDED HEART & SOUL