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.

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2017

30 December 2017

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2017

[see also 2018, 2015, 2011]

  1. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  2. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  3. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  4. SlowdiveSlowdive
  5. Wolf AliceVisions of a Life
  6. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  7. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  8. Grizzly BearPainted Ruins
  9. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  10. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  11. Broken Social SceneHug of Thunder
  12. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  13. SpoonHot Thoughts
  14. The HorrorsV
  15. Charlotte GainsbourgRest
  16. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  17. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  18. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  19. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  20. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  21. Big ThiefCapacity
  22. Rose Elinor DougallStellular
  23. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlisterPlanetarium
  24. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  25. Jay SomEverybody Works
  26. Wolf ParadeCry Cry Cry
  27. FoxygenHang
  28. King KruleThe OOZ
  29. Kelly Lee OwensKelly Lee Owens
  30. FeistPleasure
  31. BjörkUtopia
  32. Fever RayPlunge
  33. Future IslandsThe Far Field
  34. ElbowLittle Fictions
  35. Yumi ZoumaWillowbank
  36. AlgiersThe Underside of Power
  37. Jens LekmanLife Will See You Now
  38. Girl RayEarl Grey
  39. The xxI See You
  40. Midnight SisterSaturn Over Sunset
  41. The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
  42. Marika HackmanI’m Not Your Man
  43. ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
  44. Mount KimbieLove What Survives
  45. BedouineBedouine
  46. Alex LaheyI Love You Like a Brother
  47. Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
  48. Chilly Gonzales & Jarvis CockerRoom 29
  49. Baxter DuryPrince of Tears
  50. GoldfrappSilver Eye
  51. SZACtrl
  52. Kevin MorbyCity Music
  53. TemplesVolcano
  54. WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
  55. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  56. LordeMelodrama
  57. Godspeed You! Black EmperorLuciferian Towers
  58. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  59. RideWeather Diaries
  60. Kirin J CallinanBravado
  61. alt-JRELAXER
  62. ThundercatDrunk
  63. Zola JesusOkovi
  64. SamphaProcess
  65. Ted Leo and the PharmacistsThe Hanged Man
  66. Dirty ProjectorsDirty Projectors
  67. Nick HakimGreen Twins
  68. GrandaddyLast Place
  69. PhoenixTi Amo
  70. The Afghan WhigsIn Spades
  71. Jessie WareGlasshouse
  72. Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness
  73. Jane WeaverModern Kosmology
  74. Madeline KenneyNight Night At the First Landing
  75. Destroyerken
  76. DeerhoofMountain Moves
  77. Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsSoul of a Woman
  78. TrickyUnuniform
  79. The Weather StationThe Weather Station
  80. British Sea PowerLet the Dancers Inherit the Party
  81. girlpoolPowerplant
  82. Saint EtienneHome Counties
  83. AustraFuture Politics
  84. The Mountain GoatsGoths
  85. Nadine ShahHoliday Destination
  86. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  87. MogwaiEvery Country’s Sun
  88. Beach FossilsSomersault
  89. The Flaming LipsOczy Mlody
  90. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
  91. Blanck MassWorld Eater
  92. PondThe Weather
  93. Little DragonSeason High
  94. Kamasi WashingtonHarmony of Difference
  95. Mac DeMarcoThis Old Dog
  96. Cut CopyHaiku From Zero
  97. Sondre LerchePleasure
  98. FazerdazeMorningside
  99. EMAExile In the Outer Ring
  100. This Is the KitMoonshine Freeze