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.

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2017

23 January 2018

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 LamarDAMN.
  2. SZACtrl
  3. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  4. LordeMelodrama
  5. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  6. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  7. SlowdiveSlowdive
  8. JAY-Z4:44
  9. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  10. WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
  11. JlinBlack Origami
  12. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  13. ThundercatDrunk
  14. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  15. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  16. KelelaTake Me Apart
  17. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  18. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  19. Jens LekmanLife Will See You Now
  20. MigosCulture
  21. SpoonHot Thoughts
  22. Hurray for the Riff RaffThe Navigator
  23. King KruleThe OOZ
  24. SamphaProcess
  25. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  26. Rhiannon GiddensFreedom Highway
  27. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  28. The Magnetic Fields50 Song Memoir
  29. AlgiersThe Underside of Power
  30. Randy NewmanDark Matter
  31. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  32. Ke$haRainbow
  33. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
  34. BjörkUtopia
  35. Margo PriceAll American Made
  36. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  37. Lana Del ReyLust for Life
  38. The xxI See You
  39. Big ThiefCapacity
  40. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  41. Jay SomEverybody Works
  42. Charly BlissGuppy
  43. Lee Ann WomackThe Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  44. ParamoreAfter Laughter
  45. Kelly Lee OwensKelly Lee Owens
  46. Daniel CaesarFreudian
  47. Charlotte GainsbourgRest
  48. Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsSoul of a Woman
  49. SydFin
  50. The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
  51. MiguelWar & Leisure
  52. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  53. Harry StylesHarry Styles
  54. DrakeMore Life
  55. Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness
  56. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  57. Alex LaheyI Love You Like a Brother
  58. KhalidAmerican Teen
  59. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  60. Aimee MannMental Illness
  61. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream
  62. Ted Leo and the PharmacistsThe Hanged Man
  63. Kamasi WashingtonHarmony of Difference
  64. The ClienteleMusic for the Age of Miracles
  65. Fever RayPlunge
  66. Power TripNightmare Logic
  67. ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
  68. Roscoe MitchellBells For the South Side
  69. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  70. Ryan AdamsPrisoner
  71. Taylor Swiftreputation
  72. Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
  73. Alice ColtraneWorld Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane
  74. KehlaniSweetSexySavage
  75. Jaimie BranchFly or Die
  76. The ReplacementsFor Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986
  77. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  78. FutureHNDRXX
  79. The RegrettesFeel Your Feelings Fool!
  80. SparksHippopotamus
  81. Sylvan EssoWhat Now
  82. Robyn HitchcockRobyn Hitchcock
  83. ElderReflections of a Floating World
  84. The FeeliesIn Between
  85. The CourtneysThe Courtneys II
  86. Queens of the Stone AgeVillains
  87. IbeyiAsh
  88. Ty Dolla $ignBeach House 3
  89. Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
  90. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  91. Charli XCXNumber 1 Angel
  92. ConvergeThe Dusk In Us
  93. Zola JesusOkovi
  94. Ariel PinkDedicated To Bobby Jameson
  95. JapandroidsNear To The Wild Heart Of Life
  96. Orchestra BaobabTribute to Ndiouga Dieng
  97. Juana MolinaHalo
  98. Joshua AbramsSimultonality
  99. EMAExile In the Outer Ring
  100. Chris StapletonFrom A Room: Volume 1
  101. U2Songs of Experience

Gina Vaynshteyn: 27 Best Books of 2017

20 January 2018

Gina Vaynshteyn: 27 Best Books of 2017, as published by Hello Giggles

Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2017

20 January 2018

Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2017

[see also 2018, 2012]

  1. Randy NewmanDark Matter
  2. Various Artists — American Epic: The Best of Blues
  3. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  4. The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
  5. Various Artists — American Epic: The Soundtrack
  6. Princess Nokia1992 Deluxe
  7. Brad PaisleyLove and War
  8. Hamell On TrialTackle Box
  9. WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
  10. Dawn ObergNothing Rhymes with Orange
  11. Sunny SweeneyTrophy
  12. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  13. Various Artists — Rough Guide to the Music of West Africa
  14. Chuck BerryChuck
  15. Jens LekmanLife Will See You Now
  16. Various Artists — American Epic: The Collection
  17. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverTalk Tight
  18. Various Artists — Rough Guide to Jug Band Blues
  19. KhalidAmerican Teen
  20. Starlito & Don TripStep Brothers THREE
  21. Marcel Khalife & Mahmoud DarwishAndalusia of Love
  22. Mariem HassanLa Voz Indómita
  23. Aesop Rock & Homeboy SandmanTriple Fat Lice
  24. L'Orange & Jeremiah JaeThe Night Took Us in Like Family
  25. Les Amazones d’AfriqueRépublique Amazone
  26. The Magnetic Fields50 Song Memoir
  27. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  28. Trio Da Kali & Kronos QuartetLadilikan
  29. Emperor XOversleepers International
  30. Lee RanaldoElectric Trim
  31. Joey Bada$$1999
  32. Various Artists — The Bob's Burgers Music Album
  33. JJ DOOMKey To The Kuffs
  34. Homeboy SandmanVeins
  35. Amber CoffmanCity of No Reply
  36. Beth DittoFake Sugar
  37. Pere Ubu20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo
  38. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  39. AlgiersThe Underside of Power
  40. Ornette ColemanCelebrate Ornette
  41. Body CountBloodlust
  42. Swet Shop BoysCashmere
  43. Robt Sarazin BlakeRecitative
  44. Nona Hendryx & Gary LucasThe World of Captain Beefheart
  45. Gogol BordelloSeekers and Finders
  46. JAY-Z4:44
  47. OddiseeThe Iceberg
  48. The PerceptionistsResolution
  49. A SavageThawing Dawn
  50. MotörheadUnder Cöver
  51. Matt NorthAbove Ground Fools
  52. Orchestra BaobabTribute to Ndiouga Dieng
  53. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  54. Becky WarrenWar Surplus
  55. MigosCulture
  56. Saint EtienneHome Counties
  57. Various Artists — Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams
  58. Dylan HicksAd Out
  59. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream
  60. Fat TonyMacgregor Park
  61. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  62. Umphrey's McGeeZonkey
  63. SydFin
  64. BlondiePollinator
  65. KanoMade in the Manor
  66. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  67. Daddy IssuesCan We Still Hang
  68. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  69. Deer TickDeer Tick, Vol. 2
  70. Cloud NothingsLife Without Sound
  71. Various Artists — Rock & Roll Music: Songs Of Chuck Berry
  72. Zeal & ArdorDevil Is Fine
  73. Steve Earle & The DukesSo You Wannabe an Outlaw
  74. Various Artists — NOW That's What I Call 90s Pop
  75. Angaleena PresleyWrangled
  76. The Paranoid StyleUnderworld USA
  77. Playboi CartiPlayboi Carti
  78. Swet Shop BoysSufi La
  79. Kevin AbstractAmerican Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story
  80. Fred ThomasChanger
  81. Various Artists — NOW That's What I Call Tailgate Anthems
  82. Various Artists — 24 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's: Vol. 15
  83. Hard Working AmericansWe're All in This Together
  84. Conor OberstSalutations
  85. Kasai All StarsAround Félicité (Original Soundtrack)
  86. Various Artists — Battle Hymns
  87. Daddy IssuesDeep Dream
  88. Nnamdi OgbonnayaDrool
  89. The Goon SaxUp to Anything
  90. Whitney RoseSouth Texas Suite

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2017

18 January 2018

Dan Sallitt: Favorite Films of 2017, of those “that played at least one week in Manhattan for the first time in 2017, in approximate order of preference”

[see also 2012]

  1. Staying VerticalAlain Guiraudie
  2. The Unknown GirlJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  3. Mister UniversoTizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
  4. How Heavy This HammerKazik Radwanski
  5. DownsizingAlexander Payne
  6. i hate myself :)Joanna Arnow
  7. Hermia & HelenaMatías Piñeiro
  8. The Wedding PlanRama Burshtein
  9. Marjorie PrimeMichael Almereyda
  10. Slack BayBruno Dumont
  11. PaulinaSantiago Mitre
  12. A Ghost StoryDavid Lowery

Alex Balk: Favorite Books of 2017

18 January 2018

Alex Balk: Favorite Books of 2017, as published by The Awl