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.

2017 Albums

Drowned in Sound: 100 Favourite Albums of 2017

24 November 2017

Drowned in Sound: 100 Favourite Albums of 2017. See also this year’s staff poll.

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

  1. Wolf AliceVisions of a Life
  2. Kelly Lee OwensKelly Lee Owens
  3. EMAExile In the Outer Ring
  4. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  5. NovellerA Pink Sunset for No One
  6. AustraFuture Politics
  7. FeistPleasure
  8. Jane WeaverModern Kosmology
  9. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  10. Juana MolinaHalo
  11. SoulwaxFROM DEEWEE
  12. ThundercatDrunk
  13. ParamoreAfter Laughter
  14. Jean-Michel Blais & CFCFCascades
  15. BjörkUtopia
  16. MogwaiEvery Country’s Sun
  17. Zola JesusOkovi
  18. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  19. ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
  20. Grizzly BearPainted Ruins
  21. Hannah PeelMary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia
  22. SlowdiveSlowdive
  23. Loyle CarnerYesterday’s Gone
  24. Eyre LlewAtelo
  25. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  26. Nadine ShahHoliday Destination
  27. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  28. LordeMelodrama
  29. Hurray for the Riff RaffThe Navigator
  30. The Big MoonLove In the 4th Dimension
  31. Princess Nokia1992
  32. Colin StetsonAll This I Do For Glory
  33. The HorrorsV
  34. Queens of the Stone AgeVillains
  35. RideWeather Diaries
  36. Sylvan EssoWhat Now
  37. IdlesBrutalism
  38. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Gustavo Santaolalla, MogwaiBefore the Flood
  39. Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After Sex
  40. Girl RayEarl Grey
  41. The MynabirdsBE HERE NOW
  42. SZACtrl
  43. Emily Haines & The Soft SkeletonFatal Gift
  44. Johnny JewelWindswept
  45. Jesca HoopMemories Are Now
  46. Katy PerryWitness
  47. ClarkDeath Peak
  48. GrandaddyLast Place
  49. Tired LionDumb Days
  50. William BasinskiA Shadow in Time
  51. Four TetNew Energy
  52. SløtfaceTry Not to Freak Out
  53. BeckColors
  54. BicepBicep
  55. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  56. Juanita SteinAmerica
  57. Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
  58. Broken Social SceneHug of Thunder
  59. Chelsea WolfeHiss Spun
  60. LiarsTFCF
  61. Kamasi WashingtonHarmony of Difference
  62. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  63. GhostpoetDark Days + Canapés
  64. Charlotte GainsbourgRest
  65. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  66. Jen CloherJen Cloher
  67. Do Make Say ThinkStubborn Persistent Illusions
  68. Mount KimbieLove What Survives
  69. Lana Del ReyLust for Life
  70. WileyGodfather
  71. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  72. Max RichterThree Worlds: Music from Woolf Works
  73. Molly BurchPlease Be Mine
  74. Rose Elinor DougallStellular
  75. Big ThiefCapacity
  76. Casey DienelImitation of a Woman To Love
  77. The ShinsHeartworms
  78. Destroyerken
  79. StormzyGang Signs & Prayer
  80. Cherry GlazerrApocalipstick
  81. Mura MasaMura Masa
  82. Fever RayPlunge
  83. Ryan AdamsPrisoner
  84. Depeche ModeSpirit
  85. Laurel HaloDust
  86. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  87. King KruleThe OOZ
  88. KelelaTake Me Apart
  89. This Is the KitMoonshine Freeze
  90. SamphaProcess
  91. LapaluxRuinism
  92. The Afghan WhigsIn Spades
  93. Cloud NothingsLife Without Sound
  94. Circuit Des YeuxReaching For Indigo
  95. RapsodyLaila’s Wisdom
  96. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  97. Public Service BroadcastingEvery Valley
  98. Future IslandsThe Far Field
  99. Blanck MassWorld Eater
  100. Arcade FireEverything Now

Q: Top 50 Albums of 2017

24 November 2017

Q Magazine: Top 50 Albums of 2017

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

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  3. Wolf AliceVisions of a Life
  4. LordeMelodrama
  5. GorillazHumanz
  6. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  7. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  8. Baxter DuryPrince of Tears
  9. Queens of the Stone AgeVillains
  10. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  11. StormzyGang Signs & Prayer
  12. Sleaford ModsEnglish Tapas
  13. The HorrorsV
  14. SamphaProcess
  15. Liam GallagherAs You Were
  16. Girl RayEarl Grey
  17. The xxI See You
  18. Four TetNew Energy
  19. Dizzee RascalRaskit
  20. Forest SwordsCompassion
  21. Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After Sex
  22. Jane WeaverModern Kosmology
  23. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  24. Paul WellerA Kind Revolution
  25. ThundercatDrunk
  26. SparksHippopotamus
  27. SZACtrl
  28. MUNAAbout U
  29. Everything EverythingA Fever Dream
  30. BeckColors
  31. Brian EnoReflection
  32. Nadia ReidPreservation
  33. Joan ShelleyJoan Shelley
  34. Susanne SundførMusic For People In Trouble
  35. KasabianFor Crying Out Loud
  36. ElbowLittle Fictions
  37. J HusCommon Sense
  38. PhoenixTi Amo
  39. Lana Del ReyLust for Life
  40. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  41. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  42. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  43. SqueezeThe Knowledge
  44. Michael Head & The Red Elastic BandAdiós Señor Pussycat
  45. alt-JRELAXER
  46. JAY-Z4:44
  47. GhostpoetDark Days + Canapés
  48. Kevin MorbyCity Music
  49. Depeche ModeSpirit
  50. PumarosaThe Witch

NME: 50 Best Albums of 2017

23 November 2017

NME: 50 Best Albums of 2017

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

  1. LordeMelodrama
  2. Wolf AliceVisions of a Life
  3. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  4. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  5. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  6. J HusCommon Sense
  7. SZACtrl
  8. Lana Del ReyLust for Life
  9. WileyGodfather
  10. Liam GallagherAs You Were
  11. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  12. Loyle CarnerYesterday’s Gone
  13. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  14. StormzyGang Signs & Prayer
  15. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  16. King KruleThe OOZ
  17. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  18. GorillazHumanz
  19. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  20. ParamoreAfter Laughter
  21. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  22. Kevin MorbyCity Music
  23. SamphaProcess
  24. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  25. Kelly Lee OwensKelly Lee Owens
  26. BleachersGone Now
  27. Foo FightersConcrete and Gold
  28. Methyl EthelEverything Is Forgotten
  29. Arcade FireEverything Now
  30. BeckColors
  31. Taylor Swiftreputation
  32. Princess Nokia1992
  33. KasabianFor Crying Out Loud
  34. Mura MasaMura Masa
  35. Queens of the Stone AgeVillains
  36. CreeperEternity, In Your Arms
  37. JAY-Z4:44
  38. alt-JRELAXER
  39. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  40. (Sandy) Alex GRocket
  41. Fever RayPlunge
  42. ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
  43. PhoenixTi Amo
  44. The Big MoonLove In the 4th Dimension
  45. The MoonlandingzInterplanetary Class Classics
  46. The xxI See You
  47. Kiran LeonardDerevaun Seraun
  48. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  49. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  50. ThundercatDrunk

Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2017

23 November 2017

Uncut Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2017

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

  1. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  2. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  3. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  4. The Weather StationThe Weather Station
  5. Joan ShelleyJoan Shelley
  6. Richard DawsonPeasant
  7. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  8. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  9. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  10. Hurray for the Riff RaffThe Navigator
  11. SlowdiveSlowdive
  12. Peter PerrettHow the West Was Won
  13. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  14. Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness
  15. Joshua AbramsSimultonality
  16. Jane WeaverModern Kosmology
  17. Juana MolinaHalo
  18. LordeMelodrama
  19. The ClienteleMusic for the Age of Miracles
  20. Grizzly BearPainted Ruins
  21. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  22. Ty SegallTy Segall
  23. Chuck JohnsonBalsams
  24. Margo PriceAll American Made
  25. Robert PlantCarry Fire
  26. Rhiannon GiddensFreedom Highway
  27. Hiss Golden MessengerHallelujah Anyhow
  28. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  29. Michael Chapman50
  30. Susanne SundførMusic For People In Trouble
  31. GasNarkopop
  32. Sleaford ModsEnglish Tapas
  33. Oh SeesOrc
  34. Saint EtienneHome Counties
  35. King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardFlying Microtonal Banana
  36. Four TetNew Energy
  37. RideWeather Diaries
  38. Robyn HitchcockRobyn Hitchcock
  39. ArcaArca
  40. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  41. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  42. ThundercatDrunk
  43. Trio Da Kali & Kronos QuartetLadilikan
  44. Jake Xerxes FussellWhat in the Natural World
  45. SpoonHot Thoughts
  46. Broken Social SceneHug of Thunder
  47. PondThe Weather
  48. LindstrømIt’s Alright Between Us as It Is
  49. Michael Head & The Red Elastic BandAdiós Señor Pussycat
  50. The xxI See You
  51. Randy NewmanDark Matter
  52. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel BandDreaming in the Non-Dream
  53. SZACtrl
  54. TinariwenElwan
  55. The MoonlandingzInterplanetary Class Classics
  56. House and LandHouse and Land
  57. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverThe French Press
  58. WandPlum
  59. John MausScreen Memories
  60. Bitchin BajasBajas Fresh
  61. Lana Del ReyLust for Life
  62. Mark EitzelHey Mr Ferryman
  63. Kevin MorbyCity Music
  64. Blanck MassWorld Eater
  65. Real EstateIn Mind
  66. CrescentResin Pockets
  67. The Magnetic Fields50 Song Memoir
  68. Floating PointsReflections – Mojave Desert
  69. SparksHippopotamus
  70. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  71. David RawlingsPoor David’s Almanack
  72. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  73. Aldous HardingParty
  74. FeistPleasure
  75. Ryan AdamsPrisoner

Mojo: 50 Best Albums of 2017

22 November 2017

Mojo Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2017

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

  1. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  2. Nadia ReidPreservation
  3. Queens of the Stone AgeVillains
  4. A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  5. Jane WeaverModern Kosmology
  6. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  7. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  8. Hurray for the Riff RaffThe Navigator
  9. Sleaford ModsEnglish Tapas
  10. Aldous HardingParty
  11. The MoonlandingzInterplanetary Class Classics
  12. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  13. GhostpoetDark Days + Canapés
  14. This Is the KitMoonshine Freeze
  15. SparksHippopotamus
  16. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  17. Binker and MosesJourney to the Mountain of Forever
  18. Mark Lanegan BandGargoyle
  19. Aimee MannMental Illness
  20. Richard DawsonPeasant
  21. ThundercatDrunk
  22. Peter PerrettHow the West Was Won
  23. Songhoy BluesRésistance
  24. Oh SeesOrc
  25. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  26. Tony AllenThe Source
  27. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  28. Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness
  29. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  30. The Bug & EarthConcrete Desert
  31. Susanne SundførMusic For People In Trouble
  32. TamikrestKidal
  33. Randy NewmanDark Matter
  34. The Magnetic Fields50 Song Memoir
  35. SamphaProcess
  36. WireSilver / Lead
  37. Paul WellerA Kind Revolution
  38. Oumou SangaréMogoya
  39. Kelley StoltzQue Aura
  40. BeckColors
  41. Endless BoogieVibe Killer
  42. Foo FightersConcrete and Gold
  43. Shabazz PalacesQuazarz vs. The Jealous Machines
  44. Kate BushBefore the Dawn
  45. Wolf AliceVisions of a Life
  46. MogwaiEvery Country’s Sun
  47. Roger WatersIs This the Life We Really Want?
  48. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  49. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  50. Wrongtom & The Ragga TwinsIn Time