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

In Review Online: Best Albums of 2017

05 January 2018

In Review Online: Best Albums of 2017

  1. HAIMSomething To Tell You
  2. LordeMelodrama
  3. Lil PeepCome Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1
  4. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  5. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  6. Fever RayPlunge
  7. Four TetNew Energy
  8. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  9. JAY-Z4:44
  10. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  11. The xxI See You
  12. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  13. Higher BrothersBlack Cab
  14. Ryuichi Sakamotoasync
  15. Perfume GeniusNo Shape

Alternative: Top 50 Releases of 2017

04 January 2018

The Alternative: Top 50 Releases of 2017

  1. Oso OsoThe Yunahon Mixtape
  2. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  3. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  4. Charly BlissGuppy
  5. Great GrandpaPlastic Cough
  6. Rozwell KidPrecious Art
  7. Sorority NoiseYou’re Not As _____ As You Think
  8. Strange RangerDaymoon
  9. HoderaFirst Things First
  10. Big ThiefCapacity
  11. CitizenAs You Please
  12. Remo DriveGreatest Hits
  13. The Spirit Of The BeehivePleasure Suck
  14. Meat WaveThe Incessant
  15. PileA Hairshirt of Purpose
  16. (Sandy) Alex GRocket
  17. Slaughter Beach, DogBirdie
  18. SZACtrl
  19. A Will AwayHere Again
  20. BullyLosing
  21. BlisNo One Loves You
  22. ConvergeThe Dusk In Us
  23. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  24. Greet DeathDixieland
  25. Cool AmericanInfinite Hiatus
  26. RatboysGN
  27. Wild PinkWild Pink
  28. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  29. Fire is MotionStill, I Try
  30. 2 ChainzPretty Girls Like Trap Music
  31. The ObsessivesThe Obsessives
  32. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
  33. SmidleySmidley
  34. Perspective, a Lovely Hand to HoldWhat Not to Do
  35. Harmony WoodsNothing Special
  36. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream
  37. WasherAll Aboard
  38. Walter Etc.Gloom Cruise
  39. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION
  40. [tie] BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION II
  41. [tie] BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION III
  42. Mo TroperExposure & Response
  43. WikiNo Mountains in Manhattan
  44. LordeMelodrama
  45. Diet CigSwear I’m Good At This
  46. Sinai VesselBrokenlegged
  47. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To DieAlways Foreign
  48. Jay SomEverybody Works
  49. Jelani SeiLvndr Twn
  50. Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
  51. Heart Attack ManThe Manson Family
  52. CaracaraSummer Megalith

Vibe: 25 Best Albums of 2017

02 January 2018

Vibe Magazine: 25 Best Albums of 2017 (“in nonsequential order”)

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2017

30 December 2017

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2017

[see also 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

Vinyl Me, Please: Best Albums of 2017

30 December 2017

Vinyl Me, Please: Best Albums of 2017

  1. SZACtrl
  2. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  3. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  4. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  5. LordeMelodrama
  6. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  7. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  8. Big ThiefCapacity
  9. Power TripNightmare Logic
  10. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  11. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  12. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  13. Kevin MorbyCity Music
  14. KelelaTake Me Apart
  15. SamphaProcess
  16. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  17. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  18. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  19. ThundercatDrunk
  20. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  21. BjörkUtopia
  22. Aldous HardingParty
  23. RostamHalf-Light
  24. Sorority NoiseYou’re Not As _____ As You Think
  25. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION
  26. [tie] BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION II
  27. Calvin HarrisFunk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  28. JAY-Z4:44
  29. IbeyiAsh
  30. Chris StapletonFrom A Room: Volume 1
  31. [tie] Chris StapletonFrom A Room: Volume 1
  32. TennisYours Conditionally