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

Vinyl Me, Please: Best Albums of 2017

30 December 2017

Vinyl Me, Please: Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2018]

  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. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION II
  27. Calvin HarrisFunk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  28. JAY-Z4:44
  29. IbeyiAsh
  30. Chris StapletonFrom A Room: Volume 1
  31. Chris StapletonFrom A Room: Volume 1
  32. TennisYours Conditionally

Flood: Best Albums of 2017

30 December 2017

Flood Magazine: Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2018]

  1. Big ThiefCapacity
  2. Alex CameronForced Witness
  3. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  4. LiarsTFCF
  5. Charlotte GainsbourgRest
  6. SpoonHot Thoughts
  7. Mavis StaplesIf All I Was Was Black
  8. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  9. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  10. The PeacersIntroducing the Crimsmen
  11. Kevin MorbyCity Music
  12. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  13. Ty SegallTy Segall
  14. Randy NewmanDark Matter
  15. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream
  16. John AndrewsBad Posture
  17. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  18. Craig FinnWe All Want the Same Things
  19. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  20. The ClienteleMusic for the Age of Miracles
  21. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  22. MiguelWar & Leisure
  23. Oh SeesOrc
  24. SlowdiveSlowdive
  25. The CourtneysThe Courtneys II

Joey Guerra: 10 Best Albums of 2017

29 December 2017

Joey Guerra: 10 Best Albums of 2017, as published by The Houston Chronicle

  1. ResidenteResidente
  2. KhalidAmerican Teen
  3. LordeMelodrama
  4. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  5. Fat TonyMacgregor Park
  6. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  7. Lee Ann WomackThe Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  8. Tamar BraxtonBluebird of Happiness
  9. Harry StylesHarry Styles
  10. Mon LaferteLa Trenza

Jim Harrington: Best Albums of 2017

29 December 2017

Jim Harrington: Best Albums of 2017, as published by San Jose Mercury News

[see also 2018]

  1. LordeMelodrama
  2. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  3. KhalidAmerican Teen
  4. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  5. Taylor Swiftreputation
  6. HollynOne-Way Conversations
  7. Diet CigSwear I’m Good At This
  8. Lana Del ReyLust for Life
  9. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  10. Valerie JuneThe Order of Time

No Depression: Best Albums of 2017

28 December 2017

No Depression: Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2018]