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

Daily Beast: 10 Best Albums of 2017

28 December 2017

The Daily Beast: 10 Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2018]

  1. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  2. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  3. Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
  4. SZACtrl
  5. LordeMelodrama
  6. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  7. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  8. Brand NewScience Fiction
  9. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  10. Gucci ManeDroptopwop

Tony Fantano: Top 50 Albums of 2017

24 December 2017

Tony Fantano: Top 50 Albums of 2017, as aired on The Needle Drop

[see also 2018]

  1. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  2. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION II
  3. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  4. Big K.R.I.T.4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
  5. Sun Kil MoonCommon as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
  6. Neil CicieregaMouth Moods
  7. Kirin J CallinanBravado
  8. RosalíaLos Ángeles
  9. AlgiersThe Underside of Power
  10. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  11. OxbowThin Black Duke
  12. Alex CameronForced Witness
  13. Xiu XiuForget
  14. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  15. IglooghostNeō Wax Bloom
  16. SZACtrl
  17. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream
  18. Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsSoul of a Woman
  19. Richard DawsonPeasant
  20. Oh SeesOrc
  21. The Mountain GoatsGoths
  22. JAY-Z4:44
  23. Billy WoodsKnown Unknowns
  24. Uncommon NasaWritten at Night
  25. Primitive ManCaustic
  26. Quelle ChrisBeing You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often
  27. Guerilla TossGT Ultra
  28. King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardFlying Microtonal Banana
  29. Ibibio Sound MachineUyai
  30. Princess Nokia1992
  31. IdlesBrutalism
  32. Ariel PinkDedicated To Bobby Jameson
  33. ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
  34. WileyGodfather
  35. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  36. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  37. Joey Bada$$ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
  38. Code OrangeForever
  39. FeistPleasure
  40. RapsodyLaila’s Wisdom
  41. KelelaTake Me Apart
  42. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
  43. ElderReflections of a Floating World
  44. ConvergeThe Dusk In Us
  45. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  46. SamphaProcess
  47. PallbearerHeartless
  48. Dying FetusWrong One to F**k With
  49. Death from Above 1979Outrage! Is Now
  50. Sinjin HawkeFirst Opus

Sputnikmusic: Top 50 Albums of 2017

22 December 2017

Sputnikmusic: Top 50 Albums of 2017

[see also 2015]

  1. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  2. UlverThe Assassination of Julius Caesar
  3. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  4. Manchester OrchestraA Black Mile To The Surface
  5. The MenzingersAfter the Party
  6. Blood CulturesHappy Birthday
  7. LordeMelodrama
  8. Gang of YouthsGo Farther in Lightness
  9. Pain of SalvationIn the Passing Light of Day
  10. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  11. Brand NewScience Fiction
  12. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  13. Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
  14. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  15. ParamoreAfter Laughter
  16. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  17. GlassjawMaterial Control
  18. ArcaArca
  19. SamphaProcess
  20. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  21. Falls of RaurosVigilance Perennial
  22. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  23. Jürg FreyEphemeral Constructions
  24. Fever RayPlunge
  25. FenWinter
  26. Artificial BrainInfrared Horizon
  27. DispersEForeword
  28. IglooghostNeō Wax Bloom
  29. SlowdiveSlowdive
  30. PropagandhiVictory Lap
  31. Steven WilsonTo the Bone
  32. BedwetterVol. 1: Flick Your Tongue Against Your Teeth and Describe the Present
  33. Wolves in the Throne RoomThrice Woven
  34. KralliceGo Be Forgotten
  35. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION II
  36. Cradle of FilthCryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay
  37. Do Make Say ThinkStubborn Persistent Illusions
  38. PVRISAll We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell
  39. Blanck MassWorld Eater
  40. King KruleThe OOZ
  41. And So I Watch You From AfarThe Endless Shimmering
  42. LykantropiLykantropi
  43. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  44. The Smith Street BandMore Scared of You Than You Are of Me
  45. Dad ThighsThe Ghosts That I Fear
  46. death’s dynamic shroudHeavy Black Heart
  47. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To DieAlways Foreign
  48. 1800HaightStreetEndless
  49. Benjamin ClementineI Tell A Fly
  50. SorcererThe Crowning of the Fire King

Pigeons & Planes: Best Albums of 2017

22 December 2017

Pigeons & Planes: Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2016, 2015]

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. SZACtrl
  3. LordeMelodrama
  4. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION III
  5. JAY-Z4:44
  6. Sminoblkswn
  7. Daniel CaesarFreudian
  8. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  9. FutureFUTURE
  10. Ty Dolla $ignBeach House 3
  11. JIDThe Never Story
  12. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  13. King KruleThe OOZ
  14. SamphaProcess
  15. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION II
  16. J HusCommon Sense
  17. 21 Savage, Offset & Metro BoominWithout Warning
  18. SydFin
  19. Kodak BlackPainting Pictures
  20. MigosCulture
  21. Yung LeanStranger
  22. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  23. GoldLinkAt What Cost
  24. Rex Orange CountyApricot Princess
  25. Toro y MoiBoo Boo
  26. Playboi CartiPlayboi Carti
  27. Mac DeMarcoThis Old Dog
  28. Jaden SmithSYRE
  29. GiggsWamp 2 Dem
  30. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  31. 21 SavageIssa
  32. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  33. Gucci ManeDroptopwop
  34. KelelaTake Me Apart
  35. ThundercatDrunk
  36. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  37. Young ThugBEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS
  38. CorbinMourn
  39. WikiNo Mountains in Manhattan
  40. StormzyGang Signs & Prayer
  41. MiguelWar & Leisure
  42. AminéGood For You
  43. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
  44. IDKIWASVERYBAD
  45. DrakeMore Life
  46. ChokerPeak
  47. Lil PumpLil Pump
  48. KhalidAmerican Teen
  49. Cyhi The PrynceNo Dope on Sundays
  50. Charli XCXNumber 1 Angel

Guardian: Best Albums of 2017

22 December 2017

The Guardian: Best Albums of 2017

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

  1. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  2. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  3. SZACtrl
  4. LordeMelodrama
  5. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  6. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  7. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  8. ThundercatDrunk
  9. KelelaTake Me Apart
  10. Richard DawsonPeasant
  11. Jane WeaverModern Kosmology
  12. Wolf AliceVisions of a Life
  13. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  14. J HusCommon Sense
  15. The HorrorsV
  16. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  17. DrakeMore Life
  18. StormzyGang Signs & Prayer
  19. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  20. SamphaProcess
  21. Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After Sex
  22. King KruleThe OOZ
  23. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  24. ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
  25. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  26. ParamoreAfter Laughter
  27. Marika HackmanI’m Not Your Man
  28. SlowdiveSlowdive
  29. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  30. Girl RayEarl Grey
  31. Charlotte GainsbourgRest
  32. Four TetNew Energy
  33. MiguelWar & Leisure
  34. Juana MolinaHalo
  35. Nick HakimGreen Twins
  36. Rhiannon GiddensFreedom Highway
  37. SparksHippopotamus
  38. Baxter DuryPrince of Tears
  39. Cloud NothingsLife Without Sound
  40. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  41. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  42. Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness
  43. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  44. The xxI See You
  45. PowerdanceThe Lost Art of Getting Down
  46. Les Amazones d’AfriqueRépublique Amazone
  47. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  48. Vijay Iyer SextetFar from Over
  49. Lisa KnappTill April Is Dead – A Garland of May
  50. Trio Da Kali & Kronos QuartetLadilikan