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

Magnet: Top 25 Albums of 2017

21 December 2017

Magnet Magazine: Top 25 Albums of 2017

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

  1. WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
  2. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  3. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  4. Chastity BeltI Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
  5. Manchester OrchestraA Black Mile To The Surface
  6. SamphaProcess
  7. Future IslandsThe Far Field
  8. Queens of the Stone AgeVillains
  9. Sylvan EssoWhat Now
  10. Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After Sex
  11. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  12. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  13. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  14. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  15. SpoonHot Thoughts
  16. Hurray for the Riff RaffThe Navigator
  17. Peter PerrettHow the West Was Won
  18. Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
  19. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  20. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  21. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  22. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  23. Bash & PopAnything Could Happen
  24. AlgiersThe Underside of Power
  25. House and LandHouse and Land

Sasha Frere-Jones: Favorite Albums of 2017

20 December 2017

Sasha Frere-Jones: Favorite Albums of 2017. Albums are organized into two tiers and listed chronologically within each.

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

Fact: 50 Best Albums of 2017

20 December 2017

Fact Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2017

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

  1. Ryuichi Sakamotoasync
  2. ColleenA flame my love, a frequency
  3. SZACtrl
  4. Dj PythonDulce Compañia
  5. FutureHNDRXX
  6. Laurel HaloDust
  7. J HusCommon Sense
  8. KamaiyahBefore I Wake
  9. ErrorsmithSuperlative Fatigue
  10. TQDUKG
  11. JlinBlack Origami
  12. Visible CloaksReassemblage
  13. Sudan ArchivesSudan Archives
  14. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  15. EquiknoxxColón Man
  16. Fever RayPlunge
  17. MESHHesaitix
  18. JAY-Z4:44
  19. Karen GwyerRembo
  20. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  21. KehlaniSweetSexySavage
  22. Differ-EntIt’s Good to Be Differ-Ent
  23. MigosCulture
  24. MhysaFantasii
  25. Playboi CartiPlayboi Carti
  26. KelelaTake Me Apart
  27. Nidia MinajNídia É Má, Nídia É Fudida
  28. SamphaProcess
  29. Nabihah IqbalWeighing of the Heart
  30. ActressAZD
  31. StormzyGang Signs & Prayer
  32. Rainforest Spiritual EnslavementAmbient Black Magic
  33. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  34. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  35. Caterina BarbieriPatterns of Consciousness
  36. Ariel PinkDedicated To Bobby Jameson
  37. UMFANGSymbolic Use of Light
  38. Yves TumorExperiencing the Deposit of Faith
  39. Lil BBlack Ken
  40. BjörkUtopia
  41. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  42. Lee GambleMnestic Pressure
  43. Otim AlphaGulu City Anthems
  44. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  45. G PericoAll Blue
  46. Aaron DillowayThe Gag File
  47. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  48. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  49. John MausScreen Memories
  50. Nathan FakeProvidence

Jordan Cronk: Favorite Albums of 2017

19 December 2017

Jordan Cronk: Favorite Albums of 2017, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2018, 2016]

  1. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  2. Visible CloaksReassemblage
  3. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  4. SlowdiveSlowdive
  5. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  6. JlinBlack Origami
  7. WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
  8. Circuit Des YeuxReaching For Indigo
  9. BjörkUtopia
  10. Various Artists — Mono No Aware
  11. Zola JesusOkovi
  12. ArcaArca
  13. GasNarkopop
  14. Laurel HaloDust
  15. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  16. Blanck MassWorld Eater
  17. Fever RayPlunge
  18. Harriet BrownContact
  19. Ariel PinkDedicated To Bobby Jameson
  20. Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After Sex
  21. Cloud NothingsLife Without Sound
  22. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  23. DJ SportsModern Species
  24. Forest SwordsCompassion
  25. ColleenA flame my love, a frequency
  26. Konrad SprengerStack Music
  27. Soccer MommyCollection
  28. yaejiYaeji
  29. yaejiEP2
  30. Charly BlissGuppy
  31. Four TetNew Energy

Les Inrocks: Best Albums of 2017

19 December 2017

Les Inrockuptibles: Best Albums of 2017

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

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. King KruleThe OOZ
  3. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  4. MigosCulture
  5. Alex CameronForced Witness
  6. Juliette ArmanetPetite amie
  7. Mac DeMarcoThis Old Dog
  8. OrelsanLa fête est finie
  9. DamsoIpséité
  10. Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After Sex
  11. Lana Del ReyLust for Life
  12. N.E.R.DNO ONE EVER REALLY DIES
  13. SamphaProcess
  14. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  15. FishbachÀ ta merci
  16. PhoenixTi Amo
  17. Arcade FireEverything Now
  18. Fever RayPlunge
  19. Étienne DahoBlitz
  20. Princess Nokia1992
  21. Aldous HardingParty
  22. ArcaArca
  23. Loyle CarnerYesterday’s Gone
  24. Charlotte GainsbourgRest
  25. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  26. SparksHippopotamus
  27. John MausScreen Memories
  28. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  29. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  30. Ho99o9United States of Horror
  31. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  32. Grizzly BearPainted Ruins
  33. Jefre Cantu-LedesmaOn the Echoing Green
  34. Ariel PinkDedicated To Bobby Jameson
  35. Tony AllenThe Source
  36. IbeyiAsh
  37. Mount KimbieLove What Survives
  38. JorrdeeAvant
  39. KelelaTake Me Apart
  40. SinkaneLife & Livin’ It
  41. SlowdiveSlowdive
  42. BedouineBedouine
  43. The Dream SyndicateHow Did I Find Myself Here?
  44. Zombie ZombieLivity
  45. Linda PerhacsI’m a Harmony
  46. ThundercatDrunk
  47. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  48. BjörkUtopia
  49. Michael NauSome Twist
  50. OjardEuphonie
  51. Juana MolinaHalo
  52. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  53. BabxAscensions
  54. Nick MulveyWake Up Now
  55. Lawrence RothmanThe Book of Law
  56. Real EstateIn Mind
  57. The New YearSnow
  58. Pierre LapointeLa science du cœur
  59. ÌFÉIIII+IIII
  60. Dan AuerbachWaiting on a Song
  61. Bob DylanTriplicate
  62. TemplesVolcano
  63. Gregg KowalskyL’Orange L’Orange
  64. Polo & PanCaravelle
  65. DrakeMore Life
  66. Luca D’AlbertoEndless
  67. The xxI See You
  68. Benjamin BiolayVolver
  69. Dirty ProjectorsDirty Projectors
  70. Chuck BerryChuck
  71. StormzyGang Signs & Prayer
  72. The ShinsHeartworms
  73. Big ThiefCapacity
  74. Benjamin ClementineI Tell A Fly
  75. Kelly Lee OwensKelly Lee Owens
  76. Lil Uzi VertLuv Is Rage 2
  77. GhostpoetDark Days + Canapés
  78. Larkin PoePeach
  79. Lil YachtyTeenage Emotions
  80. Dent MayAcross the Multiverse
  81. JapandroidsNear To The Wild Heart Of Life
  82. Action BronsonBlue Chips 7000
  83. Hamza1994
  84. SydFin
  85. The Radiophonic WorkshopBurials In Several Earths
  86. Michael Head & The Red Elastic BandAdiós Señor Pussycat
  87. IchonIl suffit de le faire
  88. FeistPleasure
  89. Pierre KwendersMAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
  90. BeckColors
  91. Gucci ManeMr. Davis
  92. Laurel HaloDust
  93. Young ThugBEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS
  94. The Jesus and Mary ChainDamage and Joy
  95. SZACtrl
  96. Lydia AinsworthDarling of the Afterglow
  97. Tori AmosNative Invader
  98. HOMESHAKEFresh Air
  99. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION
  100. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION II
  101. alt-JRELAXER