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.

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 Fuck With
  49. Death from Above 1979Outrage! Is Now
  50. Sinjin HawkeFirst Opus