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.

Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2017

20 January 2018

Robert Christgau: Dean's List 2017

[see also 2018, 2012]

  1. Randy NewmanDark Matter
  2. various artistsAmerican Epic: The Best of Blues
  3. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  4. The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
  5. various artistsAmerican Epic: The Soundtrack
  6. Princess Nokia1992 Deluxe
  7. Brad PaisleyLove and War
  8. Hamell On TrialTackle Box
  9. WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
  10. Dawn ObergNothing Rhymes with Orange
  11. Sunny SweeneyTrophy
  12. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  13. various artistsRough Guide to the Music of West Africa
  14. Chuck BerryChuck
  15. Jens LekmanLife Will See You Now
  16. various artistsAmerican Epic: The Collection
  17. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverTalk Tight
  18. various artistsRough Guide to Jug Band Blues
  19. KhalidAmerican Teen
  20. Starlito & Don TripStep Brothers THREE
  21. Marcel Khalife & Mahmoud DarwishAndalusia of Love
  22. Mariem HassanLa Voz Indómita
  23. Aesop Rock & Homeboy SandmanTriple Fat Lice
  24. L'Orange & Jeremiah JaeThe Night Took Us in Like Family
  25. Les Amazones d’AfriqueRépublique Amazone
  26. The Magnetic Fields50 Song Memoir
  27. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  28. Trio Da Kali & Kronos QuartetLadilikan
  29. Emperor XOversleepers International
  30. Lee RanaldoElectric Trim
  31. Joey Bada$$1999
  32. various artistsThe Bob's Burgers Music Album
  33. JJ DOOMKey To The Kuffs
  34. Homeboy SandmanVeins
  35. Amber CoffmanCity of No Reply
  36. Beth DittoFake Sugar
  37. Pere Ubu20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo
  38. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  39. AlgiersThe Underside of Power
  40. Ornette ColemanCelebrate Ornette
  41. Body CountBloodlust
  42. Swet Shop BoysCashmere
  43. Robt Sarazin BlakeRecitative
  44. Nona Hendryx & Gary LucasThe World of Captain Beefheart
  45. Gogol BordelloSeekers and Finders
  46. JAY-Z4:44
  47. OddiseeThe Iceberg
  48. The PerceptionistsResolution
  49. A SavageThawing Dawn
  50. MotörheadUnder Cöver
  51. Matt NorthAbove Ground Fools
  52. Orchestra BaobabTribute to Ndiouga Dieng
  53. Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker
  54. Becky WarrenWar Surplus
  55. MigosCulture
  56. Saint EtienneHome Counties
  57. various artistsGentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams
  58. Dylan HicksAd Out
  59. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream
  60. Fat TonyMacgregor Park
  61. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  62. Umphrey's McGeeZonkey
  63. SydFin
  64. BlondiePollinator
  65. KanoMade in the Manor
  66. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  67. Daddy IssuesCan We Still Hang
  68. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  69. Deer TickDeer Tick, Vol. 2
  70. Cloud NothingsLife Without Sound
  71. various artistsRock & Roll Music: Songs Of Chuck Berry
  72. Zeal & ArdorDevil Is Fine
  73. Steve Earle & The DukesSo You Wannabe an Outlaw
  74. various artistsNOW That's What I Call 90s Pop
  75. Angaleena PresleyWrangled
  76. The Paranoid StyleUnderworld USA
  77. Playboi CartiPlayboi Carti
  78. Swet Shop BoysSufi La
  79. Kevin AbstractAmerican Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story
  80. Fred ThomasChanger
  81. various artistsNOW That's What I Call Tailgate Anthems
  82. various artists24 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's: Vol. 15
  83. Hard Working AmericansWe're All in This Together
  84. Conor OberstSalutations
  85. Kasai All StarsAround Félicité (Original Soundtrack)
  86. various artistsBattle Hymns
  87. Daddy IssuesDeep Dream
  88. Nnamdi OgbonnayaDrool
  89. The Goon SaxUp to Anything
  90. Whitney RoseSouth Texas Suite