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

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2017

23 January 2018

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2017 (an annual poll of more than 400 critics, published by The Village Voice)

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

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. SZACtrl
  3. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  4. LordeMelodrama
  5. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  6. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  7. SlowdiveSlowdive
  8. JAY-Z4:44
  9. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  10. WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
  11. JlinBlack Origami
  12. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  13. ThundercatDrunk
  14. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  15. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  16. KelelaTake Me Apart
  17. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  18. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  19. Jens LekmanLife Will See You Now
  20. MigosCulture
  21. SpoonHot Thoughts
  22. Hurray for the Riff RaffThe Navigator
  23. King KruleThe OOZ
  24. SamphaProcess
  25. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  26. Rhiannon GiddensFreedom Highway
  27. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  28. The Magnetic Fields50 Song Memoir
  29. AlgiersThe Underside of Power
  30. Randy NewmanDark Matter
  31. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  32. Ke$haRainbow
  33. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
  34. BjörkUtopia
  35. Margo PriceAll American Made
  36. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  37. Lana Del ReyLust for Life
  38. The xxI See You
  39. Big ThiefCapacity
  40. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  41. Jay SomEverybody Works
  42. Charly BlissGuppy
  43. Lee Ann WomackThe Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  44. ParamoreAfter Laughter
  45. Kelly Lee OwensKelly Lee Owens
  46. Daniel CaesarFreudian
  47. Charlotte GainsbourgRest
  48. Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsSoul of a Woman
  49. SydFin
  50. The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
  51. MiguelWar & Leisure
  52. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  53. Harry StylesHarry Styles
  54. DrakeMore Life
  55. Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness
  56. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  57. Alex LaheyI Love You Like a Brother
  58. KhalidAmerican Teen
  59. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  60. Aimee MannMental Illness
  61. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream
  62. Ted Leo and the PharmacistsThe Hanged Man
  63. Kamasi WashingtonHarmony of Difference
  64. The ClienteleMusic for the Age of Miracles
  65. Fever RayPlunge
  66. Power TripNightmare Logic
  67. ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
  68. Roscoe MitchellBells For the South Side
  69. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  70. Ryan AdamsPrisoner
  71. Taylor Swiftreputation
  72. Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
  73. Alice ColtraneWorld Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane
  74. KehlaniSweetSexySavage
  75. Jaimie BranchFly or Die
  76. The ReplacementsFor Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986
  77. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  78. FutureHNDRXX
  79. The RegrettesFeel Your Feelings Fool!
  80. SparksHippopotamus
  81. Sylvan EssoWhat Now
  82. Robyn HitchcockRobyn Hitchcock
  83. ElderReflections of a Floating World
  84. The FeeliesIn Between
  85. The CourtneysThe Courtneys II
  86. Queens of the Stone AgeVillains
  87. IbeyiAsh
  88. Ty Dolla $ignBeach House 3
  89. Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
  90. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  91. Charli XCXNumber 1 Angel
  92. ConvergeThe Dusk In Us
  93. Zola JesusOkovi
  94. Ariel PinkDedicated To Bobby Jameson
  95. JapandroidsNear To The Wild Heart Of Life
  96. Orchestra BaobabTribute to Ndiouga Dieng
  97. Juana MolinaHalo
  98. Joshua AbramsSimultonality
  99. EMAExile In the Outer Ring
  100. Chris StapletonFrom A Room: Volume 1
  101. U2Songs of Experience

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 artists — American Epic: The Best of Blues
  3. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  4. The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
  5. various artists — American 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 artists — Rough Guide to the Music of West Africa
  14. Chuck BerryChuck
  15. Jens LekmanLife Will See You Now
  16. various artists — American Epic: The Collection
  17. Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverTalk Tight
  18. various artists — Rough 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 artists — The 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 artists — Gentle 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 artists — Rock & Roll Music: Songs Of Chuck Berry
  72. Zeal & ArdorDevil Is Fine
  73. Steve Earle & The DukesSo You Wannabe an Outlaw
  74. various artists — NOW 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 artists — NOW That's What I Call Tailgate Anthems
  82. various artists — 24 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 artists — Battle Hymns
  87. Daddy IssuesDeep Dream
  88. Nnamdi OgbonnayaDrool
  89. The Goon SaxUp to Anything
  90. Whitney RoseSouth Texas Suite

Raisa Bruner: Top 10 Albums of 2017

15 January 2018

Raisa Bruner: Top 10 Albums of 2017, as published by Time Magazine

[see also 2018]

  1. SZACtrl
  2. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  3. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  4. KhalidAmerican Teen
  5. LordeMelodrama
  6. Harry StylesHarry Styles
  7. Ke$haRainbow
  8. The xxI See You
  9. Taylor Swiftreputation
  10. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream

Jim Fusilli: Best Albums of 2017

11 January 2018

Jim Fusilli: Best Albums of 2017, as published by The Wall Street Journal

Listening Through The Lens: 20 Favorite Albums of 2017

08 January 2018

Listening Through The Lens: 20 Favorite Albums of 2017

  1. Rhiannon GiddensFreedom Highway
  2. Billy StringsTurmoil & Tinfoil
  3. David LuningRestless
  4. John MorelandBig Bad Luv
  5. Margo PriceAll American Made
  6. Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
  7. David RawlingsPoor David’s Almanack
  8. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  9. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous SuperlativesWay Out West
  10. Chris StapletonFrom A Room: Volume 1
  11. Dori FreemanLetters Never Read
  12. Jason EadyJason Eady
  13. Old 97’sGraveyard Whistling
  14. Rodney CrowellClose Ties
  15. The Ahern BrothersThe Ahern Brothers
  16. Rose CousinsNatural Conclusion
  17. Chuck ProphetBobby Fuller Died for Your Sins
  18. Tyler ChildersPurgatory
  19. Ray Wylie HubbardTell the Devil I’m Gettin’ There as Fast as I Can
  20. Gregg AllmanSouthern Blood

Stranger: Top Ten Albums of 2017

05 January 2018

The Stranger: Top Ten Albums of 2017, plus a list of “besties.” See also their list of albums by local Seattle bands on the same page.

In Review Online: Best Albums of 2017

05 January 2018

In Review Online: Best Albums of 2017

  1. HAIMSomething To Tell You
  2. LordeMelodrama
  3. Lil PeepCome Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1
  4. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  5. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  6. Fever RayPlunge
  7. Four TetNew Energy
  8. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  9. JAY-Z4:44
  10. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  11. The xxI See You
  12. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  13. Higher BrothersBlack Cab
  14. Ryuichi Sakamotoasync
  15. Perfume GeniusNo Shape

Alternative: Top 50 Releases of 2017

04 January 2018

The Alternative: Top 50 Releases of 2017

[see also 2018]

  1. Oso OsoThe Yunahon Mixtape
  2. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  3. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  4. Charly BlissGuppy
  5. Great GrandpaPlastic Cough
  6. Rozwell KidPrecious Art
  7. Sorority NoiseYou’re Not As _____ As You Think
  8. Strange RangerDaymoon
  9. HoderaFirst Things First
  10. Big ThiefCapacity
  11. CitizenAs You Please
  12. Remo DriveGreatest Hits
  13. The Spirit Of The BeehivePleasure Suck
  14. Meat WaveThe Incessant
  15. PileA Hairshirt of Purpose
  16. (Sandy) Alex GRocket
  17. Slaughter Beach, DogBirdie
  18. SZACtrl
  19. A Will AwayHere Again
  20. BullyLosing
  21. BlisNo One Loves You
  22. ConvergeThe Dusk In Us
  23. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  24. Greet DeathDixieland
  25. Cool AmericanInfinite Hiatus
  26. RatboysGN
  27. Wild PinkWild Pink
  28. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  29. Fire is MotionStill, I Try
  30. 2 ChainzPretty Girls Like Trap Music
  31. The ObsessivesThe Obsessives
  32. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
  33. SmidleySmidley
  34. Perspective, a Lovely Hand to HoldWhat Not to Do
  35. Harmony WoodsNothing Special
  36. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream
  37. WasherAll Aboard
  38. Walter Etc.Gloom Cruise
  39. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION
  40. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION II
  41. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION III
  42. Mo TroperExposure & Response
  43. WikiNo Mountains in Manhattan
  44. LordeMelodrama
  45. Diet CigSwear I’m Good At This
  46. Sinai VesselBrokenlegged
  47. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To DieAlways Foreign
  48. Jay SomEverybody Works
  49. Jelani SeiLvndr Twn
  50. Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
  51. Heart Attack ManThe Manson Family
  52. CaracaraSummer Megalith

Vibe: 25 Best Albums of 2017

02 January 2018

Vibe Magazine: 25 Best Albums of 2017 (“in nonsequential order”)

[see also 2018]

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2017

30 December 2017

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2017

[see also 2018, 2015, 2011]

  1. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  2. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  3. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  4. SlowdiveSlowdive
  5. Wolf AliceVisions of a Life
  6. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  7. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  8. Grizzly BearPainted Ruins
  9. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  10. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  11. Broken Social SceneHug of Thunder
  12. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  13. SpoonHot Thoughts
  14. The HorrorsV
  15. Charlotte GainsbourgRest
  16. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  17. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  18. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  19. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  20. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  21. Big ThiefCapacity
  22. Rose Elinor DougallStellular
  23. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlisterPlanetarium
  24. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  25. Jay SomEverybody Works
  26. Wolf ParadeCry Cry Cry
  27. FoxygenHang
  28. King KruleThe OOZ
  29. Kelly Lee OwensKelly Lee Owens
  30. FeistPleasure
  31. BjörkUtopia
  32. Fever RayPlunge
  33. Future IslandsThe Far Field
  34. ElbowLittle Fictions
  35. Yumi ZoumaWillowbank
  36. AlgiersThe Underside of Power
  37. Jens LekmanLife Will See You Now
  38. Girl RayEarl Grey
  39. The xxI See You
  40. Midnight SisterSaturn Over Sunset
  41. The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
  42. Marika HackmanI’m Not Your Man
  43. ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
  44. Mount KimbieLove What Survives
  45. BedouineBedouine
  46. Alex LaheyI Love You Like a Brother
  47. Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
  48. Chilly Gonzales & Jarvis CockerRoom 29
  49. Baxter DuryPrince of Tears
  50. GoldfrappSilver Eye
  51. SZACtrl
  52. Kevin MorbyCity Music
  53. TemplesVolcano
  54. WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
  55. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  56. LordeMelodrama
  57. Godspeed You! Black EmperorLuciferian Towers
  58. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  59. RideWeather Diaries
  60. Kirin J CallinanBravado
  61. alt-JRELAXER
  62. ThundercatDrunk
  63. Zola JesusOkovi
  64. SamphaProcess
  65. Ted Leo and the PharmacistsThe Hanged Man
  66. Dirty ProjectorsDirty Projectors
  67. Nick HakimGreen Twins
  68. GrandaddyLast Place
  69. PhoenixTi Amo
  70. The Afghan WhigsIn Spades
  71. Jessie WareGlasshouse
  72. Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness
  73. Jane WeaverModern Kosmology
  74. Madeline KenneyNight Night At the First Landing
  75. Destroyerken
  76. DeerhoofMountain Moves
  77. Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsSoul of a Woman
  78. TrickyUnuniform
  79. The Weather StationThe Weather Station
  80. British Sea PowerLet the Dancers Inherit the Party
  81. girlpoolPowerplant
  82. Saint EtienneHome Counties
  83. AustraFuture Politics
  84. The Mountain GoatsGoths
  85. Nadine ShahHoliday Destination
  86. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  87. MogwaiEvery Country’s Sun
  88. Beach FossilsSomersault
  89. The Flaming LipsOczy Mlody
  90. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
  91. Blanck MassWorld Eater
  92. PondThe Weather
  93. Little DragonSeason High
  94. Kamasi WashingtonHarmony of Difference
  95. Mac DeMarcoThis Old Dog
  96. Cut CopyHaiku From Zero
  97. Sondre LerchePleasure
  98. FazerdazeMorningside
  99. EMAExile In the Outer Ring
  100. This Is the KitMoonshine Freeze