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

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

Vinyl Me, Please: Best Albums of 2017

30 December 2017

Vinyl Me, Please: Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2018]

  1. SZACtrl
  2. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  3. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  4. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  5. LordeMelodrama
  6. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  7. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  8. Big ThiefCapacity
  9. Power TripNightmare Logic
  10. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  11. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  12. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  13. Kevin MorbyCity Music
  14. KelelaTake Me Apart
  15. SamphaProcess
  16. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  17. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  18. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  19. ThundercatDrunk
  20. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  21. BjörkUtopia
  22. Aldous HardingParty
  23. RostamHalf-Light
  24. Sorority NoiseYou’re Not As _____ As You Think
  25. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION
  26. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION II
  27. Calvin HarrisFunk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  28. JAY-Z4:44
  29. IbeyiAsh
  30. Chris StapletonFrom A Room: Volume 1
  31. Chris StapletonFrom A Room: Volume 1
  32. TennisYours Conditionally

Flood: Best Albums of 2017

30 December 2017

Flood Magazine: Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2019, 2018]

  1. Big ThiefCapacity
  2. Alex CameronForced Witness
  3. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  4. LiarsTFCF
  5. Charlotte GainsbourgRest
  6. SpoonHot Thoughts
  7. Mavis StaplesIf All I Was Was Black
  8. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  9. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  10. The PeacersIntroducing the Crimsmen
  11. Kevin MorbyCity Music
  12. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  13. Ty SegallTy Segall
  14. Randy NewmanDark Matter
  15. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream
  16. John AndrewsBad Posture
  17. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  18. Craig FinnWe All Want the Same Things
  19. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  20. The ClienteleMusic for the Age of Miracles
  21. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  22. MiguelWar & Leisure
  23. Oh SeesOrc
  24. SlowdiveSlowdive
  25. The CourtneysThe Courtneys II

Joey Guerra: 10 Best Albums of 2017

29 December 2017

Joey Guerra: 10 Best Albums of 2017, as published by The Houston Chronicle

  1. ResidenteResidente
  2. KhalidAmerican Teen
  3. LordeMelodrama
  4. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  5. Fat TonyMacgregor Park
  6. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  7. Lee Ann WomackThe Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  8. Tamar BraxtonBluebird of Happiness
  9. Harry StylesHarry Styles
  10. Mon LaferteLa Trenza

Jim Harrington: Best Albums of 2017

29 December 2017

Jim Harrington: Best Albums of 2017, as published by San Jose Mercury News

[see also 2010s, 2018]

  1. LordeMelodrama
  2. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  3. KhalidAmerican Teen
  4. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  5. Taylor Swiftreputation
  6. HollynOne-Way Conversations
  7. Diet CigSwear I’m Good At This
  8. Lana Del ReyLust for Life
  9. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  10. Valerie JuneThe Order of Time

No Depression: Best Albums of 2017

28 December 2017

No Depression: Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2018]

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

Carl Wilson: The Best Albums of 2017

26 December 2017

Carl Wilson: The Best Albums of 2017, as published by Slate

[see also 2019, 2018, 2016]

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 2019, 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

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