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

Pigeons & Planes: Best Albums of 2017

22 December 2017

Pigeons & Planes: Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2016, 2015]

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. SZACtrl
  3. LordeMelodrama
  4. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION III
  5. JAY-Z4:44
  6. Sminoblkswn
  7. Daniel CaesarFreudian
  8. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  9. FutureFUTURE
  10. Ty Dolla $ignBeach House 3
  11. JIDThe Never Story
  12. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  13. King KruleThe OOZ
  14. SamphaProcess
  15. BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION II
  16. J HusCommon Sense
  17. 21 Savage, Offset & Metro BoominWithout Warning
  18. SydFin
  19. Kodak BlackPainting Pictures
  20. MigosCulture
  21. Yung LeanStranger
  22. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  23. GoldLinkAt What Cost
  24. Rex Orange CountyApricot Princess
  25. Toro y MoiBoo Boo
  26. Playboi CartiPlayboi Carti
  27. Mac DeMarcoThis Old Dog
  28. Jaden SmithSYRE
  29. GiggsWamp 2 Dem
  30. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  31. 21 SavageIssa
  32. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  33. Gucci ManeDroptopwop
  34. KelelaTake Me Apart
  35. ThundercatDrunk
  36. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  37. Young ThugBEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS
  38. CorbinMourn
  39. WikiNo Mountains in Manhattan
  40. StormzyGang Signs & Prayer
  41. MiguelWar & Leisure
  42. AminéGood For You
  43. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
  44. IDKIWASVERYBAD
  45. DrakeMore Life
  46. ChokerPeak
  47. Lil PumpLil Pump
  48. KhalidAmerican Teen
  49. Cyhi The PrynceNo Dope on Sundays
  50. Charli XCXNumber 1 Angel

Guardian: Best Albums of 2017

22 December 2017

The Guardian: Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2019, 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  2. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  3. SZACtrl
  4. LordeMelodrama
  5. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  6. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  7. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  8. ThundercatDrunk
  9. KelelaTake Me Apart
  10. Richard DawsonPeasant
  11. Jane WeaverModern Kosmology
  12. Wolf AliceVisions of a Life
  13. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  14. J HusCommon Sense
  15. The HorrorsV
  16. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  17. DrakeMore Life
  18. StormzyGang Signs & Prayer
  19. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  20. SamphaProcess
  21. Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After Sex
  22. King KruleThe OOZ
  23. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  24. ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
  25. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  26. ParamoreAfter Laughter
  27. Marika HackmanI’m Not Your Man
  28. SlowdiveSlowdive
  29. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  30. Girl RayEarl Grey
  31. Charlotte GainsbourgRest
  32. Four TetNew Energy
  33. MiguelWar & Leisure
  34. Juana MolinaHalo
  35. Nick HakimGreen Twins
  36. Rhiannon GiddensFreedom Highway
  37. SparksHippopotamus
  38. Baxter DuryPrince of Tears
  39. Cloud NothingsLife Without Sound
  40. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  41. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  42. Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness
  43. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  44. The xxI See You
  45. PowerdanceThe Lost Art of Getting Down
  46. Les Amazones d’AfriqueRépublique Amazone
  47. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  48. Vijay Iyer SextetFar from Over
  49. Lisa KnappTill April Is Dead – A Garland of May
  50. Trio Da Kali & Kronos QuartetLadilikan

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 2019, 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

Tiny Mix Tapes: 50 Favorite Music Releases of 2017

18 December 2017

Tiny Mix Tapes: 50 Favorite Music Releases of 2017

[see also 2010s, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  2. Yves TumorExperiencing the Deposit of Faith
  3. ArcaArca
  4. Charli XCXNumber 1 Angel
  5. KleinTommy
  6. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  7. Laurel HaloDust
  8. LordeMelodrama
  9. Playboi CartiPlayboi Carti
  10. MhysaFantasii
  11. Felicia AtkinsonHand In Hand
  12. various artists — Mono No Aware
  13. Ryuichi Sakamotoasync
  14. MiloWho Told You To Think??!!?!?!?!
  15. various artists — Sounds of Sisso
  16. DJ EscrowUniversal Soulja Vol. 1
  17. SZACtrl
  18. GasNarkopop
  19. Chief KeefThot Breaker
  20. MESHHesaitix
  21. BjörkUtopia
  22. JlinBlack Origami
  23. various artists — Twin Peaks (Music from the Limited Event Series)
  24. Angelo BadalamentiTwin Peaks (Limited Event Series Soundtrack)
  25. Chino AmobiParadiso
  26. SlowdiveSlowdive
  27. various artists — Club Chai Vol. 1
  28. Big ThiefCapacity
  29. Leo Hoffsaes & Loto RetinaEarly Contact
  30. cupcakKeQueen Elizabitch
  31. Lawrence EnglishCruel Optimism
  32. Young ThugBEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS
  33. Khaki BlazerDidn’t Have To Cut
  34. Konrad SprengerStack Music
  35. Giant ClawSoft Channel
  36. woopheadclrmsMeeting Room + Rare Plants
  37. Richard DawsonPeasant
  38. Pan DaijingLack
  39. Upgrayedd SmurphyHYPNOSYS
  40. ActressAZD
  41. Kara-Lis CoverdaleGrafts
  42. Amnesia ScannerAS Truth
  43. PharmakonContact
  44. Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness
  45. Toiret StatusNyoi Plunger
  46. Bell WitchMirror Reaper
  47. ColleenA flame my love, a frequency
  48. NmeshPharma
  49. Tara Jane O’NeilTara Jane O’Neil
  50. Sun ArawThe Saddle of the Increate
  51. Perfume GeniusNo Shape

Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2017

18 December 2017

Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. Big ThiefCapacity
  3. SZACtrl
  4. LordeMelodrama
  5. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  6. JlinBlack Origami
  7. Alice ColtraneWorld Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane
  8. ParamoreAfter Laughter
  9. Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness
  10. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  11. MigosCulture
  12. ThundercatDrunk
  13. KehlaniSweetSexySavage
  14. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  15. KelelaTake Me Apart
  16. Destroyerken
  17. Fever RayPlunge
  18. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  19. Hurray for the Riff RaffThe Navigator
  20. SpoonHot Thoughts
  21. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  22. Young ThugBEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS
  23. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  24. SamphaProcess
  25. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  26. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  27. FutureHNDRXX
  28. King KruleThe OOZ
  29. BjörkUtopia
  30. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  31. Jessie WareGlasshouse
  32. ActressAZD
  33. JAY-Z4:44
  34. Ty Dolla $ignBeach House 3
  35. Ex EyeEx Eye
  36. Playboi CartiPlayboi Carti
  37. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  38. Mac DeMarcoThis Old Dog
  39. MiguelWar & Leisure
  40. The Weather StationThe Weather Station
  41. SlowdiveSlowdive
  42. FeistPleasure
  43. Randy NewmanDark Matter
  44. PileA Hairshirt of Purpose
  45. SydFin
  46. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  47. JapandroidsNear To The Wild Heart Of Life
  48. Taylor Swiftreputation
  49. DrakeMore Life
  50. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream

Earbuddy: 100 Best Albums of 2017

18 December 2017

Earbuddy: 100 Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2018]

  1. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  2. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  3. TORRESThree Futures
  4. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  5. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  6. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  7. LordeMelodrama
  8. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  9. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  10. Big ThiefCapacity
  11. Casey DienelImitation of a Woman To Love
  12. Wolf ParadeCry Cry Cry
  13. Charlotte GainsbourgRest
  14. (Sandy) Alex GRocket
  15. Chelsea WolfeHiss Spun
  16. JAY-Z4:44
  17. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  18. Marika HackmanI’m Not Your Man
  19. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
  20. The HorrorsV
  21. P.O.S.Chill, dummy
  22. The xxI See You
  23. Alex CameronForced Witness
  24. ThundercatDrunk
  25. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  26. DeerhoofMountain Moves
  27. King KruleThe OOZ
  28. Sun Kil MoonCommon as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
  29. The Afghan WhigsIn Spades
  30. BjörkUtopia
  31. Ke$haRainbow
  32. SydFin
  33. Hurray for the Riff RaffThe Navigator
  34. Mount KimbieLove What Survives
  35. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  36. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  37. Hundred WatersCommunicating
  38. Mac DeMarcoThis Old Dog
  39. Briana MarelaCall It Love
  40. Cherry GlazerrApocalipstick
  41. Shilpa RayDoor Girl
  42. Alex LaheyI Love You Like a Brother
  43. Big K.R.I.T.4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
  44. AlgiersThe Underside of Power
  45. The DrumsAbysmal Thoughts
  46. Fever RayPlunge
  47. Katie Von SchleicherShitty Hits
  48. Peter SilbermanImpermanence
  49. Queens of the Stone AgeVillains
  50. WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
  51. MogwaiEvery Country’s Sun
  52. Sorority NoiseYou’re Not As _____ As You Think
  53. HAIMSomething To Tell You
  54. Future IslandsThe Far Field
  55. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  56. UniformWake in Fright
  57. WHY?Moh Lhean
  58. BedouineBedouine
  59. Chastity BeltI Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
  60. B BoysDada
  61. Middle KidsMiddle Kids
  62. LapaluxRuinism
  63. SpoonHot Thoughts
  64. CitrisPanic in Hampton Bays
  65. Tei ShiCrawl Space
  66. DasherSodium
  67. Ten FéHit the Light
  68. Single MothersOur Pleasure
  69. SlowdiveSlowdive
  70. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  71. Manchester OrchestraA Black Mile To The Surface
  72. ClarkDeath Peak
  73. The Weather StationThe Weather Station
  74. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  75. NursesNaughtland
  76. Happy HollowsConcordia
  77. Joey Bada$$ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
  78. Grizzly BearPainted Ruins
  79. Aimee MannMental Illness
  80. Ben FrostThe Centre Cannot Hold
  81. Lovely DarkNew Born
  82. PallbearerHeartless
  83. Jay SomEverybody Works
  84. ArcaArca
  85. David BazanCare
  86. AcceptanceColliding By Design
  87. Odonis OdonisNo Pop
  88. Cloud NothingsLife Without Sound
  89. CaddywhompusOdd Hours
  90. Diet CigSwear I’m Good At This
  91. James Vincent McMorrowTrue Care
  92. ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
  93. Arcade FireEverything Now
  94. The MynabirdsBE HERE NOW
  95. This Is the KitMoonshine Freeze
  96. The Bug & EarthConcrete Desert
  97. The Cairo GangUntouchable
  98. WallUntitled
  99. Brandon Can’t DanceGraveyard of Good Times
  100. Kirin J CallinanBravado