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

405: Top 20 Albums of 2017

18 December 2017

The 405: Top 20 Albums of 2017

[see also 2018]

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  3. Fever RayPlunge
  4. SZACtrl
  5. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  6. Big ThiefCapacity
  7. SamphaProcess
  8. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  9. Ariel PinkDedicated To Bobby Jameson
  10. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  11. JAY-Z4:44
  12. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To DieAlways Foreign
  13. Kelly Lee OwensKelly Lee Owens
  14. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  15. KelelaTake Me Apart
  16. BjörkUtopia
  17. LordeMelodrama
  18. ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
  19. SydFin
  20. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory

Diffuser: Top 25 Albums of 2017

18 December 2017

Diffuser: Top 25 Albums of 2017

[see also 2015]

  1. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  2. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  3. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  4. SpoonHot Thoughts
  5. Queens of the Stone AgeVillains
  6. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  7. Ariel PinkDedicated To Bobby Jameson
  8. Aimee MannMental Illness
  9. Broken Social SceneHug of Thunder
  10. LordeMelodrama
  11. MelvinsA Walk with Love and Death
  12. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  13. The New PornographersWhiteout Conditions
  14. BjörkUtopia
  15. GorillazHumanz
  16. GrandaddyLast Place
  17. The Magnetic Fields50 Song Memoir
  18. SlowdiveSlowdive
  19. The xxI See You
  20. Ty SegallTy Segall
  21. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  22. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  23. Paul WellerA Kind Revolution
  24. The Flaming LipsOczy Mlody
  25. Liam GallagherAs You Were

Greg Kot: 10 Favorite Albums of 2017

17 December 2017

Greg Kot: 10 Favorite Albums of 2017, as published by The Chicago Tribune and aired on Sound Opinions

[see also 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

Ann Powers: Top 10 Underheard Albums of 2017

15 December 2017

Ann Powers: Top 10 Underheard Albums of 2017, as posted by NPR

[see also 2019, 2016, 2011]

Nate Chinen: Top 21 Albums of 2017

15 December 2017

Nate Chinen: Top 21 Albums of 2017, as published by NPR

[see also 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. Ron MilesI Am a Man
  3. Vijay Iyer SextetFar from Over
  4. Jason MoranBANGS
  5. Greg Saunier/Mary Halvorson/Ron MilesNew American Songbooks, Volume 1
  6. Jaimie BranchFly or Die
  7. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  8. Miguel ZenónTipico
  9. Nicole MitchellMandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds
  10. SZACtrl
  11. Matt Mitchell & Tim BerneForage

Stephen Thompson: Top 10 Albums of 2017

15 December 2017

Stephen Thompson: Top 10 Albums of 2017, as posted by NPR

[see also 2011]

  1. Sylvan EssoWhat Now
  2. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  3. Ke$haRainbow
  4. Big ThiefCapacity
  5. SZACtrl
  6. Allison PierceYear of the Rabbit
  7. Joan ShelleyJoan Shelley
  8. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  9. Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
  10. The NationalSleep Well Beast

Robin Hilton: Top 10 Albums of 2017

15 December 2017

Robin Hilton: Top 10 Albums of 2017, as posted by NPR

[see also 2019]

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. FeistPleasure
  3. Big ThiefCapacity
  4. LordeMelodrama
  5. PartnerIn Search of Lost Time
  6. Chelsea WolfeHiss Spun
  7. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  8. Juana MolinaHalo
  9. Daniel HartA Ghost Story (Original Soundtrack Album)
  10. Father John MistyPure Comedy

Bob Boilen: Top 12 Albums of 2017

15 December 2017

Bob Boilen: Top 12 Albums of 2017, as posted by NPR

[see also 2019, 2018, 2011]

  1. Big ThiefCapacity
  2. Aldous HardingParty
  3. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  4. OvercoatsYoung
  5. alt-JRELAXER
  6. Tom AdamsSilence
  7. Laura MarlingSemper Femina
  8. Gracie and RachelGracie and Rachel
  9. WeavesWide Open
  10. ALA.NIYou & I

Austin Town Hall: Top 50 Albums of 2017

15 December 2017

Austin Town Hall: Top 50 Albums of 2017

[see also 2018, 2016, 2012, 2011]

PopMatters: 60 Best Albums of 2017

14 December 2017

PopMatters: 60 Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2019, 2018, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. LordeMelodrama
  3. Fever RayPlunge
  4. Zola JesusOkovi
  5. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  6. SamphaProcess
  7. The xxI See You
  8. KelelaTake Me Apart
  9. Four TetNew Energy
  10. JlinBlack Origami
  11. AlgiersThe Underside of Power
  12. SlowdiveSlowdive
  13. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  14. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  15. IglooghostNeō Wax Bloom
  16. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  17. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  18. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  19. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  20. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  21. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  22. ArcaArca
  23. Margo PriceAll American Made
  24. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  25. IdlesBrutalism
  26. Blanck MassWorld Eater
  27. King KruleThe OOZ
  28. Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
  29. SpoonHot Thoughts
  30. Hurray for the Riff RaffThe Navigator
  31. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  32. Curtis HardingFace Your Fear
  33. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
  34. Rhiannon GiddensFreedom Highway
  35. SZACtrl
  36. Mark Lanegan BandGargoyle
  37. ThundercatDrunk
  38. Mount KimbieLove What Survives
  39. Jens LekmanLife Will See You Now
  40. Chicano BatmanFreedom Is Free
  41. SydFin
  42. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream
  43. Big ThiefCapacity
  44. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  45. FoxygenHang
  46. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  47. Queens of the Stone AgeVillains
  48. Ibibio Sound MachineUyai
  49. Sarah Shook & the DisarmersSidelong
  50. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  51. (Sandy) Alex GRocket
  52. ParamoreAfter Laughter
  53. Lana Del ReyLust for Life
  54. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  55. Charly BlissGuppy
  56. Lee Ann WomackThe Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  57. The Dream SyndicateHow Did I Find Myself Here?
  58. Do Make Say ThinkStubborn Persistent Illusions
  59. Everything EverythingA Fever Dream
  60. White HillsStop Mute Defeat