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

Billboard: 50 Best Albums of 2017

14 December 2017

Billboard: 50 Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. SZACtrl
  3. LordeMelodrama
  4. JAY-Z4:44
  5. KhalidAmerican Teen
  6. Taylor Swiftreputation
  7. Calvin HarrisFunk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
  8. MigosCulture
  9. SamphaProcess
  10. Harry StylesHarry Styles
  11. KelelaTake Me Apart
  12. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  13. Lil Uzi VertLuv Is Rage 2
  14. The xxI See You
  15. ParamoreAfter Laughter
  16. Ke$haRainbow
  17. FutureHNDRXX
  18. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  19. ResidenteResidente
  20. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  21. DrakeMore Life
  22. Chris StapletonFrom A Room: Volume 1
  23. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  24. KehlaniSweetSexySavage
  25. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  26. Ed Sheeran÷
  27. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  28. Halseyhopeless fountain kingdom
  29. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  30. PinkBeautiful Trauma
  31. Daniel CaesarFreudian
  32. JapandroidsNear To The Wild Heart Of Life
  33. SydFin
  34. Mura MasaMura Masa
  35. Julia MichaelsNervous System
  36. RapsodyLaila’s Wisdom
  37. Thomas RhettLife Changes
  38. Charly BlissGuppy
  39. Romeo SantosGolden
  40. Demi LovatoTell Me You Love Me
  41. MUNAAbout U
  42. Cashmere Cat9
  43. Dua LipaDua Lipa
  44. ThundercatDrunk
  45. King KruleThe OOZ
  46. Jay SomEverybody Works
  47. Big K.R.I.T.4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
  48. Lana Del ReyLust for Life
  49. 21 Savage, Offset & Metro BoominWithout Warning
  50. Kelly ClarksonMeaning of Life

Spencer Kornhaber: 10 Best Albums of 2017

13 December 2017

Spencer Kornhaber: 10 Best Albums of 2017, as published by The Atlantic

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  3. The Magnetic Fields50 Song Memoir
  4. MigosCulture
  5. Margo PriceAll American Made
  6. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  7. SZACtrl
  8. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  9. Kelly Lee OwensKelly Lee Owens
  10. JAY-Z4:44

Amanda Petrusich: 10 Best Albums of 2017

13 December 2017

Amanda Petrusich: 10 Best Albums of 2017, in no particular order, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018]

Albumism: 50 Best Albums of 2017

12 December 2017

Albumism: 50 Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018]

  1. Saint EtienneHome Counties
  2. Lucy RoseSomething’s Changing
  3. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  4. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  5. Jordan RakeiWallflower
  6. Alison MoyetOther
  7. Big K.R.I.T.4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
  8. BjörkUtopia
  9. Van HuntPopular
  10. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  11. Charlotte GainsbourgRest
  12. BeckColors
  13. The CorrsJupiter Calling
  14. London GrammarTruth Is a Beautiful Thing
  15. Jessie WareGlasshouse
  16. ElbowLittle Fictions
  17. GorillazHumanz
  18. Valerie JuneThe Order of Time
  19. RapsodyLaila’s Wisdom
  20. VÉRITÉSomewhere in Between
  21. SlowdiveSlowdive
  22. Tori AmosNative Invader
  23. JamiroquaiAutomaton
  24. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  25. JAY-Z4:44
  26. Wolf AliceVisions of a Life
  27. BlondiePollinator
  28. Mavis StaplesIf All I Was Was Black
  29. Sean PriceImperius Rex
  30. Gregory PorterNat King Cole & Me
  31. !!!Shake the Shudder
  32. LecraeAll Things Work Together
  33. Grace VanderWaalJust the Beginning
  34. Yumi ZoumaWillowbank
  35. Aimee MannMental Illness
  36. Talib KweliRadio Silence
  37. OmarLove in Beats
  38. Chastity BeltI Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
  39. Tanika CharlesSoul Run
  40. MastodonEmperor of Sand
  41. Izzi DunnRecycle Love
  42. LordeMelodrama
  43. Tanya MorganYGWY$4
  44. Washed OutMister Mellow
  45. J-Zone and Pablo Martin Are the Du-RitesGreasy Listening
  46. Sadat XThe Sum of a Man
  47. Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsSoul of a Woman
  48. Tift MerrittStitch of the World
  49. Fever RayPlunge
  50. TexasJump on Board

Time Out New York: 29 Best Albums of 2017

12 December 2017

Time Out New York: 29 Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2018]

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  3. SlowdiveSlowdive
  4. Fatima Al QadiriShaneera
  5. (Sandy) Alex GRocket
  6. LordeMelodrama
  7. SZACtrl
  8. ParamoreAfter Laughter
  9. Broken Social SceneHug of Thunder
  10. ArcaArca
  11. BibioPhantom Brickworks
  12. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  13. JlinBlack Origami
  14. SpoonHot Thoughts
  15. GasNarkopop
  16. Kamasi WashingtonHarmony of Difference
  17. Ty SegallTy Segall
  18. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  19. WikiNo Mountains in Manhattan
  20. Ryuichi Sakamotoasync
  21. Alex CameronForced Witness
  22. Andrew BirdEcholocations: River
  23. WandPlum
  24. KehlaniSweetSexySavage
  25. Rose Elinor DougallStellular
  26. BedouineBedouine
  27. Oh SeesOrc
  28. GallopsBronze Mystic
  29. Shugo TokumaruToss

NPR Music: Best 50 Albums of 2017

12 December 2017

NPR Music: Best 50 Albums of 2017

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

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. SZACtrl
  3. Big ThiefCapacity
  4. SamphaProcess
  5. LordeMelodrama
  6. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  7. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  8. Ke$haRainbow
  9. Hurray for the Riff RaffThe Navigator
  10. Aldous HardingParty
  11. JAY-Z4:44
  12. Vijay Iyer SextetFar from Over
  13. Rhiannon GiddensFreedom Highway
  14. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  15. Danish String QuartetLast Leaf
  16. JlinBlack Origami
  17. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  18. ÌFÉIIII+IIII
  19. Ifriqiyya ElectriqueRûwâhîne
  20. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  21. Jay SomEverybody Works
  22. Lil Uzi VertLuv Is Rage 2
  23. Sylvan EssoWhat Now
  24. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  25. La Santa CeciliaAmar Y Vivir (En Vivo Desde La Ciudad De México, 2017)
  26. Lee Ann WomackThe Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
  27. Fever RayPlunge
  28. TORRESThree Futures
  29. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream
  30. Ron MilesI Am a Man
  31. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  32. AlvvaysAntisocialites
  33. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra & Risto JoostKõrvits: Moorland Elegies
  34. Joan ShelleyJoan Shelley
  35. ThundercatDrunk
  36. RapsodyLaila’s Wisdom
  37. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  38. MigosCulture
  39. Tyler ChildersPurgatory
  40. MidlandOn the Rocks
  41. WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm
  42. Trio Da Kali & Kronos QuartetLadilikan
  43. Danay SuárezPalabras Manuales
  44. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  45. Oumou SangaréMogoya
  46. Mr. MitchDevout
  47. Jaimie BranchFly or Die
  48. Miguel ZenónTipico
  49. Marc-André HamelinFeldman: For Bunita Marcus
  50. ParamoreAfter Laughter

Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums of 2017

12 December 2017

Pitchfork: 50 Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  2. SZACtrl
  3. King KruleThe OOZ
  4. KelelaTake Me Apart
  5. LordeMelodrama
  6. Moses SumneyAromanticism
  7. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  8. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  9. Fever RayPlunge
  10. JlinBlack Origami
  11. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  12. LCD Soundsystemamerican dream
  13. JAY-Z4:44
  14. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  15. SamphaProcess
  16. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  17. Charlotte GainsbourgRest
  18. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  19. MigosCulture
  20. BjörkUtopia
  21. ArcaArca
  22. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  23. Big ThiefCapacity
  24. ThundercatDrunk
  25. PriestsNothing Feels Natural
  26. Jay SomEverybody Works
  27. FutureHNDRXX
  28. IbeyiAsh
  29. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
  30. SlowdiveSlowdive
  31. Kamasi WashingtonHarmony of Difference
  32. Lana Del ReyLust for Life
  33. Kelly Lee OwensKelly Lee Owens
  34. Mount KimbieLove What Survives
  35. Playboi CartiPlayboi Carti
  36. SydFin
  37. Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness
  38. DrakeMore Life
  39. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  40. The xxI See You
  41. Zola JesusOkovi
  42. VagabonInfinite Worlds
  43. Lil BBlack Ken
  44. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  45. girlpoolPowerplant
  46. Laurel HaloDust
  47. KehlaniSweetSexySavage
  48. (Sandy) Alex GRocket
  49. Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream
  50. yaejiYaeji
  51. yaejiEP2

Chris Richards: 14 Best Albums of 2017

11 December 2017

Chris Richards: 14 Best Albums of 2017, as published by The Washington Post

[see also 2019, 2018, 2011]

  1. MidlandOn the Rocks
  2. MigosCulture
  3. Lana Del ReyLust for Life
  4. Christian ScottRuler Rebel
  5. Christian ScottDiaspora
  6. Christian ScottThe Emancipation Procrastination
  7. InstituteSubordination
  8. Hieroglyphic Being, Sarathy Korwar & Shabaka HutchingsA.R.E. Project
  9. KelelaTake Me Apart
  10. Exit OrderSeed of Hysteria
  11. KamaiyahBefore I Wake
  12. Young DolphGelato
  13. Young DolphBulletproof
  14. Young DolphThinking Out Loud

Uproxx: 50 Best Albums of 2017

10 December 2017

Uproxx: 50 Best Albums of 2017

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2016]

  1. LordeMelodrama
  2. SZACtrl
  3. The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
  4. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  5. Father John MistyPure Comedy
  6. St. VincentMASSEDUCTION
  7. JAY-Z4:44
  8. Fleet FoxesCrack-Up
  9. Big ThiefCapacity
  10. Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
  11. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound
  12. RostamHalf-Light
  13. The NationalSleep Well Beast
  14. Tyler, The CreatorFlower Boy
  15. Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds from Another Planet
  16. Gang of YouthsGo Farther in Lightness
  17. Phoebe BridgersStranger in the Alps
  18. MiloWho Told You To Think??!!?!?!?!
  19. Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
  20. Hiss Golden MessengerHallelujah Anyhow
  21. JapandroidsNear To The Wild Heart Of Life
  22. GorillazHumanz
  23. Charly BlissGuppy
  24. Carly PearceEvery Little Thing
  25. DrakeMore Life
  26. FeistPleasure
  27. SamphaProcess
  28. Perfume GeniusNo Shape
  29. Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
  30. Joey Bada$$ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
  31. Hurray for the Riff RaffThe Navigator
  32. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  33. Sorority NoiseYou’re Not As _____ As You Think
  34. Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid
  35. Land of TalkLife After Youth
  36. Strand of OaksHard Love
  37. The xxI See You
  38. KelelaTake Me Apart
  39. Chris StapletonFrom A Room: Volume 1
  40. Delicate SteveThis Is Steve
  41. Travis MeadowsFirst Cigarette
  42. PhoenixTi Amo
  43. The Weather StationThe Weather Station
  44. Kevin MorbyCity Music
  45. Julie ByrneNot Even Happiness
  46. (Sandy) Alex GRocket
  47. VagabonInfinite Worlds
  48. BlisNo One Loves You
  49. DJ Quik & ProblemRosecrans
  50. BonoboMigration

Jon Caramanica: 25 Best Albums of 2017

08 December 2017

Jon Caramanica: 25 Best Albums of 2017, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2019, 2018, 2011]

  1. nothing,nowhere.Reaper
  2. SZACtrl
  3. Mount EerieA Crow Looked at Me
  4. Hey VioletFrom the Outside
  5. Taylor Swiftreputation
  6. NiiaI
  7. OzunaOdisea
  8. J. Cole4 Your Eyez Only
  9. Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
  10. LordeMelodrama
  11. AminéGood For You
  12. 21 SavageIssa Album
  13. DrakeMore Life
  14. Kendrick LamarDAMN.
  15. J HusCommon Sense
  16. JidennaThe Chief
  17. SOB X RBESOB X RBE
  18. Kelsea BalleriniUnapologetically
  19. YoungBoy Never Broke AgainAI YoungBoy
  20. FutureFUTURE
  21. JAY-Z4:44
  22. Samantha FishChills & Fever
  23. Downtown BoysCost of Living
  24. Fifth HarmonyFifth Harmony
  25. Chief KeefThot Breaker