Best of 2017: Music Critic Top Ten Lists

  • Publish Date: November 27, 2017
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Below, we collect the individual year-end top ten lists published by a variety of music sources, including critics, music magazines, music shops, and more. This page will be updated at least once a day throughout December and January as new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best albums of 2017

Recent updates:
Added 1/14: Charlotte Observer, Chorus.fm, DJ Mag, Dying Scene, Idolator, Record Collector
Added 1/5: Chicago Reader, In Review, Kill Your Stereo, Listening Through the Lens, Nightsounds, Rock Sound
Added 12/31: Evening Standard, HipHopDX, The Interns, Los Angeles Times, Omaha World-Herald, These Violent Delights, Under the Radar
Added 12/29: Cleveland Scene, Daily Beast, Detroit Metro Times, Esquire (Miller), Lincoln Journal Star, Metal Injection, The Music, Nylon, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Toronto Star, Us Weekly, V Magazine, The Young Folks
Added 12/27: Baltimore Beat, Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Digital Fix, fRoots, Houston Chronicle, Magnetic, Mass Appeal, Music Times, No Depression, Splice Today, Tampa Bay Times, Thrillist, Wonderland
Added 12/23: 3voor12, Arizona Republic, Artist Direct, Boston Globe, Brooklyn Vegan, Fast 'n' Bulbous, GQ, Hypebeast, Los Angeles Times, Passion of the Weiss, Punktastic, State, The Wall Street Journal, WXPN/The Key
Added 12/22: The Guardian, Interview, KQED, musicOMH, Sputnikmusic
Added 12/21: Clash, A Closer Listen, Pigeons & Planes, Vinyl Me Please
Added 12/20: Associated Press, FACT, HUH., Junkee, Le Canal Auditif, The Nation, New Noise, Okayplayer, Prog, Sounds Like Nashville, Spectrum Culture, The Wild Honey Pie, Yahoo!
Added 12/19: The Alternative, Les Inrocks, Newsday, Tiny Mix Tapes
Added 12/18: Bandcamp Daily, BET, Blare, Cosmopolitan, Flood Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Magnet, No Ripcord, Spin, Sydney Morning Herald
Added 12/15: Complex UK, Diffuser, Newsweek, Variety
Added 12/14: The Boombox, Kerrang, Mixmag, The New Zealand Herald, NPR, Philadelphia Inquirer, The West Australian
Added 12/13: The 405, Banquet Records, Bleep, Crash Records, Dazed, Dummy, Gigwise, God Is in the TV, The New Yorker, Norman Records, NOW, People, Rap-Up, Textura, Truck Music Store, The Vinyl Factory
Added 12/12: The Atlantic, Billboard, Pitchfork, TimeOut New York
Added 12/11: Earbuddy, KCRW, Observer [UK], PopMatters, Recorder, Shindig! Magazine
Added 12/8: Baeble Music, Cape Cod Times, Esquire, Loud and Quiet, Louder Than War, Mashable, Metal Hammer, Treble
Added 12/7: Albumism, A.V. Club, Complex, Far Out, Fuse, Northern Transmissions, Pretty Much Amazing, Sister Ray
Added 12/6: Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Noisey, The Ringer, Slant, Washington Post
Added 12/5: DJ Booth, Intro, OOR, Revolver, Stereogum, The Stranger, USA Today, The Wire
Added 12/4: American Songwriter, Classic Rock Magazine, Crack, Double J, GIGsoup, Gorilla vs. Bear, The Irish Times, The Quietus, The Sunday Times, Time, Uproxx, Vulture, WBEZ (Sound Opinions)
Added 12/1: MondoSonoro, New York Daily News, Ultimate Classic Rock
Added 11/29: Exclaim, Gaffa, The Skinny
Added 11/27: Scorecard launched with 18 sources

Best of 2017Below is our updated running tally of the albums most frequently mentioned by individual music publications in their year-end top ten lists.

Although many of the lists come from publications whose reviews are included on this site, we have also included extra lists from prominent music stores, websites, and publications not normally found in Metacritic's music section.

Note that if a source ranks more than the standard 10 albums, we will not include titles ranked 11th or worse. (We do include unranked lists of 11-20 items, though each album gets just one-half of a point.) In case of a tie for first or second, each album will receive the full points for that position.

Our points system works as follows:

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd - 10th, or for being included on an unranked list of 10 or fewer albums
  • 0.5 points for being included on an unranked list of 11-20 albums
Albums Mentioned on Most Top 10 Lists - 2017
Album / Artist # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar 482855255
2 Melodrama by Lorde 141354.5122.5
3 CTRL by SZA 71353100
4 Masseduction by St. Vincent 5951.584.5
5 American Dream by LCD Soundsystem 764275
6 A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs 2632.550.5
7 Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples 2136.544.5
8 Sleep Well Beast by The National 252844
9 4:44 by Jay-Z 1530.543.5
10 Process by Sampha 1233.540.5
11 A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie 421935
Slowdive by Slowdive 332035
13 Take Me Apart by Kelela 0128.530.5
14 Pure Comedy by Father John Misty 221828
15 Capacity by Big Thief 4211.527.5
16 The OOZ by King Krule 311627
Turn Out the Lights by Julien Baker 221727
18 Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator 0320.526.5
19 No Shape by Perfume Genius 0021.521.5
20 Drunk by Thundercat 2014.520.5
21 Black Origami by Jlin 211018
22 The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit1210.517.5
23 Aromanticism by Moses Sumney111217
Rainbow by Kesha111217
25 Peasant by Richard Dawson218.516.5

Individual top ten lists

Below are the 210 individual top ten lists used to calculate the standings above. Some publications may list albums without ranking them in order; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.

3voor12 The Netherlands View full list
  1. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  2. I See You by The xx
  3. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
  4. Sleep Well Beast by The National
  5. Aromanticism by Moses Sumney
  6. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  7. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  8. Luwten by Luwten
  9. Kelly Lee Owens by Kelly Lee Owens
  10. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
The 405 View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  3. Plunge by Fever Ray
  4. CTRL by SZA
  5. No Shape by Perfume Genius
  6. Capacity by Big Thief
  7. Process by Sampha
  8. Crack-Up by Fleet Foxes
  9. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson by Ariel Pink
  10. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
Albumism View full list
  1. Home Counties by Saint Etienne
  2. Something's Changing by Lucy Rose
  3. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  4. Sleep Well Beast by The National
  5. Wallflower by Jordan Rakei
  6. Other by Alison Moyet
  7. 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time by Big K.R.I.T.
  8. Utopia by Björk
  9. Popular by Van Hunt
  10. Crack Up by Fleet Foxes
The Alternative View full list
  1. the yunahon mixtape by Oso Oso
  2. Turn Out the Lights by Julien Baker
  3. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  4. Guppy by Charly Bliss
  5. Plastic Cough by Great Grandpa
  6. Precious Art by Rozwell Kid
  7. You're Not As ___ You Think by Sorority Noise
  8. Daymoon by Strange Ranger
  9. First Things First by Hodera
  10. Capacity by Big Thief
American Songwriter View full list
  1. All American Made by Margo Price
  2. The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  3. Wrangled by Angaleena Presley
  4. Soul of a Woman by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  5. Undivided Heart and Soul by JD McPherson
  6. Sleep Well Beast by The National
  7. Carry Fire by Robert Plant
  8. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  9. Freedom Highway by Rhiannon Giddens
  10. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
Arizona Republic Ed Masley View full list
  1. The Navigator by Hurray for the Riff Raff
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. Don't Let It Be by Playboy Manbaby
  4. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  5. CTRL by SZA
  6. Process by Sampha
  7. Drunk by Thundercat
  8. Everybody Works by Jay Som
  9. Anything Could Happen by Bash & Pop
  10. Pure Comedy by Father John Misty
Artist Direct View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  3. RTJ3 by Run the Jewels
  4. Melodrama by Lorde
  5. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  6. From a Room Vol. 1 by Chris Stapleton
  7. Reputation by Taylor Swift
  8. Sleep Well Beast by The National
  9. Songs of Experience by U2
  10. Concrete & Gold by Foo Fighters
Associated Press Mesfin Fekadu View full list
  1. CTRL by SZA
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. Freudian by Daniel Caesar
  4. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  5. Reputation by Taylor Swift
  6. The Thrill of It All by Sam Smith
  7. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  8. War & Leisure by Miguel
  9. H.E.R. by H.E.R.
  10. Something to Tell You by HAIM
The Atlantic Spencer Kornhaber View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
  3. 50 Song Memoir by The Magnetic Fields
  4. Culture by Migos
  5. All American Made by Margo Price
  6. A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie
  7. CTRL by SZA
  8. Nothing Feels Natural by Priests
  9. Kelly Lee Owens by Kelly Lee Owens
  10. 4:44 by Jay-Z
A.V. Club Staff consensus View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  3. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
  4. What Now by Sylvan Esso
  5. CTRL by SZA
  6. Nothing Feels Natural by Priests
  7. Plunge by Fever Ray
  8. Turn Out the Lights by Julien Baker
  9. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  10. Out in the Storm by Waxahatchee
Baeble Music View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Melodrama by Lorde
  3. No Shape by Perfume Genius
  4. CTRL by SZA
  5. Process by Sampha
  6. Crack-Up by Fleet Foxes
  7. The OOZ by King Krule
  8. Take Me Apart by Kelela
  9. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
  10. Sleep Well Beast by The National
Baltimore Beat View full list
  1. Black Origami by Jlin
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie
  4. The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  5. Melodrama by Lorde
  6. Process by Sampha
  7. Utopia by Björk
  8. Nothing Feels Natural by Priests
  9. Drunk by Thundercat
  10. Harmony of Difference by Kamasi Washington
Bandcamp Daily View full list
  1. Aromanticism by Moses Sumney
  2. Black Origami by Jlin
  3. World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda by Alice Coltrane
  4. Pantheon of Me by Spellling
  5. Guppy by Charly Bliss
  6. The Navigator by Hurray for the Riff Raff
  7. I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone by Chastity Belt
  8. The Kid by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
  9. Stranger in the Alps by Phoebe Bridgers
  10. L’Rain by L’Rain
Banquet Records Surrey, UK View full list
  1. Eternity, In Your Arms by Creeper
  2. Yesterday's Gone by Loyle Carner
  3. Turn Out the Lights by Julien Baker
  4. Visions of a Life by Wolf Alice
  5. Gang Signs & Prayer by Stormzy
  6. After the Party by The Menzingers
  7. The Spark by Enter Shikari
  8. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  9. 24-7 Rock Star Shit by The Cribs
  10. Face Your Fear by Curtis Harding
BBC Radio 6 View full list
  1. Drunk by Thundercat
  2. Relaxer by Alt-J
  3. Process by Sampha
  4. Pure Comedy by Father John Misty
  5. Brutalism by Idles
  6. Lotta Sea Lice by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
  7. Holiday Destination by Nadine Shah
  8. Capacity by Big Thief
  9. All Change by Tom Williams
  10. Stranger in the Alps by Phoebe Bridgers
BET View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. CTRL by SZA
  3. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  4. Culture by Migos
  5. Beach House 3 by Ty Dolla $ign
  6. blkswn by Smino
  7. At What Cost by Goldlink
  8. American Teen by Khalid
  9. Freudian by Daniel Caesar
  10. Fin by Syd
Billboard View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. CTRL by SZA
  3. Melodrama by Lorde
  4. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  5. American Teen by Khalid
  6. Reputation by Taylor Swift
  7. Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 by Calvin Harris
  8. Culture by Migos
  9. Process by Sampha
  10. Harry Styles by Harry Styles
Blare View full list
  1. After the Party by The Menzingers
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. CTRL by SZA
  4. Yours Conditionally by Tennis
  5. Melodrama by Lorde
  6. Freudian by Daniel Caesar
  7. This Old Dog by Mac DeMarco
  8. Visions of a Life by Wolf Alice
  9. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  10. Saturation II by Brockhampton
Bleep View full list
  1. Black Origami by Jlin
  2. Poly-ana by Brainwaltzera
  3. World Eater by Blanck Mass
  4. AVANTI by Alessandro Cortini
  5. Compassion by Forest Swords
  6. The Kid by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
  7. Take Me Apart by Kelela
  8. Mnestic Pressure by Lee Gamble
  9. Onism by Photay
  10. Reassemblage by Visible Cloaks
The Boombox View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  3. Laila's Wisdom by Rapsody
  4. Rather You Than Me by Rick Ross
  5. HNDRXX by Future
  6. Wins & Losses by Meek Mill
  7. Everybody by Logic
  8. Pretty Girls Like Trap Music by 2 Chainz
  9. More Life by Drake
  10. 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time by Big K.R.I.T.
Boston Globe Terence Cawley View full list
  • Turn Out the Lights by Julien Baker
  • American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  • Melodrama by Lorde
  • A Black Mile to the Surface by Manchester Orchestra
  • A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie
  • Rocket by (Sandy) Alex G
  • Masseduction by St. Vincent
  • Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator
  • Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  • A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
Boston Globe Maura Johnston View full list
  • Future Politics by Austra
  • Imitation of a Woman to Love by Casey Dienel
  • Earl Gray by Girl Ray
  • Face Your Fear by Curtis Harding
  • 4:44 by Jay-Z
  • Murder of the Universe by King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
  • DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  • War & Leisure by Miguel
  • Aromanticism by Moses Sumney
  • Okovi by Zola Jesus
Brooklyn Vegan View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. CTRL by SZA
  3. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  4. Slowdive by Slowdive
  5. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  6. Turn Out the Lights by Julien Baker
  7. Nightmare Logic by Power Trip
  8. Pleasure by Feist
  9. No Shape by Perfume Genius
  10. No Mountains In Manhattan by Wiki
Cape Cod Times Jim Sullivan View full list
  1. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  2. How Did I Find Myself Here? by The Dream Syndicate
  3. Every Country's Sun by Mogwai
  4. In Between by The Feelies
  5. Visions of a Life by Wolf Alice
  6. Hippopotamus by Sparks
  7. Savage: Songs From a Broken World by Gary Numan
  8. Lotta Sea Lice by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
  9. Close Ties by Rodney Crowell
  10. From a Room Vol. 1 by Chris Stapleton
The Charlotte Observer Courtney Devores View full list
  1. Sorry Is Gone by Jessica Lea Mayfield
  2. The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  3. What Now by Sylvan Esso
  4. Trinity Lane by Lily Hiatt
  5. Swear I'm Good at This by Diet Cig
  6. New Kind of Normal by Cayetana
  7. Antisocialites by Alvvays
  8. Sleep Well Beast by The National
  9. Just Give In/Never Going Home by Hazel English
  10. Rest by Charlotte Gainsbourg
Chicago Reader Peter Margasak View full list
  1. Peasant by Richard Dawson
  2. Radio Flyer by JD Allen
  3. Reaching for Indigo by Circuit des Yeux
  4. Pancrace by Pancrace
  5. Platinum on Tap by Chris Speed Trio
  6. For Organ and Brass by Ellen Arkbro
  7. Obelisk by Ikue Mori
  8. The Book of Transfigurations by Dálava
  9. Randy Gibson: The Four Pillars Appearing From the Equal D... by R. Andrew Lee
  10. Cartography by Mariel Roberts
Chorus.fm View full list
  1. Turn Out the Lights by Julien Baker
  2. After the Party by The Menzingers
  3. After Laughter by Paramore
  4. Stranger in the Alps by Phoebe Bridgers
  5. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  6. A Black Mile to the Surface by Manchester Orchestra
  7. Gone Now by Bleachers
  8. The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  9. You're Not As ___ You Think by Sorority Noise
  10. From a Room Vol. 1 and 2 by Chris Stapleton
Clash View full list
  1. Common Sense by J HUS
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. Process by Sampha
  4. CTRL by SZA
  5. Aromanticism by Moses Sumney
  6. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  7. Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator
  8. The OOZ by King Krule
  9. V by The Horrors
  10. Arca by Arca
Classic Rock Magazine
  1. Villains by Queens of the Stone Age
  2. BCCTV by Black Country Communion
  3. Concrete and Gold by Foo Fighters
  4. Carry Fire by Robert Plant
  5. The Optimist by Anathema
  6. Anything Could Happen by Bash & Pop
  7. WICK by Royal Thunder
  8. Heavy Fire by Black Star Riders
  9. Sleeping Through the War by All Them Witches
  10. Into the Great Unknown by H.E.A.T.
Cleveland Plain Dealer Troy L. Smith View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Melodrama by Lorde
  3. CTRL by SZA
  4. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  5. American Teen by Khalid
  6. RTJ3 by Run the Jewels
  7. Harry Styles by Harry Styles
  8. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  9. The Weight of These Wings by Miranda Lambert
  10. Culture by Migos
Cleveland Scene View full list
  1. Queens of the Breakers by The Barr Brothers
  2. Antiphon by Alfa Mist
  3. We All Want the Same Things by Craig Finn
  4. The Order of Time by Valerie June
  5. Lotta Sea Lice by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
  6. Hot Thoughts by Spoon
  7. Slowdive by Slowdive
  8. Barefoot in the Head by Chris Robinson Brotherhood
  9. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
  10. Out of Range by Gun Outfit
A Closer Listen View full list
  1. Everything by Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano
  2. Mechanics of Dominion by Esmerine
  3. Lack by Pan Daijing
  4. Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works by Max Richter
  5. Migration by Bonobo
  6. Embers by Throwing Snow
  7. Jhator by Zu
  8. The Shameless Years by Rafael Anton Irisarri
  9. Heroes of the Second Story Walk-up by The Fun Years
  10. Pools of Light by Jessica Moss
Complex View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  3. CTRL by SZA
  4. HNDRXX by Future
  5. Process by Sampha
  6. Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator
  7. Culture by Migos
  8. Luv Is Rage 2 by Lil Uzi Vert
  9. Freudian by Daniel Caesar
  10. More Life by Drake
Complex UK View full list
  1. Common Sense by J Hus
  2. Gang Signs & Prayer by Stormzy
  3. More Life by Drake
  4. Process by Sampha
  5. CTRL by SZA
  6. Take Me Apart by Kelela
  7. Wins & Losses by Meek Mill
  8. Game Over by Dave
  9. Godfather by Wiley
  10. One Foot Out by Nines
Consequence of Sound View full list
  1. Melodrama by Lorde
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. Prisoner by Ryan Adams
  4. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  5. Slowdive by Slowdive
  6. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  7. CTRL by SZA
  8. A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie
  9. Hot Thoughts by Spoon
  10. Blkswn by Smino
Cosmopolitan View full list
  1. Melodrama by Lorde
  2. CTRL by SZA
  3. Rainbow by Kesha
  4. Take Me Apart by Kelela
  5. All American Made by Margo Price
  6. Okovi by Zola Jesus
  7. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  8. Tourist in This Town by Allison Crutchfield
  9. Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey
  10. The Order of Time by Valerie June
Crack Magazine View full list
  1. Arca by Arca
  2. Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey
  3. Plunge by Fever Ray
  4. CTRL by SZA
  5. Where Are We Going? by Octo Octa
  6. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  7. Mono No Aware by Various artists
  8. World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda by Alice Coltrane
  9. Peasant by Richard Dawson
  10. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
Crash Records Leeds, UK View full list
  1. Colors by Beck
  2. Everything Now by Arcade Fire
  3. From Deewee by Soulwax
  4. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  5. Sleep Well Beast by The National
  6. Brutalism by Idles
  7. In.ter A.li.a by At the Drive-In
  8. Villains by Queens of the Stone Age
  9. Nightmare Logic by Powertrip
  10. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
The Daily Beast Marlow Stern View full list
  1. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  2. A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie
  3. The Order of Time by Valerie June
  4. CTRL by SZA
  5. Melodrama by Lorde
  6. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  7. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  8. Science Fiction by Brand New
  9. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
  10. Droptopwop by Gucci Mane
Dazed View full list
  1. Arca by Arca
  2. CTRL by SZA
  3. Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator
  4. Melodrama by Lorde
  5. Plunge by Fever Ray
  6. Take Me Apart by Kelela
  7. Utopia by Björk
  8. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  9. The OOZ by King Krule
  10. Rina by Rina Sawayama
Decibel View full list
  1. Medusa by Paradise Lost
  2. Curse of Conception by Spirit Adrift
  3. Heartless by Pallbearer
  4. Blood Offerings by Necrot
  5. Howling, For the Nightmare Shall Consume by Integrity
  6. Eroded Corridors of Unbeing by Spectral Voice
  7. Atonement by Immolation
  8. Trumpeting Ecstasy by Full of Hell
  9. Thrice Woven by Wolves in the Throne Room
  10. The Dusk in Us by Converge
Detroit Metro Times View full list
  1. Pure Comedy by Father John Misty
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. CTRL by SZA
  4. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  5. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
Diffuser View full list
  1. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  2. Sleep Well Beast by The National
  3. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  4. Hot Thoughts by Spoon
  5. Villains by Queens of the Stone Age
  6. Crack-Up by Fleet Foxes
  7. Dedicated to Bobby Jameson by Ariel Pink
  8. Mental Illness by Aimee Mann
  9. Hug of Thunder by Broken Social Scene
  10. Melodrama by Lorde
The Digital Fix View full list
  • Colors by Beck
  • Yesterday's Gone by Loyle Carner
  • This Old Dog by Mac DeMarco
  • Last Place by Grandaddy
  • The Navigator by Hurray for the Riff Raff
  • The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  • Rainbow by Kesha
  • Ratatatat by Malka
  • Sleep Well Beast by The National
  • Stay Lucky by Nerina Pallot
  • Prophets of Rage by Prophets of Rage
  • Every Valley by Public Service Broadcasting
  • Human by Rag 'N' Bone Man
  • Masseduction by St. Vincent
  • Drunk by Thundercat
  • Visions of a Life by Wolf Alice
DJ Booth View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Process by Sampha
  3. CTRL by SZA
  4. 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time by Big K.R.I.T.
  5. Laila’s Wisdom by Rapsody
  6. Freudian by Daniel Caesar
  7. 4:44 by Jay Z
  8. Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator
  9. The Never Story by J.I.D
  10. Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!?! by milo
DJ Mag View full list
  1. Arpo by Call Super
  2. Belief System by Special Request
  3. Plunge by Fever Ray
  4. Different Response by Zed Bias
  5. The Journey Man by Goldie
  6. Where Are We Going by Octo Octa
  7. Bicep by Bicep
  8. Take Flight by Maya Jane Coles
  9. Sis-boom-bah by Juju & Jordash
  10. Distractions by Ikonika
Double J Australia View full list
  1. Jen Cloher by Jen Cloher
  2. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
  3. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  4. Process by Sampha
  5. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  6. Slowdive by Slowdive
  7. Sleep Well Beast by The National
  8. Life Is Fine by Paul Kelly
  9. Semper Femina by Laura Marling
  10. Dirty Projectors by Dirty Projectors
Drift Record Shop Devon, UK View full list
  1. Relatives in Descent by Protomartyr
  2. World Eater by Blanck Mass
  3. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  4. Drunk by Thundercat
  5. Not Even Happiness by Julie Byrne
  6. No Home of the Mind by Bing & Ruth
  7. The Animal Spirits by James Holden & The Animal Spirits
  8. A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie
  9. City Music by Kevin Morby
  10. Modern Kosmology by Jane Weaver
Drowned in Sound View full list
  1. Visions of a Life by Wolf Alice
  2. Kelly Lee Owens by Kelly Lee Owens
  3. Exile in the Outer Ring by EMA
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  6. Crack-Up by Fleet Foxes
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  8. El Dorado by Shakira
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Gaffa Denmark
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  6. Saturation II by Brockhampton
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HipHopDX View full list
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  6. 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time by Big K.R.I.T.
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Houston Chronicle Andrew Dansby View full list
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Houston Chronicle Joey Guerra View full list
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  4. Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator
  5. MacGregor Park by Fat Tony
  6. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  7. The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone by Lee Ann Womack
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HUH. View full list
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  8. Turn Out the Lights by Julien Baker
  9. Common Sense by J HUS
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Hypebeast View full list
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Idolator View full list
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  6. Party's Over by Astrid S
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The Independent View full list
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  4. No Shape by Perfume Genius
  5. CTRL by SZA
  6. Dark Days + Canapes by Ghostpoet
  7. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
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In Review View full list
  1. Something to Tell You by HAIM
  2. Melodrama by Lorde
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  4. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  5. A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie
  6. Plunge by Fever Ray
  7. New Energy by Four Tet
  8. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  9. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  10. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
The Interns View full list
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  2. Melodrama by Lorde
  3. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  4. Take Me Apart by Kelela
  5. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  6. I See You by The xx
  7. Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 by Calvin Harris
  8. Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey
  9. Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator
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Interview View full list
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  2. Melodrama by Lorde
  3. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  4. Pop 2 by Charli XCX
  5. Playboi Carti by Playboi Carti
  6. BLUE LIPS [lady wood phase II] by Tove Lo
  7. Take Me Apart by Kelela
  8. Process by Sampha
  9. No Shape by Perfume Genius
  10. Good Time OST by Oneohtrix Point Never
Intro Germany View full list
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  3. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  4. Sleep Well Beast by The National
  5. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  6. I See You by The xx
  7. Magic Life by Bilderbuch
  8. Ash by Ibeyi
  9. I Tell a Fly by Benjamin Clementine
  10. Melodrama by Lorde
The Irish Times View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Melodrama by Lorde
  3. CTRL by SZA
  4. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  5. Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey
  6. Procession by Ships
  7. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  8. Drunk by Thundercat
  9. The OOZ by King Krule
  10. Pure Comedy by Father John Misty
Junkee [fka FasterLouder] View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
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  3. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  4. CTRL by SZA
  5. Take Me Apart by Kelela
  6. Process by Sampha
  7. Utopia by Björk
  8. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  9. Backwater by Kllo
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KCRW Los Angeles View full list
  1. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. The OOZ by King Krule
  4. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  5. Jardín by Gabriel Garzón-Montano
  6. Freedom Is Free by Chicano Batman
  7. Waiting on a Song by Dan Auerbach
  8. Mister Mellow by Washed Out
  9. Colors by Beck
  10. Little Fictions by Elbow
Kerrang!
  1. The Warmth of a Dying Sun by Employed to Serve
  2. The Spark by Enter Shikari
  3. Forever by Code Orange
  4. Emperor of Sand by Mastodon
  5. The Dusk in Us by Converge
  6. Concrete and Gold by Foo Fighters
  7. The Peace and the Panic by Neck Deep
  8. Wolves by Rise Against
  9. After the Party by The Menzingers
  10. All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell by PVRIS
Kill Your Stereo View full list
  1. Turn Out the Lights by Julien Baker
  2. Time Doesn’t Heal Anything by Lòdz
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  4. The Liquid Sky by Deadspace
  5. The Assassination of Julius Caesar by Ulver
  6. No Grave, No Burial by Statues
  7. The Rhapsody Tapes by Ocean Grove
  8. Colouer by Fjørt
  9. life, on hold by Spilt Cities
  10. The Warmth Of A Dying Sun by Employed to Serve
KQED San Francisco View full list
  • Ayo by Bomba Estéreo
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  • Joli Mai by Daphni
  • Mr. Davis by Gucci Mane
  • Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 by Calvin Harris
  • The Navigator by Hurray for the Riff Raff
  • 4:44 by Jay-Z
  • SweetSexySavage by Kehlani
  • Take Me Apart by Kelela
  • Rainbow by Kesha
  • DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  • Culture by Migos
  • War & Leisure by Miguel
  • Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds by Nicole MItchell
  • Memory of a Cut Off Head by OCS
  • Process by Sampha
  • Aromanticism by Moses Sumney
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  • Mister Mellow by Washed Out
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Le Canal Auditif Québéc View full list
  1. The Dusk in Us by Converge
  2. [all 4 albums released in 2017] by King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
  3. A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie
  4. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  5. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  6. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  7. La Science du coeur by Pierre Lapointe
  8. Crack-Up by Fleet Foxes
  9. Rest by Charlotte Gainsbourg
  10. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
Les Inrockuptibles France View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. The OOZ by King Krule
  3. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  4. Culture by Migos
  5. Forced Witness by Alex Cameron
  6. Petite amie by Juliette Armanet
  7. This Old Dog by Mac DeMarco
  8. La fête est finie by Orelsan
  9. Ipséité by Damso
  10. Cigarettes After Sex by Cigarettes After Sex
Lincoln Journal Star L. Kent Wolgamott View full list
  1. The Order of Time by Valerie June
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. Baby Driver OST by Various artists
  4. The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone by Lee Ann Womack
  5. The Devil, God & Me by Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes
  6. So You Wanna Be an Outlaw by Steve Earle & the Dukes
  7. CTRL by SZA
  8. Undivided Heart & Soul by JD McPherson
  9. Soul of a Woman by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  10. Anything Could Happen by Bash & Pop
The Line of Best Fit View full list
  1. Stranger in the Alps by Phoebe Bridgers
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. CTRL by SZA
  4. Gang Signs & Prayer by Stormzy
  5. Kelly Lee Owens by Kelly Lee Owens
  6. Common Sense by J HUS
  7. City Music by Kevin Morby
  8. Brazil by JFDR
  9. The OOZ by King Krule
  10. No Shape by Perfume Genius
Listening Through the Lens View full list
  1. Freedom Highway by Rhiannon Giddens
  2. Turmoil & Tinfoil by Billy Strings
  3. Restless by David Luning
  4. Big Bad Luv by John Moreland
  5. All American Made by Margo Price
  6. The Order of Time by Valerie June
  7. Poor David’s Almanack by David Rawlings
  8. The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  9. Way Out West by Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
  10. From A Room, Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton
Los Angeles Times August Brown View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. CTRL by SZA
  3. Turn Out the Lights by Julien Baker
  4. Process by Sampha
  5. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  6. A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie
  7. SweetSexySavage by Kehlani
  8. More Life by Drake
  9. Living Water by Shannon Lay
  10. Kelly Lee Owens by Kelly Lee Owens
Los Angeles Times Gerrick D. Kennedy View full list
  1. SweetSexySavage by Kehlani
  2. CTRL by SZA
  3. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  4. Freudian by Daniel Caesar
  5. Trip by Jhene Aiko
  6. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  7. WET: The Wonderful Ego Trip by TiRon & Ayomari
  8. Process by Sampha
  9. American Teen by Khalid
  10. Fifth Harmony by Fifth Harmony
Los Angeles Times Randy Lewis View full list
  1. Dark Matter by Randy Newman
  2. Hippopotamus by Sparks
  3. Carry Fire by Robert Plant
  4. Freedom Highway by Rhiannon Giddens
  5. Bidin’ My Time by Chris Hillman
  6. Out of Silence by Neil Finn
  7. Natural Conclusion by Rose Cousins
  8. Triplicate by Bob Dylan
  9. Reputation by Taylor Swift
  10. Chuck by Chuck Berry
Los Angeles Times Randall Roberts View full list
  1. Bedouine by Bedouine
  2. Fly or Die by Jamie Branch
  3. Black Origami by Jlin
  4. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  5. Mental Illness by Aimee Mann
  6. Screen Memories by John Maus
  7. Happiness of Living by On Fillmore
  8. Brick Body Kids Still Daydream by Open Mike Eagle
  9. No Shape by Perfume Genius
  10. English Tapas by Sleaford Mods
Los Angeles Times Mikael Wood View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  3. Slowmotionary by Ethan Gruska
  4. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  5. Dark Matter by Randy Newman
  6. Tell Me You Love Me by Demi Lovato
  7. CTRL by SZA
  8. Gilded by Jade Jackson
  9. Reputation by Taylor Swift
  10. More Life by Drake
Loud and Quiet View full list
  1. Relatives in Descent by Protomartyr
  2. Kelly Lee Owens by Kelly Lee Owens
  3. Peasant by Richard Dawson
  4. Sincerely, Future Pollution by Timber Timbre
  5. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  6. World Eater by Blanck Mass
  7. Melodrama by Lorde
  8. No Mountains in Manhattan by Wiki
  9. Brutalism by Idles
  10. CTRL by SZA
Louder Than War
  1. English Tapas by Sleaford Mods
  2. Slowdive by Slowdive
  3. Young, Dumb & Full Of… by Cabbage
  4. Damage and Joy by The Jesus and Mary Chain
  5. Brutalism by Idles
  6. Near to the Wild Heart of Life by Japandroids
  7. Swear I'm Good at This by Diet Cig
  8. Antisocialites by Alvvays
  9. Time Well by Cloakroom
  10. Sleep Well Beast by The National
Loudwire View full list
  1. Nightmare Logic by Power Trip
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  3. Forever by Code Orange
  4. Wrong One to Fuck With by Dying Fetus
  5. Heartless by Pallbearer
  6. Devil Is Fine by Zeal & Ardor
  7. E by Enslaved
  8. Red Before Black by Cannibal Corpse
  9. The Dusk in Us by Converge
  10. Mirror Reaper by Bell Witch
Magnet
  1. Out in the Storm by Waxahatchee
  2. Sleep Well Beast by The National
  3. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
  4. I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone by Chastity Belt
  5. A Black Mile to the Surface by Manchester Orchestra
  6. Process by Sampha
  7. The Far Field by Future Islands
  8. Villains by Queens of the Stone Age
  9. What Now by Sylvan Esso
  10. Cigarettes After Sex by Cigarettes After Sex
Magnetic Magazine View full list
  • Arca by Arca
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  • Take Flight by Maya Jane Coles
  • The Far Field by Future Islands
  • Future Yesterday by Kbit
  • DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  • American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  • Nocturnal by The Midnight
  • Love What Survives by Mount Kimbie
  • Sleep Well Beast by The National
  • A Moment Apart by Odesza
  • Process by Sampha
  • Masseduction by St. Vincent
  • I See You by The xx
Mashable View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator
  3. CTRL by SZA
  4. Freudian by Daniel Caesar
  5. Melodrama by Lorde
  6. Take Me Apart by Kelela
  7. Process by Sampha
  8. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  9. Harry Styles by Harry Styles
  10. Ash by Ibeyi
Mass Appeal View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  3. Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator
  4. No Mountains In Manhattan by Wiki
  5. CTRL by SZA
  6. Without Warning by 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin
  7. Laila's Wisdom by Rapsody
  8. Pretty Girls Like Trap Music by 2 Chainz
  9. Process by Sampha
  10. 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time by Big K.R.I.T.
Metal Hammer View full list
  1. Emperor of Sand by Mastodon
  2. Mareridt by Myrkur
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  6. Masseduction by St. Vincent
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  7. Visions of a Life by Wolf Alice
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  7. How to Be a Human Being by Glass Animals
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The New Yorker Amanda Petrusich View full list
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Newsday Glenn Gamboa View full list
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  6. The Meaning of Life by Kelly Clarkson
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Newsweek View full list
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NME View full list
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NOW Magazine Toronto View full list
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  6. Utopia by Björk
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  8. Black Origami by Jlin
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NPR Bob Boilen View full list
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NPR Nate Chinen View full list
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  6. Fly or Die by Jaimie Branch
  7. The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
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NPR Robin Hilton View full list
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  5. In Search of Lost Time by Partner
  6. Hiss Spun by Chelsea Wolfe
  7. A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie
  8. Halo by Juana Molina
  9. A Ghost Story OST by Daniel Hart
  10. Pure Comedy by Father John Misty
NPR Stephen Thompson View full list
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  5. CTRL by SZA
  6. Year of the Rabbit by Allison Pierce
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  8. The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  9. Stranger in the Alps by Phoebe Bridgers
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Nylon View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
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  • Take Me Apart by Kelela
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The Observer [UK] Kitty Empire View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
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  3. No Shape by Perfume Genius
  4. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  5. Party by Aldous Harding
  6. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  7. Melodrama by Lorde
  8. Pure Comedy by Father John Misty
  9. Aromanticism by Moses Sumney
  10. Heavy Meta by Ron Gallo
Okayplayer View full list
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  4. No_One Ever Really Dies by N.E.R.D.
  5. At What Cost by Goldlink
  6. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  7. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  8. Freudian by Daniel Caesar
  9. Process by Sampha
  10. Take Me Apart by Kelela
Omaha World-Herald Kevin Coffey View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Rainbow by Kesha
  3. Villains by Queens of the Stone Age
  4. The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  5. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  6. From a Room Vol. 1 and 2 by Chris Stapleton
  7. Whiteout Conditions by The New Pornographers
  8. RTJ3 by Run the Jewels
  9. Melodrama by Lorde
  10. Colors by Beck
OOR Netherlands View full list
  1. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
  4. Drunk by Thundercat
  5. I See You by The xx
  6. Aromanticism by Moses Sumney
  7. A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie
  8. Relatives in Descent by Protomartyr
  9. Sleep Well Beast by The National
  10. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
Passion of the Weiss View full list
  1. Drunk by Thundercat
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  3. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  4. Culture by Migos
  5. HNDRXX by Future
  6. Black Origami by Jlin
  7. Beautiful Thugger Girls by Young Thug
  8. Dedicated to Bobby Jameson by Ariel Pink
  9. Rosecrans LP by DJ Quik & Problem
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  1. Everybody Works by Jay Som
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. Pure Comedy by Father John Misty
  4. RTJ3 by Run the Jewels
  5. Lotta Sea Lice by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
  6. Need to Feel Your Love by Sheer Mag
  7. Antisocialites by Alvvays
  8. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  9. A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie
  10. Process by Sampha
People Jeff Nelson View full list
  1. Reputation by Taylor Swift
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. Melodrama by Lorde
  4. Rainbow by Kesha
  5. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  6. Tell Me You Love Me by Demi Lovato
  7. ÷ by Ed Sheeran
  8. Beautiful Trauma by Pink
  9. The Breaker by Little Big Town
  10. CTRL by SZA
Philadelphia Inquirer Dan DeLuca View full list
  1. The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
  4. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  5. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  6. All American Made by Margo Price
  7. Harmony of Difference by Kamasi Washington
  8. Soft Sounds From Another Planet by Japanese Breakfast
  9. Tribute to Diouga Dieng by Orchestra Baobab
  10. Out in the Storm by Waxahatchee
  11. Tourist in This Town by Allison Crutchfield
Piccadilly Records Manchester, UK View full list
  1. Kelly Lee Owens by Kelly Lee Owens
  2. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  3. Slowdive by Slowdive
  4. The French Press by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
  5. Lonely Planet by Tornado Wallace
  6. Yours Conditionally by Tennis
  7. The Imperfect Sea by Penguin Café
  8. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
  9. Orc by Oh Sees
  10. Flat Worms by Flat Worms
Pigeons & Planes View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. CTRL by SZA
  3. Melodrama by Lorde
  4. Saturation III by Brockhampton
  5. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  6. Blkswn by Smino
  7. Freudian by Daniel Caesar
  8. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  9. Future by Future
  10. Beach House 3 by Ty Dolla $ign
Pitchfork View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. CTRL by SZA
  3. The OOZ by King Krule
  4. Take Me Apart by Kelela
  5. Melodrama by Lorde
  6. Aromanticism by Moses Sumney
  7. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  8. Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator
  9. Plunge by Fever Ray
  10. Black Origami by Jlin
PopMatters View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Melodrama by Lorde
  3. The Plunge by Fever Ray
  4. Okovi by Zola Jesus
  5. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  6. Process by Sampha
  7. I See You by The xx
  8. Take Me Apart by Kelela
  9. New Energy by Four Tet
  10. Black Origami by Jlin
Pretty Much Amazing View full list
  1. Melodrama by Lorde
  2. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  3. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  4. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  5. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  6. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
  7. I See You by The xx
  8. CTRL by SZA
  9. Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator
  10. Pure Comedy by Father John Misty
Prog View full list
  1. To the Bone by Steven Wilson
  2. The Optimist by Anathema
  3. Every Valley by Public Service Broadcasting
  4. Is This the Life We Really Want? by Roger Waters
  5. From the Trees by Peter Hammill
  6. Emperor of Sand by Mastodon
  7. Grimspound by Big Big Train
  8. The Night Siren by Steve Hackett
  9. Malina by Leprous
  10. The Tower by Motorpsycho
Punktastic View full list
  1. The Warmth of a Dying Sun by Employed to Serve
  2. The Dusk in Us by Converge
  3. Forever by Code Orange
  4. Material Control by Glassjaw
  5. Eternity, In Your Arms by Creeper
  6. You Are We by While She Sleeps
  7. Nightmare Logic by Power Trip
  8. Modern Ruin by Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
  9. V by The Bronx
  10. After the Party by The Menzingers
Q
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  3. Visions of a Life by Wolf Alice
  4. Melodrama by Lorde
  5. Humanz by Gorillaz
  6. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  7. Pure Comedy by Father John Misty
  8. Prince of Tears by Baxter Dury
  9. Villains by Queens Of The Stone Age
  10. Sleep Well Beast by The National
The Quietus View full list
  1. Peasant by Richard Dawson
  2. Zimpel/Ziołek by Zimpel/Ziołek
  3. Plunge by Fever Ray
  4. Interplanetary Class Classics by The Moonlandingz
  5. Holiday Destination by Nadine Shah
  6. Take Me Apart by Kelela
  7. The Animal Spirits by James Holden & The Animal Spirits
  8. 1992 Deluxe by Princess Nokia
  9. Trifle by Lone Taxidermist
  10. Thin Black Duke by Oxbow
Rap-Up View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  3. CTRL by SZA
  4. American Teen by Khalid
  5. Culture by Migos
  6. More Life by Drake
  7. SweetSexySavage by Kehlani
  8. Luv Is Rage 2 by Lil Uzi Vert
  9. The Chief by Jidenna
  10. Freudian by Daniel Caesar
Record Collector
  • Bedouine by Bedouine
  • Utopia by Björk
  • Bayas Fresh by Bitchin’ Bayas
  • Americana by Ray Davies
  • Peasant by Richard Dawson
  • DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  • Sleep Well Beast by The National
  • Carry Fire by Robert Plant
  • English Tapas by Sleaford Mods
  • Moonshine Freeze by This Is the Kit
  • Drunk by Thundercat
Recorder Hungary
  1. A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie
  2. Slowdive by Slowdive
  3. Melodrama by Lorde
  4. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  5. Black Origami by Jlin
  6. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  7. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  8. Arca by Arca
  9. Dust by Laurel Halo
  10. Bicep by Bicep
Resident Brighton, UK View full list
  1. Not Even Happiness by Julie Byrne
  2. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  3. Slowdive by Slowdive
  4. Brutalism by Idles
  5. Modern Kosmology by Jane Weaver
  6. Come Play The Trees by Snapped Ankles
  7. Holiday Destination by Nadine Shah
  8. Capacity by Big Thief
  9. Death Song by The Black Angels
  10. Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng by Orchestra Baobab
Revolver View full list
  1. Forever by Code Orange
  2. Nightmare Logic by Power Trip
  3. Emperor of Sand by Mastodon
  4. Hiss Spun by Chelsea Wolfe
  5. The Dusk in Us by Converge
  6. Post Self by Godflesh
  7. Modern Ruin by Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
  8. Mass VI by Amenra
  9. Motherblood by Grave Pleasures
  10. Soul Structure by Higher Power
The Ringer Rob Harvilla View full list
  1. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  2. Melodrama by Lorde
  3. Antisocialites by Alvvays
  4. Hot Thoughts by Spoon
  5. The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  6. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  7. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  8. All American Made by Margo Price
  9. Guppy by Charly Bliss
  10. Pleasure by Feist
Rock Sound View full list
  1. Last Young Renegade by All Time Low
  2. The Peace and the Panic by Neck Deep
  3. All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell by PVRIS
  4. Ambitions by ONE OK ROCK
  5. After Laughter by Paramore
  6. Lovely Little Lonely by The Maine
  7. You Are We by While She Sleeps
  8. Shapeshifter by Knuckle Puck
  9. Deadweight by Wage War
  10. Sidewinder by Stand Atlantic
Rolling Stone View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. Melodrama by Lorde
  3. Songs of Experience by U2
  4. Rainbow by Kesha
  5. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  6. American Teen by Khalid
  7. Reputation by Taylor Swift
  8. Villains by Queens of the Stone Age
  9. Culture by Migos
  10. The Thrill of It All by Sam Smith
Rough Trade Shops UK/US View full list
  1. Party by Aldous Harding
  2. Prisoner by Ryan Adams
  3. Utopia by Björk
  4. Capacity by Big Thief
  5. Colter Wall by Colter Wall
  6. Cigarettes After Sex by Cigarettes After Sex
  7. Love In The 4th Dimension by The Big Moon
  8. Modern Kosmology by Jane Weaver
  9. Drunk by Thundercat
  10. Here Lies Man by Here Lies Man
San Diego Union-Tribune George Varga View full list
  1. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  2. Dark Matter by Randy Newman
  3. Mogoya by Oumou Sangaré
  4. 4:44 by Jay-Z
  5. From a Room Vol. 1 and 2 by Chris Stapleton
  6. Freedom Highway by Rhiannon Giddens
  7. Résistance by Songhoy Blues
  8. Musas (Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos de Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) by Natalia LaFourcade
  9. Thanks for Listening by Chris Thile
  10. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
San Jose Mercury News Jim Harrington View full list
  1. Melodrama by Lorde
  2. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  3. American Teen by Khalid
  4. Masseduction by St. Vincent
  5. Reputation by Taylor Swift
  6. One-Way Conversations by Hollyn
  7. Swear I'm Good at This by Diet Cig
  8. Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey
  9. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
  10. The Order of Time by Valerie June
Shindig! Magazine
  1. Another Summer of Love by GospelbeacH
  2. Kentish Longtails by The Len Price 3
  3. Mellotron Phase: Volume 1 by Papernut Cambridge
  4. That Was the Future by The Dials
  5. The Sunshine Makers OST by The Heliocentrics
  6. Death Express by Little Barrie
  7. Fantastic Plastic by Flamin' Groovies
  8. Just Dandy by Gentle Brent
  9. Robyn Hitchcock by Robyn Hitchcock
  10. by order of the moose by El Goodo
Sister Ray Records London, UK View full list
  1. Sketches Of Brunswick East by King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard with Mild High Club
  2. Orc by Oh Sees
  3. Rainbow Edition by Hype Williams
  4. Weather Diaries by Ride
  5. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  6. 1992 by Princess Nokia
  7. Poly-Ana by Brainwaltzera
  8. Every Country's Sun by Mogwai
  9. New Energy by Four Tet
  10. This Old Dog by Mac DeMarco
The Skinny View full list
  1. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  2. CTRL by SZA
  3. Melodrama by Lorde
  4. No Shape by Perfume Genius
  5. Process by Sampha
  6. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem
  7. RTJ3 by Run the Jewels
  8. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
  9. Drunk by Thundercat
  10. Relatives in Descent by Protomartyr
Slant View full list
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Check out Metacritic's final official ranking of the best albums of 2017, or see our separate list of the year's best debut albums. And be sure to submit your own picks for the year's best releases.

 

Comments (12)

  • jayydee92  

    Voppy, you don't seem to realize that the majority of industry awards are judged by those in the industry - their peers - not professional critics. Actors vote for the SAG awards, Directors for the DGA awards, etc. It's also rare to see someone so pretentious base awards shows as the de facto metric on how to judge how good something is. The Wire never won any Emmys, for example, and was only nominated for writing twice.

    Who counts as a critic? Why not look at the site you're currently on, the whole point of which is to provide round-ups of professional critics' opinions. You should avoid patronizingly using terms like "kid" while also displaying a clear lack of understanding,

    Also, the AV Club is based out of Chicago.

  • LordMark  

    I'm really glad to see that Slowdive's self-titled 4th album is getting lots of love. It's definitely my choice for Album of the Year.

  • jayydee92  

    Now, now, just because you're upset doesn't mean you have to try to spoil the series for others.

    You're also living in your own reality if you think critics agree with you, considering a) its third season has one of the highest season scores in history and b) it is comfortably at the top of the critics' list of best shows of the year. Maybe you're conflating critics with awards bodies, which often have very little overlap.

    Have a nice day.

  • jayydee92  

    Voppy, not only do you have awful taste, but your elitist attitude about said opinions makes it all the worse. It's okay that you don't get some of the top music/TV/movies, but just because you don't get it doesn't mean it's "trash".

  • Simpatico  

    I've seen VoppySmitz comment on other stuff and I'm convinced dude has awful taste. To Pimp a Butterfly was a masterpiece, and while DAMN wasn't as good, it was still a solid album.

  • Luistheking  

    DAMN. is a pretty meh album to be honest.

  • Blanche  

    The lack of love for Flower Boy is pathetic. Easily one of the best Hip Hop records of the year. Rolling Stone's list is also really, really tragic.

  • drake55  

    http://exclaim.ca/music/article/exclaim_s_top_10_hip-hop_albums-best_of_2017

  • drake55  

    you made a mistake...you counted Exclaim's pop and rock albums, but completely ignored the fact it was only pop and rock...they also made other lists (hip hop, etc) that you guys have yet to take into accoun

  • PlanetRJ  

    This has to be the worst critics choise in recent years. How long can they praise pointless aritst like father jon misty and st vincent, same old crap every year. Where is Taylor Swift, Tyler the creator, Mura Masa, Bonobo, The XX. Every year mostyly soft rock music is here and no electronic artists. It seams like critics are old guys who don't want to listen something new.

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