Best of 2017: Albumism, Crack, Far Out, The Skinny, Ultimate Classic Rock, A.V. Club, Pretty Much Amazing & GigSoup

by VVN Music

Forget yesterday's big move by Jay-ZSlowdrive nailed down spots on three of today's eight Best of Lists to widen their lead with Jay-Z only making it on two of the lists.

Among today's lists is a simply superb one by Ultimate Classic Rock which named Robert Plant's Carry Fire with the best album of the year and followed with 24 more sets by veteran artists.

The big winner for today, though, is Bjork whose album, recently out, is getting more exposure.  Appearing on five of eight tallies today, she moves up to third place on the compiled list chart.

With today's eight lists, our ongoing collection of surveys now totals 39.

Albumism's Top 50 Albums of 2017

  • 01. Home Counties - Saint Etienne
  • 02. Something's Changing - Lucy Rose
  • 03. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 04. Sleep Well Beast - The National
  • 05. Wallflower - Jordan Rakei
  • 06. Other - Alison Moyet
  • 08. Utopia - Bjork
  • 11. Rest - Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • 12. Colors - Beck
  • 13. Jupiter Calling - Corrs
  • 17. Humanz - Gorillaz
  • 21. Slowdrive - Slowdrive
  • 22. Native Invader - Tori Amos
  • 23. Automaton - Jamiroquai
  • 25. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 27. Pollinator - Blondie
  • 28. If All I Was Was Black - Mavis Staples
  • 35. Mental Illness - Aimee Mann
  • 46. The Sum of a Man - Sadat X
  • 47. The Soul of a Woman - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  • 50. Jump on Board - Texas
  • 01. Arca - Arca
  • 02. Lust For Life - Lana Del Rey
  • 03. Plunge - Fever Ray
  • 04. CTRL - SZA
  • 05. Where Are We Going? - Octo Octa
  • 08. World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda - Alice Coltrane
  • 13. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 24. Utopia - Bjork
  • 26. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 01. The OOZ - King Krule
  • 02. Sleep Well Beast - The National
  • 03. Cigarettes After Sex - Cigarettes After Sex
  • 04. Pure Comedy - Father John Misty
  • 05. Slowdrive - Slowdrive
  • 25. Rest - Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • 28. Utopia - Bjork
  • 36. Every Country's Sun - Mogwai
  • 38. Rock N Roll Consciousness - Thurston Moore
  • 45. Hippopotamus - Sparks
  • 47. As You Were - Liam Gallagher
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. CTRL - SZA
  • 03. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 04. No Shape - Perfume Genius
  • 05. Process - Sampha
Ultimate Classic Rock's Top 25 Albums of 2017
  • 01. Carry Fire - Robert Plant
  • 02. Is This the Life We Really Want? - Roger Waters
  • 03. Southern Blood - Gregg Allman
  • 04. Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie - Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie
  • 05. Hitchhiker - Neil Young
  • 06. Chuck - Chuck Berry
  • 07. The Mission - Styx
  • 08. Dark Matter - Randy Newman
  • 09. Americana - Ray Davies
  • 10. Paranormal - Alice Cooper
  • 11. We're All Alright - Cheap Trick
  • 12. No Plan - David Bowie
  • 13. Revolution Come Revolution Go - Gov't Mule
  • 14. Triplicate - Bob Dylan
  • 15. Songs of Experience - U2
  • 16. Barefoot in the Head - Chris Robinson Brotherhood
  • 17. White Knight - Todd Rundgren
  • 18. Sad Clowns & Hillbillies - John Mellencamp
  • 19. Bidin' My Time - Chris Hillman
  • 20. Roll With the Punches - Van Morrison
  • 21. Pollinator - Blondie
  • 22. Post Pop Depression Live at Royal Albert Hall - Iggy Pop
  • 23. Live From the Fox Oakland - Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • 24. Infinite - Deep Purple
  • 25. Infinite Tuesday Autobiographical Riffs - Mike Nesmith

A.V. Club's Top 20 Albums of 2017

  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick LaMar
  • 02. MASSEDUCATION - St. Vincent
  • 03. A Deeper Understanding - The War on Drugs
  • 04. What Now - Sylvan Eso
  • 05. CTRL - SZA
  • 15. Utopia - Bjork
  • 01. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 02. MASSEDUCATION - St. Vincent
  • 03. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 04. Big Fish Theory - Vince Staples
  • 05. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 15. 50 Song Memoir - The Magnetic Fields
  • 16. Slowdrive - Slowdrive
  • 01. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 02. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. A Crow Looked at Me - Mount Eerie
  • 04. A Deeper Understanding - The War on Drugs
  • 05. No Shape - Perfume Genius
  • 09. Utopia - Bjork

The top ten albums of 2017 by veteran artists based on the lists from 31 different sources:
  1. Slowdive - Slowdive (531 points, 18 lists)
  2. 4:44 - Jay-Z (355 points, 16 lists)
  3. Utopia - Bjork (307 points, 12 lists)
  4. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age (248 points, 10 lists)
  5. Prisoner - Ryan Adams (158 points, 7 lists)
  6. Hot Thoughts - Spoon (143.5 points, 8 lists)
  7. Humanz - Gorillaz (141.5 points, 6 lists)
  8. Mental Illness - Aimee Mann (138 points, 6 lists)
  9. As You Were - Liam Gallagher (114 points, 5 lists)
  10. Carry Fire - Robert Plant (114 points, 5 lists)
Sources used: Rough Trade, NME, Q, Drowned in Sound, Mojo, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Consequences of Sound, Glide, The Independent, Paste, Quietus, New York Daily News, Time, BBC Radio 6, Sunday Times, Digital Trends, American Songwriter, Exclaim!, Vulture, Uproxx, Fopp, Double-J.

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