Best of 2017: The Guardian, Brooklyn Vegan, The Needle Drop, Music OMH, Sputnik Music, AP, BBC, Hypebeast, Interview, Cosmopolitan

by VVN Music

Ten more year-end best of lists are in bringing the total reviewed to 90.

The combined top ten for the year based on our weighted point system is pretty solid now at the top but two new albums move into the 9 and 10 positions, The Dusk in Us by Converge and 50 Song Memoir by the Magnetic Fields.

As previously discussed, in past years, the top albums appear on 80 to 90% of the lists covered. This year, only one, Slowdive, is above the 50% mark, a real sign that there is little consensus among the critics.

The Guaridan's Top 50 Albums of 2017
  • 01. MASSEDUCATION - St. Vincent
  • 02. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. CTRL - SZA
  • 04. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 05. No Shape - Perfume Genius
  • 28. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 31. Rest - Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • 34. Halo - Juana Molina
  • 37. Hippopotamus - Sparks
  • 48. Far From Over - Vijay Iyer Sextet
Brooklyn Vegan's Top 50 Albums of 2017
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. CTRL - SZA
  • 03. MASSEDUCATION - St. Vincent
  • 04.  Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 05. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 25. The Dusk in Us - Converge
  • 29. Rest - Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • 42. Utopia - Bjork
The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2017
  • 01. Pure Comedy - Father John Misty
  • 02. Saturation II - Brockhampton
  • 02. Saturation III - Brockhampton
  • 03. A Crow Looked At Me - Mount Eerie
  • 04. 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time - Big K.R.I.T.
  • 05. Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood - Sun Kil Moon
  • 11. Thin Black Duke - Oxbow
  • 18. Soul of a Woman - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  • 21. Goths - The Mountain Goats
  • 22. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 44. The Dusk in Us - Converge
  • 48. Wrong One to Fuck With - Dying Fetus
  • 01. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 02. MASSEDUCATION - St. Vincent
  • 03. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 04. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 05. Sleep Well Beast - The National
  • 14. Home Counties - Saint Etienne
  • 20. Thin Black Duke - Oxbow
  • 25. The Assassination of Julius Caesar - Ulver
  • 31. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age
  • 35. 50 Song Memoir - The Magnetic Fields
  • 45. Other - Alison Moyet
  • 01. Sleep Well Beast - The National
  • 02. The Assassination of Julius Caesar - Ulver
  • 03. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 04. A Black Mile to the Surface - Manchester Orchestra
  • 05. After the Party - Menzingers
  • 09. In the Passing Light of Day - Pain of Salvation
  • 17. Material Control - Glassjaw
  • 29. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 30. Victory Lap - Propagandhi
  • 31. To the Bone - Steven Wilson
  • 36. Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness of Decay - Cradle of Filth
  • 37. Stubborn Persistent Illusions - Do Make Say Think
  • 01. CTRL - SZA
  • 02. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. Freudian - Daniel Caesar
  • 04. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 05. reputation - Taylor Swift
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. CTRL - SZA
  • 03. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 04. MASSEDUCATION - St. Vincent
  • 05. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 07. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. Culture - Migos
  • 03. CTRL - SZA
  • 04. Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator
  • 05. Process - Sampha
  • 06. 4:44 - Jay-Z
Interview Magazine's Top 10 Albums of 2017
  • 01. Come Over When You're Sober (Part One) - Lil Peep
  • 02. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 03. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 04. Pop 2 - Charlie XCX
  • 05. Playboy Carti - Playboy Carti
  • 01. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 02. CTRL - SZA
  • 03. Rainbow - Kesha
  • 04. Take Me Apart - Kalela
  • 05. All American Made - Margo Price

The top ten albums of 2017 by veteran artists based on the lists from 90 different sources:
  1. Slowdive Slowdive (1166.5 points, 41 lists) 
  2. 4:44 - Jay-Z (945.5 points, 38 lists) 
  3. Utopia Bjork (638 points, 28 lists) 
  4. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age (397 points, 20 lists) 
  5. Hot Thoughts - Spoon (318.5 points, 17 lists) 
  6. Prisoner Ryan Adams (265 points, 12 lists) 
  7. Rest Charlotte Gainsbourg (233.5 points, 10 lists)
  8. Mental Illness - Aimee Mann (212 points, 11 lists) 
  9. The Dusk in Us - Converge (184 points, 8 lists)
  10. 50 Song Memoir - Magnetic Fields (180.5 points, 8 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, Noisey, Stereogum, Complex, The Vinyl Factory, Entertainment Weekly, Slant, PopCrush, The Ringer, Earbuddy, AllMusic, PopMatters, Esquire, Treble, Baebel Music, Fuse, Louder Than War, PopMatter, Gigwise, Billboard, NPR, Pitchfork, The Wire, Loud & Quiet, Time Out, 405, Dazed, OOR, Atlantic, KCRW, People, Northern Transmission, NOW, Dummy, Bleep, Mashable, Blare, No Ripcord, Alternative Press, Diffuser, Highsnobiety, Newsweek, Variety, AXS, Spin, Tiny Mix Tape, The Line of Best Fit, The Alternative, Fact, Pigeons & Planes, Clash, Wild Honey Pie, Vinyl Me Please, Huh, Spectrum, The Nation, Yahoo, Amplify, The Guardian, Brooklyn Vegan, The Needle Drop, Music OMH, Sputnik Music, AP, BBC, Hypebeast, Interview, Cosmopolitan

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