Best of 2017: 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

by VVN Music

Twenty new best-of lists have hit the streets in the last couple of days ranging from Billboard to Gigwise to PopMatters.

Even taking the number of surveys we've reviewed from 38 to 58, there is very little movement on the compiled top albums of 2017 by veteran artists list (see below).  Slowdive still has a huge lead over Jay-Z, large enough that it is doubtful that it can become overcome.

Louder Than War's Top 100 Albums of 2017
  • 01. English Tapas - Sleaford Mods
  • 02. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 03. Young, Dumb & Full of... - Cabbage
  • 04. Damage & Joy - Jesus & Mary Chain
  • 05. Brutalism - Idles
  • 11. Silver/Lead - Wire
  • 12. Different Days - The Charlatans
  • 13. The Road, Pt. 1 - UNKLE
  • 14. Weather Diaries - Ride
  • 15. A Walk With Love and Death - Melvins
  • 17. New Facts Emerge - The Fall
  • 19. Every Country's Sun - Mogwai
  • 20. As You Were - Liam Gallagher
  • 23. Pop Voodoo - Black Grape
  • 29. Oczy Mlody - Flaming Lips
  • 34. Don't Get Lost - Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • 39. Spooky Action - Paul Draper
  • 41. In Spades - Afghan Whigs
  • 45. Rock N Roll Consciousness - Thurston Moore
  • 46. Undertow - Wolf Eyes
  • 51. Villain - Queens of the Stone Age
  • 55. Kicking Up the Dust - Cast
  • 62. Platinum Tips & Ice Cream - Royal Trux
  • 63. Anarchy & Alchemy - Echobelly
  • 64. Prisoner - Ryan Adams
  • 66. Thin Black Duke - Oxbow
  • 69. BMX Bandits Forever - BMX Bandits
  • 74. Last Place - Grandaddy
  • 75. Visions - Mew
  • 76. Dear - Boris
  • 80. Humanz - Gorillaz
  • 81. A Kind of Revolution - Paul Weller
  • 89. Gargoyle - Mark Lanegan Band
  • 94. Intoxicate Women - Mick Harvey
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 03. Plunge - Fever Ray
  • 04. Okovi - Zola Jesus
  • 05. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 12. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 29. Hot Thoughts - Spoon
  • 36. Gargoyle - Mark Lanegan Band
  • 47. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age
  • 56. The Lonely, The Lonesome & the Gone - Lee Ann Womack
  • 57. How Did I Find Myself Here? - Dream Syndicate
Gigwise's Top 51 Albums of 2017
  • 01. Last Place - Grandaddy
  • 02. Visions of Life - Wolf Alice
  • 03. Prisoner - Ryan Adams
  • 04. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 05. Brutalism - Idles
  • 07. 50 Song Memoir - The Magnetic Fields
  • 19. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age
  • 20. Carry Fire - Robert Plant
  • 24. Gargoyle - Mark Lanegan Band
  • 27. Utopia - Bjork
  • 31. Who Built the Moon? - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
  • 34. Weather Diaries - Ride
  • 38. The Source - Tony Allen
  • 45. Mental Illness - Aimee Mann
Billboard's Top 50 Albums of 2017
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. CTRL - SZA
  • 03. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 04. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 05. American Teen - Khalid
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. CTRL - SZA
  • 03. Capacity - Big Thief
  • 04. Process - Sampha
  • 05. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 11. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 26. The Lonely, The Lonesome & the Gone - Lee Ann Womack
  • 30. I Am a Man - Ron Miles
  • 49. Morton Feldman: For Bunita Marcus - Marc-Andre Hamelin
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. CTRL - SZA
  • 03. The OOZ - King Krule
  • 04. Take Me Apart - Kelela
  • 05. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 13. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 17. Rest - Charlotte Gainsourg
  • 20. Utopia - Bjork
  • 30. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 01. PARADISO - Chino Amobi
  • 02. Peasant - Richard Dawson
  • 03. Tommy - Klein
  • 04. Black Origami - Jlin
  • 05. The Kid - Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
  • 15. Bill Orcutt - Bill Orcutt
  • 19. All the Way - Diamanda Galas
  • 26. Halo - Juana Molina
  • 47. Bells For the South Side - Roscoe Mitchell
  • 01. Relatives in Descent - Protomartyr
  • 02. Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens
  • 03. Peasant - Richard Dawon
  • 04. Sincerely, Future Pollution - Timber Timbre
  • 05. Big Fish Theory - Vince Staples
  • 32. Mountain Moves - Deerhoof
  • 33. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 39. Room 29 - Chilly Gonzalez & Jarvis Cocker
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator
  • 03. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 04. Shaneera - Fatima Al Qadiri
  • 05. Rocket - (Sandy) Alex X
  • 14. Hot Thoughts - Spoon
  • 22. Echolocations: River - Andrew Bird
The 405's Top 20 Albums of 2017
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 03. Plunge - Fever Ray
  • 04. CTRL - SZA
  • 05. No Shape - Perfume Genius
  • 11. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 16. Utopia - Bjork
  • 01. Arca - Arca
  • 02. CTRL - SZA
  • 03. Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator
  • 04. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 05. Plunge - Fever Ray
  • 07. Utopia - Bjork
  • 01. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 02. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. Deeper Understanding - The War on Drugs
  • 04. Drunk - Thundercat
  • 05. I See You - The XX
  • 12. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age
  • 17. Hot Thoughts - Spoon
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. A Deeper Understanding - The War on Drugs
  • 03. 50 Song Memoir - The Magnetic Fields
  • 04. Culture - Migos
  • 05. All American Made - Margo Price
  • 10. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 01. A Deeper Understanding - The War on Drugs
  • 02. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. The OOZ - King Krule
  • 04. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 05. Jardin - Gabriel Garzon-Montano
  • 09. Colors - Beck
  • 01. reputation - Taylor Swift
  • 02. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 04. Rainbow - Kesha
  • 05. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 01. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 02. Pure Comedy - Father John Misty
  • 03. Sleep Well Beast - The National
  • 04. Antisocialites - Alvvays
  • 05. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 08. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. A Crow Looked at Me - Mount Eerie
  • 03. CTRL - SZA
  • 04. Take Me Apart - Kelela
  • 05. Big Fish Theory - Vince Staples
  • 06. Utopia - Bjork
  • 01. The OOZ - King Krule
  • 02. Take Me Apart - Kelela
  • 03. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 04. Common Sense - J. Hus
  • 05. New Energy - Four Tet
  • 01. Black Origami - Jlin
  • 02. Poly-Ana - Brainwaltzera
  • 03. World Eater - Blanck Mass
  • 04. AVANTI - Alessandro Cortini
  • 05. Compassion - Forest Swords
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. Flower Boy - Tyler, The Creator
  • 03. CTRL - SZA
  • 04. Freudian - Daniel Caesar
  • 05. Melodrama - Lorde

The top ten albums of 2017 by veteran artists based on the lists from 58 different sources:
  1. Slowdive - Slowdive (852.5 points, 29 lists)
  2. 4:44 - Jay-Z (598.5 points, 24 lists)
  3. Utopia - Bjork (485 points, 20 lists)
  4. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age (310.5 points, 16 lists)
  5. Prisoner - Ryan Adams (227 points, 10 lists)
  6. Hot Thoughts - Spoon (224 points, 13 lists)
  7. Carry Fire - Robert Plant (165 points, 7 lists)
  8. Mental Illness - Aimee Mann (165 points, 9 lists)
  9. Humanz - Gorillaz (162.5 points, 8 lists)
  10. Rest - Charlotte Gainsbourg (153.5 points, 7 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



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