Best of 2017: Quietus, New York Daily News, Time, BBC Radio 6, Sunday Times, Digital Trends, American Songwriter, Exclaim!, Vulture, Uproxx, Fopp, Double-J

by VVN Music

Now the year end "Best Of" lists are starting to come hard and heavy.  We have twelve new ones from the past few days.

On our overall compilation of 23 charts (see bottom of this article), British rockers Slowdrive have taken a decisive lead of over one hundred points over the Queens of the Stone Age's Villains.

The Quietus Top 100 Albums of 2017
  • 01. Peasant - Richard Dawson
  • 02. Zimpel/Ziolek - Zimpel/Ziolek
  • 03. Plunge - Fever Ray
  • 04. Interplanetary Class Classics - Moonlandingz
  • 05. Holiday Destination - Nadine Shah
  • 10. Thin Black Duke - Oxbow
  • 19. Terminal - Circle
  • 31. Utopia - Bjork
  • 33. Rock N Roll Consciousness - Thurston Moore
  • 48. Savage (Songs From a Broken World) - Gary Numan
  • 50. IT - Alan Vega
  • 59. Post Self - Godflesh
  • 62. Wizard Bloody Wizard - Electric Wizard
  • 66. Sterilize - Unsane
  • 67. async - Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • 77. Bring on the Sun - Laraaji
  • 79. Also Sprach Zarathustra - Laibach
  • 87. Silver/Lead - Wire
  • 93. Every Country's Sun - Mogwai
  • 96. Giraffe - Simon Fisher Turner
Fopp's Top 100 Albums of 2017
  • 01. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 02. I See You - The xx
  • 03. Lotta Sea Lice - Courtney Barrett & Kurt Vile
  • 04. Pure Comedy - Father John Misty
  • 05. Peasant - Richard Dawson
  • 14. Weather Diaries - Ride
  • 17. Slowdrive - Slowdrive
  • 20. Every Country's Sun - Mogwai
  • 30. Spirit - Depeche Mode
  • 38. Humanz - Gorillaz
  • 41. Is This the Life We Really Want? - Roger Waters
  • 42. Americana - Ray Davies
  • 43. A Kind of Revolution - Paul Weller
  • 44. Hitchhiker - Neil Young
  • 45. Damage and Joy - Jesus and Mary Chain
  • 47. Mental Illness - Aimee Mann
  • 48. To the Bone - Steven Wilson
  • 49. The Punishment of Luxury - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  • 54. Prisoner - Ryan Adams
  • 55. Villains - Rage Against the Machine
  • 56. Prophets of Rage - Prophets of Rage
  • 57. Last Place - Grandaddy
  • 62. World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda - Alice Coltrane
  • 69. Gargoyle - Mark Lanegan Band
  • 72. Room 29 - Chilly Gonzales & Jarvis Cocker
  • 74. Colors - Beck
  • 76. In Spades - Afghan Whigs
  • 81. This Sweet Old World - Lucinda Williams
  • 82. Hippopotamus - Sparks
  • 83. Dark Matter - Randy Newman
  • 90. Rock N Roll Consciousness - Thurston Moore
  • 91. Heaven Upside Down - Marilyn Manson
  • 95. Oczy Mlody - Flaming Lips
  • 97. The Road, Part 1 - UNKLE
Digital Trends Top 50 Albums of 2017
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. A Crow Looked at Me - Mount Eerie
  • 03. No Shape - Perfume Genius
  • 04. Antisocialites - Alvvays
  • 05. Everybody Works - Jay Som
  • 08. Slowdrive - Slowdrive
  • 16. Prisoner - Ryan Adams
  • 19. Last Place - Grandaddy
  • 20. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 28. Steve Lacy's Demo - Steve Lacy
  • 31. Hot Thoughts - Spoon
  • 39. Soul of a Woman - Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
  • 01. Jen Cloher - Jen Cloher
  • 02. A Deeper Understanding - War on Drugs
  • 03. MASSEDUCATION - St. Vincent
  • 04. Process - Sampha
  • 05. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 06. Slowdrive - Slowdrive
  • 08. Life is Fine - Paul Kelly
  • 14. Hot Thoughts - Spoon
  • 24. Utopia - Bjork
  • 28. Prisoner - Ryan Adams
  • 30. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age
  • 46. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 01. Mellodama - Lorde
  • 02. CTRL - SZA
  • 03. A Deeper Understanding - War on Drugs
  • 04. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 05. Pure Comedy - Father John Misty
  • 07. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 22. Humanz - Gorillaz
American Songwriter Top 25 Albums of 2017
  • 01. All American Made - Margo Price
  • 02. That Nashville Sound - Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
  • 03. Wrangled - Angaleena Presley
  • 04. Soul of a Woman - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  • 05. Undivided Heart & Soul - JD McPherson
  • 07. Carry Fire - Robert Plant
  • 16. So You Wannabe An Outlaw - Steve Earle & the Dukes
  • 21. The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone - Lee Ann Womack
New York Daily News Top 25 Albums of 2017
  • 01. CTRL - SZA
  • 02. Big Fish Theory - Vince Staples
  • 03. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 04. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 05. Turn Out the Lights - Julien Baker
  • 09. Slowdrive - Slowdrive
  • 01. Antisocialites - Alvvays
  • 02. Pleasure - Feist
  • 03. Slowdrive - Slowdrive
  • 04. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 05. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 10. Introduce Yerself - Gord Downie
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. Slowdrive - Slowdrive
  • 03. A Crow Looked at Me - Mount Eerie
  • 04. 50 Song Memoir - Magnetic Fields
  • 05. If All I Was Was Black - Mavis Staples
  • 01. Pure Comedy - Father John Misty
  • 02. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. MASSEDUCATION - St. Vincent
  • 04. A Deeper Understanding - War on Drugs
  • 05. Sleep Well Beast - National
  • 08. Carry Fire - Robert Plant
Time Magazine's Top 10 Albums of 2017
  • 01. CTRL - SZA
  • 02. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. No Shape - Perfume Genius
  • 04. American Teen - Khalid
  • 05. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 01. Drunk - Thundercat
  • 02. Relaxer - Alt-J
  • 03. Process - Sampha
  • 04. Pure Comedy - Father John Misty
  • 05. Brutalism - Idles

The top ten albums of 2017 by veteran artists based on the lists from 23 different sources:
  1. Slowdrive - Slowdrive (362.5 points, 12 lists)
  2. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age (235 points, 9 lists)
  3. 4:44 - Jay-Z (160 points, 8 lists)
  4. Prisoner - Ryan Adams (158 points, 7 lists)
  5. Utopia - Bjork (131 points, 4 lists)
  6. Mental Illness - Aimee Mann (122 points, 5 lists)
  7. Hot Thoughts - Spoon (119 points, 6 lists)
  8. As You Were - Liam Gallagher (110 points, 4 lists)
  9. Humanz - Gorillaz (107.5 points, 5 lists)
  10. Carry Fire - Robert Plant (89 points, 4 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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