Best of 2017: Spin, Tiny Mix Tape, The Line of Best Fit, The Alternative

by VVN Music

Over the last few years, we've expanded the number of year-end surveys that were included in our year-end summary from 20 in 2014 to 33 in 2015, 60 last year and, so far 70 in 2017, all in an attempt to even out the results and not let any one source overshadow others.

What it has also done is shown just how wide ranging this year's lists have been. No one album has dominated, landing on a high percentage of the tallies.

Looking back:
  • 2014 - Beck's Morning Phase appeared on 19 of the 20 lists covered and number 2 on the list, Syro by Aphex Twin, was on all 20 but in lower positions. 
  • 2015 - Two albums, Sleater-Kinney's No Cities to Love and Bjork's Vulnicura, both made two-thirds of the lists with 22 out of 33. 
  • 2016 - David Bowie's Blackstar dominated, showing up on 55 of 60 year-end lists but four other albums, A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead, We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest, You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen and Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, all appeared on at least half of the lists. 
That brings us to this year. With 70 surveys examined so far, the top album by a veteran artists so far, the self titled set from Slowdive, is included on less than half, just 34 lists.  That is, by far, the lowest that we've ever seen.

See below for the current top ten after 70 surveys.

Today's new lists:

Spin Top 50 Albums of 2017
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. Capacity - Big Thief
  • 03. CTRL - SZA
  • 04. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 05. A Deeper Understanding - The War on Drugs
  • 07. World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane: Turiyasangitananda - Alice Coltrane
  • 16. Ken - Destroyer
  • 20. Hot Thoughts - Spoon
  • 29. Utopia - Bjork
  • 33. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 41. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 43. Dark Matter - Randy Newman
Tiny Mix Tape's Top 50 Albums of 2017
  • 01. A Crow Looked At Me - Mount Eerie
  • 02. Experiencing the Deposit of Faith - Yves Tumor
  • 03. Arca - Arca
  • 04. Number 1 Angel - Charli XCX
  • 05. Tommy - Klein
  • 21. Utopia - Bjork
  • 25. Slowdive - Slowdive
The Line of Best Fits' Top 50 Albums of 2017
  • 01. Stranger in the Alps - Phoebe Bridgers
  • 02. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. CTRL - SZA
  • 04. Gang Signs & Prayer - Stormzy
  • 05. Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens
  • 13. Rest - Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • 26. Prisoner - Ryan Adams
The Alternative's Top 50 Albums of 2017
  • 01. The Yunahon Mixtape - Oso Oso
  • 02. Turn Out the Lights - Julien Baker
  • 03. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 04. Guppy - Charly Bliss
  • 05. Plastic Cough - Great Grandpa
  • 22. The Dusk in Us - Converge

The top ten albums of 2017 by veteran artists based on the lists from 70 different sources:
  1. Slowdive Slowdive (966.5 points, 34 lists) 
  2. 4:44 - Jay-Z (681.5 points, 28 lists) 
  3. Utopia Bjork (559.5 points, 23 lists) 
  4. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age (353.5 points, 18 lists) 
  5. Hot Thoughts - Spoon (298.5 points, 16 lists) 
  6. Prisoner Ryan Adams (252 points, 11 lists) 
  7. Mental Illness - Aimee Mann (191.5 points, 10 lists) 
  8. Rest Charlotte Gainsbourg (191.5 points, 8 lists)
  9. Humanz Gorillaz (180.5 points, 9 lists) 
  10. Carry Fire - Robert Plant (170 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, Blare, No Ripcord, Alternative Press, Diffuser, Highsnobiety, Newsweek, Variety, AXS, Spin, Tiny Mix Tape, The Line of Best Fit, The Alternative

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