Best of 2017: Under the Radar, Rolling Stone Australia, Kerrang, Newsday, Slate, Arizona Central, Flood, NJ.com, Okayplayer, US, The Manuel, Super Deluxe Edition

by VVN Music

As we enter the new year, there are a few new "Best of 2017" lists and a group that originally slipped through the cracks.

New today to the consensus top ten, based on 112 different lists is Randy Newman's Dark Matter, which placed well in four of the twelve lists presented today.

Tomorrow, we'll have the final list of the best albums of the year by veteran artists.

Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2017
  • 01. A Deeper Understanding - The War on Drugs
  • 02. Turn Out the Lights - Julian Baker
  • 03. MASSEDUCATION - St. Vincent
  • 04. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • 05. Visions of Life - Wolf Alice
  • 13. Hot Thoughts - Spoon
  • 15. Rest - Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • 31. Utopia - Bjork
  • 59. Weather Diaries - Ride
  • 65. The Hanged Man - Ted Leo
  • 68. Last Place - Grandaddy
  • 70. In Spades - Afghan Whigs
  • 75. ken - Destroyer
  • 76. Mountain Moves - Deerhoof
  • 77. Soul of a Woman - Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
  • 78. ununiform - Tricky
  • 82. Home Counties - Saint Etienne
  • 84. Goths - Mountain Goats
  • 87. Every Country's Sun - Mogwai
  • 89. Oczy Mlody - Flaming Lips
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 03. Go Farther in Lightness - Gang of Youths
  • 04. Preservation - Nadia Reid
  • 05. American Dream - LCD Soundsystem
  • 08. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age
  • 12. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 13. Dark Matter - Randy Newman
  • 31. Life is Fine - Paul Kelly
  • 32. Carry Fire - Robert Plant
  • 35. Triplicate - Bob Dylan
  • 36. Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie - Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie
  • 42. Colors - Beck
  • 46. Soul of a Woman - Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
  • 01. The Warmth of a Dying Sun - Employed to Serve 
  • 02. The Spark - Enter Shikari
  • 03. Forever - Code Orange
  • 04. Emperor of Sand - Mastodon
  • 05. The Dusk in Us - Converge
  • 06. Concrete and Gold - Foo Fighters
  • 13. AFI (The Blood Album) - AFI
  • 17. Heaven Upside Down - Marilyn Manson
  • 21. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age
  • 24. Prophets of Rage - Prophets of Rage
  • 27. Material Control - Glassjaw
  • 29. Wizard Bloody Wizard - Electric Wizard
  • 37. Crooked Teeth - Papa Roach
  • 39. in-ter a-li-a - At the Drive-In
  • 41. One More Light - Linkin Park
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • 03. Melodrama - Lorde
  • 04. Dark Matter - Randy Newman
  • 08. In Spades - Afghan Whigs
  • 14. Hot Thoughts - Spoon
  • 15. Pacific Daydream - Weezer
  • 17. Triplicate - Bob Dylan
  • 19. Concrete and Gold - Foo Fighters
  • 20. Prophets of Rage - Prophets of Rage
  • 21. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age
  • 24. Songs of Experience - U2
  • 27. Oczy Mlody - Flaming Lips
Slate's Top 28 Albums of 2017 (No Order)
  • Cuidado Madame - Arto Lindsey
  • Utopia - Bjork
  • ken - Destroyer
  • Any Other Way - Jackie Shane
  • Hey Mr. Ferryman - Mark Eitzel
  • Dark Matter - Randy Newman
  • 50 Song Memoir - Magnetic Fields
  • Goths - Mountain Goats
  • 01. The Navigator - Hurray For the Riff Raff
  • 02. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. Don't Let It Be - Playboy Manbaby
  • 04. MASSEDUCATION - St. Vincent
  • 05. CTRL - SZA
  • 09. Anything Could Happen - Bash & Pop
  • 11. The Wild - Raekwon
  • 12. Hot Thoughts - Spoon
  • 22. Graveyard Warning - Old 97's
  • 01. Capacity - Big Thief
  • 02. Forced Witness - Alex Cameron
  • 03. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 04. TFCF - Liars
  • 05. Rest - Charlotte Gainsbourtg
  • 06. Hot Thoughts - Spoon
  • 07. If All I Was Was Black - Mavis Staples
  • 14. Dark Matter - Randy Newman
  • 18. We All Want the Same Things - Craig Finn
  • 20. Music For the Age of Miracles - The Clientele
  • 24. Slowdive - Slowdive
  • No veteran artists
  • 01. CTRL - SZA
  • 02. Hopeless Fountain Kingdom - Halsey
  • 03. Gone Now - Bleachers
  • 04. Got Soul - Robert Randolph and the Family Band
  • 05. First Things First - Hodera
  • 06. Soulfire - Little Steven
  • 10. The Hanged Man - Ted Leo
  • 01. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator
  • 03. CTRL - SZA
  • 04. No_One Really Dies - N.E.R.D.
  • 05. At What Cost - Goldlink
  • 06. 4:44 - Jay-Z
US Magazine's Top 10 Albums of 2017
  • 01. Harry Styles - Harry Styles
  • 02. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. reputation - Taylor Swift
  • 04. Meaning of Life - Kelly Clarkson
  • 05. American Teen - Khalid
  • 07. 4:44 - Jay-Z
  • ken - Destroyer
  • Halo - Juana Molina
  • Soul of a Woman - Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
  • Hot Thoughts - Spoon
Super Deluxe Edition's Top 9 Albums of 2017 (No Order)
  • & Zoe - Waaktaar
  • Native Invader - Tori Amos
  • Is This the Life We Really Want - Roger Waters
  • Be Myself - Sheryl Crow
  • To the Bone - Steven Wilson
  • Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie - Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie
  • Songs of Experience - U2


The top ten albums of 2017 by veteran artists based on the lists from 112 different sources:
  1. Slowdive Slowdive (1335 points, 47 lists) 
  2. 4:44 - Jay-Z (1116 points, 45 lists) 
  3. Utopia Bjork (719 points, 32 lists) 
  4. Villains - Queens of the Stone Age (532 points, 24 lists) 
  5. Hot Thoughts - Spoon (511 points, 24 lists) 
  6. Rest Charlotte Gainsbourg (319.5 points, 13 lists)
  7. Prisoner Ryan Adams (265 points, 12 lists) 
  8. The Dusk in Us - Converge (264 points, 11 lists)
  9. Dark Matter - Randy Newman (240.5 points, 12 lists)
  10. Humanz - Gorillaz (216 points, 11 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, Albumism, Crack, Far Out, The Skinny, Ultimate Classic Rock, A.V. Club, Pretty Much Amazing, GigSoup, 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, Les Inrock, ABC, The State, Soul Feeder, Thrillist, Music-News.com, Mass Appeal, Cleveland.com, Hypster, The Digital Fix, Red Bull, Under the Radar, Rolling Stone Australia, Kerrang, Newsday, Slate, Arizona Central, Flood, Esquire, NJ.com, Okayplayer, US, The Manuel

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