The Top 25 Best Albums of 2017

In my final list, I talk about the top twenty-five best albums of 2017.


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Cyril Panda says:

Lorde, Fen, and Algiers are the only of these I got, blah. Even passed on Steven Wilson as that one didn’t do much for me.
I’d try to get you more metal but yeah the other patreons just, didn’t make it happen so ehh :/
#1 just needs to score a pop hit to get the hat trick, now, ehh?

harry a.s. says:

I’ve thought Emily Haines is an incredibly talented woman for years, so glad you put her on your list!

meankrandel says:

17 is #1? wow

Duncan4Prez Spurs4Life says:

Good video but you didn’t need to say the n word so many times oh wait wrong channel

A Grim Auxiliatrix says:

Good to see “The Navigator” get attention.

Aron puma says:

Great list. I personally would have swapped number 2 and number 1 (spoilers in the rest of the post), if for no other reason than that “Wedding Ghosts” is a better song than “For the Portuguese Goth Metal Bands” (not that both aren’t good songs), although really because… I feel Open Mike Eagle came in with more ambition, and took more risk. Both took risks, and both risks paid off in big ways, but Open Mike Eagle aimed higher to me. This is mainly something in the sequencing for me. Goths was a broad view where thematically you could shuffle the order of some of its middle tracks. There is a specific processing of trauma that comes when you follow the kind of gentle vulnerability of “Hymnal” with the aggressive posturing of “No Selling” to the rushed, futile need for action in “Happy Wasteland Day” to the resignation to fantasy in “daydreaming in the projects” ….I could go on, maybe it’s not intended connections, but for me it hits hard.

Though again, fantastic list. To a great 2018 🙂

David Leary says:

All the work you put in to your videos, especially with these year-end lists, is much appreciated. Happy 2018!

calebxw says:

my personal list:
1. saturation – brockhampton
2. greatest hits – remo drive
3. lotta sea lice – barnett and vile
4. ctrl – sza
5. DAMN. – kendrick lamar
6. lovely little lonely – the maine
7. big fish theory – vince staples
8. saturation 3 – brockhampton
9. melodrama – lorde
10. science fiction – brand new
11. flower boy – tyler, the creator
12. soul of a woman – sharon jones and the dap kings
13. broken machine -nothing but thieves
14. saturation 2 – brockhampton
15. the never story – JID
16. goths – the mountain goats
17. emperor of sand – mastodon
18. rock and roll bye bye – skaters
19. i see you – the xx
20. soul of a woman – sharon jones and the dap-kings

whizzard blizzard says:

Wow, Jhene Aiko ‘Trip’ album got a 9 from you and didn’t make the cut. Confused.

Tyler Martinz says:

No divide ed…

The Iconic Critic says:

Yay, Red Pill Blues by Maroon 5 at #5!

Joseph Bergeron says:


David Cremin says:

Rip masseduction 🙁

Gregory Henry says:

I didn’t even know mountain goats had a new album out this year

Marc Anthony Orozco says:

no Jay Z, no Tyler, no FJM, no Brand New…RIOT, RIOT I SAY!

latoya jack says:

my mans looking like a mormon

h h says:

You’re getting fatter

willdisposed says:

dude this guy is a hell of a music writer. how does he only have 8k views on this?

HippoOdds says:

melodrama should be #1

meankrandel says:

My Top 12 (i aint got 25)

12. The Bigger Artist by A Boogie wit da Hoodie
11. Culture by Migos
10. Mr. Davis by Gucci Mane
9. A Love Letter to You by Trippie Redd
8. Still Striving by A$AP Ferg
7. Without Warning by 21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin
6. Deadstar by Smokepurpp
4. Lil Pump by Lil Pump
3. Playboi Carti by Playboi Carti
2. Luv Is Rage 2 by Lil Uzi Vert
1. Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho by Travis Scott and Quavo

kawaii waifu says:

1. ryuichi sakamoto – async
2. lcd soundsystem – american dream
3. alex cameron – forced witness
4. sufjan stevens, et al – planetarium
5. satoshi and makoto – cz-5000 sounds and sequences

Samuel Mašlár says:

Here’s my top 20 albums of 2017:

20) Rostam – Half-Light
19) Hoops – Routines
18) dvsn – Morning After
17) Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
16) Alvvays – Antisocialites
15) St. Vincent – Masseduction
14) BOSCO – b.
13) Billie Eilish – dont smile at me EP
12) Fleet Foxes – Crack Up
11) Brand New – Science Fiction
10) Mura Musa – Mura Musa
9) Destroyer – ken
8) Hater – You Tried
7) Joji – In Tongues EP
6) Kesha – Rainbow
5) Alex Cameron – Forces Witness
4) Rina Sawayama – RINA
3) SZA – Ctrl
2) Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
1) Lorde – Melodrama

NotRealMusic says:

You should’ve expanded your list if you felt that you were cutting so many out

Goog Synthesizer says:

Number of albums on this list that received Best New Music from Pitchfork: 4

I consider that to be a very good thing!

Whoman _Hegehog says:

I can’t remember when but El-P said he was working on Run The Jewels 4 on his Twitter at some point

Nic Renshaw says:


cheryblosen says:

Only two albums I liked from this list are rainbow by Kesha and melodrama by lorde

Luke Berrie says:

Mark and I share the same AOTY. Life is good.

Group Hug says:

“Hey dad, I think I found all the music you wanted for your adult prom thingy in one place.”

DT01 says:

While I didn’t listen to many of the albums on this list, one I did listen to was the underside of power, because you sold me on Algiers back when they dropped their debut. I was so glad to, I loved the album, and so happy to be an Algiers fan. Good list for everything else as well, I want to listen to a few of these albums.

Joseph Bergeron says:

My top 25 HIP-HOP albums of 2017:

1. Run The Jewels 3
2. Joyner Lucas – (508) 507-2209
3. Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time
4. Billy Woods – Known Unknowns
5. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
6. P.O.S – Chill, dummy.
7. Oddisee – The Iceberg
8. CunninLynguists – Rose Azura Njano
9. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
10. Dizzee Rascal – Raskit
11. Joey Bada$$ – All-AmeriKKKan Bada$$
12. Brother Ali – All The Beauty In This Whole Life
13. Brockhampton – Saturation I, II & III
14. Jonwayne – Rap Album Two
15. Wiley – Godfather
16. Ro Spit & 14KT – RSxGLD
17. The Perceptionists – Resolution
18. The Gift of Gab – Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again! EP
19. Jay-Z – 4:44
20. J.I.D. – The Never Story
21. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
22. Uncommon Nasa – Written At Night
23. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
24. Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000
25. ScienZe – Kind Of Dessert

Tyler Martinz says:

Rap and hip hop is terrible just awful

Actually Not Hayden says:

Sremmlife 2 didn’t even come out this year, but I guess I resoect you putting it at every spot of your top 5

Sofía of Melodrama says:

My personal 10:
1. Melodrama – Lorde
2. Masseduction – St. Vincent
3. Crack-Up – Fleet Foxes
4. Big Fish Theory – Vince Staples
5. Powerplant – Girlpool
6. Pure Comedy – Father John Misty
7. Semper Femina – Laura Marling
8. The Queen of Hearts – Offa Rex
9. Rainbow – Kesha
10. DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

Honorable mentions:
Visions of a Life – Wolf Alice
I see you – The xx
Science Fiction – Brand New


How come you don’t make worst albums lists??

Godspeed You Altmer S'wit says:

Totally disagree with the Steven Wilson comment. Hand. Cannot. Erase. is way better.

David Cremin says:

My top 5 is
5.4eva is a Might Long Time
4. Take Me Apart
2. Melodrama

I put CTRL and SATURATION cause they were both equally relatable and emotional.

OnitsukaTiger82 says:

Such a white guy

André Pardue says:


Hey 777 says:

Hey did u hear Zola Jesus Okovi?? I would like to hear ur opinion.Great Video


I can’t believe Red Pill Blues and Now took the top 2 spots.

Dalton Riser says:

i legitimately would have been perfectly fine with you waiting another week or so and putting out a top 50

Cody From WV says:

Creeper? 🙁

wolf kaeps says:

my top five:

5. Visions of a Life – Wolf Alice
4. Pure Comedy – Father John Misty
3. Lust for Life – Lana Del Rey
2. DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
1. Ctrl – SZA

Sirmeatwad says:

Did you listen to the Colter Wall album this year?

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