Best Albums of 2017

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The Top Ten

1 Damn. - Kendrick Lamar

Voting for this. Rules pretty much everything early 2017 did. We needed something phenomenal to save us from early 2017 which wasn't very good. Although this isn't as good as TPAB this is absolutely amazing as a whole. 10/10 - AlphaQ

First time listening to this album, while I thought it was really good, I felt it to be a step down from GKMC and TPAB, but the more I listened to it, the more it hooked me and the more I began to understand the feeling, messages, and mood of it. As a result, this album not longer was a 4/5, it's simply a straight 5 because it gets messages across in such a awkward and subtle way that it made it much more unique compared to the more straightforward TPAB. Kendrick is on his darkest tone here, and I may seem crazy for this, but this just may be my favorite album from him yet. - Mcgillacuddy

Kendrick finally became a mainstream artist with this one - Iam_rsdxii

Although it didn’t live up to To Pimp a Butterfly and Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, DAMN. still amazes. - katman46

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2 Melodrama - Lorde

I'm gonna have to say that this album has to be the best of 2017 so far. Melodrama is more breathtaking, melodic, experimental, and ecstatic than any album that has come out this year. Indie pop never sounded so fresh before Melodrama!

I was a huge fan of Pure Heroine, so when I heard that she was changing her style, I was a bit concerned. The first time I listened to Melodrama, I was a bit disappointed. However, the more you listrn, the more you understand the depth to the lyrics. Every song in this album serves to push the plot of this album to its completion, and there are 0 fillers. This album is incredible and deserves the acclaim it's received.

I'm crazy with it melodrama is the best 2017 album because it has a big evolution on pop - Joaopuffle1

-infinity/10. I didn’t even listen to it (because I like my ears) but I heard “Green Light” and I wanted to die. It was such a disgrace to music. Still better than “Royals”. No wonder she isn’t that well known. No one cares to listen to trash.

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3 A Crow Looked at Me - Mount Eerie

Can't really argue with the top two, the third one I haven't listened to, so I guess all I can do is try to tell everyone what a heartbreaking album this is. The lyrics confront themes of death and are often self-confrontational. The instrumentation may be simple but it is never over-indulgent and it is quite beautiful actually. And Phil's voice on this album is his most subtly heartbreaking yet... probably because every word coming out of his mouth is sadly true. As an album, every song works together to build one big story and it is very cohesive. To say the least, I'm just happy this album is getting the recognition that it doesn't necessarily deserve, but the recognition that Phil desperately needs to carry on with his screwed-up life.

This album is something I would sleep to, then cry the following morning. - djpenquin999

Lol seeing this at #2 pleases me in a special way. - ProPanda

This grew on me lol - DCfnaf

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4 Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator

How can I explain this? This is a wonderful job by Tyler the Creator. We finally found his best album! This is so good. It's hot everything good from every other album combined and tales away everything bad. This is easily one of the best album of 2016 AND 2017 along with DAMN and deserves Top 3. Tyler should try being awesome. 9/10 - AlphaQ

I know I'll probably get some negative backlash for this but I juat can't stand this recent uber artsiness in popular music genres anymore. I loved it when Kanye did it with "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" and "Yeezus", he just didn't a damn anymore what's trending and heavily experimented to get two gripping and extremely rough experiences. Then pop did it too. Miley released a fairly psychadelic album. It was good. Rihanna's varied "Anti" was a welcome departure from the exchangable and forgettable house songs she released the years before. Beyoncé showed that she can be more than just a singer of pop hits. It was fine until that, but now it's enough. I want to have some good old fun with popular music again. "Flower Boy" takes it a bit too far, and to be honest, I even don't like Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly". There, I said it. Not in any way because of the rapping. It is just that these chaotic, unstructured, barely ...more - Martin_Canine

Tyler's magnum opus. One of the best hip hop records I've heard in a long time. - ProPanda

Better than Cherry Bomb at least...

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5 The Ooz - King Krule

This is Krule’s best album

Who is this loser and why is he over Taylor Swift

Get Reputation higher! Get this lower! - musickid84

I can make better songs than Look What You Made Me Do without experience in music production. - DCfnaf

6 After Laughter - Paramore

This should be #1! One of the best comebacks I've seen! - UltimateCraig

Incredible - haribostarmix

7 Rainbow - Kesha

I admit I wasn't a fan of Kesha until I heard "Praying" and was stunned by the overwhelming maturity of that song, it would have been quite easy and understandable if she'd wanted to make something bitter but "Rainbow" as an album is in no way bitter and shows Kesha is moving forward, I loved it and the collaborations with the Eagles of Death Metal are inspired, "Let 'Em Talk" really does need to be a single. - crowdiegal

This isn't Number 1 for some reason. Are you joking? Please move this up! One of the best albums I've heard in a long time. - DCfnaf

Definite contender for album of the year. SO rooting for Kesha right now! - tonyb500

I find this even more irritating than her older songs. - lovefrombadlands

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8 Saturation - Brockhampton
9 Take Me Apart - Kelela
10 Big Fish Theory - Vince Staples

The Newcomers

? Where are We Going? - Octo Octa
? Lil Pump - Lil Pump

Pure garbage - yanzchenthebest

The Contenders

11 Process - Sampha
12 Two Hearts - Jackie Evancho

There is music, and then there is musical masterpiece. "Two Hearts" by Jackie Evancho is a musical masterpiece. Buy this. Buy several copies and share.

Here is why Jackie is so great on this album. Purity and Beauty. And if you listen real close, you find out that every intonation, every inflection is put together perfectly for the perfect effect! Guys! This is not just talk! Listen! The more you listen the more you won't believe your ears!

If you like auto-tuned, pulse-beating, sycophantic jingoism, Jackie Evancho isn't for you. "Two Hearts" is a compilation of intelligent, professional, vocal mastery and nuance, from the classical offerings on part I, to the personal, heartfelt gifts Jackie brings to her own songs on part II. When it comes to real music, "Two Hearts" is certainly the best offering for 2017.

The voice of an angel

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13 Neō Wax Bloom - Iglooghost
14 CTRL - Sza

One of the most influential albums this year!

I LOVE THIS ALBUM.
Best songs: Prom, Garden (Say It Like Dat), Go Gina, The Weekend, Love Galore.
Worst song: Doves In The Wind
Overall 10/10. Really underrated

15 4:44 - Jay-Z

Having some time to think this over, I've realized my mistake. I was honestly just riding the wave of DAMN.'s popularity. It was a pretty good album but it ain't got nothing on 4:44. The definite standout track was The Story Of OJ. Generally, all the people who are "fake" hip-hop fans will have stopped listening before the first time he sings the chorus ends. I'll write more on The Story Of OJ later though. I love this album, it's probably one of the best Jay-Z albums behind The Blueprint and The Black Album. Just very high quality. - hiphopgod

To all the haters of hip hop music please give this a listen it's awesome

This should be so much higher like top 5 jesus...

16 Science Fiction - Brand New

I was expecting good things from this comeback. It exceeded my expectations. - Zach808

Wow

17 Urn - Ne Obliviscaris
18 In the Passing Light of Day - Pain of Salvation

So far, it's my favorite album of the year. - cjWriter1997

Since Damn. is already at #1, I'm voting for this. It's already getting hard for me to pick AOTY. - cjWriter1997

19 Forever - Code Orange

Gotta be the best metal/ hardcore music of 2017

20 Saturation II - Brockhampton
21 Plunge - Fever Ray
22 The Stories We Tell Ourselves - Nothing More
23 Mono No Aware - Various Artists
24 Rina - Rina Sawayama
25 Freudian - Daniel Caesar
26 American Dream - LCD Soundsystem

This album should be much higher. - Pony

27 Clairvoyant - The Contortionist
28 Pure Comedy - Father John Misty
29 Infinite - Deep Purple

They came back full throttle with this amazing album. 10/10 - naFrovivuS

The biggest surprise of 2017. - Metal_Treasure

I've been a Deep Purple fan since 1968. (It's OK to like Deep Purple and Jackie Evancho as well ;) ) - BobG

30 Humanz - Gorillaz

Probably their worst album, but still good!

Best album of theirs. I played this album on repeat the whole entire summer

Just got released- amazing album - CluelessSKB

While it doesn’t live up to Demon Days or Plastic Beach, Humanz starts to break down the barrier between the fictional band and real life - possibly symbolizing the increased dependence of people on technology and idols - katman46

31 New Energy - Four Tet

OH MY GOD HOW DID FOURTET MAKE IT IT HERE YES YES YES TALENT WON - ProPanda

32 Is This the Life We Really Want? - Roger Waters

Is this the album we really want? Well, this is his first solo album in over a decade. I see myself dusting it off every now and then. Similar to "the Final Cut" but I'd actually say better. But I preferred David Gilmour's latest album. I give this a 6/10. - IronSabbathPriest

I am a huge Pink Floyd Fan and I found this was a more politically correct version of Animals but that doesn't stop it from being the best album of 2017 beating my second choice of Infinite by Deep purple. Better than anything Little Mix could pull out of their millions of writers.

Simply amazing. Roger Waters is a genius. - naFrovivuS

Oh damn, my opinion on this album sucked.

To prove it, allow me to say that Deja Vu and The Last Refugee are modern masterpieces. 7/10 - DCfnaf

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33 Volume 1: Flick Your Tongue Against Your Teeth and Describe the Present. - Bedwetter
34 Harry Styles - Harry Styles

This is easily one of my favourite albums of 2017. Probably my favourite. I don't understand why it's so low. It's pure gold and has an awesome range of style in it. I just realised that could have been a really bad pun.

Why is this so low? - 445956

Excellent - DCfnaf

Um...no - lovefrombadlands

35 Younger Now - Miley Cyrus
36 To the Bone - Steven Wilson
37 Sacred Hearts Club - Foster the People

A really experimental indie album - Killerdrummer

38 Evolve - Imagine Dragons

Night visions will always be better - Th3Zm0nst3r

Have you heard Whatever It Takes? It is life. - lovefrombadlands

Evolve is good, however I have seen better from them like Smokes and Mirrors and Night Visions. - MissRWBY202

I'm a "believer" that this is the best album of 2017. I'll do "whatever it takes" to get it to number 1 I'll even "walk on the wire." There should be "thunder" in the sky right now because Evolve is not number 1

(I'm sorry)

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39 No Grave but the Sea - Alestorm
40 Coming Home - Falling in Reverse

Simply put, who enjoyed their previous output will also enjoy this album. Especially their first and third album, the second one was weird nonsense. Falling in Reverse ranks among the better emo bands of the 21st century, as they have all the catchiness and power it takes to get the best out of their genre, and have both humor and misery to share with us, which works extremely well, so they come off as neither totally pessimistic nor fully carefree. But you have to have a positive attitude towards the emo subculture to like their music, and if you have, there is little reason why you wouldn't enjoy this (except of course, if you take a look in the booklet of the CD, which instead of the usual thank yous of the band members included f-yous, addressing so many people it's likely you are on their list as well).
And "Coming Home" offers all the qualities of their first and third record without any slips, but however sounds more melodic and less pop-ish.

4 out of 5. - Martin_Canine

41 Masseduction - St. Vincent
42 I See You - The xx
43 Lust for Life - Lana Del Rey

AH - haribostarmix

44 Peasant - Richard Dawson
45 Reputation - Taylor Swift

Well, it's kind of good but it's also getting boring. This album is also home to my least favorite song of all time:End Game. So yeah, my rating is going down and...um...6/10! - lovefrombadlands

Or go up by a little... - MissRWBY202

Hell no. - DCfnaf

It's good but like Imagine Dragons, but I have seen better from her. Speak Now best album, always. (from Taylor Swift)

All it has to do it STAAAY...
At the Number 77 spot. - MissRWBY202

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46 World Eater - Blanck Mass
47 Bravado - Kirin J. Callinan
48 This Old Dog - Mac Demarco
49 A Black Mile to the Surface - Manchester Orchestra
50 Look at Yourself - Emmure
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1. Take Me Apart - Kelela
2. The Ooz - King Krule
3. Melodrama - Lorde
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2. In the Passing Light of Day - Pain of Salvation
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