Best Music of 2017

I collected over 22 lists of Best Music of 2017 from the Internet, newspapers and magazines and compiled them into one meta-list. Here are the results: every recording on three or more of the original source lists, organized by rank (that is, with the albums on the most lists at the top). I have provided genre descriptions of the artist from Wikipedia as a guide. Please note: THESE ARE NOT MY PERSONAL OPINIONS AND I HAVE NOT LISTENED TO ALL THIS MUSIC.

On 22 lists
Kendrick Lamar – Damn (hip hop)

On 20 lists
SZA – Ctrl (alt R&B/neo-soul)*

On 19 lists
– Melodrama (art pop/dream pop)*
St. Vincent – Masseduction (art rock/indie rock)*

On 18 lists
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream (dance punk/electronica)

On 15 lists
Vince Staples
– Big Fish Theory (hip hop)

On 14 lists
The War on Drugs
– A Deeper Understanding (Americana/neo-psychedelia)*

On 13 lists
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy (indie rock/folk-rock)*
Thundercat – Drunk (funk/R&B/soul)

On 12 lists
The National
– Sleep Well Beast (indie rock/post-punk revival)*
Perfume Genius – No Shape (chamber pop/indie rock)*
Sampha – Process (electronic/soul)*

On 11 lists
Jason Isbell & The 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound (southern rock/alt country)*
Jay-Z – 4:44 (hip hop)

On 9 lists
Mount Eerie
– A Crow Looked At Me (indie rock/electronic)

On 8 lists
Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights (alt rock/slowcore)*
Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up (indie folk/Americana)
Laura Marling – Semper Femina (folk/folk rock)*
Margo PriceAll American Made (country/Americana)*
The xx – I See You (indie electronic/dream pop)*

On 7 lists
Big Thief – Capacity (indie rock/folk rock)*
Fever RayPlunge (electronic pop/trip hop)
Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator (folk/Americana)*
Jay Som – Everybody Works (bedroom pop/dream pop)
Jlin – Black Origami (electronic/IDM)*
Kelela – Take Me Apart (alt R&B/electronic)*
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains (alt rock/hard rock)
Slowdive – Slowdive (dream pop/shoegaze)*
Waxahatchee Out in the Storm (indie rock/indie folk)*

On 6 lists
Algiers – The Underside of Power (psychedelic soul/blues punk)*
Arca – Arca (electronic/industrial hip hop)
Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice (indie rock/indie folk)*
Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness (indie folk)
King Krule – The Ooz (indie rock/punk jazz)
Priests – Nothing Feels Natural (punk rock/post-punk)
Moses Sumney – Aromanticism (electronic/soul)
Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology (folk/alternative)
Vijay Iyer – Far From Over (jazz)*

On 5 lists
Alvvays – Antisocialites (indie pop/dream pop)*
Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life (baroque pop/trip hop)
Four Tet – New Energy (electronica/post-dubstep)
Rhiannon GiddensFreedom Highway (folk/country)
Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds From Another Planet (indie rock/experimental pop)
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Soul of a Woman (R&B/soul/funk)
Aimee Mann – Mental Illness (pop rock/folk)*
JD McPherson – Undivided Heart & Soul (rockabilly/R&B)
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3 (hip hop/alt hip hop)
Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithThe Kid (electronica)
Sylvan EssoWhat Now (electropop/indie pop)

On 4 lists
Ryan Adams – Prisoner (alt country/folk rock)
Beck – Colors (alt rock/Americana)
Björk Utopia (art pop/folktronica)
Richard Dawson – Peasant (psychedelic folk/experimental rock)
Future – HNDRXX (hip hop/R&B)
Valerie June – The Order of Time (Americana/roots rock)*
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana (psychedelic rock/prog rock)
Laurel Halo – Dust (electronic/avant-pop)
Aldous HardingParty (neo-gothic folk)
The Horrors – V (indie rock/shoegaze)
J Hus – Common Sense (afrobeats/grime)
Kesha – Rainbow (synth pop/dance pop)
The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir (indie pop/synthpop)
Migos – Culture (hip hop/trap)
The Moonlandingz Interplanetary Class Classics (neo-psychedelia/experimental rock)
Kevin Morby – City Music (indie rock/folk rock)
Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives (post-dubstep/future garage)
Randy NewmanDark Matter (rock/pop)
Open Mike EagleBrick Body Kids Still Daydream (hip hop/alt hip hop)
Paramore – After Laughter (alt rock/pop punk)
Robert Plant Carry Fire (folk rock)
Protomartyr – Relatives In Descent (post-punk/noise rock)
Nadia Reid – Preservation (folk)
Sleaford Mods – English Tapas (post-punk/minimalist)
Sparks – Hippopotamus (art pop/synth pop)
Spoon – Hot Thoughts (indie pop/art rock)
Stormzy  Gang Signs and Prayer (grime/hip hop)
Taylor Swift – Reputation (pop)
Tyler, The Creator Flower Boy (hip hop)
Nicole Mitchell – Mandoria Awakening II: Emerging World (jazz)*

On 3 lists
alt-J – Relaxer (art pop)
Oh SeesOrc (garage rock/post-punk)
TinariwenElwan (world/rock)
Gas – Narkopop (ambient/minimal techno)
Juana Molina – Halo (electronic/folk)
Binker and Moses – Journey to the Mountain of Forever (jazz/hip hop)
Khalid – American Teen (R&B)
Brockhampton – Saturation 2 (alt hip hop/alt R&B)
Blanck Mass – World Eater (drone/post-rock)
John Moreland – Big Bad Luv (Americana/alt country)
Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps (indie folk/slowcore)
MHYSA – Fantasii (R&B/hip hop)
FeistPleasure (indie pop/folk)
Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination (indie rock/folk rock)
Charly Bliss – Guppy (power pop/indie rock)
Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now (indie pop)
Grizzly BearPainted Ruins (indie rock/neo-psychedelia)
Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life (alt rock/indie rock)
Susanne Sundfør Music for People in Trouble (art pop/folk)
Paul WellerA Kind Revolution (rock/pop)
Ghostpoet – Dark Days + Canapes (electronica/trip hop)
Chris StapletonFrom A Room: Volume 1 (country/southern rock)
Oumou Sangaré Mogoya (world/Wassoulou)
DrakeMore Life (hip hop/R&B)
Syd – Fin (hip hop soul/alt R&B)
Joan ShelleyJoan Shelley (folk)
Tyshawn SoreyVerisimilitude (jazz/experimental)*
Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference (EP) (jazz)


On 4 lists
BERLIOZ: Les Troyens – Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg; John Nelson, conductor.

On 3 lists
PHILIP GLASS: Piano Works – Vikingur Olafsson.*
SIBELIUS: Piano Works – Leif Ove Andsnes, piano.

On 2 lists
THE JOHN ADAMS EDITION – Berlin Philharmonic.
J.S. BACH: ‘Goldberg’ Variations – Beatrice Rana, piano.
LAST LEAF – Danish String Quartet.
SCHUBERT: Die Schöne Müllerin – Christian Gerhaher, baritone; Gerold Huber, piano.