Here’s my complete list of best music for 2017.

I will begin with the top 21 albums of 2017, then the top 15 hip-hop albums, followed by the top 15 jazz albums. Lastly, I wanted to share my 350 songs of the year, but those are in no particular order. Please enjoy the music and I hope you discover something new. 

Top 21 Albums of 2017:

  1. Ken Destroyer (Merge Records)
  2. A Deeper Understanding The War On Drugs (Atlantic Records)
  3. Drunk Thundercat (Brainfeeder)
  4. Slowdive Slowdive (Dead Oceans)
  5. async Ryuichi Sakamoto (Milan)
  6. Dialectic of Ignorance Pontiak (Thrill Jockey)
  7. DAMN. Kendrick Lamar (Aftermath / Interscope)
  8. Harmony of Difference Kamasi Washington (Young Turks)
  9. January ep Guy Capecelatro III w/ Jim Rioux (Two Ton Santa)
  10. Waterworks Glenn Jones & Matthew Azevedo (Thrill Jockey)
  11. Lotta Sea Lice Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile (Matador)
  12. Somersault Beach Fossils (Bayonet Records)
  13. Kelly Lee Owens Kelly Lee Owens (Kelly Lee Owens Music)
  14. Turn Out the Lights Julien Baker (Matador)
  15. Aromanticism Moses Sumney (Jagjaguwar)
  16. The OOZ King Krule (True Panther / XL)
  17. Black Origami Jlin (Planet Mu)
  18. Ctrl SZA (RCA Records)
  19. Soft Sounds From Another Planet Japanese Breakfast (Dead Oceans)
  20. Best Troubador Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Drag City)
  21. Rock N Roll Consciousness Thurston Moore (Caroline)

Top 15 Hip Hop Albums of 2017:

  1. DAMN. Kendrick Lamar (Aftermath/Interscope)
  2. Veins Homeboy Sandman (Stones Throw Records)
  3. Rose Azura Njano Cunninlynguists (APOS/RBC Records)
  4. The Saga Continues Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers, LLC)
  5. Black Ken Lil B (BasedWorld Records)
  6. Big Fish Theory Vince Staples (Def Jam Recordings)
  7. Flower Boy Tyler, the Creator (Columbia Records)
  8. #LP4080 Strange U (High Focus Records)
  9. Headnod Suite Karriem Riggins (Stones Throw Records)
  10. BEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS Young Thug (Atlantic)
  11. Bad Neighbor (Instrumentals) Madlib (BangYaHead)
  12. Auditory Visions Apex Beats (apex beats music)
  13. 4:44 JAY Z (Roc Nation /UMG)
  14. Love Me Tonight Beans (Tygr Rawwk Rcrds)
  15. Pizza Party Samiyam (Stones Throw Records)

Top 15 Jazz Albums of 2017:

  1. ​Harmony of Difference Kamasi Washington (Young Turks Records)
  2. The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre Sly 5th Ave (Tru Thoughts Recordings)
  3. Celebrating William Parker at 65 (feat. William Parker) Bobby Zankel & The Wonderful Sound 6 (Not Two Records)
  4. Bells For the South Side Roscoe Mitchell (ECM)
  5. Dreams and Daggers Cécile McLorin Salvant (Mack Avenue Records)
  6. Meditation / Resurrection William Parker Quartet (Aum Fidelity)
  7. Far from Over Vijay Iyer Sextet (ECM)
  8. Little Giant Still Life (feat. The Westerlies & Anwar Marshall) Dave Douglas (Greenleaf Music)
  9. Irreversible Entanglements Irreversible Entanglements (Don Giovanni Records)
  10. Fly or Die Jaimie Branch (International Anthem Recording Co.)
  11. Tipico Miguel Zenón (Miel Music)
  12. Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds Nicole Mitchell (FPE Records)
  13. I Am a Man (w/ Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Jason Moran, Thomas Morgan) Ron Miles (Yellowbird Records)
  14. Morphogenesis Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse (Pi Recordings)
  15. Aspiration Wadada Leo Smith, Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii and Ikue Mori (Libra Records)

My Top 350 Songs of 2017:

1 Dancing Is The Best Revenge by !!!

2 Exhumed by Zola Jesus

3 Klingklang by Zeitkratzer

4 Limerence by Yves Tumor

5 Family Don’t Matter (feat. Millie Go Lightly)  by Young Thug

6 Epigenetic by Yoshimi

7 Panorama by Würden & Pfeiffer

8 Lesson Learn’d (feat. Inspectah Deck, Redman) by Wu-Tang Clan

9 Hold Him by Wren Kitz

10 Love Is Love by Woods

11 Valley Boy by Wolf Parade

12 Untitled Improvisation FD 1.1 – 9.5  by William Eggleston

13 For David Robert Jones by William Basinski

14 Fognap by Will Guthrie

15 And Then I’ll Be Gone by Will Beeley

16 Sugar Hill by White Hills

17 Never Been Wrong by Waxahatchee

18 Depth Charge by Watter

19 Get Lost by Washed Out

20 Big Fish by Vince Staples

21 Norderney by Vermont

22 No Nights Dark Enough II. Infamy Sings by Valgeir Sigursson

23 Alive and a Well by Vagabon

24 Really Stupid by UV-TV

25 Sick Lullaby by UNKLE

26 Shaped Like the Sea by United Waters

27 Who Dat Boy by Tyler, the Creator

28 See (feat. Beacon) by Tycho

29 Orange Color Queen by Ty Segall

30 Tossing Tears by Twin Peaks

31 Alles Verboten by Trans Am

32 This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People by TOXIC (Matthew Shipp, Mat Walerian, William Parker)

33 Idea of Order at Kyson Point by Tom Rogerson & Brian Eno

34 Gummi-Marsch by ToiToiToi

35 What’d You Release? by Tim Darcy

36 Show You the Way (feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins) by Thundercat

37 Cirrostratus by Thomas William Hill

38 Track 07 by  Thievery Corporation

39 Holding On by The War on Drugs

40 Light Years Away by The Terminals

41 The Way Is Read by The Staves & yMusic

42 Thousand Forgotten Dreams by The Routes

43 ’93: Me and Fred and Dave and Ted by The Magnetic Fields

44 Night Song by The Lemon Twigs

45 All Things Pass by The Jesus and Mary Chain

46 We a Famly by The Flaming Lips

47 Blood Under My Belt by The Drums

48 How Did I Find Myself Here by The Dream Syndicate

49 Lunar Days by The Clientele

50 Currency by The Black Angels

51 Spirit by The Belle Game

52 No Exit by Tennis

53 Star-Rise by Teengirl Fantasy

54 Spirit of the Night by Teachers

55 Doves In the Wind (feat. Kendrick Lamar) by SZA

56 Matter of Time by Surfer Blood

57 Mercury by Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, & Nico Muhly 

58 Downer by STRFKR

59 Taurus by Strange U

60 Shake Your Heel (feat. Tristen) by Steelism

61 Auditorium Scarlatti by Soundwalk Collective

62 Missing Wires by Soulwax

63 Lost Souls by Son Volt

64 Hard Liquor by SOHN

65 Out Worn by Soccer Mommy

66 Future by Sneaks

67 Oh My My by Smerz

68 Star Roving by Slowdive

69 Rainmaker by Sleigh Bells

70 Jumbo Jet by Shout Out Louds

71 Journey to Reedham by One

72 Detroit, Pt. II by Shigeto

73 The World Laughs by She-Devils

74 Shine A Light by Shabazz Palaces Feat. Thaddillac

75 I Only Wish This for You by Saltland


77 Solari (Fennesz Remix) by Ryuichi Sakamoto

78 ZURE by Ryuichi Sakamoto

79 Tightrope by Ryan Adams

80 Suzinak by Ross from Friends

81 Miracle by RMBLR

82 Charm Assault by Ride

83 Beggar by Richard Dawson

84 Darling by Real Estate

85 Basement Vibes by Ray Kandinski

86 The Stranger’s House byThe Radiophonic Workshop

87 Tresor by The R

88 Eric’s Basement and Secret Tunnels by Psymon Spine

89 Heavy Manners by Prince Far I

90 Santiago by Preservation Hall Jazz Band

91 Tomorrow is Forgetting by Pontiak

92 Smoke Signals by Phoebe Bridgers

93 Everything (Good) by Philippe Hallais

94 Back Home, to You by Philip Lewin

95 Icarus by Phaeleh

96 Slip Away by Perfume Genius

97 Spiral by Pausal

98 Flowering in Threes by Parris

99 Frau Im Mond, Sterne Laufen (Alva Noto Remix) by Pantha du Prince

100 Isotype by Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark

101 Sky’s Falling by The Orb

102 Farewell by Olivia Louvel

103 Heretic by Oli XL

104 The Static God by Oh Sees

105 Hold You Down by O+S

106 Anchor by Novo Amor

107 Behind by Notilus

108 The Background World by Nine Inch Nails

109 Trapeze Artist Regrets by Night Drive

110 Egoes War by Nicole Mitchell

111 In My Mind by Nick Höppner

112 The Times I’m Not There (feat. Jamila Woods) by NE-HI

113 Nobody Else Will Be There by The National

114 Crossfire / So Into You by Nai Palm

115 Justforu by Mya Gomez

116 Messy Love by Mura Masa

117 Mulatu (Stereo Master) by Mulatu Astatke

118 Marilyn (feat. Micachu) by Mount Kimbie

119 Doomed by Moses Sumney

120 xx by morgxn

121 Hardware (feat. Mental Jewelry) by Moor Mother

122 Vivere, Pt. 5 by Mondkopf

123 Jupiter by Moiré

124 Coolverine by Mogwai

125 Invisible by Minus the Bear

126 Volumes by Minor Science

127 Shame by Mikkel Metal

128 Remember Members by Microlith

129 Diamond Anyway by Michael Nau

130 Sultan’s Curse by Mastodon

131 You Wash My Soul (Instrumental) by Mark Pritchard

132 The Creeper by Mark Fosson

133 The Last Ten Years by Mark Eitzel

134 You Were Never Here (featuring Yo La Tengo) by Man Forever

135 Held by Malibu

136 Apex by Majeure

137 God’s Arrival (Instrumental) by Madlib

138 Swan Dive by Maceo Plex

139 My Old Man by Mac Demarco

140 Exasthrus (Pane) by M.E.S.H.

141 Just a Cloud (feat. Vilja Larjosto) by Lusine

142 Wait For Me by Luca D’Alberto

143 Grown by Los Angeles Police Department

144 Rooting For You by London Grammar

145 Cylinder 1011_13 by Martens Moana

146 Cred Woes by Liars

147 Circular (Right as Rain) by Lee Ranaldo

148 6 Patience Dub by Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System

149 The Cepheid Variations by Lea Bertucci

150 Tonite by LCD Soundsystem

151 Moontalk by Laurel Halo

152 Love by Lana Del Rey

153 Double Voice, Extra Voice by Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble

154 Solvent by LA-4A

155 Goodbye by Kolsch

156 Dizzy by KOLARS

157 Virtue by Kllo

158 Czech One by King Krule

159 “Was He Slow?” by Kid Koala

160 Location by Khalid

161 City Music by Kevin Morby

162 FEAR. by Kendrick Lamar

163 Midsummer by Katie Von Schleicher

164 Wakes on Cerulean by Kassel Jaeger & Jim O’Rourke

165 Group Hug by Karras

166 Fr3sh by Kareem Lotfy

167 Grafts by Kara-Lis Coverdale

168 Desire by Kamasi Washington

169 99 Luftballons by Kaleida

170 Bow and Arrow by Kacey Johansing

171 Follow My Voice by Julie Byrne

172 Kyanite by Jlin

173 I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times by Jim James

174 Get On Home by The Jesus & Mary Chain

175 Glaciers I, Pt. I by Jessica Moss

176 Frida Kahlo by Jesse Stockton & Dream Machine

177 Songs Of Old by Jesca Hoop

178 Ok, American Medium by Jeff Witscher

179 Hummingbird by Jeff Tweedy

180 Caught Their Eyes (feat. Frank Ocean) by JAY Z

181 Road Head by Japanese Breakfast

182 Near To The Wild Heart Of Life by Japandroids

183 Reflection Waves by JANEK SCHAEFER

184 Slip by James Welsh

185 Stretch Deep (feat. Eve Essex) by James K

186 Empire Sounds by James Heather

187 Motor City by J Dilla

188 Last Night by Iron & Wine

189 Subaru Nights by Insecure Men

190 Aluxes by Iñigo Vontier

191 Zhao Hua by HVAD & Pan Daijing

192 Nin by Huxley Anne

193 Home Over Yonder by House and Land

194 Beauty & Sadness by Horsebeach

195 Woman by Horace Andy

196 Sleep by Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

197 Rules by Hoops

198 808 State of Mind (feat. Shaun J. Wright & Alinka) by Honey Dijon

199 Bird Brains by Holy Fuck

200 Still by Hidden Orchestra

201 Door by Nice As Fuck

202 Tea Colored Radio by The Head

203 Egos Are Detached (Bonus Track) by Hauschka

204 Atlantis by Harriet Brown

205 This One Night by Guy Capecelatro III w/ Jim Rioux

206 Kjolle by Gunnar Haslam

207 Disorder by Growing

208 Three Rings by Grizzly Bear

209 Love Is Overdue (feat. U-Roy) by Gregory Isaacs

210 The Moth & The Flame by Grails

211 Portrait of Basho as a Young Dragon by Glenn Jones & Matthew Azevedo

212 Mercy by Gary Numan

213 Ran by Future Islands

214 The Oak Tree by From Nursery To Misery

215 Roadless by Frightened Rabbit

216 Splinter by Fresco & Pfeiffer

217 Grand dérèglement by Mirage Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains

218 America by Foxygen

219 Two Thousand and Seventeen by Four Tet

220 Adamos by Fos

221 The Highest Flood by Forest Swords

222 Lugere by Flora Yin-Wong

223 Fool’s Errand by Fleet Foxes

224 Go Back Home by FKJ

225 Whakauruuru by FIS & Rob Thorne

226 SONIC SIX by Fhloston Paradigm

227 La Poulie by Faust

228 Two Wildly Different Perspectives by Father John Misty

229 Brillo de Facto by The Fall

230 Pollini by Fabrizio Rat

231 All Rolled Up by F Ingers

232 Acid Shadow II by Evan Caminiti

233 If I by Esmé Patterson

234 Evil Times by Eric Ott

235 Molly by ENTRANCE

236 Body by Emptyset

237 La mie qui meurt by Eloïse Decazes & Eric Chenaux

238 Riding Through Drinking Harpo Dine by Eliza McCarthy

239 Magnificent (She Says) by Elbow

240 Yaikele Ya Ma by Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa

241 Arrebato by Duot & Andy Moor

242 Coldblooded by Duke Garwood

243 Black Jack by Dude York

244 In the Hallway by Ducktails

245 VI by Dubit

246 No Flash by Dub Syndicate

247 A Wall by Downtown Boys

248 Gravity by Dot

249 Her Eyes on the Horizon by Do Make Say Think

250 PianoJazz by DJ Harrison

251 Little Bubble by Dirty Projectors

252 Road Trip by Diet Cig

253 Tinseltown Swimming in Blood by Destroyer

254 Morgon by Demen

255 PDA by Day Wave & Hazel English

256 Wasting Time by Day Wave

257 Glass Jelly by Dauwd

258 Hey Drum by Daphni

259 Shine You No More by Danish String Quartet

260 Five clenche bouscarte / Ocho accenteur by Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones

261 Any Way the Wind Blows by Cunninlynguists

262 Over Everything by Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

263 Sometime / Someplace by Cornelius

264 I Know I’ve Been Changed by The Como Mamas

265 When Will You Find the Limit… by Com Truise

266 The stars vs creatures by Colleen

267 Divide and Rule (Dub) by Coldcut featuring Lee “Scratch” Perry

268 Slap Drones by Clark

269 Truly by Cigarettes After Sex

270 Brahmi by Chuck Johnson

271 BLACKOUT by Chino Amobi

272 Friendship (Is a Small Boat In a Storm) by Chicano Batman

273 Rest by Charlotte Gainsbourg

274 Certain Kinds of Trash by Chain & The Gang

275 This Causes Consciousness to Fracture by Caterina Barbieri

276 Rodent by Burial

277 Skyline by Broken Social Scene

278 Cairo Levee by Brokeback

279 Duality by Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

280 poly_ana summers [schoolyard surph beat] by Brainwaltzera

281 7th Sevens by Bonobo

282 Nobody’s Darling by Bonnie “Prince” Billy

283 Evensong by Bola

284 Don’t Take the Money by Bleachers

285 Half Believing 4by The Black Angels

286 The Gate by Björk

287 Be Going by Bitchin Bajas

288 Just One Kiss by Biosphere

289 Scarlet’s Return by Bill MacKay

290 Vxomeg by Bill Kouligas

291 Shark Smile by Big Thief

292 Up All Night by Beck

293 Long Division by Beans

294 Void by Beaches

295 This Year by Beach Fossils

296 Keys to the Kingdom by The Band of Heathens

297 Second Mistake by Ayya

298 In Pieces by Avey Tare

299 Trans-pop express I by Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche

300 JNSN CODE GL16 by Autechre

301 Future Politics by Austra

302 Hollis by Astrïd & Rachel Grimes

303 Towers Of Dust by Aseethe

304 Tears on Fire by Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood

305 Feels Like Heaven by Ariel Pink

306 Electric Blue by Arcade Fire

307 Woke Up on the Move by Arbouretum

308 Night Cruise by Apex Beats

309 Paradise by ANOHNI

310 Lovers by Anna of the North

311 Fly On Your Wall by Angel Olsen

312 C’est chaud by Amadou & Mariam

313 The Underside of Power by Algiers

314 Vincere by Alessandro Cortini

315 They’re Just Words (feat. Douglas J McCarthy) by Adult.

316 Open Invitation by ADR

317 Fruitflies by Gabriel Garzón-Montano

318 The Boat Can Leave Now by Samiyam

319 Bamboo by Homeboy Sandman

320 California Love (feat. Cory Henry) by Sly5thAve

321 GÆNOVA by Chino Amobi

322 Smoak by The Steoples

323 Divine by Jana Rush

324 Paper Bag by Circuit Des Yeux

325 Barzakh by Ahwar Nadah El Shazly

326 Hier Le Désert by Felicia Atkinson

327 Ol Man River by Bill Orcutt

328 Mountain of Air by Ellen Arkbro

329 Spectrum by Mhysa

330 The Harbinger of Spring by Children Of Alice

331 New World by Phew

332 Agoraphobia by The Bug & Earth

333 Sin dones by Juana Molina

334 Spiritron by Golden Teacher

335 Cells 1-8 by Brooklyn Raga Massive

336 Plural by Sote

337 Jelly by Laurel Halo

338 For Voice by Sarah Davachi


340 Istian by Lee Gamble

341 He’s Been Teaching Me to Drive by Karen Gwyer

342 How Does It Make You Feel? by Once and Future Band

343 Bodies for Money by Gnod

344 Touchdown by John Maus

345 Make up Talk by Carla dal Forno

346 Bala Matinba by Mahmoud Gania

347 Island of Unknown Joys by Gosheven

348 I Dare You by The xx

349 White Man’s World by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

350 Turn On by Thurston Moore