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Complex’s Top 50 Albums of 2017


Best of the Year season continues with Complex‘s 50 best albums of 2017. As always, Complex’s list is heaviest on rap and R&B, so it makes room for great rap albums that you might not see on the big multi-genre lists — like Rapsody‘s Laila’s Wisdom, Freddie GibbsYou Only Live 2wice, GoldLink‘s At What Cost, A$AP Twelvyy‘s 12, Amine‘s Good For You,
Young Dolph‘s Thinking Out Loud, and Smino‘s blkswn — along with the usual heavy hitters like Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN., Jay-Z‘s 4:44, SZA‘s CTRL, MigosCulture, and Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory. Future makes the list twice (both in the top 15). Complex usually has a few indie rock picks worked in, but this year they stayed away from that. They did include some alt-pop (and just regular pop) though, like Haim, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, Kesha, Charli XCX, and Harry Styles.

You can read their commentary on each pick HERE and see the full list below.

Complex’s Top 50 Albums of 2017
50. Lil B – Black Ken
49. Lil Pump – Lil Pump
48. HAIM – Something to Tell You
47. Khalid – American Teen
46. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
45. CyHi The Prynce – No Dope On Sundays
44. Lorde – Melodrama
43. J.I.D – The Never Story
42. Miguel – War & Leisure
41. Smino – blkswn
40. 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin – Without Warning
39. Young Dolph – Thinking Out Loud
8. John Mayer – The Search for Everything
37. 21 Savage – Issa Album
36. Aminé – Good For You
35. Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
34. Meek Mill – Wins & Losses
33. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
32. A$AP Twelvyy – 12
31. Sonder – Into
30. Thundercat – Drunk
29. Roc Marciano – Rosebudd’s Revenge
28. GoldLink – At What Cost
27. G Perico – All Blue
26. Taylor Swift – reputation
25. 2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
24. Gucci Mane – Droptopwop
23. Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live 2wice
22. Kodak Black – Painting Pictures
21. Kesha – Rainbow
20. Rick Ross – Rather You Than Me
19. Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
18. Joey Bada$$ – ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$
17. Kelela – Take Me Apart
16. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie – The Bigger Artist
15. Future – Future
14. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
13. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
12. Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel
11. Syd – Fin
10. Drake – More Life
9. Daniel Caesar – Freudian
8. Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2
7. Migos – Culture
6. Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy
5. Sampha – Process
4. Future – HNDRXX
2. Jay-Z – 4:44
1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

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