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NPR’s Top 50 Albums of 2017

NPR 2017

NPR Music have published their list of the 50 best albums of 2017. As usual, it has a lot of the same rock, pop, rap, electronic, etc albums as other lists, like Lorde, SZA, Kendrick Lamar, Paramore, Mount Eerie, The National, The War on Drugs, Vince Staples, Jay-Z, Perfume Genius and Sampha, plus jazz, contemporary classical, Wassoulou music, Latin rock, and other stuff you may not have heard of. They also sneak in some cool gems like the highly talented modern folk singers Joan Shelley and Aldous Harding, underrated rapper Rapsody, and rising country singer Tyler Childers. Check out NPR Music’s full list below and read their commentary on each pick HERE.

NPR Music’s 50 Best Albums of 2017
50. Paramore – After Laughter
49. Marc-André Hamelin – Morton Feldman: For Bunita Marcus
48. Miguel Zenón – Tipico
47. Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die
46. Mr. Mitch – Devout
45. Oumou Sangaré – Mogoya
44. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
43. Danay Suarez – Palabras Manuales
42. Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan
41. Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
40. Midland – On the Rocks
39. Tyler Childers – Purgatory
38. Migos – Culture
37. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
36. Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
35. Thundercat – Drunk
34. Joan Shelley – Joan Shelley
33. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra & Risto Joost – Kõrvits: Moorland Elegies
32. Alvvays – Antisocialites
31. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
30. Ron Miles – I Am a Man
29. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
28. TORRES – Three Futures
27. Fever Ray – Plunge
26. Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
25. La Santa Cecilia – Amar y Vivir
24. The National – Sleep Well Beast
23. Sylvan Esso – What Now
22. Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2
21. Jay Som – Everybody Works
20. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
19. Ifriqiyya Electrique – Rûwâhîne
17. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
16. Jlin – Black Origami
15. Danish String Quartet – Last Leaf
14. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
13. Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
12. Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over
11. Jay-Z – 4:44
10. Aldous Harding – Party
9. Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator
8. Kesha – Rainbow
7. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
6. Perfume Genius – No Shape
5. Lorde – Melodrama
4. Sampha – Process
3. Big Thief – Capacity
1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

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