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SPIN’s 50 Best Albums of 2017


Best of Year Season continues with SPIN‘s 50 Best Albums of 2017. They’ve got a lot of the usual suspects, and this year’s Big Three (Kendrick, SZA, and Lorde) are all in the top 10, but it’s interesting how highly they rank certain lesser-known picks like Jlin, Julie Byrne, and the Alice Coltrane compilation on Luaka Bop that all crack the top 10. Since this list comes out in mid-December, it makes room for the late-in-the-year Miguel album. It’s also got the divisive Taylor Swift album, some fringe stuff like Pile, Ex Eye and The Weather Station, and more. Read SPIN’s commentary HERE and check out their full list below.

SPIN’s 50 Best Albums of 2017
50. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
49. Drake – More Life
48. Taylor Swift – reputation
47. Japandroids – Near to the Wild Heart of Life
46. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
45. Syd – Fin
44. Pile – A Hairshirt of Purpose
43. Randy Newman – Dark Matter
42. Feist – Pleasure
41. Slowdive – Slowdive
40. The Weather Station – The Weather Station
39. Miguel – War & Leisure
38. Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog
37. The National – Sleep Well Beast
36. Playboi Carti – Playboi Carti
35. Ex Eye – Ex Eye
34. Ty Dolla $ign – Beach House 3
33. Jay-Z – 4:44
32. Actress – AZD
31. Jessie Ware – Glasshouse
30. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
29. Björk – Utopia
28. King Krule – The OOZ
27. Future – HNDRXX
26. Perfume Genius – No Shape
25. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
24. Sampha – Process
23. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
22. Young Thug – Beautiful Thugger Girls
21. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
20. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
19. Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator
18. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
17. Fever Ray – Plunge
16. Destroyer – ken
15. Kelela – Take Me Apart
14. Sheer Mag – Need to Feel Your Love
13. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
12. Thundercat – Drunk
11. Migos – Culture
10. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
9. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
8. Paramore – After Laughter
7. Alice Coltrane – World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda
6. Jlin – Black Origami
5. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
4. Lorde – Melodrama
2. Big Thief – Capacity
1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

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