Pazz & Jop

Pazz & Jop: Top 10 Albums By Year, 1971-2017


Cruise through this index of the Voice’s top ten albums from 1971 through 2016, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics’ poll, started by Robert Christgau.

The poll has run every year since ’71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugural poll led Christgau to complain of a “creeping auteurism” by which “fave raves of yore … are trotted out like so many Frank Tashlins to receive a great art award for their annual wheeze.”

It returned in early 1975, though, with Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark being voted the top album of 1974.



1. The Who: Who’s Next (Decca)

2. The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones)

3. Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story (Mercury)

4. Van Morrison: Tupelo Honey (Warner Bros.)

5. John Lennon: Imagine (Apple)

6. Joy of Cooking: Joy of Cooking (Capitol)

7. Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead (Warner Bros.)

8. The Concert for Bangladesh: The Concert for Bangladesh (Apple)

9. Joni Mitchell: Blue (Reprise)

10. Carole King: Tapestry (Ode)


1. Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark (Asylum)

2. Steely Dan: Pretzel Logic (ABC)

3. Randy Newman: Good Old Boys (Reprise)

4. Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness’ First Finale (Tamla)

5. Rolling Stones: It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (Rolling Stones)

6. Bob Dylan and the Band: Before the Flood (Asylum)

7. Roxy Music: Stranded (Atco)

8. Jackson Browne: Late for the Sky (Asylum)

9. Eric Clapton: 461 Ocean Boulevard (RSO)

10. New York Dolls: In Too Much Too Soon (Mercury)


1. Bob Dylan and the Band: The Basement Tapes (Columbia)

2. Patti Smith: Horses (Arista)

3. Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (Columbia)

4. Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (Columbia)

5. Neil Young: Tonight’s the Night (Reprise)

6. Steely Dan: Katy Lied (ABC)

7. Roxy Music: Country Life (Atco)

8. Bob Marley and the Wailers: Natty Dread (Island)

9. The Band: Northern Lights-Southern Cross (Capitol)

10. The Who: The Who by Numbers (MCA)


1. Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (Tamla)

2. Graham Parker & the Rumour: Heat Treatment (Mercury)

3. Jackson Browne: The Pretender (Asylum)

4. Graham Parker & the Rumour: Howlin’ Wind (Mercury)

5. Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Kate & Anna McGarrigle (Warner Bros.)

6. Steely Dan: The Royal Scam (ABC)

7. Joni Mitchell: Hejira (Asylum)

8. Ramones: Ramones (Sire)

9. Rod Stewart: A Night on the Town (Warner Bros.)

10. Blue Oyster Cult: Agents of Fortune (Columbia)


1. Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (Warner Bros.)

2. Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True (Columbia)

3. Television: Marquee Moon (Elektra)

4. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (Warner Bros.)

5. Steely Dan: Aja (ABC)

6. Ramones: Rocket to Russia (Sire)

7. Talking Heads: Talking Heads: 77 (Sire)

8. Randy Newman: Little Criminals (Warner Bros.)

9. Garland Jeffreys: Ghost Writer (A&M)

10. Cheap Trick: In Color (Epic)


1. Elvis Costello: This Year’s Model (Columbia)

2. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls (Rolling Stones)

3. Nick Lowe: Pure Pop for Now People (Columbia)

4. The Clash: Give ‘Em Enough Rope (Epic)

5. Talking Heads: More Songs About Buildings and Food (Sire)

6. Bruce Springsteen: Darkness at the Edge of Town (Columbia)

7. Ramones: Road to Ruin (Sire)

8. Neil Young: Comes a Time (Reprise)

9. The Cars: The Cars (Elektra)

10. David Johansen: David Johansen (Blue Sky)


1. Graham Parker: Squeezing Out Sparks (Arista)

2. Neil Young: Rust Never Sleeps (Reprise)

3. The Clash: The Clash (Epic)

4. Talking Heads: Fear of Music (Sire)

5. Elvis Costello: Armed Forces (Columbia)

6. Van Morrison: Into the Music (Warner Bros.)

7. The B-52s: The B-52s (Warner Bros.)

8. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes (Backstreet/MCA)

9. Pere Ubu: Dub Housing (Chrysalis)

10. Donna Summer: Bad Girls (Casablanca)



1. The Clash: London Calling (Epic)

2. Bruce Springsteen: The River (Columbia)

3. Talking Heads: Remain in Light (Sire)

5. Public Image Ltd.: Second Edition (Island)

6. Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band: Doc at the Radar Station (Virgin)

7. Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Get Happy!! (Columbia)

8. Stevie Wonder: Hotter Than July (Tamla)

9. Prince: Dirty Mind (Warner Bros.)

10. Gang Of Four: Entertainment! (Warner Bros.)


1. The Clash: Sandinista! (Epic)

2. X: Wild Gift (Slash)

3. Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Trust (Columbia)

4. The Rolling Stones: Tattoo You (Rolling Stones)

5. Rickie Lee Jones: Pirates (Warner Bros.)

6. Squeeze: East Side Story (A&M)

7. Tom Verlaine: Dreamtime (Warner Bros.)

8. Prince: Controversy (Warner Bros.)

9. Rick James: Street Songs (Gordy)

10. Go-Go’s: Beauty and the Beat (I.R.S.)


1. Elvis Costello: Imperial Bedroom (Columbia)

2. Richard & Linda Thompson: Shoot Out the Lights (Hannibal)

3. Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska (Columbia)

4. King Sunny Adé & His African Beats: Juju Music (Mango)

5. Lou Reed: The Blue Mask (RCA Victor)

6. Prince: 1999 (Warner Bros.)

7. The English Beat: Special Beat Service (I.R.S.)

8. Marvin Gaye: Midnight Love (Columbia)

9. Marshall Crenshaw: Marshall Crenshaw (Warner Bros.)

10. X: Under the Big Black Sun (Elektra)


1. Michael Jackson: Thriller (Epic)

2. REM: Murmur (I.R.S.)

3. Talking Heads: Speaking in Tongues (Sire)

4. X: More Fun in the New World (Elektra)

5. The Police: Synchronicity (A&M)

6. U2: War (Island)

7. Lou Reed: Legendary Hearts (RCA Victor)

8. Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers: Jonathan Sings! (Sire)

9. Richard Thompson: Hand of Kindness (Hannibal)

10. Bob Dylan: Infidels (Columbia)


1. Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A. (Columbia)

2. Prince and the Revolution: Purple Rain (Warner Bros.)

3. Los Lobos: How Will the Wolf Survive? (Slash)

4. The Replacements: Let It Be (Twin/Tone)

5. Tina Turner: Private Dancer (Capitol)

6. R.E.M.: Reckoning (I.R.S.)

7. The Pretenders: Learning to Crawl (Sire)

8. Hüsker Dü: Zen Arcade (SST)

9. Lou Reed: New Sensations (RCA Victor)

10. Run-D.M.C.: Run-D.M.C. (Profile)


1. Talking Heads: Little Creatures (Sire)

2. The Replacements: Tim (Sire)

3. John Cougar Mellencamp: Scarecrow (Riva)

4. Tom Waits: Rain Dogs (Island)

5. Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City (Manhattan)

6. Hüsker Dü: Flip Your Wig (SST)

7. R.E.M.: Fables of the Reconstruction (I.R.S.)

8. Hüsker Dü: New Day Rising (SST)

9. Aretha Franklin: Who’s Zoomin’ Who? (Arista)

10. John Fogerty: Centerfield (Warner Bros.)


1. Paul Simon: Graceland (Warner Bros.)

2. The Costello Show (Featuring Elvis Costello): King of America (Columbia)

3. The Robert Cray Band: Strong Persuader (Mercury)

4. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band: Live 1975/85 (Columbia)

5. Run-D.M.C.: Raising Hell (Profile)

6. Beastie Boys: Licensed To Ill (Def Jam)

7. Peter Gabriel: So (Geffen)

8. R.E.M.: Life’s Rich Pageant (I.R.S.)

9. Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Blood and Chocolate (Columbia)

10. The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (Shanachie)


1. Prince: Sign “O” the Times (Paisley Park)

2. Bruce Springsteen: Tunnel of Love (Columbia)

3. The Replacements: Pleased to Meet Me (Sire)

4. U2: The Joshua Tree (Island)

5. John Hiatt: Bring the Family (A&M)

6. Los Lobos: By the Light of the Moon (Slash)

7. John Cougar Mellencamp: The Lonesome Jubilee (Mercury)

8. R.E.M.: Document (I.R.S.)

9. XTC: Skylarking (Geffen)

10. Hüsker Dü: Warehouse: Songs & Stories (Warner Bros.)


1. Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Def Jam)

2. Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (Blast First/Enigma)

3. Tracy Chapman: Tracy Chapman (Elektra)

4. Midnight Oil: Diesel and Dust (Columbia)

5. Michelle Shocked: Short Sharp Shocked (Mercury)

6. Was (Not Was): What Up, Dog? (Chrysalis)

7. Pere Ubu: The Tenement Year (Enigma)

8. Keith Richards: Talk Is Cheap (Virgin)

9. Traveling Wilburys: Volume One (Wilbury)

10. Randy Newman: Land of Dreams (Warner Bros.)


1. De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising (Tommy Boy)

2. Neil Young: Freedom (Reprise)

3. Lou Reed: New York (Sire)

4. The Neville Brothers: Yellow Moon (A&M)

5. Neneh Cherry: Raw Like Sushi (Virgin)

6. N.W.A: Straight Outta Compton (Ruthless)

7. Elvis Costello: Spike (Warner Bros.)

8. The Mekons: The Mekons Rock ‘n Roll (A&M)

9. Soul II Soul: Keep On Movin’ (Virgin)

10. Pixies: Doolittle (4AD/Elektra)




1. Neil Young: Ragged Glory (Reprise)

2. Sinéad O’Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (Chrysalis)

3. Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam)

4. Sonic Youth: Goo (DGC)

5. Living Colour: Time’s Up (Epic)

6. Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (Priority)

7. Paul Simon: The Rhythm of the Saints (Warner Bros.)

8. Rosanne Cash: Interiors (Columbia)

9. L.L. Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out (Def Jam)

10. Prince: Graffiti Bridge (Paisley Park)


1. Nirvana: Nevermind (DGC)

2. Public Enemy: Apocalypse ’91: The Empire Strikes Black (Def Jam/Columbia)

3. R.E.M.: Out of Time (Warner Bros.)

4. U2: Achtung Baby (Island)

5. P.M. Dawn: Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience (Gee Street)

6. Richard Thompson: Rumour and Sigh (Capitol)

7. Matthew Sweet: Girlfriend (Zoo)

8. Metallica: Metallica (Elektra)

9. Chris Whitley: Living with the Law (Columbia)

10. Mekons: Curse of the Mekons (Blast First import)


1. Arrested Development: 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of . . .(Chrysalis)

2. Pavement: Slanted and Enchanted (Matador)

3. R.E.M.: Automatic for the People (Warner Bros.)

4. PJ Harvey: Dry (Indigo)

5. Beastie Boys: Check Your Head (Capitol)

6. Los Lobos: Kiko (Slash/Warner Bros.)

7. Sugar: Copper Blue (Rykodisc)

8. Sonic Youth: Dirty (DGC)

9. Tom Waits: Bone Machine (Island)

10. Basehead: Play With Toys (Imago)


1. Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville (Matador)

2. Nirvana: In Utero (DGC)

3. PJ Harvey: Rid of Me (Island)

4. The Breeders: Last Splash (4AD/Elektra)

5. Pet Shop Boys: Very (EMI)

6. Dr. Dre: The Chronic (Interscope)

7. Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Spinning Around the Sun (Elektra)

8. De La Soul: Buhloone Mindstate (Tommy Boy)

9. U2: Zooropa (Island)

10. Digable Planets: Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) (Pendulum)


1. Hole: Live Through This (DGC)

2. Pavement: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (Matador)

3. R.E.M.: Monster (Warner Bros.)

4. Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York (DGC)

5. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Sleeps With Angels (Reprise)

6. Liz Phair: Whip-Smart (Matador)

7. Johnny Cash: American Recordings (American)

8. Guided by Voices: Bee Thousand (Scat)

9. Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral (Nothing/TVT/Interscope)

10. Beck: Mellow Gold (DGC)


1. PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love (Island)

2. Tricky: Maxinquaye (Island)

3. Moby: Everything Is Wrong (Elektra)

4. Elastica: Elastica (DGC)

5. Neil Young: Mirror Ball (Reprise)

6. Foo Fighters: Foo Fighters (Roswell/Capitol)

7. Björk: Post (4AD/Elektra)

8. Bruce Springsteen: The Ghost of Tom Joad (Columbia)

9. Yo La Tengo: Electr-O-Pura (Matador)

10. Oasis: (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (Epic)


1. Beck: Odelay (DGC)

2. Fugees: The Score (Ruffhouse/Columbia)

3. Sleater-Kinney: Call the Doctor (Chainsaw)

4. DJ Shadow: Endtroducing . . . DJ Shadow (Mo’ Wax/FFRR)

5. Los Lobos: Colossal Head (Warner Bros.)

6. Steve Earle: I Feel Alright (Warner Bros.)

7. Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Elektra)

8. Amy Rigby: Diary of a Mod Housewife (Koch)

9. Tricky: Pre-Millennium Tension (Island)

10. Pulp: Different Class (Island)


1. Bob Dylan: Time Out of Mind (Columbia)

2. Radiohead: OK Computer (Capitol)

3. Cornershop: When I Was Born for the 7th Time (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.)

4. Sleater-Kinney: Dig Me Out (Kill Rock Stars)

5. Yo La Tengo: I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (Matador)

6. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott: Supa Dupa Fly (The Gold Mind, Inc./EastWest)

7. Erykah Badu: Baduizm (Universal)

8. Belle and Sebastian: If You’re Feeling Sinister (The Enclave)

9. Bjork: Homogenic (Elektra)

10. Pavement: Brighten the Corners (Matador)


1. Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (Mercury)

2. Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Ruffhouse/Columbia)

3. Bob Dylan: Live 1966 (Columbia/Legacy)

4. Billy Bragg & Wilco: Mermaid Avenue (Elektra)

5. Elliott Smith: XO (DreamWorks)

6. OutKast: Aquemini (LaFace)

7. PJ Harvey: Is This Desire? (Island)

8. Air: Moon Safari (Caroline)

9. Beastie Boys: Hello Nasty (Grand Royal)

10. Rufus Wainwright: Rufus Wainwright (DreamWorks)


1. Moby: Play (V2)

2. The Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs (Merge)

3. Beck: Midnite Vultures (DGC)

4. The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin (Warner Bros.)

5. Tom Waits: Mule Variations (Epitaph)

6. Rage Against the Machine: The Battle of Los Angeles (Epic)

7. Fiona Apple: When the Pawn . . . (Clean Slate/Epic)

8. Wilco: Summer Teeth (Reprise)

9. Beth Orton: Central Reservation (Arista)

10. Mos Def: Black on Both Sides (Rawkus)




1. OutKast: Stankonia (LaFace/Arista)

2. PJ Harvey: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (Island/Def Jam)

3. Radiohead: Kid A (Capitol)

4. Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP (Aftermath/Interscope)

5. Shelby Lynne: I Am Shelby Lynne (Island)

6. D’Angelo: Voodoo (Virgin)

7. U2: All That You Can’t Leave Behind (Interscope)

8. Yo La Tengo: And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out (Matador)

9. Jill Scott: Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 (Hidden Beach)

10. Sleater-Kinney: All Hands on the Bad One (Kill Rock Stars)


1. Bob Dylan: “Love and Theft” (Columbia)

2. The Strokes: Is This It (RCA)

3. Björk: Vespertine (Elektra)

4. The White Stripes: White Blood Cells (Sympathy for the Record Industry)

5. Radiohead: Amnesiac (Capitol)

6. Ryan Adams: Gold (Lost Highway)

7. Jay-Z: The Blueprint (Roc-A-Fella)

8. The Coup: Party Music (75 Ark)

9. Lucinda Williams: Essence (Lost Highway)

10. Rufus Wainwright: Poses (DreamWorks)


1. Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch)

2. Beck: Sea Change (DGC)

3. The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Warner Bros.)

4. The Streets: Original Pirate Material (Locked On/Vice)

5. Sleater-Kinney: One Beat (Kill Rock Stars)

6. Bruce Springsteen: The Rising (Columbia)

7. The Roots: Phrenology (MCA)

8. Eminem: The Eminem Show (Aftermath/Interscope)

9. Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head (Capitol)

10. Missy Elliott: Under Construction (Elektra)


1. OutKast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Arista)

2. The White Stripes: Elephant (V2)

3. Fountains of Wayne: Welcome Interstate Managers (S-Curve)

4. Radiohead: Hail to the Thief (Capitol)

5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever to Tell (Interscope)

6. The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow (Sub Pop)

7. New Pornographers: Electric Version (Matador)

8. Basement Jaxx: Kish Kash (Astralwerks)

9. Drive-By Truckers: Decoration Day (New West)

10. Dizzee Rascal: Boy in Da Corner (XL)


1. Kanye West: The College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella)

2. Brian Wilson: SMiLE (Nonesuch)

3. Loretta Lynn: Van Lear Rose (Interscope)

4. Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand (Domino/Epic)

5. Green Day: American Idiot (Reprise)

6. Arcade Fire: Funeral (Merge)

7. Streets: A Grand Don’t Come for Free (Vice/Atlantic)

8. U2: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Interscope)

9. Modest Mouse: Good News for People Who Love Bad News (Epic)

10. Danger Mouse: The Grey Album (


1. Kanye West: Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella)

2. M.I.A.: Arular (XL)

3. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty)

4. Sleater-Kinney: The Woods (Sub Pop)

5. Fiona Apple: Extraordinary Machine (Epic/Clean Slate)

6. The White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan (V2)

7. Antony and the Johnsons: I Am a Bird Now (Secretly Canadian)

8. The Hold Steady: Separation Sunday (Frenchkiss)

9. The New Pornographers: Twin Cinema (Matador)

10. My Morning Jacket: Z (ATO/RCA)


1. Bob Dylan: Modern Times (Columbia)

2. TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain (4AD/Interscope)

3. Ghostface Killah: Fishscale (Def Jam)

4. The Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in America (Vagrant)

5. Gnarls Barkley: St Elsewhere (Downtown/Atlantic)

6. Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (Domino)

7. Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury (Re-Up Gang/Jive/Zomba)

8. Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti-)

9. Joanna Newsom: Ys (Drag City)

10. Tom Waits: Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards (Anti-)


1. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver (DFA/EMI)

2. Radiohead: In Rainbows (self-released)

3. M.I.A.: Kala (XL/Interscope)

4. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black (Universal)

5. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (Merge)

6. Kanye West: Graduation (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)

7. Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)

8. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raising Sand (Rounder)

9. Bruce Springsteen: Magic (Columbia)

10. The National: Boxer (Beggars Banquet)


1. TV on the Radio: Dear Science (Interscope)

2. Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend (XL)

3. Portishead: Third (Vagrant)

4. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)

5. Erykah Badu: New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War (Universal)

6. Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III (Universal)

7. Santogold: Santogold (Downtown)

8. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago (XL)

9. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (Mute)

10. Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella)


1. Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

2. Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)

3. Neko Case: Middle Cyclone (Anti)

4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It’s Blitz! (DGC/Interscope)

5. Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca (Domino)

6. Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest (Warp)

7. The xx: xx (Young Turks)

8. Raekwon: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Part II (Ice H2O/EMI)

9. The Flaming Lips: Embryonic (Warner)

10. Girls: Album (True Panther)




1. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella)

2. LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening (Virgin/DFA)

3. Arcade Fire: The Suburbs (Merge)

4. Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndroid (Bad Boy/Wondaland Arts Society)

5. Vampire Weekend: Contra (XL)

6. Big Boi: Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)

7. Beach House: Teen Dream (Sub Pop)

8. The National: High Violet (4AD)

9. Sleigh Bells: Treats (Mom + Pop/N.E.E.T.)

10. Black Keys: Brothers (Nonesuch)


1. tUnE-yArDs: w h o k i l l (4AD)

2. PJ Harvey: Let England Shake (Vagrant)

3. Jay-Z and Kanye West: Watch the Throne (Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation)

4. Wild Flag: Wild Flag (Merge)

5. Tom Waits: Bad As Me (Anti)

6. Adele: 21 (Columbia/XL)

7. Destroyer: Kaputt (Merge)

8. Drake: Take Care (Cash Money/Young Money/Universal)

9. Bon Iver: Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar)

10. Shabazz Palaces: Black Up (Sub Pop)


1. Frank Ocean: Channel Orange (Def Jam)

2. Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid, m.A.A.d City (Interscope)

3. Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel… (Epic)

4. Japandroids: Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)

5. Miguel: Kaleidoscope Dream (RCA)

6. Tame Impala: Lonerism (Modular)

7. Swans: The Seer (Young God)

8. Killer Mike: R.A.P. Music (Williams Street)

9. Grimes: Visions (4AD)

10. Beach House: Bloom (Sub Pop)


1. Kanye West: Yeezus (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)

2. Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City (XL)

3. Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (Daft Life/Columbia)

4. Beyoncé: Beyoncé (Columbia)

5. Chance the Rapper: Acid Rap (self-released)

6. My Bloody Valentine: m b v (m b v)

7. Haim: Days Are Gone (Polydor)

8. Janelle Monáe: The Electric Lady (Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy)

9. Kurt Vile: Wakin on a Pretty Daze (Matador)

10. Kacey Musgraves: Same Trailer Different Park (Mercury Nashville)


1. D’Angelo: Black Messiah (RCA)

2. Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal/RED)

3. The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)

4. St. Vincent: St. Vincent (Loma Vista/Republic)

5. FKA twigs: LP1 (Young Turks)

6. Sturgill Simpson: Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain/Loose Music)

7. Taylor Swift: 1989 (Big Machine)

8. Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)

9. Spoon: They Want My Soul (Loma Vista/ANTI-)

10. Against Me!: Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble/Xtra Mile)


1. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

2. Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Marathon Artists/House Anxiety)

3. Carly Rae Jepsen: E•MO•TION (604/School Boy/Interscope)

4. Grimes: Art Angels (4AD)

5. Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love (Sub Pop)

6. Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)

7. Vince Staples: Summertime ’06 (ARTium/Blacksmith/Def Jam)

8. Kamasi Washington: The Epic (Brainfeeder)

9. Jamie xx: In Colour (Young Turks)

10. Father John Misty: I Love You, Honeybear (Sub Pop)


1. David Bowie: Blackstar (Columbia)

2. Beyoncé: Lemonade (4AD/Interscope)

3. A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your service (Epic)

4. Chance the Rapper: Coloring Book (self-released)

5. Solange: A Seat at the Table (Saint/Columbia)

6. Frank Ocean: Blonde (Boys Don’t Cry)

7. Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool (XL)

8. Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker (Columbia)

9. Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Denial (Matador)

10. Kanye West: The Life of Pablo (GOOD/Def Jam)


1. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN (Top Dawg/Interscope)

2. SZA, CTRL (Top Dawg/RCA)

3. St. Vincent, Masseduction (Loma Vista)

4. Lorde, Melodrama (Lava/Republic)

5. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound (Southeastern)

6. War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic)

7. Slowdive, Slowdive (Dead Oceans)

8. Jay-Z, 4:44 (Roc Nation/UMG)

9. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream (DFA/Columbia)

10. Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm (Merge)