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The Village Voice Film Poll

It’s hard to feel too down on a film year in which titles like Phantom Thread, Lady Bird, Get Out, and Call Me by Your Name are vying for major awards and accolades. Those are the movies that not unpredictably placed the highest in our 2017 survey; they’re also among this year’s Best Picture nominees for next month’s Oscars. Still, our poll did offer up one genuine surprise, as Paul Thomas Anderson’s delicate, poisonous mushroom of a romance bested its rivals and landed on top. So, there you have it: Phantom Thread, winner of the 2017 Village Voice Film Poll.

To be fair, the Voice poll does like PTA: The Master and There Will Be Blood came out on top in 2012 and 2007, respectively, and even his divisive Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice had a respectable showing in 2014. (In fact, every film Anderson made since 1999 has placed in our Top Ten; view past results of the Village Voice Film Poll here.) But perhaps more significantly, Phantom Thread is the kind of work — patient, subtle, sexy, disturbing — that sinks into your brain and lingers there for a while. It was a pleasant surprise to see it do so well with Oscar nominations; maybe these added weeks of reflection will prod the Academy to throw it an actual statue or two.

Elsewhere in the Voice poll, there were plenty of the usual, albeit worthwhile, suspects winning their respective categories, but dig a little deeper and there are all sorts of interesting choices to be found. David Lynch, for example, had a fairly respectable showing in the Best Director category for a work that many people don’t even consider a film. (More on that later.) It’s nice also to see some love for Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama and Kogonada’s Columbus, as well as actors like Cynthia Nixon and Barry Keoghan.

Naturally, there’s more to come. Over the course of this week, we will be presenting a number of reflections on the year in film from different writers. We’ll also provide, on Friday, the full results, as well as individual ballots. So please feel free to check back often. —Bilge Ebiri

Vicky Krieps and Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread.

Best Film:

1. Phantom Thread (348 points)

2. Lady Bird (326 points)

3. Get Out (318 points)

4. Call Me by Your Name (305 points)

5. The Florida Project (289 points)

6. Dunkirk (202 points)

7. Personal Shopper (169 points)

8. Nocturama (165 points)

9. A Quiet Passion (161 points)

10. The Shape of Water (152 points)

 

Lady Bird‘s Saoirse Ronan.

Best Lead Performance:

1. Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird (121 points)

2. Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name (108 points)

3. Cynthia Nixon, A Quiet Passion (101 points)

4. Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread (86 points)

5. Kristen Stewart, Personal Shopper (85 points)

6. Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water (81 points)

7. Vicky Krieps, Phantom Thread (77 points)

8. Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (72 points)

9 (tie). Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out (52 points)

9 (tie). Robert Pattinson, Good Time (52 points)

 

Lady Bird‘s Laurie Metcalf.

Best Supporting Performance:

1. Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird (199 points)

2. Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project (147 points)

3. Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip (132 points)

4. Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread (101 points)

5. Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me by Your Name (74 points)

6. Allison Janney, I, Tonya (56 points)

7. Barry Keoghan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer (52 points)

8. Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (49 points)

9 (tie). Mary J. Blige, Mudbound (43 points)

9 (tie). Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water (43 points)

 

Paul Thomas Anderson

Best Director:

1. Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread (65 points)

2. Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird (52 points)

3. Jordan Peele, Get Out (51 points)

4. Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk (49 points)

5. Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name (42 points)

6. Sean Baker, The Florida Project (41 points)

7. Bertrand Bonello, Nocturama (37 points)

8. David Lynch, Twin Peaks: The Return (31 points)

9 (tie). Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water (22 points)

9 (tie). Dee Rees, Mudbound (22 points)

 

Jordan Peele

Best First Feature:

1. Jordan Peele, Get Out (42 points)

2. Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird (15 points)

3. Kogonada, Columbus (10 points)

4. Eduardo Williams, The Human Surge (6 points)

5. Julia Ducournau, Raw (5 points)

 

Faces Places directors JR and Agnès Varda.

Best Documentary:

1. Agnès Varda and JR, Faces Places (20 points)

2. Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous, The Work (11 points)

3. Bill Morrison, Dawson City: Frozen Time (10 points)

4. Errol Morris, Wormwood (8 points)

5. Ceyda Torun, Kedi (7 points)

 

Lady Bird writer and director Greta Gerwig.

Best Screenplay:

1. Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird (22 points)

2. Jordan Peele, Get Out (17 points)

3. Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread (14 points)

4 (tie). Noah Baumbach, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (4 points)

4 (tie). Terence Davies, A Quiet Passion (4 points)

4 (tie). James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name (4 points)

4 (tie). Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (4 points)

4 (tie). Ruben Östlund, The Square (4 points)

 

A scene from Lee Unrich’s Coco.

Best Animated Film:

1. Lee Unkrich, Coco (21 points)

2. Nora Twomey, The Breadwinner (13 points)

3. Chris McKay, The LEGO Batman Movie (11 points)

4. Makoto Shinkai, Your Name (8 points)

5. Sunao Katabuchi, In This Corner of the World (6 points)

 

The Voters:

Simon Abrams, Sam Adams, Siddhant Adlakha, Florence Almozini, Mallory Andrews, David Ansen, Ali Arikan, Sean Axmaker, Jason Bailey, Miriam Bale, Abbey Bender, Sheila Benson, Christian Blauvelt, Danny Bowes, Charles Bramesco, Sean Burns, Monica Castillo, Daryl Chin, Jaime Christley, Jake Cole, Sherilyn Connelly, Adam Cook, Jordan Cronk, Mike D’Angelo, Freja Dam, Morgan Leigh Davies, Peter Debruge, A.A. Dowd, Diana Drumm, Alonso Duralde, Bilge Ebiri, David Ehrenstein, Eric Eisenberg, Kate Erbland, Steve Erickson, Chris Evangelista, Molly Faust, David Fear, Jon Frosch, Cynthia Fuchs, Noah Gittell, Tim Grierson, Karen Han, Jesse Hassenger, Eric Henderson, Odie Henderson, Aaron Hillis, Jordan Hoffman, Eric Hynes, Caryn James, Ren Jender, Don Kaye, Ben Kenigsberg, Jonathan Kiefer, Nellie Killian, Dan Kois, Michael Koresky, Peter Labuza, Tomris Laffly, Joanna Langfield, Josh Larsen, Richard Lawson, Manuela Lazic, Will Leitch, Diego Lerer, Craig D. Lindsey, Phillip Lopate, Willow Maclay, Calum Marsh, Ben Mercer, Sean Mulvihill, Angelo Muredda, Noel Murray, Vikram Murthi, Sophia Nguyen, Michael Nordine, John Oursler, Gerald Peary, Sasha Perl-Raver, Ray Pride, Matt Prigge, C.J. Prince, Kristy Puchko, Jeff Reichert, Katey Rich, Vadim Rizov, Joshua Rothkopf, Mike Rubin, Nick Schager, Alan Scherstuhl, Michael Sicinski, David Sims, Matt Singer, Josh Spiegel, Emma Stefansky, David Sterritt, Elizabeth Stoddard, Alice Stoehr, Anne Thompson, Luke Thompson, Scott Tobias, Kyle Turner, Kathleen Walsh, Chris Wells, Matthew Wilder, Alissa Wilkinson, Alison Willmore, Charles Wilson, Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, Lara Zarum, Alan Zilberman, Esther Zuckerman

Ground Rules:

Voting took place in eight categories. For four of those categories (Best Film, Best Lead Performance, Best Supporting Performance, and Best Director), voters were given the option to designate their ballots as “ranked” or “unranked.”

This year, we decided to make the acting categories gender-neutral but increased the number of people that voters may vote for in each from three to five.

On ranked ballots, voters were asked to list their selections in order of preference, with number one their strongest, number two their next strongest, and so forth. For example, in the Best Film category, where ten votes are possible, their number one choice was awarded ten points, their number two choice nine points, etc. If a voter only listed eight films, then his or her number one film was awarded eight points, the number two film seven points, etc.

On ballots designated as “unranked,” films were awarded five points each, performances three each, and directors two each. Ties of any kind (e.g., two films for one slot, one actor for two films, two actors for one film, etc.) were not permitted.

Eligibility:

A film was considered eligible if it was first distributed, streamed, or released in the United States in 2017. If piece of work met that criteria and a voter considered it a film, then he or she was instructed to feel free to vote for it.

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Film Poll: Top 10 Movies by Year, 1999–2016

If nothing else, the movies remain the culture’s supreme form of self-actualization.” That was former Voice film critic J. Hoberman in his introduction to the first annual Village Voice Film Poll, published in the January 4, 2000, issue. Hoberman’s remark would almost certainly be disputed in today’s digital media–saturated environment. And yet ranking and debating the year’s best films remains a time-honored tradition, one the Voice has kept up for nearly twenty years. (The one exception occurred in 2006, when former Voice editor Dennis Lim moved the poll over to IndieWire due to what he generously called “recent developments.”)

Sure, the film industry, not to mention this publication, has undergone huge changes over the years. But movies keep being made, and we keep watching them and arguing about them. You might recall some of your own debates scrolling through this list of the top ten films of the year from 1999 to 2016, as chosen by the Voice’s critics.

“Being John Malkovich” (1999)

1999

1. Being John Malkovich

2. Topsy-Turvy

3. All About My Mother

4. Rosetta

5. Election

6. The Straight Story

7. Boys Don’t Cry

8. Magnolia

9. Flowers of Shanghai

10. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

“Beau Travail” (1999)

2000 

1. Beau travail

2. Yi yi

3. The House of Mirth

4. The Wind Will Carry Us

5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

6. Dancer in the Dark

7. Humanité

8. Ratcatcher

9. In the Mood for Love

10. Marcel Proust’s Time Regained

Laura Elena Harring and Melissa George in “Mulholland Dr.” (2001)

2001

1. Mulholland Drive

2. In the Mood for Love

3. Ghost World

4. Memento

5. A.I. Artificial Intelligence

6. Waking Life

7. In the Bedroom

8. The Royal Tenenbaums

9. The Circle

10. Fat Girl

Dennis Haysbert and Julianne Moore in “Far from Heaven” (2002)

2002

1. Far From Heaven

2. Y Tu Mamá También

3. Adaptation

4. Time Out

5. Russian Ark

6. Punch-Drunk Love

7. What Time Is It There?

8. The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)

9. Talk to Her

10. About Schmidt

Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation” (2003)

2003

1. Lost in Translation

2. Elephant

3. Demonlover

4. Capturing the Friedmans

5. The Son

6. The Fog of War

7. American Splendor 

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

9. Kill Bill: Vol. 1

10. Unknown Pleasures

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in “Before Sunset” (2004)
Directed by Richard Linklater
Shown from left:

2004

1. Before Sunset

2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

3. Dogville

4. Sideways

5. Goodbye, Dragon Inn

6. Notre musique

7. Crimson Gold

8. I Heart Huckabees

9. Vera Drake

10. Moolaadé

Maria Bello in “A History of Violence” (2005)

2005

1. A History of Violence

2. 2046

3. Kings and Queen

4. Grizzly Man

5. The World

6. Tropical Malady

7. The Squid and the Whale

8. Caché

9. The Holy Girl

10. Last Days

Lino Ventura (left) in “Army of Shadows” (1969) aka “L’Armee des ombres”

2006

1. Army of Shadows

2. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

3. United 93

4. The Queen

5. Letters From Iwo Jima

6. The Departed

7. Three Times

8. L’enfant

9. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

10. Pan’s Labyrinth

“There Will Be Blood” (2007)

2007

1. There Will Be Blood

2. No Country for Old Men

3. Zodiac

4. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

5. I’m Not There

6. Syndromes and a Century

7. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

8. Killer of Sheep

9. Ratatouille

10. Colossal Youth

“WALL-E” (2008)

2008

1. WALL-E

2. Flight of the Red Balloon

3. Happy-Go-Lucky

4. Still Life

5. A Christmas Tale

6. Waltz With Bashir

7. Milk

8. Wendy and Lucy

9. Let the Right One In

10. Synecdoche, New York

Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker” (2008)

2009

1. The Hurt Locker

2. Summer Hours

3. A Serious Man

4. Inglourious Basterds

5. 35 Shots of Rum

6. The Headless Woman

7. Police, Adjective

8. Fantastic Mr. Fox

9. Two Lovers

10. Up

Andrew Garfield (left) and Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” (2010)

2010

1. The Social Network

2. Carlos

3. Winter’s Bone

4. The Ghost Writer

5. Everyone Else

6. Dogtooth

7. Black Swan

8. Mother

9. Wild Grass

10. Toy Story 3

Jessica Chastain in “The Tree of Life” (2011)

2011

1. The Tree of Life

2. A Separation

3. Melancholia

4. Certified Copy

5. Mysteries of Lisbon

6. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

7. Margaret

8. Meek’s Cutoff

9. Drive

10. Take Shelter

Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master” (2012)

2012

1. The Master

2. Zero Dark Thirty

3. Holy Motors

4. Moonrise Kingdom

5. This Is Not a Film

6. Amour

7. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

8. The Turin Horse

9. Lincoln

10. Tabu

Oscar Isaac in “Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013)

2013 

1. Inside Llewyn Davis

2. Her

3. 12 Years a Slave

4. Before Midnight

5. The Act of Killing

6. Leviathan

7. Upstream Color

8. Gravity

9. Frances Ha

10. Blue Is the Warmest Color

Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in “Boyhood”
(2014)

2014

1. Boyhood

2. Under the Skin

3. The Grand Budapest Hotel

4. Only Lovers Left Alive

5. Goodbye to Language

6. Two Days, One Night

7. The Immigrant

8. Inherent Vice

9. Whiplash

10. Gone Girl

Charlize Theron in “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015)

2015

1. Mad Max: Fury Road

2. Carol

3. Spotlight

4. Phoenix

5. Tangerine

6. Anomalisa

7. Clouds of Sils Maria

8. Inside Out

9. Brooklyn

10. The Assassin

Alex Hibbert (left) and Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” (2016)

2016

1. Moonlight

2. Manchester by the Sea

3. Toni Erdmann

4. Paterson

5. O.J.: Made in America

6. La La Land

7. Elle

8. The Handmaiden

9. Cameraperson

10. Certain Women

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Pazz & Jop Comments: Further Listening

Gabe Rosenberg
My usual line to describe the Overcoats is: “It’s like the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? except on top of EDM beats.” Usually that grabs people’s attention.

E.J. Friedman
Part of me really wants to push that Black Thought freestyle to the top of my list because I will never be able to look at 2017 in my rear view without hearing it. It was as if he snatched up the mic in the A train conductor’s booth at Inwood and 207th and unleashed such fury that before you realized what was happening, you were stumbling out in a Ciroc-drenched haze at Rockaway Park–Beach 116th. In Black Thought’s cipher, it seems there is a rhyme for every emotion and every moment from heartbreak to triumph and back.

Hannah Giorgis
If Daniel Caesar’s voice didn’t remind you that hope is possible — even in 2017 — you may be beyond redemption.

K. Ross Hoffman
Still can’t believe that MUNA’s “I Know a Place” failed to catch on. For me it was the ultimate 2017 anthem, a cry for both individual and collective resistance/resilience (even without the beautifully succinct Trump-targeting bridge they added for their Jimmy Kimmel performance) and a killer dance jam that frames dancing as a political act. Still makes me choke up pretty much every time. Most of the band’s debut — especially the first half — is nearly as strong.

Austin Brown
My old roommate would call Club Chai Vol. 1  “scary hedonism music” whenever I put it on. Scary, almost definitely, but the hedonism part is the fun thing. So much experimental club music is processual, not discreetly pleasurable. The revelatory thing about this compilation — dedicated to artists “whose work falls in line with [underground dance party and club label in Oakland, California] Club Chai’s diasporic vision” — is that it feels so full of life. As far as utopias go, I’ll take this one over Bjork’s — flutes are great, but if the revolution doesn’t sound like a sweaty warehouse, then I’m out.

Phil Dellio 
Smokepurpp’s “To the Moon” is flaky and psychedelic like P.M. Dawn (underscored by his name: There was Prince Be and there was Prince, and Prince liked purple, and it all fits together), except it’s 2017, so there are strippers in the video and the lyrics are slurred and indecipherable. Many bonus points for making me think of Jackie Gleason (said video also features a lot of astronaut footage; would have been nice instead to see three minutes of Ralph Kramden bang-zooming a very bored and unimpressed Alice).

Lauren Reskin
Warhaus’s self-titled debut was the Gainsbourg-Waits-Cohen hybrid my 2017 needed. Slinky, sexy, smart, and analog. Everyone I’ve played it for has loved it, hope it continues to spread.

Dan Bogosian
Two years ago I was the only person to vote for Pile and the only person to vote for Queen Moo. I assume that will be the same this year; that doesn’t mean those two records aren’t the two best records of this year.

Tom Ewing
My top three albums gave me, respectively, comfort, hope, and perspective in a difficult year. Swedish post-rock outfit Horseface build shelters against the forest dark from polyrhythms, violins, lullaby melodies, and old synths. Hannah Peel takes those synths, adds a colliery band, and sends these battered sounds on a redemptive cosmic journey. And Hauschka makes a record for the deep future, player pianos chattering like nanobots, sketching a world after us.

Doug Nunnally
Bubblegum and grunge do not belong together, but Charly Bliss managed to marry these two classic sounds, thanks to a great deal of modern clarity and personal flair. Guppy is a testament to the genre blurring that will ultimately define the 2010s.

Steve Kiviat
Nothing against Rhiannon Giddens, but my road trip this past summer through the South reminded me that there’s lots of idiosyncratic, potent artists who get ignored by the Americana world, from bluesmen like Anthony “Big A” Sherrod, to Southern soul singer Ms. Jody, to the funky Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band.

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Pazz & Jop Comments: Protests and Escapes

Jesse Mayshark
I discovered my number one single totally by accident late at night listening to a New Orleans radio station over the internet. Shazamed it to no avail, but the DJ said it was “Floods of Fire” by the Gary Wrong Group. It’s six minutes of muted apocalypse over a motorik beat, with repeating doomsday imagery — “gnashing, ripping,” “volcanic ooze,” “trample-crushed bodies” — from Gary Wrong and an unnamed female co-conspirator. Then the beat stops and the final two minutes are pulses of bass and rippling guitar, fading to nothing. Exhausted and doomed and a little removed from caring, it was a perfect echo of 2017.

Gabe Vodicka
In need of comfort in 2017, we turned to the past. The shoegaze revival brought us reunion albums from Ride, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and — the steadiest and most seductive of the bunch — Slowdive, each offering escape into a realm of warm if artificial light.

Jason Gross
Maybe it’s bizarre to get so excited about something so mellow, but it was a great year for ambient, including old faves (Robert Rich, Gas, the Caretaker) and all shades of moods, including floaty (Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society), dreamy (Chuck Johnson), meditative/minimal (Oliver Alary), unadorned beauty (Bing & Ruth, Poppy Ackroyd), cinematic (Alessandro Cortini), ethereal (Christopher Willits), light but sad (Bibio), dark ambient (Alphaxone, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement), and new age-y (Suso Sáiz, Justin Walter). Maybe in the age of Trump, we need to chill more than ever.

Laurence Station
Convenient timing that Laura Marling’s all-things-feminine album Semper Femina just happens to land in the Year of Retribution Against Men Behaving Badly. Regardless of topical intersection, a timeless work by a master of her craft. Semper Marlinga!

Carol Cooper
Such a strange, odd year. Topical pop and protest music proliferated around the world, with all kinds of singers staying alert if not completely woke. Rock, house, hip-hop, reggaeton, and tropical hip-pop all impressed me with levels of social awareness beyond the usual moody sass and slackness. Migos and Cardi B may be guilty pleasures, but their cynical observations are too full of American realness to ignore.

Jaime Paul-Falcon
Hurray for the Riff Raff. The fury behind The Navigator’s epic standout track “Pa’lante” is entirely justified. As a sample of Pedro Pietri’s “Puerto Rican Obituary” is heard, the striking piano that buffeted the laments of the song’s first half fade away, and Alynda Segarra’s angered, forceful voice is backed by a frenzied guitar as she lays bare exactly what it is Hispanic and Latinx people cling to in a country that’s determined to vilify them.

Ted Leibowitz
In the face of the unprecedented attacks on the pillars of democracy, there were some great protest songs in 2017 worth noting including: Last Quokka, “Nazi Scum”; Shane Michael Vidaurri, “Alt-Right Fuck Off”; Juliana Hatfield, “When You’re a Star”; American Anymen, “Flag Burner”; Downtown Boys, “Promissory Note”; Prefab Messiahs, “The Man Who Killed Reality.”

Jeremy Shatan
There were a couple of choices this year: to run into the fire — to protest the horror of Trump’s insurgent “presidency” — or to seek escape from the havoc he was causing. Alternating the two seemed to be the best way to survive, and when it comes to the latter, the gorgeous album by the Clientele was the perfect soundtrack. So unexpected after a six-year hiatus, Music for the Age of Miracles featured all of the band’s virtues: literate, poetic lyrics; indelible melodies; sparkling music.

Saul Austerlitz
The song I listened to most this year, from the Women’s March in January to the passage of the tax-scam bill in December, was Run the Jewels’ “2100.” I’ve come to think of one particular line of El-P’s — “They could barely even see the dog/They don’t see the size of the fight” — as the motto of the burgeoning resistance to Trump. I pray every day that he’s right.

Dev Sherlock
From Eno’s Reflection, to Kendrick’s DAMN, to SZA’s CTRL, music this year was addressing a world very much in flux.

Sasha Geffen
Love exists and is real, hope is not the conviction that everything will be OK but the allowing of space for everything to be OK, everything is possible, music was good in 2017.

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Pazz & Jop Comments: Top Albums and Singles

Kyle McGovern
Jay-Z, 4:44: The hip-hop Sinatra has finally made his September of My Years

Simon Vozick-Levinson
I hated [Selena Gomez’s] “Bad Liar” the first time I heard it, loved it the third time, and now believe it to be a canonically genius tribute to the timeless experience of going about one’s day with a Talking Heads song in your head. We’ve all been there!

Nelson George
Seeing the love SZA received at Afropunk this summer in Brooklyn was quite impressive. Felt like I was watching the current generation’s Mary J. Blige in action. 

Shannon Carlin
Charli XCX had me living in a teenage dream, and Jay-Z had me thinking about the pitfalls of monogamy. Of course, the person who got me thinking the most was Kendrick Lamar, who just can’t make a bad album. Seriously, just give him the damn Album of the Year this year.  

Rob Tannenbaum
Father John Misty’s a prophet and I think you ought to listen to what he can say to you, what you wanna do is follow for now.

Austin Brown
Cavernous, syncopated, and insecure, Lorde’s Melodrama might be an album about “the party and the after-party,” but musically, it’s an album about a love-hate relationship with transcendence, fantasy, and the pop that purports to offer it. Infinite love without fulfillment. 

Jaime-Paul Falcon
Carly Rae Jepsen left “Cut to the Feeling” — one of the best songs of 2017 — off of two separate albums, and then released this metric ton of synth-drunk bombast just for the hell of it. Jesus, we’re not even close to ready for the next album.  

Nick Farruggia
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit,Nashville Sound: This record is not a road map to solutions, nor is it a lucid history of what exactly brought forth the administration that now hovers over everyone like a monstrous storm cloud. Instead, it is more accurately a crystallization of the Small Town that helped bring the world this wretched, farcical moment.  

Ian Steaman
Let’s face it: Last year it was Cardi’s world, we were just living in it. 

Emerson Dameron
KelelaTake Me Apart: Psychologically rich sex jams with a of textures and waves of sadness and spiritual longing. The warmth of lounge pop, the chill of cold techno, and the ache of all timeless tunes about fleeting relationships.

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The Top 100 Albums of 2017

1. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN, Top Dawg/Interscope, 1756 points

2. SZA, CTRL, Top Dawg/RCA, 942

3. St. Vincent, Masseduction, Loma Vista, 899

4. Lorde, Melodrama, Lava/Republic, 724

5. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound, Southeastern, 548

6. War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding, Atlantic, 513

7. Slowdive, Slowdive, Dead Oceans, 500

8. Jay-Z, 4:44, Roc Nation/UMG, 495

9. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream, DFA/Columbia, 486

10. Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm, Merge, 349

11. Jlin, Black Origami, Planet Mu, 345

12. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy, Sub Pop, 340

13. Thundercat, Drunk, Brainfeeder, 327

14. The National, Sleep Well Beast, 4AD, 322

15. Mount Eerie, A Crow Looked at Me, P.W. Elverum & Son, 319

16. Kelela, Take Me Apart, Warp, 315

17. Vince Staples, Big Fish Theory, ARTium/Blacksmith/Def Jam, 313

18. Perfume Genius, No Shape, Matador, 288

19 (tie). Jens Lekman, Life Will See You Now, Secretly Canadian, 260

              Migos, Culture, Quality Control/300 Entertainment, 260

21. Spoon, Hot Thoughts, Matador, 257

22. Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Navigator, ATO, 256

23. King Krule, The OOZ, True Panther/XL, 250

24. Sampha, Process, Young Turks, 241

25. Priests, Nothing Feels Natural, Sister Polygon, 239

26. Rhiannon Giddens, Freedom Highway, Nonesuch, 233

27. Moses Sumney, Aromanticism, Jagjaguwar, 232

28. Magnetic Fields, 50 Song Memoir, Nonesuch, 226

29 (tie). Algiers, The Underside of Power, Matador, 225

              Randy Newman, Dark Matter, Nonesuch, 225

31. Alvvays, Antisocialites, Polyvinyl, 224

32. Kesha, Rainbow, Kemosabe/RCA, 223

33. Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 3, Run the Jewels Ltd., 222

34. Björk, Utopia, One Little Indian, 211

35. Margo Price, All American Made, Third Man, 205

36. Julien Baker, Turn Out the Lights, Matador, 204

37. Lana Del Rey, Lust for Life, Polydor/Interscope, 203

38. The xx, I See You, Young Turks, 202

39. Big Thief, Capacity, Saddle Creek, 201

40. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, The Kid, Western Vinyl, 194

41. Jay Som, Everybody Works, Polyvinyl, 184

42. Charly Bliss, Guppy, Barsuk, 178

43. Lee Ann Womack, The Lonely, The Lonesome & the Gone, ATO, 176

44. Paramore, After Laughter, Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic, 171

45. Kelly Lee Owens, Kelly Lee Owens, Smalltown Supersound, 168

46 (tie). Daniel Caesar, Freudian, Golden Child, 155

              Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rest, Because, 155

48. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Soul of a Woman, Daptone, 152

49. Syd, Fin, Columbia, 150

50. New Pornographers, Whiteout Conditions, Concord, 149

51. Miguel, War & Leisure, ByStorm/RCA, 146

52 (tie). Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice, Matador, 141

               Harry Styles, Harry Styles, Columbia, 141

54. Drake, More Life, Cash Money/Young Money, 138

55. Julie Byrne, Not Even Happiness, Ba Da Bing!, 135

56 (tie). Japanese Breakfast, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, Dead Oceans, 134

               Alex Lahey, I Love You Like a Brother, Dead Oceans, 134

58. Khalid, American Teen, Right Hand/RCA, 125

59. Sheer Mag, Need to Feel Your Love, Wilsuns Recording Co., 124

60 (tie). Aimee Mann, Mental Illness, SuperEgo, 120

               Open Mike Eagle, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, Mello Music Group, 120

62 (tie). Ted Leo, The Hanged Man, SuperEgo, 119

               Kamasi Washington, Harmony of Difference, Young Turks, 119

64. The Clientele, Music for the Age of Miracles, Merge, 116

65 (tie). Fever Ray, Plunge, Rabid/Mute, 113

               Power Trip, Nightmare Logic, Southern Lord, 113

               Protomartyr, Relatives in Descent, Domino, 113

68 (tie). Roscoe Mitchell, Bells for the South Side, ECM, 112

                Tyler, the Creator, Flower Boy, Columbia, 112

70. Ryan Adams, Prisoner, Pax AM/Blue Note, 110

71. Taylor Swift, Reputation, Big Machine, 108

72. Phoebe Bridgers, Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 106

73 (tie). Alice Coltrane, World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, Luaka Bop, 105

               Kehlani, SweetSexySavage, Atlantic, 105

75. Jaimie Branch, Fly or Die, International Anthem, 104

76. Replacements, For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986, Rhino, 103

77 (tie). Fleet Foxes, Crack Up, Nonesuch, 100

               Future, HNDRXX, A1/Freebandz/Epic, 100

79 (tie). The Regrettes, Feel Your Feelings Fool!, Warner Bros., 98

                Sparks, Hippopotamus, BMG, 98

                Sylvan Esso, What Now, Loma Vista, 98

82. Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock, Yep Roc, 95

83. Elder, Reflections of a Floating World, Stickman, 90

84. Feelies, In Between, Bar/None, 87

85 (tie). The Courtneys, II, Flying Nun, 86

                Queens of the Stone Age, Villains, Matador, 86

87 (tie). Ibeyi, Ash, XL, 85

               Ty Dolla $ign, Beach House 3, Atlantic, 85

89 (tie). Valerie June, The Order of Time, Concord, 84

                Laura Marling, Semper Femina, More Alarming, 84

91 (tie). Charli XCX, Number 1 Angel, Asylum, 83

               Converge, The Dusk in Us, Epitaph, 83

               Zola Jesus, Okovi, Sacred Bones, 83

94. Ariel Pink, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, Mexican Summer, 82

95 (tie). Japandroids, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, Anti-, 81

               Orchestra Baobab, Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng, Nonesuch/World Circuit, 81

97. Juana Molina, Halo, Crammed Discs, 78

98 (tie). Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society, Simultonality, Eremite Records, 75

               EMA, Exile in the Outer Ring, City Slang, 75

               Chris Stapleton, From a Room: Volume 1, Mercury Nashville, 75

               U2, Songs of Experience, Interscope Records, 75

The Top 50 Singles of 2017

1. Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow,” Atlantic, 62 points

2. Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE,” Top Dawg/Interscope, 50

3. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Cut to the Feeling,” School Boy/Interscope, 45

4. Lorde, “Green Light,” Republic/Lava, 44

5. Kendrick Lamar, “DNA,” Top Dawg/Interscope, 40

6. Lil Uzi Vert , “XO TOUR Llif3,” Generation Now/Atlantic, 38

7. St. Vincent, “New York,” Loma Vista, 34

8. Charli XCX, “Boys,” Asylum/Atlantic, 31

9 (tie). Future, “Mask Off,” A1/Epic, 30

             Selena Gomez, “Bad Liar,” Interscope, 30

11. Paramore, “Hard Times,” Fueled by Ramen, 26

12. Lana Del Rey, “Love,” Polydor/Interscope, 22

13. Harry Styles, “Sign of the Times,” Erskine/Columbia, 21

14 (tie). Kesha, “Praying,” Kemosabe/RCA , 20

              Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee,” Quality Control/300/Atlantic, 20

16. Frank Ocean, “Chanel,” Blonded, 18

17. Dua Lipa, “New Rules,” Warner Bros., 17

18 (tie). Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos, “Slide,” Columbia, 16

              Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, “If We Were Vampires,” Southeastern, 16

              Portugal. The Man, “Feel It Still,” Atlantic, 16

21 (tie). Jay-Z, “The Story of O.J.,” Roc Nation, 15

              SZA, “Drew Barrymore,” Top Dawg/RCA, 15

23 (tie). Drake, “Passionfruit,” Cash Money/Young Money, 14

               GoldLink featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy, “Crew (Remix),” RCA, 14

               The xx, “On Hold,” Young Turks, 14

26. St. Vincent, “Los Ageless,” Loma Vista, 13

27 (tie). Black Thought, #Freestyle087, 12

               Migos, “T-Shirt,” Quality Control/300/Atlantic, 12

               Kamasi Washington, “Truth,” Young Turks, 12

30 (tie). Arcade Fire, “Everything Now,” Sonovox/Columbia, 11

               Craig Finn, “God in Chicago,” Partisan, 11

               Haim, “Want You Back,” Columbia, 11

               Perfume Genius, “Slip Away,” Matador, 11

               Vince Staples, “BagBak,” Def Jam, 11

               SZA featuring Travis Scott, “Love Galore,” Top Dawg/RCA, 11

36 (tie). Kesha featuring the Dap-Kings Horns, “Woman,” Kemosabe/RCA, 10

               Khalid, “Young Dumb & Broke,” Right Hand/RCA, 10

               The National, “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” 4AD, 10

               Playboi Carti, “Magnolia,” Interscope, 10

               Sampha, “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano,” Young Turks, 10

               Slowdive, “Sugar for the Pill,” Dead Oceans, 10

               Spoon, “Hot Thoughts,” Matador, 10

               SZA, “The Weekend,” Top Dawg/RCA, 10

44 (tie). Algiers, “The Underside of Power,” Matador, 9

               Cam, “Diane,” Arista Nashville, 9

               Childish Gambino, “Redbone,” Glassnote, 9

               Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, “Despacito,” Universal Latin, 9

               LCD Soundsystem, “Call the Police,” DFA/Columbia, 9

               King Krule, “Dum Surfer,” True Panther, 9

               Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, “Show You the Way,” Brainfeeder, 9

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CULTURE ARCHIVES From The Archives MUSIC ARCHIVES 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.

1971–1979

1971

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)

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1974

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)

1975

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)

1976

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)

1977

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)

1978

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)

1979

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)

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1980-1989

1980

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.)

1981

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.)

1982

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)

1983

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)

1984

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)

1985

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.)

1986

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)

1987

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.)

1988

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.)

1989

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)

 

1990–1999

1990

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)

1991

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)

1992

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)

1993

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)

1994

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)

1995

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)

1996

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)

1997

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)

1998

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)

1999

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)

 

2000-2009

2000

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)

2001

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)

2002

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)

2003

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)

2004

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 (www.djdangermouse.com)

2005

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)

2006

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-)

2007

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)

2008

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)

2009

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)

 

2010–2017

2010

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)

2011

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)

2012

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)

2013

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)

2014

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)

2015

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)

2016

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)

2017

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)

 

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