Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2017

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2017

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50. Code Orange - Forever

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
83
9 reviews

49. Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold

September 15, 2017
Critic Score
66
25 reviews

Musically and emotionally, Concrete and Gold is their most balanced record yet.

48. Chronixx - Chronology

July 7, 2017
Critic Score
82
4 reviews

46. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Soul of a Woman

November 17, 2017
Critic Score
82
17 reviews
Recorded over her last two years with longtime sidemen, genre-masters all, Jones meets darkness with hope on this denouement.

43. Ornette Coleman - Celebrate Ornette

Ornette Coleman - Celebrate Ornette
December 22, 2016
Critic Score
81
2 reviews

42. Beck - Colors

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
67
33 reviews
It's a brilliant attempt to reckon with – and put his own stamp on – modern pop in the late 2010s. The result is his most straight-ahead fun album since the Nineties.

41. Gregg Allman - Southern Blood

Gregg Allman - Southern Blood
September 8, 2017
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

40. Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins

August 18, 2017
Critic Score
77
27 reviews

The sound is still ornate – on "Glass Hillside," nylon-string embroidery melts into gilded choirs, with oddball melodies recalling Brit proggers Soft Machine. Elsewhere, simple cybernetic beats and synths dominate.

37. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Who Built the Moon?

November 24, 2017
Critic Score
74
22 reviews
It wouldn't be Noel without a little grumpy snark ... But mixed with the musical highs, that's part of his charm.

37. Liam Gallagher - As You Were

October 6, 2017
Critic Score
65
25 reviews
If the album is a few steps shy of his old band's best, it has Gallagher writing like he means it and singing like his dream isn't over.

35. Bob Dylan - Triplicate

March 31, 2017
Critic Score
79
16 reviews
Bob Dylan's third foray into songs previously recorded by Frank Sinatra isn't only the largest set of new recordings he's ever released (three CDs, 30 songs), it's also majestic in its own right.

34. Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

September 15, 2017
Critic Score
79
12 reviews
The results add a historical angle to hip-hop's powerful mix of the personal and political.

33. Vijay Iyer Sextet - Far From Over

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
86
5 reviews

Far From Over might lack an obvious mainstream hook, but the sturdiness of its design and the passion of its execution make it 2017's jazz album to beat.

32. Robert Plant - Carry Fire

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
83
11 reviews

31. Songhoy Blues - Résistance

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

30. Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 1

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

From A Room is strikingly focused, sonically and thematically.

29. Jay Som - Everybody Works

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

28. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

June 23, 2017
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

Sure, it's less focused than the reportage of 2015's Summertime '06, but the varying emotions and outlooks mark a full step forward into becoming a multi-layered, genre-crossing, emotion-spilling pop auteur in the vein of West, Drake or Childish Gambino.

27. Drake - More Life

March 18, 2017
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

More Life is his finest longform collection in years, cheerfully indulgent at 22 tracks and 82 minutes, a masterful tour of all the grooves in his head.

26. Lana Del Rey - Lust for Life

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
76
32 reviews

Shying away from the big riffs of 2013's Ultraviolence and the glossy noise of 2015's Honeymoon, Lust for Life is almost like a fan service album, solidifying the idea of Del Rey as a trapped-in-space pop star of yore who happened to touch down in Los Angeles in the era of streaming music and sponsored afterparties.

25. Paramore - After Laughter

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
83
17 reviews

A gorgeously produced, hook-studded record with cocked-eyebrow trepidation adding a jittery edge – a combination that's very of-the-moment in 2017, even if it veers outside of pop's rigid lines.

23. Jlin - Black Origami

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
84
13 reviews

21. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
80
15 reviews
After spending the last five years reckoning with past darkness, Isbell, 38, shifts his gaze outward.

20. SZA - Ctrl

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
17 reviews

19. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
81
36 reviews

What makes this more than glib is a golden-era songwriting craft evidently shaped by Tillman's tenure with Fleet Foxes, and his unsparing self-examination.

18. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
85
36 reviews
This album, a partnership with top pop whisperer Jack Antonoff, is a masterpiece of confrontational intimacy, and Clark lays herself bare as only a woman who has seen her life suddenly become tabloid fodder can.

17. Harry Styles - Harry Styles

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
65
23 reviews

On his superb solo debut, the One Direction heartthrob claims his turf as a true rock & roll prince, a sunshine superman, a cosmic dancer in touch with his introspective acoustic side as well as his glam flash.

16. Margo Price - All American Made

October 20, 2017
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

After an opening series of expertly crafted country pastiches, All American Made indeed evolves into one of the most political country records in years, a declarative honky-tonk manifesto of small-town farmer populism and working-class feminism.

15. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
80
29 reviews
Here are two great indie-rock songwriters getting together to spool out autumnal guitar prettiness and converse about life, art and whatever. As collaborators, they're a perfect match.

14. Waxahatchee - Out in the Storm

July 14, 2017
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
Each song is as grueling as it is thrilling.

13. Randy Newman - Dark Matter

August 4, 2017
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

Just as 2008's excellent Harps and Angels served as a sardonic send-off to the Bush era, Dark Matter greets #MAGA America with his signature brutal comic irony and heartbreaking grandeur.

12. Jay-Z - 4:44

June 30, 2017
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

Jay-Z's unusual vulnerability elevates 4:44 to something more than just a tawdry reality show.

11. The National - Sleep Well Beast

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
82
35 reviews
The result is a disarmingly potent album, not just emotionally but politically as well.

10. Sam Smith - The Thrill of It All

November 3, 2017
Critic Score
65
16 reviews
Now, doubling down on his magnificent, gender-nonconforming voice while pushing his songcraft forward, Smith's second LP knights one of the mightiest, most expressive vocalists of his generation.

9. Migos - Culture

January 27, 2017
Critic Score
74
21 reviews

Culture ... sees Migos upping their game musically, working with some of Atlanta's hottest producers (Metro Boomin, Zaytoven) to cook up stickier melodies than ever.

8. Queens of the Stone Age - Villains

August 25, 2017
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
No Queens record has prioritized groove like this, and it reboots their brand nicely.

7. Taylor Swift - reputation

November 10, 2017
Critic Score
67
26 reviews

She's playing for bigger emotional stakes – this is an album full of one-on-one adult love songs.

5. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
85
35 reviews

James Murphy and his wrecking crew of New York punk-disco marauders don't waste a moment on the superb American Dream – it's a relentless, expansive, maddeningly funny set of songs asking how a lifetime of good intentions and hard work can blow up into such a mess.

4. Kesha - Rainbow

August 11, 2017
Critic Score
77
28 reviews

Kesha channels that drama into the best music of her career – finding common ground between the honky-tonks she loves and the dance clubs she ruled with hits like "Tik Tok" and "Die Young," between glossy beats, epic ballads and grimy guitar riffs.

3. U2 - Songs of Experience

December 1, 2017
Critic Score
61
23 reviews

If experience has taught U2 anything, it is that a great new song can still feel like the first day of the rest of your life. Songs of Experience is that innocence renewed.

2. Lorde - Melodrama

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
90
36 reviews

She has said the album's conceit is a house party and its unfolding dramas; indeed, Pure Heroine's cool snark is now a hotter passion, in its millennial-skeptical way.

1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
92
35 reviews

If To Pimp a Butterfly was the best rap album in 2015, Damn. is the platonic ideal of the best rap album of 1995, a dazzling display of showy rhyme skills, consciousness-raising political screeds, self-examination and bass-crazy-kicking.

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