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Rolling Stone's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017

Rolling Stone's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017

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20. Pink - Beautiful Trauma

Pink - Beautiful Trauma
October 13, 2017
Critic Score
8 reviews

Pink was dominating the charts with spunky, real-talking anthems back when today's slow-sad divas were in preschool, and her seventh LP is a reminder of that.

19. Amber Coffman - City of No Reply

Amber Coffman - City of No Reply
June 2, 2017
Critic Score
9 reviews

18. Poppy - Poppy.Computer

Poppy - Poppy.Computer
October 6, 2017
Critic Score
2 reviews

17. Niall Horan - Flicker

Niall Horan - Flicker
October 20, 2017
Critic Score
5 reviews

16. Girl Ray - Earl Grey

Girl Ray - Earl Grey
August 4, 2017
Critic Score
11 reviews

15. Demi Lovato - Tell Me You Love Me

Demi Lovato - Tell Me You Love Me
September 29, 2017
Critic Score
6 reviews
The LP gets bogged down in chilled-out trap pop (see the Lil Wayne-‚Äčassisted "Lonely"). But slow jams like "Concentrate" perfectly balance the downtempo and the energetic.

14. Aimee Mann - Mental Illness

Aimee Mann - Mental Illness
March 31, 2017
Critic Score
12 reviews

13. Tove Lo - Blue Lips

Tove Lo - Blue Lips
November 17, 2017
Critic Score
8 reviews

It'd be easy to dismiss as softcore shock-pop if her songwriting wasn't so formidable.

12. Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now

Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now
February 17, 2017
Critic Score
22 reviews

Although Lekman's voice sometimes sounds like Morrissey doing a Kermit the Frog impression, he revels in strong songwriting and brilliant hooks played on steel drums, funky horns and hip-hop bells.

11. Kelly Clarkson - Meaning of Life

Kelly Clarkson - Meaning of Life
October 27, 2017
Critic Score
5 reviews

10. Blondie - Pollinator

Blondie - Pollinator
May 5, 2017
Critic Score
18 reviews

Blondie worked with fans from throughout the musical spectrum on their latest album ... Each puts their own reverent spin on the band's vintage neon Nu Yawk garage rock, as 71-year-old Debbie Harry has a catty good time all over the place.

9. Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa
June 2, 2017
Critic Score
9 reviews

8. Charli XCX - Number 1 Angel

Charli XCX - Number 1 Angel
March 10, 2017
Critic Score
11 reviews

Angel makes this pioneering human-hologram marriage seem far more natural and cohesive than on Vroom. The beats aren't as abrasive, her vocals are distended in ways that are disorienting but not jarring.

7. Lana Del Rey - Lust for Life

Lana Del Rey - Lust for Life
July 21, 2017
Critic Score
33 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.

6. Paramore - After Laughter

Paramore - After Laughter
May 12, 2017
Critic Score
18 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.

5. Harry Styles - Harry Styles

Harry Styles - Harry Styles
May 12, 2017
Critic Score
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.

4. Sam Smith - The Thrill of It All

Sam Smith - The Thrill of It All
November 3, 2017
Critic Score
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.

3. Taylor Swift - reputation

Taylor Swift - reputation
November 10, 2017
Critic Score
26 reviews

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

2. Kesha - Rainbow

Kesha - Rainbow
August 11, 2017
Critic Score
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.

1. Lorde - Melodrama

Lorde - Melodrama
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
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.

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