Women’s March: The top 10 albums of 2017


Big Thief

Women made their voices heard in 2017 in many ways. Music was no exception. Women, as band leaders and solo acts, created incredible art this year.

My best-of list partly reflects this trend. Women dominate All the Young Punks’ year-end rankings with seven of the top 10 albums of 2017.

The top four are ATYP pastime favorites Big Thief, Palehound, St. Vincent and Waxahatchee, all turning in exceptional and intelligent albums.

The top 10 also includes Downtown Boys (led by the tenacious Victoria Ruiz), Japanese Breakfast and Nadia Shah.

Beyond the top 10, there were amazing releases from Land of Talk, Julien Baker, EMA and others. Look here for the remainder of the top 40.

1. Big Thief – Capacity

2. Palehound – A Place I’ll Always Go

3. St. Vincent – Masseduction

4. Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm

5. Destroyer – Ken

6. Downtown Boys – Cost of Living

7. Kevin Morby – City Music

8. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

9. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet

10. Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination

See the rest of the top albums here.

2017 best albums: The rest of the top 40

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

Here are the rest of the top 40 albums of 2017 listed in alphabetical order by artist.

Click here to see this year’s top 10.

John Andrews & the Yawns

Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

Mac Blackout Band – Burning Alive

Blanck Mass – World Eater

The Courtneys – The Courtneys II

EMA – Exile in the Outer Ring

The Feelies – In Between

Fresh & Onlys – Wolf Lie Down

Kendrick Lamar – Damn

Land of Talk – Life After Youth

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

The National – Sleep Well Beast

Oh Sees – Orc

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Echo of Pleasure

Pile – A Hairshirt of Purpose

Priests – Nothing Feels Natural

Rays – Rays

Run the Jewels – RTJ3

Ty Segall – Ty Segall

Sheer Mag – Compilation

Splashh – Waiting a Lifetime

Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

Colin Stetson – All This I do for Glory

Torres – Three Futures

Uniform – Wake in Fright

The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference

Woods – Love is Love

The xx – I See You