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 compilation 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.