Year In Review: The 10 Best Albums of the Year

After seeing albums from Miguel, the xx, Perfume Genius and Julie Byrne among the spots 50-11 on the year-end chart, here are the top 10 albums of 2017. See who joins Panda Bear (2007), Fleet Foxes (2008), Animal Collective (2009), Arcade Fire (2010), tUnE-yArDs (2011), Chromatics (2012), Beyoncé (2013, 2016), the War On Drugs (2014), and Kendrick Lamar (2015) with the #1 album of the year. Continue reading “Year In Review: The 10 Best Albums of the Year”


Year In Review: The Best Albums of 2017, 50-11

This year saw everything from Calvin Harris curate the coolest dance party on Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 to St. Vincent embracing her elevated status with MASSEDUCTION, Priests’ vital strain of rock on Nothing Feels Natural to Jay-Z’s mea culpa in 4:44. And they all land among the top 50 albums of the year. Continue reading “Year In Review: The Best Albums of 2017, 50-11”

Year In Review: The 20 Best Songs of 2017

Earlier, I gave you songs 100-21 in the countdown of the best songs of 2017. Here are the top 20, featuring everyone from Perfume Genius to Cardi B, Kesha to the War on Drugs. And in the end, see who joins Amy Winehouse, MGMT, Animal Collective, Kanye West, the Weeknd, Tame Impala, Drake, FKA twigs, and Beyoncé with a year-end #1 single.

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Year In Review: The Best Songs of 2017, 100-21

The music of 2017 mirrored the general feeling on unrest left as residue from a toxic 2016, from Kendrick Lamar’s fiery, reactive “DNA.” to the bleak nihilism of Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3,” the escapism of Lorde’s “Green Light” to Kesha’s scorned but resilient “Praying.” You’ll find those four songs here, plus music from Tyler, The Creator, Syd, Father John Misty, Björk, and Jessie Ware, too.

These are the best songs of 2017, 100-21. Continue reading “Year In Review: The Best Songs of 2017, 100-21”

Incoming: Best New Artists of 2017


CARDI B Already a well-known commodity thanks to her presence on the now defunct Vine as well as Instagram, Cardi B’s profile hit a new level completely in 2017 when “Bodak Yellow” went all the way to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first woman with a rap song to land a solo number one single since Lauryn Hill did so with “Doo Wop (That Thing)” 20 years prior in 1997 in the process. And once the laziest music critics tried to ignite a Cardi B-Nicki Minaj feud, the artists teamed for another hit for the two formidable talents in “MotorSport,” the lead single from the Migos’ third studio album Culture 2. Continue reading “Incoming: Best New Artists of 2017”

N.E.R.D. and Rihanna make a “Lemon” look like an Escalade

While Pharrell Williams has remained a part of the public discourse this decade with some of the 2010’s best guest appearances as well as his own “Happy,” to the point where it was safe to wonder whether his influential, scene-breaking groups the Neptunes or N.E.R.D. would ever take center stage again. That all changed earlier this week when N.E.R.D. announced their return with “Lemon,” complete with a feature from Rihanna. Continue reading “N.E.R.D. and Rihanna make a “Lemon” look like an Escalade”

Predicting the 2018 Grammy Nominees

With the Grammy’s cut-off day passing on September 30, the field is set for this year’s nominating field. All songs and albums released between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 are eligible for the February 2018 award ceremony. That is, any song or album submitted to the Recording Academy for consideration is eligible (see: Frank Ocean). In recent years, commercial performance has been a key indicator of an album’s chances at nominations, as the days of a Herbie Hancock or Joni Mitchell tribute album getting serious recognition grow rarer by the year. With the nominee unveiling coming a little over a month away, here are some predictions for the Grammy’s Big Four: Album, Record and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Continue reading “Predicting the 2018 Grammy Nominees”