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Pazz & Jop
End Of Year Critic Lists

A US publication based in New York that polls up to 300 critics for their end of year lists. Considered the last word in music criticism. Album lists start at 1971. Singles and tracks from 1979. EP listings from 1981 to 1994.

Many Thanks To Jeff Brown in Toronto who supplied most of the '70's, '80's & '90's listings.

Village Voice - Pazz & Jop Lists 2017



1. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN, Top Dawg/Interscope
2. SZA, CTRL, Top Dawg/RCA
3. St. Vincent, Masseduction, Loma Vista
4. Lorde, Melodrama, Lava/Republic
5. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound, Southeastern
6. War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding, Atlantic
7. Slowdive, Slowdive, Dead Oceans
8. Jay-Z, 4:44, Roc Nation/UMG
9. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream, DFA/Columbia
10. Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm, Merge
11. Jlin, Black Origami, Planet Mu
12. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy, Sub Pop
13. Thundercat, Drunk, Brainfeeder
14. The National, Sleep Well Beast, 4AD
15. Mount Eerie, A Crow Looked at Me, P.W. Elverum & Son
16. Kelela, Take Me Apart, Warp
17. Vince Staples, Big Fish Theory, ARTium/Blacksmith/Def Jam
18. Perfume Genius, No Shape, Matador
19 (tie). Jens Lekman, Life Will See You Now, Secretly Canadian
        Migos, Culture, Quality Control/300 Entertainment
21. Spoon, Hot Thoughts, Matador
22. Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Navigator, ATO
23. King Krule, The OOZ, True Panther/XL
24. Sampha, Process, Young Turks
25. Priests, Nothing Feels Natural, Sister Polygon
26. Rhiannon Giddens, Freedom Highway, Nonesuch
27. Moses Sumney, Aromanticism, Jagjaguwar
28. Magnetic Fields, 50 Song Memoir, Nonesuch
29 (tie). Algiers, The Underside of Power, Matador
        Randy Newman, Dark Matter, Nonesuch
31. Alvvays, Antisocialites, Polyvinyl
32. Kesha, Rainbow, Kemosabe/RCA
33. Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 3, Run the Jewels Ltd.
34. Björk, Utopia, One Little Indian
35. Margo Price, All American Made, Third Man
36. Julien Baker, Turn Out the Lights, Matador
37. Lana Del Rey, Lust for Life, Polydor/Interscope
38. The xx, I See You, Young Turks
39. Big Thief, Capacity, Saddle Creek
40. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, The Kid, Western Vinyl
41. Jay Som, Everybody Works, Polyvinyl
42. Charly Bliss, Guppy, Barsuk
43. Lee Ann Womack, The Lonely, The Lonesome & the Gone, ATO
44. Paramore, After Laughter, Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic
45. Kelly Lee Owens, Kelly Lee Owens, Smalltown Supersound
46 (tie). Daniel Caesar, Freudian, Golden Child
        Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rest, Because
48. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Soul of a Woman, Daptone
49. Syd, Fin, Columbia
50. New Pornographers, Whiteout Conditions, Concord
51. Miguel, War & Leisure, ByStorm/RCA
52 (tie). Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice, Matador
        Harry Styles, Harry Styles, Columbia
54. Drake, More Life, Cash Money/Young Money
55. Julie Byrne, Not Even Happiness, Ba Da Bing!
56 (tie). Japanese Breakfast, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, Dead Oceans
        Alex Lahey, I Love You Like a Brother, Dead Oceans
58. Khalid, American Teen, Right Hand/RCA
59. Sheer Mag, Need to Feel Your Love, Wilsuns Recording Co.,
60 (tie). Aimee Mann, Mental Illness, SuperEgo
Open Mike Eagle, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, Mello Music Group
62 (tie). Ted Leo, The Hanged Man, SuperEgo
        Kamasi Washington, Harmony of Difference, Young Turks
64. The Clientele, Music for the Age of Miracles, Merge
65 (tie). Fever Ray, Plunge, Rabid/Mute
        Power Trip, Nightmare Logic, Southern Lord
        Protomartyr, Relatives in Descent, Domino
68 (tie). Roscoe Mitchell, Bells for the South Side, ECM
Tyler, the Creator, Flower Boy, Columbia
70. Ryan Adams, Prisoner, Pax AM/Blue Note
71. Taylor Swift, Reputation, Big Machine
72. Phoebe Bridgers, Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans
73 (tie). Alice Coltrane, The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, Luaka Bop
        Kehlani, SweetSexySavage, Atlantic
75. Jaimie Branch, Fly or Die, International Anthem
76. Replacements, For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986, Rhino
77 (tie). Fleet Foxes, Crack Up, Nonesuch
        Future, HNDRXX, A1/Freebandz/Epic
79 (tie). The Regrettes, Feel Your Feelings Fool!, Warner Bros.
        Sparks, Hippopotamus, BMG
        Sylvan Esso, What Now, Loma Vista
82. Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock, Yep Roc
83. Elder, Reflections of a Floating World, Stickman
84. Feelies, In Between, Bar/None
85 (tie). The Courtneys, II, Flying Nun
        Queens of the Stone Age, Villains, Matador
87 (tie). Ibeyi, Ash, XL
        Ty Dolla $ign, Beach House 3, Atlantic
89 (tie). Valerie June, The Order of Time, Concord
        Laura Marling, Semper Femina, More Alarming
91 (tie). Charli XCX, Number 1 Angel, Asylum
        Converge, The Dusk in Us, Epitaph
        Zola Jesus, Okovi, Sacred Bones
94. Ariel Pink, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, Mexican Summer
95 (tie). Japandroids, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, Anti
        Orchestra Baobab, Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng, Nonesuch/World Circuit
97. Juana Molina, Halo, Crammed Discs
98 (tie). Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society, Simultonality, Eremite Records
        EMA, Exile in the Outer Ring, City Slang
        Chris Stapleton, From a Room: Volume 1, Mercury Nashville
        U2, Songs of Experience, Interscope Records

Pazz & Jop Singles & Tracks Of 2017

1. Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow,” Atlantic
2. Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE,” Top Dawg/Interscope
3. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Cut to the Feeling,” School Boy/Interscope
4. Lorde, “Green Light,” Republic/Lava
5. Kendrick Lamar, “DNA,” Top Dawg/Interscope
6. Lil Uzi Vert , “XO TOUR Llif3,” Generation Now/Atlantic
7. St. Vincent, “New York,” Loma Vista
8. Charli XCX, “Boys,” Asylum/Atlantic
9 (tie). Future, “Mask Off,” A1/Epic
        Selena Gomez, “Bad Liar,” Interscope
11. Paramore, “Hard Times,” Fueled by Ramen
12. Lana Del Rey, “Love,” Polydor/Interscope
13. Harry Styles, “Sign of the Times,” Erskine/Columbia
14 (tie). Kesha, “Praying,” Kemosabe/RCA
        Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee,” Quality Control/300/Atlantic
16. Frank Ocean, “Chanel,” Blonded
17. Dua Lipa, “New Rules,” Warner Bros.
18 (tie). Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos, “Slide,” Columbia
        Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, “If We Were Vampires,” Southeastern
        Portugal. The Man, “Feel It Still,” Atlantic
21 (tie). Jay-Z, “The Story of O.J.,” Roc Nation
        SZA, “Drew Barrymore,” Top Dawg/RCA
23 (tie). Drake, “Passionfruit,” Cash Money/Young Money
        GoldLink featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy, “Crew (Remix),” RCA
        The xx, “On Hold,” Young Turks
26. St. Vincent, “Los Ageless,” Loma Vista
27 (tie). Black Thought, #Freestyle087
        Migos, “T-Shirt,” Quality Control/300/Atlantic
        Kamasi Washington, “Truth,” Young Turks
30 (tie). Arcade Fire, “Everything Now,” Sonovox/Columbia
        Craig Finn, “God in Chicago,” Partisan
        Haim, “Want You Back,” Columbia
        Perfume Genius, “Slip Away,” Matador
        Vince Staples, “BagBak,” Def Jam
        SZA featuring Travis Scott, “Love Galore,” Top Dawg/RCA
36 (tie). Kesha featuring the Dap-Kings Horns, “Woman,” Kemosabe/RCA
        Khalid, “Young Dumb & Broke,” Right Hand/RCA
        The National, “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” 4AD
        Playboi Carti, “Magnolia,” Interscope
        Sampha, “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano,” Young Turks
        Slowdive, “Sugar for the Pill,” Dead Oceans
        Spoon, “Hot Thoughts,” Matador
        SZA, “The Weekend,” Top Dawg/RCA
44 (tie). Algiers, “The Underside of Power,” Matador
        Cam, “Diane,” Arista Nashville
        Childish Gambino, “Redbone,” Glassnote
        Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, “Despacito,” Universal Latin
        LCD Soundsystem, “Call the Police,” DFA/Columbia
        King Krule, “Dum Surfer,” True Panther
        Thundercat feat. Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, “Show You the Way,” Brainfeeder