TC’s top 40 albums of 2017

It’s my 15th consecutive year of reviewing my favorite music—an unbelievable milestone. This time around, I’ll continue the concise format I launched last year with another curated, eclectic playlist. Look back with me at 2017 in music.

More than ever before, in 2017 we had to turn to music for an escape from the daily chaos—luckily, as ever, music delivered. In recent years, artists like Banks, Adele, Lights, and my sisters Tegan and Sara claimed #1 on my year-end music reviews—and now it’s time again to share my personal highlights from the past year. You might discover some music that you missed out on the first time.

Below, you’ll find a list of many of the year’s other hot tracks sorted by release date, followed by my top 40 albums. Tap or click on any track or album to listen to it on Apple Music and read their editors’ synopsis. Let’s get this going!

Tracks


Kiesza
“Dearly Beloved”


Marian Hill
“Down”


Declan McKenna
“The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home”


Billie Eilish
“Bellyache”


Snakehips and
“Don’t Leave”


The Shins
“Name for You”


Julien Baker
“Funeral Pyre”


Kehlani
“Undercover”


The XX
“Say Something Loving”


Valerie June
“Shakedown”


Grace Mitchell
“Kids (Ain’t All Right)”


The Chainsmokers
“Paris”


Laura Marling
“Wild Fire”


Skott
“Glitter & Gloss”


Camp Cope
“Footscray Station”


B.Miles
“Running”


Phoebe Ryan
“Dark Side”


Brooke Candy f/ Sia
“Living Out Loud”


Molly Kate Kestner
“Prom Queen”


Betty Who
“Some Kinda Wonderful”


Katy Perry f/ Skip Marley
“Chained To The Rhythm”


Sigrid
“Don’t Kill My Vibe”


Linkin Park f/ Kiiara
“Heavy”


Kygo and Selena Gomez
“It Ain’t Me”


Bruno Mars
“That’s What I Like”


Lana Del Rey
“Love”


The Orwells
“Vacation”


Zedd and Alessia Cara
“Stay”


Ed Sheeran
“Castle On The Hill”


Jorja Smith
“Beautiful Little Fools”


Hayley Kiyoko
“Sleepover”


The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
“Something Just Like This”


Father John Misty
“Total Entertainment Forever”


Alexandra Savior
“Vanishing Point”


Noah Cyrus f/ Labrinth
“Make Me Cry”


Astrid S
“Breathe”


Elle King
“Wild Love”


Clean Bandit f/ Zara Larsson
“Symphony”


Tinashe
“Flame”


First Aid Kit
“You Are The Problem Here”


September f/ Raven
“Miracle”


Rebel And A Basketcase
“Today”


Iggy Azalea
“Mo Bounce”


Spoon
“Hot Thoughts”


Meg Mac
“Low Blows”


K.I.D.
“Taker”


Sarah Close
“Caught Up”


Bishop Briggs
“The Fire”


Lady Gaga
“The Cure”


Grace Mitchell
“NOW”


Bebe Rexha
“I Got You”


Noah Cyrus
“Stay Together”


Tara Carosielli
“Holloway Road”


Chris Stapleton
“Second One To Know”


Hailee Steinfeld
“Most Girls”


Stalking Gia
“Siren”


Kygo and Ellie Goulding
“First Time”


Diet Cig
“Bite Back”


Niall Horan
“Slow Hands”


Harry Styles
“Sign Of The Times”


Selena Gomez
“Bad Liar”


Ruth B
“Superficial Love”


Courtney Barnett
“How To Boil An Egg”


Katy Perry f/ Nicki Minaj
“Swish Swish”


Broken Social Scene
“Hug Of Thunder”


Camila Cabello
“Crying In The Club”


Dan Auerbach
“Waiting On A Song”


Iggy Azalea f/ Anitta
“Switch”


Shakira
“Nada”


Gorillaz f/ DRAM
“Andromeda”


Amy Shark
“Drive You Mad”


Carly Rae Jepsen
“Cut To The Feeling”


Airling
“Not A Fighter”


Brooklyn and Bailey
“Simple Things”


DREAMCAR
“Born To Lie”


girlpool
“Static Somewhere”


Harlœ
“More Than Ever”


Harriet Brown
“Obsession”


MisterWives
“Oh Love”


Miya Folick
“Trouble Adjusting”


Now, Now
“SGL”


Rita Ora
“Your Song”


Calvin Harris f/ Pharrell, Katy
“Feels”


alt-J
“Deadcrush”


Bea Miller
“Buy Me Diamonds”


H.E.R.
“Lights On”


Liam Gallagher
“Wall Of Glass”


Litany
“Flaws”


The Aces
“Baby Who”


The City And Horses
“My Friends Don’t Know”


HAERTS
“No Love For The Wild”


London Grammar
“Hell To The Liars”


Flor
“Overbehind”


WENS
“If”


Super Whatevr
“Bloomfield”


The Veronicas
“The Only High”


RAY BLK
“Doing Me”


Queens Of The Stone Age
“The Way You Used To Do”


Royal Blood
“How Did We Get So Dark?”


Hey Violet
“Hoodie”


The Killers
“The Man”


Coldplay
“All I Can Think About Is You”


Wolf Alice
“Yuk Foo”


MNDR and Scissor Sisters
“SWERLK”


Chelsea Wolfe
“16 Psyche”


Jaira Burns
“Ugly”


Superorganism
“Nobody Cares”


Allison Weiss
“Runaway”


Karen Elson
“Wonder Blind”


Kat Graham
“Fool For Ya”


Anya Marina
“Cut You Loose”


Kacy Hill
“Hard To Love”


AlunaGeorge
“Turn Up The Love”


Sabrina Carpenter
“Why”


Julia Michaels
“Issues”


Allie X
“Vintage”


Adult Mom
“Steal The Lake From The Water”


Katy Rose
“Just Like A Woman”


Pale Waves
“There’s A Honey”


Foxygen
“Follow The Leader”


Charli XCX
“Boys”


Purity Ring
“Asido”


Jessie Ware
“Midnight”


Blonde f/ Astrid S
“Just For One Night”


P!nk
“What About Us”


Stefflon Don f/ French Montana
“Hurtin’ Me”


Miley Cyrus
“Malibu”


Lizzo
“Water Me”


Fifth Harmony
“He Like That”


Portugal. The Man
“Feel It Still”


Death from Above 1979
“Freeze Me”


QUIÑ f/ Syd
“Sticky Situation”


Matthew Dear f/ Tegan and Sara
“Bad Ones”


Whitney Woerz
“Idea Of Her”


The National
“The System Only Dreams in Total…”


Tove Lo
“Disco Tits”


Maty Noyes
“Say It To My Face”


Sofi Tukker f/ NERVO and Alisa Ueno
“Best Friend”


The War On Drugs
“Holding On”


Grizzly Bear
“Mourning Sound”


Nelly Furtado
“Cold Hard Truth”


Nine Inch Nails
“Less Than”


Oliver f/ MNDR
“Chemicals”


Dev
“All I Wanna Do”


Jessie J
“Real Deal”


Danielle Bradbery
“Sway”



“When I Was Young”


Grace VanderWaal
“So Much More Than This”


Tove Styrke
“Mistakes”


Cardi B
“Bodak Yellow”


Banks
“Underdog”


ALMA and French Montana
“Phases”


Gryffin and Illenium f/ Daya
“Feel Good”


U2 and Kygo
“You’re The Best Thing About Me”


EZI
“Dancing In A Room”


Julia Michaels
“Uh Huh”


Dej Loaf
“No Fear”


The Weather Station
“Thirty”


FRANKIE
“Paper Doll”


Dagny
“Love You Like That”


Selena Gomez and Marshmello
“Wolves”


Mono Mind
“Save Me A Place”


Kelly Clarkson
“Love So Soft”


Björk f/ Arca
“The Gate”


Icona Pop
“Don’t Slam The Door”


Whitney Rose
“Better To My Baby”


Anne-Marie
“Then”


Kate Voegele
“Shoot This Arrow”


Clean Bandit f/ Julia Michaels
“I Miss You”


Pale Waves
“New Year’s Eve”

Top 40 albums

40
Zara Larsson
So Good

39
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Sorry Is Gone

38
Anna Of The North
Lovers

37
Halsey
Hopeless Fountain Kingdom

36
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Rest

35
Beck
Colors

34
Sabrina Claudio
About Time

33
Arcade Fire
Everything Now

32
Feist
Pleasure

31
Tei Shi
Crawl Space

30
Bully
Losing

29
Foo Fighters
Concrete And Gold

28
EMA
Exile In The Outer Ring

27
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
Lotta Sea Lice

26
LCD Soundsystem
American Dream

25
MUNA
About U

24
Waxahatchee
Out In The Storm

23
Samantha Urbani
Policies Of Power

22
Tegan and Sara Present The Con X: Covers

21
SZA
Ctrl

20
Demi Lovato
Tell Me You Love Me

19
Cayetana
New Kind Of Normal

18
VÉRITÉ
Somewhere In Between

17
Sylvan Esso
What Now

16
Paramore
After Laughter

15
Aimee Mann
Mental Illness

14
Kendrick Lamar
DAMN.

13
Taylor Swift
Reputation

12
HAIM
Something To Tell You

11
Alex Lahey
I Love You Like A Brother

10
PVRIS
All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell

9
Dua Lipa

8
k.flay
Every Where Is Some Where

7
Japandroids
Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

6
Lights
Skin & Earth

5
Michelle Branch
Hopeless Romantic

4
Lorde
Melodrama

3
St. Vincent
Masseduction

2
Kesha
Rainbow

1
Phoebe Bridgers
Stranger In The Alps

Summary

There was a lot of notable music to go around in 2017—exciting work from new talents, a slate of powerful new albums from some of my old favorites, albums from established artists that brought my appreciation for them to astronomical new heights, and a rare selection of a debut album for my #1 of the year. Let’s face it, 2017 was a tough year for our world, and nobody spoke to me in it better than Phoebe Bridgers, whose album of “confessional folk rock marked by anger and fragility” struck the right notes—I went to it over and over again.

To hear more about why I chose some of the tracks and albums you saw here, listen to this year’s episode of TC & RED: LIVE. I hope you enjoy these selections as much as I did. Thanks for checking out my top 40 albums of 2017!

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