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The Top Albums of 2017 (So Far)

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  1. Melody Bot

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    The first six months of 2017 have probably brought more than enough albums to fill a year-end list. Alas, it’s only mid-year, which leaves us with the task of distilling everything we’ve heard so far into quick, concise top 10 lists. Rather than try to define the overarching themes of the year, we’d rather just let the albums we love speak for themselves. Below, you will find both our combined staff top 10, as well as individual lists from our contributors and moderators. Here’s hoping you find something new to love.

    Note: You can share your own list in our music forum.

    The Top Albums of 2017 (So Far)

    1. The Menzingers – After the Party
    2. Paramore – After Laughter
    3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
    4. Bleachers – Gone Now
    5. Lorde – Melodrama
    6. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
    7. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
    8. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
    9. Tigers Jaw – spin
    10. (TIE) Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – Zombies on Broadway
    11. (TIE) The Maine – Lovely Little Lonely
    Contributors

    Jason Tate


    1. The Menzingers – After the Party
    2. Bleachers – Gone Now
    3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
    4. Paramore – After Laughter
    5. MUNA – About U
    6. Aaron Sprinkle – Real Life
    7. Allie X – Collxtion II
    8. Acceptance – Colliding By Design
    9. The Maine – Lovely Little Lonely
    10. Betty Who – The Valley

    There’s a lengthier discussion of these picks on a recent episode of Encore.

    Craig Manning

    1. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
    2. Steve Moakler – Steel Town
    3. Natalie Hemby – Puxico
    4. Colter Wall – Colter Wall
    5. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
    6. The Menzingers – After the Party
    7. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – Zombies on Broadway
    8. Ryan Adams – Prisoner
    9. John Moreland – Big Bad Luv
    10. Sam Outlaw – Tenderheart
    Drew Beringer

    1. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
    2. Code Orange – Forever
    3. Tigers Jaw – spin
    4. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
    5. King Woman – Created In The Image of Suffering
    6. Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
    7. Paramore – After Laughter
    8. Lorde – Melodrama
    9. Hundredth – RARE
    10. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
    Zac Djamoos

    1. Souvenirs – Posture of Apology
    2. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
    3. Emperor X – Oversleepers International
    4. Bleachers – Gone Now
    5. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
    6. Tigers Jaw – spin
    7. The Menzingers – After the Party
    8. Nana Grizol – Ursa Minor
    9. Adult Mom – Soft Spots
    10. Lorde – Melodrama
    Craig Ismaili

    1. Paramore – After Laughter
    2. MUNA – About U
    3. The Menzingers – After The Party
    4. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
    5. MisterWives – Connect the Dots
    6. Emperor X – Oversleepers International
    7. Bleachers – Gone Now
    8. Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
    9. Vausdeva – No Clearance
    10. Lorde – Melodrama
    Ryan Gardner

    1. The Menzingers – After The Party
    2. Bleachers – Gone Now
    3. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
    4. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
    5. Paramore – After Laughter
    6. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
    7. Natalie Hemby – Puxico
    8. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
    9. Code Orange – Forever
    10. Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
    Kyle Huntington

    1. Hippo Campus – landmark.
    2. Marika Hackman – I’m Not Your Man
    3. IDLES – Brutalism
    4. Bonobo – Migration
    5. Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog
    6. The Big Moon – Love In The 4th Dimension
    7. Tall Ships – Impressions
    8. Pumarosa – The Witch
    9. Orchestra Baobab – Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng
    10. THEY. – Nu Religion: HYENA
    Anna Acosta

    1. The Maine – Lovely Little Lonely
    2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
    3. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
    4. Paramore – After Laughter
    5. Lorde – Melodrama
    6. MUNA – About U
    7. Tigers Jaw – spin
    8. All Time Low – Last Young Renegade
    9. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
    10. Halsey – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
    Aaron Mook

    1. Beach Fossils – Somersault
    2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
    3. Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog
    4. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
    5. Slowdive – Slowdive
    6. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me
    7. (SANDY) Alex G – Rocket
    8. Homeshake – FRESH AIR
    9. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana
    10. Sampha – Process
    Jonathan Bautts

    1. Kendrick Lamar -DAMN.
    2. Cold War Kids – LA DIVINE
    3. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
    4. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
    5. Acceptance – Colliding by Design
    6. Ryan Adams – Prisoner
    7. Drake – More Life
    8. John Mayer – The Search for Everything
    9. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – Zombies on Broadway
    10. Imagine Dragons – Evolve
    Aj Lagambina

    1. The Menzingers – After the Party
    2. Paramore – After Laughter
    3. Born Without Bones – Young at the Bend
    4. Tigers Jaw – spin
    5. Lorde – Melodrama
    6. Sinai Vessel – Broken Vessel
    7. TOPS – Sugar at the Gate
    8. Bleachers – Gone Now
    9. Camp Cope / Cayetana – Split
    10. Rocket – (Sandy) Alex G
    Becky Kovach

    1. Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
    2. Have Mercy – Make The Best Of It
    3. The Menzingers – After The Party
    4. Dryjacket – For Posterity
    5. A Lot Like Birds – DIVISI
    6. Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms
    7. The Maine – Lovely, Little, Lonely
    8. Pet Symmetry – Vision
    9. The Early November – 15 Years
    10. Born Without Bones – Young At The Bend
    Deanna Chapman

    1. The Menzingers – After The Party
    2. Paramore – After Laughter
    3. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
    4. John Mayer – The Search For Everything
    5. Culprit – Sonder
    6. Bleachers – Gone Now
    7. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
    8. The Maine – Lovely Little Lonely
    9. Lorde – Melodrama
    10. Dave Hause – Bury Me in Philly
    Garrett Lemons

    1. Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
    2. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
    3. Sufjan Stevens, et al – Planetarium
    4. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
    5. Bleachers – Gone Now
    6. Future – HNDRXX
    7. Ed Sheeran – Divide
    8. Future – Future
    9. Lorde – Melodrama
    10. Paramore – After Laughter
    Chrisanne Grise

    1. Dreamcar – Dreamcar
    2. The Menzingers – After the Party
    3. Paramore – After Laughter
    4. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – Zombies on Broadway
    5. Incubus – 8
    6. AFI – AFI (The Blood Album)
    7. Acceptance – Colliding By Design
    8. Portugal. The Man – Woodstock
    9. Bleachers – Gone Now
    10. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
    Scott Surette

    1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
    2. The Menzingers – After the Party
    3. Lorde – Melodrama
    4. Paramore – After Laughter
    5. The Smith Street Band – More Scared of You Than You Are of Me
    6. Slowdive – Slowdive
    7. At the Drive-In – in•ter a•li•a
    8. Rise Against – Wolves
    9. Gorillaz – Humanz
    10. Migos – Culture
    Eric Wilson

    1. Bleachers – Gone Now
    2. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – Zombies on Broadway
    3. Imagine Dragons – Evolve
    4. Dia Frampton – Bruises
    5. Paramore – After Laughter
    6. Lorde – Melodrama
    7. All Time Low – Last Young Renegade
    8. Misterwives – Connect the Dots
    9. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
    10. John Mayer – The Search for Everything

     
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  2. bmir14

    Regular Supporter

    Menzingers deserve it
     
  3. teebs41

    Prestigious Prestigious

    Yea 1 and 2 are the same for me.
     
  4. CarpetElf

    point gawd Prestigious

    I haven't listened to it so this isn't me talking shit, I just didn't know anyone actually liked that McMahon album. I've never seen it talked about.
     
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  5. Solid list, now I have some more music to check out!
     
  6. teebs41

    Prestigious Prestigious

    Current top 10

    1. Menzingers
    2. Paramore
    3. Tigers jaw
    4. Sorority noise
    5. Feist
    6. New found glory
    7. Deer leap
    8. Captain we're sinking
    9. Pet symmetry
    10. Football, etc
     
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  7. tshreve

    Metalicca

    Not a single mention of Head North makes me sad :(
     
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  8. shogunTORTOISE

    Regular

    Nice to see Souvenirs get a mention. That album is very solid.
     
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  9. teebs41

    Prestigious Prestigious

    I need to spend more time with it, but I did enjoy it a bit when I heard it.
     
  10. FTank

    Trusted Prestigious

    Kinda surprised Stapleton made it so high, but solid list overall. Weirdly though, the top six has three albums I really like and three I really dislike
     
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  11. ImAMetaphor

    absence 8/20/21 Prestigious

    Cool to see Paramore, The Menzingers, Lorde, and Bleachers all so high. Those albums comprise 4 of my top 5.
     
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  12. Colin Your Enthusiasm

    It's nobody's battle but your own. Prestigious

    Didnt know there was this many contributors
     
  13. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Which ones do you really dislike?
     
  14. Bartek T.

    D'oh! Prestigious

    Glad to see Vasudeva on at least one of those lists! (though there's a typo in the name guys! ;d). Wouldn't come up with 10 names on the spot right now, but TOP 3 without any overthinking would be Vasudeva, The Lulls in Traffic and Paramore, so far!
     
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  15. SetYourGoals

    Newbie

    Shout out to Kyle for picking the THEY. album. I can't stop listening to it.

    Also check out their new song with Lido, Not Enough. It's like an early/mid 90s New Jack Swing time machine.
     
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  16. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

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  17. Craig Ismaili

    @tgscraig Prestigious

    Ha i typed it in wrong when i posted it in the Slack. My bad. That record is so great though!
     
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  18. FTank

    Trusted Prestigious

    Paramore, Bleachers, and Sorority Noise
     
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  19. Leftandleaving

    I will be okay. everything Supporter

    I feel like they're pretty under appreciated. POA is great, obv, and YFAM is amazing too. Not sure why they never caught on
     
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  20. Matt504

    Regular Prestigious

    Good to see The Maine on a bunch of list. Surprised All Time Low and Acceptance not on most list, and absolutely no love for the new The Classic Crime or Aaron Sprinkle album.
     
  21. Youarcade

    Trusted Prestigious

    Yaay King Woman
     
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  22. Youarcade

    Trusted Prestigious

    And ya at dua lipa
     
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  23. Wall Of Arms

    LIGHTEN UP, BUTTERCUP Prestigious

    Thank you and agreed, so great.

    I know my list is a bit of a sore thumb so I hope people find some stuff they love through all of the individual ones.
     
  24. BigMouth Jul 5, 2017
    (Last edited: Jul 6, 2017)
    I still do not get the love for The Menzingers record, my opinion of the record has only declined with time and it didn't start high, but I agree with a lot of this!

    My top records are probably something like this (off the top of my head and in no order beside P-more at the top). And yeah it's 16 records but 10 is an arbitrary number too:

    Paramore
    Head North
    Code Orange
    Dryjacket
    Vince Staples
    Kendrick Lamar
    Lorde
    Tricot
    A Lot Like Birds
    The Classic Crime
    Sorority Noise
    Oso Oso
    '68
    Souvenirs
    The Smith Street Band
    Passion Pit

    EDIT:
    After some more thought I'd like to add Decade and MUNA to my list.
     
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  25. CarpetElf

    point gawd Prestigious

    Tricot is great. Menzingers is also great. Oso Oso is very good though I look at it like Joyce Manor; very good, though it just doesn't resonate with me the way it does others.
     
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