2017 sucked as a year, but it blessed us with phenomenal projects and albums from both familiar and new artists. It provided us with works from perennial powerhouses and emerging young artists. After much vybing and deliberation, I compiled the best albums of 2017 in my opinion into a single list. Before we jump into the list, here’s a few honorable mentions.
Vince Staples – Big Fish
A fresh experimental rap album that features amazing lyricism and off the wall production, reminding the world that rap is more than just trap.
Anna of the North – Lovers
An exceptional display of dream pop at its finest.
Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
EDM giant recruits superstar features for his album full of vybes.
BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION
One of three phenomenal projects that the emerging collective blessed the masses with this year.
Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
A stellar release from the pop savior hailing from the UK.
25. Northlane – Mesmer
A polished album that successfully displays the maturity and evolution of a metalcore band.
Top vybes: Colourwave, Citizen, Zero-One
24. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
A vybey R&B album that showcases the young talent’s capacity to deliver both slow jams and anthems.
Top vybes: Undercover, Distraction, Get Like
23. SZA – Ctrl
An outstanding R&B album that rightfully catapulted SZA into stardom.
Top vybes: Garden (Say It Like Dat), Love Galore, Prom
22. Tove Lo – Blue Lips
A trip of an electropop album that went above and beyond all expectations.
Top vybes: shivering gold, disco tits, bad days
21. blackbear – cybersex
One of two projects this year by the alternative R&B god that flaunts his ability to accrue famous features and his inability to drop a poor track.
Top vybes: santa monica & la brea, gucci linen, i hope your whole life sux
20. Sworn In – All Smiles
A deliciously dreary and raw album from an underrated nu metalcore outfit.
Top vybes: DON’T LOOK AT ME, ALL SMILES, DREAD ALL
19. Mura Masa – Mura Masa
A nonchalantly phenomenal album from EDM’s brightest that ultimately pushes the genre forward.
Top vybes: Nuggets, Messy Love, Second 2 None
18. Paramore – After Laughter
A delicate album from alternative giants that both fuses 80s pop with alternative rock while adeptly disguising depressing songs under the veil of happy, poppy anthems.
Top vybes: Fake Happy, Told You So, Idle Worship
17. Halsey – hopeless fountain kingdom
An exceptional follow up to the alternative pop queen’s unrivaled debut album.
Top vybes: 100 Letters, Heaven In Hiding, Hopeless
16. blackbear – digital druglord
An incredible alternative R&B album that should get his name in everybody’s mouth.
Top vybes: chateau, make daddy proud, if i could i would feel nothing
15. Volumes – Different Animals
An evolutionary album from the djent outfit that shows immense growth and progression without sacrificing heaviness.
Top vybes: Waves Control, Pullin Shades, Left For Dead
14. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
A highly successful album that served as a reminder to the world that Kendrick is the G.O.A.T.
Top vybes: DNA, LOVE, PRIDE
13. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
A glorious album from the notably raw new school rapper that shows that he has more classics in his bag.
Top vybes: Boredom, See You Again, 911/Mr. Lonely
12. Oceans Ate Alaska – Hikari
A phenomenal sophomore album from the progressive metalcore band that hits hard and shows no flaws.
Top vybes: Sarin, Escapist, Deadweight
11. Charli XCX – Pop 2
A delicious pop mixtape with candy sweet features from new faces that ultimately transports you to a new dimension.
Top vybes: Unlock It, Lucky, Out Of My Head
10. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II
The second installation of the trilogy that approaches rap in a revolutionary way and bumps ridiculously in the whip.
Top vybes: QUEER, SWEET, SWAMP
9. Jaden Smith – SYRE
Top vybes: George Jeff, Ninety, B
8. Veil of Maya – False Idol
A brutal album from metalcore titans that displays the continued growth of the band and there knack for djenty riffs and breakdowns.
Top vybes: Whistleblower, Pool Spray, Overthrow
7. Lorde – Melodrama
The perfect pop album from pop’s most important and talented artist.
Top vybes: The Louvre, Homemade Dynamite, Perfect Places
6. Billie Eilish – don’t smile at me
Yeah, it’s a nine song EP, but it is an impeccable alternative pop project from the girl who WILL own 2018.
Top vybes: idontwanttobeyouanymore, ocean eyes, COPYCAT
5. Terror Jr. – Bop City 2
An enchanting and essential pop release by the quickly emerging trio that will forever bless our ears with music.
Top vybes: Smoke, Caramel, Sweatpants
4. Cashmere Cat – 9
A life-changing album that ignores genres, thus giving listener’s a revitalizing experience.
Top vybes: Quit, Victoria’s Veil, Europa Pools
3. Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2
A banger-filled masterpiece that ought to silence anyone that claims Uzi is just like the rest of the other rappers out there.
Top vybes: 20 Min, Feelings Mutual, Sauce It Up
2. Pvris – All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell
A dark, melancholic album from alt-rock outfit that hits the feels on all cylinders.
Top vybes: What’s Wrong, Walk Alone, Anyone Else
1. BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION III
The last flawless installment to the SATURATION trilogy and last (and most important) piece of evidence as to why they are the “best boy band since One Direction”.
Top vybes: ZIPPER, HOTTIE, BLEACH