Best of the Bunch, Pt. II – 2017’s Best Albums

2017 has been one of the best years in music of my life. I promised myself that I would only include ten albums on this list… and that was a heavy task. Here are my favorite records for 2017, chosen with care after much internal deliberation. Enjoy!

10. Rainbow – Kesha


The TiK ToK singer who grew to international fame at the turn of the decade came back this year with her strongest album yet. This creative collection of pop tracks comes as her first big release since 2012’s Warrior and also comes off the heels of her legal battle with record executive, Dr. Luke. She came back to our ears with her most intimate, liberating record yet that made for one CRAZY show when I saw her back in September.

The Best Song: Finding You

9. Plural – Electric Guest


I not only fell in love with this album in one sitting, but I fell in love with this band’s intriguing sound in one day. Plural offers a healthy helping of electronic music fused with indie pop that make this California duo’s second album a major success in my eyes. It was a late entry to this list because I didn’t get a chance to hear it until December, but nevertheless, is a great piece of work.

The Best Song: My Omen

8. The Nashville Sound – Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit


The Muscle Shoals native returned this year with The Nashville Sound, a strong country/southern rock album that nabbed Isbell his first CMA nomination and is in the running at the Grammys this year for Americana Album. With gritty lyrics in songs like Molotov and White Man’s World, I can surely see why this album is so praised. It cemented its place on this list early in the year, and I could not be more excited to see some of these songs live come January.

The Best Song: White Man’s World / If We Were Vampires

7. Ctrl – SZA


This debut studio album from the hip hop/soul artist SZA charted with me very recently. I unintentionally slept on her work throughout the summer, but found myself so impressed as I finally got into it. She fuses hip hop and soul with solid lyrics that make it well worth a listen, especially considering that she’s nominating for FIVE Grammys next year.

The Best Song: Love Galore

6. Cybers*x – Blackbear


THIS FREAKING GUY. I feel so late to the party with only discovering who hip hop artist Blackbear was this year after finding out he would be opening for a concert I was set to attend. Since then, my obsession with his music has went from knowing one song to him being one of my favorite artists. His mixtape turned full length album is a late-in-the-year release, but certainly deserves a spot here.

The Best Song: Anxiety / g2g ttyl

5. All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell – PVRIS


This one was an instant hit with me. Lynn Gunn’s vocals are at their absolute best here, and the music perfectly compliments that. It’s heavier than the stuff that I normally listen to, but you can’t deny the talent that this band has. I cannot wait to see what PVRIS does next.

The Best Song: Half / Anyone Else

4. Wonderful Wonderful – The Killers


The fifth studio album from this Las Vegas based rock band finally ran into listener’s ears in September after five years without an album. The wait was worth it for those that have been waiting and as someone who got more invested in the band through this album, I am obsessed. It’s a strange, yet marvelous collection of songs that cement The Killers as still being one of the best rock bands in the world (and one of my personal favorites).

The Best Song: Wonderful Wonderful / The Man


3. Gone Now – Bleachers


I recently (finally) talked about this purely perfect concept album from Bleachers after learning how all the songs fit together as one story. Bleachers has surely grown into one of my favorite artists and frontman Jack Antonoff is in the simplest words, an incredibly gifted songwriter and performer. This is a beautiful piece of art that helped me understand music better as a whole. I cannot wait until I get the chance to see this band live again.

The Best Song: Foreign Girls / Everybody Lost Somebody

2. Origami – Vinyl Theatre


If any band gave me pure, unfiltered joy through music this year, it’s Vinyl Theatre. I discovered this indie rock trio via Spotify in May and I have been inseparable from their sound ever since. Origami is a strong step up from their already awesome debut album, Electrogram. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to see them live in 2017. Here’s to hoping I get a chance to see this band who climbed into my top five favorite artists next year.

The Best Song: Pull Your Weight

1. After Laughter


If you’ve followed this blog at all, you’ll know I fell in love with this one instantly. Paramore might very well be my favorite artist of all time. After Laughter brought the band into a new era of pop that worked out so well. The lyrics are excellent and each of the three band members (Hayley Williams, Taylor York, and Zac Farro) are allowed to shine. I had the opportunity to sit third row at their Atlanta show this year and it was genuinely one of the best experience of my life. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2018.

The Best Song: Hard Times / Rose-Colored Boy / 26

Well there you have it. My favorite albums of 2017! I hope to get part three of 2017’s Best of the Bunch up as soon as possible. It will be my top movies of 2017. I just have to see everything I want to see before finishing the list. Thank you for reading!

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