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The List of all Lists: the 80 Best Albums released in the first half of 2017

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been curating the best songs and the best albums for many different genres. I’m summarizing here in this post the result of my selections relatively to the first half of the year.


The 10 Best ROCK Albums of the year, which include Indie Rock, Punk, and Alternative Rock (full commentary is available here)

  1. Modern Ruin by Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
  2. Near to the Wild Heart of Life by Japandroids
  3. Life Without Sound by Cloud Nothings
  4. Laune der Natur by Die Toten Hosen
  5. 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory by Dropkick Murphys
  6. Damage and Joy by The Jesus and Mary Chain
  7. Night People by You Me At Six
  8. American Beauty by CJ Ramone
  9. For Crying Out Loud by Kasabian
  10. Mosaic by 311


The 10 Best METAL Albums of the year, which include Thrash, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Groove Metal, Progressive Metal, Folk Metal, Metalcore and Alternative Metal (full commentary is available here)

  1. Nightmare Logic by Power Trip
  2. The World Ablaze by God Dethroned
  3. For the Fallen by Memoriam
  4. Heartless Oppressor by Primal Attack
  5. Conformicide by Havok
  6. Tarot by Æther Realm
  7. Black Laden Crown by Danzig
  8. Fear Those Who Fear Him by Vallenfyre
  9. Poison The Parish by Seether
  10. No God by Infernäl Mäjesty


The 10 Best ELECTRONIC Albums of the year (full commentary is available here)

  1. Shikantaza by Chinese Man
  2. The Assassination of Julius Caesar by Ulver
  3. Savage Sinusoid by Igorrr
  4. The Burning Spider by Parov Stelar
  5. Soiree Deluxe by Tape Five
  6. Migration by Bonobo
  7. World Eater by Blanck Mass
  8. What If by Hauschka
  9. Ti Amo by Phoenix
  10. Out Of Time by Hugo Kant


The 10 Best JAZZ Albums of the year (full commentary is available here)

  1. An Ancient Observer by Tigran Hamasyan
  2. Transparent Water by Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita
  3. Potsdamer Platz by Jan Lundgren
  4. Precious Time by Anthony Jambon Group
  5. La Diversité by Nicolas Kummert
  6. Titok by Ferenc Snétberger
  7. Circles by MEM3
  8. Planetary Prince by Cameron Graves
  9. Sleepwalkers by Omer Klein
  10. Danse by Colin Vallon Trio


The 10 Best POP Albums of the year, which include Indie Pop, Synth Pop, Dreamy Pop and Pop Rock (full commentary is available here)

  1. Silver Eye by Goldfrapp
  2. Little Fictions by Elbow
  3. Capture by Thunder Dreamer
  4. Cigarettes After Sex (S/T)
  5. In Between by The Feelies
  6. Colliding by Design by Acceptance
  7. Relaxer by Alt-J
  8. Hot Thoughts by Spoon
  9. Something Else by The Cranberries
  10. Goths by The Mountain Goats


The 10 Best Progressive Rock Albums of the year

  1. Blackfield V by Blackfield
  2. The Optimist by Anathema
  3. In Spades by The Afghan Whigs
  4. Detachment by Barock Project
  5. Flying Microtonal Banana by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
  6. Chalice Hymnal by Grails
  7. Is This the Life We Really Want by Roger Waters
  8. Trippin’ With Dr. Faustus by Amplifier
  9. Quiet Storms by Galahad
  10. Tardigrades Will Inherit The Earth by The Mute Gods


The 10 Best Meditative and Modern Classical Albums of the year

  1. Three Worlds Music From Woolf Works by Max Richter
  2. Ichiru by Daigo Hanada
  3. Nuit Blanche by Tarkovsky Quartet
  4. The Imperfect Sea by Penguin Cafe
  5. Endless by Tale Of Us
  6. Unfold by The Necks
  7. Different Spaces by Erik Wollo
  8. Room 29 by Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales
  9. Wait State OST by Bogdan Belyaev
  10. Satsang by Shastro


The 5 Best Folk Albums of the year

  1. The Great Plains by Thomas Dybdahl
  2. Gargoyle by Mark Lanegan Band
  3. Crack-Up by Fleet Foxes
  4. Semper Femina by Laura Marling
  5. Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood by Sun Kil Moon


The 5 Best Stoner Albums of the year

  1. The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues by John Garcia
  2. Emperor of Sand by Mastodon
  3. Sleeping Through The War by All Them Witches
  4. Wick by Royal Thunder
  5. Mount The Mountain by Mammoth Mammoth



3 comments on “The List of all Lists: the 80 Best Albums released in the first half of 2017

  1. Thanks so much for doing this! This provides a nice shortlist to shop and/or explore from.

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  2. Ottima lista. Per gli Stoner ti piacciono anche i Monster Magnet?


    • Si, adoro a dismisura lo stoner…. è vero!! I Monster Magnet sono sicuramente tra i principali rappresentanti del genere ed è un peccato che ci stiano facendo attendere così tanto per un nuovo disco! Per fortuna che ci hanno pensato i Mastodon a regalarci un grande disco di stoner! Ciao!

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