2017 is almost at an end and though it has been a terrible year for politics, and basically everything else, 2017 however, has been an incredible year for music. 

Back in March, I put out an article highlighting some of my favorite albums that had been released early on in the year. Since then, we have been graced with even more outstanding, 10/10, listen-from-start-to-finish albums, so I would like to take a moment to showcase my top 15 picks (in a very particular order) of 2017: 

15.) Ariel Pink – Dedicated To Bobby Jameson


Dedicated To Bobby Jameson is Ariel Pink’s 11th studio album. The album is an intimate and humble piece, containing a combination of pop and rock anthems.

TOP SONGS:  I Wanna Be Young // Bubblegum Dreams // Do Yourself A Favor 

14.) Billie Eilish – don’t smile at me 


At only 15 years old, Billie Eilish released her debut album consisting of moody pop hits; very well crafted by someone so young, without a single displeasing song on the album.

TOP SONGS: my boy // idontwannabeyouanymore  // COPYCAT 

13.) LANY – LANY



LANY has been a favorite band of mine since 2015 and their self-titled album re-enforced my support of them. This is a go to album for your typical heartbreak-indie-pop jams.

TOP SONGS: Hericane // Super Far // The Breakup

12.) Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. 


There’s no doubt that Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. was a groundbreaking album this year. This album amped up the production and provided Lamar a place for in-depth storytelling. Also, there was no way of escaping from HUMBLE. throughout the summer.


11.) SZA – Ctrl


SZA was the female icon that 2017 needed. Ctrl (which is her debut album) served us with confident r&b hits that are a must hear.

TOP SONGS: Doves In The Wind // Drew Barrymore // Love Galore

10.) Tove Lo – Blue Lips


Tove Lo has proved herself to be the queen of pop with the release of Blue Lips. It’s refreshing to hear a female artist not being afraid of being open about sexuality (which is broadcasted throughout the tracks) making this album a powerful piece for all women.

TOP SONGS: disco tits // hey you got drugs? // 9th of october

9.) Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory


Vince Staples gives us club-rap hits with Big Fish Theory. The tracks are all very sleek and are bangers for sure.

TOP SONGS: Yeah Right // Party People // Love Can Be

8.) Allie X – CollXtion II


Allie X is the true leader of dark pop. Her witchy aesthetic comes to life with refreshing pop hits on her CollXtion II. If you’re looking for pop that sounds different than any other pop – then this is the album for you.

TOP SONGS: Vintage // Casanova // Old Habits Die Hard

7.) Jaden Smith – Syre


Jaden Smith (my future husband, I promise) is a talented legend who made his presence in the music industry clear with the release of his sophisticated and new-age thinking album, Syre. The production value is insane, and the album tells a story from start to finish, so it’s one that you must listen to all the way through.

TOP SONGS: E // Ninety // Hope

6.) Brockhampton – Saturation II


It was a hard decision for me to chose between Saturation I and Saturation II, but part II held something a bit more special to me. The rap crew / American boyband that is Brockhampton highlights their distinct personalities throughout the album and provides us with fun and bold jams.


5.) Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life


Lana Del Rey’s fourth full-length album, Lust For Life, was a huge comeback from her previous album, Honeymoon. With her prominent sleek vocals, Lana crafted another sincere, dense, dark pop piece.

TOP SONGS: Summer Bummer // Cherry // Tomorrow Never Came

4.) St. Vincent – Masseduction


St. Vincent’s fifth released album is a deeply personal pop rock piece that is a must hear. The album consists of tear jerker songs to classic bops, and is truly a beautiful album.

TOP SONGS: Los Ageless // Happy Birthday, Johnny // New York

3.) Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy 


There is so much that can be said about Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy. The album is a beautifully painted collage of songs of self-reflection. Every song holds something unique to it – overall making it a 10/10 album.

TOP SONGS: 911 / Mr. Lonely  // Glitter // Garden Shed

2.) Lorde – Melodrama


Lorde’s sophomore album graced us with a plethora of bops. Every sing song was crafted so perfectly, capturing emotion unlike any other pop album. Very rarely do you come across an album that contains zero songs to skip, but this is one of them.

TOP SONGS: Homemade Dynamite // Writer In The Dark // Perfect Places 

Before I reveal my number one pick of 2017, here are some other favorites of mine that did not make the cut, but are still worth mentioning:

Honorable Mentions: Sam Smith – Thrill Of It All , Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog , Lil Peep – Come Over When You’re Sober , Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins , Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa , Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel , Princess Nokia – 1992 Deluxe

1.) Perfume Genius – No Shape


The. Best. Album. Of. The. Year. Perfume Genius’s (Mike Hadrea) fourth album is pure gold. With tender vocals and beautiful production, there is no way this album could not be crowned as the best. The piece contains an ecstatic sound with insanely gorgeous transitions between tracks. The elegant dynamics of the albums brings you to a place that feels as if you were in the aesthetic movement, while creating a safe haven for the queer community.

TOP SONGS: Slip Away // Die 4 You // Just Like Love

Below I have linked a Spotify playlist containing my top songs from the 15 albums that were listed. I encourage you to check it out and maybe you’ll even come across a new favorite. (I promise you these songs are good, just listen.)


My name is Tara and I put out articles for UIC Radio every Thursday. I’m a communication and professional writing major at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and I just drank too much coffee. If you want to keep up with my saucy life you can follow me here:

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