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Every Beat writer on the best music of 2017

2017 was a bit of a shit-fest hey? But thankfully we were still gifted with some truly timeless music.

Without further ado, here's our traditional end-of-year list of our favourite things. The variety of top albums amongst our staff is a testament to the artists killing it. Cheers to you artists/bands that got us through this bin-fire of a year.

Name: Gloria Brancatisano, Editor

Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Lovely Little Lonely The Maine
2. Harry Styles Harry Styles
3. Go Farther In Lightness Gang of Youths
4. After Laughter Paramore
5. Lucid Again Clowns
6. The Rhapsody Tapes Ocean Grove
7. You Me And Everything In Between Belle Haven 
8. How Will You Know If You Never Try? Coin
9. A Suitable Girl Ali Barter
10. Reservoir Gordi

Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Guilty Party’ Thunder Jackson
2. 'Don't Kill My Vibe' Sigrid
3. 'Doomsday' Architects
4. 'Talk In Your Sleep' Moose Blood
5. ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ Stella Donnelly

Name: James Di Fabrizio, Editor

Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Pure Comedy,  Father John Misty
2. Lonely Planet, Tornado Wallace
3. Drum, Gold Class
4. A Quality of Mercy, RVG
5. A Deeper Understanding, The War on Drugs
6. Prisoner, Ryan Adams
7. Jen Cloher, Jen Cloher  
8. DAMN., Kendrick Lamar
9. Harmony of Difference EP, Kamasi Washington
10. Drunk, Thundercat

Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Regional Echo' Jen Cloher
2. ‘Over Everything' Courtney Barnett / Kurt Vile
3. ‘Dial Before You Dig Private Function
4. ‘One More Love Song’ Mac DeMarco
5. ‘Passionfruit' Drake

Name: Georgia Spanos, Beat Eats Columnist

Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Forced Witness Alex Cameron
2. Dedicated to Bobby Jameson Ariel Pink
3. Cigarettes After Sex Cigarettes After Sex
4. Drum Gold Class
4. The Weather Pond
5. The Senegambian Jazz Band The Senegambian Jazz Band
6. Every Eye Ivan Ave
7. A Deeper UnderstandingThe War On Drugs
8. Satan's Graffiti or God's Art? Black Lips
9. Harmony of Difference Kamasi Washington
10. The OOZ King Krule
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Yes Lawd’ Nx Worries & Anderson Knxledge Paak
2. ‘Come My Way’ Sudan Archives
3. ‘A Quality of Mercy’ RVG
4. ‘The One To Wait’ CCFX
5. ‘Total Control (Live on KEXP)’ Angel Olsen
6. 'Susan' Jack Ladder

Name: Lachlan Kanoniuk, Singles Reviewer
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Party Aldous Harding
2. A Quality Of Mercy RVG
3. Dark Matter Randy Newman
4. Remember Terry Terry
5. Intimacy & Isolation Darcy Baylis
6. Black Origami Jlin
7. Jen Cloher Jen Cloher
8. Chrome Halo HTMLflowers
9. BASIC Divide And Dissolve
10. Masseduction St Vincent

Name: Michael Cusack, Electronic Columnist

Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Lonely Planet Tornado Wallace
2. New Energy Four Tet
3. Glue Bicep
4. Migration Bonobo
5. Third Law Rat & Co
6. Sensorimotor Lusine
7. Expectations Harvey Sutherland
8. Parallels Nosaj Thing
9. Elwan Tinariwen
10. Fresh Air Homeshake
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Alchemy’ Willaris. K
2. ‘Acidic’ Imbi The Girl
3. ‘Be Friends’ Alice Ivy
4. ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D’ Superorganism
5. ‘Better Sit Down Boy’ Confidence Man

Name: Jessica Over, Mixdown Online Editor

Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. DAMN. Kendrick Lamar
2. American Teen Khalid
3. A Deeper Understanding The War On Drugs
4. Everything Is Forgotten Methyl Ethel
5. Something To Tell You HAIM
6. Crack-Up  Fleet Foxes
7. Blossom  Milky Chance
8. American Dream  LCD Soundsystem
9. Sleep Well Beast The National
10. Go Farther In Lightness  Gang of Youths
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘DNA’ Kendrick Lamar
2. ‘Young, Dumb & Broke’ Khalid
3. ‘Perfect’ Ed Sheeran
4. ‘Green Light Lorde
5. ‘call the police’ LCD Soundsystem

Name: Nicholas Simonsen, Mixdown Editor
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Material Control Glassjaw
2. Clairvoyant The Contortionist
3. few He Is Legend
4. Ritual Envy On The Coast
5. The Amulet Circa Survive
6. Add Violence Nine Inch Nails
7. The Dusk In Us Converge
8. No Future Private Lives
9. Interiors Quicksand
10. From The Unforgiving Arms of God End
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Less Than’ Nine Inch Nails
2. ‘Return To Earth’ The Contortionist
3. ‘Sift’ Envy On The Coast
4. ‘Doomsday’ Architects
5. ‘Dumb’ Lower Than Atlantis

Name: Vanessa Valenzuela, Hip Hop Columnist
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Damn. Kendrick Lamar
2. Saturation II Brockhampton
3. Scum Fuck Flower Boy Tyler The Creator
4. 4:44 Jay Z
5. Ctrl SZA
6. The Drum Chord Theory Matt Martians
7. Family Portrait Billy Davis
8. Syre Jade Smith
9. Just Problems You Need To Know Baro
10. Trip Jhene Aiko
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Humble’ Kendrick Lamar
2. ‘Sweet’ Brockhampton
3. ‘911/Mr Lonely’ Tyler The Creator
4. ‘Liona’ Nasty Mars
5. ‘Natural Woman’ Kaiit

Name: Abbey Lew-Kee
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Go Farther In Lightness Gang Of Youths
2. Half Mile Harvest The Teskey Brothers
3. All I Think About Is Everything Eaglemont
4. American Teen Khalid
5. BATS Cub Sport
6. Tell Me You Love Me Demi Lovato
7. Permanent Vacation Lime Cordiale
8. Snow Angus & Julia Stone
9. Sponge Cake­ Winston Surfshirt
10. Presence Petit Biscuit
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Fault Line’ Jack River
2. ‘Go Bang’ PNAU
3. ‘Astronaut (Something About Your Love) Mansionair
4. ‘I Haven’t Been Taking Care of Myself’ Alex Lahey
5. ‘Texas’ Eaglemont

Name: Alex Watts
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. DAMN. Kendrick Lamar
2. A Quality of Mercy RVG
3. Birds and the BEE9 Sampa The Great
4. Laila’s Wisdom Rapsody
5. Pure Comedy Father John Misty
6. MASSEDUCTION St Vincent
7. As You Were Liam Gallagher
8. Party Aldous Harding
9. Melodrama Lorde
10. 4:44 Jay Z

Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Chameleon Paint’ Tropical Fuck Storm
2. ‘Humble’ Kendrick Lamar
3. ‘Stay’ Saatsuma
4. ‘Not About You’ Haiku Hands
5. ‘Call the Police’ LCD Soundsystem

Name: Anthony Furci
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. The Weather POND
2. Flying Microtonal Banana King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
3. Saturation II BROCKHAMPTON
4. Greatest Hits Remo Drive
5. Murder of the Universe King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
6. Ecca Vandal Ecca Vandal
7. High Visceral Pt. 2 Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
8. Lucid Again Clowns
9. After Laughter Paramore
10. La Saboteuse Yazz Ahmed
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘SWEET’ BROCKHAMPTON
2. ‘Run’ Foo Fighters
3. ‘Lemon’ N.E.R.D & Rihanna
4. ‘Ubu’ Methyl Ethel
5. ‘June’ Tigers Jaw

Name: Augustus Welby
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Jen Cloher Jen Cloher
2. AZD Actress
3. Forced Witness Alex Cameron
4. Lotta Sea Lice Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
5. Guilt Pop/Stay Posi Ferla
6. New Energy Four Tet
7. Rest Charlotte Gainsbourg
8. Love What Survives Mount Kimbie
9. Capacity Big Thief
10. What the Fuck Was I Thinking EP Jade Imagine
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Two Thousand and Seventeen’Four Tet
2. ‘Over Everything’ Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
3. ‘Czech One’ King Krule
4. ‘Yere faga’ Oumou Sangare
5. ‘Wild Fire’ Laura Marling

Name: Kate Streader
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. This Old Dog Mac DeMarco
2. Unpeeled Cage The Elephant
3. Pure Comedy Father John Misty
4. Capacity Big ThiefWizard
5. Sleep Well Beast The National
6. The Ooz King Krule
7. Carry Fire Robert Plant
8. Sketches of Brunswick East King Gizzard and the Lizard & Mild High Club
9. The Weather Pond
10. Lotta Sea Lice Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Chameleon Paint’ Tropical Fuck Storm
2. ‘Get Back Home’ The Stained Daisies
3. ‘Carin at the Liquor Store’ The National
4. ‘My Old Man’ Mac DeMarco
5. ‘Mary’ Big Thief

Name: Jacob Colliver

Top Ten Albums Of The Year:
1. (Akira) Black Cab
2. Flying Microtonal Banana King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
3. Vacancy Broads
4. Drunk Thundercat
5. A Shadow In Time William Basinski
6. The Dank Dr. Colossus
7. Hi-Vis High Tea Frenzal Rhomb
8. More Scared of You than You Are of Me The Smith Street Band
9. A Crow Looked At Me Mount Eerie
10. Don't Get Lost The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Top Five Singles Of The Year:
1. ‘Rain in Soho’ The Mountain Goats
2. ‘$avages’ That Handsome Devil
3. ‘B.H.S.’ Sleaford Mods
4. ‘Brown Horror Show (ft Danny)’ DJ Shadow
5. ‘Party Dates’ The Resignators

Name Meg Crawford
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year
1. Jen Cloher Jen Cloher
2.Guiding Light Ron S Peno and the Superstitions
3. An Actor Repairs Tim Rogers
4. The Bomb The Acid
5. Sleep Well Beast The National
6. Everything Is Forgotten Methyl Ethyl
7. What The Fuck Was I Thinking Jade Imagine
8. Soul of a Woman Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
9. God’s Problem Child Willie Nelson
10. Low in High School Morrissey (Although he needs to STFU) 

Top Five Singles of the Year
1. ‘Gambling’ Mia Dyson
2. ‘Outta the Woodwork’ Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
3. ‘Spider Baby’ Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds
4. ‘Apple in the Razor Blade’ Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds
5. ‘Better in the Shed’ Cosmic Psychos

Name: Alexander Crowden
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Go Farther in Lightness Gang of Youths
2. Melodrama Lorde
3. Wonderful Wonderful The Killers
4. BATS Cub Sport
5. Forgetting The Future British India
6. Night Thinker EP Amy Shark
7. ÷ Ed Sheeran
8. Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect Sundara Karma
9. Everything Now Arcade Fire
10. Truth Is A Beautiful Thing London Grammar
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Green Light’ Lorde
2. ‘Slide (ft Frank Ocean & Migos)’ Calvin Harris
3. ‘Passionfruit’ Drake
4. ‘Shred For Summer’ DZ Deathrays
5. ‘Blood’ City Calm Down

Name: Cassie Stevens
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Gutful Bad//Dreems
2. More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me The Smith Street Band
3. Go Farther In Lightness Gang of Youths
4. Six Smokin’ Songs Private Function
5. A Deeper Understanding The War On Drugs
6. Melodrama Lorde
7. Tremolow The Creases
8. The Water San Cisco
9. Everything Now Arcade Fire
10. A Quality of Mercy RVG
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Just Kids’ Big Creature
2. ‘So Vain’ Verge Collection
3. ‘Case’ Bleeding Knees Club
4. ‘Exactly How You Are’ Ball Park Music
5. ‘Bubblegum’ Confidence Man

Name: David James Young

Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. american dream LCD Soundsystem
2. Song from Northam Avenue Toby Martin
3. Reservoir Gordi
4. After Laughter Paramore
5. Guppy Charly Bliss
6. The Barn IDYLLS
7. After a Time Holly Throsby
8. Drum Gold Class
9. Sword Songs Two Steps on the Water
10. DAMN. Kendrick Lamar

Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Passionfruit’ Drake
2. ‘Westermarck’ Charly Bliss
3. ‘How Long Until You're Next to Me?’ Jacob
4. ‘Heaven I Know’ Gordi
5. ‘HUMBLE.’ Kendrick Lamar

Name: Chris Bright
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Everything Now Arcade Fire
2. RTJ3 Run The Jewels
3. Flying Microtonal Banana King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
4.Everything Is Forgotten Methyl Ethel
5.Yesterday’s Gone Loyle Carner
6. Damn. Kendrick Lamar
7. As You Were Liam Gallagher
8. For Crying Out Loud Kasabian
9. You Only Live 2wice Freddie Gibbs
10. 4:44 Jay Z

Top Five Singles of the Year:
1.‘Ubu’ Methyl Ethel
2.‘Legend Has It’ Run The Jewels
3. ‘Watch Me Read You’ Odette
4. ‘Humble’ Kendrick Lamar
5. ‘Sally (ft Mataya)’ Thundamentals

Name: Claire Morley

Top Ten Albums of the Year:

1.Go Farther in Lightness Gang of Youths
2.Melodrama Lorde
3.Sleep Well Beast The National
4.DAMN. Kendrick Lamar
5.No Shape Perfume Genius
6. I See You The xx
7.Reputation Taylor Swift
8. Pure Comedy Father John Misty
9.More Scared of You Than You Are of Me The Smith Street Band
10.Don’t Mess with the Doyenne Freya Josephine Hollick

Top Five Singles of the Yea
1. ‘The Deepest Sighs The Frankest Shadows’ Gang of Youths
2.‘Bad Liar’ Selena Gomez
3.‘Don’t Take the Money’ Bleachers
4.‘Feel It Still’ Portugal. The Man
5. ‘Green Light’ Lorde

Name:  Dan Watt

Top Ten Albums of the Year:

1. Half Mile Harvest The Teskey Brother
2. Science Fiction The Belligerents
3. The French Press The Rolling Blackouts
4. Sincerely Dude York
5. Inter Alia At The Drive In
6. Damn Kendrick Lamar
7. Luv Is Rage 2 Lil Uzi Vert
8. V The Horrors
9. Lies Scalphunter
10. Paintstripper Cosmic Kahuna

Top Five Singles of the Year:

1.  Love Is’Dude York
2. DAYLIGHT…between ‘Love Is’and any other song released in 2017
3. ‘Pain & Misery’The Teskey Brothers
4. ‘Humble’Kendrick Lamar
5. ‘Long Live The Chief’ Jidenna

Name: Will Brewster
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. 4:44 Jay Z
2. CTRLSZA
3. Big Fish TheoryVince Staples
4. DAMN.Kendrick Lamar
5. Process Sampha
6. The Ooz King Krule
7. Everything Is Forgotten Methyl Ethel
8. Harmony of DifferenceKamasi Washington
9. PaintHoly Holy
10. I See You The xx
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Mask Off’ Future
2. ‘DNA’ Kendrick Lamar
3. Lemon ft Rihanna’ N.E.R.D
4. ‘Big For Your Boots’ Stormzy
5. ‘Enough ft Pusha T’ Flume

Name: Tom Parker
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Forced Witness Alex Cameron  

2. A Deeper Understanding The War On Drugs
3. This Old Dog Mac DeMarco
4.Terrible Signal Terrible Signal
4. Expectations Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda
5. Party Aldous Harding
6. City Music Kevin Morby
7. Occult Architecture, Vol. 2 Moon Duo
8. Channel Four Crepes
10. Lightning Ears Wireheads  

Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘My Old Man’ Mac DeMarco  

2. ‘Darling’ Real Estate  

3. ‘Holding On’ The War On Drugs 
4. ‘You & I’ Jade Imagine  

5. ‘Sleep Drifter’ King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard  

 

Name: Eben Rojter
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Bardo State Horrorshow
2. Killer Dan Sultan
3. Train Of Thought Birdz
4. Brutal Dawn Bernard Fanning
5. The Kids Will Know It's Bullshit Dune Rats
6. Zinc Caiti Baker
7. Everyone We Know Thundamentals
8. Wet Lips Wet Lips
9. Wild And Weak Waax
10. Manual Override Saskwatch
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Here’ Briggs (ft Caiti Baker)
2. ‘Magnetic’ Dan Sultan
3. ‘Richman’ Downsyde
4. ‘Eat That Cake’ Horrorshow
5. ‘Rise’ Birdz (ft Jimblah)

Name: Naj

Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Occult Architecture, Vol.2 Moon Duo
2. SlowdiveSlowdive
3. Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood Sun Kil Moon
4. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson Ariel Pink
5. Occult Architecture, Vol.1 Moon Duo
6. Orc Oh Sees
7. Prisoner Ryan Adams
8. London Sessions Follakzoid and J. Spaceman
9. The Best Of Crime Rock Chain And The Gang
10. The Illusion Dream Machine
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Mirror’s Edge’ Moon Duo
2. ‘Sugar For The Pill’ Slowdive
3. ‘Take Care (To Comb Your Hair)’ Ty Segall
4. ‘Dedicated To Bobby Jameson’ Ariel Pink
5. ‘Jettisoned’ Oh Sees

Name: Bronius Zumeris
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Close Your Eyes And See Blackeyed Susans
2. Migration Bonobo
3. Lovely Creatures Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
4. Pulse Transit Ashley Davies
5. Go Farther In Lightness Gang Of Youths
6. Intoxicated Women Mick Harvey
7. American Dream LCD Soundsystem
8. Leftism 22Leftfield
9. Every Country’s Sun Mogwai
10. Sleep Well Beast The National
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘Something Just Like This’ The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
2. ‘Lover Or The Loved’ Blackeyed Susans
3. ‘Empire States’ Black Cab
4. ‘Intro Divide One’ Ashley Davies
5. ‘The Cricketers’ Fountaineer

Name:Ben Madden
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. SATURATION 2 Brockhampton
2. DAMN.Kendrick Lamar
3. More Scared of You Than You Are of Me The Smith Street Band
4. StrangerYung Lean
5. Gang Signs and Prayers Stormzy
6. Hey Don’t Worry About It FOLEY!
7. Just Problems You Need To Know Baro
8. Mourn Corbin
9. SATURATION 1 Brockhampton
10. SpeedingAllday
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘HUMBLE’ Kendrick Lamar
2. ‘Shine’ The Smith Street Band
3. ‘Boys’ Charli XCX
4. ‘Rockstar’ Post Malone
5. ‘JUNKY’ Brockhampton

Name:Ian Laidlaw
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. More Scared Of You Then You Are Of Me The Smith Street Band
2. Go Farther In Lightness Gang of Youths
3. Pure Comedy Father John Misty
4. Universe Jess Locke
5. The French Press Rolling Blackouts C.F
6. Capacity Big Thief
7. Colors Beck
8. Terrible Human Beings The Orwells
9. DAMN. Kendrick Lamar
10. Lotta Sea Lice Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. ‘25’ The Smith Street Band
2. ‘What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out’ Gang Of Youths
3. ‘Total Entertainment Forever’ Father John Misty
4. ‘Vacation’ The Orwells
5. ‘Up All Night’ Beck