The end of 2017 is in sight – which means it’s time to take stock and consider the year gone by. And from Kendrick to Foo Fighters to Queens of the Stone Age to anniversary re-releases of classics from the likes of Rolling Stones and Ramones, it’s definitely been a great year in music. Here we offer our choice of the 5 best albums from 2017. The crème de la crème of artists who have pushed boundaries and delivered awesome music this year.
1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN
The hotly anticipated follow-up to “To Pimp a Butterfly” did not disappoint. The album received acclaim from both fans and critics alike, solidifying Kendrick’s status as one of the greatest songwriters and story-tellers in the world. With dynamic rap, complex lyricism and wide-ranging themes that span generations of societal angst, spirituality and fame.
Best song? – Humble
If you like this, you might like… Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
2. Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
It might be an over-exaggeration to say that the debut album from UK rapper Stormzy took the grime world by storm, but it was definitely a major player in the breakthrough of the genre in the past year. With grime artists creating a new music scene in the UK and engaging with their audience socially and politically, Stormzy took number one with Gang Signs & Prayer with a collection of songs that are at times brash, tender, dynamic and pensive.
Best song – Shut Up / Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2 feat. MNEK
If you like this, you might like… Skepta – Konnichiwa
3. Foo Fighters – Concrete and Gold
Foo Fighters, on the other hand, are no newcomers to the game. This year, they released their 9th album, and conveys an impression of what the future holds for the United States, with the 2016 elections and Trumps’s presidency high on the agenda. Foo know how to make a good rock song, and this album doesn’t disappoint on classic sing-along anthems and catchy riffs. The band proved they aren’t leaving the rock’n’roll scene anytime soon, with a memorable headline performance at Glastonbury.
Best song – The sky is a neighbourhood
If you like this, you might like… Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
4. London Grammar – Truth is a Beautiful Thing
If chilled vibes are more your thing, you can’t go far wrong with London Grammar. The band’s ethereal sound sounds as good as ever and the hauntingly beautiful vocals of Hannah Reid are nothing short of incredible – she is undoubtedly one of the best vocalists in the British music scene today, with an amazing control and tenderness that evokes such a wide range of emotion.
Best song – Non Believer
If you like this, you might like… The XX – I See You
5. Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Calvin Harris is something of a dance music machine. Having produced summer smashes and club bangers for over a decade now, the Scottish DJ offered a totally new sound, but no less catchy. It has summer all over it and a really chilled feel – you’ll feel like you have been transported to a sunset beach party in Ibiza. There are some great collaborations on the album, with artists from Ariana Grande to Frank Ocean providing vocals and lending a more R’n’B tone to the funk-laden licks.
Best song – Heat Stroke feat. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande
If you like this, you might like… Jubilee – After Hours
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