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The Album Of The Year: Genre-by-Genre Guide

December 11, 2017 | Posted by David Hayter

To finish off our Album Of The Year countdown, we present the list re-ordered by genre to help you find the artists and albums you may have missed, but might well enjoy.

Our genre classification is extremely vague by design, so don’t worry, we are aware that a lot of hardcore bands are grouped in with metal and the indie genre consumes a whole host of sub genres. It’s just a rough guide.


1. Melodrama by Lorde

2. After Laughter by Paramore

3. Lust For Life by Lana Del Rey

4. Something To Tell You by Haim

5. Mura Masa by Mura Masa

6. Reputation by Taylor Swift

7. Harry Styles by Harry Styles

8. Skin&Earth by Lights

9. Dua Lipa by Dua Lipa

10. Humanz by Gorillaz


Art Pop:


1. Music For People In Trouble by Susanne Sundfor

2. Masseduction by St. Vincent

3. No Shape by Perfume Genius

4. The Kid by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

5. Kelly Lee Owens by Kelly Lee Owens

6. Plunge by Fever Ray

7. Okovi by Zola Jesus

8. Halo by Juana Molina

9. Ash by Ibeyi

10. Rest by Charlotte Gainsbourg

11. Aromanticism by Moses Sumney

12. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson by Ariel Pink

13. Utopia by Bjork


Synth Pop/Electronica: 

1. Arca by Arca

2. Plunge by Fever Ray

3. New Energy by Four Tet

4. The Assasination of Julius Caesar by Ulver

5. Black Origami by Jlin

6. Spirit by Depeche Mode

7. Mura Masa by Mura Masa

8. Future Politics by Austra




1. Brutalism by IDLES

2. The World’s Best American Band by White Reaper

3. Science Fiction by Brand New

4. Try Not To Freak Out by Slotface

5. Relatives In Descent by Protomartyr

6. Eternity, In Your Arms by Creeper

7. Cost Of Living by Downtown Boys

8. Nothing Feels Natural by Priests

9. Hiss Spun by Chelsea Wolfe

10. Need To Feel Your Love by Sheer Mag

11. Hug Of Thunder by Broken Social Scene

12. Interplanetary Class Classic by The Moonlandingz

13. Villians by Queens Of The Stone Age

14. A Deeper Understand by The War On Drugs

15. Witness by Benjamin Booker

16. Who Built The Moon? by Noel Gallagher And The High Flying Birds

17. After The Party by The Menzingers




1. Nightmare Logic by Power Trip

2. Ex Eye by Ex Eye

3. You’re Not Welcome Here Anymore by Counterparts

4. The Dusk In Us by Converge

5. Forever by Code Orange

6. Psychosis by Cavalera Conspiracy

7. Infrared Horizon by Artificial Brain

8. Dead Cross by Dead Cross

9. Mirror Reaper by Bell Witch

10. Hydrograd by Stone Sour

11. Mareridt by Myrkur

12. Ritual by In This Moment

13. Medusa by Paradise Lost

14. This Is The Sound by Cellar Darling




1. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem

2. Exile In The Outer Rim by EMA

3. The Navigator by Hurray For The Riff Raff

4. Holiday Desitination by Nadine Shah

5. I See You by The xx

6. Visions Of A Life by Wolf Alice

7. Sorry Is Gone by Jessisca Lea Mayfield

8. V by The Horrors

9. Capacity by Big Thief

10. Infinite Worlds by Vagabon

11. I’m Not Your Man by Marika Hackman

12. Love In The 4th Dimension by The Big Moon

13. Slowdive by Slowdive

14. Everybody Works by Jay Som

15. Out In The Storm by Waxahatchee

16. Hug Of Thunder by Broken Social Scene

17. Sleep Well Beast by The Nationa

18. City Music by Kevin Morby

19. The Witch by Pumarosa

20. Soft Sounds From Another Planet by Japanese Breakfast

21. A Deeper Understanding by The War On Drugs

22. Wonderful Wonderful by The Killers

23. Something To Tell You by Haim

24. Earl Grey by Girl Ray

25. The OOZ by King Krule

26. Powerplant by Girlpool




1. Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples

2. Damn. By Kendrick Lamar

3. Laila’s Wisdom by Rapsody

4. Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator

5. RTJ3 by Run The Jewels

6. Thot Breaker by Chief Keef

7. 4:44 by Jay Z

8. Gang Signs and Prayer by Stormzy

9. May God Bless Your Hustle by MIKE

10. Yesterday’s Gone by Loyle Carner

11. Culture by Migos

12. Beautiful Thugger Girls by Young Thug

13. HNDRXX by Future

14. Godfather by Wiley

15. Without Warning by 21 Savage

16. Common Sense by J Hus




1. CTRL by SZA

2. Fin by Syd

3. Process by Sampha

4. Drunk by Thundercat

5. Ash by Ibeyi

6. RINA by Rina Sawayama

7. Glasshouse by Jessie Ware

8. Take Me Apart by Kelela

9. War & Leisure by Miguel




1. Order Of Time by Valerie June

2. Freedom Highway by Rhiannon Giddens

3. Memories Are Now by Jesca Hoop

4. Prisoner by Ryan Adams

5. A Short History Of Decay by John Murry

6. Beast Epic by Iron & Wine

7. Poor David’s Almanac by David Rawlings




1. A Crow Looked At Me by Mount Eerie

2. Party by Aldous Harding

3. The Weather Station by The Weather Station

4.Not Even Happiness by Julie Byrne

 5. Pure Comedy by Father John Misty

6.Semper Femina by Laura Marling

 7. Crack-Up by Fleet Foxes

8. Halo by Juana Molina

9. Turn Out The Lights by Julien Baker

10. Stranger In The Alps by Phoebe Bridgers

11. The Wilds by Henry Jamison

12. The Curious Hand by Seamus Fogarty

13. Queen Of Hearts by Offa Rex

14. Preservation by Nadia Reid

15. Rocket by Alex G (Sandy)




1. The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

2. All American Made by Margo Price

3. Sorry Is Gone by Jessica Lea Mayfield

4. Forever And Then Some by Lilie Mae

5. Rule 62 by Whitney Rose

6. Colter Wall by Colter Wall

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