Best of 2017

Craig Ismaili’s Top Albums of 2017

This year I didn’t have time to write much about my album picks besides the 3 writeups I did for my staff list. If you want some of my thoughts on what music was really important to me this year, read these two posts with my top 50 songs list:

Songs of the Year Part 1 (50-26)

Songs of the Year Part 2 (25-1)

Album of the Year List

  1. Paramore – After Laughter
  2. Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To Surface
  3. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
  4. Partner – In Search of Lost Time
  5. The Front Bottoms – Going Grey
  6. Bleachers – Gone Now
  7. Maggie Rogers – Now That The Light Is Fading EP
  8. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  9. MisterWives – Connect the Dots
  10. Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
  11. The Menzingers – After The Party
  12. Alex Lahey – I Love You Like a Brother
  13. Charli XCX – Pop 2
  14. MUNA – About U
  15. Enter Shikari – The Spark
  16. Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In the Alps
  17. Lorde – Melodrama
  18. PVRIS – All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell
  19. The National – Sleep Well Beast
  20. What What What – Shopping Is a Feeling
  21. The American Dollar – Music For Chilling Out
  22. Tigers Jaw – spin
  23. Walk The Moon – What If Nothing
  24. Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark
  25. Silverstein – Dead Reflection
  26. Vasudeva – No Clearance
  27. Wolf Alice – Visions Of a Life
  28. Meadowlark – Postcards
  29. St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
  30. Emperor X – Oversleepers International
  31. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
  32. Common Holly – Playing House
  33. COIN – How Will You Know If You Never Try?
  34. Daughter – Music From Before the Storm
  35. Kesha – Rainbow
  36. Fire Is Motion – Still I Try EP
  37. Oso Oso – The Yunahon Mixtape
  38. The Band CAMINO – Heaven EP
  39. Turnover – Good Nature
  40. Brockhampton – Brockhampton Trilogy
  41. Caracara – Summer Megalith
  42. Charly Bliss – Guppy
  43. Rozwell Kid – Precious Art
  44. People Like You – Verse
  45. Special Explosion – To Infinity
  46. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  47. Citizen – As You Please
  48. The World Is a Beautiful Place – Always Foreign
  49. Portugal The Man – Woodstock
  50. Khalid – American Teen

2016 Re-Ranked Top 10 (Previous Rank)

  1. The 1975 – I Like It… (1)
  2. PUP – The Dream Is Over (3)
  3. Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere (NR – forgot to rank)
  4. Animal Flag – LP (5)
  5. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book (7)
  6. Balance and Composure – Light We Made (6)
  7. Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues (4)
  8. The Hotelier – Goodness (2)
  9. Run The Jewels – Run the Jewels 3 (11 – would be 13 on my 2017 list if counted for this year)
  10. Black Foxxes – I’m Not Well (10)

2007 Re-Ranked Top 10

  1. Anberlin – Cities
  2. Jimmy Eat World – Chase this Light
  3. Paramore – Riot
  4. Tegan And Sara – The Con
  5. Explosions In the Sky – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
  6. Motion City Soundtrack – Even if It Kills Me
  7. The Starting Line – Direction
  8. Relient K – Five Score and Seven Years Ago
  9. Thrice – The Alchemy Index
  10. Four Year Strong – Rise or Die Trying

Some Shows I liked this year in a vague order:

  1. The Good Place
  2. Black Mirror
  3. Stranger Things
  4. Veep
  5. Game of Thrones
  6. Lovesick
  7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  8. Masters of None
  9. Silicon Valley
  10. GLOW
  11. Dear White People
  12. Santa Clarita Diet

All The Movies I Saw in Theaters this Year Ranked:

  1. Lady Bird
  2. Get Out
  3. Coco
  4. The Big Sick
  5. Baby Driver
  6. Dunkirk
  7. Spiderman: Homecoming
  8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  10. Happy Death Day

Best Books I Read this Year

  1. Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari
  2. Turtles All The Way Down – John Green
  3. Prosser, Wade and Schwartz’s-Torts Cases and Materials 12th Edition
  4. Cases and Materials in Criminal Law, 6th Edition – Joshua Dressler
  5. Studies in Contract Law – Ian Ayers

Thanks for reading my stuff this year guys. It’s been fun checking in when I can.

Craig Ismaili
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