best music of 2017

The 25 Best New Musical Artists of 2017

The 25 Best New Musical Artists of 2017

The best new artists of 2017 mash up genre dividers and take popular music in new and exciting directions.

The Best Music of 2017

The Best Music of 2017

Catch up on all of PopMatters' year-end best music features, including our deep and rich genre lists.

The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of 2017

The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of 2017

In 2017, the music world saw amazing reissues from all over the genre map, spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and jazz to soul.

The Best Avant-Garde and Experimental Music of 2017

The Best Avant-Garde and Experimental Music of 2017

The personal is political, the local is global, and privacy is passé. Our musical experimenters are mere soldiers, fighting the good fight in the name of a brighter and weirder tomorrow.

The 15 Best Soul/R&B Albums of 2017

The 15 Best Soul/R&B Albums of 2017

2017 has been a banner year for soul music of all stripes with a number of momentous debuts. All the while, R&B keeps pushing forward.

The 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2017

The 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2017

Electronic music is one of the broadest-reaching genres by design, and 2017 highlights that as well as any other year on record. These are the 20 best albums.

The Best Shoegaze and Dream Pop of 2017

The Best Shoegaze and Dream Pop of 2017

This has been a remarkable year for shoegaze. If it were only for the re-raising of two central pillars of the initial scene it would still have been enough, but that wasn't even the half of it.

The Best Dance Tracks of 2017

The Best Dance Tracks of 2017

From the "shamanic techno" of Parisian duo Pouvoir Magique to Stockholm Noir's brilliant string of darkly foreboding, electro-licked singles, here are ten selections that represent some of the more intriguing dance offerings of 2017.

The 70 Best Songs of 2017

The 70 Best Songs of 2017

The year in song reflected the state of the world around us. Here are the 70 songs that spoke to us this year.

The Best Country Music of 2017

The Best Country Music of 2017

There are many fine country musicians making music that is relevant and affecting in these troubled times. Here are ten of our favorites.

The 60 Best Albums of 2017

The 60 Best Albums of 2017

From genre-busting electronic music to new highs in the ever-evolving R&B scene, from hip-hop and Americana to rock and pop, 2017's music scenes bestowed an embarrassment of riches upon us.

The 15 Best Americana Albums of 2017

The 15 Best Americana Albums of 2017

In Americana music the present is female. Two-thirds of our year-end list is comprised of albums by women. Here, then, are the women (and a few men) who represented the best in Americana in 2017.

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