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Readers’ Poll: 10 Best Albums of 2017

Find out which album beat out Lorde and Kendrick Lamar

We asked our readers to vote on the best albums of 2017. Here are the results.

This has been an eclectic, strong year for albums from both emerging and veteran artists. From boy band superstars confidently launching their solo careers to rockers testing out their pop chops, it’s been a year for flexing ranges and taking chances. To cap off the year, we asked our readers to vote for the 10 best albums of 2017. Here are the ranked results.

foo fighters concrete and gold

Foo Fighters, ‘Concrete & Gold’

After a brief hiatus, the Foo Fighters returned stronger and fresher than ever with Concrete and Gold, a tough, poppy follow-up to the conceptual Sonic Highways. On their latest, Grohl & Co. team up with a surprising collection of collaborators, including Justin Timberlake and Boyz II Men as well as pop superproducer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia).

kendrick lamar damn

Kendrick Lamar, ‘Damn’

No one has had quite the streak that Kendrick Lamar has, and for the Compton rapper to follow up a complicated, soul-searching, politically charged masterpiece like To Pimp a Butterfly with a more pop-leaning, fun victory lap such as Damn is the perfect showcase of his range and abilities. On this album, Lamar shows that he can perfectly balance being a skilled lyricist and major hitmaker.

Demi Lovato, 'Tell Me You Love Me'

Demi Lovato, ‘Tell Me You Love Me’

Since her teens, Demi Lovato has traversed through her many musical sides: she can be a big, soulful belter as much as easily as she can be a bubblegum dance-pop princess. On Tell Me You Love Me, Lovato is at her most musically adventurous, balancing all those sides into an honest, fun and strong project.

Niall Horan, 'Flicker'

Niall Horan, ‘Flicker’

It was a great year to be a One Direction fan, with the constant stream of new solo releases from members of the boy band. Niall Horan, the group’s sweet, folky Irishman, released an exceptional, Eagles-inspired debut album that has him channeling both his acoustic soft side and rougher rock edge. 

Lorde, 'Melodrama'

Lorde, ‘Melodrama’

Sweeping and brooding, Lorde turned a breakup into a magnum opus with the colorful Melodrama. Showing off her growth as a songwriter and singer, this prodigious young artist created a moodscape of sounds and complex feelings to create a masterful piece of music that explores every urge, action, hope and fear that swirls in one’s head when processing a fresh heartbreak.

Harry Styles, 'Harry Styles'

Harry Styles, ‘Harry Styles’

It’s tough enough to launch a solo career after being in one of your generation’s biggest pop groups, but Harry Styles went the extra step to go against the grain of current pop itself with his debut album. Always the biggest Fleetwood Mac fan, Styles channeled Seventies FM rock and folk for his self-titled LP, working with Jeff Bhasker and creating a moody, rootsy tale of jet-setting romance and heartbreak across raucous rockers like “Kiwi” and soft-spoken strummers like “Ever Since New York.” In the end, Styles created a masterpiece mature beyond his 23 years.

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