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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.

Lorde, 'Melodrama'
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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'
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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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