20 Best Pop Albums of 2017

Kesha, Harry, Taylor and more of the year in hooks

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Demi Lovato, 'Tell Me You Love Me'

15. Demi Lovato, 'Tell Me You Love Me'

The sixth album from Demi Lovato reaches its peaks when the pop princess unleashes her powerful voice, which can leap octaves in a single bound and – as "Sorry Not Sorry" proved every time it crash-landed into drive-time – upend the chilled-out mundanity that dominated 2017's radio landscape. Lovato's instrument is in fine form on the regretful "You Don't Love Me Anymore," a tour de force ballad that allows her to turn vowels into Silly Putty; "Sexy Dirty Love" zaps her into robot disco; and "Concentrate" strips down as it heats up. Lovato's enthusiasm is so apparent that it even makes the lyric "Coldplay on the radio" sound kind of seductive. M.J.

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