20 Best Pop Albums of 2017

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

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Dua Lipa, 'Dua Lipa'
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9. Dua Lipa, 'Dua Lipa'

The London-bred daughter of Kosovan-Albanian immigrants, singer/songwriter Dua Lipa has been steadily releasing a string of sharp singles since 2015, beginning with the flirty "Be the One" and finally hitting the jackpot with last year's slow-burning U.K. hit "Hotter Than Hell" – both collected here on her terrific debut album. She emotes with some of Pink's husky attitude and some of Sia's theatrical so-over-it-ness, but she's a warmer singer than either, whether shrugging off a lover on the self-explanatory "IDGAF" or matching Miguel's intensity on the steamy "Lost in Your Light." The beats expertly match her mood, taking in just about every flavor of clubby pop from the past few years but favoring a soulful deep house pulse. K.H.

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