Best Of 2017: Hard Rock

MAGNET’s Matt Ryan picks the best hard-rock releases of the year

1 White Reaper The World’s Best American Band (Polyvinyl)
2 The Bronx V (ATO)
3 Telekinetic Yeti Abominable (Sump Pump)
4 Hey Satan Hey Satan (Cold Smoke)
5 WhiteNails First Trip (Magnetic Eye)
6 Sasquatch Maneuvers (Mad Oak)
7 Elder Reflections Of A Floating World (Armageddon)
8 Black Star Riders Heavy Fire (Nuclear Blast)
9 Fireball Ministry Remember The Story (Cleopatra)
10 Beastmaker Inside The Skull (Rise Above)

Best Of 2017: Jazz/Improv

MAGNET’s Bill Meyer picks the best jazz/improv releases of the year

1 Jaimie Branch Fly Or Die (International Anthem)
2 Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt (Palilalia)
3 Shelter Shelter (Audiographic)
4 Keiji Haino/John Butcher Light Never Bright Enough (Otoroku)
5 The Rempis Percussion Quartet Cochonnerie (Aerophonic)
6 Paal Nilssen-Love/Frode Gjerstad Nearby Faraway (PNL)
7 Tomas Fujiwara Triple Double (Firehouse 12)
8 Keith Rowe The Room Extended (Erstwhile)
9 Rob Mazurek Rome (Clean Feed)
10 The Necks Unfold (Ideologic Organ)

Best Of 2017: Hip Hop

MAGNET’s Corey duBrowa picks the best hip-hop releases of the year

1 Aminé Good For You (Republic)
2 Kendrick Lamar Damn (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)
3 Vince Staples Big Fish Theory (Def Jam/ARTium/Blacksmith)
4 Brockhampton Saturation (Brockhampton/Empire)
5 DJ Quik & Problem Rosecrans (Diamond Lane/Blake)
6 Jay-Z 4:44 (Roc Nation)
7 Jonwayne Rap Album Two (Authors Recording Co.)
8 Tyler, The Creator Flower Boy (Columbia)
9 Smino Blkswn (Zero Fatigue/Downtown)
10 Wu-Tang Clan The Saga Continues (eOne)

Best Of 2017: Punk

MAGNET’s Tim Stegall picks the best punk releases of the year

1 A Giant Dog Toy (Merge)
2 The Replacements For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986 (Rhino)
3 Worm Suicide Too Hung To Fall In Love (Wiseass)
4 The Damned Damned Damned Damned (BMG)
5 Sharp/Shock Unlearn Everything (Heart & Skull)
6 X-Ray Spex Germfree Adolescents (Real Gone)
7 Ramones Leave Home 40th Anniversary Deluxe (Rhino/Warner Bros.)
8 The Guillotines Heads Will Roll (Just 4 Fun)
9 CH3 Put ’Em Up (TKO)
10 Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind Super Natural (Masonic/Hound Gawd!)

Best Of 2017: World Music

MAGNET’s j. poet picks the best world-music releases of the year

1 Ozomatli Non Stop: Mexico To Jamaica (Cleopatra)
2 Amadou & Mariam La Confusion (Because)
3 Tinariwen Elwan (Anti-)
4 Jah Ova Evil Forever Judah (Batelier)
5 Paa Kow Cookpot (Paakowmusic)
6 Banda Magda Tigre (Groundup/Verve)
7 Omar Souleyman To Syria, With Love (Mad Decent)
8 Havana Maestros Americuba (Sounds Worldwide)
9 Chicago Afrobeat Project Featuring Tony Allen What Goes Up (self-released)
10 Passafire Longshot (Easy Star)