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)

Best Of 2017: Noise

MAGNET’s Raymond Cummings picks the best noise releases of the year

1 Various Artists Approach To Fear: Regeneration (Karl Schmidt Verlag)
2 Gabi Losoncy Six Crises (self-released)
3 Sarah Davachi All My Circles Run (Students Of Decay)
4 Aaron Dilloway The Gag File (Dais)
5 Blue Chemise Influence On Dusk (Greedy Ventilator)
6 Pauline Oliveros And Connie Crothers Live At The Stone (Important)
7 Wolf Eyes Undertow (Lower Floor)
8 Zaimph Transverse Presence (No Rent)
9 African Ghost Valley Dagger (Cruel Nature)
10 Theo Nugraha X Y Z (self-released)

Best Of 2017: Indie Roots

MAGNET’s Devon Leger picks the best indie-roots releases of the year

1 Offa Rex The Queen Of Hearts (Nonesuch)
2 Zeal & Ardor Devil Is Fine (MVKA)
3 Kobo Town Where The Galleon Sank (Stonetree)
4 Sarah Shook & The Disarmers Sidelong (Bloodshot)
5 The Sherman Holmes ProjecThe Richmond Sessions (M.C.)
7 Little Bandit Breakfast Alone (yk)
8 Ibeyi Ash (XL)
9 Jake La Botz Sunnyside (Hi-Style)
10 Natalie Hemby Puxico (GetWrucke)

Best Of 2017: Singer/Songwriter

MAGNET’s Hobart Rowland picks the best singer/songwriter releases of the year

1 Craig Finn We All Want The Same Things (Partisan)
2 Jessica Lea Mayfield Sorry Is Gone (ATO)
3 Hiss Golden Messenger Hallelujah Anyhow (Merge)
4 Justin Townes Earle Kids In The Street (New West)
5 Chris Stapleton From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury Nashville)
6 Miranda Lee Richards Existential Beast (Invisible Hands)
7 Steve Earle & The Dukes So You Want To Be An Outlaw (Warner Bros.)
8 Tift Merritt Stitch Of The World (Yep Roc)
9 Mark Eitzel Hey Mr. Ferryman (Merge)
10 Tara Jane O’Neil Tara Jane O’Neil (Gnomonsong)

Best Of 2017: Metal

MAGNET’s Andrew Earles picks the best metal releases of the year

1 Sannhet So Numb (Profound Lore)
2 Boris Dear (Sargent House)
3 Pallbearer Heartless (Profound Lore)
4 Myrkur Mareridt (Relapse)
5 Cloakroom Time Well (Relapse)
6 Ufomammut 8 (Neurot)
7 Wolves In The Throne Room Thrice Woven (Artemisia)
8 Disma The Graveless Remains (Profound Lore)
9 With The Dead Love From With The Dead (Rise Above)
10 Spectral Voice Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing (Dark Descent)

Best Of 2017: Reissues

MAGNET’s A.D. Amorosi picks the best reissues of the year

1 Hüsker Dü Savage Young Dü (Numero Group)
2 David Bowie A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) (Rhino)
3 Link Wray Link Wray (Future Days/Light In The Attic)
4 Geinoh Yamashirogumi Akira (Symphonic Suite) (Milan)
5 Bob Dylan Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (Columbia/Legacy)
6 Frank Zappa Halloween 77 (Zappa/UMe)
7 Brian Eno Another Green World (Astralwerks)
8 Fairport Convention Come All Ye: The First Ten Years (A&M/UMe)
9 Lynn Castle Rose Colored Corner (Light In The Attic)
10 The Creation Action Painting (Numero Group)