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Poll Results: All Songs Considered Listeners' 100 Favorite Albums Of 2017

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Poll Results: All Songs Considered Listeners' 100 Favorite Albums Of 2017

Poll Results: All Songs Considered Listeners' 100 Favorite Albums Of 2017

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All year long, Robin Hilton and I get to pick the music featured on All Songs Considered, but one of our very favorite shows is this one: our listener poll results. So, on this episode we count down the top 10 as voted by you. We also have a list with the top 100 albums at the bottom of the page, and hope it turns you on to music you may have missed in 2017. (It did for us).

Often, our annual listener poll ends up constructing some type of narrative about the music we listened to. For example, 2015 was kaleidoscopic in terms of genre diversity, while 2016 found listeners united in monumental releases that merged the personal and the political. But 2017 was a year where such a narrative was less clear.

If anything, your choices from 2017 reveal that this was a year for immense fan loyalty. Despite exceptional debut LPs from the likes of SZA, Moses Sumney, Phoebe Bridgers and Overcoats... not to mention Diet Cig, Jay Som, Cigarettes After Sex and Partner... almost all of the records on your list came from well-established acts. Though you agreed with NPR Music that Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. earned its spot as the album of the year, you rooted for legacy acts such as Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem as well. You also gravitated toward the Jack Antonoff-produced stylings of Lorde and St. Vincent (and lower down on the list, Taylor Swift), and new projects from Big Thief and The National.

You can hear us count down and play selections from the Top 10 albums with the play button at the top of the page, or read a list of the Top 100 at the bottom of the page.

You can also right-click to download a pdf of the Top 100 albums selected by listeners. -- Bob Boilen

Poll Results: The Top Ten

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1. Kendrick Lamar, 'DAMN.'

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Artist
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Label
Aftermath/Interscope
Released
2017

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2. Lorde: 'Melodrama'

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Album
Melodrama
Artist
Lorde
Label
Lava Music/Republic Records

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3. St. Vincent: 'Masseduction'

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4. The War On Drugs: 'A Deeper Understanding'

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5. The National: 'Sleep Well Beast'

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Sleep Well Beast
Album
Sleep Well Beast
Artist
The National
Label
4AD

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6. Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit: 'The Nashville Sound'

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Album
The Nashville Sound
Artist
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Label
Southeastern Records
Released
2017

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7. LCD Soundsystem: 'American Dream'

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8. SZA: 'Ctrl'

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CTRL
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Label
Top Dawg Entertainment

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9. Big Thief: 'Capacity'

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Label
Saddle Creek
Released
2017

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10. Father John Misty: 'Pure Comedy'

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Listener Picks: Top 100 Albums Of 2017

  1. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

  2. Lorde, Melodrama

  3. St. Vincent, Masseduction

  4. The War on Drugs, A Deeper Understanding

  5. The National, Sleep Well Beast

  6. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound

  7. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream

  8. SZA, CTRL

  9. Big Thief, Capacity

  10. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy

  11. Sylvan Esso, What Now

  12. Tyler, the Creator, Flower Boy

  13. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

  14. Spoon, Hot Thoughts

  15. Julien Baker, Turn Out The Lights

  16. The xx, I See You

  17. Slowdive, Slowdive

  18. Alvvays, Antisocialites

  19. Ryan Adams, Prisoner

  20. Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice

  21. Arcade Fire, Everything Now

  22. Waxahatchee, Out In The Storm

  23. Perfume Genius, No Shape

  24. Taylor Swift, Reputation

  25. Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Navigator

  26. Brockhampton, Saturation II

  27. Laura Marling, Semper Feminina

  28. Phoebe Bridgers, Stranger In The Alps

  29. Sampha, Process

  30. Moses Sumney, Aromanticism

  31. Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1

  32. Grizzly Bear, Painted Ruins

  33. HAIM, Something To Tell You

  34. Queens of the Stone Age, Villains

  35. Japanese Breakfast, Soft Sounds From Another Planet

  36. King Krule, The Ooz

  37. Run the Jewels, Run The Jewels 3

  38. Mac DeMarco, This Old Dog

  39. Jay-Z, 4:44

  40. Jay Som, Everybody Works

  41. Feist, Pleasure

  42. Brockhampton, Saturation

  43. Gorillaz, Humanz

  44. The New Pornographers, Whiteout Conditions

  45. Rostam, Half-Light

  46. Beck, Colors

  47. Vince Staples, Big Fish Theory

  48. Brand New, Science Fiction

  49. Mount Eerie, A Crow Looked At Me

  50. Josh Ritter, Gathering

  51. Broken Social Scene, Hug of Thunder

  52. Rhiannon Giddens, Freedom Highway

  53. Paramore, After Laughter

  54. Cigarettes After Sex, Cigarettes After Sex

  55. Wolf Alice, Visions of a Life

  56. Japandroids, Near to the Wild Heart of Fire

  57. Kelela, Take Me Apart

  58. Margo Price, All American Made

  59. Priests, Nothing Feels Natural

  60. Bjork, Utopia

  61. Kesha, Rainbow

  62. Dan Auerbach, Waiting on a Song

  63. Protomartyr, Relatives In Descent

  64. U2, Songs Of Experience

  65. Aimee Mann, Mental Illness

  66. Thundercat, Drunk

  67. Valerie June, The Order of Time

  68. Roger Waters, Is This The Life We Really Want?

  69. Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life

  70. Travis Meadows, First Cigarette

  71. Portugal. The Man, Woodstock

  72. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal

  73. Hippo Campus, Landmark

  74. Ed Sheeran, Divide

  75. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Polygonwanaland

  76. Alt-J, Relaxer

  77. Harry Styles, Harry Styles

  78. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Sketches of Brunswick East

  79. Hiss Golden Messenger, Hallelujah Anyhow

  80. Daniel Caesar, Freudian

  81. Robert Plant, Carry Fire

  82. The Mountain Goats, Goths

  83. (Sandy) Alex G, Rocket

  84. Future Islands, The Far Field

  85. John Mayer, The Search For Everything

  86. Phoenix, Ti Amo

  87. Mavis Staples, If All I Was Was Black

  88. Gregg Allman, Southern Blood

  89. Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold

  90. Kevin Morby, City Music

  91. Khalid, American Teen

  92. Manchester Orchestra, A Black Mile To The Surface

  93. The Menzingers, After The Party

  94. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Murder of the Universe

  95. Vagabon, Infinite Worlds

  96. Kamasi Washington, Harmony of Difference

  97. Noel Gallagher, Who Build The Moon?

  98. The Weather Station, The Weather Station

  99. Tori Amos, Native Invader

  100. Overcoats, Young