Best Music Of 2017 The year's essential songs, albums, videos and performances.

Rainbow, Kesha's first album since the start of her legal battle with former producer Dr. Luke in 2016 after she accused him of sexual and emotional abuse, is a document of an artist taking reclaiming her story. Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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Clockwise from upper left: Rata Negra, Chuck Johnson, Chepang, Circuit Des Yeux. Miguel Martin Vargas, Andrew Paynter, Aaron Nichols, Michael Vallera hide caption

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Miguel Martin Vargas, Andrew Paynter, Aaron Nichols, Michael Vallera

Viking's Choice: The Year In Cathartic Screams And Meditative Drones

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Damon Krukowski's book, The New Analog, and podcast, Ways of Hearing, explore the ways digital culture has changed how music is both heard and made. Naomi Yang/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The premiere of "Folk Songs of Naboréa," a song cycle for seven voices and kora by Kavita Shah, presented at the Park Avenue Armory in New York in November, was one of Nate Chinen's gigs of the year. Da Ping Luo/Courtesy of the Park Avenue Armory hide caption

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Cuban vocalist Danay Suárez's "Tú Serás" was among our picks of favorite songs from 2017. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alt.Latino's Favorites: The Songs Of 2017

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Rapsody released Laila's Wisdom, her sophomore album and first since partnering with Jay-Z's Roc Nation, in September. Roc Nation/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Katie Alice Greer of Washington, D.C.'s Priests. The band released its full-length debut, Nothing Feels Natural, in the early weeks of 2017. Katie Alice Greer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kendrick Lamar performs in New York City on Sept. 14, 2017. Critic Ken Tucker says Lamar's album DAMN captured the collective mood of the year. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Clara Lionel Foundation hide caption

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Ken Tucker Looks Back On 2017 In Music

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