The Top 10 Albums Of 2017

The Top 10 Albums Of 2017

Subtitled: Screw Off, Jay-Z
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2017 sucked for a lot of reasons. It saw our first year of the Trump Presidency, the likely end to net neutrality, a near election of a pedophile to the US Senate, and yet another "worst mass shooting ever." However, 2017 was also an absolutely incredible year for music.

Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z (more on him in a bit), Vince Staples, Tyler the Creator, and others cemented rap as the preeminent music genre of today's era with some stunning lyrical and artistic feats, while even Migos (Migos!) produced a legitimately good album. And, of course, there was "Bodak Yellow."

Other genres were not without hit albums of their own, of course. Lorde's Melodrama was an artistic feat which, by some people's thoughts, was unrivaled and, Katy Perry's disastrous Witness aside, pop as a genre had a good year.

The year was saturated with incredible, sometimes shocking albums from mainstream artists like Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, and the newly re-branded Kesha, while this year also saw out-of-nowhere breakout hits from artists like SZA and the aforementioned Cardi B, of "Bodak Yellow" fame.

Before I get into my rankings, I want to stress that this is a list of my favorite albums of 2017 and not a list purporting to declare and order the "best" music of the year. Besides the simple absurdity of attempting a "best of" list of something as intrinsically subjective and personal as music, frankly, I don't know all that much about music.

While I've listened to quite a lot of this year's music, I haven't made it through nearly all of it. I also know that my list will leave off consensus critic favorites like SZA's Ctrl. And I'm okay with calling it what it is: a list of my favorite albums. What I will promise is you is that that title does not mean I did not put a lot of thought about what to include and not include.

This brings me to my final prelude, which also happens to be the inspiration for my subtitle: Jay-Z sucks. I know that 4:44 was, like, supposedly incredible or whatever and that nearly every respectable list has it at least close to the top 10 and many even consider it their top album of the year.

But, frankly, I don't care. I didn't listen to it--or, at least, most of it. I listen to music on Spotify and did not care enough about this singular album to seek a Tidal or Apple Music subscription in order to feed the wallet and ego of a near billionaire. You should probably listen to it, though; it's apparently phenomenal.

Without further ado, my favorite albums of 2017:

10. Reputation, Taylor Swift

I really didn't quite want to put this album on my list because, well, it's Taylor Swift and though I have always greatly enjoyed her music I know that it is typically not regarded as critically acclaimed, Great Music. However, this album is simply so good. I could genuinely listen to it dozens of times in a row without tiring of it and, though that certainly says something about the state of my own sanity, it is also meant in the most complimentary of ways. When Taylor Swift's lovers lose, we all collectively win.

9. Harry Styles, Harry Styles

WOW. I was not expecting that. This is a rock album, through and through. I always really enjoyed One Direction music as a sort of guilty pleasure, but I will proudly proclaim my love for this album from their former front boy. Styles' beautiful voice shines through in this album and "A Sign of the Times" is one of my favorite songs of the year, for sure.

8. Flower Boy, Tyler the Creator

This is a shockingly great, introspective, emotionally evocative album from the artist who previously brought us such lyrics as "This the type of shit that make a Chris Brown want to kick a whore" and "I want to be the reasons why all lesbians hate dick." When my roommate and good friend of mine first suggested I listen to this album, I was more than a bit concerned about his (and my own) safety and well-being. However, I am glad that I finally heeded his advice and listened because Tyler the Creator has finally utilized his artistic gifts to tell stories in a way that's wholly palatable to people who don't self-identify as psychopathic megalomaniacs.

7. Big Fish Theory, Vince Staples

Vince Staples once tweeted "The national anthem don't even slap." That is a problem his breakthrough album certainly does not have. As one of the biggest Grammy snubs in recent memory, this album deserves far more respect than the Recording Academy has granted it. Honestly, I had never heard of Vince Staples before this summer, and then I listened to his album the day it came out. That's how good it was and how much I had been hearing about how good it was from friends who had listened. It has a very distinctive sound, for sure, but, if you enjoy rap in any capacity--and even if you generally don't--you should enjoy this album a great deal.

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

How many other 2017 album lists feature a folk album in between Vince Staples and Kesha, huh? In all seriousness, though, I stumbled upon this album while reading through some "best of 2017" type lists and probably listened to it three times in a row my first time through. It's a short one--only 10 songs--but it packs an emotional, political, and storytelling punch all the while keeping with a deeply lovable and simple Americana sound. The ones you want are "If We Were Vampires" and "Something to Love."

5. Rainbow, Kesha

When "Praying" debuted as a single this summer, I listened to it literally hundreds of times before Kesha's next single, "Woman," dropped to which I listened far too many times awaiting "Hymn" and "Learn to Let Go." I sometimes just listened to those four songs on repeat counting down the days to the release of the full album. My friends hated how many times I suggested they listen to Kesha's new music. But it is just so good. Her album runs the genre gamut and features Kesha's unfiltered voice as it has never really been heard before, and it is beautiful.

4. A Crow Looked at Me, Mount Eerie

This album is so sad. I know that's probably not reading as much of a ringing endorsement, but that will probably be your immediate reaction to this album if you do yourself a favor and give it a listen. It sounds closer to spoken word poetry than it does to what one likely first thinks of when they hear "music," but it's that rawness--the artist sing-speaking with light guitar instrumental in the background which I think adds to its power. This album is utterly breathtaking and possibly the most moving music to which I've ever listened.

3. Antisocialites, Alvvays

This is another bit of a weird choice--a sort of alt-pop type album from a Canadian indie band which I stumbled upon while (again) reading some "best of 2017" type lists. I only encountered it a couple weeks ago and have already listened to it a couple dozen times which, for me, is a lot. It has a very interesting sound and can appeal, I think, to a wide variety of individual music tastes. It's also Canadian, which is sorta cool, I guess. I feel bad not having much to say about this album, because (clearly, based on its ranking) it is one of my favorite albums of the year. But it's very good. You should give it a listen.

2. Melodrama, Lorde

Hot damn, Lorde. What an incredible album. After DAMN. dropped, I figured that, at least for me, the album of the year conversation was likely over but then out of nowhere came the Kiwi who gave us "Royals" with an incredibly powerful and utterly listenable album. Lorde came dangerously close to first place on my list. As someone with essentially no background in music I feel like I cannot do justice to this album with my words so please listen to it for yourself, or, at least, read someone else's review.

1. DAMN., Kendrick Lamar

I think this album's title says it all. Damn. Kendrick here reaffirms his position as far and away the greatest rapper of this album and furthers his case as potentially the greatest rapper of all time. It's not quite as good as To Pimp a Butterfly, but the fact that it can even be uttered in the same breath is in itself incredible.

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

Make your life easy by choosing a caption that's already been written for you.

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Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

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  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

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    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

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    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake

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    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

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    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

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    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

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    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

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    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

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    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

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    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"


    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.

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    Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.


    Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

    Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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    One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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