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2017: The Year in Review

If 2016 was a year largely spent in anticipation of catastrophe, 2017 marked its arrival: chaos that threatened to settle into normalcy with whiplash speed. As always, musicians absorbed and interpreted the world around them, personally and politically, reflecting the year’s struggles and occasional glimmers of hope. There was plenty of futurism, both utopian and dystopian; throwback rock ’n’ roll with a fiercely radical heart; beautifully austere folk-pop; rap that railed against the system and raged at the club all night long, sometimes both within the same song. It was a difficult year filled with records that reminded us of our own humanity and the necessary fight to preserve it. Below you'll find our picks for the best music from 2017. We'll also be updating this page as we publish more reflections on the best, worst, or most important cultural happenings of the year.

[caption id="attachment_id_271345"] 2017: The Year in Review Illustration by Tara Jacoby[/caption]

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