National Top 10s

Eight critics, 80 lines by genre

National Top 10s

Greg Beets (Pop)

1) Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)

2) Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal (What's Your Rupture?/Mom + Pop)

3) St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista/Republic)

4) Ariel Pink, Pom Pom (4AD)

5) Russo Passapusso, Paraíso da Miragem (Oloko)

6) Hector's Pets, Pet-O-Feelia (Oops Baby)

7) Pujol, Kludge (Saddle Creek)

8) Viet Cong, Cassette (Mexican Summer)

National Top 10s

9) The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers (Matador)

10) Ty Segall, Manipulator (Drag City)


Jim Caligiuri (Country)

1) Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)

2) Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (Superlatone)

3) Billy Joe Shaver, Long in the Tooth (Lightning Rod)

4) Sunny Sweeney, Provoked (Thirty Tigers)

5) Hurray for the Riff Raff, Small Town Heroes (ATO)

6) Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, (Rounder)

7) Jim Lauderdale, I'm a Song (Sky Crunch)

8) Laura Cantrell, No Way There From Here (Thrift Shop)

National Top 10s

9) Doug Seegers, Going Down to the River (Rounder)

10) Johnny Cash, Out Among the Stars (Legacy)


Doug Freeman (Singer-Songwriters)

1) Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)

2) Mary Gauthier, Trouble & Love (In the Black)

3) Hurray for the Riff Raff, Small Town Heroes (ATO)

4) Benjamin Booker, Benjamin Booker (ATO)

5) Rosanne Cash, The River & the Thread (Blue Note)

6) Doug Paisley, Strong Feelings (No Quarter)

7) Lucinda Williams, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (Highway 20)

8) Sean Rowe, Madman (Anti-)

National Top 10s

9) Damien Jurado, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (Secretly Canadian)

10) Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams (Blue Note)


Abby Johnston (Women)

1) St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Loma Vista/Republic)

2) Grouper, Ruins (Kranky)

3) Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)

4) FKA Twigs, LP1 (Young Turks)

5) Sharon Van Etten, Are We There (Jagjaguwar)

6) Perfect Pussy, Say Yes to Love (Captured Tracks)

7) Tune-Yards, Nikki-Nack (4AD)

8) Azealia Banks, Broke With Expensive Taste (Prospect Park)

National Top 10s

9) Jenny Lewis, The Voyager (Warner Bros.)

10) Ariana Grande, My Everything (Republic)


Kahron Spearman (Hip-Hop)

1) Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal)

2) Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Piñata (Madlib Invazion)

3) Young Fathers, Dead (Anticon/Big Dada)

4) Prhyme (Universal)

5) Big K.R.I.T., Cadillactica (Def Jam)

6) Ratking, So It Goes (Hot Charity/XL)

7) Logic, Under Pressure (Def Jam)

8) Travi$ Scott, Days Before Rodeo (Grand Hustle)

National Top 10s

9) Vince Staples, Hell Can Wait (Def Jam)

10) Azealia Banks, Broke With Expensive Taste (Prospect Park)


Tim Stegall (Punk)

1) Off!, Wasted Years (Vice)

2) Stiff Little Fingers, No Going Back (Mondo)

3) Flesh Lights, Free Yourself (12XU)

4) OBN III's, Third Time to Harm (Tic Tac Totally)

5) OBN III's, Live in San Francisco (Castle Face)

6) The Strypes, Snapshot (Island)

7) The Muffs, Whoop Dee Doo (Burger)

8) Fucked Up, Glass Boys (Matador)

National Top 10s

9) Buzzcocks, The Way (1-2-3-4 Go!)

10) Nashville Pussy, Up the Dosage (SPV)


Michael Toland (Metal)

1) Mastodon, Once More 'Round the Sun (Warner Bros.)

2) Panopticon, Roads to the North (Nordvis/Bindrune)

3) High Spirits, You Are Here (Hell's Headbangers)

4) Dawnbringer, Night of the Hammer (Profound Lore)

5) Spectral Lore, III (I, Voidhanger)

6) Tombs, Savage Gold (Relapse)

7) Agalloch, The Serpent & the Sphere (Profound Lore)

8) Pallbearer, Foundations of Burden (Profound Lore)

National Top 10s

9) Death Penalty, Death Penalty (Rise Above)

10) The Skull, For Those Which Are Asleep (Tee Pee)


Jay Trachtenberg (Jazz)

1) Tyshawn Sorey, Alloy (Pi)

2) David Virelles, Mbókò (ECM)

3) Ambrose Akinmusire, The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint (Blue Note)

4) Avishai Cohen's Triveni, Dark Nights (Anzic)

5) Mark Turner Quartet, Lathe of Heaven (ECM)

6) Bill Frisell, Guitar in the Space Age! (Okeh)

7) Jason Moran, All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller (Blue Note)

8) Kris Bowers, Heroes & Misfits (Concord Jazz)

9) Zara McFarlane, If You Knew Her (Brownswood)

10) Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, A Long Way to the Beginning (Knitting Factory)

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