Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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2017: Dean's List


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  1. Randy Newman: Dark Matter (Nonesuch) 25
  2. American Epic: The Best of Blues (Lo-Max/Third Man/Columbia/Legacy)
  3. Mount Eerie: A Crow Looked at Me (P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.) 15
  4. The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions (Collected Works/Concord) 12
  5. American Epic: The Soundtrack (Lo-Max/Third Man/Columbia/Legacy)
  6. Princess Nokia: 1992 Deluxe (Rough Trade) 9
  7. Brad Paisley: Love and War (Arista) 8
  8. Hamell on Trial: Tackle Box (New West) 7
  9. Waxahatchee: Out in the Storm (Merge) 7
  10. Dawn Oberg: Nothing Rhymes With Orange (Blossom Theory) 6
  11. Sunny Sweeney: Trophy (Thirty Tigers) 6
  12. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: The Nashville Sound (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers) 5
  13. The Rough Guide to the Music of West Africa (World Music Network)
  14. Chuck Berry: Chuck (Dualtone)
  15. Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now (Secretly Canadian)
  16. American Epic: The Collection (Lo-Max/Third Man/Columbia/Legacy)
  17. Rolling Blackouts C.F.: Talk Tight (Sub Pop)
  18. The Rough Guide to Jug Band Blues (World Music Network)
  19. Khalid: American Teen (RCA)
  20. Starlito & Don Trip: Step Brothers Three (Grind Hard)
  21. Marcel Khalife/Mahmoud Darwish: Andalusia of Love (Nagam '16)
  22. Mariem Hassan: La Voz Indómita (Nubenegra)
  23. Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman: Triple Fat Lice (Stones Throw)
  24. L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae: The Night Took Us in Like Family (Mello Music '15)
  25. Les Amazones d'Afrique: République Amazone (RealWorld)
  26. The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (Nonesuch)
  27. Kendrick Lamar: Damn. (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)
  28. Trio da Kali & Kronos Quartet: Ladilikan (World Circuit)
  29. Emperor X: Oversleepers International (Tiny Engines)
  30. Lee Ranaldo: Electric Trim (Mute)
  31. Joey Bada$$: All Amerikkkan Bada$$ (Pro Era/Cinematic Music)
  32. The Bob's Burgers Music Album (20th Century Fox/Sub Pop/Bento Box)
  33. JJ Doom: Key to the Kuffs (Lex '12)
  34. Homeboy Sandman: Veins (Stones Throw)
  35. Amber Coffman: City of No Reply (Columbia)
  36. Beth Ditto: Fake Sugar (Virgin)
  37. Pere Ubu: 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo (Cherryred)
  38. The National: Sleep Well Beast (4AD)
  39. Algiers: The Underside of Power (Matador)
  40. Celebrate Ornette (Song X)
  41. Body Count: Bloodlust (Century Media)
  42. Swet Shop Boys: Cashmere (Customs '16)
  43. Robt Sarazin Blake: Recitative (SameRoom)
  44. Nona Hendryx & Gary Lucas: The World of Captain Beefheart (KFR)
  45. Gogol Bordello: Seekers and Finders (Cooking Vinyl)
  46. Jay-Z: 4:44 (Roc Nation/UMG)
  47. Oddisee: The Iceberg (Mello Music)
  48. The Perceptionists: Resolution (Mello Music)
  49. A. Savage: Thawing Dawn (Dull Tools)
  50. Motörhead: Under Cöver (Silver Lining Music)
  51. Matt North: Above Ground Fools (self-released)
  52. Orchestra Baobab: Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (Nonesuch)
  53. Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker (Columbia '16)
  54. Becky Warren: War Surplus (self-released '16)
  55. Migos: Culture (QC/YRN/300)
  56. Saint Etienne: Home Counties (Heavenly/PIAS)
  57. Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams (Slate Creek)
  58. Dylan Hicks: Ad Out (Soft Launch)
  59. Open Mike Eagle: Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (Mello Music)
  60. Fat Tony: MacGregor Park (self-released)
  61. Sheer Mag: Need to Feel Your Love (Wilsuns RC)
  62. Umphrey's McGee: Zonkey (Nothing Too Fancy '16)
  63. Syd: Fin (Epic)
  64. Blondie: Pollinator (BMG)
  65. Kano: Made in the Manor (Parlophone '16)
  66. Alvvays: Antisocialites (Polyvinyl)
  67. Daddy Issues: Can We Still Hang (Infinity Cat '15)
  68. Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory (Def Jam)
  69. Deer Tick: Vol. 2 (Partisan)
  70. Cloud Nothings: Life Without Sound (Carpark)
  71. Rock and Roll Music!: The Songs of Chuck Berry (Ace)
  72. Zeal & Ardor: Devil Is Fine (MVKA Music)
  73. Steve Earle: So You Wannabe an Outlaw (Warner Bros.)
  74. Now That's What I Call 90s Pop (Sony Music Entertainment)
  75. Angaleena Presley: Wrangled (Mining Light)
  76. The Paranoid Style: Underworld U.S.A. (Bar/None)
  77. Playboi Carti: Playboi Carti (AWGE/Interscope)
  78. Swet Shop Boys: Sufi La (Customs)
  79. Kevin Abstract: American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story (Brockhampton '16)
  80. Fred Thomas: Changer (Polyvinyl)
  81. Now That's What I Call Tailgate Anthems (Sony Music Entertainment)
  82. 24 Classic Blues Songs From the 1920's: Vol 15 (Blues Images)
  83. Hard Working Americans: We're All in This Together (Melvin/Thirty Tigers)
  84. Conor Oberst: Salutations (Nonesuch)
  85. Kasai Allstars: Around Félicité (Crammed Discs)
  86. Battle Hymns (
  87. Daddy Issues: Deep Dream (Infinity Cat)
  88. Nnamdi Ogbonnaya: DROOL (Father/Daughter/Sooper)
  89. The Goon Sax: Up for Anything (Chapter Music '16)
  90. Whitney Rose: South Texas Suite (Six Shooter/Thirty Tigers)

Jan. 22, 2018

Postscript Notes:

Christgau noted: "Decided not to include [on P&J ballot] the American Epic stuff--important and indeed brilliant as it is, very few of those songs are as "unearthed" as on, for instance, the Blues Image album."

2016 Essay | -- 2018