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The 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. Bob Dylan: Time Out of Mind (Columbia) 1655 (135)
2. Radiohead: OK Computer (Capitol) 1475 (122)
3. Cornershop: When I Was Born for the 7th Time (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.) 1251 (122)
4. Sleater-Kinney: Dig Me Out (Kill Rock Stars) 1248 (108)
5. Yo La Tengo: I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (Matador) 964 (88)
6. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott: Supa Dupa Fly (The Gold Mind, Inc./EastWest) 792 (76)
7. Erykah Badu: Baduizm (Universal) 760 (76)
8. Belle and Sebastian: If You're Feeling Sinister (The Enclave) 715 (68)
9. Bjork: Homogenic (Elektra) 701 (72)
10. Pavement: Brighten the Corners (Matador) 681 (61)
11. Steve Earle: El Corazon (Warner Bros.) 628 (53)
12. The Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole (Astralwerks) 547 (57)
13. The Notorious B.I.G.: Life After Death (Bad Boy) 546 (46)
14. Portishead: Portishead (Go! Beat/London) 541 (53)
15. Roni Size/Reprazent: New Forms (Talkin' Loud/Mercury) 474 (52)
16. Wyclef Jean: Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival Featuring Refugee All-Stars (Ruffhouse/Columbia) 427 (42)
17. Spiritualized: Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (Arista) 403 (34)
18. The Verve: Urban Hymns (Virgin) 392 (41)
19. Beth Orton: Trailer Park (Heavenly) 391 (34)
20. Elliott Smith: Either/Or (Kill Rock Stars) 339 (32)
21. Buena Vista Social Club: Buena Vista Social Club (World Circuit) 316 (30)
22. The Geraldine Fibbers: Butch (Virgin) 303 (31)
23. Whiskeytown: Strangers Almanac (Outpost) 297 (29)
24. Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope (Virgin) 290 (29)
25. Richard Buckner: Devotion + Doubt (MCA) 278 (23)
26. Wu-Tang Clan: Wu-Tang Forever (Loud) 269 (26)
27. Ben Folds Five: Whatever and Ever Amen (550 Music) 268 (29)
28. Stereolab: Dots and Loops (Elektra) 236 (27)
29. Prodigy: The Fat of the Land (Maverick/Warner Bros.) 232 (20)
Patti Smith: Peace and Noise (Arista) 232 (20)
31. U2: Pop (Island) 216 (20)
32. Built To Spill: Perfect From Now On (Warner Bros.) 213 (22)
33. Ron Sexsmith: Other Songs (Interscope) 204 (18)
34. John Fogerty: Blue Moon Swamp (Warner Bros.) 200 (19)
35. Fiona Apple: Tidal (Work) 189 (20) *
Daft Punk: Homework (Virgin) 189 (20)
37. Supergrass: In It for the Money (Capitol) 183 (16)
38. Blur: Blur (Virgin) 182 (16)
39. The Jayhawks: Sound of Lies (American) 178 (15)
40. Primal Scream: Vanishing Point (Reprise) 166 (16)

Singles

1. Hanson: "MMMBop" (Mercury) 96
2. Chumbawamba: "Tubthumping" (Republic/Universal) 89
3. The Verve: "Bitter Sweet Symphony" (Virgin) 84
4. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott: "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (The Gold Mind, Inc./EastWest) 70
5. Blur: "Song 2" (Virgin) 60
6. Cornershop: "Brimful of Asha" (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.) 56
7. The Chemical Brothers: "Block Rockin' Beats" (Astralwerks) 53
8. Erykah Badu: "On and On" (Universal) 47 *
Smash Mouth: "Walkin' on the Sun" (Interscope) 47
10. The Notorious B.I.G. (Featuring Puff Daddy and Mase): "Mo Money Mo Problems" (Bad Boy) 43
11. Fiona Apple: "Criminal" (Work) 40
12. The Notorious B.I.G.: "Hypnotize" (Bad Boy) 39
13. OMC: "How Bizarre" (Mercury) 32 *
White Town: "Your Woman" (Virgin??Chrysalis??) 32 *
15. Spice Girls: "Wannabe" (Virgin) 27 *
16. Janet Jackson: "Got Til It's Gone" (Virgin) 26
Prodigy: "Firestarter" (Virgin) 26 *
Puff Daddy: "It's All About the Benjamins" (Bad Boy) 26
19. The Cardigans: "Lovefool" (Mercury) 24 *
20. Yo La Tengo: "Autumn Sweater" (Matador) 22
21. Busta Rhymes: "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" (Elektra) 21
22. Timbaland and Magoo: "Up Jumps Da' Boogie" (Blackground/Atlantic) 19
23. Shawn Colvin: "Sunny Came Home" (Columbia) 18
Sugar Ray: "Fly" (Atlantic) 18
25. Daft Punk: "Around the World" (Virgin) 17
Daft Punk: "Da Funk" (Virgin) 17

Reissues

1. Anthology of American Folk Music (Smithsonian Folkways) 100
2. Lee "Scratch" Perry: Arkology (Island Jamaica) 54
3. Ray Charles: Genius and Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection (Rhino) 46
4. Beg, Scream and Shout: The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul (Rhino) 39
5. Charles Mingus: Passions of a Man: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1956-1961 (Rhino/Atlantic Jazz Collection) 36
6. The Beach Boys: The Pet Sounds Sessions (Capitol) 29
7. John Coltrane: The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (Impulse!) 28
The Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff & the Story of Brotherly Love (Epic Associated/Legacy) 28
9. Al Green: Anthology (The Right Stuff/Hi) 26
10. Dusty Springfield: The Dusty Springfield Anthology (Mercury Chronicles) 25

Village Voice, Feb. 24, 1998


1996 Essay | Dean's List 1998