Best of 2017 – All 63 Cited Albums

2018-01-16T05:13:51+00:00

We have an amazing panel of 10 music critics from all over the US that collectively help us develop our annual list of the Top 11 Albums of the Year.  Yet there is a LOT of great music that for various reasons did not make the Top 11, but are still worthy of your time and consideration. [In fact, four of our critics’ personal #1 albums of the year did not even make the collective Top 11.]  We thought you might enjoy seeing the BIG list of all 63 albums that were cited by one or more of our critics. This will hopefully give you a ton of amazing music to serenade your ears, mind, and soul.

Top 11 Gourmet Albums of 2017

  • Red Sea Road– Ellie Holcomb
  • Here Comes Trouble – The New Respects
  • Mercury & Lightening – John Mark McMillan
  • River House – Taylor Leonhardt
  • Only The Lonely – Colony House
  • All is Not Lost – The Brilliance
  • Every Mile Mattered – Nichole Nordeman
  • Vanity – Brianna Gaither
  • How To Be Human – The Classic Crime
  • Gather – Christopher Williams
  • A Home & A Hunger – Caroline Cobb

Honorable Mentions of 2017

  • A Lovely Wait– Nathan Partain
  • Souvenir – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
  • Let Them Fall In Love – CeCe Winans
  • Abide With Me – Sara Groves
  • Heartland – John Tibbs
  • Crooked – Propaganda  

All Other Cited Albums (in no particular order)

  • Play Dead – Mute Math
  • Songs of Lament – Rachel Wilhelm
  • The Beauty Between – Kings Kaleidoscope
  • Hebrews – Psallos
  • Grey Fidelity – Tow’rs
  • Love, Lose, Remember – Madison Cunningham
  • Beatitudes – Stu Garrard
  • South – Luke Dowler
  • Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores – Staci Frenes
  • Top of the Stairs – Scott Mulvahill
  • To Have You Around – Zach Winters
  • Whins & Weather – Beki Hemingway
  • Work Songs – The Porter’s Gate
  • Revival – Third Day
  • Labyrinth – David Baloche 
  • The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph’s Baby – Waterdeep
  • Let Me Tell You Everything – Joel Hanson
  • Out of the Dust – Out of the Dust
  • The War Is Over – Josh Baldwin
  • Suddenly – Young Oceans
  • Hope Where There Was None – Loud Harp
  • Sing The Bible Family Christmas – Randall Goodgame
  • Tried and True – Brady Toops  
  • Starlight – Bethel Music
  • Pull The Stars From The Sky – Jess Ray
  • Run To You – Allan Scott
  • For Freedom II – Jenny & Tyler
  • The Realest Things – Aryn Michelle
  • Where His Light Was – Kristene DiMarco
  • Unstoppable – Matty Mullins
  • Modern Plagues – The Whistles & The Bells 
  • The Transition of Mali – Mali Music
  • Mysterium – Hammock
  • Walk Into A Storm – The Lone Bellow
  • Chain Breaker – Zach Williams
  • People , People Act 1+2 – The Orchardist
  • More – Jeremy Riddle
  • No Story Is Over – Son of Laughter
  • Ordinary Time – The Mosleys  
  • Prayer Flags – Prayer Flags
  • Serve Somebody – Kevin Max
  • Still: Vol.1 – Rivers & Robots
  • After All These Years – Brian & Jenn Johnson
  • Colliding By Design – Acceptance
  • Worthy – Beautiful Eulogy

There are still some very high quality albums that we received in 2017 that did not make this list, but if you’re looking to try new gems you might have missed, this is a good starting point.  What was a 2017 release you’d like to add to this list (comment below)?

5 Comments

  1. Doug Kimball January 18, 2018 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    U2 – Songs of Experience

  2. William Wall January 19, 2018 at 10:08 am - Reply

    40 – Michael Ketterer

  3. Christopher 164 January 20, 2018 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    I did a top 12 albums list on my website.

  4. Robert Findlay January 20, 2018 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Bethany Barnard – A Better Word
    Mandisa – Out of the Dark

  5. Joshua Cooley February 1, 2018 at 7:49 am - Reply

    MCMXCV by Stavesacre was my top album of 2017

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