Top Albums of 2017: The Final List

Every year the music supervision team at PlayNetwork review thousands upon thousands of songs trying to find the perfect tracks that resonate with the many brands we partner with. While many of us don’t adhere to the genre phenomenon, our motto is always “If the sound fits, hit PLAY.” In 2017 over 8,000+ albums/EPs/compilations made it into our extensive library and as is tradition, we are tasked to name our top albums of the year. Just from the music team alone, there were over 150 distinguished albums that made the list, an astonishing number that speaks volumes on how diverse our team truly is.

Without further ado, we give you our top 20 albums of 2017

1. Kendrick Lamar – Damn (Interscope)
2. SZA – Ctrl (RCA)
3. Mura Masa – Mura Masa (Polydor Ltd.)
4. Kelela – Take Me Apart (Warp)
5. The xx – I See You (Young Turks)
6. Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy (Columbia)
7. Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound (Southeastern)
8. Benjamin Booker – Witness (ATO)
9. Cut Copy – Haiku From Zero (Astralwerks)
10. Dan Auerbach – Waiting On A Song (Nonesuch)
11. Four Tet – New Energy (Text)
12. Kllo – Backwater (Ghostly)
13. Milo – Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!?!?! (Ruby Yacht)
14. Sinkane – Life And Livin’ It (City Slang)
15. Sylvan Esso – What Now (Loma Vista)
16. Toro Y Moi – Boo Boo (Carpark)
17. Alvvays – Antisocialites (Polyvinyl)
18. Elbow – Little Fictions (Concord)
19. Portugal. The Man – Woodstock (Atlantic)
20. Run the Jewels – RTJ 3 (RTJ)

Alex Espinosa

About Alex Espinosa

Hi, I’m Alex Espinosa, music curator, DJ and music supervisor here at PlayNetwork with over 30 years of music experience.

As the youngest of three, I have my older brothers to thank for my eclectic taste in music which ranges from the Beatles to Pink Floyd or Steely Dan to Led Zeppelin – throw in my early teen years when I discovered music on my own, and you have to add Post Punk and New Wave. I really just love all things music.

It all started out in Southern California at 16 with my first job at a record store called Licorice Pizza, which grew into radio station work, then onto music branding companies such as Muzak and landing here at Playnetwork in 2011. Working in this industry for so long, I can honestly say that the best thing I get out of all of this is being able to discover music from all around the world that is new to someone’s ears.

If I’m not trying to find that perfect song for one of our many brand partners or contracting with Slacker Radio, you may catch me browsing through record stores bin digging, at a local dive bar with some great whisky or catching a live show. But my favorite thing to do with my free-time is spend it with my family.

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