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We've survived another year, so celebrate by voting for your top 7 favorite albums of 2017! The poll is open from 12/11 through 12/22. We'll be announcing the full Top 77 live on 12/29 starting at 9am, so don't forget to tune in!

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Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 3
City CounselorPublic Record
Yucky DusterDuster's Lament
Cherry GlazerrApocalipstick
LandladyThe World is a Loud Place
PriestsNothing Feels Natural
Cloud NothingsLife Without Sound
Joan of ArcHe's Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hand
Second WomanS/W
Ty SegallTy Segall
Applesauce TearsCommuters
Aquarian BloodLast Nite in Paradise
HomeshakeFresh Air
AustraFuture Politics
Hand HabitsWildly Idle
King WomanCreated in the Image of Suffering
Mind Over MirrorsUndying Color
Karriem RigginsHeadnod Suite
Dirty ProjectorsDirty Projectors
Animal CollectiveThe Painters EP
VagabonInfinite Worlds
Ibibio Sound MachineUyai
R. Stevie Moore & Jason FalknerMake It Be
Jens LekmanLife Will See You Now
Chicano BatmanFreedom is Free
Dayme ArocenaCubafonia
Tiny HazardGreyland
Verdiana RawWhales Know the Route
Jay SomEverybody Works
Blanck MassWorld Eater
Porter RayWatercolor
DehdFire of Love
Burn FetishThey Watch From the Sky With Crooked Smiles
Guided By VoicesAugust By Cake
Nina RyserI Hope All of Your Dreams Come True
Good DoomNew Shapes For You
The Fatty AcidsDogs of Entertainment
Show Me the BodyCorpus I
French VanillaFrench Vanilla
SneaksIt's a Myth
SnakeholeInterludes of Insanity
Various ArtistsThe Greatest of All-Time Vol. 2
TuxedoTuxedo II
ClarkDeath Peak
Double GraveNew Year's Daydream
Oumou SangareMogoya
PileA Hairshirt of Purphose
The Younger LoversYoung Brothers
Real EstateIn Mind
Kelly Lee OwensKelly Lee Owens
Kweku Collinsgrey
Harriet BrownContact
Les Amazones D'AfriqueRepublique Amazone
Ho99o9United States of Horror
Chaz BundickStar Stuff
ShrimpnoseNot Really
Janka NabayBuild Music
DauwdTheory of Colors
Nite JewelReal High
Jane WeaverModern Kosmology
Kaitlyn Aurelia SmithEuclid
Forest SwordsCompassion
Perfume GeniusNo Shape
Land of TalkLife After Youth
!!!Shake the Shudder
Omar SouleymanTo Syria, With Love
(Sandy) Alex GRocket
Chastity BeltI Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
Big ThiefCapacity
HoopSuper Genuine
Hazel EnglishJust Give In / Never Going Home
Guerilla TossGT Ultra
Future IslandsThe Far Field
Witch WatchWandering & Wondering
Pat KeenAlbatross
Manchita with BionikOne
PalehoundA Place I'll Always Go
Beach FossilsSomersault
Washed OutMister Yellow
YowlerThe Offer
PalmShadow Expert
SassyblackNew Black Swing
Amber ArcadesCannonball EP
Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds From Another Planet
Denzel Curry13
Toro Y MoiBoo Boo
Shabazz PalacesQuazarz vs. The Jealous Machines
Various ArtistsMonika Werkstatt
United WatersThe Narrows
Broken Social SceneHug of Thunder
Lucy RoseSomething's Changing
Sudan ArchivesSudan Archives
Avey TareEucalyptus
Naomi PunkYellow
WarikIn My Lens
ZGTOA Piece of the Geto
Ben FrostThe Centre Cannot Hold
Vic MensaThe Autobiography
CloakroomTime Well
Downtown BoysCost of Living
Gladys LazerCandy World / Bye Past EP
F IngersAwkwardly Blissing Out
The Sky MataHatton Bus
WidowspeakExpect the Best
A Giant DogToy
XOXO TechAlien Dream Software
Maya Jane ColesTake Flight
Strange RelationsEditorial You
Oh SeesOrc
LCD SoundsystemAmerican Dream
Miami DolphinsWater Your Waiting For
Madeline KenneyNight Night at the First Landing
Hercules & Love AffairOmnion
DeerhoofMountain Moves
Alice GlassAlice Glass
Daniel CaesarFreudian
Kedr LivanskiyAriadna
Cold SpecksFool's Paradise
Ariel PinkDedicated to Bobby Jameson
Moses SumneyAromanticism
FloristIf Blue Could Be Happiness
Har-Di-HarWe Will Will You
Sauna AccidentRun To The Log That's Rotten EP
Cut CopyHaiku From Zero
Benjamin ClementineI Tell a Fly
ShigetoThe New Monday
Hype WilliamsRainbow Edition
Jamila WoodsHEAVN
New PrimalsWraith
Carla Dal FornoThe Garden EP
The Weather StationThe Weather Station
MelkbellyNothing Valley
ChassolBig Sun
Gel SetBody Copy
Odonis OdonisNo Pop
KelelaTake Me Apart
Nai PalmNeedle Paw
Chelsea WolfeHiss Spun
Kamasi WashingtonHarmony of Difference
Greg GreaseDown So Long
Parquet Courts & Daniele LuppiMILANO
TorresThree Futures
RabitLes Fleurs Du Mal
Dawn PeopleThe Star is Your Future
Fever RayPlunge
Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
SlothrustShow Me How You Want it to Be
Exploded ViewSummer Came Early
Rupert Angeleyes & Joey Joey MichaelsRupert Angeleyes & Joey Joey Michaels
Circuit Des YeuxReaching For Indigo
FinesseUnbroken Memory
Cheap FantasyLife of Glass
John MausScreen Memories
ConvergeThe Dusk in Us
Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsSoul of a Woman
King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardMurder of the Universe

We had to dig deep through the archives to find most of these lists. As you'll notice, some are scanned - others are typed. But this provides a thorough history of 17 years of opinions from Radio K listeners, DJs, staff, and volunteers about what was hot in music at the time. Enjoy!

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1998 / 1999 / 2000 / 2001

2002 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005

2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009

2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013

2014 / 2015 / 2016


  1. A Tribe Called Quest We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

    “This album is still pretty new. It was just our Weekly Release Spotlight a week ago, but it was immediately a year-end favorite for me. Not to mention the context of inauguration day; it felt really powerful in that moment.” Luke, Music Director at Radio K

  2. David Bowie Blackstar

  3. Angel Olsen My Woman

    “This is the record you need to put on when you're with people you maybe don't know well but want to have something in common to be into.” Beth, Miami Dolphins

    “Ours would be Angel Olsen–My Woman. Mostly because of how every time Shut Up Kiss Me comes on, we automatically find each other and sing and dance to it. Also, because Angel is a songwriting goddess and knows how to tug all of our heartstrings.” Tony Peachka

  4. Death Grips Bottomless Pit

  5. Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition

  6. ZULUZULUU What’s the Price

    “I was blown away the first time I heard this album. Zuluzuluu's use of huge synth sounds and groovy bass make put these songs in a league of their own. To see such a forward-thinking and political record come out of the Twin Cities in 2016 is truly special.” David, Marketing Director at Radio K

  7. Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool

  8. Kitten Forever 7 Hearts

  9. Mitski Puberty 2

  10. Blood Orange Freetown Sound

  11. Whitney Light Upon the Lake

  12. Frankie Cosmos Next Thing

  13. Parquet Courts Human Performance

  14. Of Montreal Innocence Reaches

  15. Har Mar Superstar Best Summer Ever

  16. BadBadNotGood IV

  17. Avalanches Wildflower

  18. Crystal Castles Amnesty (I)

  19. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Nonagon Infinity

  20. Porches Pool

  21. Cate Le Bon Crab Day

    “I love anything Cate Le Bon does. One thing I find unique about Crab Day is that it holds it’s own with or without Le Bon’s vocals. As a musician, I really follow what she and her partner Huw Evans (H. Hawline) do tone and arrangement wise. This album is a light-hearted, imaginative escape from the insane emotional rollercoaster that has been 2016.” Monica Laplante

  22. Nick Cave Skeleton Tree

  23. Japanese Breakfast Psychopomp

  24. NxWorries Yes Lawd!

  25. Ty Segall Emotional Mugger

  26. Dinosaur Jr. Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

  27. Haley Bonar Impossible Dream

  28. Y La Bamba Ojos Del Sol

    “I first heard the title track when I was setting my radio alarm (to 104.5, obviously) before going to bed. I lived in Portland from 2007-2011, so I was familiar with Y La Bamba, but that title track is so gentle and dreamy I didn’t recognize it as theirs. The next morning I looked up on Radio K’s playlist what the song was, and was excited to find out it was by Y La Bamba! The rest of the album doesn’t disappoint—it’s a surprising, deep, and varied journey, moving from abstract dreamscapes to intimate and direct proclamations, looking inward in order to look outward. Something new captures me each time I listen.” Emily, Sister Species

  29. Tobacco Sweatbox Dynasty

  30. STRFKR Being No One, Going Nowhere

  31. Ego Death Daze EP

  32. Guerilla Toss Eraser Stargazer

  33. M83 Junk

  34. Animal Collective Painting With

  35. Savages Adore Life

  36. Tycho Epoch

  37. Posh Lost Parallels

  38. Anohni Hopelessness

  39. DIIV Is the Is Are

  40. James Blake The Colour in Anything

  41. Night Moves Pennied Days

  42. Tacocat Lost Time

  43. Kweku Collins Nat Love

  44. Allan Kingdom Northern Lights

  45. Mild High Club Skiptracing

  46. Lisa Prank Adult Teen

  47. Kishi Bashi Sonderlust

  48. Florist The Birds Outside Sang

  49. Yeah Wings It Feels Like Laughing With You

  50. Thee Oh Sees A Weird Exits

  51. Tim Hecker Love Streams

  52. A Giant Dog Pile

  53. Mothers When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired

  54. Devendra Banhart Ape In Pink Marble

  55. Crying Beyond the Fleeting Gales

  56. Jenny Hval Blood Bitch

  57. Aphex Twin Cheetah

  58. Mrs. City

  59. Black Marble It’s Immaterial

  60. Strange Relations Going Out EP

  61. Fog For Good

  62. Coathangers Nosebleed Weekend

  63. Goat Requiem

  64. Lunch Duchess My Mom Says I Have a Rich Inner Life

  65. Yoni & Geti Testarossa

  66. Julia Brown An Abundance of Strawberries

  67. Hoops Hoops EP

  68. Eleanor Friedberger New View

  69. Kaytranada 99.9%

    “One of my favorite producers for a while now, Kaytra is an expert soundscape creator. This album has so many flavors on it that it works in a lot of different settings. Uptempo tracks like "Bullets" or "One Too Many" and more laid back joints like "Glowed Up" or "Weight Off" makes this album playable from front to back, on repeat.”  DJ Just Nine, Zuluzuluu

  70. Cymbals Eat Guitars Pretty Years

  71. Helado Negro Private Energy

  72. C. Kostra Now I Feel It

  73. The Seshen Flames & Figures

    “It's a great progressive R&B record, I enjoy their synth-pop spin, dance beats & minimal, leaving space to create emotion.” Nikki Pfeifer, Devata Daun

  74. LVL UP Return to Love

  75. Jay Som Turn Into

  76. Holy Fuck Congrats

  77. Preoccupations Preoccupations

    “The synth lines and bass tones on this record are just phenomenal, and the balance between the mix is just gorgeous.  Memory and Stimulation are probably my two favorite tracks, and the way those tracks abruptly change yet hold the same energy is something I wish I was creative enough to write.” Josh, Posh Lost