Perfect Sound Forever

PSF's 2017 Writers' Poll
Our favorite things

Alien Knife Fight, Antibalas, Sparks, Invenciones, Flamin' Groovies

Don't tell our 15 writers that the album is dead. Even in the digital age, these lil' collections of songs still manage to thrive, thanks to music nuts like these ones. To help prove it, rather than the usual 10 top cut-off, we let our scribes unload up to 20 favorites of the year. Also, unlike other polls, we don't tally up 'winners'- instead, we'd like you to peruse our findings and see if you agree, disagree or find something new you wanna explore. Enjoy.

Daniel Barbiero

Cat Celebrezze


Pete Crigler


TOP 10 SONGS [No Particular Order]

Worst Records of the Year: Kid Rock Sweet Southern Sugar, Weezer Pacific Daydream, LinkinPark One More Light, Filthy Friends Invitation, Dreamcar, Queens of the Stone Age Villains

Andy Cumming

Brazil Top 6 2017

Ben Dyment

Black Baron - "Seek Your Pleasure"

Jack Gold-Molina

Jason Gross

Great year for singles and ambient music (Lordy, we needed to chill) but lots repeated formula for albums, even the good ones. All the rest of my 2017 faves (including books, movies, videos) are here on my blog.

Bob's Burgers, Cradle of Filth, Elmo Karjalainen, Radio Moscow

Kortney Jmaeff

Honorable mentions include:
The Bronx- V, Bjork- Utopia, Priests- Nothing Feels Natural, Robyn Hitchcock- Robyn Hitchcock, Spoon- Hot Thoughts, Songhoy Blues- Resistance, Morrissey- Low in High School, Metz- Strange Peace, The Bed Wettin' Bad Boys- Rot, Grizzly Bear- Painted Ruins, Wavves- You're Welcome, Pissed Jeans- Why Love Now, Elder- Reflections on a Floating world, Wire- Silver/ Lead, The Clientele- Music for the Age of Miracles, St Vincent- Masseducation, Slowdive- Slowdive, Glassjaw- Material Control, Depeche Mode- Spirit, Real Estate- In Mind, Unsane- Sterilize, Alice Cooper- Paranormal, The Shins- Heartworms, Mountain Goats- Goths, The Strypes- Splitting Image, Brian Jonestown Massacre- Don't get Lost, The Killers- Wonderful Wonderful, Converge- Dusk in Us, Beck- Colors, Chuck Berry- Chuck, The War on Drugs- A Deeper Understanding, Rex Brown- Smoke on This

Trevor McNeil

Robert Pally

Marc Phillips

Derek Pyle

In 2017, Kesha's album Rainbow was awesome. But the world only needs one piece of music. Mozart's "Requiem." REX!

C. Franklin Sheeler

Ed Turner



  • Pretenders "Holy Commotion"
  • Blondie "Fun"
  • Morrissey "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on The Stage"
  • The Breeders "Wait in The Car"

    Keith Walsh

    Fave albums of 2017

    • The Analog Girl Golden Sugar Crystals A darkly sweet electronic pop album from Singapore
    • Sienna QoS . From Norway -- A stunning work that incorporates world beat and electronica
    • Suzi soprano Prividi Grungy punk rock from Slovenia in their native tongue
    • Mountain Goats Goths Saw them live with an old friend -- literary alt rock
    • Old 97's Graveyard Whistling
    • The Brat Straight Outta East L.A. Lots of unreleased treasure here
    • Set Blasters Anger Hate Hell Smart punk rock from California's Inland Empire
    • Alice Cooper Paranormal
    • Elbow Little Fictions Mellow psych rock
    • David Bowie No Plan EP
    • The Beatles Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Edition remixed by Giles Martin

    Fave Singles of 2017

    • Gilles Snowcat "Bareta" Belgian mischief maker's Japanese language release
    • The Tomicks "Break Up Anthem" Classic rock styled tunes from promising British upstarts
    • Kontradikshn "027" Powerful Slovenian Electro rock
    • Ska 'n' Bones "Smally Fingers" Playful political ska from So Cal

    JD McPherson, Kesha, Koreantown Oddity, Rakta, Sharon Jones

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