Best of 2017: P&P Staff Picks

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The end-of-year lists are always a source of contention for the Pigeons & Planes team. Every year we end up publishing one list for best songs of the year, one for best albums, and one for best new artists, but it's never easy. It's a lose-lose, really. By the end of it, everyone has made sacrifices and nobody is actually happy with the final results, but that's life. If you're interested in seeing the opinions of each P&P contributor—or at least the ones who submitted their lists on time—here are the staff picks for best songs, best albums, and best new artists. See you in 2018.

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  • Jonathan Astacio

    Best Albums:

    Brockhampton - Saturation III
    Wiki - No Mountains in Manhattan
    Corbin - Mourn
    Mac Demarco - This Old Dog
    Toro y Moi - Boo Boo
    Syd - Fin
    Brockhampton - Saturation II
    Tyler the Creator - Flower Boy
    Yaeji - EP2
    Lil B - Black Ken

    Best Songs:

    Yaeji - "drink i’m sipping on"
    Ski Mask The Slump God - "Catch Me Outside"
    Frank Ocean - "Chanel"
    Steve Lacy - "Dark Red"
    Jessie Reyez - "Shutter Island"
    Syd - "All About Me"
    Kodak Black - "Roll In Peace" 
    Brockhampton - "BLEACH"
    Tyler, The Creator - "911/ Mr. Lonely"
    Lil Pump - "Gucci Gang" 

    Best New Artists:

    Yaeji
    Steve Lacy
    Brockhampton
    Lil Pump
    Ski Mask The Slump God




  • Adrienne Black

    Best Albums:

    Daniel Caesar - Freudian 
    Syd - Fin
    SZA - Ctrl
    Kendrick - DAMN.
    Matt Martians - The Drum Chord Theory
    Brent
    Faiyaz - Sonder Son
    Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

    Smino - blkswn
    Sonder - Into EP
    Chronixx - Chronology 

    Best Songs:

    Frank Ocean - “Provider”
    Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R. - “Best Part”
    SZA - “The Weekend”
    Chronixx - “Likes”
    Syd - “Smile More”
    Nick Hakim - “Cuffed”
    Tekno - “Wawa”
    Maleek Berry - “4 Me”
    GoldLink ft. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy - "Crew"
    Mr. Eazi - "Leg Over" 

    Best New Artists: 

    Brent Faiyaz
    Maleek Berry
    J.I.D.
    Mac Ayres
    Mr.
    Eazi




  • Graham Corrigan

    Best Albums:

    Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
    Smino - blkswn
    SZA - Ctrl
    Tennis - Yours Conditionally
    Nick Hakim - Green Twins
    IDK - iwasverybad
    J Hus - Common Sense
    Toro y Moi - Boo Boo
    Juana Molina - Halo
    Denzel Curry - 13

    Best Songs:

    Denzel Curry - "Equalizer"  
    King Krule - "Dum Surfer"
    Ravyn Lenae - "Sticky"
    Brockhampton - "SWEET"
    Frank Ocean - "Provider"
    Yaeji - "Drink I'm Sippin On"
    Nick Hakim - "Needy Bees"
    Toro y Moi - "Girl Like You"
    Kendrick Lamar - "ELEMENT."
    Banoffee - "Ripe"

    New Artists:

    Billie Eilish
    ​Deem Spencer 
    Sabrina Claudio
    Knox Fortune
    Injury Reserve




  • Charlotte Freitag

    Best Albums:

    Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
    Brockhampton - Saturation II
    SZA - CTRL
    Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
    Aminé - Good For You
    Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
    Smino - blkswn
    Lorde - Melodrama
    Kelela - Take Me Apart
    Kehlani - SweetSexySavage

    Best Songs:

    Brockhampton - "SWEET"
    Frank Ocean - "Chanel"
    Daniel Caesar - "We Find Love"
    SZA - "Supermodel"
    Vince Staples ft. Kendrick Lamar & KUCKA- "Yeah Right"
    J Balvin ft. Willy William - "Mi Gente"
    Aminé - "Spice Girl"
    Tyler, the Creator ft. Kali Uchis - "See You Again"
    Lil Uzi Vert ft. Pharrell - "Neon Guts"
    Billie Eilish - "COPYCAT"

    Best New Artists:

    Billie Eilish
    ​Daniel Caesar
    Brent Faiyaz
    Steve Lacy
    Rex Orange County




  • Alex Gardner

    Best Albums:

    Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
    J Hus - Common Sense
    SZA - Ctrl
    Ty Dolla $ign - Beach House 3
    Kendrick Lamar - DAMN
    Lorde - Melodrama
    Brockhampton - Saturation III
    Smino - blkswn
    Future - FUTURE
    Miguel - War & Leisure

    Best Songs:

    Vince Staples - "Crabs In a Bucket"
    Octavian - "Party Here"
    Rex Orange County ft. Benny Sings - "Loving Is Easy"
    Frank Ocean - "Chanel"​

    Kelela - "Onandon"
    J Hus - "Spirit"
    Ty Dolla $ign ft. Jeremih - "Dawsin's Breek"
    1010 Benja SL - "Boofiness"
    Dave ft. MoStack - "No Words"

    Lorde - "Supercut"
    GoldLink ft. Steve Lacy - "Some Girl"

    Best New Artists:

    Rex Orange County
    Pinkcaravan!
    Steve Lacy
    Jelani Aryeh
    Injury Reserve
    Choker




  • Sydney Gore

    Best Albums:

    SZA - Ctrl
    King Krule - The OOZ
    Jacques Greene - Feel Infinite
    Daniel Caesar - Freudian
    Sabrina Claudio - About Time
    Charli XCX - Pop 2
    Toro Y Moi - Boo Boo
    Kelela - Take Me Apart
    Terror Jr - Bop 2: TerroRising
    Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

    Best Songs: 

    Jacques Greene - "You See All My Light"
    Cashmere Cat feat. MØ & SOPHIE - "9 (After Coachella)"
    Terror Jr - "IDK + IDC"
    Charli XCX - "Track10"
    SZA - "Supermodel"
    Mount Kimbie feat. King Krule - "Blue Train Lines"
    Frank Ocean feat. JAY Z & Tyler, the Creator - "Biking"
    Kelela - "Frontline"
    Sabrina Claudio - "Stand Still"
    Porches - "Country"

    Best New Artists:

    Billie Eilish
    Jorja Smith
    Gus Dapperton
    Clairo 
    Show Me the Body




  • Eric Isom

    Best Albums: 

    Future - FUTURE
    IDK - IWASVERYBAD
    NBA Youngboy - AI Youngboy
    Just Mills - Dark Sober Mind 
    Conway - G.O.A.T.
    Kodak Black - Project Baby 2
    Nate DAE - California PSA
    Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
    21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin - Without Warning

    Best Songs:

    Lil Wayne - "Bank Account"
    Gordi The Come Up - "Hands Down"
    Just Mills - "Pressure"
    Giggs ft. Dave - "Peligro"
    Kendrick Lamar - "FEAR." 
    Nate DAE - "I Feel Ya" ​
    pinkcaravan! - "david was his name"
    Dutchboy - "Liquor" 
    Lil Durk - "True Colors"

    Best New Artists:

    pinkcaravan!
    Gordi The Come Up
    Jay Critch
    O Billz
    J.I.D.




  • Katie Kelly

    Best Albums: 

    SZA - CTRL 
    Brockhampton - Saturation III
    Future - FUTURE
    Migos - Culture
    21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin - Without Warning
    St. Vincent - Masseducation
    Lorde - Melodrama
    Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
    Jay Z - 4:44
    Kendrick Lamar -
    DAMN. 

    Best Songs:

    SZA - "The Weekend" 
    St. Vincent - "New York"
    Cardi B - "Bodak Yellow"
    Frank Ocean ft. Tyler, The Creator and Jay-Z - "Biking"
    Billie
    Eilish - "idontwannabeyouanymore"
    Tyler, The Creator - "Who Dat Boy"
    Rex Orange County - "Loving Is Easy"
    Jaden Smith ft A$AP Rocky - "Breakfast"

    IDK ft. Swizz Beatz - "Maryland Ass Nigga"
    Lorde, Khalid, Post Malone, & SZA - "Homemade Dynamite"

    5 New Artists: 

    Ski Mask the Slump God
    Billie Eilish
    Rex Orange County
    IDK
    Choker




  • Jacob Moore

    Best Albums:

    Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
    Lorde - Melodrama
    Brockhampton - Saturation III
    Brockhampton - Saturation II
    SZA - CRTL
    J.I.D - The Never Story
    Future - FUTURE
    Smino - blkswn
    Choker - Peak
    Daniel Caesar - Freudian

    Best Songs: 

    Brockhampton - "Bleach"
    Future - "Might As Well"
    Lil Uzi Vert - "XO Tour Llif3"
    Billie Eilish - "watch"
    Kodak Black ft. Lil Wayne - "Codeine Dreaming"
    Lorde - "Perfect Places"
    Frank Ocean - "Biking (Solo)"
    Trippie Redd - "Love Scars"
    Kendrick Lamar - "Element"
    Corbin - "All Out"
    Yung Lean - "Red Bottom Sky"

    Best New Artists: 
    (Ed. note: Jacob refused to cut this to five)

    Ski Mask The Slump God
    Billie Eilish
    ​Choker
    Trippie Redd
    Clairo 
    Deem Spencer
    Gus Dapperton
    J.I.D
    Lou The Human
    Daniel Caesar




  • Joyce Ng

    Best Albums:

    ​Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
    SZA - CTRL
    Brockhampton - Saturation II
    Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
    St. Vincent - Masseduction
    Syd - Fin
    Lorde - Melodrama
    Calvin Harris - Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
    Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
    King Krule - The Ooz

    Best Songs:

    SZA - "Prom"
    St. Vincent - "Happy Birthday Johnny"
    Syd - "All About Me"
    Frank Ocean - "Chanel"
    Tyler, the Creator ft. Rex Orange County & Anna of the North - "Boredom"
    Brockhampton - "GUMMY"
    Kendrick Lamar - "DNA."
    Rex Orange County ft. Benny Sings - "Loving is Easy"
    Cardi B - "Bodak Yellow" 
    Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos - "Slide"

    Best New artists:

    ​yaeji
    Gus Dapperton
    Rex Orange County
    Daniel Caesar
    Steve Lacy




  • Joe Price

    Best Albums:

    Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me
    아버지 - Reflection
    Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds from Another Planet
    Brockhampton - Saturation/Saturation II/Saturation III
    Corbin - Mourn
    Yamaneko - Spa Commissions
    Yung Lean - Stranger
    Ryuichi Sakamoto - Async
    Eyedress - Manila Ice
    Yaeji - EP/EP 2
     
    Best Songs:

    Yung Lean - "Agony"
    Angelo Badalamenti - "Dark Space Low"
    Tyler, The Creator - "Boredom"
    Yung Lean - "Red Bottom Sky"
    Lil Peep - "Save That Shit"
    21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin ft. Travis Scott - "Ghostface Killers"
    Mondo Grosso ft. Hikari Mitsushima - "Labyrinth"
    Mount Eerie - "Ravens"
    Dijon - "Stranger"
    Blank Body - "Club Alien"

    Best New Artists:

    Yaeji
    Est-Her
    Clairo
    GKR
    Choker




  • Alex Siber

    Albums: 

    Julien Baker - Turn Out the Lights
    Moses Sumney - Aromanticism
    Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
    Zack Villere - Little World
    Choker - Peak
    St. Vincent - Masseduction
    Smino - blkswn
    Brockhampton - SATURATION
    Various Artists - Twin Peaks
    Ravyn Lenae - Midnight Moonlight 

    Songs:

    Zack Villere - "The Fort"
    Angelo Badalamenti - "Dark Space Low"
    Frank Ocean - "Provider" / "Chanel" / "Biking" 
    Lil Uzi Vert ft. Oh Wonder - "The Way Life Goes"
    Haasan Barclay - "Live For You"
    Stormzy - "Blinded By Your Grace Pt. 1" 
    SZA - "Supermodel" 
    Brockhampton - "Bleach" 
    Choker - "Lush"
    Dijon - "Stranger"

    New Artists:

    Choker
    Latrell James
    Billie Eilish 
    Haasan Barclay
    Zack Villere




  • Grant Rindner

    Best Albums:

    Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
    Jay Som - Everybody Works
    Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
    J Hus - Common Sense
    King Krule - The Ooz
    2 Chainz - Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
    Metro Boomin, Offset & 21 Savage - Without Warning
    Kelley - Take Me Apart
    Jay-Z - 4:44
    Moses Sumney - Aromanticism

    Best Songs:

    Charli XCX - "Boys"
    Kendrick Lamar - "PRIDE."
    OMB Peezy - "Lay Down"
    King Krule - "Dum Surfer"
    Cardi B - "Bodak Yellow"
    IAMDDB - "Shade"
    Brockhampton - "QUEER"
    Yaeji - "Drink I’m Sippin’ On"
    Lil Xan - "Betrayed"
    Youngboy Never Broke Again - "Dark Into Light"

    Best New Artists:

    OMB Peezy
    IAMDDB
    SOB X RBE
    Nilufer Yanya
    Knox Fortune




  • Eric Skelton

    Best Albums:

    Tyler, The Creator - Flower Boy
    Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
    SZA - CTRL
    Brockhampton - Saturation III
    Choker - Peak
    21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin - Without Warning
    Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
    King Krule - The Ooz
    Yellow Days - Is Everything Okay in Your World?​
    J.I.D - The Never Story
     
    Best Songs:

    Frank Ocean - "Chanel"​
    Tyler, The Creator - "Boredom" ft. Rex Orange County, Anna of the North
    Kendrick Lamar - "HUMBLE"
    Jessie Reyez - "Shutter Island"
    21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin - "Ghostface Killers" ft. Travis Scott 
    Steve Lacy - "Dark Red"
    ​SZA - "Love Galore" ft. Travis Scott
    Kendrick Lamar - "LOVE" ft. Zacari
    ​Brockhampton - "GOLD"
    Lil Uzi Vert - "XO Tour Llif3"

    Best New Artists:

    Lou The Human
    Yellow Days
    Choker
    Billie Eilish
    Gus Dapperton




  • John Walaszek

    Best Albums:

    Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
    Choker - Peak 
    Lorde- Melodrama
    Smino - blkswn
    21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin - Without Warning
    Drake - More Life
    BROCKHAMPTON - SATURATION II

    Best Songs:

    Bhad Bhabie - "Hi Bich"
    Lil Uzi Vert - "XO Tour Llif3"
    Kendrick Lamar - "DNA"
    Corbin - "All Out"
    Choker - "Diorama"
    XXXTENTACION- "Revenge"
    Lil Uzi Vert - "X"
    Gus Dapperton - "I'm Just Snacking"
    BROCKHAMPTON - "Sweet"
    Travis Scott - "Butterfly Effect"

    Best New Artists:

    Ski Mask The Slump God
    Choker
    Billie Eilish
    Gus Dapperton
    Joji



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