For the past few years, the No Country team has nominated all of our favorite records of the past year from a “National” and Nashville perspective, then put them to a vote to come up with top ten lists for each. Our team is diverse with individual tastes all across the spectrum, and, accordingly, we usually end up with a huge number of overall albums receiving votes.
Yesterday, we shared our top national albums of 2017, and, today, we announce our top Nashville albums of the year. With so much amazing music pouring out of our city, it’s always tough to pare our top picks down, and, inevitably, there are plenty of records and EPs we absolutely loved that didn’t make the cut. However, we feel like this list represents our collective favorites, and serves as a crossroads of the diverse musical tastes of our crew.
Our methodology is based on a weighted point system, so rather than an editorially curated ranking, we poll everyone’s individual picks, then arrive at our cumulative list by tallying our most frequent and best-liked choices. Ties are not broken, which regularly pushes us beyond ten slots. Our Nashville list is, of course, all-local, while our National list may include Nashville artists as well.
Head below to see our top ten (actually 12, because of ties) albums from local artists in 2017, and, if you see one you need to revisit or catch up on, you can follow the link to your preferred streaming service. Stay tuned for our final look back on 2017: our individual picks for the top shows we saw this year.
#10 (tie): Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
9.16.17 | Southeastern | Listen here
#10 (tie): Mike Floss – Tennessee Daydreams
9.15.17 | The Iconic Group | Listen here
#10 (tie): Phangs – Get In My Arms
7.28.17 | self-released | Listen here
#9: COIN – How Will You Know If You Never Try
4.21.17 | Columbia | Listen Here
#8: Caroline Spence – Spades & Roses
3.3.17 | Tone Tree Music | Listen here
#7: Becca Mancari – Good Woman
10.6.17 | Gold Tooth Records/Tone Tree Music | Listen here
#6: Paramore – After Laughter
5.12.17 | Fueled By Ramen | Listen here
#5: Margo Price – All American Made
10.20.17 | Third Man Records | Listen here
#4: Daddy Issues – Deep Dream
5.19.17 | Infinity Cat | Listen here
#3: R.LUM.R – Afterimage
9.29.17 | PRMD | Listen here
#2: Bully – Losing
10.20.17 | Sub Pop | Listen here
#1: Ron Gallo – Heavy Meta
2.3.17 | New West Records | Listen here