AllMusic 2017 Year In Review

Favorite Pop Albums -

 Pop music went in countless directions this year, as artists like Paloma Faith and Bleachers embraced sophistication, a liberated Kesha proudly followed her own muse, while former One Direction members went solo, with Niall Horan dipping his toe into '70s rock and Harry Styles delivering an ambitious debut.
Gone Now

Bleachers

Gone Now

The project's hyper-literate, hyper-emotional pop meditations are even more vivid, detailed, and satisfying the second time around.

Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 1

Calvin Harris

Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 1

Leaving EDM behind, the Scottish producer assembles an all-star roster of rap, R&B, and pop guests for his nostalgic beachside getaway.

Careless People

Charlotte OC

Careless People

The sultry, gothy, R&B-tinged debut from British vocalist Charlotte OC featuring production from Tim Anderson.

Tell Me You Love Me

Demi Lovato

Tell Me You Love Me

Lovato gets carnal on this modern R&B album.

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa

Brimming with the confidence of a seasoned vet, this excellent pop debut strikes a deft balance between attitude and vulnerability.

Harry Styles

Harry Styles

Harry Styles

The first solo album from the former One Direction singer shows admirable ambition and solid songs, and showcases his impressive vocal style.

Desire

Hurts

Desire

The stylish British duo embrace a buoyant, romance-steeped pop sound on their fourth studio album.

Life. Love. Flesh. Blood

Imelda May

Life. Love. Flesh. Blood

A dusky, bittersweet break-up album featuring rootsy production from T-Bone Burnett.

Meaning of Life

Kelly Clarkson

Meaning of Life

Kelly Clarkson gets soulful.

Rainbow

Kesha

Rainbow

A rich, moving -- and occasionally fun and funny -- comeback from Kesha.

Melodrama

Lorde

Melodrama

Lorde broadens her sonic and emotional palette on her excellent second album.

Enter the Dreamland

Meresha

Enter the Dreamland

Smart, effervescent, and forward-thinking progressive pop from the innovative singer/songwriter.

Connect the Dots

MisterWives

Connect the Dots

Infectiously buoyant sophomore set from the New York sextet that piles grooves upon a joyous '80s-influenced indie pop sound.

Flicker

Niall Horan

Flicker

Influenced by Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles, this satisfying set of guitar-based love songs is the solo debut from the former One Directioner.

The Architect

Paloma Faith

The Architect

The British vocalist's fourth album is a sophisticated production full of '70s style R&B grooves.

After Laughter

Paramore

After Laughter

Overcoming yet more lineup changes, Paramore return with a buoyant, '80s new wave-tinged fifth album.

From Deewee

Soulwax

From Deewee

After over a decade, the Belgian electronic-rock duo return with their thrilling eighth set, which was recorded in just one take.

Together. Alone

Trevor James Tillery

Together. Alone

Masterful debut from the progressive pop singer/songwriter that swells with emotion and sonic textures inspired by Radiohead.

What If Nothing

Walk the Moon

What If Nothing

The Ohio quartet follow "Shut Up and Dance" with their third LP of glimmering, technicolor dance-rock.

So Good

Zara Larsson

So Good

Living up to its title, this sophomore set from the Swedish singer puts youthful abandon and empowerment at the fore of a great pop collection.