Top 100 Albums of 2017

Our fully compiled list of top albums of 2017, as played by our volunteer programmers. Specialty charts are below the Top 100. Join us Saturday, January 13th at noon to count down the top 20 albums of 2017!

CFBX Top 100 Albums for 2017

  1. The Evaporators* – Ogopopgo Punk (Mint)

  2. Alvvays* – Antisocialites (Royal Mountain)

  3. Broken Social Scene* – Hug of Thunder (Arts and Crafts)

  4. Bill and Joel Plaskett* – Solidarity (Pheromone)

  5. Boogie Patrol* – Man on Fire (Independent)

  6. Austra* – Future Politics (Domino)

  7. Homeshake* – Fresh Air (Royal Mountain)

  8. Whitehorse* – Panther in the Dollhouse (Six Shooter)

  9. Timber Timbre* – Sincerely, Future Pollution (Arts and Crafts)

  10. The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer* – Apocalipstick (Independent)

  11. Monkeyjunk* – Time to Roll (Stony Plain)

  12. Walrus* – Family Hangover (Madic)

  13. Needles//Pins* – Goodnight, Tomorrow (Mint)

  14. DIANA* – Familiar Touch (Culvert)

  15. Hollerado* – Born Yesterday (Royal Mountain)

  16. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up (Nonesuch)

  17. Slow Leaves* – Enough About Me (Independent)

  18. Naughty Professor – Identity (Independent)

  19. Blue Hawaii* – Tenderness (Arbutus)

  20. Japandroids* – Near to the Wild Heart of Life (Arts and Crafts)

  21. Souljazz Orchestra* – Under Burning Skies (Do Right!)

  22. Woolworm* – Deserve to Die (Mint)

  23. The Sadies* – Northern Passages (Dine Alone)

  24. Heat* – Overnight (The Hand)

  25. Do Make Say Think* – Stubborn Persistent Illusions (Constellation)

  26. Weaves* – Wide Open (Buzz)

  27. No Aloha* – Swap EP (Independent)

  28. Five Alarm Funk* – Sweat (Independent)

  29. The xx – I See You (Young Turks)

  30. Geoff Berner* – Canadiana Grotesquica (Coax)

  31. The Velvetiens* – Slow Wave (Fierce Panda)

  32. Louise Burns* – Young Mopes (Light Organ)

  33. Mac DeMarco* – This Old Dog (Royal Mountain)

  34. Not You* – Misty EP (Fundog)

  35. METZ* – Strange Peace (Royal Mountain)

  36. Rakkatak* – Small Pieces (Independent)

  37. Faith Healer* – Try (Mint)

  38. The Pack A.D.* – Dollhouse (Cadence)

  39. The Luyas* – Human Voicing (Paper Bag)

  40. Nolan Hubbard* – Luminosity (Independent)

  41. Fake Shark* – Faux Real (Light Organ)

  42. Lion Bear Fox* – Lion Bear Fox (Elbowroom)

  43. Alex Cuba* – Lo Unico Constante (Caracol)

  44. Ashleigh Ball* – Gold in You (Independent)

  45. Bend Sinister* – The Other Way EP (Cordova Bay)

  46. Monomyth* – Happy Pop Family (Mint)

  47. Steve Strongman* – No Time Like Now (Sonic Unyon)

  48. Century Palm* – Meet You (Deranged)

  49. Bluesland Horn Band* – Let’s Go Dancing (Independent)

  50. Feist* – Pleasure (Universal)

  51. Bird City* – Winnowing (Coax)

  52. Rob Lutes* – Walk in the Dark (Lucky Bear)

  53. Slates* – Summery (New Damage)

  54. Beliefs* – Habitat (Hand Drawn Dracula)

  55. Destroyer* – Ken (Merge)

  56. Jenn Grant* – Paradise (Outside)

  57. Daniel Romano* – Modern Pressure (You’ve Changed)

  58. Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint (Alligator)

  59. Sunday Wilde and Reno Jack* – Two (Hwy 11)

  60. Beyond the Pale* – Ruckus (Borealis)

  61. Busty and the Bass* – Uncommon Good (Indica)

  62. Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song (Easy Eye Sound)

  63. Pernell Reichert Band* – The Road (You Ain’t the One) (Independent)

  64. 100 Mile House* – Hiraeth (Independent)

  65. Rose Cousins* – Natural Conclusion (Outside)

  66. The Blue Mules* – Move On (Independent)

  67. Tiger Moon** – Cariboo and Whiskey (Independent)

  68. Jason Buie* – Dritfin’ Heart (Independent)

  69. Tasseomancy* – Do Easy (Hand Drawn Dracula)

  70. Smoke Wagon Blues Band* – Cigar Store (Independent)

  71. Bombargo* – We Are Bombargo (Independent)

  72. Julie and the Wrong Guys* – Julie and the Wrong Guys (Dine Alone)

  73. The Deep Dark Woods* – Yarrow (Six Shooter)

  74. Teeanger* – Teenager (Telephone Explosion)

  75. Designosaur* – Seattle of the North (Independent)

  76. Leif Vollebekk* – Twin Solitude (Secret City)

  77. Prairie Cat* – Is Cary Pratt (Fuzzy Logic)

  78. Dawn Tyler Watson* – Jawbreaker! (Independent)

  79. Kim Doolittle* – Into the Blue (Independent)

  80. Gord Downie* – Secret Path (Arts and Crafts)

  81. Elephant Stone* – Ship of Fools (Burger)

  82. Ghost Twin* – Plastic Heart (Artoffact)

  83. The Willows* – Tea for Three (Flatcar)

  84. Dance Movie* – Pierce (Independent)

  85. Chocolat* – Rencontrer Looloo (Dare to Care)

  86. Begonia* – Lady in Mind (Independent)

  87. Cold Specks* – Fool’s Paradise (Arts and Crafts)

  88. Lou Canon* – Suspicious (Paper Bag)

  89. Mighty Duck Blues Band* – Duck Soup (Independent)

  90. The New Pornographers* – Whiteout Conditions (Dine Alone)

  91. Peach Pyramid* – Repeating Myself (Oscar St.)

  92. Fleece* – Voyager (Independent)

  93. Hooded Fang* – Dynasty House (DAPS)

  94. Beyries* – Landing (Bonsound)

  95. Ian Foster* – Sleeper Years (Independent)

  96. Dorjee Tsering* – Thank You Canada (Independent)

  97. Johanna Sillanpaa* – From This Side (Chronograph)

  98. The Good Brothers* – Wide Awake Dreamin’ (Independent)

  99. James Wyatt Crosby* – Twins (Maisonneuve)

  100. Shirley Eikhard* – I am the Hero (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Jazz Albums for 2017

  1. Naughty Professor – Identity (Independent)

  2. Five Alarm Funk* – Sweat (Independent)

  3. Heather Bambrick* – You’ll Never Know (Independent)

  4. Cory Weeds and the Jeff Hamilton Trio* – Dreamsville (Cellar Live)

  5. Bria Skonberg* – Bria (Okeh)

  6. Avery Raquel* – Without a Little Rain (Independent)

  7. Florian Hoefner* – Coldwater Stories (Origin)

  8. Keith O’Rourke* – Sketches from the Road (Chronograph)

  9. Ingrid and Christine Jensen* – Infinitude (Whirlwind)

  10. The Willows* – Tea for Three (Flatcar)

  11. Diana Krall – Turn Up the Quiet (Verve)

  12. Alex Goodman* – Second Act (Lyte)

  13. Johanna Sillanpaa* – From This Side (Chronograph)

  14. Mallory Chipman* – Nocturnalize (Bent River)

  15. Audrey Ochoa Trio* – Afterthought (Chronograph)

  16. Maya Rae* – Sapphire Birds (Cellar Live)

  17. Jordana Talsky* – Neither or Either (Independent)

  18. Lois Gillespie* – Entanglements (Independent)

  19. The Ugly Beauties* – Strange Attractors (Independent)

  20. Sick Boss* – Sick Boss (Drip Audio)

  21. Charlie Haden and the Liberation Music Orchestra – Time/Life (Impulse!)

  22. Big Miller and Tommy Banks* – Legacy (Chronograph)

  23. Anita Eccleston** – More Trumpet (Independent)

  24. Caitlin Goulet** – Way with Me EP (Independent)

  25. Floating Point* – Floating Point (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Worldbeat Albums for 2017

  1. Souljazz Orchestra* – Under Burning Skies (Do Right!)

  2. Alex Cuba* – Lo Unico Constante (Caracol)

  3. Beyond the Pale* – Ruckus (Borealis)

  4. Rakkatak* – Small Pieces (Independent)

  5. Dub Kartel* – Dub Kartel (Independent)

  6. Os Tropies* – The Soil (Independent)

  7. Marito Marques* – Na Eira (Independent)

  8. MandolinMan – Unfolding the Roots (ARC Music)

  9. Naughty Professor – Identity (Independent)

  10. Elemotho – Beautiful World (ARC Music)

  11. Pierre Kwenders* – Makanda (Bonsound)

  12. Various Artists – Celebrate World Music (ARC Music)

  13. Jorge Martinez* – Supernova (Independent)

  14. Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble* – Winners Never Quit (Independent)

  15. John Welsh Band* – Vamanos Mi Chica (Independent)

  16. Boogat* – San Cristobal Baile Inn (Maisonnette)

  17. Hanitra – Lasa: Songs from Madagascar (ARC Music)

  18. Auresia* – Raices (Moonsplash)

  19. Lenka Lichtenberg* – Masaryk (ARC Music)

  20. Aurelio – Darandi (Real World)

  21. Yuly Tovar – Songs from Mexico (ARC Music)

  22. Zomba Prison Project – I Will Not Stop Singing (Six Degrees)

  23. Nikolett Pankovits – Magia (Independent)

  24. Chicago Afrobeat Project – What Goes Up (Independent)

  25. Eliana Cuevas* – Golpes y Flores (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Loud/Metal/Punk Albums for 2017

  1. The Evaporators* – Ogopogo Punk (Mint)

  2. Needles//Pins* – Goodnight, Tomorrow (Mint)

  3. Society’s Ills* – Stumble (Independent)

  4. Crims and Flow* – Nightmare Food in the Vacuum Room (Independent)

  5. METZ* – Strange Peace (Royal Mountain)

  6. The Real McKenzies* – Two Devils Will Talk (Stomp)

  7. Woolworm* – Deserve to Die (Mint)

  8. Dream Whip* – Dream Whip (Independent)

  9. Slates* – Summery (New Damage)

  10. The Hazytones* – The Hazytones (Independent)

  11. CJ Ramone – American Beauty (Fat Wreck Chords)

  12. Alien Boys* – Self-Critical Theory (Independent)

  13. Duchess Says* – Sciences Nouvelles (Bonsound)

  14. The Dirty Nil* – Minimum R&B (Dine Alone)

  15. American Lips* – Kiss the Void (Ancient Fashion)

  16. All Hands on Jane* – Sorry I Set You on Fire (Independent)

  17. Career Suicide* – Machine Response (Deranged)

  18. New Fries* – More (Telephone Explosion)

  19. Steve Adamyk Band* – Graceland (Dirtnap)

  20. Caldor Kids – Caldor Kids (Independent)

  21. New Swears* – And the Magic of Horses (New Damage)

  22. Ho99o9 – United States of Horror (Toys Have Powers)

  23. Brad Pot – Brad Pot (Slovenly)

  24. Tough Age* – Shame (Mint)

  25. The Dreadnoughts* – Foreign Skies (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Electronic Albums for 2017

  1. DIANA* – Familiar Touch (Culvert)

  2. Austra* – Future Politics (Domino)

  3. Blue Hawaii* – Tenderness (Arbutus)

  4. Foonyap* – Apropos EP (Independent)

  5. Lydia Ainsworth* – Darling of the Afterglow (Arbutus)

  6. OneOverZero* – Low Sync Syncopation (Independent)

  7. An Ant and an Atom* – Exterior (And an Earth)

  8. Eine Kleine China* – Feels Industry (Boat Dreams on the Hill)

  9. Cut Copy – Haiku from Zero (Astralwerks)

  10. Raveen* – Always (So Sorry)

  11. Parallels* – Metropolis (Marigold)

  12. Nashlyn* – Work it Out (Independent)

  13. Johann Johannsson – Arrival OST (Deutsche Grammophon)

  14. Lou Canon* – Suspicious (Paper Bag)

  15. Dr. Janowitz* – Complete Unabashed Sensual Euphoria (Independent)

  16. A Tribe Called Red* – We Are the Halluci Nation (Pirates Blend)

  17. Form* – Soho (Independent)

  18. Valiska* – On Pause (Trouble in Paradise)

  19. Kytami* – Renegade EP (East Van Digital)

  20. Ghost Twin* – Plastic Heart (Artoffact)

  21. Pick a Piper* – Distance (Tin Angel)

  22. Psychic Pollution* – AI Existential Intelligence Report (Eat Glass)

  23. Crooked Colours – Vera (Sweat it Out)

  24. Zeds Dead* – Northern Lights (Deadbeats)

  25. Metled Mirror* – Borderzone (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Urban/Rap Albums for 2017

  1. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3 (Independent)

  2. Illvis Freshly* – Illennials (Independent)

  3. Emotionz and Gisto* – Orbits (Historical)

  4. Boosh and the Dip* – River City Riot Part 2 (Independent)

  5. K.Flay – Every Where is Some Where (Interscope)

  6. Sam-C – Days in July (Independent)

  7. Ross Jack – Self-Motivated (Radikal)

  8. Elaquent* – Worst Case Scenario (Urbnet)

  9. Len Bowen* – Goin’ Away Party (Move Right)

  10. Mr, Brady* – Speechless (Urbnet)

  11. Swamp Thing* – Pray to Science (Urbnet)

  12. Detroit Illharmonic Symphony – Reserget Cinebirus (Independent)

  13. E.GG* – Alverstone (Independent)

  14. Nilla* – Valkyrie (Droppin’ Science)

  15. Moka Only* – To the Next Season (Urbnet)

  16. Theatre Crisp* – It’s an Obligation (Bandpush)

  17. Transit22* – Pity Party Project (Independent)

  18. More or Les* – Blow the Fuck Up, but Stay Humble (Hand Solo)

  19. Stoop – Welcome to Your Tape (Independent)

  20. Alex Silas and the Subterraneans* – Tunnels Season 1 (Independent)

  21. Kay the Aquanaut* – 7 Vessels (Fake Four)

  22. Ice tha One* – In the Paint (Independent)

  23. Tzadeka* – Half the Pain is Half the Work (Little Whore)

  24. Eddie Quotez* – Otaku (Independent)

  25. Sonreal** – One Long Dream (Black Box)

CFBX Top 25 Folk/Roots Albums for 2017

  1. String Bone* – Love and Highways (Independent)

  2. Bill and Joel Plaskett* – Solidarity (Pheromone)

  3. The Deep Dark Woods* – Yarrow (Six Shooter)

  4. The Sadies* – Northern Passages (Dine Alone)

  5. Pernell Reichert Band* – The Road (You Ain’t the One) (Independent)

  6. Sarah Jane Scouten* – When the Bloom Falls from the Rose (Light Organ)

  7. Sarah Beatty* – Bandit Queen (King of the Road)

  8. Tiger Moon** – Cariboo and Whiskey (Independent)

  9. Glenn McFarlane* – Time to Kill (Independent)

  10. 100 Mile House* – Hiraeth (Independent)

  11. Geoff Berner* – Canadiana Grotesquica (Coax)

  12. Martin Kerr* – Better Than Brand-New (Independent)

  13. Karen Potje* – Somebody I Used to Be (Independent)

  14. Carly Reirson* – Fantasy (Independent)

  15. Slim Sandy and the Hillbilly Boppers* – Gettin’ That Lowdown Swing! (Crow-Matic)

  16. Scott Cook* – Further Down the Line (Independent)

  17. West of Mabou* – West of Mabou (Independent)

  18. Bird City* – Winnowing (Coax)

  19. Shirley Eikhard* – I am the Hero (Independent)

  20. Lynn Jackson* – Follow That Fire (Busted Flat)

  21. Jesse Waldman* – Mansion Full of Ghosts (Independent)

  22. The Good Brothers* – Wide Awake Dreamin’ (Independent)

  23. Shannon Kingsbury* – Bones and Secrets (Independent)

  24. Kayla Luky* – Back to Dirt (Independent)

  25. The Raven and the Fox* – The Raven and the Fox (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Blues Albums for 2017

  1. Boogie Patrol* – Man on Fire (Independent)

  2. Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint (Alligator)

  3. Jason Buie* – Driftin’ Heart (Independent)

  4. Glen Foster Group* – Music Alchemy (Rescue)

  5. The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer* – Apocalipstick (Independent)

  6. Monkeyjunk* – Time to Roll (Stony Plain)

  7. The Commotions* – Volume II (Independent)

  8. Mighty Duck Blues Band* – Duck Soup (Independent)

  9. Bluesland Horn Band* – Let’s Go Dancing (Independent)

  10. Smoke Wagon Blues Band* – Cigar Store (Independent)

  11. The Blue Mules* – Move On (Independent)

  12. Doug Cox and Sam Hurrie* – Old Friends (Black Hen)

  13. Sunday Wilde and Reno Jack* – Two (Hwy 11)

  14. Carson Downey Band* – Catch Me if You Can (Independent)

  15. Dawn Tyler Watson* – Jawbreaker! (Independent)

  16. Pat Loiselle* – Sonny Boy Gumbo’s Blues (Independent)

  17. Andre Bisson* – Break (Independent)

  18. Kim Doolittle* – Into the Blue (Independent)

  19. Martin Goyette* – Big Beets (Ad Litteratam)

  20. Steve Strongman* – No Time Like Now (Sonic Unyon)

  21. Harris, Hunter and Fenn* – 2017 Bluesville (Independent)

  22. Benny Turner – My Brother’s Blues (Nola Blues)

  23. David Bray* – Night Rains (Independent)

  24. Chris Antonik* – Monarch (Independent)

  25. Lee Palmer* – Bridge (On the Fly)

CFBX Top 15 Classical Albums for 2017

1) Johann Johannsson – Arrival OST (Deutsche Grammophon)
2) Rachel Parton Pine – Bel Canto: Paganini (Avie)
3) Michel Camito and Tomatito – Spain Forever (Universal)
4) Max Richter – Infra (Deutsche Grammophon)
5) Dan Dean – Songs Without Words (Origin Classical)
6) Joep Beving – Prehension (Deutsche Grammophon)
7) Trio Medival and Arve Hendrikson – Rimur (ECM)
8) Various Artists – Expo (Deutsche Grammophon)
9) Jane Antonia Cornish – Into Silence (Innova)
10) Moonkyung Lee – Tchaikovsky: Works for Violin (Navona)
11) Gewandhausorkester Leipzig – Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 (Deutsche Grammophon)
12) Ennio Morricone – 60 Years of Music (Decca)
13) Staatsopernchor Berlin – Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (Decca)
14) Orchestra Symph. de Montreal* – Danse Macabre (Decca)
15) Akropolis Reed Quartet – The Space Between Us (Innova)

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