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Best of 2017

As we reach the pointy end of 2017, we at Laneway HQ (along with all music fans) begin to reflect on some of our favourite albums of the year. These aren't just albums we like or gave a few spins -- but the ones we've obsessed over and listened to so many times that they now feel like second nature.

We're excited to present our staff and extended family's list of favourite records, and we're extra stoked to see how many albums on this list come from artists playing the festival in 2017 and artists we've toured under the Laneway Presents banner this year.

Let's kick things off with details of the prize you can win just by getting interactive, followed by some of our favourite tastemakers' "Best Of" lists... with Laneway 2017 acts very well represented.

PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES

To celebrate the release of Laneway's Best Of 2017, name your favourite album of 2017 then tell us in 25 words or less why it blew your mind.

Prize details: up for grabs is a double pass to Laneway Festival 2017 (in the city nominated by the winner, Australian dates only).

Comment on the original Facebook or Instagram post before 5:00pm AEDT 29 December 2017 to go in the running.

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TASTEMAKERS

NME's Albums Of The Year

(Sandy) Alex G - Rocket [#40], The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding [#39], Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone [#12], Father John Misty - Pure Comedy [#4], Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life [#2} 

Consequence Of Sound's Albums Of The Year

Kyle Dixon + Michael Stein - Stranger Things 2 [#41], Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness [#37], (Sandy) Alex G - Rocket [#26], The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding [#20], Moses Sumney - Aromanticism [#12], Slowdive - Slowdive [#5] 

Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums Of The Year

(Sandy) Alex G - Rocket [#48], Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness [#37], Syd - Fin [#36], Slowdive - Slowdive [#30], The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding [#11], Moses Sumney - Aromanticism [#6]

Paste Magazine's Top 50 Albums

The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding [#23], Sylvan Esso - What Now [#19], Slowdive - Slowdive [#16], Father John Misty - Pure Comedy [#3]

STAFF PICKS

Danny Rogers, Laneway Festival Australia

1. Slowdive - Slowdive
2. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
3. The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding 
4. Aldous Harding - Party
5. Jlin - Black Origami

Matthew Lazarus Hall, Laneway Festival Australia

1. Rag N Bone Man - Human
2. Polish Club – Alright Already
3. Amy Shark – Night Thinker EP
4. War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
5. Gang Of Youths – Go Farther in Lightness

Honourable mentions: Billie Eilish – don’t smile at me, Tom Walker – Blessings EP

Michael Chugg, Laneway Festival Australia

1. Rag N Bone Man - Human
2. Polish Club – Alright Already
3. Amy Shark – Night Thinker EP
4. Gang Of Youths – Go Farther in Lightness
5. Pond – the Weather

Katie Stewart, Laneway Festival Australia

1. Kamasi Washington - Harmony of Difference
2. Pond - The Weather
3. SZA - CTRL
4. Thundercat - Drunk
5. Sylvan Esso - What Now

Travis Banko, Laneway Festival Australia

1. SZA - Ctrl
2. Sampha - Process
3. King Krule: The Ooz
4. Moses Sumney - Aromanticism
5. Kendrick - DAMN

Honourable mentions: Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog, The War on Drugs: A Deeper Understanding, Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life, POND - The Weather, Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory, Cable Ties - Cable Ties, Run the Jewels: RTJ3

Claire Collins, Laneway Festival Australia

1. Lorde - Melodrama
2. War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
3. Stella Donnelly - Thrush Metal EP
4. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
5. Big Thief - Capacity

Honuorable mention: The National - Sleep Well Beast

Melody Forghani, Laneway Festival Australia

1. The Ooz - King Krule
2. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
3. Migration - Bonobo
4. Flower Boy - Tyler The Creator
5. Backwater - Kllo

Rhosian Woolridge, Laneway Festival Australia

1. Lorde - Melodrama
2. Perfume Genius - No Shape
3. Sampha - Process
4. (Sandy) Alex G - Rocket
5. The National - Sleep Well Beast

Chris Zajko, Laneway Festival Australia

1. The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
2. The Black Angels - Death Song
3. Endless Boogie - Vibe Killer
4. Slowdive - s/t
5. Cigarettes After Sex - s/t
6. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice

Dom O'Connor, Laneway Festival Australia

1. (Sandy) Alex G- Rocket
2. SZA- CTRL
3. White Reaper- The World's Best American Band
4. Kendrick Lamar- Damn
5. Cigarettes After Sex- Cigarettes After Sex

Simon Parsons, Laneway Festival Australia

1. These New South Whales - You Work For Us
2. SZA - Ctrl
3 . Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator
4. Tyler The Creator - Flower Boy
5. The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

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