Rap great Kendrick Lamar started the year off strongly with "DAMN.," his third, critically lauded LP.
Artists like Lorde, SZA, and St. Vincent followed suit, with standout works that critics universally praised.
To get a full picture of the year's critical consensus in music, we turned to the reviews aggregator Metacritic to rank the most well-received albums of 2017.
Note: Metacritic's ranking excludes free albums, mixtapes, and reissues.
Here are the 25 best albums of the year, according to critics: