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    8. Lorde – Melodrama

    Chartrun: *4*-5-7-7-6-4-6-9-14-12-15-14-18-17-18-Out / 15w
    Certification: GOLD

    If someone would have told me Lorde's second album would make the Top10 on my Year-End Charts, i probably would have questioned it. The singer from New Zealand has finally released the follow-up to her debut "Pure Heroine" in 2017 after years of waiting, and while i enjoyed "Royals" & "Team" a lot from her debut, the album overall never really got me and so it was an underperformance on my charts, having spent one single week in the Top10 (#7). Despite all that, i was really looking forward to "Melodrama" and from all positive surprises in 2017, this was probably the biggest one. The album flows incredibly well and even though there are a very few songs i don't really care for, the hit potential overall is incredibly big and she should have scored another monster smash with it.

    "Melodrama" has spawned three singles so far: "Green Light" (#87 on the YEC 2017), "Perfect Places" (#114) and "Homemade Dynamite" (#112). Due to its #4 peak on the weekly chart, it's the lowest non-Top3 album on my countdown and one of only two in the Top30, the other being Anette Olzon's "Shine" (#15).

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      7. Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life

      Chartrun: *1*-1-2-3-4-7-9-10-13-16-20-15-10-12-16-Out / 15w
      Certification: GOLD

      From one alternative yet still mainstream artist to another: Lana Del Rey! Back in 2012, Lana had one of the best starts ever with her major-label debut "Born To Die", having spent 12 weeks atop my weekly album charts, with its title track being the top hit on my weekly singles charts for 10 consecutive weeks. Since then, the singer kept on releasing a strong tune after another, and also delivered when it comes to albums. In 2017, she has released her fourth album "Lust For Life", and while its singles "Love" and "Lust For Life" didn't impress me as much as her previous singles did, the album itself was once more brilliant, and is definitely her second best release to date for me. It's just so good as whole. Unfortunately, the two tracks "Summer Bummer" and "Groupie Love" are really weak and kinda destroy what could have been a perfect flow. Apart from that, "Lust For Life" is typical Lana and i'd say it's even a bit back to the roots for her, plus it owns the brilliant "13 Beaches", which even became my third most favorite song from her ever.

      With "Lust For Life", Lana got her fifth entry on my weekly album charts, and her fourth number one. The release is her second most successful entry so far, and she has released two singles: "Love" (#66 on the YEC 2017) and "Lust For Life" ft. The Weeknd (#111).

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        6. Lady Gaga – Joanne

        Chartrun in 2016: *1*-1-1-1-3-5-4-6-5- / 9w
        Chartrun in 2017: 8-11-7-9-11-10-*1*-1-4-8-9-12-16-19-Out-RE 17-18-14-15-20-Out-RE 15-9-11-14-18-Out / 24w
        Certification: PLATINUM
        Ranking in the YEC 2016: #14

        Okay, so here's most likely more of an expected Top10 arrival on my countdown: Lady Gaga's latest album "Joanne". Since her breakthrough in 2008, the Lady has been one of my absolute favorite artists and i basically grew up with her, at least musically, as i only really started following music in 2006/2007. "Joanne" already came out in late 2016 and therefor made it on last years countdown as well, but she did even much better during 2017, mostly because of the ongoing success for "Million Reasons", the video release for "John Wayne", the random release of "The Cure" but foremost due to the huge effect that had her Super Bowl performance. I was also looking forward to finally seeing one of my few idols live, unfortunately, her Swiss concert got cancelled, so currently i'm a bit mad at her. Anyways, this still is a very strong but unfortunately also underrated release, as it doesn't have many flaws and especially the first half is really strong.

        "Joanne" is Lady Gaga's sixth entry on my weekly album charts and also her sixth to make it to the top. "Perfect Illusion" (#48 on the YEC 2016), "Million Reasons" (#13 on the YEC 2016, #13 on the YEC 2017), "A-Yo" (#95 on the YEC 2016), "John Wayne" (#85 on the YEC 2017), more or less "The Cure" (#32) and its title track "Joanne" (debuted on the weekly chart after the YEC 2017 deadline) all got their time to shine as promo tracks or proper singles.

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        • two of my personal disappointments end up in your Top 10... "WITNESS" is my least favorite album by Katy so far, I just couldn't get into it. I only like the singles to be honest...
          "Melodrama", as mentioned multiple times already, was the biggest disappointment though. Being a huge fan of her debut era, the album did nothing for me. So it's just the other way around for me - the debut album is perfect, the sophomore album just really bad... but glad she released an album you enjoy a lot.

          "Lust For Life" is a great album, however, again, a little bit disappointing for me aswell since "Ultraviolence" and "Honeymoon" were so brilliant. I'd rank it as my third favorite album, though. "White Mustang" is my favorite (aside from "LOVE").

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          • Punch me out a bit with those three albums.

            Melodrama is my #1 album of 2017. The first time I heard it, I didn't hear the magic of most of the songs, but towards the end of the year, in finalising my year-end lists, I slowly started to appreciate tracks I'd previously dismissed, and the rest is history. Quality songwriting, intriguing production, confident and passionate delivery - I couldn't ask for more.

            Lust for Life is the best thing Lana has done since Born to Die. "13 Beaches" is lovely, but "Love", "Summer Bummer", and "Groupie Love" are my faves.

            Joanne is criminally underrated! I do wish there were more 'classic' Gaga songs like "Dancin' in Circles", but I love the tone of the album, and, of course, "Million Reasons" is everything.
            Akini's Top 100 Albums of the Decade: [85-81]

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            • Originally posted by luckyONE
              two of my personal disappointments end up in your Top 10... "WITNESS" is my least favorite album by Katy so far, I just couldn't get into it. I only like the singles to be honest...
              "Melodrama", as mentioned multiple times already, was the biggest disappointment though. Being a huge fan of her debut era, the album did nothing for me. So it's just the other way around for me - the debut album is perfect, the sophomore album just really bad... but glad she released an album you enjoy a lot.

              "Lust For Life" is a great album, however, again, a little bit disappointing for me aswell since "Ultraviolence" and "Honeymoon" were so brilliant. I'd rank it as my third favorite album, though. "White Mustang" is my favorite (aside from "LOVE").
              Aww... well, i already knew you weren't the biggest fan of them both so it was expected, i guess. But as you can see, i really enjoy both, "Witness" and "Melodrama". I can't even say why i never got into "Pure Heroine" but instantly got into "Melodrama", it just clicked somehow. However, i can see why you'd rank "Witness" as your least favorite album by Katy. Some songs are really weak, but the highlights make it up for me there.

              Love "Lust For Life"! I guess this means "Born To Die" is your least favorite album by Lana so far? So the ranks would be the other way round for you than they are for me, as BTD is still my favorite one, followed by LFL. But to be fair she has yet to release a weak album

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              • Originally posted by JSparksFan
                Punch me out a bit with those three albums.

                Melodrama is my #1 album of 2017. The first time I heard it, I didn't hear the magic of most of the songs, but towards the end of the year, in finalising my year-end lists, I slowly started to appreciate tracks I'd previously dismissed, and the rest is history. Quality songwriting, intriguing production, confident and passionate delivery - I couldn't ask for more.

                Lust for Life is the best thing Lana has done since Born to Die. "13 Beaches" is lovely, but "Love", "Summer Bummer", and "Groupie Love" are my faves.

                Joanne is criminally underrated! I do wish there were more 'classic' Gaga songs like "Dancin' in Circles", but I love the tone of the album, and, of course, "Million Reasons" is everything.
                Very glad to hear "Melodrama" was such a grower for you! It's was the opposite for me, as i got instantly hooked by it like it never happened with "Pure Heroine". A shame she's suffering from the sophomore slump when it comes to success, as Lorde definitely deserves another big era with it.

                YASSSSSS completely agree when it comes to Lana! BTD is still my fave (also due to nostalgia factor), but LFL is definitely my second favorite album from her to date. But not you mentioning my personal lowlights as your Highlights ("Summer Bummer" & "Groupie Love")

                Agreed, again! She should have released "Dancin' In Circles" as a single tbh. It's crazy how successful "Joanne" was compared to "Artpop" despite having yet again only two real singles, and one ("Perfect Illusion") was quite a flop/not promoted.

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                  5. Eluveitie – Evocation II: Pantheon

                  Chartrun: *1*-1-1-3-5-8-10-7-6-9-9-10-9-14-16-16-18-Out / 17w
                  Certification: PLATINUM

                  Loïc Nottet's "Selfocracy" was already a surprise when it comes to the Top10 of the Albums Year-End Charts 2017, but here's the biggest surprise, at least to me, as i didn't have this album on my radar at all: "Evocation II: Pantheon" by Swiss folk-metal band Eluveitie. People who know me know that i'm not only into Pop, Dance or Charts music overall, but my heart also beats for Rock, especially Symphonic Rock or Folk Rock, with Nightwish and Within Temptation being two of my absolute favorite artists ever. I already knew who Eluveitie are for a few years, since they're from Switzerland and they're doing basically the music i'm really into. However, apart from like two tracks, i wasn't familiar with their material, and due to some reason, i'm always very sceptic against artists from Switzerland. A big mistake, as in mid 2017, i came across their music videos for "Lvgvs" and "Epona" while watching some other videos on YouTube, and i got impressed! Shortly after, they released "Evocation II: Pantheon".

                  "Evocation II: Pantheon" isn't typical for them compared to their other stuff, as they're usually much heavier. This release got promoted as an acoustic release, which is why it's more like a folk-pop-release and not a folk-metal album. The lyrics are also in Celtic, so the whole thing is really unique and it worked perfectly for me. An amazing discovery in 2017 and i'm already excited to hear more from them!

                  Eluveitie got two hit singles with this album: The number one single "Lvgvs" (#21 on the YEC 2017) and "Epona" (#54). They also scored a third hit called "Rebirth" (#89), but that one was excluded from the album and will most likely end up on their next release.

                  My favorite songs:

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                    4. Ed Sheeran – ÷

                    Chartrun: *1*-4-1-2-3-4-3-5-5-7-8-11-12-13-15-13-13-13-14-13-14-10-10-13-13-13-16-16-15-17-Out / 30w
                    Certification: PLATINUM

                    From one album which isn't really popular or known at all to one which made it far on the Year-End Charts in many countries last year, and also convinced me: "÷" (or "Divide") by Ed Sheeran! The third studio album by the British singer-songwriter had it hard, as it was the follow-up to "x"/"Multiply", which not only spawned several hit singles, but also was a monstrous success on its own and shot Ed to stardom. But even prior the album release, Ed made everything right, as he went with double lead tracks in form of "Shape Of You" and "Castle On The Hill" - one which became a big hit, and the other one even bigger. Luckily, the album offered even more, and to me its best moments are the two irish-folk-inspired songs "Galway Girl" and "Nancy Mulligan". The latter is even the best thing on the record, but only ended up on the deluxe edition of "÷". Other than that, the album basically has no lows, some solid songs and many good tunes. One may say he tried to copy himself, but i'd say this is just Ed, and he and his team know what's popular at the moment and they built successfully on that.

                    Ed Sheeran collected several hits with this album. "Shape Of You" (#4 on the YEC 2017), "Castle On The Hill" (#51), "Galway Girl" (#42) and "Perfect" (#38) all served as official singles while "How Would You Feel (Paean)" (#208) and "Bibia Be Ye Ye" (#153) got released as promo tracks.

                    My favorite songs:

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                      3. Halsey – hopeless fountain kingdom

                      Chartrun: *1*-1-2-1-1-1-1-2-2-3-4-3-5-7-8-9-11-16-18-16-11-14-16-12-9-8-6-6-9- / 29w
                      Certification: 2x PLATINUM

                      Halsey got two votes in the poll and she was definitely a good choice to vote for, as her second studio album "hopeless fountain kingdom" was easily one of the biggest smashes on my weekly chart in 2017, yet she isn't the one who tops my charts and ends up third on the Albums Year-End Charts 2017.

                      I have a strange relationship to the singer. I can't really remember how i found out about her, but i did discover her shortly before the release of her debut "Badlands", and while i thought the music she did on it was already interesting back then, her persona was really off-putting for me and so she left my radar fast again. However, despite not liking her as an artist, i got hyped for her second album, and was so excited to hear its lead single "Now Or Never", which immediately became my favorite song from her at that time. Once the album came out, i fell in love with her completely, and now i'm even loving her as an artist. This album is just SO GOOD! The only tracks i skip are the intro and the closer, which are still solid though. The rest is alternative pop at its best - or as someone else on UKMix once described it: Tumblr pop at its best! She made everything right with "hopeless fountain kingdom" in my opinion, from artwork, to music, to promotion, and here's hope this gets some more single releases through 2018.

                      "hopeless fountain kingdom" spawned three singles so far: "Now Or Never" (#8 on the YEC 2017), "Bad At Love" (#78) and "Alone", which just got released. "Sorry" was released as a promotional track in 2018 and will make the Year-End Charts in that year.

                      My favorite songs:

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                        2. Lindsey Stirling – Brave Enough

                        Chartrun in 2016: *1*-1-1-3-3-2-6-7-6-9-11-10-8-11-14-9-7-8- / 18w
                        Chartrun in 2017: 14-10-2-2-*1*-1-4-8-10-7-2-1-4-5-8-13-16-14-12-11-3-8-11-7-11-8-7-8-11-14-18-12-13-16-18-20-Out-RE 11-12-12-19-Out-RE 15-18-Out / 42w
                        Certification: 3x PLATINUM
                        Ranking in the YEC 2016: #3

                        Similar to the Year-End Charts 2016, the second most successful album of 2017 is also an album which was released in the previous year, and that's "Brave Enough" by Lindsey Stirling. The violinist has released yet another strong effort with this album, as it still has the typical Lindsey sound with all the dubstep and violin play, but also has influences from other genres, including several collaborations with artists like Andrew McMahon, Christina Perri, Dan + Shay, Rooty and ZZ Ward, offering a great variety of sounds.

                        With this Top3 finish, 2017 is already the fourth year where she has placed one of her albums in the Top3 of the Year-End Charts. Her self-titled debut topped the Countdown in 2013, follow-up "Shatter Me" made it to #3 on the YEC 2014 (while the debut still was #8), while "Brave Enough" already made it to #3 on the YEC 2016, plus "Warmer In The Winter" made it to #14. 2015 also was a success, as "Shatter Me" (#17) and "Live From London" (#19) both placed in the Top20.

                        As with all releases by Lindsey, it's often not so clear which songs are proper singles, which one promo singles and which ones just got a simple video as she had fun to do so. However, six songs of "Brave Enough" made my weekly chart: "The Arena" (#8 on the YEC 2016, #269 on the YEC 2017), "Something Wild" (#30 in 2016, #64 in 2017), "Prism" (#85 in 2016, #115 in 2017), "Hold My Heart" (#49 in 2016, #58 in 2017), "Love's Just A Feeling" (#69 in 2017) and "Lost Girls" (#5 in 2017).

                        My favorite songs:

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                          1. Zara Larsson – So Good

                          Chartrun: 2-*1*-1-1-1-4-6-6-9-13-13-12-13-14-11-12-12-12-13-11-8-5-6-8-8-6-7-10-17-20-17-10-11-1-6-15-19-20-Out / 38w
                          Certification: 2x PLATINUM

                          And here it is, the most successful album on my charts in 2017: "So Good" by Swedish singer Zara Larsson! With 437 chart points, it had only 18 points more than Lindsey Stirling's "Brave Enough" and 31 more than Halsey's "hopeless fountain kingdom", which means the Top3 is very near to each other. That's a nice increase compared to the Year-End Charts 2016, where the most successful album only made it to 345 points.

                          "So Good" was released as Zara's international debut album in early 2017, and it was preceded by lots of singles releases, such as the worldwide hits "Lush Life" and "Never Forget You". She already made an impression on my charts with her singles, and i was so looking forward to this release that it was already clear that she'll smash, and in the end i definitely didn't get disappoint by it. My first fears were that the singles were already the clear highlights and the remaining tracks won't have something more to offer, however it turned out completely different, as the album still had many gems left, such as the ballads "One Mississippi" or "I Can't Fall In Love Without You", the catchy pop tunes "TG4M", "Only You" or "Don't Let Me Be Yours" (the latter two still becoming singles at a later point of 2017) or the urban influenced "Make That Money Girl". Overall, the album really has no lows and is a very well done international debut for the singer, and i'm pretty sure that the follow-up may be another success.

                          The big success of "So Good" was also due to its singles, which were not only hits, but there were also lots of singles releases off this record: "Lush Life" (#25 on the YEC 2015, #268 on the YEC 2017), "Never Forget You" (#17 in 2015, #25 in 2016, #48 in 2017), "Ain't My Fault" (#96 in 2016, #361 in 2017), "I Would Like" (#189 in 2016, #95 in 2017), "So Good" (#151 in 2017), "Don't Let Me Be Yours" (#84 in 2017) and "Only You" (#11 in 2017).

                          Also on the album was "Symphony", a collaboration with Clean Bandit, which made it to #1 on the Singles Year-End Charts 2017. Therefore, Zara basically made the double this year, making 2017 the fifth year to have the same artist topping the Singles- and Albums Countdowns following 2015 (Nightwish with "Élan" & "Endless Forms Most Beautiful"), 2013 (Lindsey Stirling with "Crystallize" & "Lindsey Stirling"), 2012 (Lana Del Rey with "Video Games" & "Born To Die") and 2011 (Adele with "Someone Like You" & "21").

                          My favorite songs:

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                          • I kinda expected Ed Sheeran to be on top of the album charts to be honest. But it's a nice surprise to see Zara atop of your Year End Charts.

                            It's great to see "Perfect" on your favorite songs list. It's probably my favorite song by Ed Sheeran so far.

                            I've heard "Sorry" by Halsey the other day and thought it's a beautiful track. It might enter my weekly charts soon.

                            From "SO GOOD" I think "Symphony" would be my favorite track... but "Never Forget You" is beautiful, too!

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                            • Time to do a(n extremely late) catch-up comment here. I already commented the bubblers and the 80-100 positions so this is from the top 80:

                              77. Camila Cabello – Crying In The Club
                              76. Little Mix – Touch
                              72. My Indigo – My Indigo
                              70. Helene Fischer – Herzbeben
                              66. Lana Del Rey – Love
                              53. Selena Gomez feat. Gucci Mane – Fetish
                              46. Alma – Requiem
                              45. Beatrice Egli – Federleicht
                              43. Lena – If I Wasn’t Your Daughter
                              37. P!nk – What About Us
                              33. Taylor Swift - …Ready For It?
                              24. Rachel Platten – Perfect For You
                              20. Rachel Platten – Broken Glass
                              18. Marina Kaye – Something
                              10. Marina Kaye – On My Own
                              9. The Dark Element (Anette Olzon & Jani Liimatainen) – My Sweet Mystery
                              7. Selena Gomez – Bad Liar
                              2. Kerli – Spirit Animal

                              I'm sorry to say it, but looking at this list 2017 definitely feels like a mediocre year, especially compared to 2015 and 2016 where I think there was more overlap between our charts. And many of those songs I listed here didn't even reach my top 200. But this is not to criticize your dedication and great work with both the weekly chart and the Year end charts! (Would Kerli have been #1 had it not been for the score rule change?)

                              Albums:

                              175. Carrie Underwood Greatest Hits: Decade #1
                              174. Taylor Swift 1989
                              172. Nina Kraljic Samo
                              170. Lana Del Rey Born To Die
                              161. Rachel Platten Wildfire
                              160. Christina Grimmie Side A EP
                              156. Louane Louane
                              143. Little Mix Glory Days
                              123. Lenka Attune
                              122. Maren Morris Hero
                              119. Lena Crystal Sky
                              116. Lea Michele Places
                              106. Tarja The Brightest Void
                              95. Carrie Underwood Storyteller
                              94. Invader Girl Dark Light EP
                              88. Aly & AJ Ten Years EP
                              84. Tarja The Shadow Self
                              78. Selena Gomez Revival
                              72. Lady Antebellum Heart Break
                              52. Helene Fischer Helene Fischer
                              48. Lauren Alaina – Road Less Traveled
                              46. Alma – Ma peau aime
                              45. RaeLynn – WildHorse
                              39. Tarja – From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas)
                              35. Taylor Swift – Reputation
                              33. Christina Grimmie – All Is Vanity
                              32. Vanessa Mai – Regenbogen
                              25. Christina Grimmie – Side B EP
                              24. The Dark Element (Anette Olzon & Jani Liimatainen) – The Dark Element
                              22. Eurovision Song Contest 2017
                              18. Marina Kaye – Explicit
                              16. Rachel Platten – Waves
                              8. Lorde – Melodrama
                              7. Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life

                              There are most likely some albums I never checked out in full but would have liked; included here only those I know I listened to at least once. Lauren Alaina, RaeLynn and Taylor Swift are the three clear highlights in the top 50.

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                              • I like Ed's album more than I care to admit. It's soulless, saccharine, and formulaic, but I'll be damned if I sit here and say I don't like 90% of the songs.

                                Lindsey's album is fantastic. She's been one of my favourite discoveries of the last five years. Her music is insanely therapeutic.

                                I only know "Symphony", "Only You", and "One Mississippi" from Zara's album. The first is terrific; the latter two are okay. I feel like she's more of a singles act for me, but I might check out an album from her one day.
                                Akini's Top 100 Albums of the Decade: [85-81]

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                                • Better late than never (i guess?) but i'm FINALLY moving on to the third and last part of this topic. But first, thanks for all comments & let me reply now...

                                  Originally posted by luckyONE
                                  I kinda expected Ed Sheeran to be on top of the album charts to be honest. But it's a nice surprise to see Zara atop of your Year End Charts.

                                  It's great to see "Perfect" on your favorite songs list. It's probably my favorite song by Ed Sheeran so far.

                                  I've heard "Sorry" by Halsey the other day and thought it's a beautiful track. It might enter my weekly charts soon.

                                  From "SO GOOD" I think "Symphony" would be my favorite track... but "Never Forget You" is beautiful, too!
                                  Ed was a good bet and he definitely would have deserved the #1 spot as well, though i felt like i got over his album much faster than expected. Zara's album really showed a stronger performance in the long run. Glad you're liking her at #1!

                                  Woah, that's huge! I wouldn't call it my favorite song by him (that's still "I See Fire") but it's definitely one of his better songs to date.

                                  VERY happy to hear this about Halsey! "Sorry" should have been a big hit for her

                                  YAY. "Symphony" is perfect, but "Never Forget You" is even more. And both of songs also relate to me on a personal level. The expectations on new music by Zara is really big at this point.

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                                  • Originally posted by Magnus
                                    Time to do a(n extremely late) catch-up comment here. I already commented the bubblers and the 80-100 positions so this is from the top 80:



                                    I'm sorry to say it, but looking at this list 2017 definitely feels like a mediocre year, especially compared to 2015 and 2016 where I think there was more overlap between our charts. And many of those songs I listed here didn't even reach my top 200. But this is not to criticize your dedication and great work with both the weekly chart and the Year end charts! (Would Kerli have been #1 had it not been for the score rule change?)
                                    Hey Magnus

                                    Thanks for having done this catch-up, even though it’s not even that late (especially compared to my reply now!)

                                    I’m glad to see there are a few songs in the Top80 you also enjoy. Personally I have to admit I even expected you to like less than these, as I also felt like there’s much less on your charts that I even know yet alone having on my charts.
                                    As for the question, I don’t know if I should be honest here since I know you dislike the artist who is #1 on my YEC, but I’m just being honest now: Yes, “Spirit Animal” would have been #1 with 739 points against the 686 of the song at #1 now. Kerli’s score got reduced to 665 points.
                                    It’s the same scenario on the Album YEC, where the #1 has 437 points, while Lindsey Stirling at #2 would have 465 points which were reduced to 419 due to the new rule. So I guess you would have liked my YEC more under the old rules

                                    Originally posted by Magnus
                                    Albums:



                                    There are most likely some albums I never checked out in full but would have liked; included here only those I know I listened to at least once. Lauren Alaina, RaeLynn and Taylor Swift are the three clear highlights in the top 50.
                                    Obviously no surprise to see you mentioning RaeLynn & Laura Alaina. Two discoveries I’ve made thanks to your charts, and I’m definitely keeping an eye on both artists.

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                                    • Originally posted by JSparksFan
                                      I like Ed's album more than I care to admit. It's soulless, saccharine, and formulaic, but I'll be damned if I sit here and say I don't like 90% of the songs.

                                      Lindsey's album is fantastic. She's been one of my favourite discoveries of the last five years. Her music is insanely therapeutic.

                                      I only know "Symphony", "Only You", and "One Mississippi" from Zara's album. The first is terrific; the latter two are okay. I feel like she's more of a singles act for me, but I might check out an album from her one day.
                                      To be fair I think there are many people who think the same Me included! He really knows what works in the charts right now!

                                      Always VERY glad to hear this about Lindsey! I can’t believe “Brave Enough” turns two years old already soon, so fingers crossed for new music later this year

                                      Wait, you never heard the singles “Never Forget You” or “Lush Life”? They were HUGE in Europe But the three you mentioned are clear highlights, so if two of them were just okay, then I’m not sure if you would enjoy the whole album. Maybe you’ll get more into her with her second album?

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                                        Unfortunately, life kept me busier during the past year than I ever expected, and my whole schedule got messed up completely. It’s mid June now, but I’m finally able to reveal the MAMMY AWARDS 2018.

                                        The 'Mammy Awards' are a yearly award 'show' I've started many years ago. A few years ago i started to post them on UKMix as well, and while a separate topic did surprisingly well for 2015, it flopped hard the following year, which is why I decided to include them onto my YEC topic last year and still doing it so this year. The word 'Mammy' comes from Grammy, and my first name starts with an 'M', that's how the term 'Mammy' originated.

                                        There are 18 different categories with five or six nominees in each category, except the Best Music Video and Best Airplay Artist categories with even more nominees. This is all fun and the winners are chosen by me, but you all can obviously guess the winners, leave your thoughts about it or comment which nominee would be your favorite.

                                        Here are the nominees for the first ten categories – all genre awards:



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                                        Anywhere by Rita Ora
                                        Broken Glass by Rachel Platten
                                        I Got You by Bebe Rexha
                                        Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran
                                        Something by Marina Kaye
                                        The Cure by Lady Gaga


                                        The Mammy for 'Best Pop Solo Performance' is for songs with the genre pop and by one artist. Every pop song which was released as a single during 2017 or late 2016 is eligible. Previous winners are “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga, “Same Old Love” by Selena Gomez, "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran, "Heart Attack" by Demi Lovato, "Blown Away" by Carrie Underwood, "Grenade" by Bruno Mars, "Firework" by Katy Perry, "Sparks" by Amy MacDonald and Adam Lambert, who won twice so far with "Whataya Want From Me" and "Never Close Our Eyes". That category exists since 2011 and there used to be two awards from 2011 to 2013 - one for male and one for female.
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                                        Fragments by Pegasus
                                        Meteorite by Years & Years
                                        Play That Song by Train
                                        Thunder by Imagine Dragons
                                        Touch by Little Mix


                                        The Mammy for 'Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group' is for songs with the genre pop and by a Duo or by a Group. Every pop song which was released as a single during 2017 or late 2016 is eligible. Previous winners are “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots, “Warriors” by Imagine Dragons, "You Can Never Be Ready" by Sunrise Avenue, "If I Lose Myself" by OneRepublic, "Lost In Paradise" by Evanescence and Selena Gomez & The Scene, who won twice so far with "Hit The Lights" and "A Year Without Rain". That category exists since 2011.
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                                        Bon Appétit by Katy Perry feat. Migos
                                        Disconnect by Clean Bandit feat. Marina And The Diamonds
                                        Feels by Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean
                                        It Ain’t Me by Kygo & Selena Gomez
                                        Stay by Zedd & Alessia Cara
                                        Venus Fly by Grimes feat. Janelle Monae


                                        The Mammy for 'Best Pop Collaboration' is for songs with the genre pop and must be a collaboration between at least two artists, no matter if these artists are solo artists, a Duo or a Group. Every pop song which was released as a single during 2017 or late 2016 is eligible. Previous winners are “Enough” by Delta Goodrem ft. Gizzle, “Sounds Like Heaven” by Marina Kaye ft. Lindsey Stirling, "Love Me Harder" by Ariana Grande & The Weeknd, "Friends" by Aura Dione ft. Rock Mafia, "We Found Love" by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris and Lady GaGa, who won twice so far with "Do What U Want" ft. R. Kelly and "Telephone" ft. Beyoncé. That category exists since 2011.
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                                        Beautiful Trauma by P!nk
                                        Explicit by Marina Kaye
                                        Melodrama by Lorde
                                        Tell Me You Love Me by Demi Lovato
                                        Waves by Rachel Platten


                                        The Mammy for 'Best Pop Vocal Album' is for albums with the genre pop. Every pop album which was released during 2017 or late 2016 is eligible, instrumental albums are not allowed. Previous winners are “This Is What The Truth Feels Like” by Gwen Stefani, “Breathe In. Breathe Out.” by Hilary Duff, "1989" by Taylor Swift, "Britney Jean" by Britney Spears, "Halcyon" by Ellie Goulding, "The Sea" by Melanie C and "La voix du nord" by Malena Ernman. That category exists since 2011.
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                                        Herzbeben by Helene Fischer
                                        Lost Girls by Lindsey Stirling
                                        Nirvana by Inna
                                        Sound Of Walking Away by Illenium & Kerli
                                        Wolves by Selena Gomez & Marshmello


                                        The Mammy for 'Best Dance Recording' is for songs with the genre dance/electronic. Every song which was released as a single during 2017 or late 2016 is eligible. Previous winners are “Take Flight” by Lindsey Stirling, "Only Girl (In The World)" by Rihanna, Kerli, who won three times so far with "Diamond Hard", "Zero Gravity" and "Army Of Love", and Lady GaGa, who won twice so far with "G.U.Y." and "Venus". That category exists since 2011.
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                                        Awake by Illenium
                                        Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 by Calvin Harris
                                        Memories…Do Not Open by The Chainsmokers
                                        Nirvana by Inna
                                        Where I Won’t Be Found by Seven Lions


                                        The Mammy for 'Best Electronic/Dance Album' is for albums with the genre dance/electronic. Every album which was released during 2017 or late 2016 is eligible. Previous winners are “Conscious” by Broods, “Inna” by Inna, "Worlds Apart" by Seven Lions, "True" by Avicii, "MDNA" by Madonna, "Nothing But The Beat" by David Guetta and "The Fame" by Lady GaGa. That category exists since 2011.
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                                        An Empty Dream by Tarja
                                        Lvgvs by Eluveitie
                                        Speak To Me by Amy Lee
                                        The Eagle Flies Alone by Arch Enemy
                                        The Ghost And The Reaper by The Dark Element (Anette Olzon & Jani Liimatainen)


                                        The Mammy for 'Best Rock/Country/Alternative Song' is for songs with the genre rock/country/alternative. Every song which was released as a single during 2017 or late 2016 is eligible. Previous winners are “Familiar” by Agnes Obel, “My Silver Lining” by First Aid Kit, "Ride" by Lana Del Rey, "Storytime" by Nightwish, "Until My Last Breath" by Tarja and Within Temptation, who won twice so far with "Edge Of The World" and "Paradise (What About Us?)" ft. Tarja. That category exists since 2011.
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                                        Evolve by Imagine Dragons
                                        From A Room: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by Chris Stapleton
                                        Native Invader by Tori Amos
                                        Synthesis by Evanescence
                                        The Dark Element by The Dark Element (Anette Olzon & Jani Liimatainen)
                                        Will To Power by Arch Enemy


                                        The Mammy for 'Best Rock/Country/Alternative Album' is for albums with the genre rock/country/alternative. Every album which was released during 2017 or late 2016 is eligible. Previous winners are “Hero” by Maren Morris, “Vulnicura” by Björk, "Let Us Burn" by Within Temptation, "Colours In The Dark" by Tarja and "Bear Creek" by Brandi Carlile. That category exists since 2013.
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                                        Bodak Yellow by Cardi B
                                        Down by Fifth Harmony feat. Gucci Mane
                                        Fetish by Selena Gomez feat. Gucci Mane
                                        Humble. by Kendrick Lamar
                                        Versace On The Floor by Bruno Mars


                                        The Mammy for 'Best R&B/Urban Song' is for songs with the genre R&B/urban. Every song which was released as a single during 2017 or late 2016 is eligible. Previous winners are “Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign, “The Hills” by The Weeknd, "Best Mistake" ft. Big Sean and "The Way" ft. Mac Miller, both by Ariana Grande. That category exists since 2014.
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                                        All Your Fault, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 by Bebe Rexha
                                        Damn. by Kendrick Lamar
                                        Fifth Harmony by Fifth Harmony
                                        Ingwer und ewig by Lo & Leduc
                                        The Ride by Nelly Furtado


                                        The Mammy for 'Best R&B/Urban Album' is for albums with the genre R&B/Urban. Every album which was released during 2017 or late 2016 is eligible. Previous winners are “Starboy” and “Beauty Behind The Madness”, both by The Weeknd, "The Pinkprint" by Nicki Minaj and "Yours Truly" by Ariana Grande. That category exists since 2014.
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                                          And here are the remaining eight categories, including the main ones:



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                                          Divide by Ed Sheeran
                                          Evocation II: Pantheon by Eluveitie
                                          hopeless fountain kingdom by Halsey
                                          Lust For Life by Lana Del Rey
                                          So Good by Zara Larsson


                                          The Mammy for 'Album Of The Year' is for every album which was released during 2017 or late 2016, no matter of its genre. The album which made the biggest impact on me during that year will win. Previous winners are “Storyteller” by Carrie Underwood, “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” by Nightwish, "Shine" by Anette Olzon, "Lindsey Stirling" by Lindsey Stirling, "Born To Die" by Lana Del Rey, "21" by Adele and "The Fame" by Lady GaGa. That category exists since 2011.
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                                          Again by Noah Cyrus feat. XXXTENTACION
                                          My Sweet Mystery by The Dark Element (Anette Olzon & Jani Liimatainen)
                                          Praying by Kesha
                                          Spirit Animal by Kerli
                                          Symphony by Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson


                                          The Mammy for 'Song Of The Year' is for every single which was released during 2017 or late 2016, no matter of its genre. The song which made the biggest impact on me during that year will win. Previous winners are “Feral Hearts” by Kerli, “Élan” by Nightwish, "Break Free" by Ariana Grande ft. Zedd, "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus, "Born To Die" by Lana Del Rey, "Someone Like You" by Adele and "Bad Romance" by Lady GaGa. That category exists since 2011.
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                                          [spoiler:17f9d75z]Ed Sheeran
                                          Halsey
                                          Lana Del Rey
                                          Lindsey Stirling
                                          Zara Larsson


                                          The Mammy for 'Artist Of The Year' is for every artist who released a single and/or an album and/or an EP during 2017, no matter of its genre. The artist which made the biggest impact on me during that year will win. Previous winners are Nightwish, Within Temptation and Kerli (twice, 2017 and 2014). That category exists since 2014.
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                                          13 Beaches by Lana Del Rey
                                          Collide by Rachel Platten
                                          Hi-Lo by Evanescence
                                          Schönster Moment by Vanessa Mai
                                          Strangers by Halsey feat. Lauren Jauregui
                                          Where We Go by P!nk


                                          The Mammy for 'Best Album Track' is for every song, which wasn't released as a single and is on an album that was released during 2017 or late 2016, no matter of its genre. The best song will win. Previous winners are “Holding On For Life” by Ellie Goulding, “The Girl” by Lena and "Moving Away" by Anette Olzon. That category exists since 2015.
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                                          [spoiler:17f9d75z]Ed Sheeran
                                          Lindsey Stirling
                                          The Weeknd
                                          Zara Larsson


                                          During 2017, i attended four concerts and every artist i've seen live is nominated for the Mammy for 'Best Live Act' . The act i enjoyed the most and made the best concert will win. Previous winners are Ellie Goulding, Tarja and Within Temptation. That category exists since 2015.
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                                          [spoiler:17f9d75z]Bebe Rexha
                                          Cellar Darling
                                          Dua Lipa
                                          Niall Horan
                                          Noah Cyrus


                                          The Mammy for 'Best New Artist' is for every artist, who released a single and/or an album and/or an EP during 2017, no matter of its genre. The artist must be a new one or must have had his first entry ever on my charts during 2017 or late 2016. The artist who had the biggest impact on me and is the most promising one will win. Previous winners are LP, Zara Larsson, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Loreen, Bruno Mars and Kesha. That category exists since 2011.
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                                          [spoiler:17f9d75z]Anette Olzon
                                          Ed Sheeran
                                          Eluveitie
                                          Halsey
                                          Katy Perry
                                          Lady Gaga
                                          Lindsey Stirling
                                          Miley Cyrus
                                          Selena Gomez
                                          Zara Larsson


                                          The ten most played artists during 2017 are nominated for the Mammy for 'Best Airplay Artist', no matter if their played stuff was released during 2017 or not. Not the artist with the most plays will win, but the one that got played all the time during that year and had the biggest impact on my daily life through this. Previous winners are Carrie Underwood, Anette Olzon, Within Temptation and Kerli. That category exists since 2014.
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                                          [spoiler:17f9d75z]Bad Liar by Selena Gomez
                                          Bon Appétit by Katy Perry feat. Migos
                                          Carol Of The Bells by Lindsey Stirling
                                          Everyday by Ariana Grande feat. Future
                                          Feels by Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean
                                          Fetish by Selena Gomez feat. Gucci Mane
                                          Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift
                                          Lost Girls by Lindsey Stirling
                                          New Rules by Dua Lipa
                                          Praying by Kesha
                                          Symphony by Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson
                                          Venus Fly by Grimes feat. Janelle Monae


                                          The Mammy for 'Best Music Video' is for every music video, which was released during 2017. The best music video wins. Previous winners are “Innocence” by Tarja, “Never Forget You” by Zara Larsson & MNEK, "G.U.Y." by Lady GaGa and "Work Bitch" by Britney Spears. That category exists since 2014.
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                                            Here is the first bunch of winners; the Dance/Electronic, Rock/Country/Alternative and R&B/Urban categories:




                                            • Lost Girls by Lindsey Stirling


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                                            • Nirvana by Inna


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                                            • The Ghost And The Reaper by The Dark Element (Anette Olzon & Jani Liimatainen)


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                                            • The Dark Element by The Dark Element (Anette Olzon & Jani Liimatainen)


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                                            • Fetish by Selena Gomez feat. Gucci Mane


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                                            • Damn. by Kendrick Lamar

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                                              And here is the second bunch of winners; the Pop categories:




                                              • I Got You by Bebe Rexha


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                                              • Meteorite by Years & Years


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                                              • Stay by Zedd & Alessia Cara


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                                              • Waves by Rachel Platten

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                                                And to have this done & finally being able to move on, here is the third and final bunch of winners; the main categories:




                                                • hopeless fountain kingdom by Halsey


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                                                • Symphony by Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson


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                                                • Halsey


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                                                • 13 Beaches by Lana Del Rey


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                                                • Zara Larsson


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                                                • Bebe Rexha


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                                                • Lindsey Stirling


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                                                • Bad Liar by Selena Gomez

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                                                • Great to see "Meteorite" win Best Performance by a Group/Duo. That one's definitely one of my favourite pop songs of the last five years. The video is great, too. Big wins for Halsey!

                                                  I'm not even sure I saw the video for "Best Liar". I should probably check it out.
                                                  Akini's Top 100 Albums of the Decade: [85-81]

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                                                  • First of all, thanks for taking the time to leave a reply here! I'm glad you love the winner for Best Performance by a Group/Duo. "Meteorite" really is awesome and still is my favorite Years & Years song to date.

                                                    As for "Bad Liar" - WHAT Never? Its video was so critically acclaimed. Selena is playing four roles and it's quite clever. Here it is, i hope you'll find the time to check it out:

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                                                    • Re: Tansike's Year-End Charts 2017 - Finished

                                                      ^ Because I hate the song so much, I didn't care to check out the video, though I do remember people were pleased with it when it premiered.

                                                      I just saw it, and it isn't bad. Come to think of it, I don't usually care for Selena's videos ("Hands to Myself" is an exception because of the uber cute male model), so this was slightly better than her average.
                                                      Akini's Top 100 Albums of the Decade: [85-81]

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                                                      • ^ Oh, i didn't know you hate "Bad Liar" THAT much

                                                        Glad to hear you checked it out & it actually didn't make the worst impression on you

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                                                        • Re: Tansike's Year-End Charts 2017 - Finished

                                                          I wanted to check out some music I don't know yet, so I came in here and started playing the Loic album and OMG "Mud Blood" is already such an amazing song and video, CAN'T WAIT FOR THE REST !!!
                                                          2019 Year End Charts: The 20/20 Experience

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                                                          • ^ OMG! Thanks for checking this countdown out & i'm so happy to hear about your discovery! He really delivered a fantastic album and i hope the rest of the album made a similar impression on you

                                                            On a side note i just discovered i never updated the first page. Will do so asap... soon it's already time for the 2018 countdown

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                                                            • ^ FINALLY (!) updated the first page. Gosh, I thought i did it ages ago. Also just realized how fast the year went by

                                                              Now I'm ready for the 2018 countdown, starting soon... <3

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