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The long list is presented to a voting academy of approximately 400 judges. The judging pool includes broadcasters (community radio, commercial radio, ABC Radio, music television channels and ABC television), artists, online music media, newspapers, AIR Members and other independent music industry representatives.

Top 10 National

1) Beyoncé, Lemonade (Parkwood/Columbia)
2) David Bowie, Blackstar (Columbia)

3) Frank Ocean, Blond (Boys Don't Cry)

4) A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)

5) Margo Price, Midwest Farmer's Daughter (Third Man)

6) Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker (Columbia)

7) Rolling Stones, Lonesome & Blue (Interscope)

Oranssi Pazuzu, Värähtelijä (20 Buck Spin)

9) Doyle Bramhall II, Rich Man (Concord)

10) Loretta Lynn, Full Circle (Legacy)


Over the next month, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from over 200 music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find individual ...

Even the Belfast born duo Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson that make up Bicep, could not have expected their debut album to explode the way it has. A top 20 chart placing in the UK and a triumphant cover from esteemed club magazine MixMag has cemented their place as one of the most exciting electronic artists of 2017. Over the years, the pair have introduced thousands of curious dance music fans to rare and long forgotten cuts through their website and DJ sets. However, any artist needs more than passion and understanding to make a stellar album. What they managed to do was iron out and stitch together elements from throughout the history of electronic music to create one of the most distinctive and exciting dance albums of the year. The touchstones were clear from the old-skool house of "Glue" to the trance of "Rain" and the astounding tech-house of "Aura" but everything was mixed so intricately and then freshly baked that it felt new and exciting. In the world of electronic music this was most definitely their year. - Paul Carr

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