The Most Influential Indie Rock Albums of 2017

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, WE STAY BUSY TRACKING JUST HOW MANY TIMES NEW INDIE ROCK ALBUMS ARE SHARED ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA TO GIVE YOU A NUMBERS-BASED VIEW OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL RELEASES OF 2017.

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Artist / Album Label Total Shares
Feist / Pleasure Universal 103,720
Father John Misty / Pure Comedy Sub Pop 58,927
Spoon / Hot Thoughts Matador 43,266
Japandroids / Near to the Wild Heart of Life Anti- 41,775
Sleater-Kinney / Live In Paris Sub Pop 16,718
Grandaddy / Last Place 30th Century, Columbia 13,527
Cloud Nothings / Life Without Sound Carpark 13,002
Jay Som / Everybody Works Polyvinyl 8,901
Real Estate / In Mind Domino 7,550
The Orwells / Terrible Human Beings Atlantic 7,005
Los Campesinos! / Sick Scenes Wichita 5,971
Fred Thomas / Changer Polyvinyl 5,762
Cherry Glazerr / Apocalipstick Secretly Canadian 4,600
Guided By Voices / August By Cake GBV, Inc. 4,474
Vagabon / Infinite Worlds Father/Daughter 4,210
Elbow / Little Fictions Polydor, Concord 3,846
Wire / Silver/Lead Pinkflag 3,590
Strand of Oaks / Hard Love Dead Oceans 3,416
Pile / A Hairshirt of Purpose Exploding In Sound 3,343
Charly Bliss / Guppy Barsuk 3,297
Minus the Bear / VOIDS Suicide Squeeze 2,756
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / The Tourist Undertow 2,611
Sundara Karma / Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect Chess Club 2,152
Novella / Change of State Sinderlyn 2,018
The Courtneys / II Flying Nun 1,943
David Bazan / Care Anti- 1,771
Half Japanese / Hear the Lions Roar Fire 1,491
British Sea Power / Let The Dancers Inherit The Party Golden Chariot, Caroline 1,420
Sorority Noise / You're Not As ______ As You Think Triple Crown 1,326
Hippo Campus / Landmark Grand Jury 1,283
Surfer Blood / Snowdonia Joyful Noise 1,186
BNQT / Volume 1 Dualtone, Bella Union 1,179
Skaters / Rock And Roll Bye Bye Yonks 1,168
Aye Nako / Silver Haze Don Giovanni 954
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever / The French Press Sub Pop 895
Hand Habits / Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void) Woodsist 624
Bleached / Can You Deal? Dead Oceans 621
Joan of Arc / He's Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands Joyful Noise 593
Summer Moon / With You Tonight Dtf Records 591
Circa Waves / Different Creatures Virgin EMI 579
Communions / Blue Fat Possum 577
The Regrettes / Feel Your Feelings Fool! Warner Bros. 565
Delicate Steve / This Is Steve Anti- 564
The Big Moon / Love In The 4th Dimension Columbia 497
Cameron Avery / Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams Anti- 411
Horse Thief / Trials & Truths Bella Union 370
Alexandra Savior / Belladonna of Sadness Columbia 338
The New Year / Snow Undertow 332
Tim Darcy / Saturday Night Jagjaguwar 294
Louise Burns / Young Mopes Light Organ 291
Tall Ships / Impressions FatCat 225
The Molochs / America's Velvet Glory Innovative Leisure 188
Dryjacket / For Posterity Hopeless 167

Influence is calculated based on the total number of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Linkedin shares generated directly from editorial coverage. Share counts were accurate at time of research, typically 1-2 weeks after the official release of each album, but current share counts may differ.

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