Investing in top-quality dividend stocks is what a lot of successful investors do over their lifetimes. This class of investor has just one goal in mind while picking investments: stability in a company’s cash flow generation. Keeping these factors in mind, I’ve put together a basket of long-term dividend stocks for 2017. These picks are some of the great American companies that are crucial parts of our modern economy. They have a leading position in their markets, with a long and proven track record of rewarding investors with higher dividend payments. Despite all the good news about the U.S. economy in 2016, from robust job gains to strong consumer spending, the stock market returns have been very disappointing. So far this year, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average are up just above four percent, while the NASDAQ has gained over three percent. Some of the best dividend paying stocks for 2017 are: 1. The Coca-Cola Co The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) owns some of the most popular beverage brands. The biggest proof of its successful business strategy is that the world’s most successful income investor, Warren Buffett, is on board. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) owns more than nine percent of Coca-Cola. The company increased its quarterly dividend in February by six percent to $0.35 per share. At today’s price, KO stock has an annual dividend yield of 3.28%. In the past 10 years, the company’s quarterly dividend payment has more than doubled. 2. Microsoft Corporation Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock is my favorite pick in the technology space. The reason I prefer MSFT stock over other technology companies is that this stock has great growth potential, with a remarkable dividend-paying history that hardly any technology company can match. I believe MSFT stock is one of the best long term dividend stocks for investors in 2017, as Microsoft is revamping its sales strategy to focus on the cloud and a subscription-based revenue model for its “Office” products. On top of dividend payments, Microsoft stock gained over 13% in the past year, beating benchmark indices and many other technology giants. Source: Best Dividend Paying Stocks Any views anyone??