BEST 2017

best 2017


My 50 favorite songs of the year — ordered by tempo and vibe — not necessarily FROM 2017, just heard by me in 2017

Some notable absences:
  • Selena Gomez (They’re great, but “Fetish” and “Bad Liar” didn’t break through for me. Sorry Selene Queen)
  • the entire genre of hip-hop (there’s plenty throughout the monthly playlists, but less represented here)
  • Kero Kero Bonito (I’m not vibing on their latest stuff and keep coasting on the old)
  • Hitchhiker (C’mon where are you, silver spaceman)


My favorite discovery of the year was absolutely Terror Jr. They’re represented in two songs here, tying Coucheron and Blanck Mass (who have a sorta intro song included here that doesn’t count). (Also Tove Styrke has a song and a remix of that same song. Doesn’t count.)


Speaking of Blanck Mass: also a huge discovery. Love both the albums I dug into this year, and this follow-up project to Fuck Buttons answers the question of “What sorta spin could possibly improve Fuck Buttons?” with a resounding “witchgoth industrial.”


Started it off with BROCKHAMPTON since it’s an optimistic tune and these guys’ sun is  shining brightly right now. Excited to find out how many albums they release in 2018, considering this first three have captivated me pretty well. Kanyefriends for lyfe.


The category of Most Listened Songs is funny, because looking at the stats a year back from today… Only three of the top five songs are from 2017. That means in the past month, I’ve listened to two songs more than almost everything else in 2017. Youch.


  1. Ghosted, “Get Some” – raunchy electro pop, slinky and funky; some gets gotten.
  2. TYSM, “Wraith” – sad bedroom glitch-pleas over delicate plinks and plonks.
  3. BROCKHAMPTON, “SUNNY” – this smile says “good morning: don’t fuck with us.”
  4. Aryay, “Always Wanted You (ft. Kimbra)” – a beat of bullhorn shrieks tempered by sultry coos.
  5. Tove Styrke, “Mistakes” –  this song has eight different catchy melodies; all Tove’s wobbly lilt.


Since there’s no “Wraith” video, here’s another great TYSM song with a WILD video, “Honeymoon Phase.”


Since there are no BROCKHAMPTON videos at all, here’s an amazing clip of them performing my fave song off SATURATION III (which is technically a January 2018 song for me), “BOOGIE.”


Since there’s no “Always Wanted You” video, here’s another fresh Aryay song that’s apparently about uhhhhhhh how everyone you love will eventually die: “Never Gonna Leave”


And, finally, just feel like it should be mentioned, Otto Knows creates the most reverential big room house out there. Here’s more evidence from years past: Otto Knows, “Million Voices,” in which some skate teens create the Aurora Borealis and then start making out, it’s the most-Scandinavian vision of youth ever.


That’s all. Here it is. Bi now.


Best 2017


December 2017

It was really difficult for me to type out 2017 across the course of creating this playlist and post and cover art given that we’re more than halfway through January. Just one more to go for the year. The best-of is coming up. It’s in the pipeline. Sliding down the artery. Soggy, slow glop. Get ready.

December 2017

November 2017

Oh you thought that was it, huh? You thought October was the end of the line? That ya boy couldn’t post three months in one day?? I’m proving everyone wrong, least of all myself.

This is a pretty quick one but it features some sweet highlights, and I do mean sweet– “Let You Down” and “Feels Great” are both sugary sing-alongs meant to get a fist pumping. Fetty Wap! He’s there! Kehlani’s “Touch” is sensual and driving but a total earworm at the same time. Don’t you love it when these dirty-ish songs get stuck in your head? And “Burn Out” will do just that to your shoes, you gonna be bouncing so hard on the dance floor.

November 2017


October 2017

Get them all in your face and out of mine. Here’s a spoooo~oooky playlist because it’s, like, frightening how dank I am at curating tunes. And also terrifying in its delay.

Some suh-LICK pop at the top with the DROELOE remix of Charli’s “Boys,” then Tove Stryke’s “Mistakes,” and “Take Me” by Aly & AJ. The songs by Elohim and (the ever-present) Terror Jr that immediately follow are no slouches either. They all might make it to my Best of 2017 list… Which you’ll undoubtedly receive in July.

There’s some light-hearted hip-hop coming up in the middle and then some bouncy EDM punchfests near the end. October has it all. I’m shrieking.

October 2017

September 2017

Really quick and simple for ol’ Stephen, as we all call this month. No Terror Jr. on this one, but rap-forum collective Brockhampton kick it off with a rise-and-shine welcome and Trippy Turtle’s EP makes up the meat. Mmmmm, turtle meat.

September 2017

August 2017

What is dead may never die; just rage harder and swaggier

I’ve been keeping my playlists running. Just not posting. For fear of upsetting you with their danklitude. So… More to come. Need to make art for the latest ones.

Highlights are Fat Tony with his re-work of The Cure’s “Close To Me” and then Isaac Lee with some slinky slammin’ synths. And, staying remarkably consistent with their month-to-month inclusion, Terror Jr continues the streak!

August 2017