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.
- Ghosted, “Get Some” – raunchy electro pop, slinky and funky; some gets gotten.
- TYSM, “Wraith” – sad bedroom glitch-pleas over delicate plinks and plonks.
- BROCKHAMPTON, “SUNNY” – this smile says “good morning: don’t fuck with us.”
- Aryay, “Always Wanted You (ft. Kimbra)” – a beat of bullhorn shrieks tempered by sultry coos.
- 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.