Best Songs of 2017 pt. I (100-76)
The best of the year coverage continues. See 150-101 here.
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100. Mount Eerie “Ravens”
Mount Eerie’s latest album is all about the death of his wife, an absolutely devastating reflection on grief, moving on, and raising his daughter alone. Here he nakedly details his life, poetically baring his life and the melancholy that accompanies loss.
99. SZA “Prom”
98. Gang of Youths “Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane”
This is the greatest The National song not written by The National, a 7 minute anthem that acts like a warm cup of tea, the lyrics wrapping you up like an affectionate embrace. “Do not let this thing you got go to waste / Do not let your heart be dismayed / It’s here by some random disclosure of grace / From some vascular, great thing / Let your life grow strong and sweet to the taste / ‘Cause the odds are completely insane / Do not let your spirit wane.”
97. The War on Drugs “Clean Living”
96. Chastity Belt “Caught in a Lie”
95. No Thank You “Juicy J”
94. Camp Cope “Keep Growing”
A break up leads to a self-confident declaration of independence in this guitar driven jam. Singer Georgia Maq takes ownership of herself against the patriarchy, singing “I’ll keep growing my hair out / Even when you’re not around / No it’s not for you”.
93. Feist “I Wish I Didn’t Miss You”
92. The Weather Station “Complicit”
91. Big Thief “Objects”
Big Thief’s “Objects” is an intricate rock song, guided by Adrianne Lenker’s airy vocals, and a heavy bass line that is almost funky in the way it moves the song forward.
90. Aminè “Heebiejeebies (feat. Kehlani)”
Technically a bonus track from Aminè’s debut album Good For You, “Heebiejeebies” captures the positive good-hearted vibes that Aminè brings (also see “Slide” below). Here he and Kehlani offer up a delightful ballad that is reminiscent of all those first love feelings.
89. Blue Hawaii “Belong to Myself”
Blue Hawaii make dreamy indie pop that actually feels quite radio ready, it’s as catchy as any Top 40 radio hit out there, while also offering interesting instrumentation.
88. Gucci Mane “I Get the Bag (feat. Migos)” (and also “Slippery” by Migos).
Gucci Mane based this track on a song from Migos Culture (“Slippery”), invited Migos in to rap new verses on it, and elevated an already good song to a better one.
87. Makthaverskan “Leda”
86. Downtown Boys “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)”
85. The National “Carin at the Liquor Store”
84. Phoenix “Goodbye Soleil”
83. The Shins “Half a Million”
82. BROCKHAMPTON “CHICK”
81. Aminè “Slide”
80. Cardi B “Bodak Yellow”
YOUR GIRL CARDI B SURPASSED A MEDIOCRE T-SWIFT HIT TO HAVE THE #1 TRACK IN THE COUNTRY. Straight fire.
79. Perfume Genius “Valley”
78. Sampha “Kora Sings”
77. Chastity Belt “Different Now”
76. Mozzy & Gunplay “Gangland (feat. E Mozzy)”