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)”

Top Songs of the Year (150-101)

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The year in music was for me one of breadth rather than depth. This is likely due to the sheer availability of music, with streaming services enabling access to essentially every song in existence. This makes it harder to dive deeper, whereas previously you would invest $15 on one album and leave it in your cd player for the next 6 months, now there’s always something new at your fingertips. That being said, I was able to listen to more bands, more genres, and a more diverse selection of music than I ever have in my entire life. Each Friday I added every new record of interest onto my phone, ready to see what new discoveries there were to be made. As I discovered songs I liked, I threw them into a playlist, “Best Songs of 2017”, and kept them there until a few weeks ago when I began to sort through it. The result was 167 songs, many more than my typical 100 song ranking, so, I decided to release my favorite 150, beginning with 150-101 in alphabetical order. This range of artists and songs are just the beginning of the things that accompanied me throughout the year and I’ve decide that as I go along, the day before I release my best of, I’ll do a list of runner ups that I also enjoyed. There’s a lot of good stuff out there and I just want to share all of it with you. Here’s my tentative schedule:

Dec 10- Best songs pt. I (100-76)

Dec 15 – Best songs pt. II (75-51)

Dec 20 – Best songs pt. III (50-26)

Dec 22 – TV Show runner ups

Dec 23 – Top 10 TV Shows

Dec 24 – Best songs pt. IV (25-1)

Dec 26 – Podcast runner ups

Dec 27 – Top 10 podcasts

Dec 28- Top Beers

Dec 29 – Best Album runner ups

Dec 30 – Top 10 Albums

Dec 31- Review of 2017 Pop Culture Goals

Jan 1 – 2018 Pop Culture Goals

Jan 2 – Best Movies of 2017

Best songs of the year: 150-101

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Agent blå “Rote Learning”

Alex Lahey “Backpack”
Allison Crutchfield “Dean’s Room”
Alvvays “Plimsoll Punks”
Amy O “Soft Skin”
Arcade Fire “Good God Damn”
Blue Hawaii “No One Like You”

Calvin Harris “Heatstroke (feat. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande)”
Charly Bliss “Black Hole”
Charly Bliss “Ruby”

Cloud Nothings “Enter Entirely”
Cloud Nothings “Things Are Right with You”
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile “Continental Breakfast”
Drake “Ice Melts (feat. Young Thug)”
G-Eazy “No Limit (feat. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B)”

Gang of Youths “Keep Me in the Open”
Half Waif “Frost Burn”
Ibeyi “Away Away”

Japanese Breakfast “Soft Sounds from Another Planet”
Jay Som “Baybee”

LCD Soundsystem “other voices”
Lil Yachty “All Around Me (feat. YG & Kamaiyah)
Lil Yachty “Better (feat. Stefflon Don)”
Migos “Call Casting”
N.E.R.D. & Rihanna “Lemon”
Nana Grizol “Mississippi Swells”
Nana Grizol “Nightlights I”
No Thank You “The Unbearable Purposelessness of Being”

Noga Erez “Dance While You Shoot”
Offset & Metro Boomin “Nightmare”
Paramore “Forgiveness”
Phoenix “J-Boy”

Planetarium “Saturn”
Priests “Pink White House”
Rostam “Gwan”

Rostam “Never Going to Catch Me”
Smino “blkswn”
Soccer Mommy “Death by Chocolate”
Soccer Mommy “Waiting For Cars”

Tall Friend “Small Space”
The National “Walk it Back”
The New Pornographers “High Ticket Attractions”

The Weather Station “Thirty”
Thundercat “Walk on By (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”
Torres “Skim”
Vince Staples “Yeah Right (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”
Wolf Alice “Beautifully Unconventional”

Young Thug “Me or Us”
Young Thug “You Said (feat. Quavo)