As 2017 comes to a close it means one thing: best of 2017 lists. You'll see them everywhere, best movies, books (who actually reads books?), tv shows, songs, moments...you get the point.
Well here at DOL things are no different, and since it's been a while I figured what better way to jump back on the horse than with an easy blog literally about my favorite songs of 2017. Allow me to push my tastes on to you. Kept it to one song per artist so this list wouldn't be made up of four artists. Since I'm I'm trying to crawl before I run I literally got as basic as it gets by having a top 17 of 2017. How original!
"Bank Account": 21 Savage
Truth be told this song is fucking horrible, like most trap-rap or whatever the hell the culture is calling it. But with Bank Account it's much like The Room (timely reference, I'M BACK) where it's so bad that it's good. Can't help but rap along to this jibberish. I also had to add this song purely because it reminds me of the lone good memory I have from teaching in Nashville.
17. "Doubt": Charlotte Day Wilson
(time to put on try to make it sound like I know what I'm talking about with music hat on)
That immediate symbol hit to whatever cool instrument makes that wave sound has me hooked instantly. Add in Charlotte's soulful voice and the content it's a receipt for a DOL song of the year. S/o Apple Music for having this stumble into my life.
16. "1-800-273-8255": Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Klahid
When I heard 1-800 for the first time I was like "holy shit depressed meme culture has crossed over into hip-hop!" Then I heard the whole song and was like "wow, this actually has a pretty good message". It almost feels kind of like the musical version of "Oscar bait" given the context, but all things considered it's a pretty catchy song with an uplifting message. Just don't sing it around your mom. Pardon my ignorance to the current state of the rap game but I don't think I know a single other Logic sound. Fuck with this though.
15. "Feels": Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean
Slide was without a doubt the bigger Calvin Harris song this summer but idk man, to me this was just better. Maybe it's because deep down I still love Katy Perry even though she's kind of fallen off and has a crew cut now, but Feels is just a classic fun summer song.
14. "Everything Now": Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire's Everything Now was the band's first album in nearly four years and while as a whole it didn't blow me away, I really enjoyed the title track "Everything Now". It has a very Bowie-esk vibe to it. Throughout the album Arcade Fire is basically looking down their nose at the way people live nowadays in regards to reliance on technology there's no denying that Everything Now was worthy of being the band's first #1 hit (adult alternative charts but still #1).
13. "The Gold": Manchester Orchestra
Manchester Orchestra is not a band I was too familiar before hearing this song but apparently they've been around for well over a decade. Honestly I wasn't too crazy about this song when I first heard it, but as it came on the alternative sirius station it grew on me.
12. "ELEMENT": Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN" is considered by most to be the album of the year. I'm not that into rap but did listen to it when it first came out over the summer and felt like I had to include a song from it on my end of 2017 list. "ELEMENT" was my favorite song off of "DAMN". Loved the chorus that I'm not allowed to type here.
11. "Baseball": Hippo Campus
Just absolutely love the energy in this song, it's infectious.
10. "Stuck": The Aces
Technically this song came out in the summer of 2016 but The Aces EP "I Don't Like Being Honest" that features the song came out in 2017 so I'm counting them for 2017. Plus I didn't know this song until this year. Kind of has a The 1975 vibe to it, absolutely love this song the little guitar riff is so simple yet so catchy. Great vocals as well. Man, I need a better vocabulary.
9. "A Little of Your Love": HAIM
One of the most fun bands in music, HAIM released their highly anticipated sophomore album "Something to Tell You" this year and while Want You Back has definitely been the most successful song off it this is my personal favorite.
P.S. I'd love to give Este Haim a little of my love.
8. "Sign of the Times": Harry Styles
I reeeeeaaaaallly wanted to hate this song when it came out, but I just can't it's incredible.
7. "Never In My Wildest Dreams": Dan Auerbach
Just a beautiful song by a beautiful man. Loved this album.
6. "Safari Song": Great Van Fleet
Led Zeppelin reincarnated.
Greta Van Fleet rocks and rolls all night long, Sweet Suzy. A true throwback to the 70's. So hard to pick just one song by these guys. I'm usually a pop-punk/alt-rock guy but these guys fucking shred. Very excited to see what comes from them in the future, they're going to take over the world.
For all the sad people who don't get that Kung Pow reference.
5. "List of People (To Try and Forget About)": Tame Impala
While Tame Impala didn't release a new album in 2017, Kevin Parker's brainchild did come out with a five track EP titled "Currents B-Sides & Remixes". As one of my favorite bands there was no chance I'd leave them off the list.
4. "Redbone": Childish Gambino
If you're staying woke you know that technically this came out in late 2016 but Redbone absolutely bangs. I was shocked when I found out this was Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover. The falsetto reminds me of my boy Dan Auerbach in the Black Keys "Everlasting Light" where it's an absolutely incredible performance, you're just shocked when you realize who is actually signing it. Redbone was one of those songs that transcended genre, all music fans could enjoy this one. Wouldn't be surprised if this took home the Grammy for Record of the Year.
3. "Hard Times": Paramore
All things considered "After Laughter" is probably my favorite album of the year. "Hard Times" and it's tropical sound just brings me back to spring when times were much better. Fucking love this song and Hayley Williams. This song is FUN!
2. "Bad Boy": Dan Croll
Dan Croll first came onto my musical radar with "From Nowhere". This British hipster fuck sure does have a set of pipes.
1. "The Outfield": The Night Game
Reminds me of the Police soooooo much. It's crazy to believe the man singing this Martin Johnson, the former singer from Boys Like Girls. No denying that the Great Escape was high school emo gold. Just would've never guessed this is the same guy. Digging those harmonies hard core. You just can't help but sing along to this one.