Music of the Year: 2017

The miscellaneous new or new-to-me music from 2017 that stuck with me, ranked using a rough bubble sort. I was going to tag some of these NSFW, but I can’t be bothered. Best just to assume the worst and avoid listening to any of them with your granny.

(There are rules for this list. I’m not going to tell you what they are.)

Honorable mentions: Hayley Kiyoko, Hey Violet, and Feist.

Dishonorable mention: Taylor Swift. 1989 was in heavy rotation in my car for a long time, so I expected something from Reputation to make it on here. It didn’t.

Click here for a mostly-complete Spotify playlist

23: Pogo - Grow Fonder

I love the texture of this song, and it extensively samples one of my favourite Disney films.

22: Medusa In My Knickers - I Like To Move It

MIMK describe themselves as “blackwave”, and I’m not enough of a genre wonk to know what that is. (Danceable post-punk with black metal influences?) I have a soft spot for the Reel 2 Real original, and this cover is tons of fun.

21: Transviolet - Bloodstream

Smooth electropop to slide into your mindstream.

20: Ivy Levan - Hot Damn

No one wants cold damn, you know.

19: Miss Eaves - Thunder Thighs

Body positivity without any (all too common) accompanying negativity. Nice wobbly beat.

18: in love with a ghost - i was feeling down, then i found a nice witch and now we’re best friends

Chillwave? Ambient? Whatever. We’re best friends now.

17: The Regrettes - Ladylike / WHATTA BITCH

Riot grrrl punk with a surf rock edge. (I heard that that girl Lydia is nothing but trouble.)

16: The Mowgli’s - San Francisco

Upbeat hippie pop.

15: Ghosted - Get Some

Sometimes you just want to get some.

14: Woodkid - Run Boy Run

Sometimes you just need to run.

13: St. Vincent - Pills

The ones that mother gives you don’t do anything at all.

12: Miss Eaves - Hump Day

Innuendo? What innuendo? We’re here for the flow and the beat and also maybe the innuendo.

11: Dune Rats - Bullshit

Take 90s pop punk. Add Australian stoners. Shake well and serve.

10: Eric Nally - Believe

It’s not Foxy Shazam, but I don’t need it to be; I just need Eric to keep believing in himself and occasionally releasing music that I like.

9: Beatrice Eli - Girls

Just gals being pals.

8: Barns Courtney - Glitter & Gold

I am all about that driving rhythm.

7: Alex the Astronaut - Not Worth Hiding

I don’t go in for a ton of contemporary folk, but this song hit me right in the feels.

6: The Regrettes - Seashore

I heard that that girl Lydia is seventeen years old.

5: Halsey - Bad At Love

Just Halsey being Halsey.

4: Kesha - Rainbow

Kesha is too precious for this world.

3: Paramore - Hard Times

That is hot ice and wondrous strange snow. How shall we find the concord of this discord?

2: MØ - When I Was Young

I was so much older then.

1: Halsey - Heaven In Hiding



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