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.
I love the texture of this song, and it extensively samples one of my favourite Disney films.
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.
Smooth electropop to slide into your mindstream.
No one wants cold damn, you know.
Body positivity without any (all too common) accompanying negativity. Nice wobbly beat.
Chillwave? Ambient? Whatever. We’re best friends now.
Riot grrrl punk with a surf rock edge. (I heard that that girl Lydia is nothing but trouble.)
Upbeat hippie pop.
Sometimes you just want to get some.
Sometimes you just need to run.
The ones that mother gives you don’t do anything at all.
Innuendo? What innuendo? We’re here for the flow and the beat and also maybe the innuendo.
Take 90s pop punk. Add Australian stoners. Shake well and serve.
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.
Just gals being pals.
I am all about that driving rhythm.
I don’t go in for a ton of contemporary folk, but this song hit me right in the feels.
I heard that that girl Lydia is seventeen years old.
Just Halsey being Halsey.
Kesha is too precious for this world.
That is hot ice and wondrous strange snow. How shall we find the concord of this discord?
I was so much older then.