Since I listen to tons of music but am just now getting back into Last.fm, this isn't a countdown of any personal chart(s) of mine but rather a look back at songs of 2017 I fell in genuine like and/or love with in 2017! Songs from a plethora of genres and not always necessarily singles but album tracks, new discoveries (thanks Spotify/Apple Music) and some basic ass jams that just struck the right chords at the right time. Music seriously keeps me from losing what's left of my mind so the ranking on these is loosely accurate but not definitive; judge me for my ear candy but I enjoyed each and every one of these jams shamelessly!
One of those random discoveries on a Spotify playlist that fell into the "so bad it's good" category with me and was catchy enough to end up stuck in my rotation. Most of the mumble rap generation is lost on me but I can rock with the basic ass rap like this all day.
This might be the one record I judged myself for liking in 2017. Train singles might be the epitome of "so bad it's good" and it fascinates me how they manage to successfully penetrate the pop music zeitgeist again and again with such cornball records that are insidiously catchy.
We been through hell but it feels like heaven tonight..."
En Vogue are my favorite girl group of all time and one of my first musical memories so the fact they're still making music in 2017 and working with one of my all time favorite producers (Raphael Saadiq) gave me all the feels!
If you are, then your heart's racing 100 miles an hour..."
Mike City is another one of my all-time favorite producers and Carl Thomas' velvety smooth voice is truly underappreciated so the combination of the two over a thumping deep house record (!!!) is truly sublime.
Show me something before I show something to you..."
Aly & AJ's return was a 1-2 punch of a nostalgia trip by taking me back to high school when Potential Break-Up Song was one of the endless summer jams and then dragging me even further back with this sexy slice of 80's synth-pop realness! Yas! Take me there!
With all of the dread and worry polluting the air in 2017, music really was an escape for me and Sheryl's ode to hanging on to some shred of wide-eyed innocence in the face of omnipresent cynicism just made me feel good all over.
Quite possibly my favorite discovery of 2017 just for the simple fact that it's reviled by pretty much everyone else on Pulse! Personally, the sarcastic tone of the lyrics spoke to my soul and I consider this a lyrical masterpiece compared to a LOT of the other records that were made hits this year!
My love, since I love you now 'til doomsday comes..."
Ryan Adams is hands down one of the greatest singer-songwriters of his generation in my honest opinion and this was just one of many records on his last album, Prisoner, that tugged at all my mended broken heartstrings (especially knowing he was singing about my beloved Mandy Moore!).
You probably don't know who Cindy Lee Berryhill is but if you appreciate genuine singer-songwriters on any level, Google her. After you listen to this anti-folk pop jam about reconciling the living of your own life while looking out for someone else's that resonated deeply with me because life.
I think it was the combination of bubbly production, cheesy lyrics and histrionic vocals that reminded me of the teen pop I loved in the early 00s and made me love this a lot more than I probably should.
Julian Moon was one of my favorite Pop discoveries in 2015 and although Warner Brothers did pretty much nothing with her and her debut album, I'm glad she carried on and gave me another dreamy slice of pop to indulge in.
77. "You've Got to Give Me Some" - Cecile McLorin Salvant
"To the milkman I heard Miss Mary scream
Said she wanted lots of cream
I'll catch it when you come, sir
You've got to give me some..."
Every year I seem to make at least one great new jazz discovery and Cecile McLorin Salvant was that discovery in 2017. I can always appreciate those artists who strive for an authenticity that honors the inspirations of their genre and can still craft brand new records with an identity all their own. I'm also a sucker for a good double entendre.
76. "Peace of Mind" - Little Dragon feat. Faith Evans
"Rushing won't get us anywhere like home
So stressed, well, I just wanna let you know
That stressing upside down
We don't need that now..."
Peace of mind is usually what music helps contribute to my life so this slinky R&B groove combining Little Dragon's mellow energy, Faith Evans' silky vocals and Raphael Saadiq's smooth musical genius is an instant audio stress reliever.
While everyone else was complaining about how much Shania's voice has changed and not appreciating the fact she even still has a voice, I was busy jamming to this sunny, kinda corny country pop jam with borderline nonsensical lyrics that just screams classic Shania to me!
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