2017 was a pretty good year for music, but which songs will be remembered ten or even twenty years from now? I might be horribly wrong. Maybe we’ll still be tortured by various interpretations of “Despacito” in 2037. Let’s just hope that every now and then we will be able to revel in nostalgia with the below bangers.
DJ Khaled – “Wild Thoughts” ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
This song is really all about Rihanna and this glorious Santana sample. Who doesn’t feel spoken to when badgalriri sings “Know you wanna see me nakey, nakey, naked”? I mean, don’t we all?
Drake – “Passionfruit”
Minimal, emotional, yet danceable. Even people who are not a big fan of Drake need to admit that this is a catchy little number.
Migos – “Bad and Boujee” ft. Lil Uzi Vert
I went from hating it to loving it and so can you!
Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”
No a lot of female hip hop solo singles make it big, so that it reason alone this song ought to be on this list.
Kendrick Lamar – “ELEMENT.”
A lot of songs on Kendrick’s DAMN. were considered, but here we are. “ELEMENT.” has got amazing production (courtesy of James Blake), a sense of humour, and works well as a single. Whereas “HUMBLE.” was a strong opening statement, this track has got all the elements (see what I did there) of a well-structured song. I don’t see myself getting tired of it any time soon.
Calvin Harris – “Slide” ft. Frank Ocean & Migos
A very powerful pop song with great features, and my song of the summer.
King Krule – “Vidual”
The Ooz was an all-round brilliant record, but this song really takes the cake for me. It’s different from Marshall’s past work and feels like a dark, sludgy sort of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s unique in its sound more so than the rest of the album and I believe it is the start of a new direction for King Krule, one that is more daring and absurd, more Waitsian and mature.
Frank Ocean – “Provider”
As a big, big fan of anything Frank Ocean does, I might not be the best judge here, but “Provider” is a genuine piece of art. The lyrics are pure poetry, the beat develops perfectly, the second verse/bridge is heart wrenching, and on top of that the chorus is warm and catchy.
SZA – “Drew Barrymore”
This song perfectly captures what SZA is all about and I don’t think I need to say any more than that.
Little Dragon – “High”
If you want to feel warm, drowsy, and safe, this is the song for you. Suitable for hot summer nights as well as romantic candle-lit dinners(/sexytimes).
Tyler, The Creator – “Where This Flower Blooms” ft. Frank Ocean
On this track Tyler really nailed the Neptunes sound while staying true to himself as well. You could call his latest album confessional or even a coming out record, but I think most importantly Tyler shows us a softer side of himself that really establishes him as a craftsman with an amazing musical ear.
Mac Demarco – “On The Level”
It’s got the same drowsy, summery feel as Little Dragon’s track mentioned above, and both songs really signify this year’s summer vibe for me. The need for relaxation, forgetting about the rest of the world with a soft gaze and a strong splif.
Sigrid – “Plot Twist”
You might have gathered I’m not a Lorde fan. I don’t need to go into that but just want to make sure you know I still love a good pop queen. My fave for this year was definitely Sigrid. So genuine, so cute, and devoid of any pretence, she took the world by storm with her song “Don’t Kill My Vibe”. However I prefer this track as it’s a top-notch pop single.
St. Vincent – “Pills”
Now that St. Vincent has gone in a more poppy direction, it’s easy to be hard on her. This track, however, has great hit sensibility but is hardcore Annie Clark. Featuring (among others) Cara Delivingne and Kamasi Washington, it puts itself out there as a high-value production. Quite a daring move, but one that has proven its worth.