Thanks for the comments all!60. ANNE-MARIE | Ciao Adios
So according to Spotify, this was my most played song of 2017. I do remember listening it to loads at the time, but I am so surprised that it's my most played song as I have played other songs over such a longer period of time!
Anyway, the song is a great summer song, not too dissimilar from something you could imagine Shakira releasing if she were to do a catchy tropi-pop bop! She is serving some top quality attitude on this track, but it retains its care free nature that makes it fun to listen to. I can see why it was a big hit for her, as the song was made for radio and the charts.59. THE XX | I Dare You
'I See You' is possibly The xx's most accessible and pop-friendly album to date, and 'I Dare You' is again possibly the most pop song the trio have released to date. The project definitely seems to take more influence from Jamie xx's solo music, by being more dancey and uptempo. The smooth vocals are still there, but it's instead matched with a happy (for The xx standards) production with guitars, hand claps and summery synths. I love how the production builds as the song goes by. Also check out the video which stars Millie Bobby Brown from Stranger Things!58. STEFFLON DON | Hurtin' Me (featuring French Montana)
I was a bit disappointed when I first heard 'Hurtin Me', as Stefflon had released some really exciting stuff such as '16 Shots' prior, so this felt like an obvious attempt at chart success and therefore lacking the personality that has created so much buzz around her. However over time I have come to really like the song, and to accept it for what it is, just a fun summer mid-tempo taking that Afrobeats and Dancehall influence that has been so big in the UK this year. It may lack the ferocity and energy that other Stefflon Don tracks have, but it was made for summer, and I'm glad it was a hit for her. Looking forward to what is next from her in 2018!57. SABRINA CLAUDIO | Unravel Me
One of my favourite discoveries of 2017, Sabrina Claudio, released 'Unravel Me' as the first single from her incredible debut album, 'About Time'. Sabrina's gentle vocal compliments the sultry production so well. The song and Sabrina's voice just emits sex appeal, as does Sabrina's performance when you watch the music video. The ethereal production of the verses, bursts into a chorus of harmonies which is just incredible. The song is about guys who just will never figure her out, and she doesn't want them to. Love that concept for a track. Check Sabrina out if you haven't, her music is effortlessly cool!56. FUTURE | Selfish (featuring Rihanna)
Such a shame this wasn't a big hit, as it's a surprisingly emotional urban pop duet. I love how confident a vocalist Rihanna has become, because she is using her voice in all the right ways in this track. There is a lovely synth-y production this song, and Future's falsetto falls beautifully behind Rihanna's voice in the chorus. Maybe it is is because 'Selfish' isn't as instant as some of Rihanna's other features, but it certainly deserved to do better than it did!55. DAVE | No Words (featuring MoStack)
Who would have thought 2017 would be the year we have a grime artist called Dave! This song is a straight up banger between two exciting talents coming out of the UK at the moment, and was great seeing it become a hit earlier in the year. The production is smooth, and I enjoy the sing/rap combination of the song. It's super catchy, and very fun lyrically, but I definitely implore you to check out Dave's track 'Question Time' which almost plays as an open letter to the political institution of the UK from a passionate young black man.54. LANA DEL REY | Lust For Life (featuring The Weeknd)
The chemistry Lana and The Weeknd have is undeniable, this song is a very classic sounding duet! Whilst I don't think this is as lyrically interesting as 'Love', and sonically it is pretty accessible pop for Lana standards, but it does sound so ethereal and does take you to that classic Hollywood feel somehow. It does feel lyrically confusing at points, how part of the song is very carpe diem, and then other parts of it feel like a sex jam!
This is another song I was surprised underperformed, I thought it would be a big chart hit.53. FIFTH HARMONY | He Like That
I wasn't too keen with 'Down' when it was released, it felt like an obvious attempt of trying to recreate 'Work From Home' but not as good, so was pleasantly surprised when 5H's album ended up being good. This was an instant standout, so I'm glad they released it as a single. They slay the video as well, so check it out. 'He Like That' is a very sexy song, and the slowed down guitar led production really adds to that energy. Whilst there are lots of R&B influences on the album, this track keeps that pop vibe that they are best known for, and provides a great catchy chorus to sing along too!52. JUSTIN BIEBER X BLOODPOP | Friends
After a few big collaborations, and an apparently inability to not smash, Justin returned with his own single which is a collaboration with BloodPop. The pair have worked previously on Justin's huge smash hit, 'Sorry', and they are serving that catchy pop/electronic anthem again with 'Friends'. The verses here are certainly stronger than the chorus, which doesn't pack the punch of Sorry, but overall they have created another fine pop song. The song is about trying to re-patch a relationship that has turned sour, by becoming friends because you know there was something good there beyond the romantic relationship.51. CALVIN HARRIS | Faking It (featuring Kehlani & Lil Yachty)
'Faking It' was an instant favourite of mine from Calvin's latest album, I just love Kehlani's voice, she makes any song sound good. This song has some groovy base, and some light synths thrown in there too, but compared to a lot of Calvin's songs it does feel so stripped back really focussing on the message of the song instead. I like how the tempo picks up during parts of the song, before dropping back, to let Kehlani take the lead again. Also a cute lyric from Lil Yachty about pepperoni and pizzas, why not!