30. SABRINA CLAUDIO | Belong To You (featuring 6LACK)
I love the original rendition of this song, but there is something about the 6LACK remix that I absolutely fell in love with. It really works as a duet, and 6LACK's vocals give the song a new energy. I really like how Sabrina takes the higher harmony on his entire verse, that's not too common but again is such a nice touch to the song. The song is Sabrina's typical vibe-y R&B, the type of music that just caresses you as you're listening. The production on this builds so nicely, with so many different layers by the time you get to the final chorus. Sabrina wrote this song as a love song to herself! 29. LORDE | Homemade Dynamite (featuring Khalid, Post Malone & SZA)
'Homemade Dynamite' was already a big tune, but Lorde was after those streaming points when she enlisted 2017's big newcomers; Khalid, SZA and Post Malone. All three artists really added their own vibe to the track, whilst retaining those touches that makes the song great. My favourite guest is actually Post Malone on this, who really is bringing energy and charisma to his verse, compared to some of his solo music! My only critique of the song is that she could have made the remix slightly longer, as it feels like there's no room to breathe between all of the features, but it is a great complement to the wonderful album version.28. KENDRICK LAMAR | DNA.
When Geraldo Rivera made ignorant comments about how hip-hop having done more damage to African Americans than systematic racism, Kendrick surely wasn't going to let that slide. He even included Rivera's words within the body of the song. The song is aimed at the media coverage towards a genre, the misinterpretation of rap music and the culture of fear it breeds. Kendrick is championing the black heritage and culture that made him, while dispelling rap stereotypes. This is Kendrick at his best, delivering bar after bar with so much passion. The final part of the song, where the production becomes for industrial, his flow is ridiculous. 27. GEORGE MAPLE | Hero
George Maple is delivering a stunning electro-pop ballad, complemented by her beautiful soulful vocals, with 'Hero'. In a world where we are told to be empowered and brave, sometimes we can feel lonely and afraid. 'Hero' seeks to help the listener embrace the strength in vulnerability. I saw George perform this at Beyond The Valley Festival, and it felt like such a big moment seeing her perform her live. That euphoric production towards the end of the song really takes you to another place! Definitely one for fans of Jessie Ware, check it out!26. JORJA SMITH | Teenage Fantasy
We all had that person we thought was the 'love of our lives' when we were in our teenage years, that guy/girl that your parents tried to warn you wasn't your "forever" but were blinded by young love. This is the moment you wake up and realise that they were right, and you have so much more life after the first love. I love the part where it goes "I need to grow and find myself, before I let someone love me, cos at the moment I don't know me". I feel like this song is literally describing my teenage years, Jorja has written it in such an easy to relate way. Listen to your parents kids! 25. KELELA | LMK
'LMK' was the first song released from Kelela's 'Take Me Apart' project, and it was an obvious attempt at releasing more pop-accessible track. This doesn't mean that she lost everything that makes her special, she masterfully kept all of the Kelela parts that we love but made something catchy that wouldn't sound out of place on the radio. The song is about a no commitment kind of love, again quite a well documented subject in 2017 pop music, but Kelela almost makes the desire for this feel urgent. The song is just a really good urban/pop banger. "No one's tryna settle down" 24. STORMZY | Big For Your Boots
2017 is the year that Stormzy became one of the biggest male artists in the UK, and even has had great success worldwide. The song was produced by Grime legend, Sir Spyro, and also given some pop flourishes by Fraser T Smith. This song is Stormz shutting down his competition, he is dropping some speedy bars over an orchestral production, it was just a great comeback for the rapper. I also really like the video for the song, it is dominated by some badass women who are finally not in a rap video to look "hot" but actually presented as equal to the men!23. JAX JONES | You Don't Know Me (featuring RAYE)
Jax Jones just knows how to put together a simple, but bloody good, pop track. He's not trying to create cool drops, it's just good old fashioned pop tracks with attitude. I love RAYE's input on this song, she is delivering straight up Beyonce attitude, we've all been there with these boys in the club getting in your space trying to dance with you. No boy. I don't need you in my space trying to talk to me while i'm trying to have a good time dancing!
I love the cheeky, almost cocky, lyrics. The song is a perfect pre-night out song but also great to hear whilst out. 22. THE XX | On Hold
A poll option drops! I think 'On Hold' may be technically 2016, but I listened to it mainly in 2017. I like how 'On Hold' was a first taste into the more extroverted xx, possibly taking influence from the more production heavy solo music that Jamie xx does. It almost feels like The xx may have made a summer track with this song, it doesn't sound out of place at a barbecue or something. The song retains that gloomy vibe that the band are known for, but definitely has those sprinklings of positivity that were heard across the 'I See You' album. It was a needed switch up for them, and I am interested to see if they'll take it any further.21. GRYFFIN | Love In Ruins (featuring Sinead Harnett)
I have loved quite a few of Gryffin's remixes of big pop hits, but this was his first solo track I really fell in love with. The track starts off so moody and understated, before exploding into a full dance track carried beautifully by Sinead's soulful vocals. I always love a dance track where you still feel the emotion from the lyrics and vocals and this song just does that pretty perfectly. I feel like euphoria has been the word of this set of songs, but this track really does have such a euphoric sounding chorus. It just takes you away to another world, no matter where you hear the song you will feel you are the only one in the room dancing to it!