#19 NIALL HORAN SLOW HANDS #17 DUA LIPA NEW RULES #16 TAYLOR SWIFT ...READY FOR IT? #15 ANNE-MARIE CIAO ADIOS #14 LADY GAGA THE CURE #11 MILEY CYRUS YOUNGER NOW #10 CLEAN BANDIT SYMPHONY FT ZARA LARSSON #9 KESHA PRAYING
So many highlights of 2017! "Praying" and "Symphony" are brilliant... Very happy they both made your Top10!
Thanks for the comments as per usual ...Heppolo, in retrospect, I really don't think I heard enough Aussie music this year, I'm somewhat like the ARIA end of year chart, under-representing definitely.
#6 RICKI-LEE NOT TOO LATE
Ricki-Lee only released one piece of music in 2017, but it was quite the song. 'Not Too Late' is her most mature offering yet, a stripped back pop ballad, which was a natural flow-on from the success Jess Mauboy saw with 'Fallin'. 'Not Too Late' features Ricki-Lee at her best, soaring vocals which are expertly delivered. The track has a classic vocal diva feel about, something akin to Whitney's 'Saving All My Love For You'. I know some people find the chorus wailing a bit much, but I love it and it's great fun to scream along to in the car. Kudos Ricki-Lee!
I've already rattled on enough about how Niall was the surprise package of the year, but his crowning jewel was this third single from his debut solo album. 'Too Much To Ask' is a soft rock track in the vein of James Morrison or Bryan Adams that feels almost handcrafted for AC radio. I think the overall composition is gorgeous, it's just one of those songs where the piano and drums meld so well together. It's not only his best single, it's the best song on the album as well.
I had a really tough time trying to arrange the top four songs of the year, because I love them all fairly equally, so perhaps consider these positions a little arbitrary...
#4 IMAGINE DRAGONS WHATEVER IT TAKES
Imagine Dragons have a certain knack for making music where the production just sounds immense, it sounds stadium-ready, an event. 'Whatever It Takes' was the best of their 2017 singles and a highlight of the surprisingly great 'Evolve' album. The song bursts out of the gates with Dan's rapid-fire verses, where the flow is so on-point and crisp as can be. A true success in a song is when the track can so purely evoke the emotion they aimed for. This is the ultimate pump-up song for 2017, like something you'd listen to before or during climbing a mountain, it evokes a pure sense of blood, sweat, tears and an unquenched desire to succeed.
Lots of good here, like the BloodpopBiebs, Dua, Gaga, Steps, Niall (how dare you say he was never the sexy one) and Anne-Marie (though Heavy and Then are NOT average!!!!) Taylor is great. Good to see people recognising it as her best this era.
If 'Praying' was Kesha's moment of catharsis, then 'Learn to Let Go' was a return to joy, the moment of moving on. Of my top five, this is the one I would consider to be lyrically the strongest, the message is so well-delivered and it feels very real. One of my favourite refrains is the lead into the chorus:
I know I'm always like Telling everybody, "You don't gotta be a victim, life ain't always fair, but hell is living in resentment. Choose redemption. Your happy ending's up to you"
This is her choosing to accept the horrors of the past and look onto a bright future. To top it off, the track is super catchy and the music video is very touching. To think she could return with a song this strong was a real blessing as a fan.
Noughties one-hit wonder Teddy Geiger is the mastermind behind Shawn Mendes. Teddy wrote and produced 'Stitches', 'Treat You Better', 'Mercy' and yep, you guessed it, 'There's Nothing Holding Me Back'. The fortunate thing here was that this track felt at least a little different to the previous ones, which felt quite similar. This song is absolute electricity. From the opening chords, there is a certain, urgent-feeling pace about the song which you hear, but lays dormant during the first verse. The track is like a guitar attempt at the "pop-drop" formula which dominated mainstream music from 2015-17 and it works oh-so well. The bridge is just so, utterly satisfying in this song. When those drums kick in and then it just elevates and elevates for the final chorus - a real eargasm. This also falls into my category of songs that are great fun to scream along to in the car, turns this one up to 11.
#1 THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS
If Shawn's song is electricity, this song is magic. It almost pains me to put a song at #1 that is a revamp of a previous song (the beat-drop is far too similar to 'Roses'), but when it improves so much upon the source material, what can I possibly do? A perhaps unlikely collaboration worked out so well for both involved and 'Something Just Like This' deservedly became one of the biggest hits of the year.
It's lyrically simplistic, but the delivery sells it and the dreamy guitar work gives it this euphoric feeling, an energy I still feel from it nearly a year later. This was a song destined for the big stage, this is the song you want to be in a mosh-pit for when the confetti cannons go off in a stadium during the encore.
Somewhat like ' Paris', the last minute of this song is an absolute spectacle. When it cuts down to the piano, builds up and then that guitar comes in - it's bliss. It's bliss and it's my #1 track of 2017.