What an amazing year its been for Rag'n'Bone Man. After Human became his major breakthrough single in 2016, everything was set up perfectly for the release of his debut album also titled Human. In the UK it seems like album sales are on a constant downward spiral so it was incredibly impressive to discover that Rag'n'Bone Man's debut album successfully managed to sell over one million copies.
Skin peaked at #6 in my chart back in February. This week he's my hit seeker with his latest collaboration with Logic on the track Broken people. Potentially one to watch out for in early 2018.
If ever a song had the potential to become a genuinely successful hit, especially in the UK, then I like me better would be that song. I first noticed this song doing well on UK's Spotify chart and was intrigued. Upon giving the song a listen, i thought it sounded so cool and quirky and had hit potential.
Sadly UK radio never latched onto this track so its success was hindered somewhat. However, it was a different story in my chart as Lauv scored his first chart hit when I like me better reached #7 back in September.
P!nk gets her first of four appearances in my top 100 of 2017. I've stated in previous years that a high peaking track with a short chart run is just as valid as a lower peaking track with a longer chart run. The two balance each other out quite nicely.
So at #98 it's I am here which got a grand total of one week in my chart but ultimately the track peaked impressively at #4 following the release of parent album Beautiful trauma. Why did this suddenly plummet out of my chart so quickly? Well, a certain gorgeous guy from Ireland released his debut solo album the following week and my attention was firmly focused on listening to his album.
Still, if P!nk goes on to release I am here as a single in 2018 then there's every chance that this track will go on to enjoy even more success in my chart.
LP was such an exceptional discovery in 2016 and Lost on you was my #1 single of the year. Coming into 2017 i was anticipating new music from LP out of sheer intrigue more than anything else. I didn't have to wait long and in February LP released the music video for new single Tightrope. Whilst this track went on to reach #6, it was overshadowed by another track from LP that had only recently hit the #1 spot in my chart. More on that particular track later...
I'm pretty sure i've mentioned in previous years just how much i adore London Grammar, especially vocalist Hannah Reid who has such a beautifully distinctive vocal style.
In fact it was exactly a year ago today when London Grammar released their first new material since 2014. I was well and truly over the moon to hear those hauntingly gorgeous vocals again. Big picture was the second single released back in February successfully making it into my top 5. Here, the single marks the first of three appearances for London Grammar in my top 100 of 2017.
Back in September, Kelly Clarkson was on the verge of releasing her eighth studio album Meaning of life. Preceding its release, Kelly released two new singles from the album; Love so soft and Move you. Whilst the former had a big glossy music video to help promote the song as the lead single, my attention was drawn more towards the latter song. Move you didn't come with a massive fanfare, indeed the song itself is so much more subtle and ultimately makes this track so much more special to me.
Move you is such a sublime gospel flavoured ballad with Kelly showcasing her gorgeous vocals. Kelly's ability to use light and shade in her vocals elevates this song to new heights. When Kelly sings "like a solemn hallelujah, like a choir shouts amen" i find myself getting completely drawn into the music.
JSparksFan wrote:Paul introduced me to "I Like Me Better". When I saw the title, I thought it'd be an ode to selfishness, so imagine my surprise when it's an endearing love song. It's a good track.
The lyric you highlighted is my favourite part of "Move You" as well. "Love So Soft" won out in the end, but I initially preferred the simple soul styling of "Move You".
LOL i'm pretty sure i thought the same thing when i stumbled across this song. How else would someone interpret the lyrics "i like me better"? I agree it's a great track. It was more of a slow burner that gradually climbed up my chart over a number of weeks before hitting its peak.
Oh totally, i have such a soft spot for gospel choirs. I like the energy they bring to their performances, and i'm usually left feeling uplifting or feeling like crying my eyes out depending on the song. Love so soft was unlucky in that it was set to sneak into my top 20 but iirc it co-incided with the Friday when Niall Horan released Too much to ask, so naturally i got a little bit excited. Niall got most of my attention that particular evening alone to debut at #2 on the Saturday, leaving poor Kelly to technically enter at #21.
Dropping her trademark $, 2017 saw the return of Kesha who finally got the opportunity to release new music following a very public and truly diabolical experience.
Rainbow is clearly one incredibly personal album, a very open and honest and somewhat forgiving album too. It gives the listener a very clear insight into exactly how Kesha was feeling and thinking during the songwriting process for this album.
Learn to let go is the first of three appearances for Kesha. As for this song, its such a joyful song and i love how the music video focuses on Kesha's own childhood. The playful nature of Kesha here is so typical of the Ke$ha we all remember when TiK ToK transformed her into a global breakthrough artist. Learn to let go peaked at #6 back in August following the release of the music video on YouTube.
93. Coldplay & Big Sean - Miracles (someone special)
As most of you will already know, i love Coldplay and so i was very much excited about checking out the new tracks on their Kaleidoscope ep. Instead of releasing the whole ep at once, Coldplay decided to opt for a more staggered strategy, releasing individual tracks in successive weeks.
When i first read that Coldplay were collaborating with Big Sean, i really wasn't sure what to expect. I will admit, my initial thought wasn't one of excitement. Then a certain track from Calvin Harris got released and slowly my opinions started to change. When Miracles (someone special) was finally released, i gave it a much more open minded listen and i loved the song much more than i'd anticipated initially. Big Sean did incredibly well as he ended up at #4 with this track, but also #1 with Feels. We'll hear more about that track a fair bit further up this countdown.
That gorgeous guy from Ireland i mentioned yesterday. Yes, here he is. <3
Niall Horan has emerged as the best of all the solo One Direction guys with an impressive hit rate in my chart. When Flicker was released in October, i bought the album and spent the vast majority of that first week listening to Niall's new material. He didn't disappoint either as overall i thought it was a solid effort with many great tracks and some potential hit singles.
Mirrors reached #6 off the back of the album release and is the first of five entries for Niall Horan in my 2017 countdown.
In 2015 Carly Rae Jepsen made a triumphant return to the world of pop with the release of Emotion. Then in 2016 she released a sequel in the form of Emotion: side b. Quite surprisingly all the while there was another song that was twice rejected, not deemed suitable for either of those albums.
Step forward Cut to the feeling, an unabashed and unashamedly pure pop nugget - the type of pop music i crave for. The track finally saw the light of day when it was released as a single back in June making it all the way to #4 in my chart.
Move You is really good! One of my favourites from Meaning of Life. Learn To Let Go is nice, although not one of my faves from Rainbow. It sounds very Avril-esque imo Miracles is really nice, actually! It grew on me a lot. Never bothered to check out the full Kaleidoscope EP though
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