Welcome to my EOY Top 100 chart of 2017. It was a year when Ed Sheeran dominated many charts but had little success here, Taylor Swift told the world to F. Off, and Rag N Bone Man burst onto the mainstream countdown but stayed away from mine. On this EOY chart there is no DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Chainsmokers or Drake. Also absent is Little Mix, Sam Smith, "Emperor's New" Stormzy & Clean Bandit (I'm just finding them a bit forumulaic these days). And no Niall, James or ZAYN. It's not that I don't like big artists, I just don't listen to them that much. Instead, among the Top 40 you'll find a selection of much lesser-known electronic, indie pop, some house tunes, a bit of disco, bits of alternative, a couple of psychedelic tunes, some funk, and the odd random mainstream act thrown in - so feel free to look away now!! By the way the 'tags' were provided by Last FM.
I listened to 17% more music than last year (thank you Last FM) but less tracks. I guess this means I've liked the music I've listened to a lot more than I did in 2016 (?) This is supported by the reduction in tracks entering the Top 75 in 2017 - 625, compared to 693 in 2016 and 746 in 2015. In 2017 I listened to each song an average of 3.2 times compared to 2.8 in 2016. Right, enough stats ahem. There were 18 number ones in 2017 and all but two of them are in the Top 40: Ekkah's "Can't Give it Up" and Feder's "Breathe" top and tail the Year, but lower activity in January after the steam had run out for Ekkah, and Feder's end of year arrival has seen them achieve only chart positions #46 and #67 respectively.
It's been a good year for artists like Little Dragon, Pond, Ronika, Miami Horror, and as for newcomers Fickle Friends - they've had a phenomenal 2017 with 1-2-3 of their tracks at the top of the charts at different points of the year!
Before starting this countdown, a reminder of the Top 10s of 2016 and 2015 (so you know what you're in for):2016
1 1 Yehan Jehan - Swallow the Horizon
2 1 M83 — Go! (feat. Mai Lan)
3 1 OneRepublic — Kids
4 1 Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners — This Girl
5 2 Frankmusik — Day Break
6 1 Calvin Harris — This Is What You Came For
7 1 Sam Setton — Berlin
8 1 Honne — Someone That Loves You
9 1 Disciples & David Guetta — No Worries
10 2 Young Franco — Drop Your Love (ft. DiRTY RADiO)2015
1 1 Julio Bashmore – Kong (Ft. Bixby)
2 1 Ben Browning – Make It Easy
3 1 Miami Horror – Love Like Mine (Ft. Cleopold)
4 1 Clean Bandit – Stronger (Ft. Olly Alexander)
5 1 Mark Ronson - I Can't Lose (Ft. Keyone Starr) (DD Remix)
6 2 Eons – One Way To The Red Planet
7 1 Giorgio Moroder – Right Here, Right Now (Ft. Kylie Minogue)
8 1 Disclosure - Holding On (Ft. Gregory Porter)
9 2 Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (ft. Bruno Mars)
10 1 New Order - People on the High Line