Welcome back to TGF's Top 50 Songs of 2017! In case you missed the first ten, be sure to check out that list here:
TGF Top 50 Songs of 2017 (50-41)
Now, in the first one, I had a lot of housekeeping to take care of, so why don't we (instead of me rambling on) just get to the music?
Only the Wild Ones
Indie music fans don't really need me to tell them about Dispatch, but "Only the Wild Ones" is just such a great indie folk rock track (that has an excellent build) that the song is somehow both the best kind of laid-back, and still makes you feel really good at the end, and frankly, there are not enough songs about wonderful friends in the world (because we all, hopefully, have them).
First Appearance on TGF
"Skywalker" is an excellent indie hip hop song from an up-and-coming rap star in Denzel Curry. I don't talk about hip hop a lot on here (as it's not a scene that I have as good of connections in, so I don't hear a lot of the great stuff early), but that does not mean that I don't listen to a pile of it on my own. Honestly, "Skywalker" has a great beat, Curry is (always) a great lyricist and rapper, and...I know I'm preaching to the choir when it comes to indie hip hop fans when it comes to Denzel Curry, but for those of you who aren't as into that scene (but dig the genre), owe it to yourself to start checking out everything (and there is a lot) Curry has been releasing--it's pretty damn great.
Nothing Lasts Forever (And It's Fine)
"Nothing Lasts Forever (And It's Fine)" is such a chill folk pop song which heavily features some amazing harmonies from flora cash, as well as one of my favourite musical sides in a song this year--this strange, dark...almost country-tinged sound is so unique, and so engaging, that "Nothing Lasts Forever" was a track that I knew was going to make the Top 50 almost as soon as I heard it.
Hannah Jane Lewis
Sometimes I just think that the Daily Song Drop needs some really good, pure pop, and that is exactly what we have with "Raincheck". This is such a catchy, fun track that everytime I hear it, I am usually singing along, and (depending on how I'm feeling) tossing my head back and forth in a sassy way (when it, of course, makes sense with the lyrics). I mean...how could this not be on the Top 50 with an explanation like that?
Let You Go
Brandy Butler & The Brokenhearted
What an excellent first song off of a debut album "Let You Go" is for Brandy Butler & The Brokenhearted...it not only shows off Butler's amazing, emotionally grounded voice, but allows you to get a real sense of her excellent ability to tell a story, as well as the fact that every piece of the track is perfectly in its' place. This is a beautifully sparse, soul-pop track that needs to be listened to (especially on a long roadtrip through winter-wastelands).
Bluff feat. Agnès Aokky
As I said back in May, I generally try and keep the Daily Song Drop tracks in English, but occasionally I just cannot pass up a song, and that is exactly what happened with "Bluff". This is such a fun, summery track that even if most of my readers don't understand French, the song stands up as such a great, quirky time that it does not matter.
You will have to work very hard to tell me you do not start mouthing "bah"s along with Futuro Pelo...it's so hard not to, it's just that catchy.
Dan and Drum
I feel like I summed this track up perfectly when I first talked about it in August:
"You'll Find" takes elements from pop, island/folk (with a real retro feel), r&b, and even a little bit of a higher concept chillwave-style electronic, and melts it all down together into one hell of a summery, feel-good track.
This still, 100%, holds true. and I just love the way they have blended everything into such a mellow song that is (and was) perfect for watching the sunset to with a drink in hand, and letting the day melt away.
Left Me Dead
Oh man, not only do I appreciate the fact that I get to share this cool video edit for the track (who doesn't love clever reworkings of old cartoons?), but "Left Me Dead" is a song that has made many,. many appearances on my personal "I just want to chill" playlists. The combination of the laid-back vocals, the tambourine, and that electric guitar is just such a perfect vibe to relax to.
Jordan Mackampa is an excellent storyteller, and he has constructed such an intricate, yet intimate song in "Salt" that it was hard for me to imagine a Top 50 list without it. I love how this track builds, I think it's beautifully layered, and there's just nothing else quite like it, because it never really settles into one path, but rotates through a few, slightly different feeling sections, yet it all hangs together wonderfully into a song that feels good to listen to.
Australian/American jungle disco (still love that description) artist Vox Eagle wraps up this section of the Top 50 with a song that still gets me moving every time I hear it. I love the beat, I love that they have flashes of brit-pop and electro in their track, and that it all boils down into a song that I can listen to on repeat through just about anything I'm doing, and feel good while doing it.
20 Songs Down (and what an ecelectic mix we had today)!
Obviously I'm not going to give you the Playlist of the Top 50 until Friday, but if you cannot wait, you can always check out the TGF Top 21 Songs of 2016 and TGF Top 15 of 2015 on Apple Music, or you can check out the December Apple Music Playlist, and the December '17 Spotify Playlist now.
See you again tomorrow as we move into the second half with 30-21!
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