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20 best songs of 2017 this [2018-01-01]

The exact order changes almost daily but this feels stable for now. The best song also has one of the best videos. A list of best music videos feels like a good idea for next year. I'm amazed why big artists sometimes lack a video for a single, or even any online presence - would it not make sense to, for example, invite fans to provide a video if the label will not do that? Some tracks lack a video on youtube or are not listed on Spotify so I sometimes replace it with something else. I'm not fan of audio-only videos, especially from the official artist/label account. I'd rather skip that song.

Mac/Moss/Jose, as always, it all about the voice. Kehlani, there were a number of competing songs, a good year to say the least. Paddy/Prefab, let us hope it all ends well even if the positive signs are not there. Tove, easily Sweden's least afraid artist. Mabel, daughter of Neneh Cherry, I had no idea. Love the accent. Bicep, a homage to dance culture, makes me feel nostalgic and sentimental, and old. Drake, like the J-Lo lyrics. The black madonna, a 10 minute homage to club music.

Raw talent is so obvious when a live performance outperform the original video, like Kehlani/SZA/Thundercat. The best video imo is by Paddy McAloon/Prefab Sprout, a minimal production and just brilliant.

My new year's resolution is to play less alt-r&b in 2018. I should be more into electronica, maybe minimal techno or deep house.

  1. H.E.R. 2
  2. Mac Ayres Show me
  3. Moss Kena w/Jay Prince 48
  4. Jose James Always there
  5. Kehlani Undercover
  6. Kendrick Lamar w/Rihanna Loyalty
  7. SZA The weekend
  8. Banks Underdog
  9. Syd Smile more
  10. Paddy McAloon America
  11. Tove Lo Bitches
  12. Thundercat w/Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins Show you the way
  13. Mabel Talk about forever
  14. Bicep Glue
  15. Drake Teenage fever
  16. Calvin Harris w/Future & Khalid Rollin
  17. Booka Shade w/Craig Walker Loneliest boy
  18. The xx On hold
  19. ZHU Intoxicate
  20. The black madonna He is the voice
10 best albums of 2017 this [2017-12-31]

The list is selected on album quality, sometimes based on the number of good songs (like Calvin Harris), or the old concept of a story (lika Jhene Aiko).


Artist - Album
  1. H.E.R. H.E.R. vol. 2
  2. Jhene Aiko Trip
  3. Jordan Rakei Wallflower
  4. Mac Ayres Drive slow
  5. SZA Ctrl
  6. Sabrina Claudio About time
  7. Calvin Harris Funk Wav Bounces vol. 1
  8. Mabel Ivy to roses
  9. Toddla T Foreign light
  10. King Krule The OOZ
December compilation 2017 this [2017-12-28]

Two surprises. It was easy to still find good songs, this late in the year. And it was almost impossible to find any kind of video for most songs. Not even choreography videos. What's up with that?

[Preview: 20 seconds from each song]

  1. Mac Ayres Lonely
  2. Rhye Count to five
  3. Kaidi Tatham I see what you see
  4. Malia w/Syd Dirty laundry
  5. Tove Lo Bitches
  6. Jaden Smith Fallen
  7. Ben Stevenson No better way
  8. Jaden Smith B
  9. Jaden Smith U
  10. N.E.R.D. Deep sown body thrust
  11. Asiahn Stranger
  12. Chris Brown w/Jhene Aiko & R. Kelly Juicy booty
  13. N.E.R.D. w/Rihanna Lemon
  14. XXYYXX I don't
  15. Alex Rubino Frequency
  16. Mark Reeve Are we different