Year End Top 100: 2017 – 10 to 1

 

Recap:

 

100 – No More Sad Songs by Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly

99 – Evermore by Josh Groban

98 – Flatline by Nelly Furtado

97 – Bad and Boujee by Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

96 – Walk on Water by Thirty Seconds to Mars

95 – Friends by Justin Bieber featuring Bloodpop

94 – Solo Dance by Martin Jensen

93 – You Don’t Know Me by Jax Jones featuring Raye

92 – Lay It on Me by Vance Joy

91 – Bodak Yellow by Cardi B

Link to the article (100 to 91): http://bit.ly/2AJLi7C

 

90 – She’s Out of Her Mind by Blink 182

89 – Lift Me Up (Michael Brun Remix) by OneRepublic

88 – Love by Lana del Rey

87 – More Than You Know by Axwell and Ingrosso

86 – Beautiful Trauma by Pink

85 – Mask Off by Future

84 – The Man by The Killers

83 – How Long by Charlie Puth

82 – Reminder (Remix) by The Weeknd featuring A$AP Rocky and Young Thug

81 – There for You by Martin Garrix featuring Troye Sivan

Link to the article (90 to 81): http://bit.ly/2BIsIjU

 

80 – Wall of Glass by Liam Gallagher

79 – Cold by Maroon 5 featuring Future

78 – Call on Me (Ryan Riback Remix) by Starley

77 – Issues by Julia Michaels

76 – Miracles by Coldplay featuring Big Sean

75 – Human by Rag’n’Bone Man

74 – There’s Nothin’ Holding Me Back by Shawn Mendes

73 – Without You by Avicii featuring Sandro Cavazza

72 – Praying by Ke$ha

71 – Cut to the Feeling by Carly Rae Jepsen

Link to the article (80 to 71): http://bit.ly/2kSbW7D

 

70 – Either Way by Chris Stapleton

69 – Scared to Be Lonely by Martin Garrix featuring Dua Lipa

68 – The Cure by Lady Gaga

67 – Rockstar by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage

66 – Rich Love by OneRepublic featuring Seeb

65 – Hoping by X Ambassadors

64 – Still Feel Like Your Man by John Mayer

63 – Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man

62 – Sign of the Times by Harry Styles

61 – Mi Gente by J Balvin and Willy William

Link to the article (70 to 61): http://bit.ly/2ByHEC3

 

60 – Location by Khalid

59 – Heatstroke by Calvin Harris featuring Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams and Young Thug

58 – Boys by Charli XCX

57 – Say Something Loving by The XX

56 – What Lovers Do by Maroon 5 featuring SZA

55 – Lost in Your Light by Dua Lipa featuring Miguel

54 – Waterfall by Stargate featuring Pink and Sia

53 – Malibu by Miley Cyrus

52 – No Vacancy by OneRepublic

51 – Back to You by Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha

Link to the article (60 to 51): http://bit.ly/2kQUReO

 

50 – Rain by The Script

49 – Your Song by Rita Ora

48 – Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift

47 – Attention by Charlie Puth

46 – DNA. by Kendrick Lamar

45 – Perfect by Ed Sheeran

44 – Mama by Jonas Blue featuring William Singe

43 – Hard Times by Paramore

42 – What About Us by Pink

41 – Feels by Calvin Harris featuring Big Sean, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams

Link to the article (50 to 41): http://bit.ly/2kTUj7X

 

40 – Want You Back by HAIM

39 – Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay

38 – Love So Soft by Kelly Clarkson

37 – Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt

36 – LOYALTY. by Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna

35 – I’m the One by DJ Khaled featuring Chance the Rapper, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne and Quavo

34 – Stay by Zedd featuring Alessia Cara

33 – Suit and Jacket by Judah & the Lion

32 – Lust for Life by Lana del Rey featuring The Weeknd

31 – 1-800-273-8255 by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid

Link to the article (40 to 31): http://bit.ly/2DRuJbA

 

30 – …Ready for It? by Taylor Swift

29 – Everything Now by Arcade Fire

28 – No Promises by Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato

27 – ELEMENT. By Kendrick Lamar

26 – Slow Hands by Niall Horan

25 – Too Good at Goodbyes by Sam Smith

24 – Havana by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug

23 – I Dare You by The XX

22 – Two Ghosts by Harry Styles

21 – Despacito (Remix) by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

Link to the article (30 to 21): http://bit.ly/2E2Fnww

 

20 – Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran

19 – It Ain’t Me by Kygo featuring Selena Gomez

18 – Unforgettable by French Montana featuring Swae Lee

17 – Touch by Little Mix

16 – Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato

15 – Redbone by Childish Gambino

14 – Young, Dumb & Broke by Khalid

13 – Symphony by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson

12 – Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled featuring Bryson Tiller and Rihanna

11 – Believer by Imagine Dragons

Link to the article (20 to 11): http://bit.ly/2CiHRWM


10 – Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

I was Team “Castle on the Hill” when Ed decided to break records and release two singles simultaneously. At first, I thought “Shape of You” sounded like a leftover from his previous album compared to “Castle on the Hill”, which was a breath of fresh air. It didn’t help that “Shape of You” decided to invade all facets of my life and was inescapable. But time passed and I’d find myself singing it randomly. I’d hear it in a club and dance to it. I guess there was no point fighting the reality that “Shape of You” might just be brilliant.

9 – One More Light by Linkin Park

The sudden and tragic passing of Chester Bennington forced us to revisit their past and present music. And when you compare the two, you see a stark contrast. One was filled with anger and aggression, while the other was full of crisis and desolation. “One More Light” is a tribute the band created for their friend. And it’s now the tribute we collectively give to one of the greatest lead vocalists of this generation. No other song in 2017 has brought me close to tears.

8 – HUMBLE. By Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick is excellent with words. But I feel the arrangement with the piano riff on repeat and the siren synths during the chorus amplified the single to its full potential. Add to the recipe is his lack of humility in demonstrating his dominance over his peers and putting them in their place. No one will end up complaining if the output is this outstanding.

7 – New Rules by Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa has managed to create a banger that teaches us important life lessons. She’s pinned down the rules of engagement for breakups. Yet, life’s tragedy is it will remain a jam for the dancefloor and a helpful reminder after we’ve committed the mistakes again. Music can be powerful. But our heart’s stupidity is even more powerful.

6 – Passionfruit by Drake

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If any artist deserves credit for bringing dancehall/tropical music to a massive scale in mainstream music, it would have to be Drake. Others may criticize him for crossing a thin and dangerous line. But I’d argue he made an entire genre more accessible to the public. The song’s title is ridiculous and the theme is reminiscent of Drake problems (i.e. loyalty in a long-distance relationship). But the arrangement and the beat on loop is crazy hell addictive that I’ve never gotten sick and tired of it.

5 – Thunder by Imagine Dragons

Following your dreams and not conforming to what everyone expects you to be are not new themes in music. But what sets “Thunder” apart is it does not sound like anything Imagine Dragons has ever done before. It sticks out like a sore thumb even among others on the radio. This has got to be the band’s most infectious and catchy tune yet. And it happened when they decided to spice things up and not be constrained by genre norms.

4 – Green Light by Lorde

I enjoyed music from Lorde’s debut album. But I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic about her sophomore effort. Now having heard “Green Light” and the entirety of Melodrama, I must say that I am now a faithful devotee of Lorde. She is the weird and quirky friend of yours that surprisingly, can go out, have fun and deliver an upbeat and disco-friendly recording. The perfection lies in her imperfections.

3 – That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars

In recent years, Bruno Mars is one of the only artists who manage to thrive in both collaborations and solo outings. Sure, he’s had “Billionaire”, “Uptown Funk” and “Nothing on You”. But he’s delivered three successful and massive albums without relying on features. Crossover appeal and experimentation largely drive the need to pair up. But as “That’s What I Like” proves, you don’t need others to demonstrate swag, class and reinvention in music.

2 – Bad Liar by Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez gives us 2017’s best wake-up call. We have a belief that our infatuations escape the rest of the world and the ultimate discretion in letting that information out is within control. But “Bad Liar” gives us a dose of reality. The secrecy is nothing but an illusion. The subtle and understated arrangement perfectly complements Selena Gomez’ vocal stylings. She clearly doesn’t have the best voice. But today, she had something great to say.

1 – Slide by Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean and Migos

How would I describe the number one song of the year? To me, this is the most polished and refined a DJ’s record can be. It cannot get any better than this. While the contrarians and the critics begin to imagine how Calvin Harris and Frank Ocean are a match made in hell, the two have never sounded so liberated and inspired. When I first heard it, there was no huge spark, just admiration and a little bit of affection. But months passed and it turned out to be a masterpiece that only gets better with time.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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