If you haven’t read Part 1
and Part 2
of this list, check them out for the full countdown before continuing.
And Now… The Top Five Songs of 2018!
2. “Black Willow” :: Loma
1. “No Going Back” :: Yuno
Favorite Songs by Year, 1973-2017
Read Part 1
of this list for Songs 25 to 16.
12. “The Queen of New York” :: Tancred
What will be my #1 favorite song of 2018? You’ll have to wait with breathless anticipation for my final post with the top five songs of the year!
Favorite Songs by Year, 1973-2017
It’s that time of the year for my list of favorite songs. I’m doing things a little differently this year. First, I have 25 songs to recognize this year (plus one honorable mention). Second, I’m ranking them. Third, I’ll be publishing the list over three posts today. I’ve limited the list to one song per artist, lest I just list the entirety of Dirty Computer.
Let’s get started!
Honorable Mention: “BAMM” :: Milo Manheim, Meg Donnelly, Kylee Russell (from Zombies)
25. “Hollywood (feat. Snoop Dogg & Jamie Principle)” :: Gorillaz
24. “Baby Luv” :: Nilüfer Yanya
23. “Tear Me to Pieces” :: Meg Myers
22. “Loneliest Girl” :: Princess Chelsea
21. “May Your Kindness Remain” :: Courtney Marie Andrews
20. “Semicircle Song” :: The Go! Team
19. “Future Me Hates Me” :: The Beths
18. “Under the Wheels” :: Calexico
17. “In Your Beat” :: Django Django
16. “Before the Waters Get too High” :: Parquet Courts
Stay tuned for part two!
Favorite Songs by Year
Have you ever wanted find all of my music posts in one place? I’ve created a new music page which you can find in the menu at the top of this blogs homepage. The music has three sub-pages.
Reviews of recently released albums.
Lists of my favorite songs and albums.
My attempts to learn more about a band or artist by listening to all or most of their back catalog.
Here are 20 of my favorite songs of 2017. For previous year-end lists of previous years check out my lists for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.
In no particular order
“Blue Mountain Road” by Florist
“Memories are Now” by Jesca Hoop
“You Would Have to Lose Your Mind” by Barr Brothers
“Cherry Blossom: by ALA.NI
“Drinkee” by Sofi Tukker
“Every Day’s the Weekend” by Alex Lahey
“Witness” by Benjamin Booker (feat. Mavis Staples)
“I Give You Power” by Arcade Fire (feat. Mavis Staples)
“Quiet” by Milck
“Work” by Charlotte Day Wilson
“Familiar” by Agnes Obel
“Cryin’ in the Streets” by Zeshan B
“Venus Fly” by Grimes (feat. Janelle Monae) – technically this song is from 2015, but the video of this most important collaboration came out this year bringing due attention to the song.
“Hot to Trot” by Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
“Modafinil Blues” by Matthew Dear
“The Underside of Power” by Algiers
“A Wall” by Downtown Boys
“Future Politics” by Austra
“Learning to Lose” by Margo Price (feat. Willie Nelson)
“Straight Boy” by Shamir
Wednesdays are now my music blogging day. While I’ve enjoyed writing my Music Discoveries series, I’ve found it hard to find the time to give a fair listen to all of a bands album in just one week. So, starting in July, I’m going to post music discoveries on the first and third Wednesdays (and on the fifth Wednesday if there are that many Wednesdays in a month). On the second Wednesday, I’m going to extend my music criticism writing to reviewing a recently released album, called simply enough Album of the Month, similar to Song of the Week. The fourth Wednesday will be a music wildcard, probably a list, much like I’m posting today!
And today’s list simply shares some of my favorite songs released so far in 2016. I usually wait until the end of the year, but it’s been a great six months of music already.
“Atomic Number” by case/lang/veirs
“Changes” by Charles Bradley
“Freedom” by Beyoncé
“Hold Up” by Beyoncé
Can’t find anything to embed for these two tracks, but seriously, if you don’t have Lemonade already, get it now!
“The Hood Ain’t the Same” by Draze
“The Ism” by Digitalism
“Kinsumba” by Konono N°1
“Mighty (feat. JFTH)” by Caravan Palace
“Papa Loko (Se Van)” by Ram
“Quiet” by Erik Blood
“Sangria” by Céu
“Transe Animal” by Prana Vibes
“Wave of History” by Downtown Boys
“The Werewolf” by Paul Simon
What are your favorite songs of the year so far?
I found it difficult to select just 10 songs I love from 2014. So, I didn’t and instead I’ve compiled a list of 20 fantastic tracks of the past year. And I could add more. The songs are listed below, alphabetically by title.
For previous year-end lists of previous years check out my lists for 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.
I’ve featured many of this songs in my Song of the Week posts this year. If you see a link from a song title it will take you back to the Song of the Week post for that song.
“Archie, Marry Me” – Alvvays
“Beneath the Brine” – The Family Crest
“Chaghaybou” – Tinariwen
“Coffee” – Sylvan Esso
“Discourse My New Romance” – Shinedoe
“Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)” – Ages and Ages
“Don’t Wait” – Mapei
“Don’t Wanna Lose” – Ex Hex
“Elon Matana” – Clap! Clap!
“FUNKNROLL” – Prince
“Go Away” – Weezer
“Good Mistake” – Mr. Little Jeans
“Grotto Beat” – Don Flemons
“The Liar” – Fennesz
“Low” – Young Fathers
“92nd Street” – Kris Delmhorst
“Ohun Aiye” – Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
“Quartz” – TV on the Radio
“True Trans Soul Rebel” – Against Me!
“Disco // very” – Warpaint
The project continues with my favorite songs of 1979. Read the first post for the detail on this project.
I think this may be the most unlikely collection of songs I’ve brought together yet. My eclecticism is showing, but all of these are special to me in some way.
Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus
Hammond Song – The Roches
Heart of Glass – Blondie
Logical Song – Supertramp
Lost in the Supermarket – The Clash
A Message to You, Rudy – The Specials
Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Redemption Song – Bob Marley
Theme From New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
And my song of shame for 1979 is You Don’t Bring Me Flowers – Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand
(I went through a Neil Diamond phase as a child. I was a strange youth.)
The project continues with my favorite songs of 1978. Read the first post for the detail on this project.
Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
Bongo Man – Jimmy Cliff
Ever Fallen in Love – The Buzzcocks
(I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones
Mirage – Siouxsie & The Banshees
Take Me I’m Yours – Squeeze
Take Me To The River – Talking Heads
Rock Lobster – The B-52’s
The Robots – Kraftwerk
And my song of shame for 1978 is Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
What are your favorite songs from 1978? Let me know in the comments!
The project continues with my favorite songs of 1977. Read the first post for the detail on this project.
I’m now getting to the point where I’m having to make tough choices about what makes the top ten instead of trying to find songs to pad out the list. 1977-82 is a period of great music making, in my opinion.
Action Time Vision – ATV
Another Girl, Another Planet – The Only Ones
Chinese Rocks – Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
Don’t Worry About The Government – Talking Heads
(Get A) Grip (On Yourself) – Stranglers
Lust For Life – Iggy Pop
One Love/People Get Ready – Bob Marley
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker – The Ramones
Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
Turn the World Around – Harry Belafonte
And my song of shame for 1977 is Jet Airliner by Steve Miller Band
What are your favorite songs from 1977? Let me know in the comments!