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
This week, quick thoughts on three new albums I listened to today.
Artist: Fever Ray
Release Date: 2017 October 27
Favorite Tracks: “Wanna Sip” and “IDK About You”
Thoughts: Fever Ray is the solo project of Swedish electronic musician Karin Dreijer, also of the duo The Knife. The album has some sick beats and synths, but Dreijer’s voice is unpleasant and the frequent profanity seems to be juvenile attempt to be shocking.
Album: Wild and Reckless
Artist: Blitzen Trapper
Release Date: 2017 November 3
Favorite Tracks: “Joanna” and “Stolen Hearts”
Thoughts: A twangier, pure country outing from Blitzen Trapper grew out of a “rock opera” staged in their native Portland, OR that tells a sci-fi love story of two kids on the run.
Album: Queens of the Breakers
Artist: The Barr Brothers
Release Date: 2017 October 13
Favorite Tracks: “You Would Have to Lose Your Mind” and “It Came To Me”
Thoughts: The Montreal-based Americana jam band with a harp received good reviews for their innovative sound, but the album sounds kind of like generic folk-pop to me. Not my thing.